Excited To Meet You, Neighbor

I am a homemaker who is busy cozying up a little cottage. I love Jesus, family, friends, houses, decorating, writing, books, chocolate, Italian food and blue sky, crisp Autumn days.  

For years, I wanted to be a homemaker, but because I didn‘t have children and because my husband kept going back to school, I never felt that the time was right to indulge that dream. So, over the years I have been an English teacher, Nanny of sorts, Office Manager and Customer Service Specialist. 

Three years ago this June we moved back to my hometown to be near my parents, and this was the perfect time for me to break away from nine to five and enjoy my little cottage. 

Our little house sits next door to my parents.  It is a house my father acquired in 2010 because he wanted a back way into his property. We joked that he had the most expensive driveway in town.  He now has a back driveway, and he agreed that my husband and I could fix up the little house as our weekend getaway.  In 2012, due to health issues with my parents, we moved in full time. It has been an adventure trying to fit contents from two residences into one. 

My brother with the help of a friend and my father did most of the remodeling and updating.   There are still things (new roof, better landscaping, paint exterior and so forth) that need to be done as time and money permit.  For now we are learning to live simply and be thankful for our blessings.

Today I’ll share some of the outside pics and save the interior for next time.

Another dream I‘ve had over the years is to be a writer. The dream is always there and has shown up in spurts, but in January of 2011 I got serious about writing and started a Writers group at my church and then later that year began a blog. I thought my blog would be a combination of house decor and writing, but the writing became the focus rather than the house.

I‘m still not sure what direction my writing will ultimately take, and I am currently on a blogging break of sorts. This season has been a curious time of not writing, but I‘m excited to see how it all turns out. 

In the meantime, since I love houses, I thought this would be the perfect spot to call home and share bits and pieces of my home with you. I also thought it would be a great motivator to get me back in the swing of putting my house in order.  

Let‘s have inspiring chats on the front porch swing or at the kitchen table. Excited to meet you, neighbor!


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    Hello I could so see us sitting on that front porch – I love the colors – rug. Great you are exploring your possibilities. Writing wise you should check out National Novel Writing Month or NaNoNo they also have a summer camp “Camp NaNo” it is all on-line with good support. Might be worth just popping in there for a visit.

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      You would be very welcome to sit on my front porch anytime! I actually started NaNoWriMo a few years ago, but didn’t finish. I’ve not heard of NaNoNo or Camp NoNo , so will have to check those out. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Hi neighbour! Such a sweet home! Those colours on the front porch are just my cup of tea! Such a special place to sit and share thoughts and build friendships! Marvelous story…I too have moved in to help my Mom who turned 88 last Saturday. I am grateful to have the opportunity to give back to her. We also share a love of writing. Glad to meet you.

    ps. Yes, I am Canadian Miss English teacher! :)We always add “u” to colour and neighbour.

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    So glad you stopped by for a visit. I think the “u” added to words brings a touch of sophistication! I wish you well on your caregiving journey. I understand how exhausting it can be, even in the midst of the blessings.

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      Thanks! As a retired teacher, I find I am always noticing spelling… didn’t want you to think I didn’t know better. 🙂
      Have a lovely day Teresa!

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