Monday, December 27, 2010
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas. We certainly did Through My Back Door. We had lots of food and everyone was here except my granddaughter Beth and her husband Ryan. They are doing their residencies in Springfield, Il and both had to work Christmas Day. I told Beth to be extra sweet to her patients that day, that they wanted to be home too. She assured me she would, and I know she was, because she is very sweet all the time. We will have Christmas with them New Years eve.
Here are a few of the people who came Through My Back Door Christmas night. There are a lot of us now and my house is small and sometimes it get a bit loud and chaotic but we have so much fun. One grandson got a guitar and my granddaughters boy friend a drum, so see what I mean?
This baby Mollie Ann and her daddy Clay. She truly is a gift this year.
This is my beautiful d-i-l Renda with Seth. Seth does Shakespeare and interned in Minn this summer. That is Olivia's head and her boyfriend Will.
the cooking. The other is Dodd and he is Renda's husband. don't know where Deb was. Oh well! lol(Dodd is going a little heavy with the salt shaker.)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
You see this mirror once held the reflection of lots of people who no longer come Through My Back Door.
A few weeks ago my Aunt Annie, who is very special to me, gave me THE MIRROR. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to get to be the keeper of this treasure. I vow not to ever be sad when I look at this old mirror, but to think instead of the reflections it once held. I will always treasure it just as I do the memories of the people it saw. Now do you see it isn't just an old mirror, but THE MIRROR of memories past.
I ask each of you to join me this year in not being sad because some of our loved ones no longer Come Through Our Back Doors, but to be thankful they once did and their memories still do. Lets embrace the loved ones we still have and make every moment count.
Thank you so much for Coming Through My Back Door the last several weeks. I am so humbled that you read my little blog and for the friendships we have developed.
I do too.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
What fun we had. They have a wonderful job and love what they do. You can just imagine what a shoot with them would be like. We are going on a field trip to watch them shoot.
Another big decision is being made. Can you tell? Well, it takes a long time to take even one shot. It is interesting to watch these two professionals at work. They can arrange things just perfectly for the cameras eye.
That evening, after the shoot was over, they all came Through My Back Door for a dinner of spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad. Dessert was home made apple stack cake,(which they had never had). This is a picture of the stylist and the home owner all worn out after a day of fun.
Now that you have seen some of what goes on during a shoot, (this is actually just a drop in the bucket) maybe you would like this experience too. They are always looking for homes. They like you to take full room shots, not vignettes, of every room. Your photos do not have to be perfect, they do not expect that. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. That is Mathews with one T. He will send them on to Donna Marcel, the editor and she chooses the homes to publish. Your home does not have to be perfect. I promise you if you do this and are chosen you will have such a wonderful experience, you'll cherish forever. You do not have to feed them, we just did. They don't expect you to. I invited Gloria to stay with me and she accepted. We had a wonderful visit and were thrilled to have her Through My Back Door. Dasko, the friendly rottweiller loved her. I didn't get a picture of them and don't know why. I hope you enjoyed meeting them and coming Through My Back Door where life is good.
Bill and Gloria drove 20 hours in a snow storm to fulfill their commitment to this shoot. Can you believe that? Here is what it looked like on Sunday night, and this was before it got really bad. This at the side corner of my front porch.
. Oh by the way, look for the article in the Christmas issue of country Sampler,2011.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday night I went to my cousin's house for dinner. There were several of us and everything was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the company exceptional. We talked and laughed and had a good time. They had a fire in their gorgeous fireplace.
Tonight was my annual cookie swap. There were only six of us, as two of the usual attendees had illness in their family.
Two of these girls are in my card group, two are in my domino group and on the left is my kindred spirit Carol. Her house was in the Country Sampler Home Tour, and we went on a field trip there in the fall. Remember?
Anyway that's what has been going on Through My Back Door. There are lots of cookies and mulled cider left if you would like some. It is truly a joyful time when you can be with people you enjoy.
Would you like to see a few more of the woodcarvers santas? I thought you might, so I took a few pictures.
I hope each and everyone of you are having joyful times with your friends and families too. Christmas is a time that we all should enjoy and love, and too often people get so stressed out they cannot enjoy it. I find that so sad as we miss so much when that happens. This year lets all strive to look for the joy and not strive so hard for perfection. Some of my favorite Christmases are when things were not perfect. I wonder if anyone remembers the ones I thought were perfect. I know we all miss loved one who are no longer with us, but this year I have decided instead of being sad about what no longer is, I am going to be joyful because those loved ones were in my life and brought me so much love and joy. I hope you will do that too.
Next week I have a special post coming up. It is going to be an exciting time and we are going on another field trip, with some special folks!!!! I absolutely can't wait to share this with all of you, my new friends.
Thank you so much for Coming Through My Back Door where life is good. I wish you a joyful week.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Today I went to my son's house to pick up a beautiful wreath my daughter-in-law ordered for me. It is the one you see at my back door now. It is so pretty. I love fresh greenery and it made the entrance to my back door look much more festive. She also had me a poinsettia.
There are lots of family members I want you to meet, and you will. This is the only picture I had stored of Olivia.(The others were a bonus) I don't want them thinking about the title.( That they are the whole lot of nothing and Olivia is the little bit of something!!!!!)lol
You have been coming Through My Back Door for about two months now. I certainly enjoy you coming to visit. I thought you might like to see I do have a front door too! My grandson lives next door and he is the only one who uses it.
I am going to show you a few more Christmas pictures and when I come back next week I will have lots to share. A lot of things going on Through My Back Door.
Before you go I want to share a little Random Act of Kindness with you. There is a young couple in Debbie and Michaels Sunday School Class that have been so sweet to me. I LOVE honey. I love it in my hot tea and I love it on a biscuit with butter. Well Ken didn't have a lot of honey this year, but guess who got a jar!!!You got it.
Next week will be full of pictures and then it won't be long until I can share something wonderful with you. I'll give you a little hint, we'll be going on a field trip!!!
Thanks for taking time to come Through My Back Door where life is good.