I love the details in these towns built in yesteryear. The attention to detail is what captivates me. The arched windows, the small shops snuggled close together differentiated by their colorful store fronts. Tree lined streets offering shade and shadow. A few years back I discovered my great-great grandmother grew up in Michigan. This adds a special delight, thinking about her carrying on with her life in these very areas which I am very fortunate to visit.
A fairy garden tucked under a big tree.was a happy surprise. One of these days I am going to find a place for my own fairy garden. In the meantime, Bostyn and I made a lovely one in a garden pot. We found all sorts of things from the house that made a perfect landscape for our little fairy. Glass pebbles for a stream, a little mirror for a pond, a small wood bird house Bostyn had painted was the perfect fairy dwelling.
Antiques or Book shops are a definite stop. I can get lost for hours among the dusty shelves. Luckily Mr.T also loves books so we disappear into our own corners for a while. Later we stop at a cute little restaurant with it's original tin ceiling and tell each other about the historical treasures we found in the book store.
Before leaving for Fort Lauderdale, Florida a few days ago we were beginning to feel the coziness of fall with breezes tossing autumn leaves to the ground. Puffy white clouds scooting across the sky with dark thunder bumpers following behind.
What I'm seeing today from my 19th floor hotel balcony just a few steps from the beach is more of a summer paradise. A couple of white sail boats navigating through choppy waters. Royal blue umbrellas dot the white sands and flutter in the hefty breezes . Palm trees sway and tangled hair whips around the faces of sunbathers . Seagulls squealing as they dip and soar high above the blue-green swells and the constant crash of waves on the sand are soothing sounds to my ears. A friendly fat gray pigeon and his friend are poking around the balcony, for crumbs I suspect, from my granola bar.
Let me show you some of my favorite places to enjoy the fall.
Boston, Massachusetts and Exeter, New Hampshire
The New England woods have such a variety of red and orange leaves. Just beautiful. The timing is always very tricky if you're trying to catch them. The colors change anytime between September and October.
Halloween is just around the corner. It's the beginning of our party season which our family always looks forward to. Before leaving on this trip I decorated the house with witches hats, my Victorian themed dining table with silver dishes, sparkling wands and potions. Invitations have been sent by Evite. They make it so easy. Costumes are an absolute must. I haven't figured out the details of dinner yet but we usually have a tasty pot of Chili as our main course. Then it's games and a fishing pond and spook alley.
What are some of your favorite fall traditions? I would love to hear about them. Until next time enjoy your fall days wherever you are.
"The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It."
I'm a mother and depending who is calling me, I am mom, mama or marmee. One of the things I love most about being a mom are the many opportunities for teaching moments. One of our favorite sayings in our home is "No Empty Chairs". It simply means we are a family and we are in this together. We all have a responsibility to care and watch out for each other. We want a complete family, everyone accounted for, no lost sheep.
What anticipations await us when we come home?I have fond memories of coming home from elementary school. Mama would be at the dining room table planning our family night. We were excited to contribute to the 'program'. I recently found a little red, spiral notebook that I kept with the minutes of our family night programs. I don't remember if I was assigned to be the secretary or I appointed myself to the position, but it was nostalgic reading my childish handwriting of the nights events.
"Hide not your talents: they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade." Benjamin Franklin
|Everybody likes to be a part of family night. A great way to show your kids how special they are.|
"Raising Kids is like a marathon. It's going to be a long run, but before you know it, it's over."
Home is the most important place in the world.
In our travels Mr. T can always find great looking logo t-shirts. He has quite a colorful collection and it's a fun way to remember the places we've been. I like to help him pick them out but I don't usually get one for myself because I feel like a walking billboard and they're pretty boxy on me. When we were at Canyonlands I changed my mind when I saw the nice logo designs. So with the intention of a little redesigning I bought a couple of t-shirts.
|Before the re-do|
The high round neck, the sleeves and the length aren't very flattering (on me), so the scissors and I got busy snipping when we got home.
|The cut pieces|
I had a 'fat quarter' that made a perfect bias trim. A couple of tucks in the front and back give the shirt a more feminine touch and eliminate the boxy look.
I know it's a little early around here to be dreaming of summer lounging and gardening, but I'm so excited that our four foot pile of snow in the backyard has almost completely melted it puts me in the mood for the outdoors. We can actually see some grass and tender little bulbs poking through the soggy ground. With gardening and outside living catalogs coming in the mail on a daily basis I'm beginning to make plans for the patios and window boxes. Still trying to decide where to put the pool, besides in my dreams.
Just a few pictures of warm weather inspirations from last summer.
The side yard is an English Garden in progress. Looking forward to doing more this summer with a path, benches and statuary. This is the favorite path of the deer heading right for the vegetable garden. bah humbug! They are so tame they just wander around the neighborhood eating all of the delicacies we have planted for them. Yes I know they are cute.Looking forward to the beautiful color that will come back to our world soon. Till then I will be patient, dream and plan.
A few months ago I was asked to speak to a group of young ladies and their mothers about journal keeping. What a great time I had with these cute girls. My theme was a quote from Hans Christian Andersen, "Life Itself Is The Greatest Fairytale of All". Well, he should know having written quite a few classic fairytales.
The sad fact of our day of texts and e-mails is that we have fewer and fewer personal written words in a journal or a letter to a special friend or loved one. Where are the day to day records of life? Some of the best books that have been written have contained information from another period of time. Those interesting tidbits come from from personal letters and journals. Where is the proof to another generation that life was wonderful for us unless we record it? I love to read letters from my grandmas and grandpas to their kids. And what a treasure it is to read letters between my mom and dad during WWII.
If you haven't started or need some motivation here are a few ideas to make the process fun.
Deadline four days :)
In my last post I talked about adding a touch of red to your decor. This is the month to do it, all things red, right? Over the last few years I find myself adding a pop of red in just about every room. It adds energy to the room not to mention a boost to your own energy level. One of my favorite designers was a advocate of a bit of yellow in every room much like I am one for red. It's so easy to add any shade of red with a sassy pillow, a thin red trim around a picture, a bowl of white flowers with one stunning red rose, a cuddly throw across the bed or casually tossed on the arm of a couch or chair. The ideas are endless. Here are a few ideas, some temporary, others a little more permanent, for a few years anyway. Accessories are always quicker and easier to change out.
Going to the party at:
Dwellings-the heart of the home
Red is like a neutral. It goes with so many other colors. Some of my favorite combinations are navy, aqua, yellows, brown, greens, actually, etc. etc. Go for some extra energy this month.
Let me know what touches you've added this month. You'll love it.
See You Next Time......xo
Going to the party at:
Dwellings-the heart of the home
I embrace you February with open arms. Though your frozen fingers touch the trees with glistening icicles and shake snowflakes from the gray sky, my heart stays warm with thoughts of love notes onValentine's Day, birthday celebrations with family and friends, and a 3-day weekend to boot. February I look for the best in you. Your cold heavy skies don't weigh me down. Your heaps of snow don't discourage me. It only means Spring is one month closer. But we'll have to see what Mr. Groundhog has to say about that.
In the meantime I will begin to plan my party month.
Incorporate touches of red and pink in my decor.
Plan a special dinner for friends and family.
How about a tea party?
Make Valentine cards.
Think of special ways to show all those I love how much I care.
February is an excuse to reach out. Let's do it!
To have joy one must share it,
Happiness was born a twin.
Thanks my friends for stopping by!
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