Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

The Season in Stride

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

It’s not often I have the opportunity to get away for a few days, but whenever I do, I am so grateful.  This weekend gave me a chance to breath some mountain air in beautiful Lake Tahoe, on the border of Northern California and Nevada.  There is something about being in the mountains that forces one to appreciate the absolute beauty of nature.  Mountain air can’t help but clear the mind, lift the spirits, and fill the soul. 

Last year, the holidays were hectic for me.  My older brother was serving four months of military duty in Iraq.  So I invited my sister-in-law and her three young children to stay with us in order to distract from the absence felt from a husband overseas serving our country.  It was a very full house, filled with constant activity, but we did happen to make great memories.  This year, I want to approach the holidays in a different way.  I want these next months to be filled with quiet moments and simple pleasures.  This year, I want to slow down. 

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and so is the frenzied pace that seems to accompany the season.  Today, I decided to focus on what I want the holidays to be this year.  I began to create my ‘To Do’ list.  Not a list of mundane tasks, but a list filled with activities that live in the beauty of the moment.  So far, my List includes the following:  Bake something that is mouth-watering delicious.  Carve a fantastic pumpkin with my children.  Set an inviting Thanksgiving table.  Start a new tradition.  Create something stunningly beautiful for the season.  Remember Christmases past.  Have a truly magical moment. 

Today, I was able to check off one of the items from My Seasonal To Do List.

Seasonal Goal #1 – Take a Long Autumn Walk with Family

forest trees

Our country has so many scenic lakes, and Lake Tahoe is one of them.  We usually visit the lake in winter during the ski season, but this time we enjoyed the beauty of fall.  We had a great hike on Sunday, beginning at the vista of Emerald Bay.   

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Eeek !

Friday, October 16th, 2009

I’m not one of those people you’ll find decorating my home at Halloween with anything gory, although I know the teenagers love it.  I prefer the whimsical kid friendly version of Halloween, especially since I’ve got to look at it all day.  And so do my little ones.

So yesterday, I sent my cousin and her husband off to the Russian River Valley to taste more wine.  Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Road is a must see.  Meanwhile, I kept all four of our kids with me.  Together, we added some spooky decor to my home.  We made our own black cat out of painted pumpkins, created an arachnid invasion on the mantle, and cast a witch’s spell on the front porch.

eek up close

Come on along on the kid friendly tour.  And get ready to get spooked !

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Calling All Porch Decorators

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

No doubt, many of you are sprucing up your porches or balconies with festive gourds, pumpkins and wreaths.  My friends over at Front Porches Ideas and More have just featured a few of my front porch ideas on their website.  You can check out this feature on my fall leaves wind catcher, and also this feature on my glazed porch pumpkins

FPIM header

But here’s the much more important message.

Front Porch Ideas and More is sponsoring an Autumn Porch Decorating Contest where the first place winner will be given a $50 dollar gift card to Plow & Hearth.  They’ll also feature the winner for an entire week on their site. 

All you need to do is upload a photo and provide a description of your porch, your porch steps, your outdoor floral arrangement, or even just your decorated front door.  You can submit up to three entries.  The contest runs September 21st through November 1st of this year.  Go here for guidelines and for the entry form. 

Now’s the time to get that fall decor outside and take a quick pic.  Happy decorating!

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