A New Tour of the Zeiger Homestead Cabin (2016)

By , December 8, 2016

We cleaned the cabin pretty thoroughly to prepare for Christmas decorating, and for a friend’s visit. So, in the days before either, we took a moment to take up-to-date photos of our living areas.

I’ve wanted to create a new version of the original post: A Tour of the Zeiger Homestead Cabin for some time now. I tried to match the old one with similar shots.

The doorway, battery bank, and dining area (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

The doorway, battery bank, and dining area (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Dining area/living room from the doorway (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Dining area/living room from the doorway (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

 

The "library," looking back toward the sewing "room" (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

The “library,” looking back toward the sewing “room” (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

You can see the “new” water heater and plumbing, different from 2010 (see Danger and Opportunity). I miss the comfy little window nook we had before, but the treadle sewing machine needs pride of place, and has certainly earned its keep (see Sewing Machine “Re-tread”).

The shower room/music room (I know, I know! Space is tight!) (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

The sewing room/shower room/music room/winery (I know, I know! Space is tight!) (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

 

The kitchen from the living room (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

The kitchen from the living room (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

 

The master bedroom (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

The master bedroom (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

Little has changed in the bedroom, other than adding a night stand on the right side, so this is the same photo as 2010.

And there you have it! It saddens me that our dear, sweet cat, Lissa, isn’t in these new photos. Spice was here somewhere, but didn’t get into the new shots.

Maybe we’ll update these again in another six years?

10 Responses to “A New Tour of the Zeiger Homestead Cabin (2016)”

  1. LInn Hartman says:

    Pretty quilt – my wife and her sister are quilters. – we need a story on how you got that old upright piano to your place that had to be a fun day- must have taken everything you learned in Sunday school to keep the air from turning blue – The last time I moved one was the last time – enjoy

  2. Mark Zeiger says:

    Linn, the piano came with the place. There is quite a story of how it got moved here and installed–or should I say, “stories” as there are several different versions. It’s a funny collection of contradictions, but we don’t quite feel like it’s our story to tell, other than the brief overview in the essay, Our Cabin Comes Complete with . . . a Piano. One of these days, I’ll sit down with the man who built this place. Among the many, many questions I’ll ask will be his point-of-view on the story.

    Thankfully, while we don’t play much, we have friends who do (see Food, Friends, and Music). One part of the story that didn’t make it into that essay: after Bill had finished, he thought a moment, then recalled the evening he and a group of friends, including George Winston and Philip Aaberg, sat around a camp fire somewhere in the Sierras and decided on a term for the kind of music they were all experimenting with. They settled on “New Age,” a term Bill said he never liked much.

  3. Judy Arcuri says:

    April 11, 2017
    OH my goodness! I found your site once again… after updating my ancient PC system to a brand new All-in-One HP system recently. I simply went to Google Search and entered “Alaskan Homestead Blogs” and there you are again. I’m soooooo happy to now have you on my toolbar; you should feel privileged! Nice to see current photos of your cabin/home. (1) How many times have you re-read the books in your library? (2) Yes, I too miss seeing a cat in the photos; but is there still a cat that resides with you? (3) And where is your daughter now residing; a college graduate by now I assume. And for the record, I will be on a 7-day inside passage cruise out of Seattle next month – my 4th time visiting your state.
    Judy in San Mateo, California – 20 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles north of San Jose (Silicon Valley). But, originally a farmer’s daughter from Iowa.

  4. Mark Zeiger says:

    Hi Judy, welcome back! I know how frustrating it can be to get a new computer back to where you left off with the old one!

    To answer your questions: 1) that varies a lot–some of the books you see in the shelves I have yet to read. Others I’ve read more than once. I try not to own a book unless I intend to read it several times. A few titles there get read every year, at least. 2) Spice, the younger of the two cats we brought to the homestead, s still with us. She’s getting old and cranky, but will probably outlive me, just for spite. 3) Aly did graduate, and is now living here on the homestead with us! She works for the museum in town, and she’s fixing up our guest house to move into. She writes for the blog now and then.

    Will your cruise bring you to Haines? Most of them go to Skagway, but there’s a fast ferry that takes people from Skagway to Haines if you like–a lot of people do.

    Mark

  5. Judy Arcuri says:

    Mark: I enjoyed our recent re-connection email exchange. Our cruise itinerary (May 13-May 20) is the inside passage from Seattle, so even though we will have a port day in Skagway, we won’t be able to take that ferry to Haines. We have chosen a 40-mile train ride excursion in Skagway; In Ketchikan my companion will be on a Halibut fishing expedition and I will be an “observer” on a “Deadly Catch” type crabpot boat to see that boat’s crew’s evening-before actual catch and to hear “fish stores” from that crew; then a float trip down the river in Juneau; and a city tour in Victoria.
    One question about your blog: how do I find your most current posting when I open up? Or do I just have to search all the categories to find most current? Be safe. 5/7/2017

  6. Mark Zeiger says:

    Judy, sounds like you’ve got a great itinerary. The train ride is fantastic! I predict it’ll be a highlight of your trip.

    The most recent blog post will always appear first on the blog page, unless I someday find an announcement that’s so important it has to be set to “stick” in that first position. So, the first thing you see should always be the freshest “news.” Enjoy your trip!

  7. laura vinci says:

    I love how you live and if I can before it’s too late I would also love this lifestyle your place is very cozy it looks like a home should (lived in) you are very nice to stay in contact with us and keep us updated.I am a fan ; )

  8. Mark Zeiger says:

    Thanks, Laura! We’re definitely cozy, and the cabin’s certainly lived in, thanks for appreciating that aspect! I think we’ve finally gotten over the clean-to-the-bone urge before company comes. We’ve adopted the warning phrase: “this is a working homestead!” That covers many housekeeping lapses.

  9. Judy Arcuri says:

    5/27/2017 Just wanted to stop by after returning from my 7-day inside passage cruise earlier this month. No, we did not get to Haines… but certainly enjoyed our excursions (see earlier posting). On our NCL ship I explored the library and found a book by author Diane Olthuis (2nd edition) entitled: “It Happened in Alaska.” It was an easy read – short essays within – and to my credit (haha), I remembered most of the true stories in her book. Yes, I am a current event junkie thanks to my local “San Francisco Chronicle” newspaper. Your state has had its share of newsworthy events. My traveling companion and I did not have time to “walk the port towns/villages” as during past visits, but I did enjoy some great clam chowder at a mom & pop pier restaurant in Ketchikan. (I missed seeing jumbo size cabbage and lush rhubarb plants.) Your state overall – Alaska – is awesome. And how ‘Does Your Garden Grow?’

  10. Mark Zeiger says:

    Judy, thanks for checking in! I’ve been wondering how your trip went. I’m amazed–you mentioned missing lush rhubarb. There’s a little pocket park on Skagway’s main street. Last year at this time, I was up there, and could only stare in jealous amazement at the size of the rhubarb that grows in the park.

    Our garden is growing well, in many ways. Michelle has me humping lumber over the ridge for four new 4’X8′ grow boxes. Meanwhile, our rhubarb has taken off after a few days of heavy rain, and an on-going sunny period. No salad, yet, darn it!

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