Sometimes chipped paint and weathered boards can have a place in ones decor but in all seriousness it can get frustrating! This old store (108 years old) that we live in is in desperate need of a "face-lift" but if we do that we might be robbing it of its quaint and rustic appeal. It's not everyone that can boast about having a gas pump on their front porch, especially one that says 19 cents a gallon.....it's not only a gas pump but a turquoise one at that! The front doors are so old that we can't use them any longer so the only way in and out of our home is through the back doors....Of course this can be a pain when one of Gods creatures, say a six foot black snake, decides to sun himself by hanging over your screen door so you're eyeball to eyeball if you did try to leave.....Such is life in the country!
This old place does have moments of magic.....like when the deer walk across my deck and peer into my workroom while I'm sewing, or the time I watched a mama bluebird take her new family bathing in the birdbath right outside my kitchen window and I'll never forget the amazing swarm of cardinals we have during the winter that take charge of the bird feeders or seeing the fireflies in June! Country life can be lonely, isolating and even at times darn right depressing, like when a car hits a deer and it dies in your backyard....but I wouldn't trade any of it! I love the quiet calmness of nature and the sense that everything lives for the moment and how those moments can change in the blink of an eye!
When I look at this old store and see the chipped paint, broken floor boards and rusty hinges or remember about all the things I have seen....I just sit back and imagine all the amazing stories this old place could tell if it could talk!