~Inspiration for Friday~

This photo appeared on my first post, March 6, 2007. This past year has certainly been interesting. We've had an exciting year, filled with special times for our family. Sometime next week, I plan to post about my anniversary in the land of blog, the growth of Back Porch Musings and perhaps a give away.
This morning while visiting my friends in blog land, I found a delightfully delicious post by Joni at Cote De Texas. I recommend a visit. She's given a detailed story of the evolution of a room (hers) with before, during and after photos. Fabulous inspiration!
With the winter weather, we've not taken many day trips. We hope to get a trip in, one or two days next week. I have a couple possibilities, in mind. Weather permitting, of course!

This past week we were contacted by a television producer's office, inquiring if we would consider allowing them to use our master bedroom makeover, as inspiration on an upcoming show. We're still pondering this proposal and will notify the producer after the weekend. We are so flattered by the invitation. While we are excited about the possibilities, we feel careful thought is needed, before committing to the project.

Little did we know, as children growing up in rural Midwest US, we would own the home we have now. It was a distant dream that seemed unattainable. From the time I was a little girl, I loved seeing beautifully decorated homes.

J began working on the farm, his parents bought in 1944, from the time he was old enough to carry a bucket. He worked on the farm and worked as a Lineman many years. He'd take care of livestock in the morning before leaving for work. More farm related work waited for him evenings and weekends. During the 1990's, the farm was annexed into the city. Construction was happening around us. It was no longer in the country. J and his brothers made the decision to sell the farm and in 2003, a developer bought the property. This gave us the opportunity to build our home. Even though I was 60 that year and J wasn't much younger, we decided to build a fairly large home and do it the way we had dreamed. Never dreaming we would ever be approached by a network producer!! So as we ponder the pondering we need to ponder, we will keep the stardust out of our eyes and make a carefully thought out decision.

Thanks to all who visited the Back Porch, this week. Have a wonderful weekend!


Hummingbird Chats said...

You should do it. Your house is so pretty and the bedroom make-over was wonderful. You have given so many ideas to us all. Thank you, Katie

Susie Q said...

Oh wonderful! Your home is so gorgeous and you appreciate it. So many do have earned this home and love it so. You and your decorating ideas have been such an inspiration to all of us.

Go for it Pat...I would be so proud to see your home on television! Hey! I *KNOW* her!! *smile*

Your home is glorious...and so are YOU!


Cote de Texas said...

ongratulations!!!!!!!!!! I'm dying to know what tv show or channel, but it really doesn't matter. I'm so happy for you!!!!!

And thanks for the shout out, that was just too sweet of you to do.

Q said...

Dear Pat,
Such an honor. They will pay you right?
Your home is lovely and the star dust is nice...
What ever you decide will be the right choice.
Nice to be honored!

Rose said...

Eeeekkk! TV, Pat??!!!! You are so deserving of this attention. Can't wait to see what you decide. Either way I'm so very happy for you.

Frantic Home Cook said...

I always knew you'd be a star someday!! Thanks for the porch pic. It's going in my "dream file."

Junebug said...

That is so exciting. Can't wait to see what you decide to do. I love home decorating and improvement shows and all that. I could watch them for hours and in fact on Saturday I usually do. :D

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, I really enjoyed Joni's post today too. It really was inspirational.

Hope you will consider doing the HGTV thing. I think that would be fun! I'd do it in a minute.


Sandi McBride said...

When a dream looked back on becomes a dream realized I know the pleasure that fills your chest is nearly painful it's so sweet. Congratulations on your hard work and the decision to not rest on your laurals! Good job!

carol eldridge said...

just wanted to let you know that I made your chicken recipe in the crock pot the other was so tender and delish...thanks for the tip..working in my studio all day I could smell it cooking. I just put in a couple of baked potatoes and made some veggies and we were good to go.

great idea!


Tonja said...

Hi Pat,
What an honor! Obviously those who read your blog are not the only ones who know of your talents!
I think it would be such an interesting adventure for you. I hope you "go for it!"

Mary said...

Hi Pat - well I'll only return to watching HGTV (if that's the one) if you, J, and your beautiful home are showcased! Most of what they show now is lousy - I remember the early days when the shows were truly fabulous. Remember the 'inspiration room' show? That really gave one an insight into decorating on a smaller budget and yet ending up with a gorgeous room makeover. It's all about the 'wow factor' anyway - and you always present us with that when you show your beautiful home on your blog.

So, think carefully, ask for a million bucks - ha! ha! - and tell us when to tune in!!!!

Have a fun weekend - hugs, Mary.

Debbie Egizio said...

Well, I have enjoyed your blogland journey over this year. I am so glad that you have shared such wonderful parts of your life and home with us here on your blog. Congratulations on the network offer. I'm so happy for you!! I'm sure that you will make the right decision.

Suzanne said...

Wow Pat! Congratulations on the invitation. Your home is just beautiful and you've done a gorgeous job decorating it!

ChrisB said...

Hi I just popped over say thank you for visiting me. I've just been reading, and enjoying some of your back posts so I will be coming back :)

Rosie's Whimsy said...

What a fantastic honor..... whether you decide to do it or not. You are such a fantastic decorator. It's fabulous for all of us to get to see the way do things.

((hugs)) Rosie

daisy cottage said...

You are so deserving of this attention from the show's producers! How exciting! Go Pat!!
AND it has been wonderful traveling through Blogland together with you!!!!!


Nan said...

How flattering to be asked to be on a TV show. You should really consider it.
Be sure to let us know what you decide.
Your loyal fan,

smilnsigh said...

Thank you for all you have shared with us, over this year of blogging. I'm sorry that I didn't find you, as soon as I could have found you. But I'm so glad I eventually did!

Again thank you for giving more details of your journey. It's lovely to learn more about our blog friends, to the extent that they wish to share, that is.

Yes, I wish you well with your pondering, about this offer to allow your home to be on a television show. And you just *know* that I rattle on so, that I would love to give my opinion. ,-)
But I don't think it's the proper topic for a comment, from me.

If you allow me to write to you backchannel {private e-mail} I will. If you care to, you can email to me at.......
warrrmmm at yahoo dot com

Or if you want to remain anon. as to e-mail addy, that's fine too.


Karmyn R said...

That is kind of exciting! Your house would have its 15 minutes of fame!!!

Came over from Pamela's.

Southern Heart said...

Pat, I think that sounds like a very fun opportunity...for a very deserving couple. Is your "backstory" part of the interest? It's a great story, and an inspiration to anyone that the American dream is attainable, with patience and hard work.

You know, your charm and sincerity and sweet, humble nature come through in blogging, and I'm sure that they would on TV, too...possibly even more.

I will be following this!!! :) Either way, congratulations on such a delightful honor!


Anonymous said...


Your room is so pretty and I see that it is HGTV so I would do it in a minute.

I am so happy that you got to build the house of your dreams....yours is one of my favortie blogs to visit.

Kathy :)

Valentine Hearts said...

Hi Pat,

I always love looking at your beautiful home, as you know. What a wonderful compliment for you. I hope your pondering brings the right choice for you Jackie x

Amber said...

Pat, as I told you before, especially if you think you might sell the home, you need to do this show! It will be a great marketing/PR tool. Very "Architectural Digest"! :-) You have great taste and such a warm spirit, that I'm not surprised at all they're interested. And you deserve to have all your dreams come true!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful testament to your amazing decorating talent! I imagine it would be a very interesting experience. I can't wait to see what you decide to do!

bj said...

Oh, my....what a HUGH compliment to you and J. The beauty part of it all is that you didn't have a professional decorator do the work...Congratulations and be sure to keep us informed.

Esther Sunday said...

Oh, Pat, you and J deserve everything! How exciting! I hope you decide to do it. Your home is just lovely! Love, Esther

yellowfarmhouse said...

You should do what ever makes you comfortable - but I'm not surprised that you were approached - just surprised it took this long :). Your home is lovely and I'm glad that you were able to build your dream home and truly enjoy it and develop it the way you wanted. It's a treasure just like you :)

Hugs - karen

lindaharre said...

Oh Congrats Pat! How wonderful and exciting....even if you don't take the total flattering to be asked:D WOW, I am so happy for you.......I am sure your buttons were poppin too!

Rosemary said...

Congrats to you Pat. You have a lovely blog. You are so talented in so many ways. You are an inspiration to all. Can't wait!!

smilnsigh said...

Dear Pat, you commented in my blog, that "I had mail." But I don't...

Wonder if something happened, while it traveled through Cyber...?


Kari & Kijsa said...

How incredible...what a wonderful opportunity...just wanted to stop by and say thank you...thank you...thank you for all of your sweet birthday wishes!

Hope your day is as wonderful as you have made mine.

smiles, kari (& kijsa)

Linda said...

Hi have such a beautiful home what a wondeful honor and compliement to your decorating skills too. It would be very excinting to be featured on a tv program. I know you will make the right decision..I'm just happy for you. Linda

Melissa Lewis said...

Oh wow, this is my first time ever to your blog, and yet I feel so happy for you. I can tell through reading your story that you and your husband really deserve this. You should be proud of the HOME that you have made and what's the harm in letting others be blessed by it, right?

Can't wait to find out what becomes of this.

Deb said...

What exciting news Pat! Your home is so beautiful and inviting, I'm not surprised it has caught the eye of a television producer :-}. Congratulations.

Brenda Kula said...

You have a lovely home and a lovely blog. I enjoy visiting your site.
Brenda Kula