Saturday, June 11, 2011

Life Is Good and Lots of Fun

Good Saturday morning and welcome Through My Back door. The coffee is on, Kona, today and the air is on too. Like everyone else is saying, it is very hot here. I am so happy to see you as I have been gone for a week. So come on in, grab your coffee and I'll tell you why I think life is good and lots of fun. My daughter,Deb, her husband Michael, my son Dodd, his wife Renda and I just got back from Florida. We stay between Destin and Panama City, on a beautiful beach. It is quiet and very peaceful. We ate, laid on the beach, swam in the pool, and ate some more. We also played a lot of games. We laughed, remembered when,solved a lot of problems,lol, and ate. It was so much fun. I will show pictures later. This is one I have downloaded of us at a restaurant,called Louis,Louis. They have wonderful crab cakes. Not much filler, all crab.
The kids will get me for this one!
Another place we love to eat in Destin, is Dewey Destins. It is on the water and looks like a boat dock. The tables are all outside,and the restaurant itself, looks like a shanty. Their seafood is the BEST! They catch it early the morning they serve it. We love it and always manage a few meals there. This is three of us there.
Deb, me, and Michael. We love Deweys! I wish I had a picture of the shrimp!lol
Well I am now home, and ready to start tweaking, as soon as I go get this guy!
I have to board him an hour away. It is  so sad, but some people don't like rottweillers.  They are the sweetest, most loyal dog, but look intimidating. I board him an hour one way, but is worth it. Laura has been raising and showing rotties for years. she has had many of hers win lots of awards on the show circuit, and Dasko loves her!
That is what is
I am so ready to play house here. It time to put away more and just enjoy simplicity. I have been trying to declutter for a while now, but find it very difficult. I see something or someone special in everything I have and its hard to put things away. do you have that problem? I think for the summer, I will do that though.
Another thing I will share with you, is I think the time has come to downsize in land. I have around 5 acres and it is very hard to keep it up. I have made the decision, hard as it is, to sell this little place. I will miss my little customed house, but to everything there is a season. This is the season for change. If this is in Gods plan for me it will happen. If not, I will continue here with high
I want to say one more thing about rotties. This is my friend Kathy Trout. she had gone into her sons sun room to look at a Country Sampler magazine. Before she knew it both dogs laid down beside her.
I wonder if Dancer and Judas got any decorating tips? I love this picture!
Our visit is short today and not many pictures. But thank you for Coming Through My Back Door where life is good.


  1. Hi Betty, Sounds like you had a great trip, always nice to be with family. Yes it is hard to downsize, I have been trying to declutter a little, really hard to decide what stays. Usually in the summer I like less stuff to show, show I close my cabinets, so it looks more simple. Hope things work out for you on downsizing where you live, always new crossroads, that means new adventures. Take care. Vicky

  2. Betty,
    It is a lot of work taking care of acreage and a home. I hope you get things worked out.
    Country at heart

  3. Hi Betty, Kona coffe sure smelled god!!!! Have a great weekend!

  4. Betty sounds like you had a nice relaxing vacation ! Best of luck in selling your home and on into the next adventure !I personally love Rottweilers ,I find them to be a very majestic dog.Hugs,Jen

  5. Betty~ fun times~ oh, yummy seafood!!
    Wish you luck on the sale of your home~ new adventure & new good times!!!
    have a great day,

  6. That was a somewhat bittersweet post for me - your time with your family and away, relaxing (and eating!) sounds wonderful (and delicious!) - and you are so beautiful!! But the decision to downsize and possibly move must be a difficult and heavy one. We will so miss your back door there (although I'm sure you'll still have one!) I wish you guidance in that process - and peace with whatever the outcome is. As for the decluttering - oh my - do I feel your pain. I have a very small home, and way too many "loves!" I look at photos of the very simple minimalist colonial/prim style and scream inside "THAT'S what I want!!" But if getting there means giving up all the little quirky things I love, I'm not sure I will ever get there. But it does become more and more difficult to "manage." I used to control things somewhat by seasonally rotating my treasures - but the taking out and putting away takes a toll after a while. Good luck with all your challenges ahead. Thanks for the visit - and the coffee! Have a wonderful weekend! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  7. Betty,
    I am glad you all had a great time together!
    I know how hard that must be for you to let go of the home you have loved for so long, but I understand why you are. I know that the lord will have the best in store for you! I love that picture of Kathy, and also Dasko! Sweet babies they are!
    Have a great weekend!

  8. We are going to have so much fun decorating a new house Mom! All of us are praying God gives you peace with what ever road you choose.

  9. I want to go to Dewey's! We love seafood and we love rustic places. Sounds like this one should be on 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'.
    I'm sure moving is a Catch 22. On one hand, less work to do once you're settled and a chance to decorate all over. On the other, sad to give up all that delicious space and memories.
    As for purging, I have done it over and over, but I just buy 'stuff' to replace what I got rid of! I gotta try harder.
    I can't wait to see your 'new' back door!

  10. So happy to hear you had a great trip to Florida with your family!

    Good luck with your decision to down size. I know it will be a long process, but worth it in the end. We're ready to down size sometime in the near future, waiting to see what develops.

    Have a wonderful Sunday, Betty!


  11. glade you had a wonderful time in fl but glad your home

  12. I am glad that you had such a nice trip with your kids. I love a beach holiday.... and being with family at the beach is extra special. I think Dasko looks like a great dog to have. I am sure he keeps you safe and protected. We had to have our big black German Shepherd put to sleep and I miss her so much. She was so sweet and loyal.

    We only have 1 acre and we can hardly keep it up. I don't know how you manage 5....and... yes, I do find it very hard to down size. I am sentimental about each thing. If you can believe it, I just threw away a little board that my son painted pink and wrote "I love you Mom" on when he was in 5th grade. He is a grown man now with 4 kids. I'd kept that board all these years but I finally let it go.... but it was hard for me. Well, now that I've down sized one item maybe I can spread it to others.

    Have a great week. I am sure you need some rest. I always need to rest after a vacation. lol

    Hugs, Lura


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