WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG!!!!

Even though this blog looks like my old one, Debbie-Dabble, "Debbie-Dabble Blog" is my new Blog that I created on June 23, 2016, after my old one was hacked through my Debbie-Dabble Face Book Page which I have now deleted!!

I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe. I recently went Part Time after working full time night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 32 years and have been in nursing for 38 years!

I DABBLE IN A BIT OF THIS AND THAT!!!!

" IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN"
George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Patio Project, Part 1, 2017

 Welcome!!

Today I will be sharing what I call as The Patio Project....

What started out as just a paint job turned into a whole Project.......

But first I want to thank the hosts of the Share It One More Time Inspiration Party, for sharing my post, Things are Starting to Bloom, from last week's party!!!
Thanks to Tammy, over at One More Time and Barb, over at The Everyday Home!!

Please stop by and link up to this great party!!

As I mentioned before, I will be sharing our Patio Project.......

It started with me making some new wreaths for the windows of the Den, which you can see are in the little patio that we have off the back of the house covered by an awning........
 And a wreath for the back door.......
If you missed the post about the wreaths, click HERE

You can see that the paint was peeling on the trim around the windows and it was a few years since I painted the back of the house........
So Joe decided to do a bit of painting........
He taped off the window trim........
Here he is checking out his work........
I helped finish the trim on the windows.......

And around the back door.....
While he got busy painting the back wall of our townhouse.......
Years ago, I decided to paint the back of the house this color.

 You can see that my next door neighbor's is still painted dark brown which was the color that the back of all the houses in our row of 10 townhouses was originally painted.......
The dark brown drew the heat of the Summer in and made the back of the house so hot so I went with a lighter color......

Once the walls and trim were painted and looked nice and fresh, the Patio then became a Project......

I call this a case of the Snow Ball Project.......

Just like a snow ball rolling down a hill, the snow ball gets bigger and bigger........

Or it could also be called the "Might as Well" Project......

Once you do one thing, you "might as well' do this and "might as well" do that.......

This is exactly what happened with the Patio.........

I figured I "might as well' spray paint all the barracks and the bell a gloss black to freshen them up because they were different shades of green.......
You can see the barracks on this side of the patio.......
And the bell hung here by the door......
Joe added a black chain to ring the bell , replacing the tattered rope that was previously there......
I also spray painted the barrack over on the other side of the Patio......
And I thought I "might as well' paint this medallion, which was green before, gloss black too..........
We recently went to Ollie's and they had some discontinued Valspar Spray Paint for $1.99 a can.......

The cherub planter above was painted a pretty purple...........

So were these 2 chairs that I use to hold flower pots....

One on the patio .........
And one in the yard........
I also bought some yellow and blue spray paint........
I painted this plant stand blue.......
And this table, which was already painted yellow, was freshened up a bit........
And these plant stands were also painted.........
Along with this pot holder......
And this birdcage, which was white before......
Next, I decided that I would freshen up the mirror with a new coat of gloss white spray paint......
Originally, the iron scroll work was brown but I decided to paint the whole thing white to make it easier for me!!
The metal holders that the lanterns are resting on were painted with a gloss black......
I still wasn't done yet........

These signs were originally painted the color of the wall and the lettering was painted green........

I decided to give them a new look while I was at it.........

I painted them gloss white like the trim around the windows.......
And I painted the lettering gloss black.......
Here is the smaller sign hung back up between the windows.......
And the larger sign above the back door......
I also spray painted the wreath hanger a gloss black too!!
So you see.......

This project took off like a snow ball rolling down a hill........

Getting bigger and bigger and bigger........

And I definitely fell victim to the "might as well" effect, didn't I ??????

In my next post, I will share how the Patio looks now that it is all put back together and ready for the Summer.........
But we are still not done with the Patio Project..........

As soon as we have a few days of nice weather with no rain, we will be painting the concrete flooring in the Patio........

And I still have to plant all my pots with annuals but I won't be doing that until the middle of May to sure that there is no threat of frost......

So I hope you will come by and visit  again!!

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

If you do not have a blog, PLEASE  give me some way to reply to your comment, maybe by including your email in your comment.  If I can not find a way to reach you, I will reply on the post where you commented so please check back......

Hugs,
Debbie

  I am linking up to these parties:

Anything Goes Fabulous Party 

 MONDAY 
Inspire Me Monday
Inspiration Mondays
 Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Busy Monday
What'd You Do This Weekend?
Cooking and Crafting with J & J
Metamorphosis Monday
 Lou Lou Girl's Linky Party
Make It Pretty Monday

 TUESDAY
Show and Share Party
Tuesdays At Our Home
Brag About It Tuesday Linky Party
Let's Talk Vintage 

Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop
Wow Us Wednesday
Sizzle into Summer Party
Talk of the Town Party
Party in Your PJ's
Dream Create Inspire Link
Moonlight and Mason Jars Link Party
 Dagmar's Home Linky Party 

THURSDAY
Home and Garden Party Thursday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
Share Your Style Thursday Link Up Party
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
  Inspired Creations Linky Party
Vintage Charm
 Grace at Home Party
The Homemaking Party
Create and Celebrate Blog Party

FRIDAY
Home Sweet Home Friday
Friday Features Linky Party
Foodie Friday and Everything Else
 Funtastic Friday
 Friday Favorites
 Home Matters Linky Party
 What To Do Weekends
 Sweet Inspirations Link Party
  Friday's Five Features Party 
  Flaunt It Fridays

SATURDAY
 Pink Saturday-Anything Goes!!
Best of the Weekend Party
The Creative Collection Link Party
 Simple Saturdays Blog Hop
 Saturday Sparks

SUNDAY
Share It One More Time Sundays
Snickerdoodle Sunday
Bouquet of Talent Linky Party
 Sundays at Home
 Silver Pennies Sunday
 Happiness is Homemade Linky Party

Please take some time to visit these terrific hosts and all those joining in on the fun!

Friday, April 28, 2017

More Signs of Spring!

 Welcome!!

You may have noticed that I have not been posting as often as I usually do.

I mentioned in a previous post that I was having some issues with my Blood Pressure which have now, thankfully, been remedied by adding a few extra doses of the medications that I was already on.

Since I was on the same medication regime for over 10+ years, I most likely developed a tolerance to those meds.

I also was not posting because I truly had nothing much to post about after Easter but Spring is here and we have been doing a lot of work out on our back patio so I will be posting more.....

Before I go any further, I want to Thank Karren, over at Oh My Heartsie Girl, for featuring my post,  Spring/Summer Powder Room, from last week's Friday Feature Linky Party!!
Thanks so much, Karren!!

Please stop by and link up to this great party!!

It is hard to believe that only about 7 weeks ago, this is what the front of our house looked like.....
 Here is what it looks like now!!
Again, on March 15!!!
And now........
What a contrast!!!

Spring has finally sprung around here nad we have been actually having some higher than normal temps. here........

The phlox are in full bloom in the front of our house........
I usually share these beautiful flowers every year.........
When I planted these many years ago, I never thought they would spread like this and create such a carpet of color on our slope in front of our house........
I even have a few white phlox that are not starting to spread out........
Some of my neighbors in our row of 10 town homes also have phlox planted......
These are the dark purple phlox.......
And both shades.......
In this front yard, there is a ground cover that blooms with white flowers planted between the 2 shades of phlox......
I am not sure what this perennial is called......
They have a silver like foliage......

Looking down toward my front yard.......
Too bad these will only be in bloom for about  2 weeks........

Last year, my lilac tree hardly bloomed and I attributed it to the extreme hot and cold temps. that we had that Winter/Spring but this year we had similar temps. and look at my lilac tree!!!!

I planted a tiny slip that my MIL dug out of the ground from her neighbor's yard and look at it now!!!!
This is the back of our yard and the trees provide us almost total privacy from the row of town homes behind us........
This is a tree in one of my neighbor's back yards.......
Isn't it a beauty???????

In my next post, I will be sharing all the work that Joe and I have been doing on our back patio.

While painting the back of the house in the patio area, our friends, the morning doves, stopped by to visit........
We hope they will once again come and build a nest in the hanging flower pot in the corner of the Patio like they have several times in the last few years.....

And we were also visited by this beautiful red cardinal.......
Ironically, I was making turkey soup from the turkey breast that we had for Easter dinner.......
 My Dad taught me how to make turkey soup and I can't help but think that the cardinal's visit was a sign from my Dad.....
 My sister and I are firm believers in this......
 What do I do with all that soup you may be wondering?????

My sons love it so I have their "Take Home" jars filled along with 4 packs of different types of noodles to make with the soup, ready for them to pick up!!
My Dad would be thrilled that I am carrying on the tradition.......

In my next post, I will be sharing what we have been doing in the Patio........
 It is one of those projects that has the snow ball effect or what I call the "Might as well" effect........

A project that keeps getting bigger like a snow ball rolling down a hill or once you start a project, you might as well do this and might as well do that......

It started with Joe painting the wall and trim around the door and windows.....
And we just kept painting.......
 You get the picture.........

So I hope you will come by and visit again!!

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

If you do not have a blog, PLEASE  give me some way to reply to your comment, maybe by including your email in your comment.  If I can not find a way to reach you, I will reply on the post where you commented so please check back......

Hugs,
Debbie

  I am linking up to these parties:

Anything Goes Fabulous Party 

SATURDAY
 Pink Saturday-Anything Goes!!
Best of the Weekend Party
The Creative Collection Link Party
 Simple Saturdays Blog Hop
 Saturday Sparks

SUNDAY
Share It One More Time Sundays
Snickerdoodle Sunday
Bouquet of Talent Linky Party
 Sundays at Home
 Silver Pennies Sunday
 Happiness is Homemade Linky Party

 MONDAY 
Inspire Me Monday
Inspiration Mondays
 Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Busy Monday
What'd You Do This Weekend?
Cooking and Crafting with J & J
Metamorphosis Monday
 Lou Lou Girl's Linky Party
Make It Pretty Monday

 TUESDAY
Show and Share Party
Tuesdays At Our Home
Brag About It Tuesday Linky Party
Let's Talk Vintage 

Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop
Wow Us Wednesday
Sizzle into Summer Party
Talk of the Town Party
Party in Your PJ's
Dream Create Inspire Link
 Dagmar's Home Linky Party 
Moonlight and Mason Jars Link Party

THURSDAY
Home and Garden Party Thursday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
Share Your Style Thursday Link Up Party
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
  Inspired Creations Linky Party
Vintage Charm
 Grace at Home Party
The Homemaking Party
Create and Celebrate Blog Party

FRIDAY
Home Sweet Home Friday
Friday Features Linky Party
Foodie Friday and Everything Else
 Funtastic Friday
 Friday Favorites
 Home Matters Linky Party
 What To Do Weekends
 Sweet Inspirations Link Party
  Friday's Five Features Party 
  Flaunt It Fridays

Please take some time to visit these terrific hosts and all those joining in on the fun!
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