Friday, September 22, 2017

Welcome Autumn

It's a bit of a photo-heavy post but I thought I'd share my fall decorations.

Harvest Blessings welcome you at our front door and there are wrought iron pumpkins framing deliciously-scented fall candles on the hall tree.

These two hang from the doorknobs on the corner curio cabinets.

 Welcome Fall flags hang below baskets on either side of this plate rack sitting on a fall runner and surrounded by pumpkins, autumn leaves, and more candles.

Wrought iron and more candles on the coffee table - the house smells amazing!

A cornucopia bursting with fall foliage and there's more pumpkins and gourds in the basket on the shelf below.

Frosted fall fruit in the fruit bowl.

Crocheted fall doilies, made by Madame Cecile, the 90 year-old grandmother of one of the French officers who was stationed in this area a few years ago - I was gifted with a big stack of doilies in various colors.

Fall liners for my Longaberger baskets.

We used to feature this ghost in Sophia's annual Halloween photo to show how much she'd grown.

Scarecrow and pumpkin corner decor.

Snoopy - he has a switch that sets him moving across the floor - MudLynn was not too sure about the whole thing!

For those of you who have our email address, here we are as we3ghosts.

And finally, my tree -  Vic brought the larger one in from storage so I had to go out and buy the supplies to make more decorations to fill in the gaps.  I bought a long garland of leaves and pulled the leaves apart, hot-gluing them in clusters to a fall vegetable that I stabbed with a piece of floral wire.  All I need now is a fall tree skirt.

From the Family Photo Box Friday #3

Wedding Bells
Mum and Dad
Sylvia May Turner Evenson and Herbert Hendrix
March 31, 1956
Voluceau Chapel, SHAPE, Paris, France

Mum's dress was a dusky rose/mauve color.  I wish I had a color photograph.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Travelling on Thursday - Presidential Sites

I'll be backtracking over our visits to the Presidential sites here in Virginia.  This week we're going to James Monroe's Highland which we visited in April.

Highland is the historic house museum at the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.  In 1793, James Monroe purchased one thousand acres of land near Charlottesville.  His plantation was home to his family for nearly 25 years.

The home today consists of a one-story, three bay by three bay, original frame section connected to a two-over-two central hall addition by a short wide hall serving as a parlor. The addition dates to the mid-19th century.  The photo below shows the addition, known as the Massey House (John E. Massey purchased the property in 1867).  Recent research has revealed the archaeological remains of the 1799 house James Monroe and his family occupied while they lived here.  It would be in the foreground of the photo below.

There are several other buildings close to the house: an Overseer's house, ice house, and the slave quarters shown below.

There are also vegetable, flower, and herb gardens.

It's a beautiful setting for a fun and interesting day out.

Known for over a century as Ash Lawn-Highland and simply Ash Lawn, the estate returned to the name James Monroe used for his Albemarle County home from 1799-1823, Highland.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 9/18/2017

It's time for another Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Click here if you'd like to join in .

The weather:::

High 70s and mid to high 80s this week - ugh, I wish Virginia would get on the fall bandwagon!

On my reading pile:::
I'm still reading the second book in the Home Fires e-series, Keep the Home Fires Burning: A Woman's Work.

On my TV:::
Subscribed to BritBox so I'm watching it constantly - love my British telly - found all my old favorites and some new ones!
Outlander, Season 3, on STARZ

On the menu for this week:::

Salmon, shrimp, tilapia, pork chops - that's my shopping list for Costco so that's what's on the menu.

On my to-do list:::
  • Target and Costco Shopping
  • Make Name Tags for the Welcome Social
  • Set up for the spouses' group Welcome Social
  • Manicure/Pedicure
  • Welcome Social - Morning Event
  • Welcome Social - Evening Event
  • Pick up supplies for Vic's Birthday Weekend Away
  • Pack for Weekend Away
  • Weekend Away!

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Disney Album all laid out - journaling is next.  Went to a Stampin' Up Bingo event with Vic (we called it Date Night) and we each made two cards.  Decided to host a handmade Christmas Card Exchange with my Sisterchicks and I may just make more cards for the Magical Holiday Home Forums exchange as well so I need to decide on the design and order the supplies.

Looking around the house:::
Laundry, laundry, and more laundry.

From the camera:::

Vic kicking off his birthday celebrations at the Paradise Cove luau in Hawaii.

Something fun to share:::

Went to the Treasure Shop with Vic to see if the Butler's Table was still there - it wasn't but I found a cup and saucer from another collection I'd like to start.  It's Royal Albert's Four Seasons so I only have three more cups to find.  This one is Autumn.

What I'm wearing today:::
Nightdress - heading to the shower now.

Only two days left to sign up for the 11th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange here.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

11th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange - Registration is open!

Registration begins today for the 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange sponsored by The Enchanting Rose; you can find all the details here.  I had a wonderful time participating in the 10th Exchange, shopping for the contents of my package, meeting a new friend, and reading all about the various packages that were received.  If you like tea or coffee or any other hot beverage, this exchange is for you!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 9/11/2017

It's time for another Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Click here if you'd like to join in .

The weather:::

I was really hoping that a few days when the temperatures were cooler would herald the start of fall but no, we're back up in the 80s this week.  On a happier note, all my friends in Irma's path have marked themselves safe and most have power.

On my reading pile:::
The second book in the Home Fires e-series was released, Keep the Home Fires Burning: A Woman's Work, so I'm reading that at the moment.

On my TV:::
World Without End and The Pillars of the Earth on STARZ
Outlander, Season 3, also on STARZ

On the menu for this week:::

Vic's traveling so I have no clue what I'll be eating this week, most likely something thrown together at the last minute.

On my to-do list:::
  • Spouses' Group Board Meeting
  • Haircut
  • Vic's big birthday - that he'll probably let pass right by him!
  • Potluck Stampin' Up/Bingo event

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Spent Saturday at an all-day crop and worked on the Disney 1999 album, and then after I dropped Vic at the airport, I continued on.  I've worked through Days One and Two of Four, still have the journaling to do as I leave that until last.

Looking around the house:::

From the camera:::

I'm one third of the way through my collection of Royal Albert Flowers of the Month cups and saucers - I found January at the Treasure Shop consignment shop here on the base last year, Sophia bought me April from a consignment shop in Poulsbo, Washington for Mother's Day in 2016, I found May in Fredericksburg last weekend, and I spotted August at the Treasure Shop when I dropped some things off last week and it was still there when I went to the Grand Opening last Wednesday.

Something fun to share:::

Cute photo of The Duke of Cambridge taking Prince George to school on his first day.  Such a shame the Duchess was too ill to go along as well, I know she must have been so disappointed to miss this big day.

What I'm wearing today:::
Sundress, flip-flops.