Friday, July 28, 2006
Bloggity Tour of Homes - Come on In!
Come on in! Our door is always open. You don't even have to take your shoes off. My husband doesn't. The dog doesn't either. So just come on in, or you're welcome to sit there in the rocker for a bit and enjoy the view. If you ring the bell, it's likely to play "Southern Rose of Texas". I think musical doorbells are so welcoming. Don installed one for me a few years back as a birthday gift.

This is the heart of our home. It's where we spend most of our time. Sitting here we can see straight out the front door or watch the birds at the feeders on the deck. It's gorgeous in winter to sit and watch the snow fall. We can easily grab some of those chairs at the counter and pull them up to the table. The more the merrier. If you eat at this table, you can't have a big aversion to consuming dog hair. We have quite a bit of that in our house. Golden retrievers are worth it, but they are hairy. We've had a lot of family memories, good and bad, right here at this table. I'll keep both.

I love to check out the fridge in someone's home; the outside, not the inside. It's where I head first when I'm visiting someone. Seeing family photos, jokes, etc. gives a glimpse of that family. If you zoom in on this you'll see some of our favorite people and animals. Who needs to check out a boring medicine cabinet (TMI!). I just want to see your kids, grandkids, etc. If you have an embarrassing appt. I promise not to notice. I have my own penciled in so don't zoom too much!

This is required equipment in our house. It has a timer and I lie in bed in the morning and wait to hear the four beeps that let me know it's all clear - I can head down. Starbucks, no creamer for me. That little square jar is Paula Deen seasoning. - It goes on everything so I just leave it out. I do have a good collection of Celestial Seasonings Tea if that's your preference. We aim to please around here. Lots of flavored creamers in the fridge door - my husband is NOT a coffee purist. The cutting board is a gift from my DIL, Janae, who is from Paris, Texas. Very cute I think.

This is the room we spend the other chunk of our time in. It's where reality TV happens, Saturday night Netflix and popcorn, football games, there's a big ole fireplace in the corner you can't see. The room used to be twice this big but just wasn't cozy so my sweet husband cut it down to size, and put in an office for me right behind it with sound-resistant walls for when he's watching something with the surround sound going. I'm not big on loud noises when I'm at my desk.If you look closely you'll see our four-legged child, Elway. He has the run of the house. A bit spoiled. (And did I mention hairy?)If you zoom you'll see that I didn't clean it for this photo. We always have dog toys out; he never learned to put them back (my sister's dog does this..) and there is ALWAYS a pile of papers to go through while we're watching TV at night, so I just left them there.

This is my blogging headequarters, aka my desk/bill paying center. You can't see the wall of quilting fabric and another with all my books. There's a TV with a built in VCR and DVD player that I actually know how to run across from my desk. I can pop in a (quiet) movie when I'm working at my desk. This is one of my favorite spots in the house. Since we don't really do anything in here it rarely gets messy or dirty. That's a blessing.

And finally, this is our little deck. It's not big, I wish it was screened in. However, it has the best view. This is where we check out all the wildlife that comes to visit. We can see our neighbor's son play with his new puppy, see kids running in the creek below. In the summer we can barely see the people across the creek, then fall comes and the shower of leaves is unbelievable. Wintertime - all the neighbors reappear and we see kids sledding down the hill behind us. We've watched deer take an all day nap on Christmas, laying there in the snow. When we chose this house the back yard was our son, Dan's favorite part. He was right - it's ours too. It's a little piece of heaven most of the time, and never needs vacuuming. Wish you could all join me here to get to know each other a little better and enjoy the view.

God was good to give us this house. When we bought it we were in town for two days to house shop. We looked at 20 houses per day, then narrowed down the list. It happened to be the very first one we looked at. It had no curb appeal, not a single flower in the yard, no shrubs. It needed a lot of TLC, but it looked like a great place to raise kids. It looked like it could be homey. Ten years later we think it is. Hope you do too. Homey is important to us. Thanks for visiting, hope you'll come back soon.


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