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November 21, 2017


I know December is supposed to be the busier month and November the more laid back, pre-holiday, dream and plan month but that hasn't been true around here.  It seems October ended with a relaxed little gathering of girlfriends and November rushed in with wave after wave of busy days.

Not that I'm complaining...at all.  It has all been good stuff including time with friends and family, many shopping trips, meals out and plenty of house and garden work.  That's why I'm hoping to finish all my Christmas prep work before December 1st so that I can just cruise through my favorite holiday season without too much to get done everyday.

I have been so careful (but severely tempted) not to rush through Thanksgiving and have not put up one single Christmas decoration.  I love what Thanksgiving represents and this year I am blessed to be hosting my kids, their kids and their significant others around the table and I am going to savor every minute of it.

My oldest daughter is moving to Virginia for four years in the spring (her husband is in the Navy) and I don't know when I will get this opportunity again so I have planned and prepped to my hearts content and now that it's only a couple of days away I am having to remind myself that all families are imperfect (most of all me) and not to expect too much.

I have indoor and outdoor activities for the adults and kids planned plus a little gift at the end of scavenger hunt for each of my grands.

I know, I know...just go with the flow and be thankful we are all healthy and happy.  But I'm an eternal optimist and secretly...I still hope.

Just in case you haven't come up with a table centerpiece yet, I'm sharing how I put mine together with things from around the house and it was FREE!  Just one more thing to help make the day even more special and one to remember.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friends!

xo, Patty

October 27, 2017


I invited a few girlfriends over for little Halloween gathering last night and I wanted to share all the festive decor I came up using mostly Dollar Tree or hand crafted goodies.  This shin dig has been in my head and the preparation stages for over a month so I've had plenty of time to gather a little of this and a little of that plus come up with a crafty gift or two for my guests.

The list maker in me loves a little party planning and this get together was no exception.  After

October 11, 2017


I haven't always embraced Halloween.   There was a time when I was careful to go the "cute" route with happy pumpkins and bales of hay (not that there is anything wrong with that) sticking to what would naturally occur in my decor.

Halloween decor

Maybe it's having grand boys around or maybe it's just not really caring as much what my house

September 27, 2017


I finally finished the last of the Fall decorating around the cottage over the weekend and now I can't wait to share it with you.  I love the colors of fall because they blend so beautifully with the existing color scheme of our home.

The biggest change this year is the hint of robin's egg blue I tried to incorporate into my mostly

September 21, 2017


One of my favorite things about fall is getting back to bible study at church.  We have just started Beth Moore's Entrusted study and I can already tell it's going to be a good one...convicting in all the right ways.

I wanted to give the ladies at my table a little something to encourage them to hunker down with the

September 15, 2017


It's finally beginning to feel a little bit like fall and I've started to put out a few things to celebrate the change of seasons.  I saw so many things I loved at Hobby Lobby, Target and the Dollar Tree that I had a hard time waiting for the weather to cool down before decorating for Autumn.

I bought a bag of pumpkin flavored coffee at Cost Plus World Market and lit my pumpkin spice

September 6, 2017


Am I the only wishing fall weather would make an appearance or are there some of you feeling the cool crisp air outside and sad to see summer end?

I have been sneaking the fall decor ever so discretely in around the house hoping no one walking in