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Monday, August 10, 2009

MY HUMBLE ABODE....

Abode :
House, a human-built dwelling with enclosing walls, a floor, and a roof ...
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My abode is very humble, small and loved.....
It's a 50's Ranch and pretty much like every other house on the block..
I strive to make it 'just a little different' from all the rest....
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My friend, JUSTINE, asked to see the outside of my cottage....
Soooo....this one is for YOU, TINEY


The large windows on the right are in our dining room...
I love my little handpainted mail box. I bought it at a local craft mall....
The metal flag was made by a granddaughter...
Thanks again, JESSICA.
O, and the cool, iron 'CONKLIN' above my house numbers...our son, DAVID, made this when he was still in high school. *heavy sigh and bursting heart.


This is the house where we raised our two precious children...the house that all 10 of our sweet grands call, MEMAW'S HOUSE...I am pretty sure that I will never move from this little, plain vanilla house. So many fine and treasured memories here...I just love it...IT'S HOME !

The little cottage- white bench is a purchase from Goodwill about 25 years ago.
My mother was with me when I bought it...
I sure would rather have my little mama than this stinkin' ole bench !!!
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As you can see...SWEET NOTHINGS really IS a cottage...
NOW...come on inside and let's have....
breakfast !
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We're going to go the healthy route this morning with a good-for-ya cereal and fresh, large, juicy, ripe , sweet
STRAWBERRIES.....
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Our healthy cereal comes with fruit and YOGURT...
add strawberries to THAT and we're eating healthy...
and not a lot of calories....

O ! WAIT!
I cooked a large loaf of bread...
Hot, right out of the oven....
See all that butter ?
Now I ask you....
does THIS add calories to that HEALTHY breakfast we started out with ???
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I just love all ya'll and I hope your day is fantastic !!

29 comments:

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

BJ, your front porch is so darling! How precious is the flag!? Jessica did a great job. I love how David added the scroll to frame on Conklin. Love the mailbox. Your strawberries look so yummy and your baked bread is making my mouth water!

I'm glad to see you worked out the problem with the font sizes!

Have a great Tuesday!

Tina

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You have NO idea how fantastic that looks to me! I will never be able to eat strawberries again but...I can look at them!
What beautiful and well framed pictures you take, bj! You can photograph the simplest of things and they are gorgeous!
My home is like yours...simple and probably very ordinary but it is home. Though I didn't raise my children here...H and his wife raised theirs...nearly every single thing in it is mine so my children see "home" when they visit.
Like you, I try to make mine special and I am only beginning... :)
Hugs to you, bj! I loved this post.
Mona

Chris said...

BJ, I love your front porch and pass me some of that hot bread,please. I still want to be your neighbor. Have a lovely day.

Love Ya,
Chris

Theresa said...

Love your home, inside and out! Oh, that bench and your Mama... I am with you there. I lost my Mama 21 years ago and it still hurts to this day! Memories, aren't they sweet. Yummy breakfast and NO the bread doesn't count for any calories... hehe! Have a blessed day!

Lynns Lovelies said...

Good Morning BJ!
Oh I just LOVE your abode! Love the beautiful flag! We always have our flag waving...
Your breakfast looks soooo good, love the big red strawberries and fresh homemade bread is NEVER a bad idea...in my humble opinion~lol!
Have a delightful Tuesday!

Hugs,
Lynn♥

~Let FREEDOM Ring!~

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

BJ, your cottage is just wonderful! We'd like to move into a ranch house (the stairs are getting to be a bother). Your front porch welcoming! I could live on bread and butter!

Manuela

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

BJ, I love your cottage! It is definately NOT vanilla!! You have added such sweetness and charm to your home. I know I would feel like I was walking into a big hug, if I came through your front door.
xo
Penny

Justine said...

Woooooooo hooooooooooo! I'm SO glad you posted this for me, BJ! I love being able to picture where my blog friends are living. You call it a cottage, which is sooooooo cute, because woman, that is a ranch. But you've made it feel like a cottage, haven't you? You've even got precious memories on the outside of your house. I love that!

And oh my, those strawberries look SO good. They ones we're getting from you neck of the woods right now all look like hell. glad someone is getting the good ones.
And the bread? Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Justine :o )

Shelia said...

Morning, Dear BJness! I love your home! It is so warm and YOU! I would love to come and sit on your pretty porch with you! I'm glad Justiney asked to see the front of your home because I've loved it too! Now, just skip the cereal for me...I'll have some nice buttered bread! Yummy! :)
You are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Stacey said...

Good Mornig BJ. :) The outside of your home is just perfect, like I thought! It looks like you. I love the plants, the bench, the mailbox, and that big window! Of course, let's not forget that fabulous porch swing...I still might drive by and sit on it some night.

Have a great day!

Stacey

jeanne said...

Hi BJ, I LOVE your ranch cottage home. The best part is your wonderful memories that have happened in your charming home. The bench will always make you think of your mom. Besides that, it is a wonderful bench that looks perfect on your fron porch.

I too love Kellogg's strawberry cereal. BUT, your bread is mouth watering. Ok I'm going now to fix my breakfast. You made me hungry. I will have to settle for plain old wheat bread, but I will make it delicious with my homemade blackberry preserves. Mmmmmm.

Love you sister friend, Jeanne

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hey girl, LOVE your cottage,but LOVE the look of that hot bread better !! hehe ! I about drownded my keyboard with drool !

marty39 said...

Oh, I love your house. The porch is wonderful. I really would love some of that wonderful hot bread though. Hugs, Marty

arkie said...

Beautiful little cottage!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM BJ< Girl I knew if I wanted to eat breakfast to come see you ha ha!! Oh girl I love your home and all the great memories you have of bringing up your children there...Mine were all mooved out when I moved up here to my mountain top 21 years ago...but they so remember coming here on summer vacations and playing in the snow when it was our little one room cabin...wow that was many years ago...Thanks for sharing my friend...Hope you have a great day on your side of the mountain...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kathie Truitt said...

Thank you for sharing. These pictures just made my day!

Neas Nuttiness said...

I can close my eyes and smell that bread - noth'n better than fresh warms bread oozing with butter (unless maybe you want to add a little honey:-).
Loved seeing your "cottage". Thanks for sharing!

kimmcl said...

Bless your heart BJ - you are so genuine and I just love that about you. Your abode is just beautiful, thanks so much for sharing it with us!
Kim

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

BJ, your cottage is extremely beautimous! I love it!

The strawberries look wonderful, but oh my goodness...bread has always been my downfall. Yum!

imjacobsmom said...

BJ, Your home is so cute and welcoming. I bet it's the friendliest house on the block. I love all of your personal touches. Now that hot fresh out of the oven homemade bread with all of that melting butter - YUM! ~ Robyn

Betty said...

Your "cottage" is perfect. I see you in all the touches that make it home.
That bread looks so good I can almost smell it.
Hope all is well with you my friend.

PEA said...

Oh BJ, your house is beautiful and I love all the special touches you put on it. How I'd love to be sitting on that bench and share some of that fresh baked bread and strawberries with you:-) I also still live in the house where I raised my sons...been here 32 years now! It's small but it's home:-) xoxo

Kathleen Grace said...

Your house plain vanilla? Never! You have put your own wonderful stamp of creativity on it and I adore everything I see. The Conklin sign above your house #'s? What a treasure! BJ, you are one of the most individual and creative people I know:>) Your home is a dream!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

A home filled with love is the best kind..... yours is that and it is charming in every way....... outside and in and filled with so much love...
HUgs
Linda

Chrissy said...

Oh B.J...your photos look like the pages of a magazine,soooo pretty!! Hope this finds you well my friend,enjoy whats left of summer,0x0x0x Chrissy

squawmama said...

BJ, Your porch is just so country just the way I love it... And as for the HOT bread please pass the butter... YUMO!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I so enjoyed seeing your pretty cottage! I think its just perfect. How wonderful to have all those special keepsakes from those so near and dear to you!

Yummy breakfast too. That's what I have every morning too, a whole grain cereal with dried strawberries, and lately I've been adding fresh blueberries, and a thing of yogurt, plus orange juice to keep up my calcium. I skip the bread though, lol, but it sure does look delicious! I can practically smell it and taste it all the way here in Ohio.

Kady

SmilingSally said...

I just wish I could drop by that pretty house and have some of that hot bread!

Adrienne said...

Hi, BJ -
Your cottage is adorable. I love your porch and I'm thinking of doing something different with mine. Shhh, I haven't told my hubby yet! He will probably think I'm absolutely nuts. Or, he may think I'm a genius. Your photos gave me a couple of ideas and the 'push' I need. Maybe I can see him on the thought that I can cut down the plants that need to be watered if I make a bigger porch! Our cottage is a 60's vintage ranch and there's so much personality we can add to make them different than the others nearby. You've done a great job with yours and I loved hearing about everything you treasure.
~Adrienne~