Friday, November 13, 2015

Being Thankful for Sunshine and Turkeys!

I'm Thankful today and everyday...but today the sun is shining!

It's still trying to be Fall here in Chicagoland. Hard to think we will be sharing turkey and pumpkin pie in less than two weeks. We should be thankful for anything other than snow. Last year we had 10 inches on the ground this weekend. Many people did not get Christmas decorations and lights out last year because of the miserable November weather.

This year, most of the trees have emptied in Chicagoland with our continuous fierce winds and dry conditions. Our one maple has hung on and just this week began its Fall show, while the sister tree, branches to left in forefront is already empty.


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You can see the bushes are barely hanging onto any leaves at all. The forsythia and bridalwreath have still not turned and while everything else is empty. This entire year has been wierd, weather wise.


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I took these before 8am on Wednesday. The NEW chairs were my funky choice this year in bright lime green and the sun has already mellowed them. Love the matching one for the Grand.

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Hubby added a NEW resident turkey this year...and me a strange shadow....lol.

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Here I have clipped "mysterious" out of the picture. Turkey has a big pot of lemon grass and a real large pumpkin anchoring him down. The winds have been crazy this week. Power was out again last night.

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This is the front yard, despite three serious frosts, and my marigolds are blooming like crazy still. The NEW flower bed with perrenials around the tree is doing great. I planted 7 hostas and 4 coral bells and transplanted REDO a sedum and a large hosta. We will see how it looks in spring. Hubby totally did a REDO in composite (GREEN) of the front deck railings and stairway this year, I haven't taken complete pics yet, because he is still tweaking it. We are thankful it is almost done in time for Christmas.

For the inside, I'm thankful for these OLD antique images, which have been on my computer for a few years, I know they were free, but I have no idea where I got them from at this point, so simply enjoy! They are OLD postcards, at least 100 years old. It always amazes me how they can be so brilliant, still.

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I love this one...our house has been a gathering place for many the last few years. This year we will be only seven, which will be strange, no baking four to six pies this year, lol.

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This little pilgrim has such a sweet face. And the Turkey seems interested in the invitation to his demise, lol.



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I have done a REDO some of these images for cut-outs for the table. But, my last tote of Fall has been completely awol this year, I will probably find it for Easter.

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NOW that is PIE, as my family would say....Love the towel she has underneath implying it is hot, hot, hot!

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Another OLD image of a Pilgrim lady off to church. The small birds and pumpkins in the background. The cottages actually look pretty authentic to the sketches I have seen of OLD Plymouth. 

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This card is actually postmarked, LONDON, Ontario...1910...which is great. Love the golden wishbone. Now to the inside of the house.

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I have had to do a bit of decor tweaking after Halloween. Our house is small by today's standards, 1400 square feet. So, when the plants come in from the outside, it becomes smaller! Here is the REDO Christmas Topiary on the front table from an earlier post. Hopefully it will fill in for the holidays or I will be improvising. Hydrangeas in a silver tray, a velvet pumpkin and a mottled dried gourd from the garden share the tabletop.


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Two little owls, have already found some comfortable holes to reside in.


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Another new resident (My hubby has squirrel wars over the birdfeeders) so we have a taunting resident squirrel, who has moved in. He feasts from an OLD orange margarita glass filled with acorns the Grandbaby collected last year. Here, another plant has stolen the display area.

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He is quite smug and happy here, and can talk to his cousins through the front window.



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Last year the day before Thanksgiving, Hubby came home with these NEW pilgrims at 70% off and a huge resin turkey. The colors are perfect even though they don't fit under the china cabinet.


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The colors are beautiful, and of course they quite happy with my other decor. Huge dried squash from our GREEN garden, Indian corn in a pitcher and leaves. Sorry for the glare on the pumpkin plate, but this corner of the livingroom is simply too dark to attempt natural light pictures.




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I've kept the small arrangement and OLD silver tray. I may swap out the runner though.

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I still have my Fall Printout for the mirror up---a few GREEN baby butternuts from our fence have landed here. I will have to work on finding the apporpriate 'Be Thankful' to put on the mirror.

But, I  am very Thankful for our Sunshine and Turkeys and very THANKFUL for my readers. My blog is now registering followers after almost 5 months. So I'm up to seven, lol.  If you haven't followed, please click the blogger registery...so I have some idea. I know there are more of you...for sure...as my mailbox is full all the time. 

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7 comments:

  1. Lots of fall finery to enjoy around your house, Sandi! I just love that turkey postcard! As for followers, I bet you have many more thank you are aware of via RSS. I still haven't figured out how to track how many RSS Feed followers I have.

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  2. Loved seeing your Thanksgiving and fall decor. I also enjoyed the vintage Thanksgiving postcard images. So pretty!

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  3. Sandi that is such a beautiful tree that is still hanging on. We are all grateful for the good weather so far. Your decorating inside the house is adorable. I really like that little squirrel that is looking so proud of himself in the glass.

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  4. Your foliage is still so pretty! Ours is gone. You are so right about the weather has been a strange fall! Have a great week, Lynn

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  5. Nice to still have some flowers and foliage. Ours is gone and everything looks so bare. Love the pilgrim images and your green chairs! Thanks for linking up.

    Autumn blessings,
    Sandi

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  6. I like how you and your family embrace this season of Thanksgiving . Looks like your weather is not too harsh just yet. Your antique postcard pictures make me happy, maybe because that is how I still think of our Thanksgiving celebration.

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  7. I'm smiling! My hubby would never bring me home a set of pilgrims. He knows that I already have so darn many decorations. Oh but he did bring me home a metal rooster once and that really surprised me. Your foliage is beautiful. Our trees are pretty much bare now. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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