I can't believe we are into November and Veterans Day is this weekend.
Special Thanks to our Veterans, young, old, here and gone.
My Dad (the blond) served in WWII in a Surgical Hospital unit. Here they are on previously held Japanese territory, somewhere in New Guinea or Philippines.
Our newest memorial in Washington DC, the WWII Memorial. Dad took a trip with HONOR Flight in his wheel chair in 2010.
Thanks to all who serve and their families too.
With only two more weeks to Thanksgiving, I'm fluffing the house. We live so informally in the Summer, it's nice to get out some lovely things, pull the slip covers off the furniture and change the table cloths. I'm low key on decorating as my home is already made for Fall. Deep sage green walls in the living room, woods the color of rust and a carpet that has every color of a wild field of grasses and leaves in Fall.
I used leaves on a rust silk runner. I pulled out some brass and silver (not yet polished for serving, filled everything with leaves, potpourri, and a few small pumpkins.
I'll be serving snacks, beverages, and dessert from this buffet, so I try and keep it simple this year.
And easy to move around.
I found this velvet owl in a thrift store last season and he just hooted his way into my basket. He's handmade and decked out in luxurious fabrics and ribbons. Huge brass buttons are his eyes.
The carafe and four glasses were a wedding present from 1968. I will fill it with a tawny port for Thanksgiving and after dinner.
The velveteen pumpkin is replaced with a live one, rescued from the freezing porch.
The arrangement is just a green leaves arrangement I move around the house. I love the ivy is all matte/dusty and full of tiny tendrils---I tucked colored leaves and a pumpkin stem and it's perfect for simple setting. Small white pumpkins fill in and set off another silver tray.
My gilded coffeepot was a gift from a friend, and I just love all the hand-painting on it. More silver and an old cake plate set off more leaves, potpourri and the few dried hydrangeas.
Candles with auto timers in them, are used in our dark evenings. I have two flame electric candles lighting up the buffet behind the glass and candlesticks.
This all makes a safe warm glow.
I had to bring my pumpkins in from outside, since it was 20 degrees or so last night.
I've rescued the plants and the witch scarves have disappeared. We have snow forecast for the weekend, so everything will look different next week.
We've had sunshine with this cold weather.
My faux foliage will survive, with the dried gourds. But this is par for this strange year of crazy weather. You can see, the leaves haven't really changed,
so they will probably fall after the frost, still green.
The front table is still ready, and the chenille pumpkin is still napping on the spinning wheel.
Lots of windows, dusting, cabinets to clean---still to go this week.
But I smell something baking...what could it be?
Next post maybe.
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