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Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Welcoming Autumn by Bringing the Outdoors In


Happy Autumnal Equinox!
My celebration consisted of doing some organizing and a bit of fall decorating.


Free decorating.
Everything I used was either already in my home or came from the garden.


Hydrangeas and dried boxwood and some turkey feathers found in the field.


Shed antlers. 
My giant letters that I love.
They really do add pop to my gold, gray and brown family room.


A basketful of hydrangea in the hallway did not even put a dent in the blooms still on the shrubs.


Much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, the cozy fall weather has me ready to redo, clean and generally get ready to nest for the chilly months ahead.


I can hardly wait for that first fire.
Kicking back and watching an old movie with a cup of peppermint tea.
In the summer do you feel the need to be constantly moving, doing, being busy?
All that sunshine makes one feel as if they are wasting the season
 if not tending the garden or being outdoors.


The autumn weather brings crisp days and earlier sunsets here in Ohio, 
preparing us for the winter when we have permission to be lazy 
and curl up with a blanket and a good book.


Soon it will be the indoor season.
It is a time of reflection on both the past and what is to come.
It is a time to take stock of what we need to keep and what we can let go.
I am looking forward to some letting go.
It feels like the time to keep only the necessary and beautiful and let the rest find a new home.


For now, some woodland decorating feels right.
The weather is still sunny and golden. 
It isn't time to hibernate yet.
I would love to dig my feet in and stop time from moving, just for a little while.


What is your favorite part of the season? 
Do you change your decorating for autumn and then for Halloween and Thanksgiving?
Or do you just a a few warm touches and wait for Christmas to come?


If you would like to see more fall decorating from years past you can stop here, and here.

Totally random note, as I was searching for my post links I realized I had only posted 35 times last year, which of course was partially due to the upheaval of breast cancer and then a hysterectomy two days before Thanksgiving, so not a lot of decorating got done.
The big surprise was that I only posted 15 times this year.
Totally missed the fact that I was absent so often.
My Tamoxifen makes my brain fuzzy so maybe that is my excuse, but seriously I had no idea.
I love Blogland and I need to get back to posting as well for the sake of my sanity.
Do know that although I may have seemed distant I was checking in on all of you each day.

Have a beautiful week, P.


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Sunday Stuff

My intention is to get back to blogging soon with a whole new look and lots of my usual blather.
Meantime, just checking in. 
Celebrating 29 years of marriage to my true love and best friend.
Our daughter made this adorable gift of some of the places we have traveled as a family.


I finished Serena's 30 Day Challenge for August and I am loving my redone laundry room.
If you need some motivation, join the next challenge!


Feeling that tug that the end of summer always brings. I say it isn't over until the Equinox but I am already feeling that strange sense of yearning Autumn always brings.
There are some big changes coming to the farmhouse and I think I am ready for them.
I will try to be more present here but for now we are heading off for a two day mini getaway to celebrate our anniversary.
(After the Bengals game of course.)



Yours in beginnings and endings and the life lived in between, P.
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