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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My humble abode

Abode :
House, a human-built dwelling with enclosing walls, a floor, and a roof ...
My abode is very humble, small and loved....
loved mostly for all the memories attached to this brick and wooden structure.
 

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....

The large windows on the right are in our dining room...
I love my little hand painted mail box. I bought it at a local craft mall....
The metal flag on the wall of the house was made by a grandgirl....
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.

These pictures were made a couple of years ago, when we had wonderful, needed rains.

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 35 years ago.
My mother was with me when I bought it...
she made a beautiful cushion for it but it wore out a long time ago.
I remember how much fun we had that day.....eating lunch.....shopping at thrift stores
with a few garage sales thrown in.
I sure would rather have my little mama than this stinkin' ole bench !!!

As you can see...SWEET NOTHINGS really IS a cottage...
MR. SWEET made the shutters for me....and the little gingerbread pieces on each
side of the round posts.
The next thing I would like is to replace these small posts with much larger ones.
Maybe this coming summer...........
See what I mean by so many memories and attachments to this home ?
So much of it is associated with my family.....
It really is a HOME and not just a house.....and I am thankful.
...the Before and After of the little, tiny plants that set my feet a'dancing.....
 .....adding the awning and pretty window box last summer added just
a bit more CHARM.....
Thanks again, Mr. Sweet....you did a magnificent job on the little window box....I love it.
NOW...come on inside and let's have....
breakfast !
We're going to go the healthy route this morning with a good-for-ya cereal
and fresh, large, juicy, ripe , sweet
STRAWBERRIES.....
Our healthy cereal comes with fruit and YOGURT...
add strawberries to THAT and we're eating healthy...
and not a lot of calories....
 OOO, wait ....
I baked a large loaf of bread....*shhhhhh, it's a frozen loaf, right from the groc. store.
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 ?
oops.......:>)
LOVE IS A PLACE CALLED HOME.....
Joining the fun at: OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY
WHITE WEDNESDAY
REDNESDAY WEDNESDAY
GOOD LIFE WEDNESDAY

56 comments:

Sandi (Meme) said...

Oh BJ, you truly have a wonderful home! Thanks so much for baking the bread for us all, we really needed the calories, didn't we? Of course! Hope you have a wonderful week, thanks so much for sharing! Sandi

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

You have an an adorable home filled with the most beautiful memories.
No palace could possibly measure up to it in any way.
Thank you for sharing it with us..

Pondside said...

Ah BJ - am I so thankful that you know how lucky you are because it makes reading this such a joy. To have lived in a house you love for most of your married life - to have raised children in it and to have grandchildren visit the same house...such a gift. Your cottage is so very pretty - I've always admired it and the things you've done to it. I remember when your dear Husband made those shutters - what a labour of love.
This post makes me feel very, very good!

Vee said...

I would never describe your home as "vanilla." It's the cutest little cottage in Texas or right up in the top five.

sabri said...

Love The Window Boxes..

NanaDiana said...

I think you have a beautiful home, Bj...it makes me happy to read about it because I can tell how happy your home makes you! I love the front of your house...and how homey it feels-xo Diana

You want to see a LOT of butter? Come visit Wisconsin!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I always dreamed of living in one home and raising my family there. It didn't happen but I can enjoy sharing your memories here on your blog. So sweet. I think that breakfast looks so good. hugs, Linda

Sweet Tea said...

You have a beautiful "home" - I bet it's the prettiest in the entire neighborhood. It screams LOVE & HAPPINESS. It just can't get much better than that!! Lots of great curb appeal too.

PEA said...

You have such a delightful home and I love all the special touches that you and Mr. Sweet have added to it. I've been in my own house for over 33 years so I know what you mean about being quite attached to it:-)

Of course not, that bread has no added calories at all!! hehe I've been on a kick of having yogurt, fruit and granola mixed together for my breakfast lately:-) xoxo

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

BJ...you have a darling cottage and I adore the porch swing. If there is a wonderful feeling within, big or small it's a home filled with all the best for family and friends. That's what all of us want to spread butter and lots of love on all the goodness we have created and call home! Those strawberries look so yummy too.

Debbiedoo's said...

Blogger is driving me over the edge too. Love your humble adobe, it is so pretty and well kept. You can see a lot of love over at your place.

Annesphamily said...

I sure love your precious home! In one more day my oldest girl will move 2 doors down from us! She is taking a week of vacation to get her new home in order. She is the one person I know that can make a house a home!
I try to eat healthy and then I find a big toffee Hershey candy bar! Ack! Messes up my diet every time! You are as cute as can be! Hugs Anne

Bev said...

Isn't it wonderful to know you're blessed in the midst of it? To know and to savor and not have to only see it in hindsight?

I love that you love your wonderful home and precious family.

Thanks for sharing.

LV said...

Leave the door open, I am on my way. We eat the same cereal. Even though it has dried strawberries, I put fresh on it too. Memories sometimes is all we have. Hang on to them anyway you can.

Sall's Country Life said...

oh BJ, the part about having your mother instead of this stinkin' bench brought tears to my eyes! Treasure the memories of your Mama and your beautiful house. Those memories are worth more than a king's ransom! Lovely post thanks for sharing your Abode with us!

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! I just love your wonderful home. It is just darling and I love coming inside too! You are the decorator extraordinaire and you're always cooking for me!
You know what? A couple of weeks ago I was blogging, left my computer for a few minutes, came back and my blog was gone too! It upset me so much. In a couple of hours it was back! I do back my blog up just in case but I wouldn't even know what to do with the backed up files.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! I just love your wonderful home. It is just darling and I love coming inside too! You are the decorator extraordinaire and you're always cooking for me!
You know what? A couple of weeks ago I was blogging, left my computer for a few minutes, came back and my blog was gone too! It upset me so much. In a couple of hours it was back! I do back my blog up just in case but I wouldn't even know what to do with the backed up files.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bunny Jean said...

Hi BJ!

Love your "cottage home". I wish we still lived in the house the kids all grew up in. I think that is why I hold onto some outdated furniture pieces. They just hold too many memories. Especially with the kids so far away...

This is a breakfast that I often have... minus the bread. Got to watch those carbs ;)

xoxo Bunny Jean

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

BJ, you have the sweetest cottage. I love every little detail. You and Mr. Sweets have done a wonderful job creating the most perfect home.
Hugs,
Penny

Sarah said...

BJ, your home is charming. Love the addition of the window boxes and the awnings. There's no place like home! ~ sarah

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

I love your home, BJ! It looks like a home, well loved. Breakfast looks so yummy and I love that red bowl!

Blessings~Karen

TexWisGirl said...

you have a very pretty home! and i like your white bench...

Willow said...

What a beautiful home you have. I just love it. I had problems with blogger too yesterday, but my blog was smaller. HA! HA!

Sandi McBride said...

so nothing humble about your home...no vanilla here...home is bubbling warm and snuggling good...I love cereal. Well really I love the milk, I let Mamon have the special k's...Hound would love that bread, she is a bread thief...just saying...love your home
Caroline (from One Cat Shy of Crazy)

Patti said...

Lovely home - with so many years of memories - how could you ever leave?

Linda Chapman said...

You are a CLASS ACT!! I love your originality, graciousness, creativeness......you are the REAL DEAL!!

I have lived in my home since I was 18 years old. Our homes evolve and change and yet their hearts - and the place our homes HOLD in OUR hearts - forever remains.

Not many grown children and THEIR children can return to the home of their childhoods. What a blessing you have to give this 'gift' to yours!

Irene said...

Your home looks welcoming. It makes me want to sit on your porch to chat and watch the clouds and time pass by. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Booth said...

Well, what a wonderful post. Love your home it is beautiful. Love the front porch area, you have done a lovely job decorating!
blessings,
Debbie

Julie Harward said...

I love your cottage home...and you really have made it all of that and more, it's beautiful! (Did you have music before? I was amazed because it didn't even freeze up my computer like most sites do that have music!) ;)

Rebecca said...

I love your cottage home... The bench is precious and I'm quite sure your momma was too!

You are GORGEOUS! Love the picture of you and your Mr. Sweets!

xoRebecca

Blondie's Journal said...

You have a very sweet home, inside and out! I love how you can see a house and just know that wonderful people live inside and that's what yours says about you. From the bench to the pretty flowers to that cute little mailbox! I know as you do, that I will stay in my home forever.

XO,
Jane

The French Hutch said...

Hi bj, "There is no place like home" and I love yours. I think your home is lovely and I see all the love you and your family have added through the years. I love your window boxes, something I would love to have. The bread looks delicious too……..Great post!

~Emily
The French Hutch

Rettabug said...

Dear BJ, it is YOUR ♥ that makes this place a home! You put so much love into your daily life & I truly appreciate how you share the bits & pieces of your day.
I miss my Mom, too, especially as St. Patricks Day approaches (her maiden name was Peggy O'Neil) & I would trade all the tea in China for just one more day with her.

Hugs,
Rett

Theresa said...

Oh how I love your HOME, inside and out... filled with love! I adore that sweet bench, memories of that day with your Mama are precious! What I would give to have mine back for just one more day:) I dream about her often and enjoy each and every one!

Thanks for this sweet share of your home dear BJ, HUGS!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Love your Sweet Cottage, "BJ"!

Next, please give us a tour of inside. :-)

Sorry about the hassle which Blogger put you through!!!!! Which is worse? The fear-and-trembling when a blog disappears? Or the weird stuff left over, after? Like different size fonts...? Ugh...

-sigh-

"The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February."
~Joseph Wood Krutch

Sherry said...

I love this post! I got all teary eyed reading it. I can sense the love in your words. You are a blessed woman! And those around YOU are blessed too. So much love in this family! Thanks for sharing!

jeanne said...

Good morning bj, I am so happy to be sitting here having time to visit you for a change. Life is always good but it is better right this minute. Smile!

I agree, your home is so delightful in every way. I can't say it enough. You are blessed. The story of the bench made me cry. I so miss the happy times spent shopping with my mom. Sigh! Thank the good Lord for our memories that make us laugh and sometimes cry.

Have a wonderful day.
Love you much my sister friend.
Jeanne xo

PS: 800 miles, Darn! we will be there in June.

Beth said...

Your home is beautiful, BJ! And you have made it well, homey! The love makes a house a home.
Blessings, Beth

Beth said...

Your home is beautiful, BJ! And you have made it well, homey! The love makes a house a home.
Blessings, Beth

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I love this post. Oh how I wish I had been able to stay in the same home for all those years. I did live in the same house growing up though....and I still think of that house, home!
Loved this post!

Debby said...

You have a beautiful cottage home. I love all the little extrs that Mr. Sweet does for you. Lot oof love and memories in this house. xo

Kris said...

BJ your home is lovely! I live in a ranch too. We bought it 20 years ago, but it is an early 70's ranch. Much like yours. Nothing grand, nothing fancy, but built and decorated with love. It is our safe haven. HOME...ahhhh!!

luci wallis said...

Oh what a dreamy place to kick your heels up. I love that huge window.
Bristol

~~Carol~~ said...

I love a gal who decorates her porch and makes her home stand out from the rest! Lots of personality on that porch!
Happy REDnesday,
Carol

W. Latane Barton said...

Love your sweet home with all the memories. Nothing better... unless it's that breakfast you made with those yummy strawberries. That grabbed my heart!!

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
Not plain by any means, dear friend...I see your signature touches everywhere! Think if I was driving down your street, I'd know this was the house that LOVE built!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Cottage Rose said...

BJ; Those Strawberries look so yummy,,, mmmmm love your front porch,, so charming and welcoming....

have a great day

hugs;
Alaura

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

First, thank you for the sweet compiment you paid Patrick. Yes, he was a handsome man...with a heart to match.

You and I have similar homes and like you I am grateful for my home. It belonged to another at one time and she raised her little ones here. I lived in a home only about two miles away.

I hope she knows I am taking care of her home..and have left some things in it just as they were. Her blue rocker for instance. I do not decorate with blue, but in this instance..it will stay. I've change it totally otherwise, but I still think of myself as the "caretaker" to some degree.

I would like to know someone would care for my husband and keep him from dying of lonliness.

You are right..you have made a "cottage" from your little ranch style home and it is adorable.
I have tried to do the same with this one. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to make a home..where ever I am.

Do you know...I am still searching for just the right Polka dot dishes?? LOL
Yep. I am.
Hugs,
Mona

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I think your home is wonderful! We've talked before about the difference it makes when you all stay in one place, or when you move around. My kids grew up in 5 different houses in 3 different towns. We didn't have a choice about the towns...my husband would get transferred. The houses we changed a couple of times as we needed more room or a house that required less work. I actually love changing houses...but not towns.

You can feel all the love and warmth just coming out the windows of your very special home.

ThreeOldKeys said...

your home is lovely !!!

i THOUGHT i smelled fresh-baked bread ... and yes please, i'll have one of those strawberries ...

Jules said...

Oh bj ... I just LOVE your house it is just so perfect! Jules x

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

If you're serving strawberries today, I'll be right over!

Splash of Desert Red

Passionate for White said...

What a sweet home you have it's no wonder you love it so much!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

BJ,
What a lovely and charming cottage you have!!
I am sure that it stands out from all the rest in your neighborhood and that all who drive by, stop to admire it!!

Hugs,
Debbie

SueLovesCherries said...

Hi BJ! Yes, it's those little memories that makes a house a home, and a Ranch into a Cottage! I wish my mailbox was that close to my door - I have to walk (or drive) almost a 1/4 mile to mine!

Adrienne said...

I loved seeing your sweet home! Love the cottage where you live. We have a sixties vintage ranch home and I'm constantly trying to add character to make it have the cottage look. I love the shutters and cute pieces your hubby added to your home. I want my sweetheart to help me make new shutters for ours. I know what I want and it's simple - just need the time!
~Adrienne~