Fall Memories and a Spiritual Experience

Today, I am having one of my best days 

since my chemotherapy treatment.  I am not 100%,

still with fatigue and such, however,

well enough to sit at the table

and write to you my dear readers.

I had a truly amazing spiritual experience one night,

that involved my dad.

That overwhelming experience I will explain

at the end of this post.

Because this experience involved my dad, I remembered

a post that I did a few years ago honoring him.

Autumn is a very special time for me and my family.

It was my dad’s favorite time of the year,

a time of harvest (he was an Iowa farm boy) and

Thanksgiving, when all of the family

and extended family gathered together.

My Dad once said, that if he won the Lotto,

the very first thing he would do,

was to buy a house that had a very, very large dining room,

so that the entire family

could sit at one long table.

At a table where we would laugh till we cried,

telling our stories that sometimes our parents never heard!


Dining Room Centerpiece - Balsam Hill Garland - Housepitality Designs


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My Life’s New Challenge

Hello Dear Readers, Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn. A turn that for me, that I thought I would have never, ever, faced. Not in a bazillion years. We all have those bumps in the road. But for me, it is a “lump” in the road. My Life’s New Challenge. But hey!…I love a challenge […]

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One of My Favorite Fall Home Tours

How to create Fall inspired rooms with French Country decor. A Fall Home tour. Hello Dear Readers! A few years ago, I participated in a A French Country Fall Home Tour  presenting  my former Great Room      

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Hickory Cottage Update Part 5 and Taking a Break

Hello Dear Readers! Hope you are having a fabulous week! Things are moving along at Hickory Cottage. They started placing the shingles on the roof and once the roof is complete, they will be starting more work on the interior. But first, let me show you another treasure I found at the consignment shop, Always […]

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Seashells, Flowers, and Wabi-Sabi

Hello Dear Readers! Today you will see how I created a box of memories of a summer past for  the sweetest little girl who finds beauty in the most imperfect things and treasures them as many who would not. Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms, when I join my dear flower friends, Lidy, Mary and Pam […]

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Hickory Cottage Update Part 4 and an Estate Sale Find

Hello Dear Readers! Hope you had a most wonderful week and weekend. Mine has been very busy with the house and a tournament thrown in last week too. I did manage to get to a most amazing estate sale this past Saturday. Today we have the Hickory Cottage Update Part 4 and an estate sale […]

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Hickory Cottage Update Part 3 and Consignment Find

Hello Dear Readers! Things have been moving along at Hickory Cottage. That also means that I have been really busy with so many selections/details for the house. My main project this week is to do the final selections for the kitchen and bathroom fixtures. In the meantime, when in the neighborhood, I visit my fav […]

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Summer Peaches and Flowers

Hello Dear Readers! Hope you are having a great summer and magnificent Monday. Mondays can truly be magnificent especially when it’s a Monday Morning Blooms Day when I share some fabulous floral inspiration along with my fantastic floral friends, Lidy, Mary and Pam. I am always in awe of their most beautiful and creative floral […]

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Hickory Cottage Update Part 2 and Vacation Tidbits

Hello Dear Readers! I am back from a 9 Day whirlwind vacation. We covered lots of sights and states and had a fabulous time. When we returned,  the house had really come along. Our builder is in full steam ahead mode…. so today it’s a Hickory Cottage Update Part 2 and Vacation Tidbits. But first […]

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Decorating for Summer with Transferware

Hello Dear Readers! Summer is all about wonderful vacations to the beach or to the mountains for those who prefer the beautiful vistas and fresh mountain air . . .  or your very favorite place to be . . .   perhaps a getaway you travel to every year, or a new adventure to an […]

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