Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

Carol Knits hosts Ten on Tuesday! Today she wants us to celebrate what we love about our homes. Don't you think we often complain and gripe and think of all we don't like; yet don't talk about what it is we DO like? I know that I am like that. So here it is today.

 
10 Things I love about My Home
 
My home
 
 
 
1. I love that this is the home that Richard and I bought together 30 years ago.
 
 
2. I really, really love that I have no mortgage. Paid it off in  2013. A wonderful day indeed.
 
3. I love how it looks from the street. Fresh white paint with a cool sage-green front door.
 
4. I love my bay window in the reading room.
 
5. I love having a reading room. This room houses a comfy futon, my hutch converted to a bookcase, and Richard's miniature tractors and farm equipment collection. (Need to figure out what I will do with those).
 
6. I love my kitchen. It is small. Some think too small but I like it that way. It has a dishwasher which is great! You can sit at the counter and eat. And it is open to the dining room.
 
7. I love how big the living room is. Big enough to have a full couch and a love seat; 2 big recliners, a full wall entertainment set and my desk. There is also room for a big coffee table and two end tables. And plenty of room to bring in the ficus tree to winter indoors.
 
8. I love all the windows in my house. A lot of sunlight! And I rarely cover them with curtains. Doesn't bother me to live in a house with the windows open.
 
9. I love that we have lots of space between houses here. No feelings of being smothered by the neighbors! And the neighbors are nice! Friendly, but not too friendly. Just the way I like a neighborhood to be.
 
10. I love that we have 3 bathrooms. Well, I think they call it 2 1/2 baths. Because one is only a toilet. But we use it a lot. Never have to wait our turn to use the bathroom here. Although, there is only one shower. And we take turns there. I could remedy that by putting in another shower in the main room. We'll see!
 
 
 
There you go! What do you love about your house? Please share with me!

30 comments:

  1. It sounds like a lovely home. And even better that it's paid off!

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  2. Wonderful that it is paid off! It sounds like a great home too! I always think a house needs at least 2 bathrooms if there are 2 or more people living in the house :) I am not crazy about the rental house we are currently living in, but glad it is a roof over my head and that the lease expires in December and hopefully we'll be moving into something we'll be buying by then :)

    betty

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    1. Yes, I think at least 2 bathrooms are a necessity!

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  3. It sounds just perfect, Paula! (I love having curtainless windows, too!) And . . . to think that you have no mortgage! That must feel heavenly. :-)

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    1. It was a good day when we sent off that last mortgage payment. Richard had a stroke and I had to quit working. I wasn't yet old enough for retirement so we were living on just his and it was certainly a celebration when the mortgage payment went away!

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  4. Sounds great, Paula. I also love space between houses and friendly neighbours. I have a book club with a few of my neighbours - would you call that 'too' friendly? ;)

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    1. No, not too friendly. I like my neighbors. But they aren't my friends. If yours are that is GREAT!

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  5. Nice entry! I like what you love about your place! What I love about our home:

    1. We live where Pete's family has always lived since his grandfather came to Texas and bought over 400 acres.

    2. That we are surrounded by woods on three sides, and butt up against the Big Thicket National Preserve. (A big chunk of this unit was appropriated from Pete's family for "far compensation". HA!)

    3. That we have animals to enjoy, but I don't have to tend to. Horses, Chickens, Hogs, Dogs and Cats currently.

    4. My kitchen cabinets, because Pete and his brother Tommy built them when they were doing custom oak cabinetry. I have a huge corner cabinet with a hinged door and inside a two tiered lazy-susan.

    5. No traffic, no road noise, no train near enough to ever hear. Can't even hear the neighbor unless they party really hard.

    6. Because we are secluded, I can go outside anytime I like any way I like.

    7. Our pool is a lot of enjoyment to our family. I love it on warm summer nights, no lights, just me.

    8. Pete's four o'clocks and my kate jasmine. Two of my favorite flowers.

    9. Our pecan trees, fig trees and willow trees that are out by the pond. The pecans are great to have. Pete makes the best fig preserves! And the willows are just lovely!

    10. The beautiful birds and assortment of wild life we often see or encounter on an almost daily basis.

    Ah, almost all of mine are things out doors. Maybe in part because since I am away from home 10 hours a day, I don't get to spend the time I'd like to out there. And in part because our home is getting in very bad, sad shape and we REALLY need to get in the double-wide that we bought to fix up.

    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. We used to have a pool in the backyard. It was always my favorite place to be. Until I had to be the only one taking care of it! They are a lot of work! Thanks for your list Barbara. Sounds like you have a great home

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  6. A reading room has to be just heavenly. I don't think your kitchen is too small. It's what is sometimes called, in California, the land of the Large, a one B*tt kitchen but it's just the type that I love. Have a happy week and weekend. :o)

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    1. Yes, it is a Butt kitchen! I'll have to share that with my granddaughter. She is always telling me I have to leave the kitchen when she's cooking because we are always bumping into each other

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  7. Congratulations on being mortgage free! That has to be a load off your mind.

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    1. It sure eased one area of stress at the time!

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  8. Your reading room sounds wonderfully indulgent! You had me at bay window!

    Behind Richard, is that your dining room looking out at the house across the street? Crazy, but I'm always walking around closing our drapes and blinds tight.... even in winter!
    Mostly, I like how you call it 'home' ... not your 'house.'

    PS - Still lovin' that sage-colored portal!

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    1. Behind Richard looking out the bay window...that is now the reading room. We used it for a dining room for years and then we turned the family room into the dining room and started using the enormous 'formal' living room as our living room. Makes much more sense!

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  9. Your house sounds lovely but I think the best thing about your house is that you have made it a loving, comforting home.

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  10. Sounds like a great place. I love the ambiance of the area. We've got "lakes" that house ducks and geese and turtles and such.

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    1. We are not far from lakes that have those same lovely creatures.

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  11. If I could pick up my house and gardens and move them I would. Too many folks here who do not maintain their property and the local politicians are nuts. But I love the fact that the house is a ranch, two sides are predominately glass and I too can leave the blinds open, I live on a private park, Oh, it is great---cept for the neighbors mess.

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    1. Thankfully all the homes in our neighborhood are very well maintained!

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  12. Interesting. Once again we match on many things:

    I love:
    1. that I have lived in my home for 30 years as well - exactly 30 years this month.
    2. that my kitchen is small by kitchen standards - but totally functional - so many large
    kitchens are hard for the cook to use efficiently - spread out looks good in magazines
    but functionally I think smaller is better for the cook.
    3. that my townhouse sits in a well maintained quiet community with close neighbors who
    are friendly but not too friendly.
    4. that my townhouse has extra toilets (3 1/2 bathrooms) so no waiting. :-)
    5. that my townhouse has no mortgage - paid off in 2002 - that saved our butt when my
    husband and I both got laid off at the same time in 2003
    6. that it is now finally painted through out - fresh and decluttered for the first time in years
    7. that the townhouse was big enough to help 5 separate family member move in when
    they needed help
    8. that my front and back yards are so small that we use mulch only - no lawn mowing.
    9. that my house has a room dedicated to my passion of knitting and weaving - just for me.
    10.that my house holds the memories (good and bad) of so much of my life.

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    1. Your townhouse sounds perfect! I would like the fact of no mowing!!

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  13. Paula, I love the tour of your home. I would love a reading room. How great is that! Have a blessed day.

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  14. A reading room with a bay window sounds heavenly!

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  15. You're right about how fun this prompt was. I love my cozy apartment!

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    1. It was fun! I want to come visit you at your cozy apartment sometime!

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