“I enjoy living here,” she said. “I like big houses.”
Not only did she rekindle her love for her hometown, she also rekindled her love for an old boyfriend.
“We went together and 49 years later we got married,” she added, mentioning the wedding was five years ago. Oscar, who worked at Delco Remy for 36 years, moved into the home.
“I love it,” said Oscar. “I love the space and how it looks from the outside. Everyone calls it the White House.”
He also seems to appreciate the Asian flair that surrounds him.
The dining room features a glass etching of a Japanese lady with a temple and cherry blossom tree in the background. Made of three panels to create a dynamic piece, the artwork employs a light in the base to add to the viewing.
Upon the table (in the winter) are gold fan-shaped placemats and black-and-gold napkins and rings. In the summer they are replaced with white-and-gold placemats, napkins and rings.
Open to the dining room is the living room, which displays vases that Sue had refashioned into lamps, textured artwork hanging on the wall, and another traditional vase on a stand.
Adding a bit of curiosity to the room is a very life-like turtle. Once upon a time, the reptile was breathing and slowly walking the earth. Now it is her treasure from Tijuana.
In the office stands a striking screen made of black lacquer and mother of pearl. A beautiful bedroom suit includes a chest of drawers, secretary, dresser and bedside tables in white. Traditional scenes are painted on the furniture.
“They said the economy in Japan will never be the same without Sue,” she said with a laugh.
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