Thursday, November 14, 2013

Deck The Halls

Good morning and welcome Through My Back Door. Oh yes the halls are I had to do something and that is what I chose to do. Grab a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll. I have made a yellow cake with caramel icing but that is lunch for the domino girls, or chicks as we call ourselves. We call ourselves that  because Dottie got us an ornament one year that said that. I am so thankful for all the e-mails, pm's and cards you all have sent. Life has been hard, but it has to go on. So I am going to try to get back to my original blogging. Fun and lots of decorating.
I have not done the outside yet, but it will look like this. I do the same thing every year. I guess I need to change it up a bit.
I haven't put out as much  this year and I haven't gotten all my fresh greenery cut. It will be a while before I do that. Then I will have to replace it a couple of times, as it dries out so quickly. I wanted a cedar Christmas tree and the lot manager told me cedar dried out too quickly and would catch fire, with the central heat. I use  lot of cut cedar and just replace it, as I have 2 nice cedar trees that sprouted under the porch and Curtis saved them. My holly tree is beautiful this year too. I have a bit in already, but not much.
Can you see the pink ornie on the tree? My friends Gina and Billy sent me that when they heard I had Dasko.  We worked together during the Christmases Hillary was destroying our trees. They thought it was so funny. When they heard I had  new rottie they sent him that. He being the good dog he was, never bothered However he did eat the gingerbread ornaments that were low enough. It was okay, they were edible. Hill never cared if was edible or not and no matter how we barricaded the tree, she got to it. I guess that is what memories are made of.
I always debate on whether to decorate this feather tree or just leave the candles on it. I have decorations to go it, but I do like it plain.
This over the pantry doors.
Hope you enjoyed this bit of Christmas. There is more I will share later.
I spent last Wed- Sunday in Pigeon Forge with the card group. Remember we have played cards 28 years and have been going on a fall trip 25. Took no pictures, except a  few on my phone. Haven't figured out how to get them off yet.(Deb will show me one day.) We had such a good time, ate, shopped, talked, played cards and laughed. I don't remember when I have laughed so much. It was so needed by me. Them too, as all but 2 of us are still working. 3 out of 5 are teachers, physical therapist, or vision specialist, with the school system and if you or anyone you know works in education you know how stressful that has become. It is so sad, because when I worked we had so much fun with the kids, there were smiles and laughter all around. Don't think it is that way  anymore.
That is sad because a happy environment is important. If any of you or any one in your family teaches, you understand what I am saying. It is a universal problem.
It is so good to have you come Through My Back Door where life is good.
PS: I am so thankful for my blog fairy who makes my blog look good. Go over and visit her blogs. Tell her you came from Through My Back Door
PSS:Please remember to pray for our fellow bloggers. I have heard from some this week and they are going through some difficult times. Some are facing life changing events, some surgery, but what ever the crisis, pleaase pray for them.
PSSS: During this Thanksgiving/Christmas season, lets all let someone know how much they mean to us. It may be someone who sits in the same seat at church every Sunday, that is always there with a smile, it may be someone you haven't seen in a while, but let them know. I am going to try to do that. Will you?


  1. Merry Merry Betty, your home looks wonderful. Cozy Country Christmas, love the garland around your red door outside, looks beautiful....Big Hugs Francine.

  2. I will too my prayer friend.
    Your home and blog look wonderful.
    I love the blog fairy!
    Caramel cake yum.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Wish I could join you all.
    Woolie Hugs & Love

  3. Bettty your homestead is looking quite cheerful. The fresh greens add such a special olde tyme touch.

  4. I am slowly getting in the mood to do my decorating. I think I may take my fall down today...Your home is just beautiful!
    I think of you often! We lost our sweet Ginger (cat) a few months ago, she was 15. Big hugs sweet Betty!!

  5. Everythlng looks so pretty Betty. Would so love to be sitting on the settle and drinking coffee with you. Sit back and savor the holidays. I hope to get my decorations out this weekend. Mr. P came in yesterday and he has to work the weekend. Guess I will have plenty of time. Thank you so much for your concern and most of all for your prayers. I love you Lady.

  6. I love your decorated home! We still have not made it to Gatlinburg but maybe soon.

  7. You better check that cake again because I think I might have stolen a little slice to enjoy with my coffee. Yummo....yellow cake with carmel icing just sounds heavenly!
    I'm headed back to Atlanta later today and Mark's headed to Germany so I'll be a decorating fool all week long. I'm so excited to drag my stuff out and get it done. Your home is just so welcoming and I just want to take off my shoes, curl up and chat with you and look at all our wonderful treasures.

  8. Aww I love your home so beautiful..
    Big hugs x

  9. Looks GREAT Betty!

    Merry Christmas!

  10. Love your little touches of Christmas.

    Hugs friend.

  11. Oh Betty, I have thought of you often :) I am so glad you found your happy spot and did some decorating. I am not ready to do it yet, but I always LOVE seeing it!!! OLM

  12. Everything looks so warm and cozy. I love it all and would to come and see it all in person. Hopefully once we get mama well we will be headed that way for a girls trip. I have already told her to plan on it. :)

  13. Beautiful pics of all your decorations Betty. Still waiting to see your basket of wool on your wheel. Take care, stay warm and dry, and once again I enjoyed coming in thru your back door.

  14. Beautiful post Betty, thank you for the inspiration. I love your Christmas decorations, looks so inviting and warm. Blessings, Trisha

  15. Just beautiful Ms Betty! Your home is so inviting a just lovely! I am so happy that you are happy....enjoy your Christmas decor and friends.. Blessings my Friend!

  16. I love all your decorations. Your home is so warm and you. Thanks for being my blog friend and support. I'll be back to visit when I'm feeling better. Hugs, Lura


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