Thursday, October 31, 2019

Our Autumn Front Porch and 7 Year Blog Anniversary




Many thanks to everyone for your sweet wedding anniversary wishes on my previous post! 



On our anniversary I burst out laughing when I read my devotional for the day. David Zahl wrote about unconditional love:

Imagine if I locked my dog and my wife in the trunk of my car. After an hour, only one of them is going to be glad to see me.

That tickled my funny bone and it kind of reminds me of something I question anytime I publish a new post here at the Window after doing one of my disappearing acts for a few weeks, or in some cases months.

Will they still be glad to see me?
 

  
 Tomorrow will be seven years since I published my first blog post at Across the Way, here: https://awindow-lookacrosstheway.blogspot.com/2012/11/our-fledgling-flight.html



There have been times when I've stopped blogging for a while but I always came back. I even started this blog at the Window and thought I'd given up Across the Way only to end up keeping both going.



Going yes, sometimes sporadically, true.



I remember when I announced that I was leaving blogging at Across the Way and one friend asked if I could just check in occasionally, even quarterly. 



Sometimes I seem to be doing just that. Like all the things on our front porch, I'm not getting any younger. In fact we might even qualify as antiques.



We may soon even be obsolete.


There are occasions when we decide to pretty ourselves up a little.


 Pretend like we're still Spring Chickens.



Times when I ask RH to buy me a beautiful corsage.



He bought me two beautiful corsages for the porch for our anniversary and a trunk full of pumpkins for both porches, the back garden and the house. 

All without rushing me in my choices, following me around with a big cart as I wandered around the Nashville Farmer's Market, a special place to me as I'd gone there since a child with my little sisters and our father who bought produce for the middle Tennessee Kroger stores.


The best anniversary present ever!

RH also planted a new tree, (see picture above) his 4th Japanese maple since we moved here almost three years ago, his 12th new tree planted in the front yard alone--how's that for a man past the three-quarters of a century mark?

You can also see the new project he started behind the new Japanese maple. Not sure what it's going to be when he finishes it but a trailer full of beautiful rock sat on the grass in front of the park bench for two months while he pondered the design. 



I'd asked for a pretty sidewalk/path but I have a feeling this is going to be more than that. And it may be spring before it's finished as my guy started another project in our back yard that's now taking up his time.




Meanwhile, I decided the old girl--I'm talking about our front porch--deserved at least one new accessory, a pretty rug.




I spent hours online searching for one with just the right colors. I hope you like it because I am so in love with it!


Thank you so much for visiting here! Even when I sometimes play hide-and-go-seek with you. 


Old and cracked as I sometimes feel I still want to make like The Terminator and say...

I'll be back! 
 

46 comments:

  1. Oh, Deweena, I'm so glad you are still posting, and I did not know you were still doing entries at Across the Way! Halloween dawned very cold snd bright here in NE Kansas, have a safe evening, Andrew are all not getting any younger

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    1. Our Halloween is the coldest day yet this season, with a hard freeze predicted tonight. Stay warm there in Kansas!

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  2. So glad you're still blogging!

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  3. OH! I'm just almost speechless with joy.
    this post is joyous itself! laughter and tongue in cheek and plain old joy. that beautiful rug is a perfect foil for the door. but the antiques and the flowers... it all just works beautifully! it smiles WELCOME! xoxo
    and psst! ... I know the owner of it all … and INSIDE is even MORE magical! happy blog-aversary darling bean!

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend! And you know how I love old stuff but I did lose my heart to that rug!

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  4. I enjoyed the photos and the words. Thank you my friend for sharing your thoughts with us, always enjoy your posts.
    Love, Carla

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    1. Thank you so much, Carla! I have such nice blog friends!

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  5. For some reason I thought you’ve been blogging longer than I have. I started in April 2012. It seems that year was a huge one for blogging.

    That rug is stunning Dewena! Is it an outdoor rug? The colors and vintage feel are right up your alley :).

    That RH is unstoppable! You might want to keep him around a few more years :).

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    1. The rug is an outdoor rug, Doreen. From Rugs Direct, in case anyone wants to know. I'm very happy with it. And yes, I definitely hope to keep RH around for many more years to come!

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  6. Heck YES we'll show up! Your writing is so fun and your pictures are beautiful. It's a delight when you pop up the Feed!

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    1. Thank you, you're so sweet! I appreciate it!

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  7. That rug....Devine. Your porch looks wonderful with all your objects sitting there so prettily. Bless RH for continuing to plant trees. I’m glad that you continue your blog. I am finding it harder to blog every day now, sonmetimes I just don’t have much to say.

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    1. Peggy, you do an amazing job blogging every day! And the posts are always interesting.

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  8. You know that I'm more than glad when you write a new post - your blogs are two of my favorites! Your decor is beautiful...I kept going back to your pictures to get another look. You really have a great knack for creating beautiful displays and of course, I love antiques and gourds. Hmm, what is your hubby up to with those projects? I can't wait to find out!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend! Wouldn't we have fun going on our pumpkin shopping days together? And sometimes RH doesn't even quite know what the project will end up as but the new building is to be a workshop for him and carport in the front. He'll have a good place to escape to when the weather's bad and he's going cabin crazy inside.

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  9. I am always thrilled to see a post from you with newsy bits and interesting photos. How sweet to have a husband that indulges your decor designs. Mine does, too, and what a gift! That's a beautiful new rug - one worth searching for.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lorrie! And do you have to sometimes tell your husband, "Just trust me on this"? I do!

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  10. Oh, that was the most beautiful post! You are so witty, and funny, and heartfelt all at the same time. There's a quote of Jefferson's that I couldn't find just now, but it is something like if I'd known I'd live so long I would have planted more trees. We should always, always plant trees. I love it that your fella does! Visiting your blog is like a coming home. You are a wonderful writer, first of. But you also touch people's deepest thoughts and feelings. Happy blog anniversary!

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    1. Thank you, dear Nan! I read your comment to RH because our tree wish list grows longer and longer. Top on my list now is an Atlas Blue Cedar and a magnolia on his. But there are so many more. And yes he often feels just like President Jefferson did!

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  11. Your front porch is so charming, Dewena, with all the old treasures that are precious to you. And I think the Mums are a nice addition, as it's wonderful to have a little new with the old. The different shades of pink are so pretty - you made a good choice. Are those milk bottles? My mom would get those delivered right at her back door. I like all the blue items you have sitting there with the orange pumpkins. It's a nice combination. This looks like an interesting project, you have me curious. And I think my favorite picture is the orange pumpkin with the crack in the concrete. That is priceless.

    Wishing you happy November days, Dewena. And Yes, we miss you when you are away. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you, dear Sheri! And my mother too had milk delivery to the door. In fact, RH and I had it too the first few years of our marriage, until the company closed down. I understand that some companies are starting it up again. I wonder how that will go over today? We do have so many things delivered to our door now, so why not milk?

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  12. Well, those were nice fallish pictures and thoughts :-) I always do look forward to your new posts. You will never be obsolete, though, because the inner you is eternal and as ageless as truth.

    I adore that last, BRIGHT orange pumpkin!!

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    1. Oh, you are so nice! And that last pumpkin is a favorite of mine too, but then I haven't even shown you pictures of the ones in my back garden!

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  13. Happy 7 Year Blog Anniversary, Dewena!

    I find it so fitting that you decided to celebrate the Window's big day on your pretty porch, all decked out in such seasonal splendour, since autumn is your favourite time of the year.

    My eyes keep wanting to scroll back up to the aqua kettle, bowls and pumpkins collection; love this colour combination! I noticed that your beautiful rug perfectly complements AND contrasts the blue door - worth all the research, I'm sure! And of course, the signature flower of fall, your mums beam with charm and spice up the coziness you've already created in this outdoor space!

    As you know, I started Poppy View in my favourite season, too - it was May 18th, 2012, just a few months before you, and as two newbies in this BIG blogger hood, I'm so grateful that we got to 'meet' on 'Cyber Street', as I'm sure all of your readers are.

    Thank you for your witty and inspiring writing, and thank your tireless hubby for being your go-to guy, whether you needed a model, handyman, photographer or landscaper, even at a moment's notice, he made sure you had one! Together, you have composed posts that I come back to time and time again, just as YOU come back to the Window, time and time again.

    Enjoy your special day, my friend!

    Love,
    Poppy




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    1. Thank you, my dear friend! I did begin blogging in my favorite month of them all! And it truly has been a joint effort although I've mostly taken over the camera since I'm the only one who knows exactly what I want in the frame. But just this morning he came in from feeding the neighbor's cat outside (we're babysitting her) with a dozen pretty shots of frost in the garden. I'll have to use them sometime!

      I'm so thankful we met on that Cyber Street almost at the beginning of our journeys there! Isn't it wonderful how the Cyber Street lets us be next door neighbors?

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  14. Dewena, whenever I see your post in my feed, I grin and click right over. I love your words, your stories, your honesty and your decor. Whether it's a few days or a few months in between, I know I will be smiling when I'm done reading...Happy Fall, enjoy that gorgeous new rug and your porch and Happy Blogging Anniversary!!

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    1. Thank you, Kim and I certainly am constantly left smiling and even chuckling when reading your very amusing posts! Speaking of rugs, I love the one you're thinking of for your kitchen!

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  15. Missed your anniversary. I know it was happy. I like that your husband likes to plant trees. We do that too...well we used to. Since Ted's had a year or more of bad health...we are behind on many things. I like the porch decor. I like reading your post. Glad you stayed with blogging and wishing you happy blog anniversary. Thank you for your prayers for Ted and I..we appreciate each one. Blessings to you friend, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Susie,you know all your blog friends will keep praying for your darling Ted. We are rejoicing with you at every good news the doctors have for him! Got to keep that charming smile on his face. Love to you both!

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  16. wow great post and I enjoyed everything about it - and your husband rocks! Doing projects, buying you your heart's desire and I imagine you rock his world also.

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    1. I'll have to read this one to RH, Sandy, for sure!

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  17. Oh, I am ALWAYS glad to see you! I love your posts and I so enjoyed seeing your porch. I felt as though we were walking through it together.

    It is so apparent through your posts how much you and RH love your home. How nice that you both share that. Similarly, my husband and I are homebodies and love projects. He reminded me recently of the quote, “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

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    1. Karen, I love that tree quote! We can't let thoughts of the trees we should have planted decades ago keep us from planting trees today.

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  18. Dewena - I love your blog and your postings so much. I especially have enjoyed this post with your pretty things on the porch. Love your rug and oh, my do I ever love the coverlet. The pattern is especially nice. I am a weaver, so I guess it is why it really captured my heart. Enjoyed seeing your projects. Wishing you happy autumn days.

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    1. Sandra, I'm very glad you noticed the coverlet! I put it on the porch for pictures and then the next day realized I'd left it out there, not what I meant to do as I treasure it too much to risk something happening to it.

      I didn't realize you were a weaver, that's something I wanted to do when I was a young married. That is, until someone told me that you have to have a mathematical mind for it. That let me out!

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  19. Dewena, just came back to answer your question.....Yes, that is my Mother in the framed picture. She was a beauty, and a wonderful Mom. This gave me a chance to see your charming porch again. I just love those potted flowers, and their color. : )

    ~Sheri

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  20. it's when we are cracked His light can get out. I always enjoy your posts, no matter when so please don't stop.
    Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm

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    1. That's a very nice thought, Sandra. And thank you!

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  21. I really enjoyed your post and looking at all your pretty pictures. I am thinking about planting a couple of trees in the backyard too. I’d love to plant a fig tree like we had in Georgia but here in Nashville I think the weather is too cold in winter. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. Seven years seem a long time but I know how quickly it goes by.

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    1. Thank you, Vagabonde!

      We've never had a fig tree here in Nashville but some friends have grown them so you might give it a try.

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  22. CHAIRS ON THE WALL ON THE FRONT PORCH.

    You are magic.

    Congrats on anniversary. Fast.........zoom. The time.

    Garden & Be Well, XOT

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    1. Boy howdy, I'll go all week on that compliment, Tara! My porch was just too crowded with old stuff and we had two walls on it with not a single window and I happened to think about the way the Shakers hung chairs on the wall. So glad you liked it!

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  23. Where to start? First, happy 7th blog anniversary! I, for one, am always glad to see you, no matter how infrequently you may write a new post. Your porch is full of fall's magnificent colors, and I do love the rug. RH is quite impressive with all of his projects, and I'm curious as to what that new structure will be. And last, belated happy wedding anniversary!

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy! And I do hope to post more frequently. I don't even begin to have the busy life you do so I really am running out of excuses. Best of luck on your new photography venture, and I know you'll have it!

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RH and I love your comments! They are sent to my email for moderation first but I do hit publish as soon as I read them. A few commenters' comments are not sent to my email for some reason but I try to visit that section on my design page twice a day to see if they're hiding there so I can publish them. I went the first 3 years of blogging not knowing that was there and when I discovered it there were many pages of old comments that never got published. I was so embarrassed and contacted recent ones but hid in shame from those who had given up long ago.

In these busy days I appreciate so much when you take time to comment. Thank you so much!

Dewena