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Cottage Blues



Hello Peeps,

I hope your weekend was fun and relaxing!  Did you do something special to celebrate Father’s Day?  My poor hubby, and the amazing father of our two sons signed up for sweat and tears this weekend!  Just kidding, but he worked really hard and I did, too.  You see, we replaced all our windows and doors last summer and added shaker siding.  We love the way our house went from tired, ugly Brady Bunch to a lovely shade of blue with the feel of a country cottage.  Scroll down and you’ll see what I mean!


Yep, that’s the way the house looked when we bought it!  We knew this place had a ton of potential and we loved the setting so we dug our heels in and held on until we could make exterior improvements.  Since the work wasn’t done until late last Summer, Fall  set in quickly and we turned our attention to stocking up our wood supply.  We had a mild winter, but I was still surprised at the amount of dirt and debris that had collected on our window sills and decks.  Ewww!  We decided it was time to do some exterior clean up, so we fired up the power washer and worked our little hearts out.

Everything looks and feels so. much. better.  So, although Father’s Day wasn’t our typical day of celebration, the king of my castle will rest well knowing that all our hard work was worth every minute! 🙂

Have you ever fallen in love with the feel of a house and plunged in despite its current state?  We have lived in a lot of houses.  So many, that I’m often teased by my friends and family.  You know, we were flipping houses before the phrase was even popular.  We didn’t actually set out to be flippers. But for one reason or another, we would buy a home, rework it inside and out and then we’d move and start all over again. I kind of blamed myself because I thought it was because I loved decorating.  I actually worked as a decorator and so our houses always sold quickly.  What I didn’t realize was how much both my husband and I craved being in a place where we could enjoy our privacy.  We have the world’s greatest neighbors, but they seem to feel much the same way; always there if needed but otherwise a friendly wave is sufficient!

I hope that doesn’t sound rude or unfriendly!  I really, really don’t mean it that way!  Just before we moved here I began understanding what a true introvert I am.  I’ve taken test after test and each one of them ends with the same result.  I am an introvert.  I love being alone and especially when I have a drawing or invitation that I’m working on.  I love having projects that consume my thoughts and I love being home. I need time alone to process and make sense of everyday life.

It took me quite a long time to realize that this is the way God made me and it’s really okay.  For quite awhile, I felt like I must surely be different than everyone else.  It was a real eye-opener when I learned that there are others out there who feel much the same way that I feel.  I learned to accept my differences and even to embrace them.  This little home of ours helps me live the life I was yearning to live.  I am so grateful that my husband is content being away from a large city or in a neighborhood full of people, too.

What about you?  Do you get energized being with people or by being alone?  Does your home help fit your personality?

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