Saturday

~Winter Scenes & Plans~

In this collage, a tiny Junco catches seed from the ornamental grass, next to our driveway.

The photos were taken just before Christmas week, when sleet, freezing rain and a little bit of snow came to our part of the world.

We keep feeders on the patio, at the back of the house. Our neighbor has several feeders on the patio, just beyond the grass in the photo. After watching the Junco, J decided we need a feeder by the breakfast room window, too.

A vintage swing at J's Aunt Ruth's home.
Red barns on the neighboring farm, beyond the white fence decorated with Christmas wreaths.
A winter sky, through the window of our foyer.
Our plan to leave for the lake has been postponed until Monday (DEC 29). We are dismantling Christmas, at our house, today and tomorrow.
While shopping the after Christmas sale at Michael's, I found 6 11x14 white frames at 50% off. These frames plus white double mats are just what I was looking for, to use in the condo foyer redo. We hope to paint the foyer, one day next week.
I posted sample paint swatches here, awhile back. I still like Mink, by Sherwin Williams. I need to take a few more black and white photos around the lake, to use in the frames. I have a couple of other ideas for the project. Perhaps, within the next week or two, I'll post the finish or at least progress.
I've been pondering the direction Back Porch Musings will take in 2009. I'll celebrate my second anniversary in March. The blog has evolved over the past two years. As always I am so grateful to all of you, for following Back Porch Musings and your wonderful comments.
Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch, has an interesting poll about blogs and what readers enjoy most, posted on her sidebar. I voted there, yesterday.
When I began blogging, I made a promise, to myself, to use my photos most of the time. So far, the majority of the time, I've been able to keep the promise. I hope to continue this, in the new year.
If you have any questions, I'd love to hear from you. I'll do my best to answer them, either here or via e-mail. I think I've missed a few questions here and there in the past!
Christmas with our family was lovely. The kiddos had a very busy day, traveling to most of their grandparents' homes.
I'm looking forward to visiting you, over the next day or two. Hoping to have a new post, from the lake, before New Years.

48 comments:

Betty Jo said...

Oh My Pat! I adore the Junco photos with the now and grass. Those are lovely. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas. I'm looking forward to blogging with you in 2009. xoxo

Happy To Be said...

Oh Pat I love your new header picture..boy you sure can do magci with a camera..glad you had a great Christmas...and hope you get things done next week at condo..hugs and smiles Gloria

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Man, Pat...you make me tired!(as I sit in my pj's with laptop on lap...just thinking about cleaning up the house)

Loved your pics!

Plum Bush Cottage said...

Great photos. I love watching the birds at my feeders. I'm leaving my Christmas decorations up until after New Year's so the house still looks pretty for our New Year's Day brunch. I hate taking everything down...not as much fun as putting it up!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning Pat, I love the photos, and the majic of the childs swing is just precious.
Over on our side of the state, we've had some damaging winds, a few in the city are without lights, I had a tree blown over, and now temps are dropping. I'm glad you postponed your road trip for a day or so. Monday is our
30th Wedding Anniversary. It would have been fun to head back to the lake where we spent the first five years of our marriage..
It's amazing to think you've been blogging for almost 2 years. I so enjoy popping in and getting to know you.. Safe travels the first of the week.. hugs ~lynne~

imjacobsmom said...

I'm savoring your photos so I can only imagine how the B&W's will look in those frames. Can't wait until you share.....I didn't realize that you have been blogging for almost two years - I'm still somewhat of a newbie at it. It will be fun to see what the new year brings for us. ~ Robyn

Gollum said...

Pat, the Junko photos are magical. I was swept away by the photo with the white fence and the barn. I've so loved your blog and I'm looking forward to 2009.
((Hugs)
Gollum

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I always enjoy coming here and visiting your blog Pat. Your photos are always stunning. I wish you all of the best in 2009.
Hugs,
Penny

cityfarmer said...

Happy New Year dear friend.
I'll be hanging around your porch in 09

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, I love the pictures of the little bird. How precious! I also love the swing, the barn, and the window shot... all of them are wonderful! Thanks for sharing your talent and your world with us.

I clicked back on your post about colors, and I like all of the colors on the wall. I love taupey grey. I like the one you like, and I also like Spaulding Grey which has a little more warmth. Mink is cooler. I like it, too, and it depends on what you want. I can see Mink looking very sophisticated in there. Very good looking. :-)

I got into a real dilmena about what color to paint a study into which I want to put a small sofa with a Liberty of London vintage print on it... it's a bit busy, but I love it. I ended up painting a color suggested by Alexa Hampton which was by Benjamin Moore (as I recall, it was Alexandria Beige), but the light in Florida didn't work well with it in the room where I put it. After painting about ten samples on the wall, I pulled a color out of the fabric that looks a lot like Ben Moore's Chestnut. I still think I might some day go with more of a mocha color (we had a sitting room that color that I adored), so let me know how your Mink works for you. I moved a painting from another room in here, and it is amazing how stunning it looks on the new color. :-)

XO,

Sheila

salmagundi said...

Looking forward to 2009 and your wonderful posts! I most enjoy the photos of the vignettes of the beautiful things you display around your homes. Happy New Year. Sally

prof en retraite said...

Hi Pat...Beautifu photos! Wish you could send some of that snow our way! Happy New Year!...Debbie

tam said...

I sooo enjoyed your photos! The birds are adorable-so fun to watch aren't they? Happy to hear you and your family had a nice Christmas!
I have to take down Christmas decorations here too this weekend-at least that is the plan. I really dont like them to be around once New Years hits! Just makes me feel more prepared for the year to come-for some silly reason? LOL! Looking forward to a Fine 2009 blogging year with you~Happy New Years! ~Tam :)

Susan said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them with us

dana said...

My mom always loved Juncos---I can see by your great photos just why she did. It sounds like you have more great plans in the works for decorating! I would love to buy a bit of your "decorating enthusiasm" if you could just bottle some up for me!
Your blog is such a great spot to visit--I was hooked from my first stop there. I appreciate your talents you so graciously share--you are such an inspiration!
I wish you a wonderful New Year! Dana

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Pat,
I enjoy your blog, and whatever direction you take I'm sure I'll approve!

I can't bring myself to take down decorations just yet...maybe first of next week!

Love your pictures!

laurie said...

Beautiful pictures. That empty child's swing is so precious! A photographer must also have an artist eye to see the beauty in something simple. You certainly have the artist's eye as well as photography talent. Thank you for sharing. laurie

Bo said...

Hi Pat...You do have an artist eye like Laurie said...among your other many talents. These past few months I've been blogging have been so fun & your blog is one of my favorites! Wishing you & J a very Happy New Year! ;-) Bo

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Nancy said...

You always have such a beautiful site and I leave feeling better for having visited. I, too, visited the blog and voted. It gave me the idea to place a similiar one on mine and will find it interesting to see what others vote on. Happy New Year! PS ~ I've been a lurker for awhile :)

Terri and Bob said...

I loved your photos... and I love that you use your own photos. Its my goal, too, although it doesn't happen all the time. I do try to acknowledge that each time.

Shelia said...

Evening, Sweet Pat! Oh, the pictures of the little bird are beautiful. I'm not familiar with that little feather ball! Just to let you know, a couple of years ago I discovered 'blogs'. I would 'lurk' around Blogland and enjoyed myself so much. Yours was one I was so impressed with - your beautiful pictures amazed me! You're a fantastic photographer! I wish you a wonderful 2009 and I'll keep coming back to one of my favorite blogs - Back Porch Musings!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

The Muse said...

To see nature...to capture it on film is a true miracle..to encapsulate the moments of life...a gift...I do look forward to seeing more of your work.

I hope your season continues to be most joyous!

Light and Voices said...

Photos of Junco are fantastic! The swing is simply charming. Happy New Year, Pat!
Joyce

Cote de Texas said...

you should continue with your own photos - you take such wonderful pictures!!! Happy New Year to you and yours!

sandra/tx said...

Pat, your blog is wonderful. I can't imagine anything you'd change to make it better.

I can't wait to see your room redo. We're in the process of one, too. I have a feeling you'll be done with yours long before we'll be done with ours. :-)

Jen said...

I love the red barn and wreath shots...

Rose said...

Always such a treat to visit the Back Porch and enjoy the beauty that is "Pat Style." The photos are always a delight. Fantastic shot of the swing! Most people would have taken down "that old thing" long ago, so I love that it's still up. Great buy on the frames. It'll be a real treat to see what you do with them and your photos at the condo!

Charla said...

I love the color you have selected. We are finished our painting at The Lake and it is a marvelous feeling. Happy New Year to you and J.

Catherine Holman said...

Hi Pat,
Can't wait to see what you do with your photos and those frames!
Happy New Year!
Hugs,
Cathie

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I love that swing! Never seen one like it. I truly enjoy your blog, Pat. Your table vignettes are always delightful. So I look forward to that. And your photos, phenomenal. Keep up the good work for us!
Brenda

jeanne said...

Hello Pat, so nice to hear from you when you are so busy taking Christmas down. That is a daunting task to be sure. I am waiting for or daughter to arrive on the 29th before I think of taking anything down. She will come with our two grandsons and their new coon hound Tanner. LOL. Tanner is a very large dog and this will be the first time we will meet him.

Lucky you to find just the right frames. I hope you post the results of your project.

Speaking of blogs, I do enjoy your photos so very much. My posts usually show more photos than text. I believe too much text turns people away. I am going over to Susan to check out the voting.

Have a wonderful time at the lake. Your time there is precious to you and it should be. I do love hearing and seeing about your visits to the lake.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

Hugs...Jeanne

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I really enjoy your blog. It is alway filled with such beautiful photos. No matter what you're dreaming of doing with your blog it's always going to be fabulous.
Hugs, Terrie

Deb said...

Pat ~ I love your Junco collage.
Looking forward to visiting you here @ the back porch in the New Year.
Happy New Year!!

bj said...

Have a wonderful time at the lake. How blessed you and J are to have such a spot to escape to every now and then.
So nice that you had a good Christmas...
Travel safely and take good care...
xo bj

Susie Harris said...

As always your pictures just wow me! I love that little birdie. How sweet~ Happy New Year!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Pat, Lovely photos! The junco pics are wonderful and the white fence with the wreaths made my heart skip a beat...just beautiful! I love visiting your blog during 2008...can't wait to see what you have in store for 2009!
Susan
P.S. Thanks so much for mentioning the poll...it has been really interesting learning what everyone enjoys. :-)

Susie Q said...

What gorgeous photos Pat. I so look forward to more of your glorious images in 2009 and seeing all of your beautiful dorating ideas and lovely home.
Your energy and spirit and talent are my inspiration.

Happy new year dear friend...

Love,
Sue

Shannon said...

This is random, but would you remind me what color your dining room is? Rain??
Thanks!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I have been dismantling too! Hope you have a Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Beverly said...

Pat, I think your blog is perfect. It seems you know just exactly what we all like. You give us a variety of interesting and lovely topics by sharing your home, your outings and your beautiful photos. You're a "10" in my book.

Deb said...

Hi Pat! Your photos are beautiful! Im so glad a wonderful Christmas was had by you and J. And to all! Deb

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oooo...I love the photo of the sky through your foyer window.

I'm sure the direction you choose for your blog will be the one that's best for you...at the end of the day, that's what's most important! :-)

kris said...

Hi- this is the first time I've visited your blog, and I enjoyed reading it, and seeing your pictures. I am looking forward to going to our lake on Friday. I would like to go sooner, but we need to hang around until we take our daughter to the airport. She's going to Guatemala to be a teacher. After seeing your inspiration I will be taking my camera to the lake, looking for pictures for my home!

Picket said...

hey Pat...so glad you had a great Christmas and I always love seeing your pictures..there is just something about them that dras you in and you can just feel the life in them....that old vintage swing was amazing! Can't wait to see what you do at the condo girl.....it is always a great visit when I come by your place dear friend! Happy New Year to you & yours sweetie....may it be your best one so far!

Miss Janice said...

I always enjoy visiting your blog and look forward to seeing what plans you have for 2009!

Lisa said...

Have a Happy and Blessed New Year Pat.
Blessings
Lisa

Joy said...

Don't you just hate putting all the christmas things away?? I used to have a wooden swing like you have pictured. Hope you are having fun in the Ozarks if you are still there!