What Makes a House a Home?
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Over at ABC Wednesday our Host is featuring the letter "H." As an auctioneers daughter I grew up Honing my skills in my fathers auction House and around farm, Home and estate sales. I considered posting about all those wonderful things that start with "H" that came across the auction block and ended up in my own House over the years. Like my Hoosier cabinet, Harvest table, Hepplewhite chairs and Homer Laughlin china I use each time we have Houseguest's. But, decided I would rather share some of the Hundred photos I have collected of unique Houses some of which are weathered and worn (that I am also linking to Carmi's theme at Thematic Photographic) and the tales of what I Have seen of the Happenings in some of the Homes I have visited.
I Have worked for Home Party Plans and catered in Homes, plus, had a Huge number of other jobs, both paid and volunteer, that took me into the Houses of the people I dealt with. House, Home, Habitat, Hut or Hovel, are just a few of the "H" words that can describe a building where someone or a family might Habitate. No matter what name you give to the places where people choose to Hibernate, I have been in most of them over the course of my Hugely varied career; everything from elegant mansions to one room shanties and even a tent or two.
I Have been in a House that had dozens of snakeskin's circling the living room walls and cages of snakes that extended above and over the owner's bed. There were also cages of live rats and rabbits in their dining room.
|A boarded up wreck|
St. Clair, Missouri
|A big house past its prime|
|150 year old log cabin with a giant tree|
I have been in Houses so cluttered that they only Had narrow aisles in which to walk and there were no empty chairs to sit on. I Have also been in Houses where the pets used more space than the Humans.
|Old Hotel built in 1863|
Now a bed and breakfast Inn
| Historic Bed and Breakfast|
New Haven, Missouri
New Haven, Missouri
|Seen better days|
|100 year old Brick|
|Dark and gloomy|
|A doll size House|
|I call this the Fourth of July house|
Why do people live like this? What is it about their Houses that keeps them there? Simple really. Each of these Houses was someone's Home. What made it their Home was not four walls and a roof, or the turmoil that went on inside those walls, but, the fact that it was a place where they were free to be themselves and live in the style that suited them regardless of whether their friends, family, neighbors or this Helpful stranger off the street agreed with their choices.
this weeks theme is the letter "H."
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this weeks theme is Weathered and Worn.