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......

Please click HERE to read about My One Little Word for 2017.....

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHAT MY ONE LITTLE WORD FOR 2018 IS!!!!!

BLOGGING FOR FUN AND FRIENDSHIP!!!!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Feeling a Bit Disenchanted with Blogging!!

Well, here I go again!!!

This seems to be something that I do yearly.....

As each year passes by that I have been blogging, I find that my disenchantment with Blogging grows.....

But first I want to thank these hosts who featured my post, My One Little Word for 2019, from last week's Linky parties!!!

Thanks to Bev, over at Eclectic Red Barn, for featuring it from last week's Thursday Favorite Things Party!!!
Thanks so much, Bev!!

And I also want to Thank Shelley, over at Calypso in the Country, for featuring it from last week's Best of the Weekend Party!!!
Thanks again, Shelley!!

Please stop by and link up to these wonderful linky parties!!!

Lately, since the beginning of the year, I have noticed that many Bloggers are ending Linky parties that they hosted, withdrawing from posting regularly and some are even quitting Blogging entirely.....

No doubt Blogging has changed greatly in the 9 years since I first started my Blog.....

It was kinder, gentler,  more personal back then.....
Now it seems that instead of Blogs being personal diaries of ordinary people, many have become "Look at ME, I'm a Professional Blogger" Blogs......

Susan, over at Ash Tree Cottage, writes about a face book post she did asking whether folks want to read Blogs anymore.....CLICK HERE to read Susan's post!!

Susan has decided to keep Blogging but is having some computer issues now....

Susan talks about the comments on her face book post stating that Blogs have become less personal and many have a "Look at Me, Make Me famous" attitude!!

Susan also mentions a post done by Katie, over at "Let's Add Sprinkles" , about whether she will continue blogging and hosting her Keep in Touch Linky Party....

Click HERE to read what Katie wrote and I am glad to say that she too will continue to blog and host her linky party!!

Kim, over at Savy Southern Style, has decided to stop hosting linky parties including her long running WOW Us Wednesday Party but Kim is doing so because of family and personal issues.....

Click HERE to read her post.....

Carol, over at The Red Painted Cottage has also decided to cut back on Blogging to spend more time doing other enjoyable things in like!!

Click HERE to read her post!!

Personally, I LOVE the linky parties because I feel that they give EVERYONE a chance to showcase their posts about their talents....

I am not a fan of the many Blog Hops that have become popular where only a certain few Bloggers, usually always the same Bloggers, share posts on a particular subject but do not offer a linky party to go with the Blog Hop so everyone can share a post on the same subject if they like....
Now some Bloggers DO host Blog Hops and also offer a linky party to go with the Blog Hop....

Amber, over at Follow the Yellow Brick Home, hosts both Blog Hops and linky Parties and has combined the 2 in the past!

Thank you, Amber!!!

I have stopped reading blogs that I used to Love that now claim that their authors are supposedly experts in some home decor or cooking field......
What made them an Expert??????

Did they have any formal training?????

Now, do not get me wrong, some Bloggers are professional Interior Designers but those are the Blogs that I do not normally read because I want to read about ordinary people doing money saving ordinary projects that turned out to be remarkable!!!!!

I want to read Blogs where people share the ups and downs of their ordinary lives.......

I want to read Blogs that make me laugh and make me cry.......

I want to read Blogs about people who do not live in mansions nor have a lot of money but love their homes and decorate them with passion and share money saving unique projects!!!

I do want to say that I was very disenchanted ( that is trying to put it nicely) with this past Christmas Season in Blogland.....

Christmas usually offers quite a plethora of decorating ideas and crafting ideas that would blow one's mind but somehow I felt that this past Christmas Season in Blogland fell short.....  very short.....

There were plenty of Blog Hops all featuring what seemed like the same blogs....

Many of them seemed to decorate with a few items and then praised themselves on their own decorating skills!!!

Really???

Didn't your parents ever tell you not to praise yourself and pat yourself on the back????
And it seemed to me that most of the blogs were all showing the same thing......red and black checked ribbon and Farmhouse style......

I have to tell you that I am so sick of hearing Farmhouse!!

Aren't there any Bloggers left that don't change their style to the next big thing at the drop of a hat......

Aren't there any Bloggers left that refuse to follow the Pack and showcase original and unique Holiday decorating????

Yes, there are a few and I have added their Blogs to the Blog Roll on my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas!!

If you made the Blog Roll on my Christmas Blog, CONGRATS!!!

I added your blog to my list of Christmas Blogs because you shared your individuality in your Christmas decorating!!!

I, again, have decided to continue to blog but not on any particular schedule....

I will post when I feel I have something that is worthy to share.....
This year, I will try to continue stick to my Blogging Motto of Blog about Your Life and Don't Live to Blog.....

Another thing that I noticed is that no one takes the time to comment anymore and I know I am a bit guilty of that myself....

What I do plan to do is to visit more blogs and to comment on more blogs letting them know that I stopped by.

And again, I will say that I Do understand why some Bloggers need to advertise as a form of income but on the other hand, I do hate the blogs that have advertisements interwoven in their posts and you only get to read a line or 2 of the post and then get hit with another ad....

I find that I have stopped reading blogs like this......

PLEASE if you are going to advertise, keep the ads on the side bar and do so tastefully and get rid of those annoying Pop Ups!!!

Well, thanks for letting me do my yearly venting about how Blogs have changed......

Maybe when I retire, I will host my own linky party!!!

But until then, I will continue to Blog but I may not post as often as I have been.....

Time will tell.......

How do you feel about the changes in Blogging and do you like Linky parties?

Please feel free to comment on what your thoughts are......

 I hope you will be back to visit again soon.......

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......

  I am linking up to these parties:


SUNDAY
Snickerdoodle Sunday
 Sundays at Home
 Silver Pennies Sunday
 Happiness is Homemade Linky Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
The 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
Project Inspired Weekly Link Party
 Celebrate Your Story Monday Night Link Party! 
Make It Pretty Monday

 TUESDAY
 Tuesdays At Our Home
Inspire Me Tuesdays

Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop
Sizzle into Summer Party
Talk of the Town Party
Party in Your PJ's
Dream Create Inspire Link
 Waste Not Wednesday
Style Showcase

THURSDAY
Vintage Charm
Home and Garden Party Thursday
 Share Your Style Thursday Link Up Party
  Inspired Creations Linky Party
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
 Grace at Home Party
 
FRIDAY
Home Sweet Home Friday
Friday Features Linky Party
  Feathered Nest Friday
 Funtastic Friday
 Friday Favorites
 Home Matters Linky Party
   Flaunt It Fridays
  Sweet Inspirations Link Party

 SATURDAY
 Saturday Sparks
 Pink Saturday-Anything Goes!!
Best of the Weekend Party

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Winter Front Porch and Yard, 2019

 Welcome back to my regular Blog, Debbie-Dabble Blog!!!!!

This year, I decided that I will only be posting when I feel I have something to share, something that maybe you would like to see.......

I traditionally do not take down my Christmas decorations until Epiphany, the Feast of the Three Kings as celebrated by the Catholic Church.......
Or Jan. 7th, which is considered "Russian" Christmas in this area where a large amount of Eastern European Immigrants settled in the early 1900's!!!
"Russian" Christmas is celebrated according to the Julian Calendar by Eastern Orthodox Christians, with their Christmas Day falling on Jan. 7th instead of December 25th......

Many in this area still celebrate "Russian" Christmas.....

We had a bit of ice and a dusting of snow last night but since temps. would be rising above freezing today, I felt it was opportunity to switch over the outside Christmas decorations to Winter decorations especially since Joe was home and could take down things to our Storage shed that we rent......

By the end of the week, we will be returning to our normal Winter weather......
 When I decorated for Christmas in the front of our house this year, I had decided to incorporate some of the decorations that I used for Winter to make it easier to switch over after Christmas......
  
Boy, am I ever glad that I did that because it was far faster to make the change over to Winter Outside decorations!!!!

This is what the front porch looked like decorated for Christmas......
 Here it is now, decorated for Winter.......
 Christmas.......
 Winter........
Deciding to put the snowflakes on the topiary trees and the garland for Christmas was one of my best ideas!!
Let's look at the front porch........
The area dividing our front porch from my neighbor's porch........

Remember, I live in a townhouse.......

I left the wicker deer out but just took off the red velvet bow and added some jingle bells...........
Christmas......
Winter......
I also changed out the red velvet bow on the lantern for one made out of the red striped burlap ribbon that I used elsewhere on the front porch for Christmas.......
I left out the Christmas elf so we will now call him a Winter elf or gnome........
Christmas......
Winter.......
The snowflakes and red striped burlap bows were already on the garland around the door.....
I changed out the Christmas wreath.......
For a Winter wreath...
I made this wreath a few years ago.......
Cardinals are part of my Winter theme decorations.......
I love the burlap cardinal ribbon on this wreath and the "Let It Snow" sign with a cardinal on it!!
Christmas.....
Winter........
I took down the Christmas items by the front door and replaced them with Winter Slates......
Christmas.......
Winter......
A Winter garden slate.....
And a Penguin slate hanging from the faux mailbox.......
I leave my childhood sled out all Winter.......
The "Snow" sign has also been left out for Winter.....
 Christmas things were replaced with more Winter Snow Man Slates.....
And this Snow Man will stay on the table all Winter too!!
Over in the corner of the front porch.......

Christmas......
 Winter......
 The bells and red velvet bow was taken off the tree......
And replaced with a red striped burlap bow.......
The Happy Holidays sign and the tin stocking was replaced with 2 Winter slates......
Christmas.....
Winter......
The lighted snowflake in the middle of the railing finally died so it was replaced with another Dollar Tree snowflake.......
The bows and snowflakes were already on the garland ......
The Tree topiaries on each side of the porch stayed the same......
So this is how the porch will look for the Winter months........
The flower bed under the Living Room window..........

Christmas.......
Winter.......
I replaced the wreath on the window with a Winter one......
I made this wreath a few years ago.......
I added the Let It Snow red metal sign this year.......
  It came off of this Penguin which fell and broke into a million pieces last year!!!
I changed out the Christmas mini flags for Winter ones.......
 One has cardinals on it and the other has a Snow Man on it.....
The angel and the vintage watering cans with stay out for the Winter......
 The front yard.......
You can see that we had a little bit of ice and snow during the night.....

Everything stayed the same here except I removed the red velvet bow on the garland around the mail box......
I left the Winter Scene mail box cover on......
 The Let It Snow sign is perfect for an NEPA Winter.....
My park bench.......
Christmas.....
Winter......
 Christmas......
 Winter.......
The red poinsettia was packed away and replaced with a Winter scene slate..........
I replaced the red velvet bow on the lantern with a red striped burlap bow......
 Christmas.....
 Winter.....
 I also removed the red velvet bows from the garland around the deer necks and replaced the Christmas mini flag with a Winter one, again with cardinals on it...........
Here are a few photos taken in the evening......
Just because the Holidays are over, it doesn't mean your home has to look dark and dismal for the rest of the Winter......

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I transformed my front porch and yard Christmas decorations into Winter decorations........
 Tomorrow, I will start packing away Christmas in the Living Room and when I have something new to share, I will post again......

So  I hope you will be back to visit again soon.......

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......

  I am linking up to these parties:

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

FRIDAY
Home Sweet Home Friday
Friday Features Linky Party
  Feathered Nest Friday
 Funtastic Friday
 Friday Favorites
 Home Matters Linky Party
   Flaunt It Fridays
  Sweet Inspirations Link Party

 SATURDAY
 Saturday Sparks
 Pink Saturday-Anything Goes!!
Best of the Weekend Party

SUNDAY
Snickerdoodle Sunday
 Sundays at Home
 Silver Pennies Sunday
 Happiness is Homemade Linky Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
The 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
Project Inspired Weekly Link Party
 Celebrate Your Story Monday Night Link Party! 
Make It Pretty Monday

 TUESDAY
 Tuesdays At Our Home
Inspire Me Tuesdays

Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop
Sizzle into Summer Party
Talk of the Town Party
Party in Your PJ's
Dream Create Inspire Link
 Waste Not Wednesday
Style Showcase

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