"Differences of habit and language are nothing at all
if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."
~~ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Hi all,

On July 19th, JABB reached its 20th anniversary!  So happy anniversary to you all!  I'm grateful to have each and every one of you as members and to have so many memories of those who have come before and left their mark on JABB!

To commemorate the occasion, I'd love to invite you all over for a tea party or whatnot but with distance being what it is, I thought I could still welcome you into my humble home in a virtual manner.  So I'll be taking you on a photo tour of my house with focus on the JABB/TBAA related areas.  Welcome!

God bless,

A Tour of My House... Where JABB Happens ;-)

So, first of all, this is one of the first things you see when you come in my front door.  It's a print of a reflection John Dye wrote during the 9th season of TBAA and, below it, you'll see a very Joshuan art print that I got off of Etsy.

Also in my living room is a print of the Monet painting that Andrew and JenniAnn discuss in "The Unbroken Circle" which has a special place in my heart as one of the first stories I wrote after John passed away.  (Apologies for the glare which makes its way into some photos.  I love having lots of windows... except when taking photos!)

Another of my favorite paintings, which also gets discussed in "Unbroken," is represented in the living room: "The Lady of Shalott" by JW Waterhouse.  It's also where the name Willowveil, the castle where Andrew, JenniAnn, and their brood live, comes from.

One thing that comes up in that story is that I associate daffodils with John so, naturally, they make an appearance in my dinette (which is basically just part of the living room.)  If you squint, you might be able to make out some of the thread angels I left around as part of Pay It Forward in Memory of John Dye.

Just below that, you can see one of my favorite mugs.  Unfortunately, the handle broke off but I figured out a way to still make it useful.  :-)

Since I mention my dogs fairly often, it only seems right to show what Danika was doing while I was taking these photos: sleeping right under the Lady of Shalott.  Don't worry, Leo shows up later! 

Next we move into the hallway with the following ode to Ireland which I think a certain caseworker would quite like.

Just to the right of that if my guest bedroom/office which is where the majority of JABB is written.  Right at this desk!

Just above it are two very special pieces created by Kim for "The Carpenter": a poster for St. Genesius' production of Jesus Christ Superstar and the St. Patrick's Day party invitation.  Just below the latter, you can also glimpse a photo of my pet frog, Flick, who was memorialized in the story "Benediction."

And over to the left side of my computer desk is the memorial board I started shortly after John's death.  And also Gus-Gus from Cinderella who was photo-bombing from an unpictured bulletin board.  Oops.  Somehow, I think Mr. Dye wouldn't mind.

I actually wanted to put this tour together and send it earlier this afternoon but this happened shortly after I pulled my desk chair away to dust...  I guess he really can nap anywhere!

My own bedroom is to the other side of the hall but largely left out of this tour because it's a really hard room to photograph due to being quite dark (lovely for sleeping in, though!).  Nonetheless, I did get this snap of the door of my bedroom closet which shows my array of Dyeland, TBAA, and John Dye themed anklets I made way back in the days of the old JABB Store.  Each one has a charm like a pocket watch, peace sign, etc. representing a TBAA episode, John Dye role, or related.

Now back through the hall, living room, and dinette to my kitchen where we find the fuel for JABB.  Not pictured is the red velvet tea first mentioned in "The King"... because I drank it all, apparently.  Sad...  When I first wrote that bit of "The King," I actually didn't know if red velvet tea existed so I had to Google it.  Sure enough, Stash sells it and it's yummy!  Also shown is the mug I designed and bought after the demise of my "I Heart Andrew" one. 

Right across from the coffeemaker is the door to my basement, the design of which is heavily influenced by the TV show Beauty and the Beast which is integral to the Dyeland stories.  Like Vincent and Father, I'm a hoarder of books.  If you look towards the bottom of the first photo, you can see part of my collection of chihuahuas which I started after my co-founder dreamed up Chiwawa as the JABB mascot.

And here's a close up of the angels section of my library featuring three Ken dolls a JABBer sent me that rather look like a certain AOD...

Beyond the TV show, the actual fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" gets referenced multiple times in Dyeland stories along with magical roses, a shape-shifting Prince, and a certain tot named Belle.  And no wonder...  I'm kinda obsessed.  All the books on this shelf are different iterations of the tale.

Here are my crafting cabinets (which spilleth over as evidenced by some of the mess along the sides of the photo) with some pretty familiar photos bordering them.  If you look really close, you can see a couple references to other non-TBAA projects of John's. 

And here's my stained glass window (it's actually paint) which doesn't really have anything to do with JABB but I'm pretty proud of it... even if it desperately needs touch-ups after a decade.

And the final room on the tour is the one I most recently finished.  It's the...

Also known as my Harry Potter-themed storm shelter.

And, finally, my ode to Professor Snape... partial inspiration for the character of Marty/Metatron and originator of Andrew's "Always" refrain.

Thanks for visiting!  Maybe one day you can stop by for real!  :-) Until then... remember that God loves you!  Always.  :-)

This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for inspiring 20 years of JABB... and apparently some interesting decorating choices.

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(Photo Credits: The photograph above is from Touched by an Angel and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon Water Productions. It is not being used to seek profit.)