Hi, I'm Holly! Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Hi, I'm Holly!  Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Monday, February 13, 2012

Reality Shots

Do you ever look at a person's life with envy and think their life is perfect? I think that is easy to do on the blogs. After all, who wants to show pics of the ugly? (These yellow roses are on the border of our farm.) Yes, the Lord has given me plenty of good things here- like this 1904 barn but there's plenty of ugly, too. I promise!

My Green Gables is a blessing to be sure but it's not *really* mine. I only call it mine. It's just a rental and I have no idea how long I'll be able to stay here. It's a very old fixer upper- which is why we can afford to rent it and even though there is plenty of charm, there are plenty of needs, too!

This is what I see when I look up at my bedroom ceiling in my my bed at night. All the ceilings are full of 100s of holes just like these! I have patched many of them since I've lived here but with 10 foot ceilings, it's not an easy task! I usually end up hurting my back so I endure until I have renewed delusions that I can really finish it all. My dear husband of 31 years works 8 hours a night as a janitor even though he has arthritis. I don't ask him to do anything once he's home.

This house has so many charming little things in it, like my one and only crystal door knob! I love it! ☺

But all the floors are either unfinished, stained and dirty wood sub floors full of splinters or they're old linoleum full of holes and scratches! (I'll save the linoleum pics for another time!) These wood floors NEVER come clean!

I have a charming built in china hutch that is so fun to decorate!

But all the walls in the house are also full of hundreds of holes and scrapes! Again, I have patched many of the holes and tried to paint over some of the scuffs but I've just covered over most of them with pictures or lace panels. This little patch below is what I see in my hall way before looking out the windows to see my beautiful views! I always think that NEXT week, I'll deal with this portion of the house but I don't.

I thank God for views like this of my lovely fir trees!

But they block the sun and give me a front yard which looks like this! Mud and fir needles are my constant companions in the house along with wood chips from the wood stove, ash from the wood stove and fur from the pets! ☺ My boy and I are going to try to seed a lawn this spring. I hope it works.

So you see, my house and my life are not idyllic but it is MY life and I embrace the good with the bad and the ugly. We ALL have both going on in our lives. If you visit a blogger that seems to have a perfect life, I guarantee you that she doesn't! Even if her house is brand new, she might still wish to live on my 345 acres with a fixer upper instead! Even if she has the perfect house and location, she might would rather have your husband or NO husband at all! Ha-ha! We've all been handed good and bad and it's up to us to use it how we see fit.

I don't wan to be envious! Let's be happy for each other for the good things in our lives and sympathetic through the bad.


I plan on having more reality shots in the future. ☺

28 comments:

Kim K. said...

What a fabulous post. I want to keep my blog a "happy pretty" blog, but I certainly have messes and disasters in our house (and personal struggles) too. Love this post. Keep them up!!

DondaLee's said...

This almost made me cry!Thank you so much for sharing it! We all need to remember that no one's life is perfect even it looks that way on a blog. How freeing it is to see the reality of our un-perfect lives and still choose to find JOY and contenment in them. But most of all, if we put our hope and joy in God we will never be un-satisfied =)

Nan said...

I know what you mean Holly. In 50 years of marriage we've certainly had the without much years, yep went through a darn lot of those. Now days it's the good years that's for sure and believe me when I say I am thankful to God every single day for what we have. Bob and I are a good team to pull from life the things that matter the most to us. I try and keep off the negative from my blog as personally I don't like to read a lot of downer stuff but there comes a time when that person is allowed you know to let her friends know she is hurting and needs some kind words we all have been there.

Mom Walds Place said...

Having a blog helps me focus on the beautiful things even on the most gray days, like today. If we can help each other do that, then blogging is worth it.

ps. Dots were mailed a week ago, woohoo!

Shelley said...

Here...here!I love these kinds of post..no pretense...just the plain truth..that is so much a big part of my very own life. You know I have done this same thing many times:)
Our lives and homes with all their character flaws are what we make them. And material things to not bring us true happiness...its the spirit of true contentment that brings us peace...No matter our dwelling it is the love and effort we put into it that makes it a true home. I love your "Green Gables" ...it is a wonderful home and I know you are so content living under its roof.....many blessings dear Holly.

Julie Harward said...

Looks to me like you have made a house a home and that your eye sees the beauty in life...you are blessed above measure. :D

My Vintage Mending said...

Perfection...You must always remember to see the glass is half full. I have to remind myself of this daily lately it seems. Reminding myself out loud that I can hear you Lord loud and clear. I think that is why I love vintage things...for all their dents and scratches...the love that they have endured. Smiles...Renee

Ruby Jean said...

a TREMENDOUS Blessing to be sure... thank you so much for sharing this with us Holly...

Shirley Hatfield said...

I love knowing that my friends are "real" people with hopes and dreams. Since I have been reading your blog, I have felt how genuine you are and how happy you are when you make something pretty...I feel so touched that you share your real self with us...even though we are strangers...but strangers who think of each other as friends we haven't met yet.

Sandy said...

What a great post!!!! I sure can relate, but I still think you are blessed, because you can see it all...good, bad, ugly or pretty. It sounds like you appreciate everything! I love it all!!!!! I keep telling myself that th eglss is half full....it has become my mantra.....:)

Kim said...

Great post today Holly. Being REAL is what it's all about. Most of us have homes and lives that are far from being perfect, including me and you won't find me pretending otherwise. My house has lots of faults just like yours but I can still be happy and appreciate the fact that it's mine and that no matter its blemishes, I still love it. I know those blemishes will get fixed someday when money allow so until then, I'll be content living with them.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

You are so very right. We become envious of those who seem to have it all, don't we? But when we share the good, the bad and the ugly, I feel that we become kindred spirits in knowing that someone else has flaws just like me! And not being afraid to talk about it and share it keeps things real :)
I remember days of having to having to rely on wood heat and an extremely drafty old log home in our early years of marriage. Reminding ourselves that it could always be worse gave us much to be thankful for back then and even today. God is good, isn't He?

Speedy Lady said...

Thank you for being so candid. Thank you for keeping it real!

Hugs!

Linda Ruthie said...

Such wise words. We live in a house that's over 60 years old and has been remodeled and added onto and wallpapered by previous owners. In the 15 years we have been here we've done tons of work but there's always more, both indoors and out. But it's HOME and we're comfortable so I count my blessings every day.

~~Carol~~ said...

I'd rather have a house full of "charm" than a perfect one any day! Our house is 85 this year, and in some places she really shows her age. I think I'll throw her a birthday party! We've got cracks in the plaster walls, an ugly kitchen floor that keeps me from taking pictures of our kitchen, I could vacuum the rug by the back door three times a day and still not get all of the pine needles out, I keep finding poison ivy in my gardens, and I wouldn't trade it for anything! I still think you're living the good life out there on the farm Holly, and you've made it a beautiful home!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Such truth is true for all of us. Hey, I'm looking at those same holes but with nails coming thru them in my living room right now. Also have wood chips and dirt in front of the woodstove, and if I look out my kitchen window, our falling down garage is truly a neighborhood eyesore. We're all the same under the pretty face we show the world, and we make the best of it as you have, enjoying the wonderful and beautiful things in our lives. Thanks for this post Holly. I think we needed it.

Sweetina said...

very well said Holly. that's why I cherish you xoxo you speak the truth...Not all of us bloggers have fairytale lives and I think it's great to be real. I have read one or two blogs that I don't read anymore because they are sickeningly materialistic and showy. I love most blogs ...and most bloggers.
T

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Dearest Holly, I so appreciate your honesty and sweet spirit. Thank you for sharing. I think you live in a little bit of heaven and a few blemishes don't spoil it at all. Our house also has it's problems. We have a leaky roof and my dishwasher doesn't work. There's an additon added before we moved in that the central heat/air doesn't heat and cool. I've never known what it was like to live in a new house but accept that these issues aren't the worst thing that could happen. We do all have unperfect lives but need to look on the bright side and appreciate what we have. Happy Valentine's day, sweetie! Twyla

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

What a great post and wonderful reminder that the grass is always greener on the other side. I hope you're having a great Valentine's Day!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I really do have a perfect life LOL! Of course no ones life is perfect, but I do think some are better than others. Yours looks like a great home and location, I have to ask, I guess I can understand holes in the walls, but how did the holes get in the ceiling. Thank you so much for sharing! Oh, I would love to have roses in my yard!!

Carol

Sandie said...

Oh Holly, If you could only see what I do not show!!! We built our house 15 years ago and it just needs to be bulldozed over! It has so many problems that I could write a book! I could spend my days depressed about it but I choose to be happy also. I try not to dwell on it all but it is hard when I love decorating so much! I almost did not start to blog because of all of my homes problems! But I am glad that I did and I will just keep on cropping out the ugly! lol Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

This was great! I love that outlook on life.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I did get my Dotty Swap items! They are wonderful! I'm going to post about them soon.

Have a wonderful day.
Sarah

Debbie Booth said...

Good morning miss Holly. Love your post. I know what you mean about holes and scrapes in the walls. Oh my. People love to talk about old houses, old homes and what a treasure, but they have been worn, used, scraped and we try to fix them...kind of like how God fixes us! Hahaha...A little paint and things do look better!
Blessings,
Debbie

Jacqueline said...

Yes, most of us live with some holes in the walls and sometimes holes in our hearts, it's good to be real. Just like that famous Velveteen Rabbit!

hensrule said...

Hi Holly,
A house is not a home, no matter how large or small it is; home is where your heart is. But you know that already, I'd bet you could make a home wherever you lived! I love your blog and ALL of your photos!
Happy Valentine,
from me and Wilma

GardenofDaisies said...

You are so right. None of us has a perfect home or perfect life. I think the key is to find happiness in spite of the challenges we face. Learning to rise above... kinda like patching those holes.
Imagine if you will... a hole in my dining room wall and the curtains on the floor, because the cats tried to climb the curtain and the weight pulled the whole things right out of the wall. :-) Yup. Reality.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Holly, your home is so beautiful. It is what you bring to it, that is such a huge blessing. I am glad you can see the brighter side as well.
Hugs,
Susie

Angela said...

So you see, my house and my life are not idyllic but it is MY life and I embrace the good with the bad and the ugly. ..amen girl. I loved this statement...((hugs))