Wednesday, October 15, 2014



The leaves here in the Northwest are finally changing colors and slowly drifting off their branches.  This is the first autumn that we have a view of the maple trees in our neighbor’s field.  I am so thankful that he finally agreed to remove the huge wall of evergreen trees that use to line the property. 


Changes have been happening inside our house too.  Although I still really love bright colors, I am finding that I want more of a neutral background and furniture in our home.  My hubby helped me to paint the rocking chair, lamps, and mini dresser.  We plan on painting the living room and kitchen walls white sometime this fall or winter.  I still enjoy having pops of color here and there, but I am enjoying the neutral shades too.


A few decorations on my mantle shelf above our woodstove.  I just picked up those pinecone lights from Target…I think they will work well for fall and winter.  The picture of the pumpkins were painted a few years ago by our daughter Sarah.


The picture of the cute, little deer is new.  I recently purchased it from Lemonade Makin’ Mama's Etsy shop.  Another item that goes well with either fall or winter d├ęcor.


You can’t go wrong with flowers and chocolate on display.  Although the little dish of chocolate will quickly disappear in our house!


Now is the season for hot tea, add a chocolate hazelnut truffle on the side and it tastes like autumn!


My new pantry area (our desk use to be here) is all set-up now and I really like it.  The shelving use to be in our living room and held all of our books. 


It now holds several jars of dried goods along with home canned items, and a few of my vintage collectibles.


Our books are now in our new office, which use to be our daughter Amy’s room before she moved out on her own.  It is still a work in progress, but it is slowly coming together.  It is nice to have another space in the house to hang out in.


See, I still have bright colors! Stacked granny square blankets add a nice touch of color on these gray days.


This is the other side of the office…nothing too exciting.  My hubby recently spotted the double reclining loveseat on Craigslist for a very reasonable price.  I added our collection of vintage books to a little wood bookcase.  I am still deciding what to hang on the walls….decisions, decisions!


I also moved around some of the furniture in the little room off the back of our house…I call it the nook!  It holds crafting supplies and extra household items.  My son jokes that it is our granddaughter Claire’s room, as there is a growing collection of blankets and toys that are stored in there!


The other corner of the nook.  A nice spot to sit down and watch those leaves falling off the neighbor’s maple trees!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Goodbye Friend


Last night my very dear friend Mary Ellen went to be with the Lord.  She had been fighting long and hard against the cancer that was within her body.  She is now in Heaven and is no longer suffering or in pain.  If you could take a moment to say a prayer for her family, it would be appreciated.

We have been friends since our daughter Sarah was a baby…and we were more than just friends, we were like family.  Whenever Mary Ellen and I would either call one another or see each other, we would say “hello friend”…well, now I must say “goodbye friend” until we meet again.  I loved my friend dearly and I will miss her so much.  Having faith in the Lord has given me the hope and peace that I will see her again…what a blessing that is during this time.


{Mary Ellen & I – 2012}

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:3-9

Friday, October 3, 2014

Love, Joy, & Fun


I thought that I would share a couple of recent photos that our daughter Sarah took of her little girl Claire.  My heart is truly full of love for our precious granddaughter!  It is hard to express the joy that is felt when I get to spend time with her.  She is starting to become more engaged and gives us the most beautiful smiles. 

Oh, what fun it is to be a Nana to this sweet one!

If you would like to see more pictures of this cutie and read Sarah’s stories about being a new mom, please visit her blog:

 A Town Girl’s Life


Photos courtesy of Sarah & Town Girl Photography 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fading Flowers



As summer has faded into autumn, so are the flowers fading in our gardens.  Some of them have completely died off and have been removed or cut back.  Others are still holding on and providing some nice bursts of color on these autumn days.




purple puffball

{no, that is not the correct botanical name, but I cannot remember what it is…lol!  I started these from seeds that I collected from my parent’s garden a few years ago}






lemon scented geranium


lemon queen sunflower




purple aster








goldy honey bear sunflower