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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ June 30, 2011

{Pretty}

Remember this post in which I showed you the dreary view out my kitchen window? Well, I have a new house now which has a fabulous view from the kitchen window! Look at this!



And this!



And this (taken by Girl of the House)!



One of the things I missed most while living in Appalachia was the wide open spaces of the Midwest. Those darn hills kept getting in the way of the scenery! Instead of feeling claustrophopic, I feel like I can breathe again. I missed the cornfields too and now I can see one from my backyard. *sigh of contentment*

{Happy}

We had a pet rabbit for four years, but there were no wild rabbits in our old neighborhood. This little guy (gal?) visits almost nightly with a few friends and relations.



Here's another backyard visitor. I've never seen robins as big as those around here!



Man of the House and I visited the only antique store in town last Saturday. Sadly, it's going out of business. Happily, everything was half-off, so we nabbed these crates for Girl of the House. Two real, gen-u-ine dairy crates and one fruit crate. She loved them! Here she is giving them a clean up. (She doesn't know I took these. Aren't I sneaky?)



{Funny}

Cat of the House apparently likes opera. Girl of the House was listening to a CD of famous soprano arias, and he plunked himself down right next to the CD player!



(Black cats are exceedingly difficult to photograph!)

{Real}

Man of the House is painting the hallway. It and the living room were a muddy tan/green/gray-ish color that was about as appealing as cold oatmeal. As an added bonus, it sucked any and all particles of light right out of the air. I knew I couldn't survive a winter with my sanity intact with that color. We've finished with the living room (pictures of which I will show you soon!) and are on to the hallway now. We chose a subtle, cheerful yellow which has made all the difference in the living room. Here Man of the House is in the primer stage. Even that has made a huge difference!





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Comments

  1. Having been raised in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, I find myself having nearly opposite sentiments regarding the landscape. :) I miss the security of the surrounding hills. The wide open spaces of Kansas leave me feeling exposed and vulnerable. :)

    -Chris O.

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  2. That's exactly how Girl of the House feels!

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  3. I like your new views -- very pretty :)

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  4. I live in New Jersey but grew up in Indiana. I know exactly how you feel. When ever I am in wide open spaces and cornfields I feel like I can breathe. Ahh!!!

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