finding delight in the mundane since 1936


Monday, September 17, 2012


Hello little house, 
it's been FIFTEEN years since I signed the papers, got the keys and opened your door for the first time. You were freshly painted and groomed. Sunlight streamed through your un-curtained windows and the first thing I did was put my grandmother's portrait up on the mantle. She had passed away earlier that year and when I found you I knew she would approve. I promptly pulled up your tattered green carpet that hadn't budged in 20 years. Your vinyl wallpaper, 4 bedrooms and 2 baths were so quaint and dainty that I almost wanted to leave everything in tact. I had never lived in a house so big in my adult life, certainly not by myself. You weren't my first property but certainly my first free standing house.

When I sat down next to the fireplace I imagined what the previous owners were like and I wondered what you and I would be like years later. 
Then the fear of being another homeowner came over me...should I have gotten a 15 year loan? Should I replace the furnace? Should I get an alarm? 
But, I was tickled pink with all of your beauty AND your flaws.
15 years later, I'm still enamored with you. You make me feel safe, You have remained solid and stable even in the midst of storms, floods, killer ivy, terrorist threat, construction, graduate school, roommates, squirrels, modifications and the death of loved ones. We've been through some changes, you and I, but we just get better with age.

I don't take care of you nearly as much as I should but I just wanted to thank you for standing beside me for the last 15 years. If I had gotten that 15 year loan, you'd be nearly paid off by now. 
No worries though, each re-finance gave me the opportunity to enhance your living space and I will gladly work well into my old age to pay you off. 
You are worth every single penny.

Many thanks to my creator who led me to you and has made a way for us to stay together this long.
This blog is dedicated to you, giving you thanks for my glorious pile of bricks.



Today is an update on an my annual post, and it's our 15 year anniversary!
I couldn't have said it any better! 
My dog is gone and I really have been through a slew of changes. 
I must declare that I love the Lord with all my heart and soul and that I'm so grateful for my glorious pile of bricks.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pursue a path...

"Pursue some path, 
however narrow and crooked, 
in which you can walk with love and reverence." 
~Henry David Thoreau

I'm also pursuing a path of fixing up the screen porch. 

Since it's been neglected for a couple of years, it was covered in 2 layers of pollen and dust!
Everything has been hosed down and I'm starting to cart things out there. Enjoyed breakfast and quiet time in the sunlight and an afternoon rain while mopping the floor.

Here's a preview:

Source: Uploaded by user via glorious on Pinterest

               Does anyone know what this type of flooring is called?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

English Tudor Revival

Look Familiar?

Source: via Yulia on Pinterest

I really do love the 1930's English Tudor Revival

Source: via glorious on Pinterest

Thinking of adding some curb appeal next year by doing a mortar wash to my brick like the one above...
I'll show more examples soon...