Sunday, May 19, 2019

1940's Sunday House

Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile may remember my Living Large in Small Spaces series. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can click on the 
LLISSS tab above for the whole story.

A little over a year ago we sold our little cottage in Oregon, and since then we've been living in an apartment while I've dreamed of owning another joyful cottage. 

Sometimes I'd sit in my chair with my laptop and search for hours on to see what might be available, even before we were ready to make a purchase.

Anyway, last December on one of my virtual home tours I came across what I think is an adorable "Sunday House" in Texas. It sold right away -- I mean within 48 hours it was gone (which is pretty typical in this hot -- no pun intended -- Texas real estate market ) -- but I always had in mind that one day I would share it with you. Today's the day, so here we go.

This 806 sq ft cottage appeared on the market in December, and the landscaping reflects the season. Not much to look at in the winter.

Step inside, though, and you'll see what drew me to this sweet place. 

Look at all the windows. Natural light everywhere.

I love the ceilings and the rustic beams. The hardwood floors are original to the home.

I wish there were more photos of the kitchen.

Personally, I would have done something different with the refrigerator and range, as I don't like them next to each other without a space in between, but that's me. Maybe that doesn't bother everyone. The kitchen floor is hand stenciled.

The master bedroom is pretty big for such a small home, and appears to have a nice closet.

I'm speculating, of course, but I think this cottage may have been a vacation rental before it was sold.

Whatever the case, I think the cottage is charming. 

It has a little deck and shed in back.

A very rustic privacy fence, and fire pit for relaxiing.

If this place were mine I'd plant a bunch of trees and add plenty of flowers.

There's always room for improvement, right?

If you're interested in learning about the history of the Sunday House (or Haus in German), click here.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Have a great week!



Sunday, May 12, 2019

Our Texas Journey - Year One

"How did it get so late so soon? 
Its night before its afternoon. 
December is here before its June. 
My goodness how the time has flewn. 
How did it get so late so soon?"
-- Dr. Seuss 

Hunt, TX

When we arrived here in Texas 13 months ago I had all sorts of plans to blog about our adventure. Somehow, that didn't happen. Time slipped through my fingers and the plans I had for more writing never materialized. 

How did it get so late so soon?

After a year in Texas I can say this:
I like Texas just fine, thank you very much. 
I like Texans and their accents. 
I like Texans' friendliness, warmth and hospitality. 
I like how easy it is to make friends with Texans. 
I like the Texas climate and the culture and the food (from BBQ to German to Tex-Mex and everything in between). 
I like the Texas ranches and the history and the patriotism and the love of God and family. 
I like the fact that "Texas has no rules" as my son said when I sent him this photo.

Wow! There are no rules in Texas.

 That's right. No rules.

July 4th, 2018 Parade - Comfort, TX

I like the wildflowers in Texas. No, I LOVE the wildflowers in Texas. One of the first wildflowers to show up in spring, Bluebonnets are a big deal here, they're the official state flower, and they bloom a long time.

A nearby field awash in purple in late March.

Still visible the end of April

Soon after the Bluebonnets make their appearance a plethora of other wildflowers join them -- all along the highways and byways. Unfortunately, I can't tell you their names. Maybe I'll come to know them in time.

Not knowing the names of the wildflowers doesn't make them any less glorious.

Even the cactus join the performance.

It's as if they just can't help themselves. They simply have to bloom.

Every flower reminds me of its Creator. I have no doubt of God's existence when I see nature.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
Psalm 19:1-4

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, 
so that men are without excuse.
Romans 1:20

I thank God that I have eyes to see the beauty of His creation.

I also thank Him for His answer to our prayers. We are in contract on a home, and if everything goes as we hope it will this cute little house will be ours on May 30.

I can hardly wait to share this next chapter in our journey with you (God willing). Thanks for stopping by (and for all your sweet comments and emails).