Driving around to appease my house obsession


I am obsessed with houses. It isn’t a specific style or look that I like. I like all different kinds. I like to look at old houses and think about the families that may have lived there. I make up stories in my mind about them. I notice details and think about how someone did that to the house. I think about the house being someone’s home. HOME. Such a great thing.

While my sister was visiting from Arizona, we took a lot of drives around to see houses and small towns. Where we live, there is a lot of history. The houses tell stories on their own without you having to think about it. I love the house above! The trees lining the drive way and the curve at the end of the drive are so pretty.


I don’t just stop my obsession at houses. I love barns and farms too! The barn above is my favorite on my daily drive. The little farm has Mini Donkeys, two Emus, two Alpacas and a ton of Goats. The farmer is at the barn often, taking care of the animals. Did you notice the rock fence in front? There are a lot of rocks in the ground here. They used to stack the rocks and make these fences a long time ago. I love to drive around and see these stacked rocks and wonder what it was fencing off years ago?


There are these large homes and barns and outbuildings that are now abandoned. I wonder what the operation was like when it was still in use? This was quite the house in it’s day.


There are lots of these little churches around every turn. I love this little church. They often have very old cemeteries on the side of the church. This one has some headstones from 1800’s. You can see groups of families and loving notes carved on the stones.


I love the repeat of stars on the sides of the barns and the weathered paint.


This is one of my favorite operating farms. It is nestled in a spectacular valley. The buildings that were standing during the Civil War were all used as hospitals during the war. This one was no exception.


This is terribly hard to see. I debated sharing it. I think it is very interesting so I thought I would share. There is a creek here. My friend is a huge Civil War guy who has books with old maps from the time. I had been wondering what this stack of rocks was for? I talked to my friend who told me that on one of their maps it looked like there was a bridge here. If you look where my arrow is, the other side of the bridge is there! All that stands now are the bases of the bridge. Very cool!


This house is from 17-something! I love the signs in front of the houses telling you when they were established.


There are also lots of memorials from the war. My sister and I were wondering if other places have as many war monuments?


My sister is 14 years younger than me. I was out of the house when she was 5 so I never really got to know her until the last handful of years. I do love her as much as I love my other siblings. She is a fantastic mother. I am so glad she and her little family were able to visit us for a long three and a half weeks. It really felt like being “Home.”