Sunday, September 26, 2010
Diane and Linda are here visiting for a week.
Here we are…doesn’t it look like Christmas?
Diane received Olive Oil shower cream and body cream from Linda.
Linda is trying on her Chico’s belt from me.
These are my gifts: bird bookends, a Provence cd, bare essentials makeup, gold earrings, Godiva chocolates, and a flameless Candle centerpiece.
Linda with one of her decorative finials.
We’re not getting older, we’re getting better…and having more fun!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The sun, the sun, streaming in the window. You make my world glow!
It’s time for mums. I transplanted these into my urns today. Now I feel like fall is officially here.
The bright orange is welcoming at my back door.
I added a checkered tablecloth on the little table so we can enjoy a few last meals outside.
This Italian dish is one of my favorites. Unfortunately it had a big chip, but I couldn’t bear to throw it away so I use it outside.
What a beautiful day. Don mowed the grass while I put away some summer decorations from outdoors. I cut back some straggly plants and dead stalks and the garden looks better now. I also spent some time indoors cleaning house. My sisters are coming to visit this weekend.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Hello to all the autumn fans, welcoming the crisp morning air and fluttering leaves. Hello to Tablescape Thursday hosted by our friend Susan. Please join her at Between naps on the Porch and visit all the wonderfully set tables throughout blogland.
My table is not the usual oranges and pumpkin faces, but a little more subtle this year.
Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies
a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and
chilled. The season comes full with the first frost, the
disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of
the season's last crops."
- Glenn Wolff and Jerry Denn
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break free from the trees
- Adelaide Crapsey, 1878-1914, November Night
I hope you enjoyed your visit. The small casserole dishes were a new find at the Christmas Tree Shops in Buffalo, NY on Monday. The green silverware was from a small gift store in Orchard park, NY. The hammered chargers were a great Goodwill find.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
While my sister, Linda, was visiting we talked about how too many possessions can be a problem in our lives. Especially when you know you have something, but can't find it. We both agreed that we need to simplify our lives and pare down. I have been on that mission since I retired four+ years ago. I've done well to not buy as much and bring it into the house. I've also cleaned and organized and tried to find a place for everything. I still have a long way to go, since I've been a collector for years. Linda and I wanted a sign that said "Simplify" just as a reminder. I know you can buy a wooden sign like that at a lot of stores that sell crafts. But I told her that if we really were true to the concept we would make our own sign. So we foraged through some left over wood scraps from the addition and found a rectangular piece for both of us. But leave it to us not to do it simple. We looked up the phrase "Lighten up"and translated it into French....Eclairassez. We put this on our sign with a stenciled fleur-de-lis on each side. Eclairassez can mean lighten up your possessions, but it can also mean lighten up your spirit, don't take life so seriously. Or, as we laughed, it could mean "Eat more eclairs!!"
I decided to see how little I could use but still satisfy my artistic need to see pretty things. Here are the results.
On the piano three gilded pumpkins in ivory vases.
Just two white pumpkins on the buffet.
The baker’s rack looks a little empty, don’t you think?
The white pumpkins, grapes and berries are simple aren’t they?
And in the center of the table just a simple arrangement with apples, berries, moss and grapes.
What do you think? Is it simple enough? I can still go up in the attic and drag out the orange lights!
There is a big debate going on in my head. Should I pull up the summer flowers or not? Should I put away all the summer things? I could get a jump on winter and get the beds taken care of now. Or I could just let them go a week or two more. (Didn’t it snow last October? HMMM) I think soon we will have a frost and that decision will be out of my hands. I think I read once that not making a decision was actually making one.
Friday, September 17, 2010
I’m borrowing a quote from a blog which I love: Daisy Cottage. She sums it up.
”It doesn’t matter if you like all things black or white. Or if you love all things color or a little or both. All that matters is that you LOVE your things. You. YOU. YOU. You and what you love is ALL that matters.”
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Ways to tell it’s fall:
1. I got out my leather jacket.
2. I turned on my electric heating pad beneath my mattress.
3. The lights go on in the daytime.
4. I lit candles to “warm up the room”
5. The dog goes for less walks.
6. I’m thinking about wearing scarves.
7. Even Sadie walks out the door and turns back around.
8. Cuddling seems back in style.
9. Those colored leaves are decorating the lawn.
10. It’s time to put away the air conditioner and turn up the heat.
11. Mornings call for the fuzzy white robe.
12. Tea time becomes a really good idea.
13. I’m visiting the library more often.
14. I see pumpkins on my tables.
15. My favorite time of day is “jammy” time.
16. Casserole recipes come out.
17. I’m looking at the outdoor chairs and wondering if we’ll get a few more sunny days to sit out yet.
18. TV becomes a way to pass the time.
19. I’m thinking."only 100 days till Christmas”
20. It’s time for my Literary Club to begin its season (and I’m president this year).
Just a reminder of what last October was like.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
ENJOY EACH MOMENT, LEARN, LIVE POSITIVELY
What is yours…yes, you. click on the comment form below and leave me your philosophy of life. You can do it anonymously if you want. I’d love to see yours.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I have this weakness. When I see a space I like to fill it up with a beautiful, artistic vignette. Blank walls and minimalistic furnishings are not for me. I want to see something pretty everywhere I look. Nowhere is that more evident than in the new bedroom redo. (Somebody holler “stop!”)
I didn’t like this:
so I added two photographs of the Biltmore Estate in ASheville, NC that I took when we visited one December.
I wanted something small for under the window, and in the spirit of “using what I have” I moved a vintage plant stand there and added a transplanted summer flower related to a violet.
I love my new bedroom now. I think I’ll stop decorating. (Actually there is no more room to put a thing…is this a clinical disease?) LOL
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
O bed! O bed! delicious bed!
That heaven upon earth to the weary head.
If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters.
Don't fight with the pillow, but lay down your head
And kick every worriment out of the bed.
The bedroom redo is just about finished. The new creamy yellow paint color, the floral spread and plaid drapes, the mohair throw to pull up on me during a nap, and my drawing of Venus de Milo finally framed and holding a place of honor makes this room a cozy place to lay my head.