Just by looking at this adorable 1971 four-level split home on quiet 15th Street S.E., one might never guess that joyous sounds of guitar, mandolin and singing break out once a month. Friends join homeowners Dharl and Judi Bagley to sing their hearts out as they all share their joy of music together.
These jam sessions are pure happiness for the couple. Neither one is about to give up learning new things. It’s only been a few years since Judi started singing with Dharl. In his early 80s, Dharl is just now learning to play the violin.
“I’ve been playing music with one friend for 50 years now,” says Dharl.
The group that practices monthly plays for the Altoona Nursing Home, Park Ridge Nursing Home in Pleasant Hill and the Garden at Luther Park.
“The seniors just love having us,” says Judi. “And we look forward to doing it every month.”
The monthly jam sessions take place in the Bagley front living room where, right next to Dharl’s recliner, sits an amplifier and microphones.
Since both are retired, most of their attention is on their music and recording country, blue grass and gospel CDs to hand out to friends. However, they have carved out time for their lovely home as well. Since the couple purchased this home in 1999, a long list of upgrades has been made.
This now energy-efficient home was once not so energy-efficient. They’ve replaced the roof and siding. There is a new furnace, AC and attic insulation. They’ve replaced two doors and all the windows.
“I’ve weather-proofed it,” says Dharl. “The list goes on.”
He didn’t leave out the most exciting renovation. Judi got her new kitchen, including all new cabinets, hardwood flooring and appliances.
After years of white walls, Judi picked out a nice bright yellow for her kitchen walls during the update. It allows her small collection of primitive blue Mason jars to stand out, not to mention the slew of cookie jars she has displayed on top of the cabinets.
Her other collections of Christian-based romance novels, calendar plates and dolls all have their own room in the basement.
Judi is right. This home is warm, cozy and blessed by God in many ways.