9/18/16

Fall is in the Air

Happy new week everyone!  Well, if you get up early enough, the temps are in the 70's, and most daytime temps are below 100....so, woohoo, Fall is in the air!  Okay, maybe it's not quite here, but it's getting close!

What is it about Fall that causes so many of us to declare it to be our favorite season?  For many of us, depending on what part of the country we live in, it is a wonderful change in weather.  For others it may be a much-needed excuse to bring out some warmer colors and add that cozy-factor to our decor.


Whatever reason we each may have, it's hard to find fault with the sweet smell of a Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte candle, or gingerbread baking in the oven or some delicious soup cooking in the crockpot.

All these things seem to beckon us home.  There is a quietness to Fall, a serenity as we dig out our most comfy stretchies or pjs to cuddle up in on the sofa.  It's football season, you know!


The craziness of Christmas is still a ways away, unless you spend too much time in your favorite craft stores!  Still, you have plenty of time, right?


Fall is the time to switch from all those "iced" drinks to mugs of warmth.  I think Starbucks has already started serving up yummy Pumpkin beverages!


Fall, with its clear crisp air, beautifully colored leaves, and the laughter of children playing outside, truly gives us pause to reflect on our blessings and be thankful.  I know we should be thankful all the time and most of us are.  But Fall seems to wrap us in its warmth and makes us even more grateful and thankful for all of life's many blessings.

What does Fall mean to you?  Do you enjoy it or not?  Have you indulged in a warm Fall beverage yet?  I'd love it if you would share what this season means to you.  I hope you all have a very lovely week.

Warm hugs,
Carol

 I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Monday
 Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home

Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop

Thursday
Jemma at  At Home With Jemma for Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home




9/11/16

Oh Yes I Did!

I'm back after a bit of a hiatus, and I hope this is going to be a wonderful week for all of you and for me!  I tend to move at a much slower pace these days, but September always spurs my desire to spread some "Fall" around our home....even with outside temps still hovering around the century mark.  Yes, I'm crazy like that!  I will truly admit that Fall is my favorite season, and that usually means tons of seasonal decor from one end of our home to the other.  This year I'm trying to be much more selective....shhh, more neutral in my choices.  That doesn't mean you won't be seeing the rich colors of Fall, but just a bit more tamed.  Well, I guess I'll let you be the judge of whether I accomplished that or not.  So, today, I thought I'd share our dining room.  I hope you enjoy!

We seldom use our dining room, but I love that it's one of those areas in our home that always looks nice.  It is just about the first thing you see when you enter our home.  It is also the special place for displaying some family treasures.


The china cabinet may be dark and dated, but it's big and holds a ton of china.




I bought the Fall leaves a year or so ago and was so excited about finding the perfect 
spot to display them.

I love the colors!

I often stop in this exact spot to simply enjoy how this looks.


The mate to this lantern is on the living room side.

Home to our mini-bar and lots of glassware!



Okay, that's a wrap for the dining room....at least for now!  I will be sharing the living room and foyer in the near future, followed by the kitchen and family room.  Hope you enjoyed!

The Welcome mat is always out for family and friends!

Carol

 I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Monday
Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Merry Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home

Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop

Thursday
Jemma at  At Home With Jemma for Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home





8/17/16

One Year Ago


One year ago today, I began my "Cancer Journey."  Sometimes a year of life seems to pass in the blink-of-an-eye, and sometimes one hour seems to stretch endlessly on.  However we process the passing of time, it's different for each one of us.  At times, this past year seems to have flown by, but mostly it has moved so very slowly.  I am forever grateful to have had a wonderful support system....my family, all of you, and this wonderful man of mine.
I often get teary just thinking how grateful and blessed I am to have had Rick in my life for all these many years (47 and counting).  He was by my side for every single appointment, sitting countless hours on uncomfortable chairs, but always ready to do whatever I needed him today.  I know there are many women and men who go through serious illness alone and survive and bless their hearts for being that strong.  I'm just glad I didn't have to do this by myself.



I am forever grateful that we live close to the best Cancer Center in the nation....MD Anderson.  I am forever grateful for the wonderful doctors, nurses and volunteers who try their best to make you as comfortable as possible, but also realize and understand how frightening it all is.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but please start today to do self-exams and become very familiar with all of your lumps and bumps.  YOU are the BEST first step!

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Thanks to all of you who have been so very supportive during this past year.  I feel very blessed to say you are my friends!

Warm hugs,
Carol


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