The summer was behind us and I was now back in Germany; and we finally received our furniture and moved into the Monzelfeld rental house.
This was a very busy time for me at Hahn AB, with a new job working with F-16 pilots building a new training program; but there was still time to play – and here David bounces on my knee.
Always ready for more action, David is seen here having fun with a relative as he’s dipped backwards – which was a favorite game of his.
David remains wide awake and ready to go as I take a moment to have a nap and rest up from the day’s activities.
The Monzelfeld house was a high quality, custom designed contemporary home with excellent craftmanship – and it had never been rented before.
The house was a tri-level and this picture of David was taken on the upper level balcony, where our piano was placed on a small mezzanine overlooking the open floorplan of the living and dining rooms below.
It was a contemporary “earth tone” house set in an overgrown forest that had a very naturalistic feeling to it; even if the colors of the house clashed with some of our own furniture and furnishings at the time.
The wooden cathedral ceiling and tall windows let in lots of natural light – and made it feel like the forest was invited into the house itself – almost like a tree house.
Our formal dining room had a sliding glass door that opened to a small patio with a BBQ grill pit on the side of the house – all of the brown curtains came with the house.
The Monzelfeld house had radiant floor heating or “Fussbodenheizung,” custom wood and metal work – and David sits at the piano on the balcony where I wrote all of my early songs.
Another picture of David playing on the piano bench – the door to the right of the piano was the entrance into the master bedroom suite.
The view from the mezzanine balcony looking down on the formal dining room and living room, showing the open and spacious feel of the house.
This was our informal dining room off the kitchen which served as our every day dining area – right beside the built in bench of the tiled wood stove or “Kachelofen” – a favorite place to sit during the fall, winter and spring when the tiles were toasty warm; my wife made the lamp shade.
This was a small, cozy sunken family room that was off the living room and tucked away to itself with tall windows looking out to the forest – and a fireplace on the right brick wall under the mantelpiece.
A glass door by the sofa led to a large covered porch that was very private – and was literally surrounded by the forest and open to the back yard.
At Halloween David and I carved three pumpkins which he proudly displays here, to symbolically represent each one of us – mine on the left, David’s in the middle and his mom’s to the right.
Showing off the three pumpkins that he and I carved, David stands in what would traditionally be the eat-in-kitchen area on the other side of the counter from the working kitchen; my wife made the lamp shades.
I made David a Halloween costume that consisted of a sandwich board in the design of the “Ace of Spades” – and it worked out great as we trick-or-treated on Hahn AB; the hallway behind led to David’s bedroom.