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Friday, February 24, 2012


This post will be in 2 Parts.......

Part 1, Memories

On Feb. 26th, 1987, My Dad passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack.

He was 67 years old. I was 29 years old.

My Dad, who was a Master Sargent in the Army during WWII

He woke up that morning to see my Mom off to work. Dad was retired. He waved Good Bye from the Living Room picture window to her as she pulled out of their drive way. Shortly afterward, my sister would call him and there would be no answer. She would call me, who just got home from work, to tell me there was no answer.
Both of us knew what she would find as she would be the first one to reach my parent's home as she lived closer.While waiting anxiously for her call back, I would then call my husband at work telling him to be on stand by to leave and come and get me ( we only had one car at that time) because I knew my sister would find that my Father had passed away.
She found him laying on his back on the bed as if he had just sat down and fell backwards.

Dad, Me and Mom

I remember that day as if it was yesterday. Joe and I were the ones who went to where my Mom worked to tell her that the Love of Her Life was gone. When she saw us in the office of the Dress Factory where she worked, she knew....
She was never the same......
My life changed forever that day. My HERO and my ROCK was gone.
3 months later my Mom would sell the home in which I lived in since the age of 4. The home that my Dad built. Every tradition that we had was gone , along with my Dad.
We all would go on , including my Mom. 18 years later, she left us to return to his side, where she belonged. They both would have been 92 years old this year.

The last picture taken of my Dad shortly before he passed away...

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of him. I still hear his voice and words of encouragement and he is forever in my heart.
I am proud to say that I am a Carpenter's daughter. I only wish he could have passed on his vast knowledge to my sons who were only 3 and 5 years old at the time. How ever, that was not meant to be........

Frank Kolojejchick
1919 - 1987

If you would like to read my first tribute to my Dad that I did on this Blog, please click HERE

Part 2, My Powder Room

You may recall that my Powder Room looked like this since November, decorated with Snow Buddies.....
I usually keep it this way until the beginning of March but with the warm weather we are having, I felt it was time to change everything and return the Powder Room back to "Normal" , whatever that may be.....

So here is what "Normal" looks like, I guess..... I know some of you have already seen the Powder Room looking like this so I will try not to bore you....

The corner by the vanity...

Above the vanity.....

The shelf below the Medicine Cabinet....

Pictures of my mom as a young child....

The corner over by the Commode....

The Shelf above the commode....

I just bought the bird at Michael's, along with a few other thing that you will see shortly. They were 40% off and I had a coupon for an additional 25% off!!

See the sweet little canister? It is one of 3 that I bought at Micheal's the same day.

A picture of what I call 'My Instant Relatives", meaning I bought the pic at a flea market.....

In the corner, I have a vintage toile tray hanging.....

An Estagere in the corner......

Top Shelf....

You can see another one of those cute canisters on each shelf....

Second Shelf......

The Third Shelf has toiletries on it and I am sure you are not interested in seeing those....

What you see when entering the Powder Room, wall across from door....

An ornament from Target several years ago....

Yes, a tea pot in the Powder Room!

More Instant Relatives along with other Yard Sale and Flea Market finds....

Another Shelf with my $ 1.00 Yard Sale tissue box cover.....

I am slowly putting away Winter and Valentine's Day decorations........

Keeping it real, I will give you a little update on my health. I have recently become aware of how many fellow bloggers there are that suffer from Health issues. My Friend, Olivia over at
Olivia's Romantic Home
has started a new blog, My Chronic Pain Diary where she talks about an issue in which she is dealing with. She has had a wonderful response of fellow bloggers sharing thier own stories.
Many don't mention these things on their blogs.
I am the real person who lives behind Debbie-Dabble and I want everyone who visits my blog to know that I am just like you, with difficulties in life too. None of us live in a fairy tale world....

I started with upper left sided pain a month ago. In that time , I have been to the ER and had a CT of the abdomen , which showed nothing except an abnormality on my lungs which was not there before. Hence, a second CT but of the chest this time. That in turn showed nothing wrong with the lungs but it did show a calcification on my Thyroid. Hence, an Ultrasound of the thyroid of which I am waiting for the report..... I did have an appointment with a GI . DR. who thinks it is Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

I am feeling better but again, not myself. Dr.'s visits and tests have drained me. I am hoping there will not be any more but I am sure it is only wishful thinking on my part........
On a brighter note, I don't believe that I mentioned that I had my right knee injected before Christmas for the first time. What a difference that has made for me so if you need a joint injected, go for it!! I will be having it done again in April....

THANK YOU everyone for your well wishes and concern during the last month!!

I also want to Thank my friend Angela over at Free Spirit Haven for mentioning my post on my 5 Valentine Day and 2 Winter Trees!
Thanks so much , Angela! What an honor!

I am joining in on these great parties:

Pink Saturday
Seasonal Sunday
Sunday's Best
Masterpiece Monday
Show and Tell Monday
Blue Monday
Mod Vintage Mix Monday
Metamorphosis Monday
Cozy Home Party Tuesday
Home Decor and Organizing Link Party
Tabletop Tuesday
Knick of Time Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesday
Delightfully Inspiring Thursday
Vintage Thingie Thursday
Open House Party Thursday
Homemaking Link Up Party
Home Sweet Home Friday
Show and Tell Friday
Potpourri Friday
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Thrifty Things Friday
Tickled Pink Friday

Please take some time to visit these terrific hosts and all those joining in on the fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and every day that you take the time to visit with me!



Grammy Goodwill said...

What a lovely tribute you have written to your dad. Our memories help, but we never stop missing loved ones.

Angela said...

Thanks for sharing about your daddy. It brought tears to my eyes. I loved it. I still in awe over the one dollar tissue box. Oh girl, I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE awesome. You know how much I love to visit you. Randy will come in and say..'what are you doing?" "Staring at Debbie's house'. LOL LOL

Beth said...

I am sorry for the loss of your father. May you be comforted. Sorry too that you are dealing with health issues. On a happy note, love your powder room decor! I did want to let you know that some of your photos are not showing up, at least on my computer. Several are a big black box. Not sure what that would be? Take care, Debbie.

Kathleen said...

Lovely tribute to your dad.
My dad died of a sudden heart attack at 50, I was a teenager. He was buried on Christmas Eve. I, too, will never forget that day, but I cherish the memories of a good father, not everyone had that!
I remembered your appt on the 16th, hope they find something to help you feel better

Karan said...

Wonderful tribute to your father Debbie. He sounds like a wonderful man. It is so sad when they are so young. Hardly have time to enjoy retirement at that age.

I managed to get all my Valentine things down and taken care of. Got my 6 foot white tree and dragged it up and is now all decorated for St. Patricks' Day. And George never said a word when he see the big tree up in the living room.

Love the powder room. So many wonderful things there.

We got hit with winter last night and today snowing off and on and wind is now picking up. They say maybe up to two more inches over night. Sure was pretty this morning. would have loved to have gotten pictures but worked for one of the gals today at the Center.

I hope they figure out your problem soon. It is so stressful with not feeling good. And I hate running back and forth to Dr. all the time for this test and that test. If your like me you have much better things to accomplish.

Hope that you have a great week end. OUrs will be busy. My mother-in-law will be coming Thursday for several days so got to move around furniture so sue can get around a bit better.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Debbie you had a great daddy and have wonderful memories , there are a lot of us who didn't have that. I love your tribute to him.
LOVE your pink and black bath.
Hope you are feeling better soon. Yes most of us keep our health and other "real life" issues to ourselves. I like that Olivia has a separate blog, I think that is the way I would go if I ever wanted to share those things.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Hi Debbie,
I love all your "pretties" in your powder room! Also, I have read posts about your Dad in the past and it's very obvious how much he meant to your family. He was clearly loved.

Linens and Laurel said...

I do love pink and black. You have a nice collection of wonderful items. How fun! Happy Pink Saturday!

Dreamgoddess said...

Debbie, I adore your pink and black powder room! Everything is so pretty and feminine. Just gorgeous!

Olivia said...

Hello my sweet Debbie! Your moving tribute to your dad brought tears to my eyes! The love you had for him and your mother touches my heart every time you speak of it. Just beautiful. I love your pretty powder room, the pink is ooohhh la la and I love your "relatives". You are in my heart and prayers, I know how frustrating numerous Dr visits can be. I pray you are able to manage any pain and discomfort that comes your way. Count every day as a blessing and an opportunity to be a blessing to others. Your tender heart is felt in all you do. Thank you for taking the time to care! Much hugs and love,

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Debbie Sweetie...
Another gorgeous share today. I so love strolling about your grand home. SO many beautiful things to see and admire. For me it is like browsing in a candy shoppe, and I cherish every single stroll you allow me to take.

I so loved reading your write about your precious Daddy and Momma. A beautiful description of them both, allowing me to see inside their hearts. Beautiful Debbie sweetie. You are a combination of them both, most definitely.

I hope you get to feeling better soon. It is a long road to travel when we are not feeling well, and still searching for answers to that pain. I can totally relate to you sweet friend.

Have a glorious weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

This is my 1st visit to your blog. What a beautiful tribute to your dad. My dad passed away unexpectedly in 1987 also, he was only 57 1/2. This week I made arrangements for his 25th anniversary mass.

Seeing you walk down the isle with your dad brought tears to my eyes as two of my three sisters and I wouldn't have that special moment.

This past September mom left us to be with dad, she was only 76. It's amazing how you never stop thinking of them. I'm fortunate to be the oldest of 7 children, we have very happy memories and those make me smile to get through the difficult days.

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful photography! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Diane (I am #21)

Beth said...

Hi Debbie, I wanted to respond to your question about IBS. There is another person with the same blog name as mine; her name is Tete and she is the person who wrote about having that diagnosis. Feel free to write and ask her. She's a nice gal. Her url is tete-beyondthegardengate.blogspot(DOT)com. Best wishes, Debbie.


Your dad was a handsome young man and I'm sorry he died so young. Mydad died of a massive heart attack too on 1996, he was born in 1918...I still miss him so much as I was the apple of his eyes. Now tears came to my eyes for you and me. I've also enjoyed such gorgeous things you share, I can't see everything at once, I always have to go twice and check all the lovelies. Thanks for sharing Debbie and have a happy Sunday.

Lynn Crum said...


What a heartwarming tribute to your sweet Daddy. You have the most incredible ability to tell a story. I could feel your love and the loss of your Dad, as if you were both right here beside me.

You also always know how to choose the most perfect song. Could anyone have completed your story better than Luther? He sent chills down my spine.

I am sure you have heard the expression, "The Apple Doesnt Fall Far From The Tree"? I think who you are and how you treat people is a living reflection of your Daddy and the values he instilled in you.
I know he will always be in your heart and I know as he is looking down, he is thanking GOD for giving him the most amazing daughter anyone could ever have.


The Tablescaper said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. So sorry to hear that this has been such a difficult new year for you. I sincerely hope that relief is in the near future.

Thanks for being such a wonderful contributor to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Jeanne said...

Hi Debbie, your powder room looks so lovely. You are a true Pinkie and I love your little bird and canisters.

I agree we all have our problems, some big some small. Sharing is what bloggers do. I do hope you will have a good report from all the tests. My prayers are for your health to improve and very soon.

Your wedding photo is so sweet. I know your parents were a blessing to you. We never get over missing them do we? I lost both of my parents to cancer when they were pretty young. I will miss them the rest of my life. They were a blessing to all six of us and their guidance and love gave us a wonderful childhood.

Thanks for your visit as always.
Hugs, Jeanne

Sarah said...

Beautiful tribute to your dad. I lost my dad early in life, and I think of him often.

Mrs Sarah Coller said...

Hi Debbie!

I, too, am a carpenter's daughter. It was really difficult to read the tribute to your dad as, while my dad is only 59, it's still so scary to think that I could lose him at any time.

Your powder room looks gorgeous...I saw those canisters at Michael's too, but opted to go with the glass bottles instead.

Your "instant relatives" crack me up...gorgeous pictures. How funny to see what their reactions would be, seeing themselves in the powder room of a woman 150 years in the future! :)

Thanks for being real about your health will we know how to pray for one another if we don't share our hearts? I'm hoping you can get things taken care of so you're feeling 100% soon!

I wanted to let you know that I'm hosting a month-long Giveaway Jubilee beginning March 1st. You can participate as a giver, a (hopefully) winner, or both! Just click on the button at the top right of my sidebar that says "Giveaway Jubilee" for more info.

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

Jenny's Heart said...

My dad is my hero too. Your post is a love filled tribute to him.
Your powder room has to be the most glamorous I have ever seen.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

This is an email from my sister, Barb, who will also never forget Feb. 26, 1987:
I read your memory blog this morning. It.s beautiful. Although I must
say I could not stop the tears from flowing. I too will always remember
the exact events of the day thatchanged all of us forever. I wish that
all our children and my grandchildren could have gotten to experience
the great, man our Dad was. I have always thanked God that I was a
carpenters daughter. Its funny I don,t check your blog to often, but
today it was the first thing I did. I don,t know how to respond to a
blog, so I sent you this E-mail. You have a wonderful gift Of
creativity. Embrace it , you have a beautiful legacy. Thank you for
your memories. Love ya Barb

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Glad you are kind of feeling better! I loved and miss my dad also,He always encouraged me and made me think I was so special and would tell anyone that would listen, nope things are never the same when you lose someone in your family


Linda said...

Hello Debbie,

It's nice to 'meet' you. You have written so beautifully about your beloved Dad. God bless you. I couldn't help but cry as I read your tribute. Your love shines through your beautiful words. My own Dad has been gone 10 years and I still miss him terribly. I love Christmas - I think I inherited that from him - and every time I see those big ol' fashioned outdoor coloured tree bulbs strung on a fresh tree, I get tears down my cheek. My Dad passed in November and since that year, Christmas has never been the same.

I hope you are able to relax soon and have all your tests over with. I started my blog as 'happy therapy' recovering from breast cancer treatments. Before last year, I never knew what a blog was! I must have led a very sheltered life! :-) My blog friends keep me going with all their thoughtfulness and motivating words. I hope you find strength in your beautiful blog, m'dear.

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I am so sorry for the pain of the loss of your father. I've lost both my parents and sister. One really never get over it. but a lovely tribute to him. I hope everything works out well for your health. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

Sonia said...

Hi Debbie,
Your tribute to your Dad is beautiful. I too lost my Dad to a massive heart attack he was only 64. I know what you mean about life-changing. I dwell on the great memories and times we had to keep the sadness away. So many times I wish he was here to see what his grandsons are doing..he would be I am sure your father is proud of you and your family!
Your bathroom is amazing! Love the black and pink color scheme! Hugs to you!
Miss Bloomers

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful!Thanks for sharing , come and follow me back! Joann

momto8 said...

What a tribute to you wonderful dad....our whole country owes our gratitude for his service.
Your spring decorations are inspiring me., it is 60 degrees here and warm and I still have my winter decorations up.....time I think for spring!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
wishing you a happy week.

SmilingSally said...

I'm so sorry to learn of your health issues; I, too, have many--as you may remember from this past summer.

Happy Blue Monday, Debbie. Be sure to check out my book giveaway.

Joyful said...

It is difficult when our bodies don't cooperate. Hang in there. Happy Blue Monday.

Tisha said...

Wow, you've got some amazing trinkets! I love all the photographs and the little crystal lampshades. Thanks for linking up.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Nice post, Debbie. Lots of great treasures. Hope you feel better!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for coming over Debbie. I love the song you are playing. It made me think of my dad. He loved to dance.

Happy days to you.
Hugs, Jeanne

Marilyn said...

I am having a Pillowcase Giveaway ! !
Stop By before 3/10 & leave a comment...
Have a Great Day!!

Sares said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Father! Your powder room is lovely. There are so many pretty things for one to look at while doing their business! Have a wonderful week!

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

What a wonderful tribute to your father Debbie. Both of my parents are still alive, but I dread the day when they are not. Like you, I will have many loving memories when that time comes.

I love seeing all the transformations of your rooms from your winter to "regular" looks. Both looks are very pretty. All the pinky dainty touches are so pretty.I especially like the toile tray.

Glad to hear you are doing a bit better. I too have had a lot of doctor appointments in my lifetime and know how frustrating it is when you don't get any real answersm especially when it takes a lot of time to get help. Hang in there and best of luck in returning to your normal self.

Thanks for linking to my party each week.

chateau chic said...

What a lovely tribute to your Dad!
Mary Alice

cassandrasminicorner said...

Always nice to look back at those old photos bringing back precious memories:)
Visiting for Blue Monday- hope you can stop by:)

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

thank you for sharing your heart -- excuse me while i go dry my tears...hugs my friend...

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your moving tribute to your dad brought tears to my eyes! The love you had for him and your mother touches my heart every time you speak of it. Just beautiful. I lost my Dad 25 years ago and my Mom move in with us she die 4 years ago I miss them both.
I love your pretty powder room sweet lady. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane

LV said...

We just do not know how blessed we are if we have good health. Take care and trust they soon find what the issues are.

Leann said...

Hi Debbie

As you know I'm all about keepin it real. I think our Blgogy Sisters want to nkow the real us and not someone who holds things back. We are here for each other.

The story of your Dad made me cry - I felt like I was there with you.

May your memories comfort you. and I hope that your health issues are soon diagnosed and solved.

Enjoy your weekend!

Diann said...

Oh Debbie, what a wonderful tribute to hour dad! I thank God on a daily basis that I am so blessed to still have both of my parents still with me. Not a day goes by that I dont talk to them. You have so many treasures in your powder room! that tissue box is just too cute! I hope you are feeling better and everything turns out ok in your tests. Take care and I will be saying prayers for you and sending healing thoughts your way. Thank you for sharing at ttf this week and have a great weekend! Hugs, Diann :-)

Honey at 2805 said...

What a sweet tribute to your dad!

Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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