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Home for the Holidays – how wonderful is that?

Our house is far from perfect, some may say it is a hot mess.  I’ve said it myself, many times.

I will say though it is my favorite place to be.  My heart is here.  No it isn’t fancy and we have projects that we have been working on for years.  Years.








Apple fritter topped with a fried egg and cheese from the girls.  Way over the top and beyond delightful.  After all, this is the season for unexpected delights.




Where the old cast iron bathtub used to be.

Yes, to the right is the crumbling plaster from when the roof leaked before we had it replaced.  Another project for another day.


This was a gift many years ago from Mr. Red Dirt  –  a vintage German dye cut it made me so happy then, and all these years later it still warms my heart.


Henry Longfellow’s home.  The gilding is falling off and fading the print has water stains on it.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  My mom purchased it for me over 30 years ago.  I saw it when we were shopping in an antique store and fell in love with it, but didn’t have the money for it.  She gave it to me that year for a Christmas present.  It was the best surprise.






Beneath the crumbing plaster of this sweet old house is wood lathe.  Uncovered recently while we were away on holiday for a few weeks our farm sitter meticulously worked on removing the old cast iron bath tub and bit by bit removing the plaster in our original to the house, bathroom.  We added new bathrooms when we put on our addition and this one was no longer necessary.   It is now a basically a hallway that joins the original section of the house to the new addition.  Our friend removed the tub and plaster and 1980’s floor covering that was over the original wood floors, sadly they are in bad shape too much so to be saved and there is a hole in the floor that you can see down to the room below.  I love this space, I love the old bones that are exposed.  I really could live with it this way however impractical that may seem.  I’m sure once time and money and resources are available it too will get fresh sheet rock and flooring.  But for now I am loving this crumbling decay and the feeling I get passing through to all the newness on the other side.


The old thread bare and torn oriental rug – I’ve written about it in the past.  It has an interesting history.  It was given to me many years ago by a friend, it was in much better shape then, but still quite old and worn. My friend purchased it at a yard sale down the road from my house many years prior to her knowing me.   It came back to the neighborhood so to speak when she gave it to me.  We used it for many years and then it was put away in storage, I had Mr. Red Dirt pull it out the other week, I was sad to see that it is in worse shape than I remember.  It’s a bit too wide for this space, so we curled it up the wall like molding.  Still, it feels right here.

The new art are cards are from a local artist, framed in yard sale and thrift shop finds from this summer.  Twinkle lights make everything feel magical.  The white feather tree I have had for many years.

Another difficult year for all and yet there are so many little things to be grateful for.  It’s in the simple everyday things that my heart finds the most gratitude.


Wishing  you all the very best this holiday season, whatever you celebrate – or even if you don’t celebrate, may you have peace, and joy in your heart.


Thanks for keeping me company and thank you for all your kind messages, they are so very appreciated.



21 thoughts on “Beneath the crumbling plaster Home Sweet Home with twinkling lights

  1. Judith Henry says:

    Your heartfelt newsletter, beautiful photographs, and inviting video get me a little teary. So glad we’ve connected. Wishing you peace and joy now and in the new year ahead. Big hugs. Judith

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    1. Judith – so kind as always of you to drop in and leave the sweetest message for me. Funny how in this great big world that we are able to find those that we need in our circle. Your inspiration and friendship is a blessing for me in the world. You’re my cup of tea! Big hugs right back at you. xox Kim


      1. Judith Henry says:

        Thank you so much, my friend!! I definitely feel the same way!!

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  2. Pam says:

    I love your old house, flaws and all. I too love the exposed lathe. It tells the story of your home and, with your decorations, it looks magical.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Pam – thank you for making my love of old lathe seem ok. There is a story there under all the layers and I appreciate that you appreciate it. Thanks for popping in and sharing your words. Merry Merry to you. xo Kim


  3. Linda Schaub says:

    Reading this post and seeing the twinkling lights reflected in the items you hold dear is peaceful, but not as peaceful as that last video (which I loved) and your message to all of us. Have a wonderful holiday season as well Kim.

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    1. All the very best to you Linda, your kindness has been so good for so many people and critters. Thank you for being here and sharing. Happy Holidays my friend. Be safe. xo Kim

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      1. Linda Schaub says:

        Thank you for saying that Kim – the Park and its critters help to keep me a softer person than I would be in this sometimes harsh world. And blogging is wonderful for me to interact with people, since all but one friend is scattered hither and yon and I have no family. I think of you all as my family. You stay safe as well Kim.


  4. It’s a beautiful home. We live in a camper at the moment, but home is where we make it. Have a blessed Christmas!

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    1. No matter how big or small it is home is about the love you have there. I hope you have lots of love and joy! xo Kim

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      1. I agree. We are very blessed. ❤️


  5. Debbie says:

    Merry Christmas, Kim…. love the old walls decorated with lights and vintage prints and frames… it captures the feeling of an old-fashioned Christmas… and the video is simply beautiful! Wishing all best for the New Year to the residents of Red Dirt Farm….xoxo

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too Debbie – thank you for sending your kind thoughts this way. I guess I do have an old fashioned Christmas – well lifestyle! Glad you enjoyed the video, I enjoy making them. All the best to you and your family. Bug hugs Kim


  6. KT Workman says:

    My older house isn’t perfect either, but it is still home. And I have no decorating “style.’” What hangs on my walls, sits on tables, and the floor…all have a history, all have a connection to a memory, family member, or friend. I never wanted a house that a guest would feel uncomfortable in, that they were too afraid of messing something up to be comfortable. I could easily afford a newer, bigger house, but this is home, and here I will stay.
    I love your home, Kim. It is so beautiful and inviting, a place to visit a friend and feel right at home.
    Have a wonderful Christmas, Kim, and a blessed New Year. 💕

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    1. I think having a connection and story that surrounds you in your home is so much better than those perfect homes. I also feel strongly that I want people to feel comfortable when they visit. It sounds like we decorate from our souls not from fashion. Sending you love and hugs for a lovely holiday and wishing lots of joy for the new year. xo Kim

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      1. KT Workman says:

        Yes, you hit the nail on the head—“we decorate from our souls, not from fashion.💕


  7. I personally would leave the lath- I LOVE it! It looks so perfect with your decorations too. I hope your Christmas is beautiful and peaceful and lovely.

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    1. Dearest Debra – I can feel your kindness across the miles. our art an homes may be very different in many ways they are similar. A house filled with love is best. Merry Christmas my friend and only the best of wishes and happiness for the new year. Thank you for being here. xo Kim


  8. barbaratechel says:

    How absolutely lovely this sharing of your cozy home. I enjoyed every moment. Especially loved the video! I’m married to a carpenter/general contractor who has had his own construction business for almost 30 years now… you know where this is going right? Ha! Oh, all the phases this house has gone through! And like you, things yet to be done. But I love how you have embraced ‘what is’ which has been one of my teachings also being married to my carpenter man. 🙂 Also for 13 years, I cared for three different disabled dachshunds who didn’t have control of their bathroom habits – eventually ripping out all the carpet even though we didn’t have money at the time to put in another type of flooring. But I got creative and painted the sub-floor and we lived with that for about 3 years until we could afford wood flooring throughout our home. It was worth the wait!
    Merriest of Christmas to you! I so enjoy your IG posts and now your blog.

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    1. Hi Barb – it feels like we share many of the same stories. My husband is a contractor and we have learned to embrace many phases and looks in our home. We too had the painted subfloor phase. I did animal rescue for many many years and all my money went into caring for them, not fancy flooring or decor. Now Boo dog is our last dog and his daily accidents dictate less than fashionable looks in the home flooring department. I wouldn’t trade any of it though. We have had lots of love in this house. I’m so glad we found each other through this digital world. All the best to you and yours! xo Kim


  9. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    ❤️I loved this❤️


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