When I think of old houses or antiques, I’m reminded of the Japanese philosophy called wabi-sabi. Loosely translated, it’s the art of finding beauty in imperfection, revering authenticity above all. It celebrates cracks and scratches and all other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. A good lesson in appreciating old houses, and…life in general. Some of the things that I love best about old houses are the creaky, uneven floors, the lack of right angles, wavy glass windows, hand-planed woodwork, and hints of the lives of those who lived there long ago. It’s this character, charm, and history that attracted me to the idea of restoring a 200-hundred-year-old house that’s been in my family for over 100 years—my family’s ancestral home or homeplace. I relish the sense of continuity; I literally follow in the footsteps of my ancestors as I walk through this house and around the farm. As one can imagine, caring for and maintaining this home is of the utmost importance to me. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the other thing I love as much as an old house is a well-appointed, everything in its place, clean house. I know that it’s mainly because I’m wired this way. However, the other view is that restoring my family’s homeplace was a significant effort and expense, and I value and want to take care of it. So, messy, unclean rooms, scratches on the floors, and dings […]
Rob, of The V-Pub, graciously nominated my blog for The Dedicated Blogger Award. I am truly honored that he considered Fourth Generation Farmgirl for such a meaningful accolade. Rob was nominated by Barbara, of The Idealistic Rebel, and she states: “This Award is dedicated to those bloggers who consistently provide wisdom, inspiration, kindness, gentleness and truth to the world through their blogs.” Thank you so very much, Rob. I would like to express how happy I am to be a part of a community of bloggers who reflect these same principles into the world everyday through their heartfelt kindnesses to one another, intelligent and moving writing, and wonderful humor. I so appreciate and enjoy reading your contributions. There are no requirements for this award, only a recognition of like-minded bloggers and a request to “pay it forward.” This is just a sample of the many blogs I follow that deserve this award: Riddle from the Middle The Off Key of Life Hugh’s Views and News Joeyfullystated Sue Vincent Decoding Happiness 2015 Chronicles Meals With Mel Modern Theologian Nareszcie Urlop Once again, many thanks to Rob for this beautiful award.