Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Black and White Blog Hop

Old houses have a story to tell,
in the quiet it tolls as clear as a bell.
It wears the lives it held in each scratch and mark,
as silent witness in light and dark.
Old houses bear scars with nothing to hide,
showing you what's important, in what to take pride
Old houses have secrets, in their light you will see,
of loss and of pride and what it means to be free.
So get out your tools, lay past hurts away,
with that cookie cutter house of yesterday.
For your home's now an old one, where treasures abound,
to be unearthed as from Heaven, its angels watch down.
You'll hear the music of the lives that lived here,
and dance to it as the days becomes years.
it is not practical, easy or cheap,
but old houses, unclaimed, never fail to weep.
LB Johnson and Abby the Lab are joining Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola for their Black and White Sunday blog hop. You can click below to visit other participating B & W blogs.


  1. That was beautiful! Our mom loves old houses cuz she thinks of all the wonderful memories they hold.

    Your pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    Pee Ess - We loved the story you told us of Abby's explosion.

  2. I prefer old houses. They have so much history! And secrets.

  3. Thank you Murphy and Stanley - it is almost 100 years old. It was a "fixer upper" and there's still lots of "fixing" to do, but it's fun.

    Tenacious Little Terrier - thanks for stopping in and visiting! I was so happy to sell the huge, no personality house, and get this. Lots of work but no big mortgage.

    Dachshund Nola - thanks for stopping and also for hosting the blog hop. That was so much fun!

  4. We pups are the angels of the household, huh? Looks like you're on to us! *wags* - Gilligan from

  5. Gilligan Ahoy - Thanks for docking for a bit to say hi.

  6. I love this ode to old houses. It's true, our houses gain character as they are lived in. The photographs complement your poem perfectly.

  7. Sugar - thanks for stopping - it's a early 1900 Chicago bungalow. Mom and Dad bought it in disrepair and have done a lot to fix it up. The neighborhood is really nice, but it had been vacant when the owner went into nursing care for a long time.

    Amy Boyer - The photography is a new hobby, so thank you very much!

  8. Beautiful and well said!!! My Mum grew up in a very old home, she loved it's cabin living for us and we love it just as much!

  9. Sentiments about an old house are so true. Mine isn't that old, but built in 1983, it is now over 30 - older than most of the kids I worked with at my last job 8-/ ).

    I think I might have put a link to this song on your blog once, knowing how you feel about houses. Anthropomorphizing a house may be a strange concept, but this song is lovely.

    Sorry if this is a repeat (I'm getting a little up there in age too):

  10. Johann the Dog - It was going to be Cabin for me, then I met my husband and he worked in a big city so plans changed. Cabin on retirement will be great! Welcome to the blog!


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