Friday, August 31, 2012

My Colonial Home's Challenge

Good morning and I am so happy you came by. It is always wonderful to have friends visit. You know the drift by now, and you know where the mugs are, but do you know there are pumpkin squares to go with it? It is the beginning of fall for us, when we have pumpkin squares. One of the things I love about your visit is the fact you make yourself at home. In my opinion  those kind of visitors are the best. Dasko loves it when you come by too, so come on in and lets visit, and I will tell you about Karens challenge to bloggers. She wanted us to post about why we started blogging and how we chose our blog name. To read about it run over and check out her blog  MY COLONIAL HOME.
 Well I have my second year coming up in October and it surprises me that I am still around. Never, ever thought I would last this long.I shared once on my blog and then when I was Tammy's SunPorch chat I shared again.Country Girl at Home.
However, if you missed those I will enlighten I was on Debs picture trail and she encouraged me to start my own. She thought I would enjoy doing that. I fought her tooth and toe nail and said I couldn't possibly. Well in the process of trying to do that, I came across how to start a blog, and the rest is history. I thought I will show her what I can  I did it to aggravate her! (I do love my daughter and we have a wonderful relationship) but I have to harass
her every once in a while. I had no idea anyone would follow me, much less read me. Who would care what I had to say? Who would enjoy any of my collections? Who would want to read me? Well, I am humbled by my read alongers, who have become friends. We are like a family rejoicing with successes, praying for one another, and laughing together. Now for the name. When "What is the name of your blog" popped up, I thought name? So I was sitting here.
This is where I am when I am on my computer or reading. I looked around to see what could I name my blog and I saw this.
My back door. Well every one who comes here enters the house this way.(Well that is everyone but the burglars) When you pull up the driveway this is what you see.
So, Through My Back Door , was born. When my family found out about my blog, they not only were surprised, but a little embarrassed I think. Mother will be "telling all" on a blog! Oh goodness!  Now they are my biggest supporters. My grandchildren read it, and my biggest surprise is people in my church have found it and become readers. Dodd, told me the other day he loved having it  to look back on and read. So, not an exciting story, (But it's not an exciting blog) yet, it is how I started and how  I came up with the name. Thank you Karen, for this challenge. It is nice to stop and reminisce about the birth of my blog.I have formed some close friendships through this blog. I have no intentions of stopping right now. You never know how long you will continue something, but as long as I am having fun,  you are still coming to have coffee and visit, my Back Door will be open.
I brought this sieve/strainer back from Daybreak. I have always wanted one since I saw one decorated for Christmas one year.
I hung it above the pantry doors. (No wall space anywhere else)
I took your suggestions and put crocks on the shelves.
Nothing like a big bowl of putkas! Not sure I will leave  the pumpkin in the bowl. Not sure I like it.
A "Fall" shot of the livingroom. I know you think I decorated too early, but I was supposed to have left on Wednesday for Niagra Falls, but we postponed it until spring. So I am finished inside. Still have to do outside. That won't be much.
I have so enjoyed our visit this morning. Hopefully you will continue to come Through My Backdoor where life is good.
PS:Deb is ready for pictures, so definitely next post. I LOVE her bedroom now.
PSS:I want to wish this fellow happy birthday. He is six years old!
PSSS: I also want to wish Renda well. She had her interview in Nashvillle this week, for Tennessee teacher of the year. She is one of the nine who have made the cut for that title. I am proud of her, whether she wins or not.


  1. Good morning Betty, was hoping you would be around this morning and invite me for coffee. You see I have really been busy, because when I went for my K-cup this morning,,,,, there was NONE!! Don't make for a happy girl when I run out of coffee. That has only happened a few times in my whole life. So I had a coke with my breakfast. So you saved my day and spoiled me with pumpkin squares for an added touch.
    Love seeing pictures of your fall decor. I so behind this year. Have enjoyed seeing everyone readying their homes for the season. Happy Birthday to Andrew and good luck to Renda. Better go. Mr. P has just left with another load for the show and my goodies are all packed and ready to go on the next haul. So nice that the show is only a few miles from home. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  2. I am so glad you started your blog, because it's my very favorite! I love having coffee with you. Happy Birthday to sweet Andrew! Love your Fall decorations. I'm ready to get out my Fall decor now, too. Have a great weekend!

  3. Loving the autumn decorations Betty.It is a lovely season to decorate for.

  4. Hi Betty,
    thanks for coming along on my challenge. I hope many do it because there are many of us who have been in this for some time.
    I enjoyed your post so much...thank you.

  5. It is so fun to learn a little bit more about you each time I visit your blog. So glad that you decided to start your own blog.Congrats to Renda, that is so great!
    I always love to see your new decorating touches, but everything always looks so nice in the fall.

  6. Evening Betty
    How very blessed I am you did start your blog.
    I enjoy my visit everytime. And your coffee is the best.
    Your home is always so warm and welcoming.
    Beautiful touches of Fall.
    HUGS & JOY

  7. Ooops Happy Birthday to your handsome Grandson!

  8. Hi Betty! How I enjoyed your post!! Happy birthday to Andrew! Your home is gorgeous as the bowl of putkas and, of course, EVERYTHING ELSE!! You know, when you do get to go to Niagara, you will probably drive right past my house. Best of luck to Renda--Jan

  9. Good morning Betty!
    Well, I like coffee and I like Pumpkin anything, so I may be having to really watch myself here! LOL! I have always enjoyed your blog, my first encounter with you was when your home was featured in CS~ when I read that you were a para~ I KNEW you were special! I never dreamed that I would be able to call you a friend one day. You have one of the kindest hearts I have ever known!
    Your family is very blessed. I also love Dasko, he is very sweet!
    I will have to think about this challenge that Karen posed.
    Have a good weekend.
    God bless,

  10. Always love reading your blog and seeing your warm inviting pics of your home! I think you've done an excellent job on the blog challenge too. I also love those sieves and finally got one recently! Was so happy to finally own one, lol!
    Hugs Libs

  11. WOW!! What a gorgeous home - I love all your pieces and arrangements! SOOO inspiring!! :-D Good luck on the challenge!

  12. Love all of your fall decorations! Tell Andrew happy birthday from Darbee Rae and I and a big congrats to Renda!

  13. I love the story of how your blog was born and how you came up with the name! I do love your fall decor! I so wanted to do mine this weekend but just didn't make it. Will have to get busy on it because I'm so ready for it!

    Love how your crocks looks on the shelf! Perfect.

    Tell Mr. Andrew happy birthday! The picture of you two is adorable! And whose house is in the background???? Love it!

    Thanks for being such a wonderful hostess....I always enjoy my visits here!


  14. Hello Betty! Such a great post and wonderful blog that you have! Not to mention the beautiful home you have opened up for us and I'm so pleased to have found the way in through your very welcoming back door!
    A blog is so like a journal and it's fun to go back and remember days past.
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. I'm so glad that we became blog friends. Knowing you blesses my life. I hope you will blog for years to come. Your home looks so pretty and "tallish". It is hard for me to get out fall decorations since it is still so hot here. I hope it will cool down a bit. Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

  16. Betty: What a cute story and loved the pictures of the "fall" stuff. Your are a very creative person and so talented...make good coffee, too, I can just tell. Wouldn't it be fun if we could meet some day!
    Love your crocks...see what I mean when I say I can;t find "stuff" here! LOL

  17. Betty: What a cute story and loved the pictures of the "fall" stuff. Your are a very creative person and so talented...make good coffee, too, I can just tell. Wouldn't it be fun if we could meet some day!
    Love your crocks...see what I mean when I say I can;t find "stuff" here! LOL

  18. I really enjoyed your pictures and your story. I decorated early also because I have so much to do outside I was afraid i would get to tired to decorated the inside. Blessings, Dianntha

  19. Hi Betty,

    LOVE your story about your blog! Wish I could come for coffee sometime. I would love to meet you. Maybe one day soon. You take care and keep up the good work on your blog! We all so enjoy reading it!

  20. How fun to learn how your wonderful blog was born and how it got it's name. I really have enjoyed visiting through your back door Betty. It's always nice when you come through mine too:) Your home looks amazing this fall. All those reds you have seem a little more auburn to me with all the fall decor around. It all goes very well together. Have a great night. -Steph-

  21. hello deary, its me cucki..thank you so much for following my humble so happy that we are friends.
    i love your blog name and blog so much..
    love your story from my heart..beautiful pictures and lovely home..
    i will visit you now often ..
    big beary hugs for you dear friend. xx

  22. This was fun reading your story about your blog. I did not realize it has only been two years. You are a pro at this. I enjoy everything you write, Betty. Have a fun weekend.


  23. Hi, Betty! I love your blog! I am so glad Karen did this challenge! Your home is beautiful! Most of all, I like your warmth, your sense of humor and frankness! I look forward to reading more! Blessings to you!


  24. I just LoVe how you got started blogging. Your friend "knew" you had something to share! Good for her& good for us!
    I LoVe the table you have between the two chairs. Really, I LoVe all your prims. I will be back!
    Have a wonderful week-end!

  25. So inspiring! I enjoyed reading how you started your blogging journey. So nice to meet you :-)


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