Wednesday, February 24, 2016

True to my heart



I realize that a lot of my sweet readers may not agree with my views on many things.

My old-fashioned ways.

My refusal to paint antiques or upgrade my interiors.

That I don't follow trends.

etc.

This is true in my everyday world and in Blogland.

That's perfectly fine!

Honestly :)

But I can promise you that what you see (or read) is true to my heart.


I bought this little 1930 cottage almost 5 years ago with the intention of making it exactly what it was meant to be.

A true vision of it's glory days.


And even more...

a respite from a world that has turned into something unrecognizable to me.


And it's become one.

A place that I can call my own.

Something that takes me back to a time that makes me happy.


Not just me, but my family, and even the furry loves of my life.


And I want you to know that, no matter the season...









And even if I go against the grain and keep to the era of my home...


And fight against the ways of the world we live in.

My door is always open to you...


Even if you disagree :)


I'll keep the light on.


And that goes for my non-blogging friends as well...

Chris K., Kathleen of AZ, Ms. G, Lottie, Cindy, Mgster, Donnamae, Laney, Tammy, Jeannette, and so many others that have written me, even if only one time,.

I do reply to your comments, even if it takes me a coon's age, but I realize that you don't always see them, so I wanted to include you too :)

Thank you everyone for being apart of my Old-Fashioned World and thank you for every sweet word you write.

You have no idea what it means to me.

xo,
rue







111 comments:

  1. Dear Rue ~ What a lovely post! Once again you have inspired me with your words and your photos.

    Have a great day ~ Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  2. Sweet girl, we wouldn't read if we didn't adore you and your cottage. I love your old-fashioned thinking and that cottage too. I think many of us who blog have that old-fashioned way in our hearts.

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    1. Oh I hope you'll link this with Thoughts of Home on Thursday. What a perfect post for our party.

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  3. I love your cottage! It's not my style, but isn't that what makes the world wonderful? Why do we all have to have the same taste? Your cottage is part of what makes you, YOU. I feel appreciative of all the differences in this world, how boring it would be if everything was the same. And I think your "different" view on things makes you authentic. Authenticity makes you vulnerable, which opens the door to people not agreeing with you and it can hurt when people lash out. However, I think that authenticity is beautiful, and I hope you do too. Don't let anyone bully you into changing :-)

    Hope you are having a great week Rue!

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  4. I love your place / modern is not what appeals to me...I think the older homes have more character!
    So...the door's open....what's for lunch? :)

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  5. I've often told my husband that I feel like I was born in the wrong era! I love your place and your conviction to live the way your heart desires. Plus, your place is lovely and I always enjoy peeking inside! xo

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  6. Dear Rue
    Never explain. Your friends don't need an explanation and your enemies won't believe you.;-)
    PS Love you. Love your house.

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  7. Hi Rue! I do believe we all love your old fashioned ways and your darling home. That's why we pop in to see what you're up to. You be you and that's why we love you! Take care, sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  8. What a beautiful sentiment. Your home is completely charming and welcoming. Perhaps, it is that you offer us the same respite and a little piece of comfort from that same crazy world ~ and for that we (or at least I) do thank you.

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  9. All your posts bring sweetness and cheerfulness to my day! I love your little cottage and the care you take with your house is what makes it such a cozy and inviting home. I don't always comment, but I always enjoy reading your posts.

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  10. Love your perfect little home so sweet and cozy thanks for sharing....

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    1. You're welcome and thank YOU for reading, my friend.

      xo

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  11. Darling Rue, you are a ray of sunshine in this dark world. Your sweet spirit is refreshing and your "old-fashioned" ways are truly a joy and inspiration.

    You have such a charming home, but I am not surprised since you yourself are qute charming :) Have a beautiful day, my friend. Hugs!

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  12. I love the old fashioned views that you and your house hold. It's what makes you "you". I too love the idea of keeping things true and especially love the memories that come with hunting for those treasures that have meaning to me. Thanks for sharing your lovely home. Milena

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  13. Beautiful pictures of your sweet home. Our homes should reflect who we are and not what this world thinks it should.

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  14. I love your home and the old fashioned ideas and decorating that you embrace! Just because I don't live or decorate that way, doesn't mean I disagree with you or don't like it...I think that everyone should live authentically - whatever and however that means to them. Copycats are no fun! xoxo

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  15. Rue you are a very special lady and I love that you are true to yourself. It's what draws me to your blog and why I enjoy every post!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  16. Lovely photos. I am a sucker for warm light spilling out into the night!
    Old fashioned is best and I share your love of those ways.My home is filled with hand me downs from generations past. I love that connection and I enjoy being part of it all.

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  17. Oh Rue, I just love your house and you how you have made it a 'home'. I can see why it's your happy place. Lovely pictures-I love your screen door with the curlycues. Keep on being True Rue-that's what we love about you.

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  18. Good Morning Rue,
    The world has become unrecognizable to many of us and our hearts long for the gentle, well mannered, caring and compassionate world that once was. I always enjoy a visit with you and I thank you for extending your heart to us all.
    Also thank you so much for your sincere support and friendship for Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
    xo
    Jemma

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  19. I don't - and truly never have - fit into this world. Maybe that's why I love your blog so much! Keep doing what you are doing! One of my favorite sayings is, "Be true to yourself"! That is what you and I are both doing!

    Grace & Peace

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  20. I love peeking in your windows!! and by the way, I think i said it before -I'd rather find a new post by you than care if you comment back or not. So glad I got to see a new one today and look through your windows. You have a "magical" looking home when seen at night with the lights on.

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  21. I love peeking in your windows!! and by the way, I think i said it before -I'd rather find a new post by you than care if you comment back or not. So glad I got to see a new one today and look through your windows. You have a "magical" looking home when seen at night with the lights on.

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  22. Hi Rue, I think of my sister when I read your blog, she would appricate your style. I love where you live, the climate is just right. Of course, your doggies, Mini and Bubba:)
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. I hope the temperatures where you live haven't been too bad this week. My mom's house was unbearable a couple of weeks ago.

      xo

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  23. Rue I like you just the way you are. If we were all the same life would not be interesting. I just adore your home.

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  24. Your home is beautiful and so welcoming! Here's to staying true to yourself~

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  25. Hi Rue,
    People really try to tell you how to live?? Really?? I love your style but, even if I didn't, it would be none of my business! It's wonderful that you're not caught up in the whims of the world. What a boring world if we all had the same taste!

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  26. Love your home and your style, just like it is!!!

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  27. I might be repeating myself....but you are a breath of fresh air! Don't change a thing...and thanks for keeping the light on! ;)

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  28. To thy own self be true.

    Your home is lovely. It's easy to see why it suits you. It may not be everyone's taste. In fact, I'm sure it isn't, and that's exactly how it should be. As I like to say, 'that's why they make vanilla AND chocolate ;).

    ♡♡♡

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  29. Oh Rue, I would love to visit you and your wonderful piece of Heaven on earth. I enjoyed this post.Hugs Sarah http:// sarahsatticoftreasures.com

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  30. Oh Rue, I would love to visit you and your wonderful piece of Heaven on earth. I enjoyed this post.Hugs Sarah http:// sarahsatticoftreasures.com

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  31. I can tell by your photos as well as your words how much you love your home, Rue. It's truly a special place...for a very special person. I adore your sweet cottage and wish I could come knock on your door and we could have a cocktail together! xo

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  32. Dear Rue, love your style,old world, i dont follow trends either, thats one of the reason I am following you. Very down to earth and your baba and mini, they are adorables. Greetings from Australia melbourne

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    1. Thank you very much, Iris! By the way, I love your name :)

      xo

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  33. Oh sweet Rue, love, love, love your sweet home and that you so generously share it with us is a gift. I know you already know but you never need apologize for how you live your life and decorate your home. As one of your readers I love coming by to visit. Your home is charming and pure eye candy. I may not always stop to comment but I always feel welcome!

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    1. You're so sweet! Thank you, my friend :)

      xoxo

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  34. Just as I love walking or driving past houses at dusk, it is fun to be invited to peek into your windows with the lamps lit. I always think that is a magical time as people are arriving home, scurrying to finish dinner and dishes, and then the house and everyone in it finally settles with a "sigh".
    I think the world is sadly unrecognizable, and many of the characters in it, as well. Or maybe sadly embarrassing is more appropriate for too many of those characters.
    I love reading what you have done to stay true to the age of your home. We live in the little log home my in-laws built in 1938. We know the field from where the logs came, and the where the sand was dug to help form the foundation. It is a funny little house with so many roof lines (from add-ons over the years), but it is sturdy and happy! They sided it in the late 70's to try and make it more energy efficient, but we can still see the logs in the basement area. So different from the large and lovely homes our friends and relatives have.... but we laugh and remind ourselves that we have all the character along with a plethora of memories within these walls.
    "To thine own self be true" are, indeed, beautiful words to embrace!! Great post!!!!!

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    1. Chris, my friend, you really should be a blogger, if not a writer. That was beautifully put.

      I love the short story about your 1938 cabin. It sounds like a dream the way you describe it.

      Hugs to you!

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  35. I think like you do, so your blog is for me a place to visit and rest up. I call your house the Happy House: it is just all good vibes.
    Ginene

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  36. Rue!! What a serendipitous thing that I found you (or you found me) and we share some of the same friends!! (Like the lady above^) I, too, love old fashioned things--and if my house looks like a set for "Murder, She Wrote," so be it!!

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  37. Love your home and blog. My home was built in 1949 and I love it.


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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you're an old home lover too :)

      xo

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  38. Being true to yourself is the best thing to be! I do the same and I am proud of that. I LOVE your blog and your style and you wouldn't be Rue any other way!!

    Hugs, Vicky

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  39. Hi Rue,
    I would love to come by and visit you in your old fashioned world! Ooh...I could peek around and see all the loveliness and vintage charm. My, how I adore your breakfast nook. It reminds me of when I was growing up! Thank you for opening your front door of your home, for your readers to enter.

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  40. You are an old soul Rue and everytime I read your posts, I feel a sense of comfort, calm, and relief and for that I thank you ♥

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  41. Dear Rue ... I love your charming little cottage. It is so warm and inviting. I absolutely love your cute little breakfast nook. I am very old fashioned and I love our little cottage to be that way as well. I will be browsing through your past postings as I quietly sit with my cup of tea later this evening. Such a sweet little pleasure to look forward to. Warmest Blessings ♥ Teri

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  42. Rue, I love your style and your blog. It is so refreshing to see someone willing to be true to themselves. I always told my kids, lead never follow. Now sometimes I need to follow my own advice. Your house is so warm and cozy looking, keep up the excellent work and inspiration.

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  43. How boring would the blog world be if every home looked the same! I appreciate the charm of your period home and enjoy visiting your welcoming blog. :o)

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  44. I absolutely adore your charming, beautiful, quaint home! It exudes warmth and welcome, and is so you! I respect anyone that has "their own style!" (...within reason, that is, lol!) That's what makes us unique and interesting! :) Keep being you, you are awesome!

    And... Thanks for the kind comments left on my last posts! It's been hard for me to balance my blogging schedule with "life" since I went back into the workforce full-time. But I'm slowly getting my groove back, lol. I can so identify with your previous post! I felt guilty posting, when it was hard for me to respond to those who were so kind, taking their time to leave a comment! If I miss a few of your posts, please forgive me... I'll eventually catch up! And I look forward to them whenever you are able to post! Take care! :) ~Rhonda

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  45. Rue, it's nice to hear that you are true to yourself. It's the only way that I know to be. :)
    I tried leaving this comment a few times, but my computer was acting up. I finally got through. Have a peaceful weekend.

    ~Sheri

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  46. Rue I adore your commitment and "true to your heart" is what I admire about you. I always feel warmth and a gentleness seeing photos of your home. Your appreciation of the past and its preservation embraces you and in it you thrive. Every time I see a photo of your kitchen and see your percolator in my mind's eye I see you with a cup of first perked coffee in your hand as you greet the mornings light.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  47. Always stay true to who you are, that is where you find peace. Trying to keep up with the trends, the Jones' and anything else is exhausting, expensive and well, just silly IMHO. ;) If it makes you happy, it fits, if it doesn't then why try to "be" that? I think you are wonderful just as you are!

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  48. Always stay true to who you are, that is where you find peace. Trying to keep up with the trends, the Jones' and anything else is exhausting, expensive and well, just silly IMHO. ;) If it makes you happy, it fits, if it doesn't then why try to "be" that? I think you are wonderful just as you are!

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  49. now why on earth are my eyes shining with tears?
    if I let myself I could sit here and cry.
    perhaps from a deep longing that is there and that I don't profess often.
    the love of a little cottage. and a space in time that was slower. and maybe more kind.
    the owner a walking reincarnation of scarlet o'hara. only without the attitude! LOLOL
    this is a very special place rue.
    i'm not even sure you realize it. but it's treasured.
    yes. i'm a minimalist. and I come here and it touches my heart to the very core.
    so i'm thinking it's far more than coming here for the décor. it's simply you.
    thank you darling bean. we need more rues in this world right now. xoxo♥

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  50. I always love getting a little peek into your home and life!

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  51. 'My door is always open to you' ... and I always enjoy my visits.

    Always stay true to who you are, that is why you have so many friends.

    Have a great weekend

    All the best Jan

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  52. Thank you for keeping it true to your heart. Those of us that follow you love that about you and your home. So keep doing what you're doing... xoxo

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    1. I don't know how to do anything else ;)

      Thank you!

      xoxo

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  53. I love your home - it's like a step back in time and reminds me of my mother and hubby's mother, too. That screen door - LOVE IT. Your home should be whatever makes your heart happy, no matter what anyone else thinks. But I love it.

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  54. Oh my gosh, Rue! I just discovered you are back and have been for 2 years and I didn't know it!!! At least better late than never I guess. PB&J Life was one of my all time favorite blogs and when you stopped, except for one or two others, my interest in reading blogs really went downhill. Thankfully, one of the few I still read suggested you and when I clicked on it there you were! I stayed up half the night trying to catch up on your posts and, rest assured, I will be checking every day to look for a new one! Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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    1. Also, I appreciate the fact that when you are describing your house you talk about the "rooms". That is one of the things that absolutely drives me crazy! People on HGTV and the blogs only describe them as "space". It's not a space, it's a room in a home that people will be living in! In that respect, I think that is how some of them justify redoing and redoing and redoing for the readership and not for the actual livability of their homes. Therefore, making them more impersonal "spaces" rather than rooms. That's just my rant.....

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    3. Actually, I've only been back a little over a year, so you're not that too far behind ;) You are so sweet to say those things. Thank you!

      And yes, i know what you mean about rooms. It frustrates me as well.

      I'm so glad you found me again, my friend :)

      xoxo

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  55. With the kind of world we live in, your cozy cottage and appreciation for the simple joys in life are a ray of sunshine. I'm a firm believer that we all need a haven, and that taking time to savor special moments bring peace to our souls. I'm a kindred spirit with your old fashioned views...and I'm so enjoying your cheerful pictures and thoughts!=)

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    1. Thank you so much, Cheri! I always love to "meet" kindred spirits :)

      xo

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  56. Very nice post Rue. I've always felt welcomed here even if I don't have a blog. Love your sweet home as much as I liked your PB&J home.
    Have a great weekend
    Jeannette

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    1. Oh Jeannette... I'm so sorry! I don't know how your name didn't end up in that post. Yours was the first written down. It's there now. Thank you so much for being such a loyal follower and friend to me.

      I hope you see this.

      xoxo

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    2. Thanks you for the mention! I appreciate it :-)
      Jeannette

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  57. Everyone's home should be a place which makes them happy and not try to please the world. You cannot do so.

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  58. Love, love, love the pictures. Beautiful essay about your house. I'm loving my little garage apartment and who would ever think that would be my first choice. The right home at the right time is what live is all about for me. I'm where I'm supposed and you are where you are supposed to be. It doesn't get much better.

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  59. I can usually sense authenticity and truth in a person and in their home.
    You have that.
    Your home is that.
    I can feel it.
    Thank you for being true to who you are.

    Thank you for joining TOHOT. We are so glad you are here.

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  60. Again, such a lovely post! I shared your sweet kitchen nook on Facebook, I just love it so much!

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  61. Just found your blog through Rattlebridge Farm. There was a picture of your darling kitchen. I kept reading older posts and older posts and enjoying them so much. When I was a little girl there was an old house next to our house that had been broken up into apartments that remind me so much of your kitchen style. I always wanted to live in one of them when I grew up.

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    1. Hi Karol :)

      Thank you for your sweet words. I'm glad I brought back a memory for you.

      xo

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  63. Your space is a happy delight to visit Rue, and I think the world would be a terrible place if we all agreed with each other! I love to see other's opinions and thoughts, and always leave here feeling refreshed and inspired to continue on with our simple life here in Idaho. Have a blessed day my friend :)

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  64. Rue, if everyone was the same and liked the same things, the world would be a boring place. Your unique and honest voice is what I love about your blog. I certainly try to do the same with my own blog, otherwise, where is the fun in it and what's the point? And I LOVE that wonderful eating nook in your kitchen (with the little peaked ceiling and window). I can see why you decided to buy this house.

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  65. And that, dear Rue, is why we love you! I would love to sit in your little breakfast nook and chat over a cup of coffee. I'm so glad you are blogging again. Love the little glimpses into your life and home.

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  66. I love your home, Rue. It is very warm and charming and I love your stone walkways...Christine

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  67. Your convictions are one of the things I most like about your blog, Rue. There are one or two other things as well :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  68. Rue... I am so happy that you left a comment on my blog. I LOVE your blog. Your cottage is beyond darling. You have fabulous taste. I am putting you on my blogroll because I don't want to miss a single post of yours. Enjoy your weekend.

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  69. Hi Rue,
    I love your home. I love your blog. I think you are a blessing. To be YOU!! You inspire me.
    xx oo
    Carla

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  70. We all need to find comfort and our own style in our homes ! This world is passing us by also and that's just fine with me! I'm an old fashion farmgal and I love it!

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    1. It's fine with me too, Cindy ;)

      xo

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  71. I can't think of a nicer thing than a home that is also a haven.

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  72. I love hearing someone, especially of a younger generation than I, refer to themselves as "old fashioned." It gives me hope that not all things of the past are being forgotten. I believe there are some who long for the old-fashioned charm, but try to achieve it by painting everything white....sometimes it works, sometimes not.

    I think your home looks very charming and inviting. I absolutely adore the built-in eating alcove and can picture having coffee and reading the newspaper there...it just looks like such a happy spot!

    Keep on being true to yourself; that never goes out of style.

    Carol

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  73. I love your blog, and I love your home. Looks like many of us do! So keep things just as they are dear Rue! And that little eating alcove? Just wonderful!! xo Deborah

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  74. Rue, I just had to come and take a peek at your beautiful and heartfelt blog. I adore your house! You have it decorated to honor it's past and I love everything you've done to make it reflect you. The grill on your front screen door reminds me of what I grew up with, along with real plaster walls and not dry walls. We even had a niche in our hallway for the telephone. Continue to be who you are and do what you love. Your new blogging friend.

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  75. It's just what a home should be...a place to feel safe and comfortable...and your home is wonderful!

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  76. Hi, Ruzzer...what an adorable post...such a heartfelt one that I just love.
    I so love your pretty home.

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  77. Love your home! So tiring to see all the redos in blogland. Isn't anyone ever content anymore? Keep on keeping on for us who don't need change every day!

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    1. Thank you! I don't know how they live like that, myself, but more power to them lol

      xo

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  78. Thanks for the invitation, Rue. Don't mind if I do. ;-)

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  79. There is so much that I love here ... the photos of your home in different seasons ... the clock made on what looks like a plate ... the alcove where you eat ... and especially the love you have for your home.

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  80. Lovely post Rue and think it is great that you stick to your guns about what is important to you-keep it up! Love your vintage tablecloth-I am a sucker for vintage tablecloths!

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  81. Rue , your post's are alway's a delight to me . Your something out of the ordinary, a step back in time that resonate's so deeply within me .
    Your picture's of your home are a feast for the eye's , your eloquent wording .... smooth as silk .I enjoying you because you are you and you remind me just how sweet the simple thing's in life are.
    Keep being you , Tammy xo

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    1. What a wonderful thing to say, Tammy. I don't know if I'm worthy of such beautiful praise, but thank you very, very much :)

      xoxo

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  82. I love your house. I love your lifestyle - keeping to the old ways. I also think I was " born out of due time". I love old things, old houses, old ways, too. I often think that the world needs those of us who love and cling to old ways. I think we keep the planet from spinning off crazily into outer space; we keep things a bit more grounded. Keep on with your beautiful life! There are many of us who join you.

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  83. I love your views on keeping the old ways; especially on not painting over antique furniture. I treasure pieces from the past and love adding them into my home style. There is so much in our past that is worth holding on to. I enjoy your posts from your home and seeing that you keep things as they were intended to be.

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    1. Hi Rue,
      First, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment on my 'off the grid' post...it's so nice to meet you!
      I absolutely love your home and everything it represents...you are an old soul like me! I have always felt like I was born in the wrong era...hence my struggle with Social Media...and the world of late!
      I love that you are staying true to your homes era, I love it all! And in a world where everyone is trying to outdo everyone - staying true to who you really are says a great deal!
      Hugs, Kimberley seasideave.com

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  84. Such a joy to read. It's like curling up with a cup of tea, an afghan, and a furperson. Words and images that are a kind of comfort food, feeding the soul. P.S. I LOVE the green railing and your red door!

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  85. Rue, I may have already commented on this post. I've read it before, but I wanted to read it again today. I hope you will post again soon. If you could address the topic of living out of step with the rest of the world, I'm sure your readers would be most interested in your thoughts.

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