Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Backyard

I have been very busy this week, not sure what I have been doing but the weeks are flying by! I finally bought some mums for the flower pot on the front porch....they are small but I guess they will grow. I wasn't going to buy any but when I went to Lowe's and found them for 25 cents  each..... I would be foolish if I didn't buy them. I am usually very poor at getting things done on the outside of the house but great at decorating inside. This year I am letting everything slide, I think its the move. I am not interested in spending money on flowers if I am going to move!

                 The bushes are changing very fast in Western New York.

                                              Our gazing ball...I really love this!
                                       We bought it years ago.

                                                                    Our  Backyard


This is my backyard corner.....We bought that tree at Lowe's last year in October for $9.99! Planted it and prayed it would take...it is a flowering pear tree. It has little white flowers in the spring!

This is my other corner closest to the house. It is a perennial garden I started last year. These white flowers just bloomed.

                                             Our Pond

                  There are Koi, frogs, lilies and hibiscus flowers.
And of course, what is a pond without a pond dog. Her name is Chloe.....she loves outdoors!


She is a Maltese.

This is the front of our house.
I sure am going to miss it, but I know I will love the next house too!

By the way...we are moving to HOUSTON, TEXAS!!!! We just found out this weekend. We thought we were going to West Virginia, but the CEO said, Houston! I am very excited.....
Now all we have to do is sell our house!

Thanks to all of you who visit my blog and leave comments! I am encouraged by your words. It's what keeps me motivated during this difficult time in our lives.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An Unexpected Gift.......

Welcome to Sweetladyelaine!!!!!
So glad you stopped by...today is Tablescape Thursday and you know what that means! We get to look at all the beautiful tables that our ladies and gentlemen have created for us! I have to admit I do feel special when I look at all the beautiful tables. It truly inspires me to go the extra mile for my family and friends! Thank you to Susan at   BNOTP!!!!                    

Of course, there is a story as to why I am showing you this particular tablescape.  Well...its not really a tablescape but a silverscape. I need to back up a week...... I was in Goodwill looking at a silver tea/coffee set. It was missing a few pieces and a little expensive for me. You know how I love shiny!!!! So it was hard for me to pass up.....this past Sunday, doesn't God bless me.... my wonderful neighbor, Shelly, called and said she was cleaning her cellar. She asked me if I wanted a silver tea set! I said yes and here it is.....

My heart sang when she carried it over all wrapped and not even touched. She got it as a wedding present 15 years ago and it sat in her cellar! In the original box!!!!! I felt so BLESSED!

                     The flowers are picked from my .25 cent pots.

This is my good china, Royal Prince Albert and the pattern is Country Roses. We bought in England and had it shipped here. I have a place setting for 12.  

The candle votive I bought at the Christmas Tree store recently. For some reason I couldn't keep this one lit. The runner on the silver tray is from Goodwill. The runner on the buffet is from Tuesday Morning.

God has given us a wonderful neighborhood to live in with dear friends...I will truely miss them when we move.

And so my friends, my new silver tea and coffee set will have a new home on my buffet until we move into a new house. Excuse the  plastic bag it is my chandelier waiting to move into a new home.

I hope you enjoyed my silverscape!!!
Thank you to our host Susan at Between Naps On The Porch.  A  Special Thank you to all the tablescapers who visit and participate in Tablescape Thursday. 

Remember to put God first in your life!

Have a great week.....
Blessings my friends,

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Hi Everyone,
Hope everyone had a great week!

Did you sit at Jesus' feet this week? I am sure you spend a lot of time looking at tablescapes, I hope you spent at least a moment with the one who created you? It is important. What we put in our hearts and what we think about matters. Talking with the Lord needs to be as necessary and consistent as breathing. We must practice His presence in everything. Are you careful about what you read, watch on TV, music you listen to and people you hang out with? Do they encourage you in Godly ways? Did you know that what you allow to seep deep into your soul will affect your love relationship with Jesus and your relationship with those around you.

When we neglect our relationship with the Lord, he doesn't give up on us. (thank heavens!) He tries to get our attention any way He can. Sometimes the only way He can do that is through pain. C.S. Lewis says "Pain is God's megaphone." Try to spend some time with Him today. He's worth it! Your worth it!  Spend time with our Father who loves you.

Well, I have struggled again this week....
I have to do a tablescape????.....No that's not the reason....
I hate...HEAR ME......HATE......Orange!!! I have struggled likeing this color since my grandmother made me an afgan in the 70's of  orange, rust, gold and green! I have hated orange forever! It is so yuck to me....I know, I know.. some of you love it. I have read your posts... but not me!
Every fall I struggle trying to stay away from that color as much as I can. I try to bring in golds, brown and red. Any color but Orange!
Don't get me wrong I like fall...just not Orange!!!
Soooo, I have to try and make everything look fallish without the Orange. Make no mistake, I do have orange pumpkins. You saw my centerpeice for my kitchen table. I just think that's enough! PUMPKINS! If you look back at my centerpeice I used some red apples!
I have to scour the stores for fall decorations with more red than orange. It does make life a little difficult but it is the HUNT that I love! Isn't that the truth!!!
I haven't decorated too much this year because we are selling our house and I don't want to offend anyone. Notice I did not say I put out Halloween decorations, I said Fall. I don't do Halloween decorations. Although, I do give out candy to the neighborhood children and my neighbors are all invited to dinner! It is a fun time!

So are you dying to see my tablescape??????
It is simple but NO... VERY LITTLE ORANGE!!!!

                    We are in the family room at the round table.

  The pumpkin plates are from Walmart last year. I use them as dessert plates but here they are used as salad plates. The napkins I bought at Goodwill.

The plates are Tam O'Shanter ( 1949-1958), I bought them at Goodwill. The placemats are micro-fiber tea towels from the Dollar Tree. I have to admit I get mixed up as to where I bought the plates..it's either AMVETS or Goodwill.

My centerpeice is a white Hobby Lobby pumpkin, leaves, apples and beaded fruit from The Experience in Schenectady, New York.
The pumpkin votives are from AMVETS. The centerpeice sits on a  silver tray. The wine glasses are from Tuesday Morning a few years ago.

The candlesticks are all different and were bought at AMVETS and Goodwill. I also bought the candles there too! The one in the back is  crooked. lol

                                 Overhead view of centerpeice.

See, I told you not too much orange!

Thank you for stopping by....A HUGE WESTERN NEW YORK Thank you to Susan for hosting this event from BNOTP! Please stop by her post and visit some of the beautiful tablescapes! See you all tomorrow at BNOTP for another fabulous Tablescape Thursday!!!!

Thank you to all those who stop by and leave me such encouaging comments. I read and appreciate each and every one. Thank you!
Until my next post...
Blessings my friends,