A Salute to a WWII POW Veteran

A Salute to a WWII POW Veteran

On Veterans Day, I’d like to pay tribute to my dear father-in-law, a World War II veteran and POW.

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Dad’s military service left a legacy to our family I hope will endure for generations.

After graduating high school, he initially attended West Point. But several months after D-Day, in June 1944, dad shipped across the Atlantic to Europe.

There, he took part in The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive. The last major German campaign on the Western Front during World War II took place from December 1944 through January 1945.

It was the biggest and deadliest single battle of WWII for American soldiers. About 19,000 Americans were eventually killed. Some 47,500 were wounded, with another 23,000 captured or missing in action.

Dad was one of those initially listed as missing in action. For many months, his family and the army did not know he had been captured and was in a German Prisoner of War (POW) camp.
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New Normal: Stay Home & Wear a Homemade Mask

New Normal: Stay Home & Wear a Homemade Mask

Today, I want to share the volunteer effort my niece took on. She’s become a homemade mask making machine! I’m so very proud of her. By telling her story, I’m hoping to motivate others who can also chip in by sewing, or donating supplies and funds.

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Many people are helping in ways both large and small. Some, like Mr. Buzz, have donated much-needed blood.

For many of us, doing our part means staying home as much as possible, taking care of each other, and protecting our health so not to become a burden on others.

Because of our age group, that’s mostly what retired hubby and I have been doing for nearly six weeks now.  Since we can no longer volunteer, we support our community by making financial contributions to the food bank, and other efforts to help those most adversely impacted by the pandemic.

Through Debbee’s Buzz, I’m trying to communicate a sense of community, to offer a pleasant distraction, and ways to keep productivity occupied. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to, and how you’re doing.

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Remodeled Kitchen Design & Layout Tour, Part 3

Remodeled Kitchen Design & Layout Tour, Part 3

After Labor Day weekend, I put away the summer decor and tableware in my kitchen.

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One of the things I enjoy about the month of September, is having my home in its “normal” state; without any seasonal or holiday decor.

Besides, there’s all of October and November for fall decorating. It’s nice to have a break; before six to seven months in a row of one holiday after another.

Without all the decorations and tableware out, late summer is also a good time for me to do a thorough cleaning of the kitchen cabinets inside and out. Now that I’ve started that process, I thought I’d continue the tour of my pretty, but practical kitchen.

Today’s tour will focus on the kitchen’s nine-foot island bar; and a few other unique cabinetry features and design elements.

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Remodeled Kitchen Design & Layout Tour (Part 2)

Remodeled Kitchen Design & Layout Tour (Part 2)

Due to it’s popularity and response, I decided to continue with the second part of my remodeled kitchen tour in back-to-back posts this week. 

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We started in the eat-in dining area and moved along the side of the kitchen separating the front from the rear of the home.

In Remodeled Kitchen Design & Layout Tour (Part 1), I explained how a half wall with spindles, narrow pantry closet, and peninsula with cabinets hanging from the ceiling had been removed. That created a much more open concept between the kitchen, dining space and family room.

Neutrals of tan and gray, with accents of black, sage green, and clay red, create a soothing color scheme. Italian fruit and Tuscany black rooster decor add interest and personality to the kitchen.

Now, let’s resume the tour in the far corner and outside wall of the remodeled kitchen — next to the large pantry and utility closet.

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Remodeled Kitchen Design & Layout Tour (Part 1)

Remodeled Kitchen Design & Layout Tour (Part 1)

The most commonly asked question from readers is, “where do you store everything?!” After that, are numerous inquires related to my kitchen design and layout. These are prompted by the glimpses seen when I share tablescapes, place settings at the island, and vignettes on the counters. 

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So today, I’m launching a multi-part tour of my remodeled kitchen. I hope to address most questions and satisfy those just a little curious.

Many of us are stuck inside during the winter months. That makes it a great time to think about home projects and improvements for the year ahead. I’m hoping a ‘behind the scenes’ tour might provide some inspiration or ideas for changes small to large to your kitchen design, layout and organization.

This three-part series of posts are not meant to compete with luxury, designer showcase kitchens. But, to show how my remodeled kitchen works in real life — through normal use and wear. I’ll open cabinets and drawers; sharing warts and all. And, I’ll offer a few insights, tips, and suggestions.

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Top Ten 2018 Fan Favorite Posts

Top Ten 2018 Fan Favorite Posts

After 14 months of blogging, it was a good exercise to look back at the most popular posts of 2018. But, how to determine a fan favorite list of the top ten? 

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First, I looked at the posts with the most pins to Pinterest. But, not all subscribers have a Pinterest account. Do you pin? So, I also looked at posts with the most visitor comments. After that, I considered which posts were featured by other bloggers on linkup parties.

Also taken into account, was the fact that some posts were published early in the year when Debbee’s Buzz was new and subscribers were far fewer. Versus the second half of the year, when followers grew by the hundreds! More subscribers net more visitors and interaction. Gosh, I sure love reading your comments and chatting with you!

Posts part of a Pinterest Challenge or Tablescape Hop yield more traffic from other participant bloggers. It also wasn’t until the spring, when I really started to take part in weekly linkup parties. That led to numerous posts being featured by other bloggers — a huge compliment!

Of the over 100 posts in 2018, the majority were related to Holidays. Here are your top ten, with a few honorable mentions and my own personal favorites. Let’s start right at the top of the list.

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