To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
October 22, 2019
FALL FLOURISHES AROUND THE HOUSE
There is something so soothing about being outdoors in October,
relaxing amid the sounds of nature...
we watch the days grow shorter...night skies come earlier
and we can cozy up with our throws and enjoy the fireside......
Here are some additions at Estelle's,
as we continue to celebrate this wonderful Autumn season.....
As we move closer to Halloween, it was the perfect
weekend to bring out our front scarecrow and give her a place of honor
for the remainder of October!
This little darlin' has withstood wind and rain for a few years now
and still looks pretty darn cute!
I added a new Autumn look to the kitchen farmhouse table
which will transition us into Thanksgiving....
a warm, casual feel for informal dining.
I am putting together the look for the Thanksgiving feast.....
Our tiny scarecrow needed a few minor repairs
after seasons of wear and tear, but nothing
that a little hot glue couldn't fix!
Don't you love that yellow looks marvelous not only
in Summer, but also during Fall?
We limited ourselves to two pumpkins this year
and found this adorable one at Trader Joe's!
This one was a bit roly-poly so we placed him beside
the little garden flag and next to Daddy's angel.....
my father passed away in the month of October and my sister and I
purchased this garden angel for Mother, in addition to creating
a fall garden for her in remembrance...not a day goes by
that I do not think of my dear parents......
All is right again in Mae Mobley's world since we are back
from Atlanta....we can tell she is so happy to have us home....
In the evening, when all the lights glow with that autumn amber,
I look around at all the decorations and just think how much
enjoyment this decor brings me......each and every pumpkin,
garland and candle....I love them all.....
I also decided to add a few fall florals to the laundry room
with leftover decor....nothing new, but adds a special seasonal touch!
This week, our youngest will be home for a few days
so I have his request for some of his favorites from Mom's kitchen...
this gorgeous baking dish will hold Paula Deen's
"NOT YO' MAMA'S BANANA PUDDING!"
If you decide on a trip to Trader Joe's you may want to add
this to your shopping basket....the BEST Ginger Snaps in the entire world
and the cookie mix will be served during Thanksgiving!!!!
Oh yes, we dip our Ginger Snaps in Strawberry Cream Cheese,
just like Mother did!
Divine I tell you......
It was the perfect weekend for our grandson's annual
ranch camp out with a few of his buddies...and this year.
Miss Abbie and her sweet beau Brennan took time off from
college studies to enjoy the weekend....
true Texas kids ...don't let the guns fool you....
nothing was harmed during this photo shoot!!!!
Over in Atlanta....son-in-law Jay prepared his
famous spaghetti sauce...
she married the true Italian and he makes the authentic Italian Sunday gravy....