Thursday, October 20, 2011

Reflections and Collections

What a cold morning here in East Tn. A perfect time for you to come Through My Back Door, have a cup of coffee and a piece of Linda B(Pine Ridge Handwovens) pumpkin bread. It is delicious. Oh yes the coffee is on and why don't we use the red ware mugs? Don't you think they just say fall? Yesterday it poured the rain and was dreary. Linda e-mailed me and asked what I was doing. I told her it was PJ day, and I was sitting by the fireplace drinking coffee, but had nothing sweet. She replied she had pumpkin bread, so you can guess the rest of the She got into her new red van, brought her pumpkin bread and came over. What a good way to spend a morning.
Guess what I realized last night? I have been blogging for a year. Time really does fly when you are having fun. 168 of you are on this journey with me. I am so humbled, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. When I started blogging it was to harass my daughter! Yes, it was. lol I was on her picture trail and I think she wanted the space, so she told me I needed to start my own. I was appalled.Me? I am so computer illiterate,and still am, but start my own PT? No way. Well somehow and I don't know how, I stumbled across, How to start your own blog, during the process. I thought,hmmmm, I'll show her I can do something. So, I followed the directions, and  the journey Through My Back Door, began. When it asked for a name I thought, name? Then I looked up from where I was sitting and thought everybody comes through my back door. Thus the name. Anyway, as most of you know, Deb and I are very close.Not only are we Mother and Daughter, we are best friends. We shop together, decorate together, laugh together, and yes we cry together. She gets bossy sometimes and I just let I told her she shouldn't spend the money on an I phone, and now I am always the one saying, look it up on your phone.(You would think it was my idea)That is the way we are, so when I say it was to harass her, I don't mean it in a bad way. Anyway I had no idea what the world of blogging would open. None. I have made so many wonderful friends since I started this blog. Some I have been blessed to meet face to face. I have been able to entertain them in my home. Some I wish I could visit with. I have received so many RAKs and won a few give aways. Not just that, it is the feeling of friendship, I treasure. I feel a bond with people I have never,nor probably won't ever meet. I cried when a girl in Ohio lost her Mother. I have cried when a girl lost her husband, when someone loses their home, and when a child makes a wrong decision,I cried when a baby was lost or still born, and when you have lost a beloved pet. I have prayed for people I will never know and can't remember their names now.I have found a friend not too far from me who loves the Lady Vols as much as I do. I have rejoiced when a loved one came home from Iraq or Afghanistan safely. I have cheered when you were chosen to be in a magazine or a book. In other words, I feel a part of your lives and hope you feel the same. So I want to say thank you for this wonderful year that has opened the door to new adventures for me. When you become a follower or leave a comment it means a lot. So that is the story of how I began blogging.
I don't care for silver at all, but I love pewter. Here is part of my collection.
I use it all the time. As most of you know, I want nothing around me I don't love. I  use things I love because that is what they are for.
Why not enjoy them? Don't just set them around to look at. I also used to collect Watt pottery. Haven't bought a piece in years.
A friend gave me my first piece.She has since passed away, but I still think of her when I see my pottery.
Another collection is my candle snuffers.I have shown you them before, but here they are again.
They aren't expensive and fun to collect. I wonder why so many people sprayed them gold? Make them look like brass?
Well thank you so much for coming along on my journey this year. I hope you have gotten a bit of enjoyment from it. I am so grateful you came Through My Back Door, where life is good.
PS: Oh yes. Next Friday, a week from tomorrow some friends I have met through blogging and forums are coming Through My Back Door. I am so excited. Pam and Frank Hendrix, from Georgia, are coming.They have a blog,Civil Folks, a selling business ShadeTree Primitives, and are living history re-enactors. Wouldn't you like to be here and hear all these conversations? Sandi from Day Break is coming back over too, from W. Va. Guess what? We are going to make a floor cloth! Can you believe it? I am still in shock, that I agreed to that.
BTW I did do my own PT. It is at the top right hand on this page


  1. Well I am very grateful you decided to make your own blog! happy 1 year blogaversary! I know that isn't a word, but you know what I mean. ;)
    Love your blog and looking forward to many more years of reading and beautiful picture enjoyment!

  2. Happy Anniversary Betty! I am also glad you decided to make your own blog! I enjoy each & every visit & am thankful to count you as one of my friends. Blessings, Shirlee

  3. Betty, I am so thankful we found each other thru blogland. I cherish your friendship as well. Love visiting your home each time you post and am not giving up the hope of meeting you also this winter. Have a great visit with friends. I know they will feel so welcome. You are so blessed to have Deb, a wonderful daughter and friend. Sounds like the relationship Holly and I share. Yes, we are blessed with our girls. Love your pewter. You are the first I have heard of that actually use it. The table set with it is beautiful, so prim perfect. Have a great day.

  4. Very well said Betty. Thanks for the sentiments. I love blogging too. We all know about the cheering and crying for people we haven't met in person but have become friends with through blogging. -Steph-

  5. Betty, I totally agree with you about blogging! The friendships are awesome! Love your pewter! I have some but not nearly the collection that you have. I've never seen those kind of candle snuffers before, they are cool. It's cold here this morning also.

  6. Happy One Year Blog Anniversary, Betty!! I so enjoy visiting your blog, having a cup of coffee together, and reading about life there in TN!!

    I look forward to all your future posts -- it is always such a pleasure to hear from you....

    Enjoy the company you have coming to visit -- sounds like you will be having a lot of fun!!

  7. Thanks for sharing a few of your collections with us. Happy Blog Anniversary too!

  8. are such a joy. I am so happy when I scroll through my blog reader list and find you have made a post. My aunt & uncle and my maternal gr-parents all used to live in Morristown, TN. Is that close to you at all? I wish they were all still with us. I would have an excuse to sneak in through your back door. "Oh, I was just in the neighborhood visiting Grammie, ya know!" But, I do enjoy visiting via your blog and kudos to your Debbie for challenging you to do your own PT which led you to it ...

    Have a great day!


  9. Happy Happy Anniversary Sweet Friend!
    I just love your blog and how welcoming it is.
    And the coffee is the best! And I love coffee.
    You are blessed and so are we with you!
    God Bless
    Hugs Trace

  10. Happy, happy, Blogaversary Miss Betty!! So grateful that Deb pushed you on your way....otherwise I would have never met you. So very true - how we've prayed for, rejoiced with, cried with, others we may never meet - and, yet, I wonder, if I lived in the same town as you, but did not blog, would I have the pleasure of getting to know you as I have here? I would hope that I would, but suspect perhaps not. For that, alone, I love blogging....Love your gorgeous collections too - that pewter - oh, that beautiful pewter!! And your candle snuffs are precious! They're very tough to find in these parts it seems....Sounds like you have some fun brewing ahead - enjoy....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  11. Happy Blogaversary Betty! It is amazing the doors that are opened through blogging.I have enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you through your back door.Congrats!Hugs,Jen

  12. Happy Anniversary! I enjoyed so much visiting your blog and reading your posts. I am in tears now due to you put in words what I think about blogging. Its true," we have a bond with people we have never,nor probably won't ever meet" but through the computer we are friends and celebrate the good things and cried for the bad ones. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  13. I don't know what I'd do without my Mom!! Reading about your and your daughters relationship makes me feel so thankful to know that same love!!! I myself have all boys..and it's funny, earlier today my 18 year old asked me if I was sad I never "birthed girls"..yes those were his EXACT words!! I'm not...because I have my Mom, and wonderful sisters. All who love decorating, scrapbooking, and sappy chick flicks just like me!! I love reading your always makes me want to put on a pot of coffee...even if it is 8 pm! I'm so glad you started blogging a year ago...I know you've added a little sunshine in my life!!

  14. I am thankful for your blog too, I always feel so welcome. I enjoy the way you write and love your stories and pictures. Keep on blogging Betty, we love ya!

  15. So happy for you, what a gift a host of friends are! So many times I've come through your door, I love your collections and the way you write!

  16. Betty, great post. Blogs really do knit our hearts together.

    We are so anxious to get to Tennessee and sit down with you and a cup of coffee, floorcloth materials in hand. Anxious to meet Deb and Sandi, too.


  17. Betty,
    You are a treasure and I am so glad to call you my friend! Next time you need something sweet just let me know. Hmmm, you were lucky this time. Maybe you had better give me a days notice the next time! LOL.

  18. Hi Betty,
    What a nice post today! I love it that you and your daughter are so close. My mother and I are also. Isn't it wonderful? You should be very happy with yourself and your blog...All of us love it and you do a good job! Happy Blogversary!!!


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