Thursday, November 15, 2018

Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?

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Yesterday, Wednesday, I finished cleaning the entire China cabinet full of OLD dishes and figurines.

Most items I did in the dishwasher on gentle, but the glassware (not shown) was hand washed as were many of the figurines. Phew---that is a big job, and my legs ache from going up and down the ladder.




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The next project was the buffet, which I still need to add some lights to. This buffet is in our living room and stores all our dishes, and many serving pieces. The above cabinet has the  inherited Royal Copenhagen Danish Porcelain. I will be using this pattern for Thanksgiving. We are eating formal this year, as there will only be eight of us.

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The buffet is all American---well, nostalgia wise, anyway. I use garden natural gourds and corn to fill in around my 'Pilgrims and Turkey' that Hubby brought home for me two years ago. I do really love the colors---and it's fun to move them around from here to the table.

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The matching Pilgrims Lady stands guard for an OLD Vintage turkey plate, English(various potteries) Cottage serving ware. I do love these pieces, but a favorite is the NEWer Pumpkin Plate which is recent Better Homes and Gardens---and I purchased at a deep discount at Walmart.


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The OLD vintage glass candlesticks are from Jamestown which we visited in 1986, and we watched them being made at the glass blower. Corn and gourds. We had bright sun and this plate looks faded, but it actually has some rose tones instead of red. The little box with the cornucopia held food miniatures which have migrated to the Barbie room for their Thanksgiving!

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The huge platter is more yellow, green and blue on the brown transfer ware. This goes great with the English cottage pottery. The impressed American pottery saucer holds potpourri.

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The ANTIQUE pottery saucer is very old, probably late 1890-1910, and unmarked. I have a clay pipe from my grandfather---similar to those used by the Pilgrims. The potpourri is a cinnamon scent and the different pods, seeds and flowers look like Fall all natural elements.

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Here's a more accurate colored photo, I had to close a drape to get the light just right. There still is a beam of light bouncing from somewhere.

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One of our small garden pumpkins hides behind a cottage set of salt, pepper, and mustard. All the cottage pieces are marked England from different potteries.
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Behind them is a platter of hand-painted porcelain, probably from pre-1920. It is a true work of art, and the colors are beautiful for Fall. I love the matte gold handles, so subdued.

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These gourds have dried natural on the vine and have such interesting markings. I oiled them with vegetable oil when they were first dried to bring out the markings. I use battery candles here as the upper cabinets are very close to the buffet.


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Well this corner is finished--now, the kitchen, the table, and oh, yes, the FOOD! We did the bulk of our shopping last Monday, because you never know when there will be a snowstorm in Chicagoland, like TODAY!...
We have lots to be thankful for, and our Grand is coming for a sleep over this weekend. 

How are your holiday preparations going? 


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Midwest Gardening November 2018

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I enjoy seeing the changes of our yard as well as the rest of our area throughout the seasons.



Yesterday we had some brilliant sunshine, so I grabbed the camera and took photos of the yard just as it is. With Fall being so delayed, we had to scramble the last two weeks, not everything was accomplished, but maybe we will have another nice day.


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I've been in a bit of a mood, so my Fall decorating was confused, lol, and less than usual. Nothing I did this year was NEW, everything was a REDO or used.

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Since flowers were frosted in late October...I just shoved a few faux bushes here and there, for some color. Blowing leaves has been twice daily event.

 

It was noon, but the shadows were so long---and the sun is already low! That yellow pot had some flowers that just gave up. Have to put it in the shed! The urn will stay and hopefully I can do some Holiday decorating in it, if the dirt isn't frozen.

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Part of our Fall gardening---is chopping up all the leaves and dumping them into the flower beds. This is a GREEN thing to do. We do not burn leaves, they are composted or blown into the flower beds making great fertilizer and insulation for perennials. 
Yesterday Hubby blew the last of the leaves into the flower beds. Mostly from our Maple trees, they are colorful and dry already. They will provide a nice blanket for the plants.

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Very low key decorating here---we had flowers until the end of October and holiday greens will go out in a week or two, after Thanksgiving.

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I swear blow up decorations were designed by seniors---it took me 10 minutes to set 'TOM' up and put a spotlight on him. Even Chicagoland wind hasn't upset him. Look at the difference in the trees from a week ago...!

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I did arrange some leaf garland in the wreath. Echoing the Maple trees we have in the yard. An ancient plaid bow is a REDO...still a nice subdued touch.

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I put up our bird feeder flag and our lone scarecrow squats in a pot with a pumpkin over a battery light, a GREEN thing to do. It glows a bit at night.

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Our mailbox planter is finally dead totally. I will pull everything out next week, when I add faux greens for the Holidays. (GREEN REDO--Christmas trees'-branches from Garage sales or thrift stores are great for exterior decorating)

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Our bird feeders are empty. They have so much to eat on the ground from the plants around our house, we will start to fill the feeders with the first snow.


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Behind the garage is the pond---frozen with leaves imbedded in it. See the bits of white, that is snow from 10 days ago...we only got a half inch, but it stuck in shady areas. I didn't get the pond drained this year, and the turtle needs to go into the shed. We had such cold and wind here, we are lucky what we got stuff done!

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On the east side----near the concrete of our foundation is this Giant Sedum...frozen, but holding its blossoms and waxy now transparent leaves. Normally, I use these for Thanksgiving arrangements, not this year as they will thaw and crumble.


They are the last bit of color---

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We cleared the side patio and blew the leaves into the beds. 
My Dragonflies are the only color and the old OLD chair.

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We didn't get the garden tilled, but we did dump dirt from some of the pots---in places that need amended soil. Thirty-three years of amending soil...since it is crappy clay! Maybe by the time we are here 50 years...it will be good.

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Impromptu photo of leaves imbedded in the iced tarp over the sandbox. 

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I managed to drain and flip the pond. Hanging on is the marjoram, the front right. I picked so much and cut back so much and it is still growing.


So many branches down from our wind! The fire pit is full of them, this one landed in a fenced area.


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We have a low roof on this ranch house---it's noon and look how long the shadows are.

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I did get all the pots sorted and emptied and stored for another year...! They didn't get washed and bleached---it was just too, cold!

HOW HAS YOUR GARDENING...? There is always NEXT year!

Update: Today Noon



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This is snow starting which we weren't supposed to get.

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No sunshine, no long shadows.

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I hadn't notice we actually had berries on our Barberry bushes....the Pond frozen in cold stillness.

I think this little guy has the right idea...a good book and a cup of coffee. Only one more post for Midwest Gardening, in December. Happy Thanksgiving

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