Behind My Red Door

Behind My Red Door

Monday, February 9, 2009

Making some changes around here...

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. It was a nice quiet one Behind My Red Door for a change. Part of the weekend, I worked on painting some of the doors in our home. They are the old 1975 luan doors and they were showing their age. Because DH and I are still working on an early retirement goal and saving for that, we decided in lieu of replacing them, paint would be the next best option. I picked a a warm colonial nutmeg brown and I am very happy so far. Hopefully, new doorknobs are not far behind!

I did a lot of thinking this weekend while I was painting and I decided that in addition to all the tweaking I do with my decor, it is time to do some tweaking in my life. In short, I am spending too much time on the computer and that needs to change. The balance is out of whack. I am not riding my recumbent exercise bike as often as I should. I not making as many cards for cancer patients as I want to. I am not stitching as often as I'd like. And I am not reading as many books as I want to. And I have some home projects I want to accomplish before our granddaughter is born.

While blogging has become a very important and joyful part of my life, I find in the last several weeks that I am spending just too much time sitting here answering the wonderful comments I love to receive as well as reading blogs and commenting on them. It is taking away from other things that make me feel balanced and productive in my life. My lack of willpower and a very big roll of great blogs are partly to blame. I see an update and I just have to go and read it. Well, when your blog roll is 70+, those updates happen all the time. I am trying to decide how to best handle that. Maybe eliminating it and keeping my blog list elsewhere is the answer. I am not quite sure so I need to think on that a bit. But one thing I have decided is that I won't be posting as often or commenting as often. Don't worry, I am not going away, just cutting back.

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Did you see what that says? 10 all new home tours! Yes 10! Isn't that great??!! I am so excited and I can't wait to get this special issue! One of my favorite bloggers, Prim Your Pad, is featured in this Edition. Many of you have fallen in love with Linda's home as much as I have. I can't wait to see it in print!
You know how I have an in with CS now - well, Donna Marcel, the Editor of Country Sampler confirmed this for me. The 2009 issue does indeed have 10 new tours and a cottage garden that have never been featured in CS before. The issue covers many styles of country—prim, Colonial, cottage, farmhouse, French country. There are only three previously published tours, so it’s a very small part of the entire publication. And because this is considered a special, extra issue, it will have a limited on-sale time on newsstands, so she would really encourage people to order it directly from them on the web site or from the form that’s in the March issue on page 99. The 2008 issue was so popular that they sold out. Click here to order it online.
In addition to Linda, I know of several more homes that are going to be featured in issues this year. Bloggers Karen from My Colonial Home, and Janae from Cozy Coops Corner are just two of lovely home owners who will also be featured this year. Their homes are wonderful! I think this is definitely the best year yet for Country Sampler!
Well that is it for me tonight. Later this week I'll be back for some hide and seek!!
Until next time, hugs - Linda