Mortar oozing out from between the bricks gives a house the old world look. Some stone could be added for contrast. Distressed shutters dress the windows in an old world color to compliment the mortar. A front door that makes you think you are entering a castle will add to that look. This looks great on a two-story house but how will it look on a ranch house?
The garage should be entered from either side or the back. A three-car garage would be great so I can have enough space for an atv/ golf cart to drive around my ranch.
Plenty of windows will open the house to natural light. I’m like God when He said light be. I love light. Skylights can also add natural light.
The house needs to face north or south. If you’d ask me why I couldn’t tell you. That’s just what I decided years ago and both of my other homes were situated on the land that way.
This home needs a little more than the run of the mill driveway. A straight concrete drive will not work. A brick circular drive will set the house off. With the circular brick drive the sidewalk needs to be brick also.
I can see my big dream coming together. Maybe the look I described doesn’t all go together. I’m for starting a new trend.
I’m sure there are a lot more details that would come to mind as I dream more.
As I was thinking about Dreaming Big today it occurred to me that my home should be situated on land somewhere. Situated where is the big question I need to find an answer to.
Do I want it in a new community where they may have several styles of houses and I have to be satisfied with their plans? They might say you can make it the way you want but within the parameters they set. Then there’s the dreaded HOA-Home Owners Association. They charge you to tell you what you can and cannot do to your home. If you live In a Master Plan Community the HOA fee is much more for extra activities you don’t have time to use. I’ve been there, done that with my last home. I’m not particularly interested in doing that again unless it’s a neighborhood just I have to live in.
Since I’m dreaming big, I want a ranch with a creek and wooded acres. With that much land I want a sprawling ranch style home and an Olympic size pool with a pool house. A studio behind the main house is already a part of my big dream. Several Longhorn steers and a couple of horses will have a home at my ranch. I’ll have to hire a ranch hand to take care of the animals and ranch since I haven’t a clue what to do with all that.
Once everything is built and in place I’m going to throw a Texas size barbecue all weekend and invite a bunch of people. I will also hire a chef and wait staff for this shindig because I will be socializing with my guest instead of in the kitchen.
Now that’s Dreaming Big!
Wow, yesterday I started dreaming big about the patio. Who would have thought? Most people start dreaming big on the inside of their homes. I guess I’m not like most people and I’m not finished dreaming about the rest of the back, front and side yard.
Today my Big Dream is a new home—built from the ground up to my specifications. I want a home that will be customized to my needs and wants. I don’t want rooms that never get used. Every space has to have a purpose and be user-friendly.
The three most important rooms to me are the kitchen, master suite and craft room. My big dream would be a studio in back of the main house that could be totally dedicated to my crafts and writing. This would be an organized area that I wouldn’t have to pack up and store what I’m working on and bring it out again the next time. I wouldn’t have to hunt for my materials when I get an idea for a new piece of jewelry, a painting or an outfit because everything would be neatly put away. I would be able to get what I need to get busy and create.
My kitchen has to have plenty of light. I don’t want the sink in the island because I want a window to look out and watch the birds playfully soaring throughout the yard. I do require an island—a big island that can seat many people because I don’t want an eating area. I will have a dining room on the other side of the Butler’s Pantry that will get daily use. There has to have plenty of storage so all my gadgets and small appliances have a home. I do have a lot of them that I enjoy using. They need to be in a convenient place. A Butler’s Pantry has to be in close proximity to the kitchen because I have all types of glasses I like to drink out of. I don’t like drinking out of plastic.
My master suite has to be a peaceful place without a television. A cozy room off the master suite would be great for a television/library. That would leave the bedroom for rest.
Separate sinks would be ideal in the master bath. I’d want either a steam shower or a walk-in shower without doors. A deep six-foot soaking tub is a must because I love bubble baths. A towel warmer is needful to wrap in warmth after my bubble baths or steam shower. I don’t want to forget about toasty warm toes and a way to accomplish that is to have heated floors in the master bath.
While shopping one day I saw a journal titled Dream Big and I knew I needed to buy it. Dreaming Big is something I always want to do.
I got my Dream Big journal and sat down to write about my dreams when I discovered something. How can I dream big when I don’t know exactly what I want? I put the journal down and went on to something else.
Today while cleaning up a mess on my patio floor I started dreaming about having a bigger patio. If I’m going to dream about a bigger patio it needs to be attached to something—like a big home—my dream home. Thus starts my Dream Big dream home I dream about building. I want to share snippets as I gather my thoughts about this great endeavor that is subject to change many times before the final outcome.
My Big Dream today is a big patio. I need a big patio because I want to live on it when the weather’s not too hot or cold. It would be as a single multipurpose room. Part of the patio will have an outdoor kitchen with a dining table and a living room area. A fireplace or fire pit and a television have to be included. A couple of ceiling fans will create a nice breeze. It looks like this is going to be a big outdoor area.
While I’m dreaming I might as well add an enclosed area that will keep the bugs and other invite guests out when sitting out late nights.
I love sitting on my patio and listen to the birds chirping away. When I have time to sit a while, I look forward to visits from my Hummingbird friends who like to play hide and seek-catch me if you can with me.
I want my outdoor living space to be adorned as beautiful as the inside of my home. Beautiful, flowers to edge the patio that will be a pleasing fragrance and add to the peaceful, resting place. I also want the same beautiful landscape and feeling to extend around the whole house.
The patio that started my dream
The first of the Fall Feasts of the Lord 2017 started at sundown September 20 through September 21. It’s called Feast Of Trumpets. It is called Yom T’rooah in Hebrew. It is also known as Rosh Hashanah, Head of the Year, and is celebrated as the Jewish New Year.
The blowing of the Shofar announces God’s Manifest Presence.
Exodus 19:13; Leviticus 23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
In the picture above of the apple and honey represent God’s provision and sweetness that He will manifest to us in the coming year.
Blessings as you celebrate and feast with the Lord!
Walking through the store I picked out a sign I liked to add to my fall decorations for my home. I noticed Scarecrows and wondered their significance. I heard the Lord say they keep the enemy from stealing your harvest. I immediately bought several as a prophetic act.
The top picture is of the one I have at home where the Scarecrow is protecting my harvest.
The bottom one is my display at work where I’m sharing harvest blessings with joy.
May Harvest Blessings Be Yours With Joy!
As I was driving home today, the calm peaceful atmosphere took me back to Easter when I was a child.
I remember we would spend the afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Pickles, friends of my mother enjoying an afternoon ride.
We spent the morning celebrating Easter at church performing in the Easter play we practiced for many days.
After having an Easter parade through the neighborhood with our friends, we ate the delicious dinner my mother made and then we were ready for our Sunday drive.
We lived in a small town bordering to different states-Kentucky and West Virginia. That day we travelled country roads and little towns until we were at the state line to West Virginia. We went back on different country roads and little towns. Mr. Pickles knew a lot of ways to get around.
The weather was pleasantly warm and breezy. The trees and beautiful flowers were in full bloom. There was excitement in the calmness of the atmosphere. That was exactly what I felt today driving home.
Did today bring back any childhood Easter memories for you?