Sunday, July 03, 2016

Just Checking-In From My Mid-Life Wanderings

So this morning I'm browsing as always (my idea of fun) and I see two photos from a nearby old house which reminded me of Andrew Wyeth (or similar artists) paintings:

Cool, right?(Click to enlarge, then use your fingers to cover the right-hand corner of the first one and it becomes awesome.) Rather remarkable that these photos were taken only last week, not decades ago.

Tom and I visit these types of houses often via estate sales, thus feeding my imaginings that I'd love a whisk-you-back-in-Time house, air heavy with unseen memories. Yet at this rate, I'll probably never live in such a house and I'm still wanting to accept that. 

At least, though, I'm grateful for the permission granted from estate sales to walk through these old places. It will have to do for now and perhaps forever.


I've forgotten to show you some recent yard sale finds:

The framed print. Remember that ancient painting I bought for over our fireplace? When I told the lady and her friend I bought it because I'm trying to make our house look old again, they said I could have this one, free.

The Jesus standing at the door print reminded me of my grandparents' house. $1.

I've read Faith Baldwin's journal-type books and Gladys Taber mentioned her so often that when I saw these books in a church bazaar box? I felt like, "Oh! Faith Baldwin. I know her."  .50 cents each.


Nothing deep or spiritual today, folks. I just wanted to share some blessings with you while I'm still searching for new activities/ideas/plans to add to my life. 

So there you go.


"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."       ... Walt Disney

"I like to do new things, so I always take on roles that I feel will keep me on my toes. I never want to pigeon myself, so I always like to surprise myself. I believe in versatility and so I would play anything as long as it was a challenge."      ...  Archie Panjabi


I hope you're having a special Fourth of July weekend!


Oh, and you'll find two free Judy Bolton books for your kindle here and here


The house I showed you photos from, above? It sold for just $11,000, mostly due to its (sad) location. Anyway, here are more photos in case you'd like to take a peek:



Debbie V. said...

I have the "Christ at Heart's Door" picture as well. It hung in my parents' bedroom when I was growing up in California and remained hanging there after they moved back to Illinois. I have a couple of more similar ones. In spite of my deep pruning of my possessions, they remain. I'm not a fan of the pictures but just the time in history they represent.

Here's the wiki article on the painter

Betsy said...

Wonderful thoughts today. I'm always blessed when I visit you. Happy 4th of July!

Deborah Raney said...

That "Wyeth painting" room is incredible! My husband has always loved the Wyeths, and we were blessed to visit the Brandywine studio and museum years ago. I love that you tour homes on for entertainment. I do the same! There's just something about imagining how you would make an existing home your own. I've always told my husband that even if we could someday afford to build a new house exactly to our specifications, I still think I'd prefer to find a "used" home and then rise to the challenge of making it our own.

Happy 4th!

Pam said...

A few weeks ago, we had the chance to walk thru an old, empty farmhouse. Oh, if only walls could talk. It was like taking a step back in time. Our daughter and her future hubby are buying this little farm and we're thrilled for them. One of the best things about it is my future son-in-law has known the owners (they're 95 and 96 yrs old) all of his life. The old couple lived in the place for nearly 70 yrs. It's hard for me to imagine being in one place that long, but it's lovely to ponder.

Debra said...

Thanks for the link, Debbie! I love this kind of art, especially the old 'autumny' colors and have a small collection going up our stairs.

Betsy--your encouraging comments always bless me and I do thank you, as well! Thanks for reading here so faithfully.

Deb--I had a feeling you'd like the photos! :) And I am the same way--I'd prefer an older house and doing what I could with it. Ideally, I'd like to do what Nicole Curtis does--add old items rather than new and make the whole place look as it did when first built. We went to a great 1940's ranch house last month and it was redone with everything new and beautiful (wonderful choices of everything). But you know? I couldn't get as excited about it as I do these old, untouched, loved-to-pieces houses we visit. Call me crazy. heh.

Oh Pam! I'm so happy your daughter met a good man and will marry again soon and of course I'm also thrilled that they'll be buying an old farm! How fun and I wish them all the very best.

Thanks, Everyone! Blessings, Debra