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A Change of Scenery

July 9, 2011

“Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

As in most relationships, there are times when I am less than pleased with the Fairfield House. Moments like yesterday when I feel defeated by this old house.

The summer brings it’s own special set of issues which include aggressive man-eating green head flies and the race to keep up with the ever-growing jungle. I’m sure our yard was the test site for Miracle Gro. The cellar floods, the roof in the back room leaks, there is no central air. The exterior needs to be painted, the side and front porches reconstructed, the gutters replaced. The list is probably longer than my life span and overwhelming.

During those times of frustration, I find myself on the third floor, in the room facing north, looking out the window at God and His promise, exchanging nothing for the possibility of everything.

This sacred view between heaven and earth was what sold me on this house. Beyond the yard and plowed field, you can see the river.

Window View

So often in life, all we have to do is change our outlook. Stop focusing on the things gone wrong, that demand our attention and take notice of the quiet beauty we’ve been blessed with but sometimes overlook.


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Linking to :

Women Living Well

Walking in His Grace

The Charm of Home

French Country Cottage

Common Ground

At the Picket Fence

My Romantic Home

Serenity Now

Blue Creek Home

25 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2011 9:04 am

    Perspective is everything and most of us need a new one. Thanks for sharing yours :).

  2. ain't for city gals permalink
    July 9, 2011 10:09 am

    Oh my…I just said to Larry two minutes ago….I need to take a week off from running and everything and clean things up around here!!!…I don’t think changing my perspective will even work…it is that bad!! A week of heavy cleaning and get it out of here might do the trick! ..take care…xoxoxox

  3. July 9, 2011 10:24 am

    What a lovely reminder. Thank you. xoxo

  4. July 9, 2011 10:59 am


    What a beautiful view you have! I love when you give us glimpses of The Fairfield House. Don’t get discouraged . . . as you once told me, you are preserving the house’s legacy as it will live on with others some day. There is no rush. Enjoy the beauty around you as you restore the beauty of the Fairfield house one day at a time.

    Hope you’re well!

    Your friend,

  5. July 9, 2011 11:30 am

    You couldn’t be more right & believe me, my house woes sound alot like yours.

  6. July 9, 2011 11:39 am

    You always have the best quotables!! “So often in life, all we have to do is change our outlook. Stop focusing on the things gone wrong, that demand our attention and take notice of the quiet beauty we’ve been blessed with but sometimes overlook.”

    Well said!! Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading link party (and for linking back!). 🙂

  7. July 9, 2011 11:51 am

    How very true. I like the window from which you change your point of view. It is sometimes overwhelming when you look at the whole list instead of one step at a time. Enjoy a cold ice tea. The answer to your question: yes the roses smell beautiful, the large ones are very sweet smelling. They are almost done blooming and ready to be pruned so they can bloom again toward the end of summer. Enjoy your summer.

  8. July 9, 2011 1:47 pm

    Well said! Thank you for the reminder.

  9. Anonymous permalink
    July 9, 2011 2:11 pm

    Isn’t that the truth! So much of our lives are spent taking care of what we own/have/love that we can’t relax and enjoy what God has given to us! Your room looks like the perfect place to do that! It reminds me of one of my many favorite versus in the Bible: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and their expanse declares the work of His Hands.” (Ps 19:1)

    Blessings, Margo

  10. July 9, 2011 3:07 pm

    Our house is old and IMO run down. Like yours the to do list just keeps getting bigger! We are surrounded by big gorgeous houses. It always seems that when I am ready to burn the place down in frustration, one of the neighbors will stop by. They always comment on how comfy and fun our house is. It usually is just the kick in the butt I need to fall in love with it all over again! Love your window view! What a great place to escape to!

  11. Dee permalink
    July 9, 2011 3:17 pm

    Aah Deborah, once again…BRAVO! I do love old houses and all the creaks and groans that go with them, but the upkeep, ugh. Still, I would change in my 10 year old home for anything prior to 1950 in a heartbeat. Keep up the good fight. Dee XO

  12. July 9, 2011 3:59 pm

    What a great outlook! I won’t give you the list of what needs to be fixed in our 5 year old house, but just know that it isn’t pretty either! And you have that beautiful view… where I see my neighbor’s playyard. But, we are blessed all the same. Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. July 9, 2011 4:23 pm

    Hi Deborah,
    You do have a special view from that third floor window.
    The wonderful history of an old house and all of it’s character and charm are usually what attracts folks, but I imagine the upkeep part becomes a real pain to the homeowners. But, man, what a special view you have from that third floor window!!!

    A “view” qualifies as a treasure in my book, plus it’s my party – and I’ll cry if I want to…Sorry – I slipped for a minute. If you have time, I would love for you to link to THT.

  14. July 9, 2011 9:23 pm

    I guess you must be livin’ right. It’s not easy to see a new perspective but when we take a step back to look at the bigger picture, a new one usually comes into view.

  15. July 10, 2011 8:48 pm

    Hmmm. I think I might be having a moment of green grass envy. I returned home to find all of my flowers dead. It was the dust storm I think. I will trade you your miracle grow on steroids lawn for this barren wasteland desert I live in. 🙂

  16. Laurie Blaswich permalink
    July 10, 2011 9:03 pm

    Hi Deborah,
    You have a beautiful heart, and I love that view of the river!!


  17. July 11, 2011 1:50 am

    sounds like my house, without the river view, and no green heads…we do get biting deer and pine flies though.
    I will never buy an older home again. In fact I am not convinced that home ownership is the way to go. With the time, and $$ involved in Maintaining a home, not to mention the blood,sweat and tears!! I think perhaps renting is better! LOL sending you positive energy!

  18. July 11, 2011 11:19 am

    I get to feeling the same way, and then step outside, sit in a chair, and watch the clouds float by – and all is well again.
    I like looking out your window with you via your blog, Deborah – your view is uplifting.

  19. July 11, 2011 11:49 am

    Love your post…my perspective gets a little clouded sometimes by the everyday things that need to be taken care of…thanks for helping me re-focus on the good and change how I need to look at things.
    I got tickled at your comment on my old drawers…I could just see a cat all curled up inside one of those drawers under Lincoln’s bed! lol Good thing the only cat we have is the fake one on the ottoman in my living room! :)Hope you have a very blessed week! Stay cool…this weather in KY is oppresive!

  20. July 11, 2011 1:59 pm

    “So often in life, all we have to do is change our outlook. Stop focusing on the things gone wrong, that demand our attention and take notice of the quiet beauty we’ve been blessed with but sometimes overlook.”

    Such wisdom, there. Our lives were turned upside down 3 years ago, and we have been in recovery mode ever since. Changing your outlook is the key.

  21. July 11, 2011 10:00 pm

    Oh, very well put. Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

  22. July 12, 2011 3:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You’re so right! We sometimes need to change our focus. Thanks for linking up to my blog! Hope you’ll stop by again!!

  23. July 15, 2011 1:24 pm

    I’m book marking this post.

    I have been so incredibly overwhelmed by everything lately that I haven’t had a moment to breathe and take a look around.

    Thanks for helping me along. 🙂

  24. July 17, 2011 5:18 pm

    I love your view. I can so understand exactly what you mean. I have a love/hate with this old 140 year old farmhouse. I guess if you don’t look too closely it’s fine. I’ve realized that the next generation will have a lot of work to do on this old place, cause I’m about done with it all. Our basement is wet, windowsills are rotting off, etc…etc….and yet, I wouldn’t be happy in a new home.

  25. August 1, 2011 11:19 pm

    Love this post, Deborah! It truly is all about what we focus and think on! It can either make out souls soar, or nose dive. I prefer to soar like an eagle above the fray!!

    What a great view! Fairfield House is a grand ol’ gal, I’m sure, and like all grand ol’ gals, she has her issues. But they will not squash her story, and what you love about her! Sure wish I could come help with her! I would if I could! :o)

    Big hugs, Deborah!

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