I need to tell you something today…something I have been wanting to say for awhile. Blogging has been very difficult for me this year. There, I said it. With my husband retiring, his schedule changed, which in turn, changed my schedule. The alone-time, (the me-time) the time my creativity really needs, has been rare. I started the blogging year off full-steam-ahead, but I really seem to have burnt out after our daughter’s graduation party in May.
My father-in-law was ill for over a year, and then he passed away late in the summer. Then we were on the road traveling on and off for many many weeks. That did not leave much time for decorating.
I grew up loving interior design – drawing houses and planning rooms from as far back as I can remember. I would get thrilled when the Sears catalog would come in the mail, and I could dream about new bedspreads, furniture, and dishes. But this year, for the first time ever in my life, I did not even want to decorate. That was so not like me.
I even wrote a “Final blog post” telling all of you thank you for reading and good bye. But I could never quite make myself publish it. 🙂
And now I am so glad I never did. Because you see, those creative juices started flowing again in October. I actually got excited about Halloween! Crazy, huh?! Perhaps it was all the cozy fall things in the displays…pumpkin-everything, pillows, and blankets…all those things that remind us of the beauty of this season and the comforts of home. (Or maybe it was just all the candy on the shelves! 🙂 )
Whatever it was, it worked, and I was able to joyfully decorate and have fun for Halloween. Then October passed, and it was time to change things out for November. When I do this, I normally put all decorative things away from the previous month and start from scratch, but this month, I decided to do something different. I just transitioned to the new decor. (Are you scratching your head and asking, What in the world is the difference in “transitioning” and “changing”??)
You see, October had a color scheme of orange and black. For November I kept all the orange, and simply changed out all the black for brown. Transitioning for me means keeping some things. I also kept all the pumpkins and mums (well, the mums that were still alive. I did replace the dead ones. 🙂 ) And I merely added nuts in with them. Anyway, this was so much easier than starting from scratch as I have done in the past.
Of course, Christmas will be a whole different project which won’t lend itself to easy “transitioning,” but this was nice for November. And speaking of Christmas, I have to tell you this…
I happened to be in Home Goods earlier this month, and I asked a salesperson, Where are all your Thanksgiving things? (This was like November 2, and I was looking for just one pillow.) They jokingly replied, Don’t you know we just skip Thanksgiving now. We go straight from Halloween to Christmas, and of course, in some stores, you have Halloween AND Christmas at the same time. Of course they were being funny, but there is a good bit of sad truth in what they said.
As a society, we do seem to rush right past Thanksgiving. But I don’t want to do that. We live in one of the most blessed nations in the world – regardless of our political and religious beliefs. We should be thankful for that. We are a nation with freedoms that so many other places on this planet do not have the privilege of enjoying. We are a fiercely opinionated people – a freedom we should not take for granted.
And with that freedom, we are allowed to voice our thoughts because we all want to be heard. I think that is a basic desire of every person…to be heard..to know that you matter. This blog, where I can show you my creativity and share my thoughts, is my place to be heard, and I can tell by reading your many comments (some often lengthy!) you want to be heard as well. 🙂
So in this month of giving thanks, I want to say thank you for choosing to spend some of your precious time here and giving me the gift of being heard. Not only does this blog allow me a place to express my thoughts, it also provides me a connection with so many of you, and it gives me an outlet for my creativity – something I have found I really need in my life.
Whew! Got all that? 🙂
Okay. Let me talk about the house a minute, since that is what this blog is supposed to be about, and this is supposed to be a Thanksgiving tour. 🙂 We are only coming in the front door and going through the foyer and family room today. In part two, we’ll go in the other door and see the dining room and kitchen.
I am really liking all the orange and brown this year. In fact so much so that I will be sad to change it all to red for Christmas! Fall has been verrrry slow to get here, which must be why we are all appreciating it more this year.
Just using pumpkins, nuts, and other things from nature seems perfect for this season. Don’t you agree? And mixing it with the soft glow of candlelight is even better. 🙂 It makes the room so much more cozy – which is how I want our home to feel, especially in autumn.
If you were here I would have you sit in this comfy chair and serve you a cup of hot percolator punch spiced with cinnamon and cloves.
I would offer you that hospitality because I want you to know that you matter and because I want to thank you. Thank you for following along here through all my travel posts. Thank you for reading even when I am burnt out from talking about houses. Thank you for understanding when I don’t reply to all your comments because life gets in the way of blogging. (But know that I do read all of them!) Thank you for allowing me a place to be heard, and thank you again for your friendship. I do not take your presence here for granted. You are important and appreciated. 🙂
But since I cannot have all of you over to my home and serve you a hot beverage, I have put together a little giveaway that I think is perfect for Thanksgiving. 🙂 The winner will receive this book that is part journal, part guest book. It is a sweet way to record some of the blessings you and your guests are grateful for through the years.
And this book of quotes by my favorite author, Jan Karon
(who is working on another Mitford book due out in the fall of next year. 🙂 )
And just for fun, a box of Table Topics cards for you to share with family and friends around your table. (I have the original red boxed set, but I am giving away the Family Gathering version.)
And finally, a $25 gift card from Amazon.com, just so you can choose something for yourself.
(A new cookbook, perhaps?)
To enter, simply leave a comment on any post (on the website – not an email reply to it) that publishes between 11/11/16 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, 11/17/16. You may leave a comment on all the posts that publish in that time frame for more chances to win, but please leave only one comment per post. I will do a random drawing after the close of the contest and announce the winner in the next post that publishes after that date.
And that brings us to the end of part 1 of this year’s Thanksgiving tour. I hope you have a restful weekend and enjoy some of the beauty this season has to offer.
Until next time…