Thursday, September 20, 2012

Counting my blessings

Good morning from Maryland on this beautiful Thursday. I realized I hadn’t written for several days, and today have off from work due to an appointment for my husband later on in Baltimore. I had planned on sleeping in but my work cell rang at 7 this morning. It was a parent from school who told me that his daughter was sick and she’d be needing her homework.

So much for sleeping in. The cell is only for parents to use in an emergency but that’s ok because lately we’ve been having difficulty with our phone system at school. So far I’ve had two calls from parents this morning.

Because I can’t write a post without images, I picked up the camera and walked around in my slippers, snapping a few shots. I was too lazy to change the lens, so these images were all shot with the 50mm which I rarely use anymore. I like my 50mm.


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The main foyer – I am standing with the front door at my back and facing the door that leads to the little back patio. We never use the front door, preferring the mud-room entrance at the other end of the house.


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Turning to the right and looking into the room we use as our living room. I’m sure it was a library at some point in history, a den at another point, but now it’s our living room. It was built in 1810 as an addition to the main house which was built in 1769. The fireplace would be nice to use, but it needs to be re-lined and we’re just fine without it.

This is thrilling you no end, isn’t it?

* snort *


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Walking out the front door and looking to the west for a view of the hickory tree and the yard beyond.


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The black locust stand with the old outdoor fireplace at the base. These trees are incredibly old and very very high. My husband uncovered the fireplace remains in 2010 but it’s hard to keep the vines off of it. I wrote about his discovery:

Hidden Treasures


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A lone morning glory on the azalea bush out front on this chilly September morning.


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Looking toward the east and catching the first rays of the sun.


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Catching my husband on his walk. I don’t see George although I’m sure he’s close by. The leaves on the dogwood trees are beginning to turn colors.


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And my favorite seat in the house.

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This morning, I plan on taking a walk with the dog and maybe doing a little knitting later on. I can hear our son upstairs with the vacuum and my husband is in the kitchen making me another cup of coffee. Each season is a gift and I always wonder, “will this be his last (autumn, summer, spring, winter)?” And he continues to surprise me and to surprise his doctors. And I count my blessings. This home and this property is one of many.


Nellie said...

Kate, thank you for such a lovely morning tour of your home. I hope you have good news in Baltimore today.

GailO said...

Vacuuming from one and coffee making from another! Isn't this porn for women?

Good luck on today's appointment...may he see many more seasons and enjoy each as though it is the last:) We should all do this I should think:)

Connie in Hartwood said...

Please know that I am thinking of you and your dear husband today. Perhaps it will help to know that you are not alone ... if only in a cyber way.

A grown son vacuuming? Now THAT's a miracle!

Merisi in Vienna said...

Love the soft morning light!

I can't believe that a parent dares calling you at 7:00 AM. No mercy!

Hope the day goes well for both of you,

Reena said...

I love your favorite seat! Warm and inviting as your home! Safe travels today and hope all goes well.
PS. Love GailO's comment! LOL!

The JR said...

beautiful pictures....

good luck with his appt.

I don't know what I would do without MY MAN.

sharon said...

Looks like another gorgeous day! Hope your day is filled with good thoughts all day!

Low Tide High Style said...

I think that old manor house is equally happy to have you there too. I hope all goes well in B'more today!


Snap said...

Hope all goes well in Baltimore. I enjoyed seeing your morning through your eyes. May the day be as beautiful as the morning!

RURAL said...

Kate I love the "snort" part of the post, you know we all love to see pics of your world. I think you could take a picture of the floor and we would be thrilled.

I too, am sending you good thoughts for the appointment.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Hilary said...

I love your little home and property tours. I feel as if I've visited.

May you be counting those same blessings for many more years to come.

Dianne said...

I love the light in your foyer
and your yard!!
I could take a walk and not have to wear a bra, that would make me happy ;)

I loved all the George photos from previous post
so wonderful
he's a good soul


Steph said...

Hoping you two have many many more Septembers together. xo

Country Gal said...

Thank you for including us in your morning , I enjoyed every photo and yes even the "snort" I do that to hehe ! I hope all is good news for your hubs and you ! I to feel and am blessed every day for what I have in my life and yes that for you guys in it as well through blogging . Have a wonderful day !

thotlady said...

Each season is a gift. I am happy when he and you can experience them together.

Nice post.

Anonymous said...

I need a favorite seat... all of mine are filled with doggie patooties. Good luck in Baltimore. :-))

Karen said...

May you share many more seasons together....

Hilary said...

Roy says: Stay in the day, Miss Kate. Stay in the day.
Cuz it's a lovely one.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Each season is a gift. So is every day.

Love the morning glory.

Anonymous said...

Fingers and toes are crossed for you and yours. And I so loved visiting with are surrounded by beauty!

Mental P Mama said...

Hope today went well...xoxo

Cloudia said...

your beautiful post made me remember and long for cool Sept morns. . . lovely and strangely satisfying to this transplant. Say! I think we are rocking the same laptop!

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JaneK said...

"our house is a very very fine house...."

thanks for sharing your musings; hope today's appt was good...

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I truly believe our times are in His hands--but it isn't always easy for us here. I want to rest in this, but I'm struggling with my daughter's health issues right now.
Such a beautiful place to live, lovely grounds to walk--yes, so much is a gift.

Daryl said...

i agree with Reena, Gail's comment said it perfectly

Gillian Olson said...

Hope the appointment goes well,

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Bluebird49 said...

I surely hope all went well at his appt., Kate...and that all is well for now, anyway! Although we are not promised tomorrow, I pray you have many, many good tomorrows together. It is what we expect to have with our loved ones, and I sure hope it will be that way!

By the way---I think YOU are a blessing!

becky up the hill said...

Thinking of you Kate..

Em Parkinson said...

The house is beautiful and I love the photos. They're really evocative and fascinating to see a house of that period in the States rather than here in the UK; The slight differences in style with the mouldings and detailing. More like this please!

Keep strong. x

mrs mediocrity said...

xoxo you continue to amaze me with your strength.
counting our blessings is always a good thing.

Lili said...

This was such a beautifully expressed post and so well said Kate. (In that last pic, your laptop looks suspended over the arm of the chair like some kind of advanced feature not yet invented. Or maybe my eyes are just a little bleary tonight.) xoxo ~Lili