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Happy Birthday Davis

Every now and then I deviate from my normal blogging and stop and celebrate someone very important in my life.  This is my grandson, Davis.  He turns 14 today.  There are lots of pictures. I just couldn’t stop.

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This is my beloved grandson, Davis.  He is 14 years old today.  He is 6 ft. tall and wears a size 12 shoe. Happy Birthday Davis.  There is so much I want to say about you.  I want to say how hard you have challenged yourself to accomplish such high scores academically.  You are very smart but you have worked very hard.  Congratulations! Oma is so proud of you.  I am most proud of your character…you are the most honest person I know.

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You and I have always had a deep bond.  You have been able to make Oma feel better when she needed a hug or when we wink at each other, we know what we are saying. There is no way I can tell you how much I love you.

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You have always been so handsome!

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A great reader!

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Just a few pictures through the years of my amazing boy!

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You have always been so good to your sister, Maddie!

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You and Papa have a deep bond also. We both love you so much!

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Mom has made us wear that silly birthday hat forever…but we really love it.

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Last year’s birthday! WOW

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Davis is on the Asheville Rowing team.  He is extremely dedicated to his sport and to his team.  His team has won the Gold at Chattanooga and Oak Ridge and brought home the Silver at High Point this Fall.  They were only 10 seconds behind the winner at High Point.  The work they put into this is amazing to me.

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Davis has on the visor.

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Rob and Jenn, Davis’ parents, at the Regatta at High Point.

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Maddie and Bentley too!

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Oma and Papa there too!

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Way to go team. Won the Gold. Lots of hard work!

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Keep your dreams alive.  Keep working hard.  Keep having fun! Have a Happy Birthday.  I love you!   Oma

Come Inside-More Fall Decorating

Lord, thank you for all the blessings of life. I pray that our home will always reflect Your Love to all who enter.

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Come inside. I have done a little fall decorating.

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Thank you Mother for showing me what really matters.

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Sitting Room on right when you enter the foyer.  Maddie calls it the waiting room.  It amuses me that she thinks of it as a waiting room.

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Pillows and throws add some fall to this room.

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The other morning I found this chair was wearing pigtails. Do you have any idea who might have thought this chair would be cute with pigtails?!

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This old  China Man is a valued piece left to me by a friend who died of breast cancer about 25 years ago.  She taught me a lot about living.  I think of her every day.

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Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful Fall day!

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Looking into Dining Room from Sitting Room. Cooking up a new tablescape.

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This restored piece in the dining room sits by the China Cabinet. I change this around from time to time. I love all these candles.  There is usually a candle or two burning all the time.

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Going into Great Room.

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This is me….blanket and Southern Lady magazine. Comfort!  Pillow says “It’s Fall Y’All”.

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The colors and textures of fall.

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My coffee table arrangement with pumpkin, candle and dried hydrangeas.

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Fireplace in Great Room. I picked these flowers from Trader Joe’s and placed a little matching pumpkin beside it.  I have since changed the flowers to dried hydrangeas.  Bob and Jenn like the hydrangeas and say they should stay.

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Jenn gave me this cross the first time she came to this house. It has a permanent home here.  I am in the picture also.  Will I ever learn?!

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Can you believe how beautiful these velvet pumpkins are!  They were a gift.

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This is my favorite piece of furniture…Mother’s loveseat.   We talked a lot about me getting this. I brought this to my house at Easter and she was able to see it in my house. Grateful she was able to see it in my house!

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This is just about all I can get together for one showing.  More to come as the holidays approach.  Thank you for your visits, your calls and texts.  Much love to all of you.

Dianne

 

Pumpkin Orange, Red Truck and a Burst of Brilliance

Welcome friends,

My tablescape is set for two.  I have never used this much orange in my decorating and I can’t believe how warm and inviting this feels to me.  I really don’t want to put it away.

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While I was doing this table, Bob surprised me with this cute red truck.  Of course the red truck had to be part of the autumn celebration.

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This urn was a gift from Connie.  I kept admiring it at her house and one day she wrapped it up and gave it to me.  I have filled it full of autumn colors.

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I am using my  blue and white plates.  The salad plates are Primagero and the pumpkin bowls are Chantal.  I plan to fill these bowls with cauliflower soup…perhaps it doesn’t sound all that good but delicious.

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The cloth on the table is a birthday present from Connie.  Quite beautiful and it has the word Orange written on it.

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These cute little footed cups are by Potters Studio.  At our house they are used mostly for drinking hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream on top. Anthropologie stocks these from time to time.

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The orange cloth and the orange pumpkins and the predominately orange floral arrangement has been a burst of brillance that has brought so much joy to me. And also definitely the red truck!

Thank you for joining me today.

Dianne

Decorating our Knee Wall and Beauty I’ve encountered this week

Hi Friends,

I have enjoyed decorating the different parts of our home this fall season.  The natural elements that are growing in front of my eyes is like a gift.  Our shrubbery and hydrangeas make a beautiful background for our knee wall but I added pumpkins and colorful leaves and even a few feathers.

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This is what I mean by natural elements.  Color just crawling down my weathered fence near my evergreens.

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I visited the Chanticleer Inn and enjoyed the beauty of their water features.

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These mushrooms are unbelievable.  They are huge. I thought they were flowers. These were located at the base of a tree at Lake Julian. I go there every day to take Davis to his rowing class.  Wish I could give you a proper name for these mushrooms.

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Goat cart filled with autumn beauty.

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I just loved this water feature with all the rock.  I bet Bob could do something like this.

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A beautiful door and stone wall at the Chanticleer Inn.

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My geraniums refuse to give up in spite of my neglect of them…so beautiful in this sunlight.

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I  hung these pumpkins on the tree….I am all about the pumpkins.  Even this little artificial swag is sweet to me.  I have an affinity for this time of year that I can’t quite express.  I think the years on the farm with Mother and Dad and their love of the land and all it produced is a huge part of it.

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I think its just about fall y’all! Thank you for sharing with me.  

Dianne

Our annual Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Days of Joy

Saturday was our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch.  The weather was perfect. It was a wonderful day!IMG_0026.JPG

Yes, that is Bob with the wheelbarrow taking care of everybody’s pumpkins!

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These four went through the Corn Maze.  It is a 5-acre Corn Maze.  Oma stayed back still recovering from torn muscle in the knee area.  They came out unscathed but looking for cold apple cider for refreshment.

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Maddie is driving Grandad’s truck.  I sorta feel bad for her passengers.  They are on their knees to get a picture.  I took the picture but Maddie was clearly in charge of keeping them in their seats.

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Oma with Maddie and Davis sitting in the pumpkin patch.  I absolutely love this day.

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This was 2016.

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2016 with my daughter, Jennifer

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Back to Saturday…Bob and I are having a little ice cream treat and enjoying our day. 

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The passengers look like they are having fun.

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Happy Monday.  Hope you have a wonderful week.

Dianne