11/10/16

Happy Fall from the Cottage

The cottage on Greene is feeling and looking cozy these days.

Especially with fall showing up all over the place.

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I just love wall hangings don’t you? This find,from a mountain trip years ago, was in storage. When I ran across it in a box, it screamed “take me, take me, take me to the cottage on Greene.”

And here it is, hanging in the hallway near the book case and looking not so lonely anymore.

 

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And not too far away in the living room……..

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And scenes in the dining room…..

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More touches of fall

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When the wall saying was complete, the cottage became a home.

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11/7/16

My heart, my soul

Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to add posts for a few weeks. My heart was missing the connections with all my faithful readers. You may not post comments, but I know you’re there!

 

 

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My soul was saying “be still and accept.”  Acceptance that for now I was not to be frustrated with my broken blog and I was to breathe and accept that in time it would be up and running again.

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And with acceptance, I could focus on the projects at hand; such as searching for furniture, painting furniture, repainting furniture, hanging window coverings, taking them down because they didn’t work for me and all the other things that go into making the Cottage on Greene a home.

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I could spent the time fretting over those things I can’t control or I could let it go and enjoy the fall before it was gone. Fall is my favorite season to be outdoors.

And outdoors I was; for a day of hiking and picture taking in the mountains.

 

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You can tell by the smiles on these three, I wasn’t the only one that needed to “be still and accept.”

 

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While the four of us were enjoying the beauty of the day, I was reminded of the prayer that will always bring me back to “be still and accept” , whatever it is.

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference. 

 

11/3/16

Pumpkins, Peppermint and Pinto Beans

What’s all white, comes in a jar and smells sooooo good?

(answer later)

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The search is on. Starting in September , as soon as the shelves are being stocked with  harvest garland, pinecone wreaths, red pumpkins, white pumpkins, green foam pumpkins and gourds…..and as soon as I see aisles of “Give Thanks”  wall hangings and colorful cornucopia paper plates, my heart skips a beat and my nose is on alertĵ

Will this be the year?…..

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My favorite all time candle scent can only be found this time of year, if at all. There have been years when the search comes up empty. But I am an eternal optimist and am not deterred by the occasional disappointment.

And I am not disappointed this year. I found Peppermint scented candles at Michaels.

The answer to….what’s all white, comes in a jar and smells soooooo good.

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Mingled in with scents of Fall; pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon,  will be Peppermint Lane.  I will not be waiting till Christmas for this.

It is quite lovely with the fall colors and decor.

 

 

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And what goes with pumpkins and peppermint candles? Well that would be a pinto bean and cornbread supper with a special lady who aids and abets my addiction to decorating over the top for fall. She’s always giving me something she saw while shopping and thought of me. She is a sweetie.

My low maintenance daughter’s favorite supper is easy and simple. Pinto Beans and cornbread.

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What could be simpler than supper cooking in a crockpot. I get more time to decorate and set the table, creating the ambiance for the evening.

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My grandmother’s silverware, which is usually in storage, was brought out for the pumpkin, peppermint and pinto bean supper. The pattern is called “Precious”.
“Precious” is a Roger’s International silver flatware from 1941. It is beautiful and should be used more often.

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While on my ‘’”peppermint high”, I just couldn’t help myself and I took more pictures of the scenes of autumn.

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I can not explain why I am in love with Peppermint candles, it’s just the way it is.

Some things aren’t to be questioned, just accepted.

 

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I’m not fond of eating peppermint or decorating excessively with it at Christmas.

But peppermint scented candles are  irresistible and I’m not looking to do anything to change that.

I bought enough Peppermint Lane to see me through to the New Year!

We all need that one thing, no matter how simple,  that makes our eyes light up with the joy it brings to our hearts or, in my case, my nose.