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!
Our family has many traditions and one of them was,
no matter where we were,
we always traveled to my mom and dad’s and
then years later to my sister’s house,
to celebrate and be grateful for the love of family
and our many blessings at Thanksgiving.
Balsam Hill’s Fall Harvest Garland that I placed in the vintage tool box
along with two Balsam Hill Miracle Flame Pillar Candles,
brought back the flood of my Autumn memories,
As you can see, I did not use the garland in the traditional way,
as I folded the garland in half
and gently tucked it into the vintage tool box.
The vintage tool box always reminds me of my dad . . .
he was Mr. Fix It.
He could fix almost everything.
When my dad passed away, my mom said,
she not only lost the love of her life,
but she also lost her “handyman”
My dad was a patriot, a man of high integrity and values.
A World War II, and Korean War Vet.
A humble man who grew up on an Iowa farm.
A part of the Greatest Generation.
He instilled in us kids the love of country, family, and tradition.
Did you spy something in the bay window?
I love placing seasonal wreaths in this sitting area.
and the Charleston Wreath was a great fit for the room.
I love to use items in different ways, such as using the Fall Harvest Garland
as a centerpiece rather than draping it on a surface
such as a door or mantel. Dual purpose!
I chose the Charleston Wreath
as I knew I could also use it for Christmas.
This is how the Charleston Wreath looks in it’s original form.
As you can see, all that I did to enhance a Fall look to the wreath
was adding a ribbon of pretty Fall colors.
I must say that this wreath is so elegant
and filled with so many beautiful seasonal items.
As you may notice, the wreath twinkles
with the battery powered LED lights.
The wreath is such a generous size
that it is such a beautiful focal point in the room.
Below the wreath is an antique pie crust table
in which the brass lantern
contains the 9″ Miracle Flame Pillar Candle.
The flickering light is mesmerizing!
You will also see a blue and white bowl
filled with pinecones with an amazing pine scent
A faux pumpkin in a vintage blue and white cup and saucer.
I removed the plastic stem on the pumpkin
and replaced it with a real stem
that I had dried from last year’s pumpkins.
Love the added texture and form it brings.
My dining room hutch is filled with ironstone
and vintage blue and white china.
I filled an ironstone bowl with Autumn pretties.
Do the holidays and seasons evoke wonderful memories for you?
When I decorate my tree for Christmas,
many ornaments have a story to tell.
When I decided to decorate my dining room
from the beautiful Autumn Foliage Line
along with their Fall Decor line
so many memories of my dad’s love for this season
came to mind and I know he is
happy knowing that his traditions continue with our family.
I love this time of year; however, unfortunately,
I won’t be able to participate in it as much
as in the past. But it’s for a good cause! 🙂
I will miss going down to Florida for Thanksgiving,
as I have a chemo treatment 2 days before Thanksgiving.
Next year . . look out world, I’m back!!!
Now, to my most comforting, tearful, spiritual experience.
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Every once in a while, when sleeping on my back
I experience what they call Sleep Paralysis.
If you ever experienced that, you know, it is not pleasant.
Right after I went through the numerous doctor’s appointments,
tests, etc., prior to my chemotherapy,
I had that “experience”
I have not told this story to my family
as I know I would be crying with each and every word.
Now they can read it without having to hear me sobbing.
I was lying on my back, the paralysis overwhelmed me.
My right arm was at my side.
I felt as if someone was holding down my arm, my hand.
When this type of experience had happened in the past,
I find myself yelling for my hubby,
and this time was no different.
Lying there, not being able to move,
I felt my hand under pressure, being “held”
then I saw the vision. Of someone (no face) sitting
by me, just like my dad used to do when I was little.
I suffered from nose bleeds when I was a small child.
I would wake up in the middle of the night,
my pillow covered in blood. I always ran to my dad.
He would remedy my nose bleed and then sit beside me
until I fell asleep, singing and humming,
“you are my sunshine, my only sunshine”
When the “paralysis” was gone,
I had an overwhelming feeling of comfort.
It was my dad letting me know
that everything is going to be all right.
And it will.
HAVE A MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!
A few years ago, Balsam Hill sent me the beautiful
Fall items featured in this post.
All glorious reviews are happily and joyously my own.
Also!….I want to thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, comments, emails,
flowers, gifts and cards. I am overwhelmed.
And big hugs to my beautiful friends who took me out
last night to see Downton Abbey.