"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, September 5, 2011

backdoor friends are best



Now that we are backdoor friends I thought I'd welcome you through the back door...  Now that we're back door friends I can trust you not to judge the mess on my countertop.  I'm thankful that you are willing to overlook the cabinetry that is unfinished around the dishwasher, because you are just happy for me that I finally have a dishwasher!  You sigh and smile at the pile of pine branches near the steps waiting to be carried down to the basement.  You think it's precious that they've been sitting there waiting for over a week.  You dear, dear friends...  That's why I love you!


Blessings, Debbie

38 comments:

  1. Backdoor friends are the best! Anytime someone knocks at my front door, I know it's either a salesman or trouble!

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  2. It's such a relief being a backdoor friend. (I feel "front door" at far too many blogs!)

    As your backdoor friend, I wouldn't hesitate to ask why those branches are waiting to be carried down to the basement...what you plan to do with them, etc. They won't keep till wreath-making time, will they?

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  3. I am truly tickled that you have your dishwasher now! Backdoor friends are definitely the best. And remember, true friends don't have to apologize for any "clutter" and true friends don't point any out :)

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  4. I love backdoor friends too! I would never judge another woman's countertop, I have one of my own.
    When my youngest was about 5, we were walking along a lovely street delivering invites to a Church event and she said "Mummy, does a Christian live in that house?" "Why yes, my friend Marion does" I replied "Why do you ask?" "Cos SHE hasn't cut her grass either - so I thought she is probably too busy doing Christian stuff like you are"
    Out of the mouths of babes...
    blessings x

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  5. Oh how I adore your blog!! Thank you for considering me a backdoor friend! You are inspiring, encouraging, and so fun to read. I would love to have you as a back door friend in real life. I've enjoyed catching up on your blog yesterday and this morning. Such a joy!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  6. I just love coming here! Seriously, I feel so at home and unpretentious. I feel as I could welcome YOU to my back door too.

    Please ignore the ugly kitchen floor when you do...

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  7. Back door friendships are the very, very best. I am most grateful to be among your back door peeps. ;) Please come on in mine, too!

    Debbie, would you mind if I link back to your post on Soul Food?? I just love that and would like to share it with some of my knitting friends. Just let me know. Blessings ~ tanna

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  8. Why thank you for the lovely welcome :)

    You have a lovely blog here, and I love coming to visit...

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  9. Well now I know we are good friends! Funny, I did not notice the counter or the trim around the dishwasher until you mentioned it :) I love the shelf and the array of canisters!!!

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  10. What a lovely post today, I feel so welcome. I too adore the shelves with the cannisters. My counters are always messy with projects going on so I never judge. Aren't dishwashers wonderful, I just got one about a year ago after being married for 44 years!!!
    Ann

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  11. What a sweet hostess you are, Debbie. Thanks for inviting us into your world. :)

    Blessings, ~Lisa

    PS: I, too, am curious about your plans for the pine branches.

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  12. Hurray, for a dishwasher!

    I didn't even notice the cabinet area around the dishwasher!

    I really was looking at the cute stuff you have on the little shelf unit in the front of the photo!

    Almost everyone comes in our 'backdoor' which is really a side door that comes into our kitchen...no one walks through the front cottage garden to the front door....

    Have a wonderful day!

    Your backdoor friend
    Deanna

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  13. Congratulations on getting a dishwasher. Mine broke down ages ago and has never been fixed or replaced so all's well with me but yes, I want to know if you will be using those dried pine branches as kindling wood to light the wood stove? I use small twigs for that purpose and it works well. JB

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  14. Debbie, I just love that rattan shelf unit. JB

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  15. Thank you for making me a backdoor friend!

    And I AM thrilled that you have a dishwasher! (A dishwasher is a wonderful gift. I lived without one for 19 years of my married life...and I don't want to go back. Yes, I'm spoiled now.)

    Happy Labor Day...and sharing your "labor" with your dishwasher. :-)

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  16. Oh, I love you, too! Your dishwasher is my dishwasher's twin. Isn't she a good little work horse? Thank you for letting me barge right in the back door. Well, where's my tea? Let's chat for a while! Did you make this muffin just for me?

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  17. I am honored to be a back door friend and, I must admit, am glad to finally see a 'real' kitchen on a blog. Have a wonderful Labor Day my friend. xo

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  18. Hooray for the new dishwasher! I'm so glad that you have little piles too. It makes me feel better because I know you'll appreciate my piles and unfinished business when you walk in my back door.

    Jody

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  19. Slipping in your back door with a cup of Joe for us both...an ear to bend...and lets see how many dishes we can dirty by making something scrumptious...I see the heavy duty mixer so you must be a baker.

    With All That I Am
    Carrie "Forrest-Dweller" Duvall
    The Handmade Homemaker - Bee's Knees

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  20. You made my day. :) I have unfinished cabinets around the farmhouse sinks--going on six years now. . . and you DO promise not to notice the unpainted trim work everywhere and the dirty, dirty floors. . .
    Your sweet little shelf is just bursting with loveliness!
    hugs!
    ~april

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  21. Never any kitchen judgement coming from this girl!!!! I am happy for all of you that you have a dishwasher....and really.....they do a much better job now than they did 20 years ago....so sometimes waiting is a good thing. :) Have a great week!

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  22. Debbie, I feel like I am visiting a dear friend's kitchen. My back door leads to my tiny back yard, but no way to get into the yard from the street! That is a big project for down the road (if ever :( ). xo,

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  23. Backdoor friends ARE the best! Aren't tile countertops wonderful! I am spoiled in that I now MUST be able to set hot things from the stovetop or oven directly onto the countertop.
    You've a wonderful mixer, the shelf unit by the door is welcoming.
    Thanks for inviting me in!

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  24. Hooray for getting your dishwasher! I still have a hole in my kitchen where mine is suppose to go. The dishwasher is in the shed just waiting it's turn on the list!
    We never use the front door, only the back, so when you come just walk on in and make yourself at home okay?xx

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  25. Love this post, but I would like to include "over the back fence" friends too........it's lovely to have back door blogging friends and just as lovely to have a dear friend living next door, someone to chat to and put the world to rights with over our adjoining fence while sharing a hot cuppa.

    lily x

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  26. wouldn't it be nice to have a back door/blogging friend near enough to drop in on for a cup of coffee?

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  27. Very nice and only friends get to come in the back door, thanks for letting us today.

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  28. Thank You for the Welcome..back door friends are the best ..and back fence friends/neighbors...I asked and received this year for a wooden screen door be installed on our back door which leads into the kitchen and I Love It..squeak and all...My hubby could not figure out why I was so happy over a squeaky door...I replied" it says WELCOME" just like I remember at my Granny's house...
    Thanks for the post and memory..
    Blessings

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  29. Oh, I wish I had a dishwasher - I'm glad you do!
    Your little bentwood shelf is very nice - mine is plastic.

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  30. Oh, how I wish I could pop in through your back door! I'm sure I would feel right at home and leave uplifted and inspired because that's the kind of friend you are.

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  31. Glad to visit through the back door. Your new dishwasher is lovely. I'm afraid that if you call those few items on your countertop a mess, then you probably would be horrified at the mess in our kitchen. Much worse. Actually, I didn't even notice that...I was admiring the crock with the spigot in the foreground.

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  32. Ain't it good to be just real folk! I've got a back door, too - looks much like yours - but no working dishwasher. My daughter is much grieved at this since when she cooks she tends to use a lot of utensils and pots. Perhaps - if our dream to refinance the house this fall goes through . . . keeping a good thought.

    Joy!
    Kathy

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  33. Back door friends are the best! That's so great about the dishwasher! Your kitchen looks very welcoming.

    Have a great week! :)

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  34. I love your backdoor view! And yay for a dishwasher. Your home looks very comfortable and inviting.

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  35. Ah. Now I see. I think that women just yearn for backdoor friends. Just saw the Help - a study in front door friends. I have a few backdoor girls myself - Rachel, Geneva, my daughters, Jane (a coupla doors down, who is over eighty now), Jeri (who lives across the street) - now I'm naming them to myself, I realize I am blessed in many. And I count you in the number, knowing you'd fill the bill in spades.

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  36. Aww, sweet post but I would have something yummy w/ me. I do love the pine boughs xoxo Clarice

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