A Week of Thanksgiving ~

we are truly thankful for God's gifts, mercy & grace
not our mantel but isn't this easy to copy & says it all
again, pinterest with oodles of beautiful tablescapes
this came from my board titled 'thanksgiving'
this sweet pup caught my eye on my way to my board
the photo didn't lead to a breeder of aussies but i'd love one
may you have a blessed week
filled with love, laughter, and reasons to feel blessed
in my darkest days, i've always found at least a handful
to say, 'thank you, father'
we all have that many and more ~

oh, in love with autumn

oh. i am so in love with autumn
and i love to waltz thru pinterest and dream
like today, like now
with this adorable house
it would be mine
#13 would be the home of a sweet older lady
who would keep delicious smells wafting in and through
our shared porches and patios
yummy simple meals

i live next door, behind the green door
and i bake desserts to go with our meals together
but today is a great day to wander
i wonder how long it has been since a train traveled these tracks
what did the passenger cars look like
were there more people going home or visiting family
oh, what beauty they had from their windows
when i was younger, my family traveled on the hummingbird
from central florida to montgomery alabama
it's a heart memory i hold close
walking home, d i notice i need to clean up the table
site of our impromptu meal last night at dusk
much loved linens on the table and mismatched pieces
we toasted to cooler weather
the beauty of our God's painting
and to each other's continued good health
my sassy greeted me at the door with kisses
lots of kisses and snuggles
sweet pup, we have a mutual admiration and love
 they imprint forever on our hearts
just ask anyone that's loved and lost
it hurts forever
we'll cuddle up in my cloud, get cozy, maybe
revisit the beauty of today and its' blessings
drift off in mounds of softness
and mushy pillows
until tomorrow's light peeps in

do you dream
i always have
i believe that dreams of tomorrow
become the realities of today
so hold on to dreams
they do come true
have a blessed week, a thanksgiving time of
remembering your blessings
heart memories
and feel free to use these two free printables.

How Do They Thank Them?

And a post from 2013 ~
How do we thank them? Are there words enough to express our heartfelt gratitude? There are ways to show them. Never walk by one without acknowledging them. Never. They exist. And because they do, we still do. Buy them a meal without letting them know. Just leave a 'thank you' at the register. Teach your babies they are to be appreciated and respected. Join with your congregation with the shoebox and Christmas boxes being sent to the deployed. Sign up with The Wounded Warriors or another group that actually helps those returning and needing help with physical, emotional and/or mental issues. PTSD is real. And that's not the most serious they suffer from or with. They have this household's prayers each day, several times a day. I'm proud of those that fought for our freedom from the British, the War of 1812, the Spanish War, the Civil War Between the States, in WWI and WWII with Germany and Nazi Germany. My father in the Korean Conflict against North Korea. Three nephews that proudly served in the Air Force, the Marines and one currently serving in the Navy. I'm very proud of them and pray for them so often and for their family as they await to hear a voice on the phone.

It's November! And I'm In Love ~

oh, how i love autumn
and oh, how i await november
i'm in love!
with the colors of nature
the cooler temps
crisp mornings
hot chocolate & biscuits with jam
i love november {swoon font}
you can find all of these on my pinterest board
titled appropriately, thanksgiving, of course
and the link to my pinterest page is on the right bar
follow me! i have lots of boards with oodles of things
that grab my heart, make me hungry, prick my wanderlust
send me in search of a good book or movie
and lots and lots of ideas for the seasons,
and the holidays, and birthdays, and parties.
well, go check it out. follow the boards you like!
i have several weaknesses but one of them
is collecting dinnerware.
especially dessert and salad plates to compliment
the solid plates i've had over the years
i just never seem to have enough
enough room, that is, to store them!
and in downsizing i lost wonderful storage
so one has to get creative {wink font}
you never know where you'll find treasures
for the seasons and holidays around this house!
but i do {smiling font}
i'll be back with tablescapes and yummy recipes
vignettes that are easy but gorgeous
wreaths that, well, i find buying them and embellishing
them is easier than beginning from scratch!
so y'all come back. in fact, go over to the right side
and follow me! it so easy and you won't miss a post!
blessings for an awesome week ~

It's Halloween!

Dress up those caramel apples!
Too cute! 
Easy banner guaranteed to delight ~ 
Have a safe and candy-filled Halloween!

Here's a popular post if you're thinking of changing your background for the season! Have a great weekend and please pray for those in Texas that have had too much water and wind. It's to be 100% rain and wind here tomorrow but not in the excess Texas received. Nature can be beautiful but brutal. Be safe. Laugh. A lot! And remember His many gifts and blessings in your life.

A Few Tablescapes For the Season

Oh, how this makes me feel like we will be with a grandmother. Peaceful and neutrals. One of my favorite color themes. And I love love love the table! You can find this photo and more about her style and home here! I couldn't find this particular photo but I didn't have much time this morning looking. However, I DO intend to add her to my blog list and keep up with this blogger!
Another one of my favs is Stone Gable. Click and go see her eye candy design sense. I have these leaf dishes and love them. Now, if I could find the white set. Oh my downfall. Dinnerware!!
Like me, she loves to decorate for all the seasons and holidays. Although, I have to admit I don't decorate as I did when the babies were at home and the grands were young. I still decorate enough that the mister grins and patiently helps me bring it all out, but I'm finding as we downsize that less is more.
On Stone Gable's far right bar, scroll down and you'll see where you can be redirected to her Fall Tours. Have fun! Take notes!! Leave her a comment. Bloggers 'heart' comments!
Need an elegant Fall tablescape? Inessa Stewart's Antiques can help you set it up and be ready to impress! Good food, great friends, conversation that ebbs and flows with laughter, memories of times past ~ sigh. Perfect time together.

I remember well our Thanksgiving meals in the past, meals on Autumn Sunday afternoons after worship, and how the heart still remembers with clarity the ones present, the ones that have gone on, the little ones that began gracing us with their births. Life is a precious circle of those that have been, that are, and that will be. Make the most of these times, my friend. Time is fleeting and moments pass. The heart remembers and for this, sweet Father, I am most grateful ~

August Yummies ~ Sweet Side

House of Hawthornes has a yummy Autumn sweet side to compliment your menu! Finding it on Pinterest, I knew it would be easy, a MUST, and yummy, a REAL MUST. Mr. H & I grew up with our mothers baking apples, sometimes topping it with a scoop of ice cream! A neat feature of this recipe is you can use your crockpot! Enjoy!

Ingredients ~
6 large apples (Gala's were used here)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup slightly chopped walnuts AND/OR 1/4 old fashioned oats

Directions ~
Wash and core apples. Pair off a 1 inch strip of the skin around the top of the apple to prevent the apples from splitting.

Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and walnuts (and/or oats) together in a large bowl and fill each apple with this mixture.

Place apples in the slow cooker and add the apple juice around the bottom of the apples.

Turn crockpot on high heat & cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until apples are soft when checked with a fork.

Serve as is or add a scoop of ice cream and caramel sauce when platting it!
I'll be back
with more Autumn recipes
guaranteed to delight

Getting Lost In a Photo

growing up and spending time at my grandparents
there was a creek, much like this, that ran down
behind the two front pastures. there used to be an old
homestead there, for flowers grow that wouldn't
normally be there ~ and before that, an indian village.
we used to find arrow heads and old pieces of pottery

it was a creek my grandmother and i would hike up
our pants legs, she her dress and apron, and walk until
we met the dirt road on one end of the pastures.
we'd sit on the sand and watch what floated down.
leaves, sticks, sometimes turtles would venture out
and always crayfish and little bitty fish

as i grew older and commissioners worked and reworked
the dirt road, the creek became muddier and filled
with waste and trash from man. beavers built a dam.
the land, no longer kept back by my grandfather,
began to encroach upon the creek banks and the creek
became smaller.  i grew older, and no longer small

there are times we wish childhood could last longer
that memories could whisk us back just one more day
one more walk, one more hat made with daisies
but then, to do that, we'd lose part of today
and that would be a tragedy

for today are tomorrow's memories and i 
wouldn't miss this season we are now in
with it's vibrant colors and cooling temps
letting us know that a season is on it's way
that will slow us down and create a quiet
sense of hibernation, the time of rest

the creek will ice over, weeds will die, and quiet
will be broken only be a cracking icy branch
and the memories of my youth will remain
as vividly as the colors of autumn, all i have to do
is close my eyes, lift my face to the breeze
and let my mind roam back. and back. and back.

In Love With a Headboard

i'm in love with a headboard
i am still in love with the one the mister built
shown here, from pinterest
we chose not to put post tops
but i love the way it turned out.
until i saw the one with the old doors.
i think i need to talk to the mister
about using that idea in one of the guest rooms!
now that's an idea {smile font!}

SEC and The Tide

I love SEC Saturdays.
In front of the TV, sometimes
flipping back and forth to catch games.
But when the Tide runs onto the field,
noone, NO ONE, touches the remote.
Except to run the volume up.
I love the SEC and I love
the University Alabama
Crimson Tide.

Photos That Make You Go WOW!

Footbridge in Nepal
Um, NOT ME! Not in this lifetime.
Island of Molokini - natural star and crescent
between Maui and Kahoolawe, Hawaii

Makes me nauseated just looking at this.
WHO abandons a train?! Creepy.
Is this shark proof?!?!?!

Now, go have a normal day {giggling font}

Do You Dream?

Oh, I do. And these types capture my heart. 
This would be my living room,
the room with a fire, a dog,
good books, glass of wine
and years of family & conversations. 
My dining room.
Soft, used, comfy, cozy.
Well loved. 
My kitchen.
Farm sink, open windows
soup simmering or cookies baking
Makes me smile each morning
pouring a cup of coffee
or hot chocolate 
My bedroom
soft fabrics, soft bed, stucco walls
wooden flooring, cozy rugs
tiny, just big enough for two 
Guest room
tiny, cozy, sink in the bed
and dream until you smell
breakfast cooking or
coffee brewing 
The bath.
just one, just enough, old wallpaper
window overlooking the yard
a yard of flowers, shrubs and swings

or, maybe 
this house.
and i get to start all over again.
i love to dream of cozy abodes.
they come true.

Autumn Is A'Comin'

One of my favorite seasons~
There's really nothing I don't love about it.
When that first crisp cool breeze crosses my face
My whole being takes a deep breath
And whispers, "It's coming! Fall." 
Below are two outdoor ways to decorate an entry~
Either one will be easy & help usher in this colorful season. 

It's Hot In the South!

Is this not too cute!!
Paint or buy a happy flower pot, some ribbon in colors you love, a few silk flowers to match and cheap-o flip flops! There you have it ~ an adorable table centerpiece for a foyer or table. Just think of the ooh's and aah's you'll hear, along with, "I'm going to make one of those!"
Many things I love about this tablescape ~ the double skirting, the napkins extra large and folded as placemats until used, happy centerpiece in a wooden bowl with either silk or fresh flowers and fruit. Just a simple but happy and casual setting for your family and friends. Bring in some good food and lean back and listen to the chatter and laughter. 
One of my best friends actually made these one Summer and they were too cute! And very easy. Nutter Butter cookies with a bit of icing from a tube, edible candy flowers, and there you go ~ 
Talk about easy. Who doesn't like Mason jars, burlap, & plaid?!
And a FREE printable to run off and frame!! Right click & save to your computer!

Our Summer has been busy, as I'm sure yours as been. We are very thankful for the gifts He continues to rain upon us and our family. With current events threatening to surround us with doubt and worry, it's easy to let satan drape us in fear for the future. But you know what?! God's already there! And He promises to always be there for His children. We don't need to do anything more than remember who the Victor is and Who holds our hand and promises Eternal Life. Now, if we could just get the temps down to around 65 degreees tops, I'd be doing my happy dance! {Giggle font}

~ from The Letter Writer ~

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