Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Dewena from Dewena's Window

 Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

Good Saturday to all of you.  Summer is just flying by I cannot believe July is over and August is beginning.  Summer is going way to fast.  This week in Spotlight I have a delightful and fun blogger for you to get to know.  So please take some time out today and read and get to know this fabulous blogger.

Kris, Junk Chic Cottage's blogger extraordinaire, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your Spotlights!

It was with the patient help of Brenda of Cozy Little House that I began blogging in 2012 at my old blog Across the Way. This other encourager of new bloggers even introduced me on her Welcome Wagon Friday.

Eventually I worried that I was missing out on life by blogging about my life and said goodbye. That lasted one month and I began to miss writing posts. I probably did a stupid thing. Instead of going back to Across the Way, I started a new blog, Dewena's Window.

I only told my family and two special blog friends, Poppy of Poppy View and Tammy of Peanut on the Table. And I didn't open comments for 11 months. Weird, huh? At a gentle nudging from Poppy I opened comments last December and learned that it does take YOUR voice as well as mine to make blogging real, and so much more fun.

What can I tell Kris' readers about me?

When I was born, Rosie the Housewife had already wrapped a kerchief around her curls and had become Rosie the Riveter building airplanes for War World II. Mama and I followed Daddy from base to base when I was a baby as he trained as a navigator on B-17s and B-29s.

I think I was born loving snow and Christmas.

R.H. and I were high school sweethearts. We started dating because my best friend wanted to date his older brother and was only allowed to double date.

We got married 6 months out of high school--not something we would recommend.

R.H. worked with my father in the garden center and Christmas tree business for many years.

I worked as receptionist for a large religious publishing house in Nashville, TN and had just passed my test to become editorial assistant six years later when I quit work to have our first child.

We have 4 children--3 sons and 1 daughter-- their births spread over 3 different decades. When the first two were born, I found out if I'd had a boy or a girl only by holding up my wrist when I woke up to see if they'd put a blue or pink beaded bracelet on me. 

When our last two children were born, we went through Lamaze classes and I gave birth to them in a hospital that didn't even give out an aspirin for labor. Kind of proud of myself for doing natural childbirth in my late 30s!

Why do I blog?

Partly to escape stress, the greatest of which comes from us owning a family business with two of our sons and spending time in this room as secretary. Ever heard of retirement, R.H.?

But mostly I blog to tell stories. Some are family stories, in hopes that a grandchild someday might read them and know more about their family history through them.

Our son Gurn and his wife are also our next door neighbors, here with their two sons.

Christy and Bryan live in Florida but visit us with their two schnauzers as often as they can.

When our daughter Christy married Bryan, their two families became one--and they even have a new daughter-in-law!

Our son Zack is single and this is his baby, his Olde English Bulldog, Bentley.

Bentley and Zack live downtown in their bachelor pad but I want him to settle down--soon!

Our youngest son Defee, and his wife Wallace, have 2 adorable little girls. Here they are at the Fourth of July parade in their town.

Our daughter-in-law and son have read to the girls since they came home from the hospital.

And here is my mother on an earlier birthday--and she is now 90 years young!

Of course we have fur babies here, all rescues. Otis and Milo were adopted from dachshund rescue after their terribly ill owner surrendered them at 9 years old. They had never been neutered so guess what was the first thing that happened to these bewildered brothers when they went to rescue? Yep, snip snip. We adopted them six months later and exactly one year to the day that we had lost our dear Penelope, also a longhaired dachshund, at 15 years old.

They are my shadows, my beloved babies.

Brown Eyes found us, walking up the long driveway, skin and bones. Katie Belle is a Hurricane Katrina survivor. And 3 pet hens give us nice brown eggs.

We live in Valley View, this 1920 farmhouse and it's beautiful 24 acres near Nashville.

This is a house surrounded on four sides by tall ridges with a waterfall and creek to wade in.

The old chicken shed blocked our view from the house to the valley so it became a picnic shelter.

We lived here for five years with one bathroom before we added on another, and for fourteen years I cooked in this tiny kitchen.

It was an exciting day eleven years ago when we broke through the family room wall and built a new kitchen and laundry room, gutting the original bathroom too.

The new kitchen began with touches of retro red.

It is where our family gathers when our kids and grandkids are here. And it gets crazy!

Over the years we've grown up and our kitchen has too.

I love to cook from my vintage cookbook collection.

Occasionally I take time to set a pretty table.

At Christmas I go a little nuts trying to set tables for blog posts. I've vowed this year to scale it back. We'll see.

The real story behind this blogger's life is probably true of anyone who blogs. I simply like to write. Years ago I wrote a short story and submitted it to the magazine I had worked at decades before. They accepted it! 

They even hired an artist to illustrate it! Then a few months later they accepted an article I wrote about our own Christmas Advent devotions. 

I was hooked on writing then. Surely it was time to write a book? About five years later I had written three books and had two of them rejected by one agent. Never submitted anything again.    Maybe for the best as I would have been terrified of trying to promote a book, speak before people. I even turned down the one offer I had to appear before a women's group in Kentucky after they read my short story, my knees quaking at the prospect. 

So I just kept writing. A few years into writing a family saga, I realized I wanted to know everything about the pasts of the the three families. So I wrote another book that took place in 1840 and short stories and not so short stories taking the families up to 1904, which is when my real book begins.

Totally unnecessary but oh so much fun!

Then I discovered blogs, years after most people did. Was it possible that there was this amazing way of writing and with the push of a button you could be published for the whole world to see?

I could write about Ray Bradbury's dragon eating the White Swan when I looked at this old photograph of a woman who just about ripped my heart out with her dejection. Can you see how the swish of coat of the young woman hurrying past her adds to the pathos of this picture I bought in an antique store years before? Couldn't you even see a movie written from this one photograph?

I could take an advertisement from one of my vintage magazines and turn it into a story about Calling a Girlfriend in 1953. Stories are everywhere, all around us, waiting to be told.

And so I blog, and read other blogs. Sometimes I get burnt out, rest and come back to it. Because there is always that little word waiting to push:


Is that not incredible? Admit it, fellow bloggers. Don't you just about do your happy dance every time you hit that button?

Thank you, beautiful Kris of Junk Chic Cottage, you with the gorgeous white deck with its pretty pink posies and the vintage flower bedecked bicycle. Thank you for inviting me here!

I hope all of Kris' readers will visit me and R.H. at Dewena's Window and introduce yourself if we've not yet met. If you're among my regular readers then you know that the door, or the Window, is always open.

  Hope you enjoyed getting to know Dewena and learning more about her and her beautiful family.  Love all her rescued furry family members too.  I always say someone that rescues and adopts animals has a big heart and is a true angel here on earth.  I hope you will hop over to her wonderful blog Dewena's Window  and introduce yourselves.

Have a wonderful rest of the week end.

Mystery Potted Flower

Just a quick question for all of you Flowering Plant Lovers.  I got this hanging basket a while back as a gift and I am not sure what it is.  I thought I would post some pics of it and see if any of you know what this flowering basket might be.

It grows with lots of hanging branches.

It gets these small green curls that grow and the flowers start out enclosed in green leaves.

Then the green leaves open up and this beautiful flower appears.  It is very unique.  It has white petals with bright blue and white spikes and then that green triangle middle.  Such a very unique and pretty flower.

So if any of you flower lovers know what this plant is called I would so appreciate any information.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.  Come back on Saturday for Spotlight.  I have a wonderful blogger for you to get to know.

Re Love of New Treasures

I had a post on a great  yard sale I went to at one of my fave shop owners home.
If you did not see it you can see that post here.

Here are some of my treasures and what I did with them to re love them back into my home decor.

Here is my car loaded with the special finds.  The chair with the hole, the chippy weathered stool, cute table and french painted flower sign and a painted vintage sign you cannot see in this picture.

Terry took the ripped cane off the chair seat.

He then made a new wood chair piece to fit where the cane was.  Yep had the wood and the tools.  Love that man!

Look how perfect the chippy paint is on this beautiful chair.  I paid $20 bucks for it with the big hole in it.  SCORE!

These lovely curved detailed arms made my heart beat faster.  

The back of the chair oh la la.  Did I tell you I got this chair for $20!!!

Had some craft batting from when I did my dining room chairs.

Cut the batting to fit the wood seat.

Used the same gray check fabric I used on my dining room chair seats.

Gotta love the a staple gun.

Easy Peasy new seat for the chair.

Re loved $20 dollar chair with a new seat.

Here is the round chippy table all painted and chippy.  No work just put in place.  Grand total price $24.  Wooo Hooo another great bargain.

Whole new seating area in my dining room for a total of $56.  Chair $20, table $24 and the sign $12.

My love birds that hang above are singing a happy song for the new seating area.

It gives me an extra chair for dining now too if I need it.

Here is the new vintage sign I also got at the sale $10.

I hung it over the window in our bedroom.

Little chippy stool $5.  I did have to add some white to this piece.  It was pretty worn and weathered so just a quick touch up with a paint brush.  No biggie!

I think this cute chippy stool looks good with my new potting table I recently got.

You got to see my car load of treasures re loved into my home decor.  It was a good junkin day.  Love when I can find so many lovely unique treasures at bargain prices.

Have a wonderful day.
Thank you always for your visits.

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