Friday, January 16, 2009


WOOHOO....I've been photo tagged by my sweet friend Robyn at Check out her blog she has the cutest puppy and wonderfully cute blog.
As a fairly new blogger all these firsts excite me! I feel like Sally Fields in her Oscar acceptance speech years ago....YOU like really like me! And let me tell you, I LIKE YOU ALL TOO!!!!! Here's to great friends who are supportive, caring, genuine and like-minded. Don't you all agree it's great to find each other and are so awe-struck that there are people "out there" just like ourselves. When I blogged about my love of Old Doors because of their history, and the stories they could tell and their beauty, so many of you chimed in and said "I LOVE DOORS too"! To me that's just AWESOME....I've never shared my love of doors before but you made me feel like it was the most normal thing! THANKS for the bottom of my heart!

Also thanks for your kind words and promptings to go forge a new life for myself this year. First, I do want to let ya'll know I'm not a hermit and do get out and am not always in front of the computer or TV. I'm just making a concerted effort this year to LIVE LIFE MORE FULLY and take every opportunity to get out and about.....I know God has BIG PLANS for me but I've got to help him out by making myself available. Look out world....I'm MOVING ON! For a brief background, I got divorced 3 years ago after being with my ex for 17 years (dating + marriage). He is a good person and so am I....we just weren't right for each other. However, I NEVER thought I would find myself trying to create a new life at 50. It's a challenge but I'm doing great and getting better. So thanks for being part of my NEW LIFE!

So on to the tagging......
So the rules to this tag are as follows:
Go to your 4th photo folder on your computer.
Post the 4th photo from that folder.
Explain the photo.
Tag 4 fellow bloggers to join in the fun!

Beki @

This was taken the morning after Hurricane Ike below through Houston this past September. My neighbor came over and boarded up my windows, and we moved everything that could possibly FLY away in the wind into the garage. There are HUGE oak trees surrounding our houses and I didn't want to end up squished like the Bad Witch in the Wizard of Oz underneath my house so I hunkered down and my next door neighbor (I was NOT going to spend the night at home alone---too scary!.) The wind howled, trees swayed and rain pelted from about 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and when we awoke (from the little bit of dozing we snuck in) I was afraid to look out the door to see if my house was still standing. The streets, yards and driveways were littered with many branches and leaves that had been shaken down by the relentless whipping wind. This is a picture of my neighbors teenage boys, donned in all weather gear making their way back up the driveway after looking to see if my house was o.k. And was!

I know this isn't part of the "tag" but I thought you might want to see how my house fared. As you can see the lawn is COVERED with branches but I was so relieved to see JUST that! No flooding, no trees through the roof.....branches I can HANDLE!

Ya'll have a blessed day and go tell someone you care about they are loved and are special to you! You can never tell them ENOUGH!


  1. I'm liking the new background!

    House looks great, you were really lucky!

  2. Wow!

    Thank you for tagging me! I'll try to do it soon.

  3. I have been tagged so many times, I am not playing this round. I am "Choosing" not to play, but did make a new list today and have a new background, so check it out! Carol

  4. Your blog looks great. I'm so glad your house was okay through the hurricane. How scary!


  5. Wow, what an experience! We have the occasional tornado and cold snap or blizzard I can't imagine how scary that evening was. I am glad that you only experienced branches and leaves.

  6. Congrats on the award...yes I too find it amazing how much all of us bloggers have in common. I am a fairly new blogger too and I am amazed at what a great network of women are out there.

  7. Susan, it's so nice to meet you. What a beautiful post. I'm glad to hear you're moving on. I'm sure it has had it's moments. I'm so relieved to see your home was spared. I'm anxious to see more.. it looks darling. :-) I'm not aware of a bloggers RMS.. I'm sure there probably is though. Isn't there a blog for everything now? lol I have a couple of things posted on there, and the server was a mess and you couldn't get on.. so.. the blog was born. :-) over at RMS I was known as decorator101. I got beat up a couple of times and took things off and put them back on..and then decided, ya know I can't please everyone..I hope this helped clear it up some. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better..have a super day.
    hugs ~lynne~

  8. It is fun to add new things to our blogs. It is like decorating a room. Only this one dosen't cost an arm and a leg! hehehehe Kathy

  9. Wow! What a mess! I'm glad you all fared well and no significant damage was had. (at least by you)
    Your furbabies are cuties. I love the natural ears on your schnauzer. We rescued Miss Cookie so her ears were cropped when she was a wee thing.
    Could you just imagine how cute our two pups would look frolickin together. Oops, but no kitties for Cookie. She absolutely despises cats. I don't know why.

  10. Susan, here is the weblink to the Rate My Space website:

    No blog as far as I know, just a lot of problems with the website has encouraged some posters there to go elsewhere.

  11. This is such a fun tag, glad you got it. Thank goodness your house was spared! And I love your new blog dress. Kathy

  12. Thank you for the sweet words! Love your blog! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo, Emily

  13. You were very lucky Susan! Even as far north as Salado suffered great damage. I stayed at an inn in Salado, a couple months after Ike & the host told us he lost a dozen old trees. :o(

    Thanks for the tag...I wonder what's in my 4th folder?

  14. Hi Susan,
    What a horrible ordeal to have to go through! I am glad your house AND you survived that terrible storm.
    Thanks for stopping by to visit and for giving me wonderful suggestions on my bathroom project.
    I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog -
    Blessings to you,

  15. I'm so glad it was all OK. Your house is great too!!

  16. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the nice comments. I see we both like cottage and all the other fun stuff. I love looking at other blogs and getting ideas! Your blog looks great! Cindy

  17. Oh my... great photos though.. of a scary event!! I am so glad it worked out allright for you and your house!

    Have a great weekend!!


  18. Congratulations on the award! Cute blog! I just stumbled over from Beauty Cottage. I'm in Texas too about 5 hours north of you but have relatives in Sugar Land and Kingwood. So glad you made it through Ike safely. We do Girl's Nite Out also and call it Chik Nite. (Posted bout it last nite.) I'll check back later...Have a great weekend!
    Bless Ya!

  19. Congrats Susan dear on the award!
    And really glad to hear that you weathered the hurricane storm great!!
    Branches not bad, Trees really bad! lol I hope you continue to be so wonderfully blessed dear!!
    Debi (from Kansas) Glad to see you didn't get blow up here dear.

  20. Going through a storm like that must be so scary. You were really lucky to make it out without damage! And I can never say "I love you" too much!

  21. Oy!! I can feel the hair on the back of my neck raising. I. HATE. HURRICANES>

    Been through one to many ourselves!

    Glad you fared well...thanks for stopping by. Now I am going to explore your blog!!

  22. I am so glad your home wasn't damaged. That had to be so scary. Thank you for sharing some of your life. I'm glad to read that you are moving on. I'm sure it is difficult, but you have a lot of blogland friends cheering you on. laurie

  23. Thanks for stopping by. I am so very blessed with 3 beautiful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I had all 3 grandchildren overnight last night so I am tired. I forget how much work that is! Anyway, hope your day is wonderful. Sun is shining here and 23 degrees, so that is good!!! Carol

  24. Aren't blogging buddies the absolute BEST? I am so glad I started this journey.

    Congrats on your award!


  25. Yes, branches are do-able! Wow, what relief you must have felt! I would have been concerned too!

  26. I'm so glad your home didn't get any damages during hurrican Ike. Your yard looks like a battleground.

  27. Glad your house faired well during the hurricane. I never heard of anyone having a love of doors, how neat that you see something in them that most people overlook. :)

    Many sweet blessings!

  28. I am sooo glad that you commented over at my blog, Bloggeritaville, because I found your great blog!
    And yes, I too am a "door lover", in fact I have photographed many a door in my travles and one day plan to compose them all into a book! I LOVE them!
    Thanks for commenting, I love new friends! Keep in touch!

  29. What photos~ it must have been some storm!

  30. Hi Susan~

    I'm glad to see that your house did so well. Our street looked like a river after Ike but we all fared well. That was so scary!!

    Hugs~ J


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