Friday, November 26, 2010

The start of Christmas...

You see I need to have Thanksgiving before I can start Christmas. Ok I may be a bit  a lot OCD, but hey what is wrong with that? I spent a good part of the day putting Harvest decorations away, mums and pumpkins were thrown in the compost bin. Lots of decorations are sitting at the bottom of the stairs in my garage, waiting to be carried up and packed away. Where did they all come from? I thought I had started to pack stuff away last week. I need to purge some of this stuff. There is just way too much. Now as I pull Christmas out I am feeling like I need to get rid of some of this too. Last year I gave lots away and cleaned out, but I need to do it again. Does anyone else feel this way?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Anyone having trouble leaving comments??

Just a quick note it has been brought to my attention that there seems to be a problem leaving comments on my blog. I have tried contacting blogger.....and I just don't know how to fix this. HELP!!! You can email me at

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

You light up my life!

 Today I am joining Linda at Behind My Red Door who joined Misi over at 1890 Gable House Musing for week 8 of a display chain she has going on. The theme for week 8 is "You light up my life" The idea presented by Amy of Cottage Prims. Her thoughts for this theme "With Winter setting in and being in the dark, you light up my life" Early lighting, candles, lanterns or even new lights.
 I love all the battery operated candles. They cast a nice glow and I can go off and leave them or tuck them into places that I otherwise would not light a candle.
 Electric candles, from Restoration Hardware. I bought them at Christmas and ended up not putting them away. They cast such a pretty glow. Sometimes when it is still dark in the morning I will turn them on low(they are on a dimmer) it is just enough light and so pretty to see.
 My kitchen pendants are on dimmers too.
 We leave this on all night in the kitchen.
 Another electric candle.
 Some real candles~

 Over our table~
 Lights on our porch~

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the lights in our home. They really do help keep the dark at bay and truly do light up our lives.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Is it still Fall?

Is it still Fall? Everywhere I go I see Christmas and yes I have bought a few of the things is the wooden door box.  I have admired them in many places and have seen different sizes. The Gingham Goose had a Christmas Open house this weekend and everything else I got was for Christmas, but this box for my front door will be stuffed with greens and winterberry right after Thanksgiving....I usually put a large green wreath with a deep red ribbon, but time for a change I think. I could not resist putting some harvest grasses and gourds in the box for a few weeks.

 So before I say goodbye to Fall I will change it up a bit and continue to do fall cleanup....I don't know if I ever really finish. I would like to clean the vegetable garden more, add my compost, till and plant some winter rye. If it gets cold fast this won't get done.
 The leaves are still coming down like rain and the oaks in the front still cling to many of their leaves.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Honor of Veterans Day

Simply stated this is my son. He has 21 days left in Afghanistan....I am so proud of what he chooses to do, but I can't wait until he is home and can tuck his daughter in at night, come to Sunday dinner and be safe.

There are so many men and women who are away from families and loved ones so that we can all live with freedom. The soldiers see and experience things that we wish our children would never witness. They come back as different people, wiser, stronger and sadder, but they appreciate the country we live in. They put their lives on the line everyday, they see friends die and get hurt.

My son has been in Somalia, Iraq and now Afghanistan, he said this is his last tour.....but one never knows.

I want to Thank all of the veterans who have helped to give us the freedom we enjoy each day.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner?

It is cold and the rain is pouring straight down. Feels like a snow day. Actually there was snow on the ground when I got up this morning. Well I have been working away this morning doing real estate stuff, Mondays are always like that. Well I go up and went to look out the window and here is what I saw....look who's coming to dinner!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Let there be light!

Ok, it is really time to make some changes in the front see we just pass through it and don't really use it. The front door is opened for light and only get used on Halloween. Well, I did get a new light for the hall. I really love it. You see the other light was picked out 37 years ago. I did love milk glass back then. The wood in the hall and the floors were stained dark walnut, you see it was 1973. The walls were painted first, then wallpapered, then re wallpapered. It was a while ago, but what I did not realize was that it was 1989 the last time we wallpapered the hall. The downstairs foyer, runs down a hallway and upstairs into the upper hall. I don't know why I have neglected this area, but I have. I painted all the stained woodwork about 5 yrs ago, we had the floors stripped down and refinished, took the runner off the stairs and had them refinished, but I just never knew what I wanted to do.

                                                                          My new light
                                                            My old light! oh, my.
 The old stained wood. Well, I have decided this will be our first project of the new year. So wait and see...these are the before and I am not sure what you will see in the after, but this wallpaper will be gone, gone, gone! Stay tuned....