Thursday, June 8, 2017

Curious again


I'd like to revisit a post I wrote in August of 2015.

After all, it's been almost two years, sine I asked about all of you ;)

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I've noticed that not everyone that reads my blog leaves a comment.


Which is completely fine.

I promise :)

But naturally, I wonder about my readers.

Wouldn't you?

So, if you've left a comment before or not, I'd love it if you would tell me who you are and where you're from.

Maybe a little about yourself too?

I promise, I won't bite ;)

If not, that's okay.

I understand.

It's just me being curious.

xo
rue






162 comments:

  1. Rue, I don't comment very often, but I do look forward to each and every one of your posts. I live in Oregon and I have three pugs and one Maxwell terrier. I also live with my adult son and my adult daughter and my two precious grandsons, ages 4 and 7. I love your pictures of your pets and your home and your seasons and flowers and vintage decor and your travels with your special man. I hope you never stop posting; even if it's just to say, "I'm still here". Sandra

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    1. Hi Sandra :)

      You have a full house! Thank you for your sweet words and I'll do my best to keep posting ;)

      xo,
      rue

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    2. Hi, I just ran across your blog 5 minutes ago. I also live in Oregon. Down I5 around the Roseburg area. Nice to meet you both and this blog is very enjoyable. Have a good evening and I am going to do some more purusing.

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      Forgot to sign my name.

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  2. Hi Rue. I totally get your curiosity. I've thought about this a lot, too. I can only assume that some just don't feel they should leave a comment as they don't have their own blog and don't feel part of this 'world'. I've also started to look at my Stats (which I really don't understand). Seems there are a lot more people reading but not commenting. Perhaps just a quick read on a Monday morning?

    I hope you get more ideas, I'd love to hear them.

    Jane x

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    1. Hi Jane :)

      Yeah, I know... over a thousand visitors so far on this post, but 75 comments. Curious, isn't it? I think they're just shy ;)

      xo,
      rue

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  3. Good Morning Rue - you know for years I've read blogs and only posted every now and then, not really realizing that some of the blog creators may want to hear back. Others (not you) almost complain about having to keep up with comments, so I just got out of the habit for the most part. I've read your blog under another name and as I have posted, missed you so much while your life was changing. You write from your heart and everyday life and I like that. You show your sweet pups and kids. Seeing the pictures a few weeks ago of your son - he was so young in your old blog! So was Annie. Anyway, I will try to do a better job of commenting and will now tell you a little about myself. I live in the muggy Deep South, have 4 delicious grandchildren (1 grandson almost 15, twin grandsons that turned 14 five days ago in Venice and a beautiful granddaughter almost 9). In order to have the sweet, sweet grands I had 2 sons many years ago when I lived even further south in Florida. I was also married to a man in uniform (but his was a State Trooper uniform) for 20 years, then divorced and returned to the city of my birth. I do back to Florida as often as possible as I made so many dear friends there, but have to live close to my grands. I'll shut up now, but please keep opening the door to your world - we love hearing about the area, your imperfect life and world!

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    1. Hi Mimi :)

      I can't imagine not wanting comments. Isn't that what all this is about? Community and friendship? Well, it is for me anyway. I don't mind not hearing from my readers every time, but it's always nice to get a hello, if they have time :)

      I can't believe how old Alex and Annie are myself! LOL!

      I would want to be close to grandchildren too and it's nice that you're able to be. Funny, I never realized you were in Florida. I've never been there, but would love to some day :)

      Thank you for your sweet words, my friend!

      xo,
      rue

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  4. Good morning! I only post every now and then. I have enjoyed your blog very much - we have 'similar' tastes, LOL. I also now live in the muggy south (SW Georgia),where I came to live for a position in a non-profit (which after 10 years went into a different direction, and then so did I). I was born in Ohio, moved to New Hampshire as a teen (my father worked in newspapers and transfered to Boston papers but we lived in NH), moved back to Ohio, lived in Hawaii 5 years, and then in Florida 12 years (where I married and divorced). And then ended up in SW Georgia! Through the non profit (that sheltered abused and neglected children) I became close to a young man, who was transitioning into the next step out of foster care through our program and have ended up being his 'unofficial' Mom. He has disabilities (severe diabetes, lost his leg lower leg in 2015, and his right big toe in January 2016 but has prosethis now on left). He lives in apt close to my work and I have cared and loved him like a son for 17 years now. I have been picking up vintage kitchen items for a few years now, basically reproducing the kitchens of my grandmothers and mother, with items of the 40s/50s/early 60s. And other vintage items for throughout my home. And I have truly enjoyed your blog!!
    Dawn P. otherwise known as GADawn57

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    1. oops - also love the kitchens of the 1930s! That is what my great-grandmother had - I still remember visiting her when I was 3 & 4 years old! She passed when I was around 10 and she spoke mostly Italian with a sprinkling of English & her kitchen was straight out of the 1930s.
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    2. Hi Dawn :)

      That is quite a story and a very touching one. I'm so glad that young man has someone to care for him through all his ups and downs. You are truly an amazing woman.

      I would have loved to see her kitchen. I think the kitchens of the 1930s are the very best of all the decades.

      Thank you!!

      xo,
      rue

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  5. Good morning dear Rue ~ FlowerLady here, a blogger since 2008. Married for 43 years, widowed for 4 1/2 years. I love to garden, cook, work with needles, hooks, threads, yarn, laces, beads, etc. Love to read, love music. Miss my hubby big time, but life goes on and the grief isn't as raw as in the beginning. Losing him is not something I will get over. Life is different, and I still feel his love. God has been my strength and sees me through each and every day.

    I always enjoy your posts, seeing your dear home, your pets and reading about your life.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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    1. FlowerLady, what is your blog? I will try googling FlowerLady Lorraine and see if I can answer my own question.

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    2. Hi sweet Rainey :)

      I know you miss him terribly, but I believe he's smiling down on you and is happy to see you enjoying your beautiful garden that you worked so hard on together.

      God bless and much love,
      rue

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  6. Hi Rue, relatively new reader of your blog, and loving every thoughtful post. I have the same curiosity as very few readers actually comment. I am in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. I blog about all kinds of subjects from quilting and crafting to recipes and book reviews, plus a dose of mountain living. Variety is the spice of life!

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    1. I'm really happy to have "met" you in Blogland, Carole and I so enjoy your posts :)

      Yes, variety IS the spice of life!
      xo,
      rue

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  7. Hi Rue - I read your blog way back when you were PBJ and I am so happy to be able to read your current blog. I love anything vintage and you have inspired me in so many ways. I also have a blog but have only posted 2 or 3 times this past year. I live in PA and live with 2 chihuahuas, a mini dachshund, a boxer, cats, goats, chickens, ducks, and a pony. I absolutely love your kitchen and your blog makes me happy!

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    1. Hi Beth :)

      You have quite the menagerie! I'd love to have chickens some day.

      Thank you so much for your compliments and it's so wonderful to know that I've inspired you. I hope you decide to post more on your blog :)

      xo,
      rue

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  8. Good Morning Rue. I first found your blog through Cozy Little House. I love your photos as well as your thoughtfulness and honesty in your posts. I live in the Columbus, OH area but was born in Cleveland. I spent 23 years moving with my husband to Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Alaska with his Army career. I have two grown daughters and two grandsons who make me older than I feel :) I am a quilter, jigsaw puzzle enthusiast, cook, and avid novel reader. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into blog!

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    1. Hi there Sharon :)

      I think most of my readers came about via Brenda. She's a good friend of mine and she's been awfully sweet to me, especially with her very kind re-introduction back into Blogland.

      I lived in Delaware, Ohio for about three years, so probably not to far from you! Thank you for your husband's service.

      And thank you!
      xo,
      rue

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  9. Hi Rue, I live in Wisconsin and on a farm. We did dairy farming for 21 yrs and then we went beef. we have two daughters on lives in Co. and has a 4 yr old and the other lives in Md with four kids. My husband has one hobby farming. Yes he's not one to travel, he enjoys fixing his tractors and working the fields. I still work off the farm to support my hobby "Quilting".
    So enjoy your blog.Seeing your travels with John and the pups is fun.
    And this is the first time I've ever wrote on a blog.
    Have a great day and keep blogging!!

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    1. I'm so happy to have you leave your very first comment here! Thank you so much :)

      Farming has always seemed like an ideal life to me. If I didn't love my home so much, I might have chosen to live on one. Although, you know how imaginations are and I'm sure it's not as wonderful in real life LOL!

      Seriously, thank you again! It's so nice to "meet" you :)

      xo,
      rue

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  10. Good morning! I have commented before, but I'll tell you about myself. I live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, but my neighborhood is very woodsy and country-like, and set along the Mississippi. We watch wildlife outside our window daily, and last year we even had a huge black bear wander through, just a few feet behind our back porch! I was raised to love vintage, by a vintage-loving mother. All my life I have loved anything "old-fashioned", so of course, subscribing to your blog was a no-brainer. I am a retired mechanical designer, but my true passions are gardening, interior design, reading a well-written novel, and spending time with my darling granddaughters. I am married and have two grown sons and a grown daughter. Glad I found your blog!

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    1. It's so nice to learn about you! It sounds wonderful where you live. I think the Mississippi river is beautiful, although I've only seen it in Louisiana and Mississippi on a river boat. How neat to have seen a black bear although I'm sure it was scary as well. Bears are my favorite animal :)

      Happy to know another vintage lover!
      xo,
      rue

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  11. Hi, Rue. I've been reading your blog for a couple of years. I read a lot of blogs, but don't post very often on any of them. I don't know why! :) I am 60 years old. I am married (37 years) with three grown children. I have on granddaughter. I still work full time, but my husband is retired. We have a very large, very sweet dog that we spoil. I live in a medium-sized city outside of Chicago. I really enjoy your blog! I think I found your blog from some other blog's links. I love to read. My husband and I enjoy looking for treasures at garage sales, flea markets, and antique shops.

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    1. Hi Sally :)

      I'm so glad you decided to comment today, even if you don't very often. It's so nice to "meet" you!

      How nice that your husband enjoys looking for treasures with you :)

      xo,
      rue

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  12. I very much enjoy your blog!! Love your home and your decorating style. I live in tidewater Virginia with my husband and three rescue dogs. One is a Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican hairless), her name is Kahlo after Frida Kahlo one of my favorite artists. My husband is a music professor and I am an office manager. We both like to travel, garden, go antiquing (garage sales and thrift too), and decorate.

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    1. Hi there!

      I'm glad you told me what a Xoloitcuiti was lol I think Mexican hairless' are really cute :)

      Thank you for your sweet words!

      xo,
      rue

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  13. Your blog is always a delight to visit, sweet Rue. Whenever I visit friends I tend to always leave a comment, but I must confess with summer here I have not been visiting as often :)

    Happy weekend to you, lovely lady! Hugs!

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    1. Stephanie, your comments always make me smile. I'm not sure I know very many people as sweet as you are :)

      Hugs back,
      rue

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  14. Good morning Rue, I live in the great state of Arizona in a city that now calls itself Hades ( I'm sure it'll rise from the ashes around October ) this time of the year;). I was born in Wisconsin, raised in California, now live in Arizona since the early 90s. My recent passion and delight is becoming a first time Grandma a few months ago. I enjoy reading your blog and thanks to your sweetie, I enjoy your Arizona Highways travels, I've been to a few of your road trips. Your home and style with the love of family treasures, including of course family, all inclusive:), what draws me to your blog.
    Have a pleasant day, Kathleen in Az

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    1. Hades.... that would definitely be the word for it this week LOL!! It's been 98- 100 the last few days up here... ugh. But I know it's worse down there. I hope you're staying as cool as you can, my friend.

      Congratulations on being a grandma!

      xoxo,
      rue

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  15. I'm so happy to see all your sweet comments from new friends and old friends! I'm lacking in time at the moment, but I promise when I get back online, on Monday or Tuesday, I'll answer every single one, right here on this post.

    Love to all!
    rue

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  16. Hi Rue,
    I check your blog weekly while I have my morning coffee. They go well together.
    I grew up in North Carolina with short stints in PA and VT. My Dad was a Marine. My parents came from Pittsburgh, so we always spent a lot of time there, and I lived there for several years after college. I lived very briefly in Brooklyn NY, and then a few years in Charlottesville, VA. Now I've been in West Hartford, CT for the past seven years. I love New England, although I hate being so far from family, and the four seasons and all the history. It's nice to be so close to big cities and the beautiful landscapes here. VT and Maine are heaven on earth! I love old things, gardening, baking and am addicted to ballroom dance -- foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, salsa, hustle etc. -- I love them all! I have a dog named Rosie. Scruffy, white terrier. She is my world.

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    1. That's a nice way to enjoy blogs I think... coffee in the morning. Sadly I've been lacking in the posting department. It's been crazy around here, but I'll hopefully get a post up today :)

      I understand why you love it where you live. I think that part of the country is gorgeous!

      I wish I could dance too, but sadly I have two left feet lol

      Awww... give Rosie a little hug from me. She sounds like a sweetie :)

      xo,
      rue

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  17. Hello! I stumbled upon your blog several months ago. I am a 44 year old wife and mother to two daughters, 20 & 19, and 4 doggies. We live in a small town in Texas. I tend to romanticize about life in the 40's & 50's. I enjoy your blog so much. I feel like I'm stepping back in time. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Jenn :)

      Four puppies... so you must know what it's like to have all those faces looking at you while you eat LOL!

      I'm so glad you enjoy my blog and thank you so much!
      xo,
      rue

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  18. Hi,there! It's me, Rustown Mom, otherwise known as Gina. I don't always comment, but I always read your posts. I have very few commenters on my own blog, which is fine since I am basically journaling about my family and such and I know that can seem very boring...Hubby and I live in Austin, Texas, having raised four kids and been married coming up on 32 years. He's from Galveston, I'm from Lubbock, so Texas will be our forever home. We have our sights set on Burnet, Texas for the future as we have bought land there and want to build a home on it. So we are now in the planning and scheming phase of life before retirement. I doubt either of us will want to quit working, though...we have an expensive wine club habit! Ha!

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    1. Hi my friend :)

      I know all about that wine habit of yours LOL! You're lucky to have so many beautiful places to partake there and I enjoy reading about you and your family. I love your sense of humor too :)

      xoxo,
      rue

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  19. Good morning! Hi I am Sue B. and I check your blog every day to see if you have posted anything new. Even reading the older posts and seeing your wonderful pictures brightens my day! Love your house, the pups, John and you because you are so "real"...I know that word is so overused but I can't think of a better description. It's so refreshing to see someone online that is not "putting on airs", as we used to say in the South when I was growing up back in the '50's.
    Somehow I made it from Southwestern Virginia to beautiful Central Oregon (which is High Desert country) 11 years ago with a lot of stops and houses along the way leading up to my husband's retirement. We have a precious 2 year-old grandson (thanks to our beautiful daughter and her hubby) and we were adopted by a dear little poodle mix dog 4 years ago.
    All in all, life is good and I appreciate the time that you take to share your "story"! It's definitely noticed here...thank you!

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    1. Hi Sue :)

      Yikes! I feel guilty for not posting lately. I've been crazy busy, but hopefully I'll have a post up today :)

      Putting on airs... I know the saying well ;) I don't know how to be anyone other than myself, so I'm glad it comes across well :)

      Thank you for your sweet words and thank YOU for reading!

      xo,
      rue

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  20. You know me...I almost always leave a comment unless I am in a hurry. Live in NC.

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    1. Of course I know you, my dear friend ;)

      xoxo,
      rue

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  21. Hi Rue, I'm Catherine. I discovered your blog several months ago and took the time to go through every post you wrote. I don't want to sound like a copycat, but Sue B hit the nail on the head when she said that you were "real". It's true, and that's the reason I keep coming back. I'm a homemaker who homeschools my two children. We live in southeast Texas and I love everything having to do with a vintage lifestyle. I love the slower pace of yesteryear and I am making sure my kids have a chance to appreciate the ways of the past versus this instant gratification culture. Thank you for your honesty in your posts.....it really is appreciated.

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    1. Hi Catherine :)

      Wow! That must have taken some time and I'm flattered! And thank you for the compliment :)

      I think it's wonderful that you're teaching your children to appreciate the past. I wish more would. There's a lot to love and learn.

      Thank you again!
      xo,
      rue

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  22. Morning Rue. I am Pam Jackson I live right outside of Nashville TN. I have been here for about 50 yrs. I was born in Port Hueneme Calif. I am a mom of two grown kids. A daughter, 36 and a son that will be 30 next month. My daughter had given me 3 brats....I mean grandsons! My oldest is 16, then there is the middle at 8 and the youngest is 6. They live about 45 mins away. My son lives a tad further away outside of San Diego Calif. He is married but they have no kids. I retired from the state of Tn last July. after 33 yrs. My background started in Printing, then I worked as an office manager for the Photography Services section, after 25 yrs in Printing and Photography I jumped out of the box and started working for the TN Bureau of Investigation. I decided against retirement at that point to work for the Superintendent at the Tn School for the Blind. One yr after that I decided due to my Fibromyalgia that it was best to retire. I am an artist of mix medium, and a photographer. 57 yrs old and I make it a point to laugh daily!

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    1. Hi Pam :)

      You don't look old enough to have been anywhere for 50 years, my friend lol You've certainly lived an interesting life and I'm so glad to have "met" you recently. You make me laugh and yes, it is important :)

      xo,
      rue

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  23. Oh...and I forgot the most important part of my life....Dakota AKA The King. He is my best friend, my bud and I love him with all my heart! He is spoiled rotten, self centered and life has to be all about him.....haha......I adopted him from my daughter at the age of 6 months and he is 10 yrs old now.

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    1. Oh yes... Dakota... I love that pup of yours :)

      xo

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  24. Hi Rue, I've enjoyed your blog for a couple years now. I'm Robin, 53 years old from a little town in Ontario, Canada. Married for 33 years, no children. We had two fur babies who have now gone. I'm a stay at home wife who loves gardening, reading, baking, thrifting and spending time with friends.
    I love reading about your life and look forward to your posts.
    Have a good weekend!
    Robin

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    1. Hi Robin :)

      I love reading about your life too. It's very calming and lovely to visit.

      xo,
      rue

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  25. Hi, Rue. I love your blog, and I love reading here. xoxo Su

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    1. Love your blog too, my friend!

      xoxo,
      rue

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  26. Hey Rue! I comment on every one of your posts - and I think you already know all about me. :-)

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    1. Yes, I know you, Melanie LOL! You're a good friend and I'm glad to know you :)

      xoxo,
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  27. Hi Rue!!! Never commented before but I had to tell you how much I adore you. We would be such good friends but i live in North Carolina so it would be a little hard. I wish you were my neighbor. We could go to the antique stores and exchange recipes and sit in the swing or on the porch and talk and talk!!! I have watched you for almost a decade now and you brought me so much comfort and happiness on days when I really needed it. I missed you so much when you were gone. I knew you were hurting and prayed for you often. I looked and looked for you and finally found you!!!! Bless you all the days of your life my old friend!!!!!

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    1. You are so sweet, Lisa and thank you so much for choosing my blog to comment on for the first time! I'm truly flattered :)

      I'm so sorry I worried you when I was gone and that I've been missing on here for about a week. It's been crazy busy. Thank you for the prayers too!

      I do believe we would have a lovely time together if we lived closer together, but I'm so glad that you reached out to me and said hello, because we can at least be virtual fiends ;)

      Bless you too and thank you!

      xo,
      rue

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  28. Hi Rue I try to comment on blogs most of the time. I just commented on your doll house. i love to read and watch old movies and television shows.
    Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn :)

      Aren't old movies and TV shows the best?! I really enjoy them too. Much more so than the stuff that's out there today.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments :)

      xo,
      rue

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  29. I am Briana and I live in Austin, Texas. I receive your posts in my email. I am happily married and live with my husband and son in an apartment. I love your home and I love your style. Our apartment was built in the 1990's so it doesn't have vintage charm, but we do have lots of windows and a nice view of the city. I use your beautiful home as inspiration to decorate mine. I also like how you write - honest and to the point.

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    1. Hi Briana :)

      I feel overjoyed that I'm an inspiration! Thank you for saying that. I believe you can make any home whatever you want, even if it isn't old and I hope you love where you live, because that's what's important :) Besides... a city view with lots of windows, doesn't sound bad at all ;)

      Thank you!!
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  30. Hi Rue, I'm Janina and from southwestern Ontario, Canada. I'm a single mother of three. My oldest, a daughter, is married and expecting their first child this summer, Yay! My oldest son is moving out to Alberta in a month and my youngest son still lives here with me. We have a cat, Granny, a Westie, Holly and a yellow lab, Ben. We share a similar affinity to years gone by. My mother once said, I had been born in the wrong era. DIY and living basic is my mantra. We live in the country on a small property with a garden and 10 chickens. My parents live with us in their own granny flat. My grandmother was my hero. She had her own toolbox and was a wonderful gardener. I've collected as many plants and even household items like hers as I can. Her home was always cozy. I 'helped' her every Saturday morning for years till I went and had a real job, and got paid $2. We both enjoyed it. Thanks for your frankness about whatever topic you write about. It is so refreshing and I always feel the same. So glad you have found a wonderful man to share your life with. Wishing you all the best. One of the reasons I seldom comment on a blog is because there is already so much chatter and fighting and snarking on social media. I enjoy quietly reading your posts. Thank you so much, Janina

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    1. Hi Janina (lovely name!) :)

      Congratulations on your daughter's first child and your grandchild!

      I envy you your chickens. I really want some, but I'm away from my house too much right now.

      Your grandmother sounds like she was wonderful and I'll bet you miss her terribly.

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for leaving me a comment. I really appreciate it, especially since it's rare for you. I hope you keep enjoying my blog, even if it is on the quiet ;)

      xo,
      rue

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  31. Hi Rue! I'm Trudy. This is my first time here, and I assure you not my last.
    I read your post about the dollhouse before this one. My one Christmas wish was a dollhouse. Never had the wish come true. I am still looking and, know one day the wish will become reality.
    I live in Northeast Minnesota. Halfwat between Minneapolis and Duluth. City born and raised I moved with my husband to the back of beyond in 1991. And while I miss the city I wouldn't trade my life i the woods.
    I am 61 and like to crochet, am passionate about photography. My camera is always at my side. I read. My husbznd and I have 2 cats. We used to hav 27. Don't worry most of those were feral. We called them ours and they each had a name. We have a sign in the porch showing kitties and it says, "We collect strays."
    I have one son who is 32 and lives in Minneapolis with his girlfriend and their 2 dogs.
    I do have a blog but, am slow at getting back to it after a lengthy hiatus.
    I will be sure to comment often on your posts if you answer a question for me. Where do you find vintage dresses?

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    1. Hi Trudy!

      I'm so glad you found me in my corner of Blogland :)

      Every time I hear Duluth, I think of Sleepless in Seattle for some reason lol I can understand not wanting to trade life in the woods for the city. I feel that way myself :)

      27?! Good Lord! I don't think I could remember that many names LOL! That's very sweet of you to take them in though.

      I'll be sure to visit your blog, as soon as I get a chance. I'm a little behind lol

      Oh and I find my vintage dresses on Ebay and Etsy :)

      I really hope your dollhouse wish comes true and thank you!

      xo,
      rue

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  32. I am retired, single, and I have old cat and a dog (thats a twin to yours) I live in OK. I moved here from KS after purchasing my home. I would like to tell you how I got my dog. My friend would walk his dogs every morning down the road to the humane shelter. Behind the shelter there is a wooded area. He saw this little dog and started feeding it on his daily walks. He did this daily for 5 years. Last January we had a very cold week. When he went to feed the little dog he saw that the poor thing had icicles on his ears. He put him in his car, wrapped him in a blanket, and sat with him for about 30 minutes. When he got home, he called me and asked me to please take the little dog in until he could find a home for him. So I did. I call him Buddy. He is an older dog (probably about 9-10 yrs) Someone cared enough for him that they neutered him at some point. He has never had a accident in the house, gets along well with the cat, and never runs off when I let him outside by himself. It is now June and Buddy still lives with me, and probably always will.

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    1. Hi Linda :)

      Your story about Buddy, just about broke my heart :( I'm so glad you have him in your care now and are giving him a good life. I can't even imagine how happy he must be. Please give him a little hug from me and his twin, Bubba ;)

      xo,
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  33. Hi Rue, I use to read your old blog and was so excited when I found you were writing again. I subscribed as soon as I found you. Love your style!
    I never comment on blogs and I read a lot of them, just love checking in. I don't have a blog so I guess I don't understand the importance of commenting.
    I have been married for 45 years and we moved from MI to FL 3 years ago. My daughter and daughter in law moved from MI to CO last year and I just recently visited them. Such a beautiful area with the mountains and natural areas.
    I am an animal lover and currently have three cats, all rescues. I love seeing all your pups!

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    1. Hi Kathleen!

      I'm glad you found me again too and thank you :)

      You can comment or not comment. Of course, I love hearing from my friends and readers, but I never want to put pressure on anyone. I just think it's fun once in awhile to know who's out there reading :)

      It is beautiful where your daughter and daughter-in-law live. I've never been to Florida, but I hear it's beautiful there too.

      Thank you so much for your sweet words and for saying hi :)

      xo,
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  34. Hi Rue. I work as an architect in Williamsburg, Virginia and live with my minister husband in a kinda old house in the middle of nowhere, Providence Forge. Isn't that a lovely name? A minister from pre-Revolutionary times named it. I came across your blog when I googled "I can't stand open floor plans" or something to that effect. In high school, I longed to live in the 1940s instead of the famously hideous 1970s, and watched most old movies from that era. Your house is so charming, and seeing places and little everyday events through your eyes always makes me smile or feel peaceful. I have two grown children, two grandchildren, a Russian son in law, two cats, and a hound dog. I garden passionately, but only flower gardens. Thank you for asking about us. What a nice thing to do. Please never stop blogging.

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    1. Hi Julie :)

      That is a lovely name and a very old town!

      How funny that you found me by googling that! Maybe it should be my motto LOL!

      I lived through the 1970s as a child and I don't blame you ;)

      Thank YOU for leaving such kind words.

      xo,
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  35. Hi, Rue...I love your vintage cottage...I live in Southern Illinois, in an 1868 Victorian...a labor of love, house and when I say labor...I MEAN labor!...Anyway...I love your "Old-Fashioned" blog...I look forward to it, every week...Thank you, for being you!

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    1. Hi Sharon!

      An 1868 Victorian? I'm so jealous! I love my home, but I have a special place in my heart for that era. And yes, I know what you mean by labor LOL!

      Thank you so much!!
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  36. I love your blog. A little something - ...born in Kansas City, moved to California at 10, lived in Covina, Glendora, Ontario, Alta Loma (Rancho Cucamonga area), Wrightwood mountains, and now Crestline near Lake ARrowhead, Running springs, and Big Bear - all places I love to hang out and either walk, hike, drive, drink a beer and photograph what catches my eye. I am married 46 years but feel like I'm hmmmm maybe about 45 or younger. i raised four boys and only one left that isn't married but will be in November and i have nine grandkids six boys 3 girls. I have rediscovered TV because of Amazon Fire Stick after not being a TV person for twenty plus years. I love to go to the central coast where my sister lives in SLO and my niece in Pismo - I also love going to Bend Oregon to visit another son and his family, and Olalla Washington for another and Great Falls Montana where I hope to visit to see another son. I love Arizona and visited my father when he lived in Tombstone, i love Sedona, and have visited Prescott - and other small towns in Northern Arizona. I love bird watching. I really enjoy your photos and your pics of the house.

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    1. Hi Sandy :)

      I knew you lived in a few places in California, but not that many! Wow! I think all of those places are beautiful too :)

      I also didn't realize you had that many grandkids. That must be so fun!

      Thank you for playing along, my friend :)

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  37. Hi Rue, I started following you very recently. I am not a person who is prone to comment. However, I enjoy your blog very much. I live in western New York, have traveled the country and am always amazed at the sheer beauty of it. I am a lover of people, the type who always has conversations wherever I go. That to me is how I get to know anywhere. People are so interesting and have such lovely stories to share. I guess in a way I get to live vicariously through you on a road I have not traveled. So I thank you.

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    1. Hi Joan :)

      I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to say hello even though you're not one to comment. Thank you!

      I'm always amazed at the beauty myself and want to see more of it. I'm glad I'm showing you things you might not have seen.

      And I thank you... very much :)

      xo,
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  38. Hi, I am from East Tennessee, I enjoy your blog, I enjoy vintage items. Rhonda

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    1. Thank you so much, Rhonda! I really appreciate it :)

      xo,
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  39. Hi Rue.. been following you for a long, long time.
    I live on the New Jersey coast by the sea but I also lived for a long while in Salt Lake City.
    I love vintage.. I am vintage myself
    I was once athletic and rode horses in barrel racing and raised them too. Now I am grounded ;)
    I enjoy your blog and the things you have to say.

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    1. Hi there, Miss Annie :)

      And I don't consider you vintage lol I used to ride too and I miss it. You probably know that though ;)

      Thank you, my sweet friend :)

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  40. Hi Rue. My best friend calls herself Roo! I live in Indiana in a farmhouse. Used to raise goats, ducks, geese and peacocks. Just have a rabbit now.I teach nutrition and am also a nurse. My husband and I were not able to have children, so it is just us. I love your blog. We collect antiques and vintage. My husband is an antique dealer p!us a day job. I am fairly new to your blog and like your style.
    Blessings

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    1. Roo?! How funny! One of my childhood friends nicknamed me :)

      A farmhouse.... how lovely! I've always wanted one myself. And I love that you used to have all those birds, especially peacocks. I grew up around them.

      Thank you for your visit and kind words :)

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  41. I am old lady turning 65 on July 24th, and finally get Medicare! Yah! I live in Oregon since 1998 and absolutely LOVE it here. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. I love reading blogs and exploring on the internet. I work part time (for now) at the local community college doing database entries for the registrars office. I love to go places and take photos with m camera. I also enjoy writing poetry, needlepoint, and nature bathing (spending time in natural settings).

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    1. You're not an old lady, Rose! Oregon is beautiful and I don't blame you for loving it :)

      I love to needlepoint too, but I haven't done any in awhile.

      Nature bathing... glad you clarified! ;)

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  42. Hi Rue,I live in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas with my husband Joe and our French bulldog Ralphie and Golden retriever Harry. We also have two cats. Our oldest son lives in Austin and our youngest here in Garland. No grandkids. I was born in Dallas and retired two years ago. I love gardening, decorating and reading. I have really enjoyed reading your blog.

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    1. Hi Sharon :)

      I love your dogs names! Ralph and Harry.... so cute! How nice that your retired and can now enjoy your passions.

      And thank you for your sweet comment :)

      xo,
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  43. How sweet to ask about us! As a former Southern girl, I've lived in TX, CO and now the great NW over the past 40 years. Have read your blog for a long while and love your vintage style of everything!

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    1. I love your handle! GrammaGrits :)

      Thank you for your kind words and nice to hear from you!

      xo,
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  44. Hi Rue, I found your blog through Cozy Little House about a year ago. I enjoy reading about how others live their lives, whether mundane or exciting through extensive travel. I enjoy your blog because I feel it is really real and not staged. I am 70 years old, live in So. Calif. and have been married 50 years. I have a boy and girl, and a fantastic grandson who is in college right now. Please keep writing your post as it is very enjoyable to read, plus I love your home, inside and out. P.S. the reason I don't comment on blogs is that where is always says Select Profile I don't know how to pick one. So for now, my name is Denise, but I am going to go under anonymous because I don't know what else to choose.

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    1. Hi Denise :)

      Staged... Nope. Not even one little bit, except for sweeping up the dog hair and cleaning up Annie's dishes before I take a picture... most of the time LOL!

      I grew up in Southern California in Arcadia. I miss it sometimes. It's changed a lot since then and I'll bet a whole lot after 50 years of living there.

      You can leave a comment however you want or if you don't want to, that's okay too. I'm just happy you decided to say hello. It's lovely to "meet" you :)

      And thank you!
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  45. Just a 68 yr old grandma, daycare provider, primitive folk artist who enjoys viewing old houses, antiques and vintage things. You are a creative person too and so your blog is worth the time.

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much! I really appreciate that :)

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  46. Hi Rue! I read your other blog and was so sad when you stopped so obviously I was thrilled to see you back. I live in a very small town in Missouri's ozarks with my husband and our cat. I retired 2 years ago after working for 31 years in an office. I have 2 beautiful grandgirls. I read several blogs but rarely comment. I don't have a blog myself and I find that commenting is very time consuming and there are only so many hours in a day.....:) Just because I don't comment doesn't mean I'm not interested in what you've posted so don't be discouraged. I really enjoy what you have to say.

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    1. I'm so glad you found me again, sweet friend :)

      I hear the Ozarks are gorgeous and have always wanted to visit them. And how nice that you're retired so you can enjoy it :)

      Well, even though you don't normally comment, I sure appreciate you commenting on this post. And I promise I won't get discouraged if I don't hear from you. I understand how busy people are. Thank you for the kind words.

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  47. How do you do Miss Rue,
    I'm a new reader and I love your style! You hooked me!
    I'm in northern California. I'm married (33 years),have 1 daughter 3 sons,2 daughters in law, 4 grandkids and 3 fur babies. I have always love vintage for its beauty and it makes me think of every adult woman that I dearly loved as a kid. Be happy and please keep on with the wonderful blog. Blessings to you and yours, Minnie

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    1. Hi there, Minnie!

      I'm so glad to "meet" you :)

      Northern California is beautiful and I lived there myself for about 10 years.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I really appreciate it :)

      Blessings to you, as well.
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  48. Hi Rue, I really enjoy your blog. I starting following you after seeing blog thru Rattlebridge Farm. It wasn't your original blog but after that. Then you stop blogging shortly after that and now your're back. I read what you wrote about your original blogging and loved your style. You are one of the "first" I enjoy your honesty and your posts. Love your vintage style dress house etc. don't change. I'm kinda sick of farmhouse style and the white. I sick of the commercials in their blogs.You see one blog you see them all. I don't get or like Facebook or read it. I do have a blog, gardenthymewithdiana.com and I really put alot of thought and effort into it and work hard on the pictures. I do Instagram as well but only follow who I like and get to know via their posts. I'm at dianarn2627. Don't have alot of followers or comments on my blog partly because I don't put it out there, don't know how. Please let me know what you think of it. I do it because it gives me pleasure. I live in Troy Ohio. Have 2 grown chidren. One is 41 daughter, she's married, and in an administrative position at a college. My son is 31 and a Police Officer. He has my only grandson and has Sam (the Pug). Sam is truly our grandpup. Love him so. I've thought about commenting but couldn't get through a couple of times so I didn't try anymore.

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    1. Hi Diana :)

      I'm glad you found me through my dear friend, Michael :)

      Thank you for your compliments! I know what you mean about seeing one blog and seeing them all. If I don't see true personality coming from the person writing it, I don't stay long, if at all. I don't care if they love the opposite of me (minimal style, modern or what have you), but there's got to be something that draws you in. Of course, I enjoy blogs more like my style obviously, but you can tell when someone is doing their own thing or just copying everyone else. And of course I will go pay the visit back to your blog and let you know what I think! I already clicked on your name and enjoyed what I saw so far, especially your darling pug Sam, but I need to time to really go over it :)

      I don't know why commenting is a problem for some, except a few readers told me they had to switch from firefox to something else or vise versa.

      Anyway, thank you so much and I'm glad you were finally able to leave a comment!

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  49. Happy weekend Rue, I bet y'all are off on a big adventure!! LOL-- If you are, bring back lots of pictures for us please okay? I'm Debbi from the beautiful city of Charleston. I love history, genealogy, old movies from the forties era, mermaids, small towns, killer whales and Dolly Parton! Our nest is empty, we have 3 grown children and two grandchildren. We have two big dogs who are my babies, and they travel all over with us! Oh, and I love to read, have always been a big reader, and we like to garden. I enjoy your blog alot and the pictures and I think I've been reading it for a few years now maybe?

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    1. Not so much an adventure but busy busy! lol I'll let you know what exactly real soon and of course there are pictures! ;)

      I love all your loves too. And who doesn't love Dolly?! :)

      I think we've been friends for at least a couple of years and I'm so glad we are. I love visiting you in Charleston via Blogland. I've always loved that city.

      Thank you, my friend!

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  50. Rue- I'm a reader from up near Seattle Wa.. I'm 54, been married for 32 years, no kids.Visiting your blog is like taking a trip back into my childhood,and I really enjoy that. Things were so much more simple back then. As a side note, just wanted you to know that I really like your porch light!( I know, it's a rather random comment, LOL, but, "just sayin'" ). I really missed your posts while you were gone, and I'm glad you seem so happy now! Take care, and keep those posts coming! Renee

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    1. Hi Renee :)

      That's one of my favorite compliments... taking a trip back to someone's childhood. I often hear that my house is like visiting someone's grandma's house. And yes, things were more simple in many many ways. :)

      Thank you for the compliment on my porch light! It's original to the house and the only one left.

      I promise to post real soon. Hopefully today ;)

      xo,
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  51. Me again. Forgot to mention my location of central Illinois, home of good Old Abe. He is the subject of lots of the folk art, wool pillow creations.

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    1. How neat! I'll bet it's an amazing place to live.

      Thank you for adding that :)

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  52. Bonjour Rue, I'm a french Canadian (sorry if my english is not perfect)who lives in Laval, Québec. I just turned 50 and my Mr. and I just celebrated 30 years of "not being married" this past may. We are blessed with two wonderful sons of 26 and 24 years old whom we are very proud of. I think I never left any comments but I do enjoy reading you. You seem to be an authentic and true person, the kind of person I like to be surrounded of. I just love the beautiful pictures you post...it's like travelling and no need to pack any luggage.
    Longue vie à ton blog et au plaisir de te lire bientôt,

    Julie

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    1. Bonjour Julie!

      Don't worry about your English! I understood you perfectly and you are very sweet :) I really appreciate you leaving you first comment here. Truly.

      Congratulations on 30 years of marriage and having two wonderful sons, and Happy belated Birthday!

      Merci beaucoup pour vos doux mots!

      xo,
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  53. Hi Rue, I've been "lurking" for a few years now, I rarely comment on blogs but have a list bookmarked that I check daily for new posts. I also live in Northern AZ and was happy to find a blogger here, as they are very few. I, too, love your vintage style and pics of your wonderful cottage that you share with us. I'm so happy you've found someone who seems to care about you deeply and that you are in such a warm, happy place right now. I'm in my mid 50's and moved here from Phx a few years ago. with my husband.

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    1. Hi Mindy... you lurker ;)

      I'm so glad you left a comment! I'm wondering if you live by me ;) I don't think there's many of here at all or at least I haven't come across any. I mostly see blogs from the Phoenix area and not too many of those either. Can you believe this horrid weather we're having?! Too hot for me! Better than Phoenix though LOL! I hope you're staying cool :)

      Thank you for your kind words!
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  54. Hi Rue, thanks for your awesome posts...it's almost like traveling in the comfort of my own home. My name is Chris {yes, I'm a man} and have been on blogger since 2006! I'm 46 years old as of June 7th and teach elementary school. My students think it's neat that a guy has a blog {not many do}. I'm from and still live in the Houston area {no, I don't own a horse nor a cowboy hat or boots}. Photography is a passion of mine as well as writing and love sharing it with you and everyone here. I am not married and don't have kids {my students at school are my kids}. Past professions include: church pastor, music director, space camp director, airline employee, and rock star! {toured in an oldies band for four years}. I enjoy coming to visit your page...every time I see you page title, I begin signing "Old-fashioned Love Song":P
    Keep up the wonderful work!

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    1. Well, call me shocked! I never would have guessed, because, as you mentioned, there are so few male bloggers, but it's so nice to "meet" you Chris. No horse or cowboy boots? Are you sure you're Texan? LOL Also, Happy belated birthday :)

      I can tell you have a passion for photography, because you take beautiful pictures. Your blog is like a little respite from the world. And wow! You've had quite the careers!

      Thank you so much for telling me more about yourself! :)

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  55. Hi Rue, I have been reading your blog for about a year. I have only commented a few times but I read each of your posts and look forward to them. I lived in South Carolina all my life until ten years ago at the age of fifty my husband, two fur babies, and I moved to Vegas. Miss all things southern but we do enjoy the weather. It's hot but not as muggie like the south. Most days we have a a lovely breeze. One of my sons lives here with his family which includes my only granchild. My other son and his wife live back in South Carolina. Future plans involve buying an RV and hitting the road. Would love to vist more national parks.

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    1. Hi Lynne :)

      Vegas from South Carolina?! That's quite the move! No it's not muggy, that's for sure. They keep telling me it's a dry heat. I say hot is hot LOL! It's nice that you get to live next to your grandchild :) An RV sounds like a lot of fun and I hope you have that happen really soon.

      Thank you for your visits!
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  56. Hi Rue: I've been reading your blog for quite a few years now. I'm sure I have commented a couple times in the past, but I only comment occasionally on the blogs I follow. I live down in the the northwest part of the Phoenix area and really enjoy your blog as 1) your house is absolutely amazing and 2) you are a unique and interesting person with an engaging life and 3) you are a fellow Arizonan with an Ohio background as I also have. (I grew up in Parma, a suburb of Cleveland, but moved to Phoenix as a young woman in 1981.) Thank you for sharing your life with us via your blog.

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    1. Hi Joanie :)

      I feel very privileged that you choose to comment here, even though you normally don't and it's always nice to hear from someone that lives here in Arizona :)

      Thank YOU for your kind words.
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  57. Hi Rue! I have commented many times and I'm sure you have learned more about me and mine, through my blog, than you wanted to, but here goes. Of course, my name is Pam. I will be 54 in August and tend to be on the hippie/gypsy side. I am married to my Mister of 21 years, we have 5 adult kiddos, 6 grands, 4 dogs, 3 chickens, and a grumpy old goat. We live in Oklahoma where we love to camp, kayak, garden, and of course play with our grandbabies. I do all sorts of crafting and love photography. I love your blog and am always glad to see a new post!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. Hi there, Pam!

      Yes, I definitely know you, my friend and I know you love that goat ;) I love visiting you too :)

      xoxo,
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  58. Hello! I'm Theresa and I currently live in Tallahassee, FL. I moved there last fall from Tampa (abt 4 hrs south) but don't know if that is where I want to be.... I was at a point in my life that I needed a drastic change to shake myself out of a several year rut :) so sold the house, quit the job and moved. (Far enough to make sure I could do it, but close enough to drive back to see my family and grandkids. What I love about your writing and blog is that there is no pretense... your home is so lovely and a reflect of you, you write when you want and from the heart. And your authentic style is so refreshing! I'm 58, been single for over 10 years and starting over in a new city... looking for a job and myself along the way. Even though I don't comment as much as I should (althou I comment out loud to the screen but you can't hear that LOL) I enjoy your blog and hope you continue! xo

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    1. Hi Theresa :)

      I hope you find the place that you need to be and you find yourself too. Everyone deserves to be happy. Everyone.

      I'm glad you left a comment on this post, but feel free to either comment or not comment. I love hearing from you and all my friends, but I don't want anyone to feel pressured. I promise :) And I can only imagine what you must be saying outlaid, as I do the same on other blogs... sometimes even the TV LOL!

      Thank you so much!!
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  59. Hi Rue, thanks for your interest in your readers. I don't usually comment because frankly I'm not too tech-y & navigating the comment options seems challenging. So I'm not really 'anony-mous', just the option I can use to reply. The name I use online is "Heart" (or if I must) "Heart Portal" & that says a lot about me. All Heart. I live in the valley south of San Francisco. My family has been here 7 generations. We traveled up/down the west coast as a child & we often lived in older homes which my mom made cozy. Older homes seem Graceful to me, the architects thought about how people would 'live' in them. Charming, quaint, subtly distinctive. You get that. I have also noticed that architects scale furniture/houses in keeping. You get that too. I follow your Blog because of your Grace, Charm, Authenticity & Humility. Thank you for Blessing our lives Rue.

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    1. Well, hello there Heart! I love that :)

      I think you did just fine leaving a comment and I really appreciate it. Truly.

      I love San Francisco and used go there all the time when I lived in California. Seven generations?! And they say no one was born in California LOL! And yes, I completely agree with you about older homes. They have heart, like you do ;)

      Thank you so much for your sweet words and Bless YOU.

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  60. I think I comment every so often. I stop by to enjoy all your wonderful vintagefulness. I officially just made up that word.

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    1. I like that made up word, Pam ;)

      Thank you, my friend. I enjoy your blogs too.

      xoxo,
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  61. ...came across your blog one day through another blog...and knew by the name I would probably like it. Thank you for sharing. I do not have a Blog..I am a "wanabeeeeblogger"... Love your furry friends..I have ChiChis, too...so love your baby..both of them... My name is Jo and I am from NC...originally SC, born and raised. I do not comment usually since I do not have a blog..again thank you and to all who share your beautiful décor ideas and living..its like little story books.. :)

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    1. Hi Jo :)

      Wanabeeebloger huh? I think you should go for it and let me know when you do so I can visit ;) I want to see those Chihuahuas!! And even if you don't, you can comment if you want. I promise I will always answer back even if it takes me forever to get to it LOL! If you don't want to, that's okay too :)

      Story books... I love that! Thank you :)

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  62. Hi Rue,
    I am Carla. I have 17 and 15 year old boys. A Boston Terrier named Molly. A cat named Max and a husband named Jeremy. ;-) Ha!
    I deliver Meals on Wheels part time. I have a Fresh Cut Flower business. Summer gets busy for me. I enjoy the adventure. :-)
    I enjoy your blog and YOU! I am happy to have met you thru blog land.
    Carla

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    1. Hi sweet Carla :)

      I wish I could buy flowers from you! I can just imagine how busy you are right now.

      I enjoy your blog and YOU too, my friend.

      xoxo,
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  63. Hi Rue,

    My name is Jonnie, I currently live in Temecula, California. But my husband and I will be retiring to Prescott, in about 3 years. We are excited to be moving home and renovating our 1908 home. I love your blog!!

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    1. Hi Jonnie :)

      How wonderful that you'll be retiring here in Northern Arizona and in an 1908 home! I'll bet it's beautiful. If you get a chance, I'd love to see it.

      Thank you!!

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    2. Thank you Rue! Yes I'll send you some pictures, we have been in Prescott a lot of late, my dad's health has not been great, and I totally understand what you mean about not having a/c. We are looking into adding it someday, I am spoiled I like my air.

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  64. I love every single one of your posts, Rue - so glad I found you.
    I moved from Long Island, where I had a home decor shop for several years, to upstate NY almost 5 years ago.
    Life is slow and easy here and my joy is found in all the simple things - morning coffee outdoors in my tiny courtyard, visiting all the local farmer's markets, cooking with all fresh, local ingredients. My daughter and twin granddaughters moved up here about 3 years and live around the block. Everyday is a blessing. xo

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    1. Every single one? Wow! Thank you, Susan. I'm glad you found me too :)

      I hear upstate New York is beautiful, but New Jersey can be too. Slow and easy is the best, isn't it? It sounds like a very lovely life and how nice to have your family close by. You are Blessed :)

      Thank you!!
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  65. Hello Rue
    I have been reading your blog for a while now and always enjoy your mix of posts.
    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan!

      We've been friends for quite awhile and I enjoy your posts too. I love it when you mix in pictures of your life with all that yummy food you post :)

      Thank you, my friend!
      xoxo,
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  66. My name is Sandy and I'm from WI. I don't comment because I don't feel anything I say would be of interest to anyone, but I really enjoy reading your blog. I am a new widow as of March and I am adjusting to living alone after 39 years of marriage.

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    1. I'm so sorry for your loss, Sandy. I can't imagine how hard that would be. I would give you a hug if I could.

      That said... every comment is interesting to me (and since it's my blog, who cares what "they" think LOL!) and if you feel like leaving one, I'll be happy to hear from you and if you don't I'll understand.

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    2. Thank you, Rue. I read blogs as a distraction. I am pretty picky about which ones I read though. I read less than a dozen.

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  67. Hi Rue. I like to read your blog and I don't post. 47, living in Portland, Oregon. 3 kids, 3 dogs, 3 cats and one husband. I love vintage things. I love old homes. I run a nonprofit providing emergency services (clothes, food, personal care items and referrals) to anyone in need with out question. We have a 1930 cute (aka modest) english cottage and I love to dream about how I would decorate and what I would change if/when we have the funds to do so. I enjoy reading your blog. Gabrielle

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    1. Hi Gabrielle :)

      Good on you for providing emergency services to those that need it. It must be very rewarding.

      I'm sure your home is adorable and I would love to see it. As far as decorating and dreaming... why wait? You can find a lot of what you want or need at flea markets and goodwill type stores. A fresh coat of paint can change your world ;) Have you read my friend, Kim's old blog, Daisy Cottage? She has a new blog, but the old one has lots of pictures of things she found in places like that on the cheap and painted or redid things she already owned. If you read my post "the letter" at the top of my blog, there's link in there. Even if you can't afford to do that all at once, you can buy a little at a time and you can always redo what you already have and at least love it for now. Even if you have an ugly couch you can just cover it with a pretty blanket or an ugly table can be covered with a vintage table cloth, until you find what you want. I don't know if you were looking for advice, but I just thought I'd help. I hope I did :)

      Thank you!
      rue

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  68. Hi, Rue...I've been blogging since 2007 and I've never visited a blog without stopping to at least say HI.....XO

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    1. We're dear old friends, bj and I love you. I hope you're doing okay. In fact I need to check on you right this minute....

      Still praying.
      love,
      rue

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  69. Hi Rue, This is my very first comment ever to a blog. I am a 74 year old widow for 5 years. I live in Alberta, Canada, and have three grown sons but no grandchildren. However 2 cats keep me company. I was attracted to your blog some time ago because I love vintage and your home. What finally prodded me to comment was your dollhouse. I have been a miniature addict for 25 years and hope you post as you work on furnishing and decorating it. I do not have a blog since I just have not learned the necessary computer skills. Have fun with the dollhouse project. I will check in when I can.
    Carol

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    1. Wow! Thank you for leaving your first comment ever on my post, Carol! I'm truly flattered :)

      I promise I will show progress on the blog of the dollhouse, but it's slow going right now, because John's sons are in town this summer. Hopefully we'll be able to work on it soon though in-between fun trips. I would love to see your miniatures. After 25 years, I'll bet it's amazing :)

      Thank you again for being so kind! And... I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'm glad you have your sons and your cats to keep you company. Many (((hugs)))

      xo,
      rue

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  70. Hi Rue, I don't remember how I found your blog, I just remember that the first time I landed here I loved your adorable little cottage and the vintage things you've filled it with. I was also interested in a blog written by someone who lived in the southwest (there doesn't seem to be many bloggers who live in the southwest, or maybe I just haven't found them). I also really liked the genuineness of your writing. I think I mentioned it before, but I live in California and have a cabin in south-central Utah .

    XO Melissa

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    1. Funny... I don't remember who found who, but I loved your blog as soon as I found it :) Weird that there's not many bloggers out here, huh? I don't know why.

      And yes, I know all about you... well, at least the part you post about LOL!!

      Thank you, my sweet friend :)

      xoxo,
      rue

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  71. I like leaving comments, I'm a talker - in cyberspace and in life :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. I'm glad that you are, Amalia and I'm glad to have "met" you via Blogland, my friend :)

      xoxo,
      rue

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  72. Hi Rue...Most of the time, I comment...but there are times when I don't. I'm Jan and you and I have followed each other a long time. I'm from southeast Michigan...and have 3 small pups. I haven't posted in a month+ because I have so many things I've been taking care of around here and all. I will be back posting sometime. And then I will have some updated pictures to show!! Hugs, Jan

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    1. Hi Jan :)

      I know you've been busy and hopefully enjoying life as well. Blogland is always here, my friend and so am I :)

      xoxo,
      rue

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  73. I'm Michele in Houston. For some reason, despite getting older all the time (and what's up with that, anyway?) my life seems to get busier all the time, leading to less blogs read in general. I do love your house and decorating, especially the way you haven't succumb to the near-universal worship of "open floor plans". Alas, I'm a cat person and you've got that dog thing going on, so . . .

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    1. Hi Michele :)

      I'm glad to hear from you and know that you've just been busy with life. And yes... cats verses dogs... I'm still willing to be friends LOL!

      Thank you for your sweet words, my friend :)

      xo,
      rue

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  74. Hi there, I am Betsy from Ashland Va. married to a wonderful man, and happened upon your blog from another web site that I don't remember a little while back. I enjoy reading your blog posts and adore your home. I do not always leave a comment because mostly I am babysitting my two grand girls during the week who barely leave me alone long enough to think about commenting, I wish they would.
    Good to speak with you and look forward to many more of your posts.
    Happy Week end
    Betsy

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    1. Hi Betsy :)

      Funny how one blog leads to another. I've done that myself :)

      "I wish they would" HAHAHA!!! I've been there, but with my own kids, so I know what you mean ;)

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment with all you have going on. I truly appreciate it!

      xo,
      rue

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  75. Hi Rue I am Debra from Columbia,MO. Started reading your posts 2015 and missed you when you were gone in 2016. Love your cottage and love reading your blog. Hope you're having a great week-end, Debra

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    1. Hi Debra :)

      I'm so glad you stuck with me even though I disappeared and thank you so much for your sweet words.

      xo,
      rue

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  76. Hi Rue,
    I missed this post while I was in TX visiting our grandchildren, but now I'm back home in Michigan. Reading your blog and seeing your home and photos remind me so much of "the good old days". Mr. Cottage and I will be married 49 years this August. I don't usually write about our kids, but all are married and Brian will be 45 in July, Nicole is 43 and Chris is 39. Brian lives in TX, Nicole lives about 25 minutes from us and Chris lives with his Australian wife and our youngest grandson in Grand Haven, MI which is 45 minutes from us. They live right by Lake Michigan. My parents lived in AZ for years after my father retired I hate to say this, gulp...gulp; but I'm going to be 70 this October. Yikes! Anyways, I always enjoy reading your blog!

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  77. Hi Rue...I'm Donna from Wisconsin. I'm late to the party...we were on vacaction....and I took an internet break! I've been married 43 years...and have 3 sons...one is married. And we have a cute kitty, named Bowser. I so enjoy your blog...and your vintage inspired life. It's quite refreshing these days! Keep on posting, I'll keep on reading...and hopefully will comment more often! Enjoy your evening!! ;)

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  78. Hi. I'm Kim and I love Rue.

    Period. The end.

    ;-)

    ALWAYS.

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  79. Hi. My husband and I, and our two cats, live in Frankfort KY. It is one of the top five smallest state capitals, with a population under 30,000. We are in horse farm country, and there is a barn on one of the farms that looks like a cousin to your home because of its tower. If you google for images of Normandy Farm, Fayette County KY, you can find the white barn with its central tower. Here is a link to an article that explains the interesting history of the barn: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/kentuckys-normandy-farm-on-an-international-stage/. The next time you and your beau are wondering where to spend the afternoon, you should plan for a really long drive and head to Kentucky to see this barn. If you come on the first Saturday in May, you can take in the Derby and wear a pretty dress and a big hat!

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  80. Hi there, I am commenting for the first time! I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your blog. I live in a too-fast-paced suburb of L.A. in California. Your blog is an oasis to me, I love it, and I love vintage everything: clothing, lifestyle, architecture, aesthetics, simpler times, etc... :)

    Also, I commiserate regarding hot weather like you have in AZ. Drought ridden CA is similar, every summer we have days/weeks of over 100 degrees. I'm more of a Fall/Winter girl.

    I'm so glad you're back blogging, thank you for sharing so much loveliness!

    D.

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