Good morning. Rick and I live in a historic home. Along with cozy, snug and comfy, it’s been interesting. I call our dwelling place, a farmhouse cottage.
After moving in, we lived in the house for twelve months before we did anything to it. I wanted the house to speak to me and tell me what it needed. 🙂 I also wanted to experience all four seasons to discover what was in garden. It was worth the wait. The house told me *ahem* it needed to be opened up. It wanted fresh air flowing through it. So! We opened up the house. Rick restored the windows. We have “vintage” windows with the weights, counter-weights and ropes. Since Rick repaired them, I have learned they are great windows. They go up and down with ease. However, the windows in our closed-in front porch were nailed shut, so that took some effort to open. I think Rick spent an entire day working on those windows, but now they are open and because of the breeze that goes through that room, it’s my favorite room in the house. 🙂
Since we’ve lived here, we did get a new furnace. When the men came to install the new one, the man said, our furnace was so old he didn’t recognize it or the company who made it. Well! Alright then.
We also had a fireplace put in. That is wonderful. The fireplace heats the house. We only use the furnace in January.
Our kitchen needed the most attention. Since we did the work, it was inexpensive. Rick took down old wallpaper. He scrubbed glue off the walls and we painted. He also did some stenciling in the kitchen. We eventually bought new appliances and we put hardware on the cupboard doors. Now we have a cute, little cottage kitchen.
Rick reports, the most difficult thing about living in a historic home ~ getting workers to update the home when it’s necessary.
I’m a terrible gardener, so flowers are always difficult for me to grow. I do have daisies, bleeding hearts, lilies, mint, lilacs, and some unknown flowers. Rick is great growing vegetables. We have tomatoes and peppers every year.
If we moved, would I purchase another historic home? Maybe. I have learned a LOT owning this one. I would say, if you are thinking of buying a historic home, go for it! Especially if you have carpentry skills or interior design experience. That would be awesome. We live in a beautiful neighborhood and we have great people all around us. There can be challenges with historic homes though.
Have a great day!
June 24, is NATIONAL FAIRY DAY! Give a Fairy a hug today. 🙂 This is Twig. We meet her at a Renaissance Festival every year. I took both of these photos. She doesn’t speak, she plays her flute. She’s enchanting, magical, fun, and a little mischievous She sprinkles fairy dust on me and gives me a shiny rock. 🙂
In December, I listed my top ten favorite reads for 2015. That was not easy. I read so many good books, to narrow it down to ten is a task. So, I thought it might help to list my top five reads halfway through the year. 🙂 Then again, maybe not. We shall see. 🙂 So, without further ado . . .
1.) The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
2.) The River’s End by James Oliver Curwood
3.) The Foundling by Georgette Heyer
4.) The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillian
5.) Winter Watch by Anita Klumpers
What are your favorite reads for 2016? Enjoy!
Rick and I went hiking again. It was a beautiful day.
My Awesome Photography!