"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

Friday, October 14, 2011

our distinguished guests



As I said yesterday, things were not quite ready for our guests.  We had hoped to do a bit of  painting, maybe lay carpet and make some curtains.  But after a long flight (they came straight here from their visit in Canada) they were exhausted and assured us that, "it's exactly to our liking, just the way it is."  They really are the sweetest of guests!





After retiring to the parlor, Toad and Mole invited us in for tea.  The ever industrious Ratty had a hankering for some fresh butter on his scones (just like he eats them back home on the river) so he worked tirelessly at the churn so everyone else could chat... What a guy!

Long into the night we were regaled with tales of the travels and trials of these 3 comrades.  Toad had us on the edge of our seats while kind Mole lulled us back to safer positions with his quiet manner.




All that churning seemed to take it's toll on Ratty.  He was the first to dismiss himself to softer accommodations with Toad and Mole soon following.  As for me?  I had a hard time falling asleep.  I found myself deeply concerned for Mole.  He seems to be fanning a secret flame.  Someone he left back in Canada... Deborah?

Oh dear, I promised Mole that I wouldn't tell Pom Pom, I hope she's not reading this!

Blessings, Debbie

42 comments:

  1. :)
    please take good care of your guests, they look like really frienly little folks! any activities are planned?


    lovely greetings from germany;)

    JenMuna

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  2. Oh what a gracious hostess you are. Some of us are beginning to panic that our accommodation is MUCh more basic!
    blessings x

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  3. I'm sure Ratty and Mole are enjoying the comfort of a real house. What style! Toady of course should be used to it. I hope they enjoy their stay.

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  4. I know everyone is have a great time! I bet the accomodations are just perfect! Have fun. xx

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  5. Oh I will be on the look out here in Ontario (not to far) :) I am glad they are having a wonderful time. B

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  6. Really? I wouldn't have suspected that Mole would be a Barbie admirer, but stranger things have happened! Ha ha ha!
    Oh my goodness! Do they ever have some fancy digs in Oregon! Ratty looks quite capable churning that butter. How is the book looking? Have you made your mark yet? This tour is absolutely glorious so far! What blessed little Willows, touring the world of wonderful people just like we would all do if we were able and we ARE able as we follow their adventures! Do they go to Minnesota next or Texas? I'll have to check. Well, don't feel pressured to send them off too soon. I feel sure they want to stay as long as possible with YOU, Debbie! (BIG HUG and three kisses for the English boys!)

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  7. I love this post! And I am absolutely sure your guests are having the time of their lives.

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  8. LOL! Love Toad, Mole and Ratty! Made me smile all over! blessings ~ tana

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  9. Ha! You had me fooled, Debbie! Oh I love dollhouses. Just bought my granddaughter a lovely family of dolls and a book about a dollhouse for Christmas.

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  10. Such beautiful accomodations!! Poor Mole! Please do tell him that Horsey Barbie says hello and that if he ever has the opportunity to come back this way that she will take him riding. She has the perfect pony just for him. How did the butter turn out?

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  11. hello debbie,
    wow ...what a gorgeous dollhouse you have. i think
    your guest feel it well in this charming home.
    blessings,regina

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  12. Hahahaha, Love it. I wondered what the picture in your last post had to do with company arriving. :)

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  13. What delightful guests you have! (And no need to worry...your accomodations for them are delightful too. I am sure that they will have a mah-velous time!)
    Ratty, Mole, and Toad...charming characters. I love them.

    I also love what you say about "controlling our atmosphere" and the fact that distractions thwart our efforts. Parenting/homemaking must be intentional if we hope to reap eternal benefits. And that's what I want...and I know that you do too, my "soul sister"!

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  14. Now I get the picture. Hahaha. JB

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  15. You have more creative juices in your little pinkie than I do in my whole body...this was great. You must bring constant joy to your family...because you sure do to me when I get to come here...this was so cute.

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  16. You are quite the trickster! Love the fun of it all...

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  17. I wonder what you will do to top the garden tour Barbie gave them in her convertible...

    Your accommodations are lovely....

    How many days will they be with you?

    Deanna

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  18. I couldn't figure out what the picture was of on your last post...now I get it..a bit slow on the uptake I am :) The dollhouse is charming

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  19. That is too sweet! What very good hosts you are! I hope your guests enjoy their stay immensely!

    (Btw, I read the title as "Our Disgusted guests" at first, and thought oh no! I wonder what happened! ;) )

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  20. They look very comfortable and look like they made themselves right at home. Even churning the butter.
    I hope today they are better rested and they get to have a few adventures. They look lovely.

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  21. I.love.this.doll.house. Can I come play?? ;)

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  22. Hee he. This has been so fun to follow! I wish I had a creative way to show a visit to these guests. Maybe they will want to come back to the Great North??? [o=

    I loved seeing them in your sweet little house. A perfect size for them.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  23. This would make a great, Children's Storybook.
    I know I loved it!

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  24. HAHA!! I'm such a dolt. I thought you were having a different sort of house guests. This is so cute! When my daughter was younger, we did a "Flat Stanley" around the world thing. It was so fun.

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  25. Ah, how cute! I love that doll house and so glad PomPom's critters get to enjoy it!

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  26. This place is one of the best to spend my Christmas vacation together with my family and children. Thanks for sharing this!

    Hostel Buenos Aires

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  27. It has taken me all day to figure out what's going on at your house! Well, I was at work and wasn't able to do more than glance at your post. Now I get it!! How cute! I can see that you don't want to grow up any more than I do!!!

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  28. It's fun to read the comments of those who weren't aware of the WITW tour! :D Your accomodations are pretty snazzy compared to the rustic surroundings they will encounter in the north woods of Minnesota, but variety is the spice of life, eh? Enjoy your time to the utmost. I'll be tuning in for more adventures!

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  29. Ooooh - I've had WITW on my brain lately - how fund to see this... :)

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  30. You gave them the most comfortable of accomodations. I bet they'll hate to be leaving.
    If I fly all the way down from Canada, can I expect to receive such cozy comforts?
    I can't gaurantee I'm nearly as distinguished as Ratty, Mole, and Toad! No, not at all.

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  31. Your houseguests are adorable and about the only ones I would be able to handle right about now; although, I am sure you will manage to entertain them better than I could. :) Did you save them an apple pie? Hhhhmmmm ... I can smell it now. I need to bake. Have a great day. Tammy

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  32. Cute post...you are are creative!

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  33. What wonderful guests to have visit!

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  34. What a perfect hostess you are, Debbie.

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  35. I join the 36 ahead of me to express my surprise and delight in your much-anticipated guests! I can see why there was quite the flurry of activity as your prepared for them!

    (What a sweet dollhouse - decorated to the finest detail!)

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  36. oh, how adorable!! this really made me smile!

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  37. Gosh I thought I had commented. Apparently not, how rude! Will they want to leave? I fear not! What fabulous hospitality! It's very Beatrix Potter- hope they're behaving much better than the two Bad Mice!

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  38. Love guests who feel comfortable. Makes you feel comfortable too. Love the dollhouse!

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  39. Oh, this is so sweet! Rat and Toad and Mole look so comfortable in their little house. I LOVE that story. My Dad read it to us when we were little girls.

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  40. Oh, you are so silly. But these Moles and Toads and Rats are utterly charming. And so is the guest house.

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