By Emma Bowen Meyer
For The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
While I do hate to see Christmas decorations in the stores before the trick-or-treaters have shed their costumes, this year’s calendar has unfortunately placed the annual Saint John’s Victoria Guild Christmas Corner on Halloween. Rather than shy away from the scary timing, however, organizers are forging ahead, knowing how quickly the holiday season marches forward.
Co-chair of the event, Nancy Good, even decorated her home early to show what the floral arrangements can do to add cheer to a room. She has purchased most of her own arrangements from the Christmas Corner over the last 20 years.
“The floral department makes around 100 arrangements and wreaths every year,” said Good, who has volunteered at the gift shop for 20 years. “I love waiting on customers. And as assistant manager I enjoy buying and displaying the merchandise.”
Good has chosen items that are the perfect additions to her log cabin. She and her husband, Bob, built the home in 1993. After their three children were married, the couple decided they wanted to leave Main Street for country living. Finding 10 acres, they had the perfect setting for rustic living.
“We went through a bunch of books looking for the right floor plan,” said Bob, former owner of a local package liquor store and school bus contractor for Anderson Community Schools. “The great thing about log homes is once word gets out that you are considering building one, you meet all these people and they have stories – some good and some bad. You find out who you want to work with.”
Choosing a company in Noblesville, the Goods were pleased with the results. The corporation stacked the logs, installed the roof joists and sheeting, and set the windows and doors. Hiring a contractor to finish the project, the couple could rest assured that all the details, such as electrical work and plumbing, were completed properly. Still, they greased their own elbows by staining all the trim.
“The outside walls are logs, but the interior walls are drywall,” said Nancy, who drove a school bus for 22 years. “That’s as rustic as I wanted to go.”
Most log homes feature a two-story ceiling in the family room and a charming loft that overlooks all the activity. Bob and Nancy have set their Christmas tree, with Frosty’s head as a topper, in the loft as the perfect way to both showcase the icon and keep it out of the way.
The loft serves as a guest bedroom when the five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild come for a visit. Near the bedside is a hope chest fashioned by Bob’s father for Nancy when they were wed 49 years ago. Across the room is a chest that traveled from Pennsylvania in a covered wagon with Nancy’s great grandmother.
Other antiques are scattered about, such as Bob’s grandfather’s fiddle on a table in the entryway and his muzzle loaders hanging on the railing. New memories fill the house as well, as Bob and his sons-in-law installed the flooring as a team.
While it was difficult to leave behind their home on Main Street – which had been built by Bob’s parents – the pain is lessened because their daughter is now raising her family in it. Also they love their new home and location.
“It’s a lot quieter out here,” Bob said with a smile. “And my good school friend lives across the street.”
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