Saturday, October 10, 2015

Home Keeping: Time To Clear The Clutter!

This photo is from last year on our property.

I have three projects going right now.  Our fall fest on November 1st, a ladies tea on December 7th, and a design project with Joseph's mom.  They are building an addition and we are working on colors and decor for 4 bedrooms, and a huge laundry room.  

I enjoy all these things.  It is so fun to see them come together, the problem is finding a place for everything that is purchased for the projects.  My main issues are for the fall fest and the tea, I have bags stuffed in my closet!  I really need to sort through things in the storage areas, too,  but I am not going to do that today!

My main goal for today is my closet.  Then if I can, I will work on a corner in my bedroom.  Our room is so big that I tend to 'store' stuff in there, until it drives me crazy.

Organization does not come naturally to me, but I love a neat and tidy home.

What are you doing today?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Autumn: A List Of Favorite Things

 This is a house I pass nearly everyday.  Every year I look forward to the beauty of this tree.  It never disappoints.

Its time for our annual 'list of favorite things' for autumn!

1. Sunny days, cool nights.

2. Flannel sheets.

3. Pumpkins and Gourds.

4. Apple Cider.

5. Changing leaves.

6. Scarves.

7. Baking

8. Harvest time on the local farms.

9. Blanket throws.

10. Changing the scent of my candles from summer scents to autumn scents.

11. Changing out the bedding.

12. Adding seasonal color into our home.

13. Being outside in the beautiful weather.

14. Dinner on the deck.

15. Fall foliage drives.

16. Hosting our annual Fall Fest!

17, Wearing sweaters.

18. Boots.

19. Pea Coats.

20. Mums.

21. Bonfires.

22. Roasting hot dogs.

23. S'mores!

Now it's your turn!  Tell me your favorite things about autumn!

Same tree different angle.  LOVE!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Review: The Lost Heiress

I really enjoyed this book.  As I have mentioned recently that these days with lots of other reading for the kids schooling, I am only reading fiction for personal reading.  This book kept my attention with it's interesting storyline.

The premise is a young woman with a mysterious past, who has been raised in the palace of Monaco.  She is not the offspring of the prince, so whose daughter is she?

The book is set in 1911 and is very close to the time period of the first season of Downton Abbey.  Most of the story takes place in England among the aristocracy.

In the authors note at the end of the book she talks of how she wrote the first draft of this book when she was 13.  My own thirteen year old, who is a voracious reader, began this book on Saturday and finished it on Monday.  She LOVED it.  She would come and talk to me about it as she got to particular portions of the story.  I love that!

There is a bit of the upstairs/below stairs in this book, and that adds interest to the story.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who was looking for an interesting book, with mystery and intrigue.  It also leaves the end of the story in a place where the author could choose to carry the story forward with a different main character.  But that is all I'll say about that!

The publisher Bethany House provided me with the book in exchange for this review.  All the opinions are my own, and my daughters as well!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Autumn Evening

 I got to the mowing late today.  I finished up as the sun was setting.

 You can see the reflection of a tree that's changing color - the one on the left

 It's this same tree behind Sandi.  She is eating her evening hay.  

The chickens go out for a bit in the early evening.  

This is some of them last night.

As the evening comes on I like to light candles and make our cottage cozy and inviting.

There is a string of lights up on top of the kitchen cupboards
 That's where this plate lives

 But this one is on the piano

The girls like to color coordinate the books to the season, and decor.  You can see the lights here and some grapevine garland and autumn leaves.  They give a beautiful glow at night, and help to make our home welcoming even if it is only for us.

Do you make your home cozy just for your own pleasure?  I've always decorated for myself first and have found that others feel welcome as well.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Autumn Morning

 After a week of rain, we are thrilled to see the sunshine!

 The sky is so blue this morning, too!

On Saturday (my birthday), we all went to the Kinzer Fire Company monthly breakfast.  It is a fund raising breakfast and is a very popular event.  My dad is a volunteer with this company and gets up very early on the mornings of the breakfasts.  He picks up some of the Amish volunteers, and they get started very early.  Breakfast is from 6-10 am!  We decided we'd support the fire company and enjoy a big family breakfast!

 Emma, Kyle, Sarah and Kaitlin (my niece)

 Nate, Kyle, my dad Bob, some nice gentlemen, and Tim!  Kyle decided he had to be in the photo with the men too!

 Rachel and my mom, Phyllis.

Kamryn and Kayleigh.

God is so good to me and has blessed me with a big, loving family. We missed Lindsay and Joseph, but Lindsay had a strained leg and needed to work that day so they stayed at home resting.  I saw her yesterday at church and her leg was feeling much better.

Emma and I are going to lunch today, we just have to decide where to go!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Birthday Haircut

I know that some of you have seen this on my FB page already but my sister in law and mother in law don't have FB and wanted to see my hair cut.

What do you think?  I am loving it and I can do it curly or like this!  It's so fun.  My Mama loves it too, and so does Tim.

Happy birthday to me!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Almost My Birthday

That's tomorrow, but for today, I'm putting on my new raincoat and heading out for groceries!

 My new raincoat.  Its navy blue.

I've got warm, comfy boots, a tunic and leggings on as the high today is going to be 55 degrees and breezy with rain.  I'm all set now, though yesterday I didn't have a coat at all.

Since losing 50ish pounds, my jackets were way too big and given away during the summer.  I still need to find a wool pea coat.  I've seen a navy blue one and I am thinking of getting that.  I used to have a read wool coat and I LOVED it, but I was limited on what color scarves I could where with it.  The navy would be neutral, and I love the color.

I'm also trying out different styles of clothes.  I used to love a really classic look, and I still do, but I am liking a nicer casual look, too.  I feel youthful, so I want to be comfortable in my clothes, but I don't want to look like a teenager either.  When I was heavier I was very self conscious about what I wore, and now while wanting to maintain my dignity, I am willing to try something new.  Like leggings and long tunics.

I am getting a haircut today also.  It should have been done before the wedding last month, so you can imagine how straggly my hair is!  My hair stylist,  Julie, manages my baby fine, curly thinning hair very well.

I'm still not sure what the plan is for tomorrow.  We've had rain, rain, rain this week and with Hurricane Joaquin headed up the East Coast, likely, we'll be having more!  So outdoor activities are out!

Have a great weekend everyone!