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 that was built in the middle 70's, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before it closed in November of 2018 and have been a nurse for almost 41 years, with most of that time being full time!!! I recently had my knee replacement surgery done after putting it off for 6 years... I am NOW officially retired!!!!!

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......

BLOGGING FOR FUN AND FRIENDSHIP!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Christmas Tour of the Master Bedroom, 2019


 Welcome to my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas!!
I am so happy that you decided to stop by my Christmas Blog....

We had our first inch of Snow this morning!!

I always love how the first snow of the Season looks....
 So pretty!!

I love the way the snow looks on the greenery that I put in the urns and planters that Joe went out into the woods by our house to cut off trees.....
 And I still love my chippy angel that I bought so many years ago in Target.....
 Today, I am continuing my Christmas Home Tour and we will be taking a look at the Master Bedroom.....

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL POST ON MY CHRISTMAS BLOG....... 

Hugs,
Deb

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veteran's Day

Just a quick post here in my regular Blog remembering the Veterans in my family this Veteran's Day......

My Dad was a Master Sargent in the Army during WWII and was stationed for some time in Italy.....
My parents were married right before he shipped out.....
 All 5 of the Kolojejchick Brothers served during WWII.......

My dad and his brothers were first generation Americans , born to Polish Immigrants......

My Uncles John and Lenny were in the Navy.....

Serving in the Army like my Dad, my Uncle Midge was a mechanic in the Army Air Corp and my Uncle Joe, who received a Bronze Star, was stationed in the Phillipine Islands....
This was an article that appeared in the local newspaper about them......

My late Great Nephew Craig served in the Army Reserves.....
I want to sincerely THANK all the Veterans and their families for their service......

I want to Thank Bev, over at Eclectic Red Barn, for featuring my post, Lunch with a Dear Friend and More Halloween Goodies, As the Most Clicked On post from the Over the Moon Party from October 26th!!
Thanks so much, Bev!!!

I also want to Thank Marliyn, over at Marilyn's Treats, for featuring my post, Late Fall Front Porch and Front Yard, from last week's Over the Moon  Party!!
Thanks so much, Marilyn!!

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Check out my new posts over on my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas!!! 

Hugs,
Deb







Sunday, November 10, 2019

Christmas Tour of the Upstairs Hall, 2019



  Welcome to my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas!!
I am so happy that you decided to stop by my Christmas Blog....

Today, I am starting my Christmas Home Tour for 2019!!!!

While the downstairs was decorated for Fall and Halloween, I decorated the upstairs for Christmas in October......

Now, I know many of you are saying that I rush the Holidays and should wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas....

To explain why I start so early, this is what I wrote last year when I posted a Home Tour of all my Christmas decorations and the 28 decorated Trees in our house!!

You can click HERE to see the tour of our house from last year....

"I read a post the other day where the author complained that it took her 4 days to decorate!!!!

I laughed!!!

HYSTERICALLY!!!!!

People often ask me how long it takes for me to decorate my entire house.....

Now I have to say that I not only pack up all my normal everyday things but I also clean them so that I will not have to do it when I unpack them to put them back out.

I also give each room a good cleaning so that all I do is dust with Swifter dusters for the rest of the Holiday Season.....

Well, here is the breakdown:

Upstairs Hallway: 1 day
Upstairs Bathroom: 1 day
Master Bedroom: 2 days
Sitting Room: 3 days
Craft Room: 2  days
Front of the House: 2-3 days
Living Room: 4 days
Dining Room: 3 days
Kitchen: 3 days
Powder Room: 1-2 days
Den: 3 days
Doll House: 1 day

So it takes me roughly 25 days!!!!!"


Yep!!

Roughly 25 days!!

Now I ask you......

How can I possibly do all that after Thanksgiving and still get any joy out of the Christmas season....

We also celebrate both my sons Birthday's in December so now maybe you can understand why I HAVE to start so early!!!

Now that my reasons for starting to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving are cleared up....

Welcome to my 2019 Christmas Home Tour!!

Since the upstairs has been decorated since October, this is where we will start...

CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST ON MY CHRISTMAS BLOG.......

Hugs,
Deb

Thursday, November 7, 2019

A Bit of Christmas Crafting!!

 Welcome to my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas!!
I am so happy that you decided to stop by my Christmas Blog....

In this post, I will be sharing some of the Christmas crafts I have been doing.....

CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST ON MY CHRISTMAS BLOG.......

Hugs,
Deb

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Christmas at Big Lot's and New Christmas Buys, 2019


 Welcome to my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas!!
I am so happy that you decided to stop by my Christmas Blog....
WHOA!!!

My first post for the 2019 Holiday Season!!!!

I am providing links all my Christmas posts on my Christmas blog, here on my regular blog so you will be able to just click at the bottom of the post and be transferred over to my Christmas Blog to read the full post.

I am blocking all comments here on my regular Blog but you will be able to comment on the posts over on my Christmas Blog.....

SO CLICK HERE TO READ THE FIRST POST OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON ON MY CHRISTMAS BLOG, A DEBBIE-DABBLE CHRISTMAS!!!!

Hugs,
Deb

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Late Fall Front Porch and Yard Update. 2019

   Welcome to Debbie-Dabble Blog!!
I am so happy you decided to stop by!!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween....

We had torrential down pours, thunder and lightening and strong wind gusts!!!

I know some of you even had Snow!!!!

Many public Halloween events were postponed and even some towns postponed Trick or Treating until Friday evening....

But now that Halloween is over, I wanted to share a Late Fall update on my Front Porch and Yard.....

But first, I want to Thank these hosts who chose my post, Halloween Tablescape, as one of their features from last week's Thursday Favorite Things Linky Party!!

Thanks to Pam, over at An Artful Mom, and Bev, over at Eclectic Red Barn for featuring my post!!!
Thanks so much, Pam and Bev!!

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In my last post, I shared my Fall/Halloween Home Tour......
 Click HERE if you missed it......

A few weeks ago, the marigolds, that were doing so well in the front of our house, bit the dust so I replaced them with a few Mums and rearranged some things in the front yard that were part of my first post back in September.......

This is how the front porch looked in early September.........
 I still can not get over how those marigolds grew......
 Here is how it looked when I first planted the mums in early October......
And last week with the mums close to full bloom.....
The one urn in front of the house in September......
When I first planted the mum it looked red and I moved the faux pumpkin out of the front yard and placed it in the urn.....
When the mum boomed , it changed color!!
In September......
A mum planted in the small pot.....
In full bloom with a deep rich color!!
It really opened up nicely!!
The pots in front of the railing in September.......
Yellow mums planted in early October......
Marigolds.....
Mums.....
In full bloom...almost!!
The urn on this side of the porch in September......
Re-done in early October......
And last week......
That mum lightened up a bit as it bloomed more.....

This is now how the front porch looks.......
The front flower bed in September........
The impatiens in the pots along side the topiary wilted, were pulled out and those pots were hauled out to be stored in the back patio for the Winter......
 Leaving my topiary as the only thing in the flower bed.........
 Joe also gave the shrubs quite a trim for the Winter!!

The begonias and new guinea impatiens were still going strong until this past Saturday morning when we had our first Frost of the Season.........

It is unusual for us to go so long without having had a frost.......

The begonias did not look too bad.......
But the new guinea impatiens had seen their last day!!
Again, I still can not believe they lasted this long!!!

I had Joe pull them all out.....

He then went in back of our house where there are woods and cut and filled 3 bags of evergreen branches for me!!!!!
There are also some evergreens on the side of our road.......
Thanks Goodness he did not run into the Bear family that has been raiding the dumpsters in our development at night, bulking up before they go into hibernation!!!

Some of our neighbors have encountered the bears......

Joe just saw some deer in the woods........

Even though we live next to the largest shopping area in our County, we still have wild life that comes out of the woods!!!

He knows to get several different types of greenery......
So I filled the long planter next to the porch.......
 These stay out here all year long and I do not like leaving them empty.....
As the temps. drop, the branches will freeze in there and they have lasted all Winter long in years past!!!
I filled the urns on the wall separating my yard from my neighbors.......

The back one.......
The long planter between the urns.....
And the front one.....
Looking at them from the other side......
I think they came out pretty good!!!
So this is how the front flower bed under the Living Room window looks now......
When I decorate for Christmas, I will move the pots that now hold the yellow mums in front of the porch into this flower bed and fill them with greenery making it easier to shovel the sidewalk when the snow comes......
This is how my faux mailbox looked in September.......
And now........
I had changed the mailbox cover and replaced the begonia in the small pot underneath with greenery......
My park bench......
How it looked in September......
A red gerber daisy was still blooming......
And so were the yellow marigolds......
I replaced them with mums in early October.......
In full bloom now.....
I replaced the impatiens that were planted in the vintage watering can with greenery.......
Through out the Fall Season, I have been keeping you updated on the Tree across from us in my neighbor's yard.......

In early September, the leaves started to change.......
In mid October, the Tree was ablaze with color!!!
Last week, it was starting to fade.......
This is what it looked like on Wednesday, October 30........
After the wind and rain on the 31st, this is what it looked like on Friday, November 1st!!!!!!
I could not believe it in the morning when I got up and looked out the window at a bare Tree!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I changed up our front porch and yard as the Fall Season progressed and the changes I made preparing for the Winter ahead.......
The front of our house will stay like this for about another 2 weeks and then we will strip it of all Fall decorations and decorate for Christmas......

It is our tradition to light up the front of the house for Christmas for the first time of the Holiday Season on Thanksgiving Day night.......

Joe and I went to 2 local Craft Fairs this past Saturday and it was great seeing some family members.....

My cousin Terry and her mom, my Aunt Marge, who is 94 years old, and was going home to bake pies!!!

My Aunt Marge is the last one left from my Dad's brothers and sisters and their spouses.....

I also saw my second cousins Diane and Dot and I bought this cute Snow Man Tissue Holder from Diane who was a vendor.......
 I will be using this in my Kitchen all Winter long!!

And we also saw some vendor friends that I knew from when I ran our church's Craft Fair and was also a vendor......

Joe bought this Pittsburgh Pens Snow man pillow for himself!!!!
Aren't they both cute??????
Today, Sunday, November 3rd, we will be enjoying our church's Pasta Dinner with homemade Fettucine noodles and sausage!!!!

And we "Fell" back  last night setting the clocks back one hour!!

I actually got an extra hour of sleep and did not have to work an extra hour of night shift since it always seemed to fall on my weekend to work!!

This will be the last planned post here on my regular Blog as I will be moving over to my Christmas Blog with my next post.......

I will be providing links here to each one of my Christmas posts on A Debbie-Dabble Christmas!!!

So I hope you will follow me there and join me for some Christmas fun and decorating.......

I already have my upstairs decorated with 10 trees up.......

In the hall......
 In the Craft Room.......
 In the Sitting Room.......
In the Bathroom......
And in the Master Bedroom......
Sooooooo.......

I hope you will come back and visit again as I showcase what Big Lot's has to offer for Christmas and what I have bought in my next post!!!!
Thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

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