Behind My Red Door

Behind My Red Door

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Quick Update to my previous post….

Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. I moderate my comments which for you newbies means that I get an email with the comment and then I decided to either publish it or not before the public sees my comments. It has been so heartwarming to read them all when I have a chance in between phone calls and chores as well as making a special dinner for Mr. Red Door. I want to celebrate that he started a wonderful new job today. Congratulations honey, I am so proud of you and wish you well in this new venture! It is with an exciting new company and we are so blessed and appreciative that this opportunity came his way. I may be a wee bit prejudiced but I think his long career as well as his expertise and stellar reputation in his field had something to do with it!

Back to my dad. As of 3:30 he has had some additional brief exams and additional blood work and some visits from at least on Dr. He is still NOT bleeding so that is a relief. They did start him on clear liquids as those are safe in case someone at some point decides to go forward with any additional testing. I should add that long before he was admitted to the floor from the ER, they had already ruled out hemorrhoids and other simple explanations. He has had colonoscopies in recent years because he has had some history that required it so it is still unclear why they are not doing one now. One Dr is awaiting a consult from another is the best explanation we are getting. His blood work and vitals apparently rule out any unseen internal bleeding so that is reassuring. As a former RN, I know how overworked and understaffed the floor nurses are these days so I certainly don’t blame them for the lack of info. They are doing the best they can.

That said, he is comfy (as one can be in a hospital room) and safe and not quite so hungry anymore and he has TV ~ his favorite past time! So we continue to wait. My mom has chosen to wait at home with Muffy, her faithful kitty companion. I probably won’t update again unless or until anything significant happens or he is home.

Hopefully next time I am back it will be with a more lighthearted post and some pictures of my trip to Maine. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart! You are all the best!!

lots of warm hugs, Grammy Linda

Prayers Please…

I debated on whether to even post because I usually keep my blog about the lighter side of life, but I have been getting a lot of emails and messages asking about my trip to Maine last weekend and wondering where I am and if I am OK so I decided a quick post was the way to go to reach as many as possible.

I am fine and my trip was wonderful – more on that later when time permits. But just when I was getting caught up in chores and laundry and getting pictures taken of my new treasures  and dealing with all the other stuff that happens when you dare to take off for a few days, my dad was rushed to the ER with rectal bleeding yesterday afternoon and that is my concern right now. My mom and I spent the rest of the day and part of the night there with him. He isn’t bleeding anymore but they need to find out why that happened so they admitted him. He is supposed to have tests, like a colonoscopy,  to get to the bottom of this. But when I spoke to him just now -  not a thing was done all night. No prep drinks, nothing. He hasn’t even seen a Dr even since 7:30 ish last night. He's 88 and handicapped ...and has a heart that doesn't pump at full speed - they should take that into consideration. I tried to get some answers from his floor nurse and she knew nothing either. (I am his health care proxy and next of kin.) And this is at a top notch world renowned medical center too. It is very frustrating to say the least.

So my focus will be on parents for the time being. Making sure my dad gets the care he needs and making sure my mom is OK too. I’ll be back when I can. If I don’t answer emails or comments or moderate your comment or read blogs, you’ll know why. Please keep my dad in your prayers if you are so inclined. Thanks so much!

hugs, Grammy Linda

Friday, September 25, 2009

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Good morning peeps! I have to make this quick because I am headed our for a short vacation

Yup, on this perfectly cool and crisp fall day, I am leaving Mr. Red Door home to man the fort, and I am headed north to spend some time with my friend Jill in Maine. Can you say Foliage?? WOO HOO! I know I am going to have a visual treat as I drive along the highways ad by ways. I am excited just thinking about it. Jill is taking me to a shop she found that specializes in wool – I am so excited about that. We will also go to a really nice shop called Jeremiah Campbell & Co that I have never been to as well as some places I visited in the spring and last fall. Now don’t get too excited, I am not coming home with piles of new prims. I think I have finally have reached a point right now where I don’t have much room on my walls or shelves for much more. After being in this house for 23 years, I am starting to scale back on adding new things because I like what I have and sometimes you need to know when enough is enough. Not that I won’t ever buy another prim, or new lamp or an antique, or furniture or linens, because I surely will. But I have so much now that I don’t feel a driving desire to shop until I drop any more. My mom once told me I would get to this phase of decorating in my life and I now understand what she was talking about. It is something I think about a lot lately so I am sure it will be a topic to be explored in future posts as well.

Today’s post is to join in Colleen’s colleen

My recipe is an adaptation of the old fashioned Sloppy Joes. I cut out most of the fat and added some veggies and Mr. Red Door and I love it.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

1 1/3 lb ground turkey breast (that just happens to be the size package I find pre-packed around here. A little more or less is fine)

1 TBSP Gravy Master - optional but it fools people into thinking it is made with beef!
1 large sweet red pepper
1 medium onion

about 8-10 baby carrots
6 oz tomato paste

12 oz water
4 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp vinegar

1 tsp blk pepper
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard


Brown meat, add gravy master to water and pour over meat and mix well, mince veggies in food processor and add to turkey along with rest of ingredients.. Simmer several hours on low. I use my slow cooker. Serve over toasted bulkie rolls or Texas Toast or even noodles. And shhh- don’t tell the family there are veggies in it. They will never know!

Please stop on over to Colleen’s blog And Baby Makes Five to see some other great recipes for this time of year.

That’s all for today folks! I’ll leave you with a few more of my fall decor pictures and I’ll be back sometime next week with show and tell and links and addresses of all the shops. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.








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Until next time –hugs, Grammy Linda

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

And the winner is….

Thank you to everyone that entered. After I moderated all my comments and deleted duplicates and made sure all commenter's only had one comment, I then went to and it came up with the magic number…

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And the winner is one of my loyal followers Adsgram – aka Lynne! Congrats Lynne! Thank you for always leaving me such sweet comments! I will be emailing you for your mailing address!


Happy Fall again!! I said it was fall on my Sunday post because the counter I had on my side bar the time said it was fall. Humm…. well…several astute bloggers pointed out that error and I did some research and found out that, sure enough, they were correct! So I deleted that faulty counter, edited the post and enjoyed another First Day of Fall today!

And in honor of fall, A Primitive Place has put together a great page with ideas for fall decorating so click HERE to get there!


On Sunday while Mr. Red Door and I were on our adventure, Liliana went on an adventure of her own. Her very first trip to an Orchard! Jay and Angela have been going to Tougas Farms for years so it was only natural they look their sweetie pie with them this year. This is what she thinks about the orchard…

asleep in the orchard

Yup, she slept through most of it, waking up just in time for a picture with my DIL Angela, her mommy. Now you can see where she gets her good looks! orchard

One of my sweet blog peeps, Jill of Crows, Suds & Cinnamon kindly sent me a link to a source for metal jar lids. She remembered another boggy friend had been looking for something similar several weeks back. You can use these on regular jars like mayonnaise jars to get a prim look. Thanks Jill!

Metal Jar lids


Well, that’s all for today folks.

Have a great week everyone and Happy Fall for real!

Until next time – hugs, Linda

Sunday, September 20, 2009

HAPPY FALL and Christmas Eye Candy!

My Giveaway is officially closed! I am shutting off comments for that post. Thank you to everyone that entered.

It is also officially Fall in New England!

WOOHOO! Mother nature gave us the most perfect weekend ever to usher it in. Sunny, not too warm, the bluest sky ever, a light breeze, crisp cool nights. A true blessing!!

~~~Edited Monday morning – well my old counter said fall started last night but upon doing research I find it doesn’t start until tomorrow! LOL I added a different counter! It sure was fun celebrating fall early! ~~~

Mr. Red Door and I took some time out today and went for a long drive in the country. An adventure as we call them now. We have had our GPS system for about 5 years now and we love to go off the beaten track since there is no fear of getting lost. I just touch the picture of the house and it routes us home. like to choose LEAST use of highways. Mr. Red Door likes to choose MOST use of highways so we take turns. Today we headed north towards NH – which is less than an hour away even when staying off the highway (yup – I won today!)

Wherever there was water, we saw the early swamp maples turning and even some just by the side of the road. I opened the sun roof and stuck the camera out and got several great shots!







The best part is that it is only going to get better and better over the next month or so. Did I ever tell you how much I love Fall in New England??

I had my NH Country Register in the car just in case, and after we were driving for awhile, I realized that we were near The Pickering Farm Quilt Shop so I plugged in 19 Fitzwilliam Rd. Richmond, NH 03470 and we found our way through the quaint and picturesque town of Fitzwilliam to Richmond. The shop is in an old home – this is from their website:

Pickering Farm was built in the 1790's in Richmond, NH by
Timothy Pickering who was known as Squire Pickering. He was a
house wright and along with other homes in the town built the brick
church that abuts the property. The property passed out of the
family upon his death and had many owners over the years. Some of
the home business that have graced the homestead are Blacksmith,
Cobbler, Farmer, Antique Store, Real Estate Office, as well as the
towns first Post Office. The home is listed in the Historic Homes of
Cheshire County.

Click here for some pictures of the shop inside and out because my battery was dead by then. But I have to tell you, they do not do this shop justice!! It is so cute – gorgeous fabrics, wool, notions, books, patterns and prims too! I found myself two pieces of wool and some fabric to use as pillow backs. I am sure a quilter could do some real damage in there.

After we left the shop, we headed back through more picturesque towns stopping for some apples, and made our way to my folks house to spend some time with them and my brother Allan, his wife Cindy, their grand daughter Gracie as well as my niece Erica, her boyfriend Carlos, and her 2 children, Julius and Averie. They don’t live close by so we don’t see them often enough. It was wonderful to spend a little time with them, and just a great afternoon to be outside.


Now I know we are just starting fall so Christmas is not for 3 more months, and I love fall SO MUCH that I certainly am not rushing it, but would you like to see some Christmas eye candy?? Of course you do!!

Anyone who reads Country Sampler will recognize this GORGEOUS home from the fall issue. Linda Harris and I have chatted and she was so very kind to send me some CD’s with additional pictures of her home and she very generously gave me permission to share the best ones with you all. She wanted to make sure I knew that she is not a professional photographer. I think you will agree with me that it doesn’t matter. Her home is so pretty and with the red woodwork, it is so well suited for Christmas. When you see these keep in mind that their home was in a Holiday Home Tour and it snowed that day so you can enjoy some exterior pictures before and after the snow. ENJOY!!



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You can close your mouth now!! Isn’t it just gorgeous??!!


Liliana loves bittersweet too! How do I know?? Well this little angle spent time with me here on Saturday. After her belly got full, she was talking up a storm. At one point I had her in her little seat, and the seat was on the kitchen table right under my chandelier which is wound with bittersweet. I bumped it and it started spinning and she saw that and she started chatting away at it. I would spin the light and she’d start up again. It was so precious! For those that are interested, you can click HERE to get to 2 videos I took with my little Sony Cyber shot digital camera. Just ignore my silly voice chatting in the second one! Now you know why my battery went dead today. When Lili is around, I keep it close by! 007

And yes I know bittersweet is poisonous and you can be very sure there won’t be any around where she can get at it next fall.


I got several requests for more information about the soy candles my friend Karen makes. (Some of you know her as PrimKarlee). I asked Karen if she was going to make more candles and she is happy to for for a limited time. The scent I use is Amish Harvest and it is a clean soft spicy scent that is like someone backed spice cake or cinnamon rolls. She has other scents as well. For a complete list and details about shipping costs etc, you can email her directly at


That’s all folks for this first day of fall (woohoo!!) Sunday. I’ll be back Tuesday with the winner of my Fall Giveaway. I will be using a random number generator to pick the winner.

I hope that you are enjoying fall in some small way in your neck of the woods. And thank you as always for making a stop over here during your busy day.

I am off to make a cup of my favorite decaf spice chai tea. YUMMO!

Until next time – hugs, Linda