Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy and savor each moment of your day.

All of my children have other plans this year so I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner. We are going to my husband's sister for dinner. In someways it is bittersweet. I don't have to shop and cook. But, I have always enjoyed cooking for my loved ones and watching them enjoy the food.

May you have a joyous day as you count your blessings.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Red Shoes

As a child born just after the depression I spent my summers going barefoot and new shoes were purchased when it was time to go back to school. So that they would last through the winter there was always plenty of toe room and a style that was tough enough to take lots of hard wear. This meant they were oxford style shoes in either black or brown. Oh my, how my little girl heart would pine for the bright red Mary Jane's in the store window.

So I wrote a little something for those of you who's little girl heart longed for a pair of red shoes and still leaps at the sight of just that right pair of shoes.

Red Shoes

I woke up this morning
and jumped out of bed.
I looked at the sky
it was all yellow and red.

I said to myself
I know what I'll do.
I will go and show Nena
My brand new school shoes.

I pulled on my jeans
slipped on a pink sweater.
Cuddling my new shoes
I was set for my journey.

I said to myself
I know what I'll do.
I will take the path
through the woods
and carry my shoes.

The leaves were so bright
they glowed in the sun.
I stopped at the creek
to squish mud through my toes.

Then I washed in the creek
so cold and so clear.
Then I hopped on one foot
to see how far I could go.

Soon through the trees
Nena's house I could see.
With pretty green shutters
and Nena waiting for me.

We talked about school
and my new friend Ann.
Then I showed her my shoes.
And she said Oh! My!

The toes are so shiny
so pretty and new.
Yes, red is just
the right color for you.

My closet in now filled with shoes of every hue that still make my heart sing. Some I haven't been able to wear for awhile because the heels are too high. But soon.

I hope each of you has some small thing that makes your heart sing.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall Deco

I know I haven't been around for the last couple of weeks but the beautiful Indian Summer we are having has allowed me to work in the yard. I am trying to make up for all the time I lost this summer while my hip healed.

I did do some fall decorating in the house and thought I would share with you before it is time to decorate for Christmas.
This darling little couple you see cuddled up under a pot of Autumn flowers is actually a music box. They sit on the buffet in my dining room.

These cute little guys have climbed a stack of books to see if they can spot any candy left from Halloween.

My mantel sports a few autumn leaves, some orange candles elevated on upturned wine glasses. And one of my favorite things to decorate with - unframed oils by amateur painters.
Mr. Scarecrow takes it easy while he guards the last pumpkin in the patch from atop the desk in the dining room.

Here a gourd filled with fall leaves is elevated above the dining table on a mirror that is resting on two vases filled with candy corn.

This cute metal pumpkin is dressing up the vintage sewing machine in my front entry.

Welcome to fall at my home.