Mine is small! The principal part of the house is a mere 660 square feet, plus there's a utility porch that's about 100 square feet. I won't share a photo of the exterior. From the street my home looks like a plain, ordinary, humble little house. There's not a thing to set it apart from any others in the small town older neighborhood in which I live. Except, of course, that it's my house. :o)
A house can have a "cottage look and feel," but if it's not suitably small, can it be a cottage? My old Webster's says: "a small house, usually of one story." (In this day and age, how many square feet does a small house have?) On the other hand, maybe it's all about a "cottage mentality."
Well, mine doesn't look like a cottage from the outside, but I want to work on that: maybe someday some shutters and trellises, English cottage garden flowers, birdhouses, flowering trees.... My yard is much larger than my house, with a rather shady backyard. I'm afraid I've neglected my "garden" as the English would say, so I must get with the program! (Where's Richard Bucket, pronounced Bouquet, when one needs him?)
I love the smallness of my house. I can literally see diagonally from one end to the other. When searching, there are only so many places something can be. I'm also forced to regularly evaluate and weed out items I don't need or treasure anymore, which helps keep my "inventory" from overflowing. I can talk (well, sometimes holler) to the family member who lives with me from anywhere in the house and be heard. We can hear when the kitties get into a squabble and rapidly mediate their altercations. And with the washer and dryer on the utility porch, I don't have to go down any stairs to do laundry.
My little cottage is no design dream; rather it needs a ton of work that in all likelihood won't be completed during my lifetime. But that's OK. It's cozy and comfy.
The other day my kitty desk calendar said: "Snuggle down in all the love God has for you." That just warms my little floppy heart. (The name of the calendar is "God Cares- about every little thing in your life." It's perpetual, flips over, and only lists the manufacturer as Product Concept Manufacturing, Inc.)
Dear Friends, during these cold winter months, I hope you'll snuggle down in your cottages and breathe in all the love God has for you.
Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:1-3 KJV
The weekend approaches!