I’ve written before about why I love our small house, but did you know that our house is old, too? In fact, our house, a Craftsman style bungalow that was built in 1927, is 85 years old… and I absolutely love it. Our house has character, spunk, and looks pretty cool… Just like The Goose.
Our house is compact, without an inch of wasted space. It was built during a time when the majority of family time was spent together, in common areas of the home. Because of this, our bedrooms are relatively small, but our living and dining rooms are larger. While it would be nice to have a bedroom that was large enough to accommodate another piece of furniture, it certainly isn’t a necessity. After all, not much time is spent in our bedrooms anyway. And, when we are in our bedrooms we are usually sleeping.
Pinterest – I often call it the best and worst thing ever invented. If you’re not familiar with Pinterest – it is basically an online bulletin board. A place to, well, Pin different articles, ideas, and webpages that you find on the Internet.
People tend to think of Pinterest as being full of exercise, fashion and recipes, but that’s not the case at all. Pinterest has served as the inspiration for a lot of projects around my house. I’ve used it to plan our bathroom remodel, find plants that will grow in the shadier areas of my yard, and to find ideas that have helped me organize a lot of the cluttered areas of my small house.
Growing up, I was lucky to spend a lot of time with my great-grandmother. She babysat me nearly every day when my mom was working, and I learned a lot from her. My Great-Grandma made the best eggs and toast, she fed me Mrs. Grass soup for lunch everyday (she’d even let me drop the flavor ‘egg’ in), and she would read books with me for hours and hours (I still have many of these books – including my favorite book, Peppermint, that I used to read to The Goose when he was younger).
One thing my Great-Grandma did that always fascinated me was use a sewing machine. With her sewing machine, she made countless Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She made almost all of my clothes, and she made clothes for all of my baby dolls. To me, her sewing machine was magic.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the day we bought our house. (Read more about why we bought our house – and why we love it here!) Normally, I don’t make note of such odd things, but the fact that it falls on St. Patrick’s Day makes it easy to remember. (I bought my last house on Flag Day, and that was an easy one to remember, too).
Since buying our house we’ve made a lot of improvements. We’ve had new siding, a new roof and new gutters installed, taking our home from an outdated bungalow with a leaky roof and brick veneer siding, to an updated bungalow with dark blue siding and white trim. We’ve had the bathroom remodeled, removing the white paneling that covered the bottom half of the walls and replacing it with proper ceramic tile. We’ve also updated the landscaping in the front yard, removing the dead boxwoods and replacing them with beautiful hydrangeas and hostas that were given to us by my mother-in-law (the hostas originally grew in the yard at my husband’s childhood home). We’ve painted every room in our house, added a new window to The Goose’s bedroom and replaced the two windows in our living room. We’ve cut down several trees along our back fence to allow for more sunlight in the yard for our ever growing garden. We’ve added a heavy wooden swing set and a sandbox to the yard for The Goose to play on.
It’s no secret – kids are hard on furniture. Especially my kid. He is constantly jumping from the chair to the couch, standing on tables and tipping over footstools. It used to drive me crazy – especially when I’d ask him over and over to stop.
Whenever I start to get irritated, I have to remind myself of one thing…
Shop Small Saturday began a few years ago as a way to encourage shoppers to ‘think outside of the big box’ when doing their Christmas shopping. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.
I love having a wonderful smelling home, especially during fall. I love coming inside on a brisk day to find the house filled with aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, and rosemary. What I don’t love is the chemical smell of the sprays, spritzes and plug-ins that try to duplicate those scents. Plus, with a curious little one around I have to be safe. Which means no candles, no diffusers, and definitely nothing that plugs into the wall.
For the last few years, I have been using a simmer pot to make my home smell great. I just add a handful of ingredients to a small sauce pan, add some water and turn the heat to low. Or I toss the ingredients into a small crock pot if I don’t want to watch the stove.