Behind My Red Door

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring is in the air Behind My Red Door

That old saying “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” seems to have gotten a bit turned around it seems. After over a week of gorgeous spring weather early in the month, we have now had some horrendous flooding rain storms and the storm we are having now will take us through the end of March. Many local areas are flooding, the likes of which we have never seen before. My heart goes out to the folks who are being evacuated and those who have flooded homes.Thankfully, Behind My Red Door, we are dry inside, but our brook has overrun it’s banks a few times this month. These pictures were taken after the last storm started to subside and by the time I took them, it had already calmed down a bit. We have never had a problem with it getting even remotely close to our home so I always enjoy seeing the rushing waters where the brook enters our property. 007


It meanders across the back yard and around the side yard too. I love looking out the windows at the back and side of the house and seeing what is new by the brook.



Wild life abounds there and in the brook’s waters too. We see heron, geese, beavers and many other creatures during different time of the year. Some of you may remember Momma duck last year. I blogged about her HERE. Well she is back – but much earlier this year. I think that early spring weather must have tricked her. She once again laid her eggs in the little garden between the garage and front door. In this picture from last fall, it is right behind the little fence I use to hide the outside faucet and garden hose ~ right underneath that part of the house that comes out a bit. It stays pretty dry under there.


The brook is to the left and behind the house so you can see that she has to walk across the driveway to even find that small patch of garden. 005

It really is pretty amazing that she picked that spot last year and once again.005

Last week Mr. Red Door noticed Momma duck sitting there again just like she did in this picture from last May.


I quietly went out to try to snap a new picture and she got scared and took off – but not before I snapped her picture twice the other day. 001


At that time there were 11 eggs but as of yesterday there were 13!! We will leave her be and hope to catch a peek of the chicks when they hatch in several weeks. Momma takes them to water within hours of their birth though, so that may be tricky.


I’ll keep you posted when I can!


With Easter fast approaching, spring is in the air inside as well. Here is a little peek of the spring decor behind My Red Door.

On the dinning room table…


On the coffee table…045

On my dough board on the stove…139

The back door in the kitchen…Kitchen - back door

Down in the family room…039

On the wall in the kitchen…006

On the fowl rack in the dining room…039

As you come in the front door…030

In Mr. Red Door’s office…048

On my stack of firkins in the living room…056

On the dry sink…026

Snuggled on the red chair…079

On my Windsor arm chair…074

In the hall…059

In the dining room…042

And on My Red Door…



All of us over at A Primitive Place are still so excited about the launch of the new magazine this August. You can click HERE to find out all about it and how to subscribe or advertise. I have been asked about my role in the magazine and I will be a contributing writer as well as searching out homes and shoppes to photograph. And I'll be a general all around consultant and help whenever and wherever I can. There are so many exciting things planned, you really don’t want to miss a single issue!!

***Don’t forget to stay tuned for a special event when we unveil the very first cover. It certainly is an exciting time!!


Having just had a birthday, I want to leave you with this. You may have seen a similar version of it in emails or on other blogs. This is my slightly altered light hearted primitive version….


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height, the price of a new piece of redware. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends – who support your tweaking and shopping. The grouches pull you down.

3.Keep learning. Learn more about crafts, gardening, antiques and collectibles, the history of old homes, whatever. Never let the brain idle.

4. Enjoy the simple things from a simpler time – a well worn ladder-back, an old stained pantry box or slightly cracked jug.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath, especially at primitive gatherings and when you see the price of that coveted antique.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on.Their will always be another prim shop or gathering.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, or keepsakes like crocks, pewter, quilts and firkins. Your home is your refuge – decorate it in a way that pleases YOU.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. You’ll need the stamina for the next prim outing and to move that hutch once again.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to a prim shop, quilt store or even to the next county to meet a blogging buddy ~ but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. To all my prim (and non prim) blogging buddies, fans and followers, I love you! You have enriched my life in so many ways.


Life's journey is not to
arrive at the grave safely
in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways,

totally used up and worn out, shouting
', what a ride!'

As always, thank you to each fan, friend, and follower for stopping by and making Behind My Red Door part of your day! And thank you for taking the time to comment when you can.


Until next time – hugs, Grammy Linda