"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." A.Holmes

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sit A Spell & Visit

The view from my kitchen and living room, out this window and looking at the lawn and the pond. I view this as I cook, as I clean, as I talk on the phone.This view is especially enchanting and interesting to me when it is snowing or raining. I watch my flock of ducks waddle around our lawn from here, I watch my doves from here. I see wild rabbits hop to and fro and Towhees ( birds) flick from the bushes to the lower branches of the trees from here. Our living room is really part of a big room. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are all one room. My husband and I designed the room this way so we could be part of all that goes on as we cook , visit, and partake of meals with those we love. Sharing your home, your heart, and a meal with others really is a personal matter.For my husband and myself this is a pleasure and a blessing.We designed our home to offer hospitality , heart-felt hospitality. When we have people over to share a meal with us it is a time to not only share a meal, but to share our lives . Isn't this really what sharing is? My husband and I are always striving to make our home a friendly home. One that does not intimidate others, but is welcoming and also forgiving of children's and adult's spilling ( also forgiving of pet dogs & cats). One that is open enough to move about, one that says "sit a spell & relax, you are among friends." We mean this, really. Truly though, hospitality is from the heart, and does not require anything more than a host / hostess who means this. A big house, lots of food and drink,fancy doings, are not necessary and are often a hindrance to true hospitality.Did you know hospitality is commanded by God? "Be hospitable to one another without complaint." I Peter 4:9 , "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers.." Hebrews 13:2

14 comments:

Maple Lane said...

Good morning, Kathy. I love the view you have. Your home is so very welcoming and your blog pictures have always told the story of how you and your husband truly love to entertain, both family and friends. I love your big table - and through the years, I've seen adults there enjoying one of your husband's special meals, and of course, many tea parties hosted by your granddaughters. Wishing you and your family a blessed New Year!

Vickie said...

Hi Kathy - well said, my friend! I so agree. Your home is lovely, inviting and very comfortable. I'd love to come and sit a spell. Since we moved into our farmhouse and everything is old, more relaxed, and often second-hand or antique, we have found that we care much less about messes, spills, dogs, cats, etc. We just try to be hospitable and make our guests feel "at home" and free to move about and relax. Our little farm was truly a gift from God and we try to use it as such. If only I knew now what I didn't know back then... Hindsight, you know.

Love your big picture window. I think that would be MY favorite place, too. Stay cozy! Hope your Christmas was completely wonderful!

Timi said...

Thank you for this post, Kathy!
Your home is so warm and lovely!!!
A real HOME!

Daisy said...

Kathy, your home looks very cozy and inviting. I'm sure all who visit there feel loved and welcomed. You have a wonderful view from your windows. :))

Dolores said...

The view out your window is so beautiful! I love the warmth your home exudes.......

Thank you Kathy for your sweet comments to me...they lift me up...
Hugs

GardenofDaisies said...

Your home truly does have a comfortable, cozy and welcoming feel. It would make any guest feel at home. And your view is so pretty. I can see why you love looking out that window.

rkbsnana said...

I feel I would be welcomed in your home. By the way...every time I open your site and see your "wee little sheep" I smile.

Mormotabárány said...

A lovely home, soooo cozy! You can easily feel there must be people with warm and loving heats living in it.

Star said...

What a lovely home and lovely words to go with your pictures. You have achieved your goal. Your home is indeed a welcoming home. No wonder you are so happy there.
Hop over to my Blog today and see what I received for Christmas. I'd welcome your comments on it.
Blessings, Star

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Kathy! Your home is beautiful, and very inviting. I can picture it filled with your friends and family with your animals in the midst of the gathering.

Hope your New Year is filled with joy, my friend.

Hugs,

Kathy M.

Karen said...

That is a beautiful view and a cozy inviting living room. Thanks for letting me 'visit' today!

PeregrineBlue said...

what a welcoming home 'tis kathy. great rooms are the best; we have one now and i, too, enjoy the view from every angle as i cook, and sweep and sit and chat.

our x-mas was all of 14 at the table, unforgettable really.

thank you for your beautiful note this morning. i also carry you in my heart and feel fortunate to have met you through our blogs.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Your home does say "you can sit here and enjoy your tea (or wine) and visit a while" love it - thanks for sharing your home and family !

Lady Jane said...

I enjoy visiting your lovely warm home every chance I get. I picture myself sitting on your comfortable sofa with a cup of tea in hand and just loving every warm moment of my visit. Walking to the window and looking at that view. Oh MY!!! Happy New Year to you and yours Kathy. Hugs, LJ