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?

4 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

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