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Monday, September 8, 2008

DUE TO
TWO FABULOUS EVENTS TODAY
and me being one that wants to get my 2 cents into everything,
I HAVE TWO POSTINGS TODAY.
If you will, please be sure to look at my
BLUE MONDAY
posting, following this one.
many thanks....
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THE HOUSE IN THE ROSES is hosting this fabulous
ENCHANTING WINDOWS PARTY
be sure to go over and see all the other bloggers showing their pretty WINDOWS....





MY WINDOWS
are reflections of the life we have lived in our 50's cottage for over 30 years....

WEBSTER describes ENCHANTING as charming and delightful ~~

this very description describes
MY LIFE...
of course, as always, there's been ups and downs...but on the whole...
CHARMING and DELIGHTFUL

Some of the windows in this house are NEW, such as this large, Plantation shuttered window in my
alcove in the living room.
Oh, how I have enjoyed this window....I have a view of a vintage fence covered in
trumpet vines that are so lovely...
I have my black and white toile covered message board with pictures of ALL my family...
the pictures change as the people change...

I have sat here and pondered ALL THE TROUBLES OF THE WORLD and have not solved even a one of them !
But, I've written notes to my family and friends that live away...
I've sat and read my Bible and added names to my prayer list...
I've done a lotta livin' in front of this
WINDOW....

NOW....this old window is VERY old...
but it is one of my favorites
BECAUSE.......

THIS is the view from this front kitchen window...

I've watched my children roller skate on that sidewalk.
Ride their bikes down that street...
Watched them play with the kiddos across the street for hours on end...
Lay beneath the tree on the green grass and CLOUD WATCH...
Lounge with their friends on the front porch!
Seeing my son, away at college, drive up in front of the house...OH, MY !!
Then....
GRANDKIDS doing the same things, with a
"BE SURE I CAN SEE YOU FROM MY WINDOW" !
Oh, yes.....THIS window is truly one of my
LIFE WINDOWS

Another NEW window is in my dining room...one of two large, light-giving windows in this room.
Just looking at this picture of the window reminds me of all the wonderful times my family and friends have had in this beloved room...a room filled with memories of my mother.
The handmade quilt she made that is at the top of my most treasured items...
The antique, cast iron, wind up clock that sits on my hutch. Each time it chimes, a picture of my mom flashes thru my mind... lots and LOTS of dishes she handed down to me before she passed away.
Years ago, when our family started to grow, we didn't have a very large space for dining
BUT...
we had a GARAGE !!!
Ahhhhh.....wouldn't IT make such a great DINING ROOM.
Sweet Bill did the magical thing and turned it into the most wonderful of spaces to have our large family all be together...
and he added these two large, pretty WINDOWS because he knows how much I love the sunlight.
He also made the fabulous shelves above each window !!

THANK YOU, BILL



This large window is at the back of our house, in our living room.
I love looking out and seeing the sunlight playing on the walk...


These are southern windows so they are fabulous for my plants


I have vintage, black shutters on either side of these windows that I am loving !!

I am not a big lover of curtains and drapes...maybe living out here in West Texas with
LOTS OF DIRT AND DUST
has something to do with that !!

I love fabric on everyone elses windows!


I know French doors aren't WINDOWS but since I can SEE thru them,

I am calling them WINDOWS today !! hehehe


See that table and chairs out there?
There's also a fire pit that makes the BESTEST hot dogs, roasted marshmellows and
S'Mores..EVER !!

Just ask my GANDKIDS.....
they'll tell ya' !!

Lots of good times out there on that patio have been had by THIS family !! ;O)

blessings and love, bj
NOT A CLUE WHY MY FONT SIZE CHANGED, IN MID STREAM...
AND NO CLUE HOW TO GET IT CHANGED WITHOUT REDOING THIS WHOLE ENTIRE THING AND....
I'M NOT GONNA DO IT.....
SORRY, YA'LL

36 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

Good Morning BJ and what a beautiful post! I love your home and every tme I get a glimpse of it I just smile. I can't believe your dining room used to be a garage! It is one of my favorite rooms in your home and it looks just brimming with happiness and hospitality:>)

Beverly said...

Good morning, dear BJ. I loved gazing your windows with you, and I especially enjoyed reading about the love that lives inside your home.

Everything looks lovely and so inviting.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Good Morning BJ! I just love sharing a cup of coffee with you in the mornings :-)

You have fabulous windows with memories and stories. How cool is that!

Smilingsal said...

Your home is beautiful; I love your windows and views. And, Bill is a winner.

nikkicrumpet said...

I love these re-glimpses of your beautiful home. It is a showpiece of wonderful collections and items lovingly chosen over the years. And better yet...it is a showpiece of memories and a families love. What is better than that!

Amelia said...

So enjoyed looking out your windows this morning.

Have a great week.

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Love all your windows, BJ and your Bill is a special guy! You write so beautifully! Susan

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Ohh fabulous windows!
Have a good week
Diane

Rhondi said...

Hi BJ
I love your post today, with your windows and all the memories that go with them and "America" as the music. Like you I am very excited about the republican ticket. I think that it is a winner! My husband and I have recently become American citizens (originally form Canada) so this will be our first chance to vote since we've lived here.
Hugs, Rhondi

Cori G. said...

Good morning BJ.,
To have windows with such memories is delightful indeed. Your home looks so warm and inviting. It must be a reflection of you.
Have a lovely enchanted day!

XO Cori

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi BJ, love your shutter ideal.I wish I had a trumpet vine I could look at.I love them!
Have a blessed day BJ!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Good Morning, BJ!! I love your windows. Especially your window by your writing desk. It brings back such good memories of when you 1st posted it on RMS. I've always loved that area of your home. You whole house is so.. pretty.

Virginia said...

Beautiful windows, beautiful view and beautiful you.
Blessings, Virginia

Suzy said...

Your window are great I love the views - so many things to see.

Enjoy your week sweetie. Suzy

Peggy said...

Hi, BJ! This is Mssippi from RMS. As ususal, I enjoy the peeks into your lovely home. Did you ever get your pergola built? Oh...and I have you linked in my new blog!

Anonymous said...

surprise! I enjoyed your post today on windows. I'm surprised that no one posts bedrooms. I'm sure there are some fabulous ones out there. maybe it's already been done?
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Brown-Eyes said...

Hi BJ...let me join the bandwagon and say how much I enjoyed your windows tour...the way you wrote about seeing your children & now grandchildren at play through one of your windows, one could almost hear them... ;-) Bo

Kathysue said...

Hi BJ, What a treat to look out at what you see everyday. The extra treat was seeing inside your warm home. Windows are the best. I see you like lots of light.Me too. my favorite is where you write, I can just feel the inspiration you get there. Thanks for sharing. Kathysue[rms]

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

You do have some beautiful views BJ and I really enjoyed reading about your memories through those windows!

Susie Q said...

It is all so pretty BJ. I think this is an amazing project and loved seeing Cielo's poist about it. I am just now getting home after babysitting for a wekk so could not participate. But oh how I enjoyed seeing your views to the world!
Your home is so warm, so happy, so filled with love and joy!

Love,
Sue

Brenda said...

Your home is so beautiful. I just love your style! Even your pick for President and vice .

Pat @ Back Porch Musings said...

Sweet post, BJ! I love all the views and stories, but especially the dining room!

Jeanne said...

Bj, not only are your windows beautiful, they are about life in your lovely home. Your stories are heart warming and you just shared your great outlook on what makes a family happy and close. I so enjoyed every word that reveals your charming and delightful self. Just like your home.

Love, Jeanne

PEA said...

I so loved seeing all your beautiful windows and it's so true what you say, about having watched your kids grow up through these windows:-) I've been in my house for 32 years so it's the same with me...how many times I'd look out my own windows and see my kids playing outside, come home after their first school dance, their first date, their graduation, etc. Wonderful post! xoxo

CIELO said...

Oh JB, this is more than I've expected! Your windows are truly enchanting.... there is beauty everywhere and I sense peace, and love.... My sincere THANKS for participating. I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.

Hugs

cielo

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi BJ,
so glad you posted your windows. I really love the one with the shelf over the windows. What a wonderful way to add to your display space!
diane

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

BJ, I adore all of your windows. I could just picture you at each one of them, My fav are the ones with the black shutters...
Hugs,
Penny

Anonymous said...

bj, this is jennie in tn <><, and YES my vote will be for john/sarah ticket.....and i appreciate you sharing this on your blog......Rom 4:17

Elizabeth said...

I love the shelves over the DR windows!

Nan said...

Hi my friend. Sorry that I haven't been in touch lately. Things have been crazy busy. I sure do miss you.
Love your pretty windows.
Hugs,
Nan

Holly (Nickname) said...

oh Dear BJ!!!
ANY window in your cozy home is truly magical! Bill is so talented!
You are a blessed lady, dear friend!!!
xxxooo Ruth
p.s. painting plans were scrapped. Hurricane came through so hubby couldn't go on his bike trip...dratz!

Sweetie said...

BJ, Your windows are all beautiful and unique. Each is my favorite. You can tell the love that you have put in your home. I enjoyed this post so much that I'm going to look at it again.
Sweetie

MARIA said...

Amazing post and amazing place!
Thank you for sharing!

Maria from Poland

Connie said...

Stunning, gorgeous and beautiful, my sweet chick!!! EVERYTHING on your blog! ;-) Thank you!!
Smoochies,
Connie

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I remember that first picture and window from RMS, and remember thinking at that time what a cozy spot! Such a pretty, sunny place. I love the views from your windows too. Yes, I think the french doors count as windows too! Lovely home.

Kady

Nancy said...

Oh, I don't know how I missed your window party...I love them all! Nancy