Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Christmas Wish...

                         From Our House To Yours,

                                                 Wishing All A Very Merry Christmas!

May we all find the Magic of Christmas as we did when we were little children.
May that Magic fill our hearts always!!
xo,  Sue

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Paperwhites in Time for Christmas

Happy Almost Christmas Everyone!

         Here we are down to the last few days. Sometimes these days are the busiest.
The house is all decorated, the presents are wrapped and most important the paperwhites are in bloom. I held my breath waiting for these blubs to bloom in time for Christmas. There were days it looked like nothing was happening...and then there was no stopping bloom after another.  I am always a little doubtful. I think the fact that I talked to them every morning helped! It's hard to believe something so beautiful could come from something that is so easy. All it takes is patience.
They are well worth the wait. They never disappoint!!!


Friday, December 15, 2017

"It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas"

 Hello Everyone!
     Well, here we are 10 days until Christmas! I know, how did the time go so fast? Wasn't Thanksgiving just yesterday? I know for me, there never seems to be enough time. But this year we started decorating a little early with the intention of saving some time to enjoy the season. Well you know what they say about the best of intentions!!! It seems that I'm never done! I always seem to find one more ornament to hang on the tree or one more Christmas item I just have to buy at Home Goods.
So today I am taking a pause....
When I mentioned enjoying the season what comes to mind is our family trip to New York City.
I don't know just when it started, but it became a family tradition. We would take the train into the city to enjoy the excitement that New York City offers at Christmas time. The beauty of the store windows that are decorated for the holiday. Macy's has a whole floor of decorated Christmas trees. I  so look forward to seeing those trees. They are so beautiful.  They inspire me! I can't forget the smell of chestnuts roasting,or the sound of the bells ringing by the street corner Santas. We would always visit Saint Patrick's Cathedral which was filled with what seems like a million poinsettias. It's a sight to behold.  Just the hustle and bustle of the shoppers on the city streets brings excitement. At the end of the day we would make our way to Rockefeller Center to see the lighted Christmas tree. Now, I can't say enough about the beauty of this magnificent tree. It is truly a sight to see.  It's one of those things you cannot describe in words or even pictures. It is so beautiful it takes your breath away! This one day in New York City at Christmastime would give our family that feeling of warmth that only Christmas can give.
Just thinking about all our trips to the city for Christmas brings me back there. They are great memories!  This is my favorite time of the year!
       I believe my love of Christmas is what makes me enjoy decorating the house for Christmas.
Let me share some pictures with you.....

                                                                      Living Room Tree

                                                               Christmas in the kitchen

The dining room table set with the Christmas china. The centerpiece of Paperwhites. I planted the bulbs the beginning of December. I can't believe how well they're growing.I will take another picture when the Paperwhites come into full bloom. They should be in bloom by Christmas.

                                                Hot chocolate station with all the fixing

                                                               Guest Room Tree
May we all enjoy the Christmas Season!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!
      Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! It goes by way too fast!
Our holiday did not turn out as planned!
Our son and his family were traveling to our house this year for Thanksgiving. We shopped, we cleaned, we prepared the food, we set the table. We were preparing for days all excited to spend a long weekend together with our kids and grandchildren.
      I received the text that they were on their way. Everything was going as planned. Well, that was until I got a phone call from Paul saying that our granddaughter was sick and they had to turn around and go back home. We were all so disappointed!!! But all we wanted was Emily to feel better.
Things don't always go as planned.
The good news is, Emily is feeling better! Lauren was able to buy the last turkey in the supermarket when they got home. And in spite of the change of plans we all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

  Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our families. It doesn't matter if we are seated around the same table. We give thanks for each and every one of them!!!


Sunday, October 22, 2017

" Little Italy " in Pittsburgh

          Hi Everyone!
              Today I'd like to take you on a trip to the"Strip District" in Pittsburgh, Pa. This is the Italian section of Pittsburgh....even Pittsburgh has a "Little Italy".
This section is one long block of wall to wall Italian specialties,dried meats, homemade pastas, ravioli, imported olive oil, olives, cheeses, pastries, biscotti. This is only a small list of what is available. You can find everything you need to cook an Italian feast! 
 One of the things I miss most about living in N.Y. is not being able to find all the Italian foods I am so used to. This section of Pittsburgh was like a trip back home. I wanted to buy everything and bring it back to Northeastern Pa. but we did the next best thing...we ate lunch in a great little café.
Enrico's Café was like going back to Venice, Italy. The food was just wonderful!!

Now, no matter where I go I always manage to find at least one store that has something to do with decorating the house. I found the prettiest little shop, Roxanne's Dried Flowers. A beautiful shop filled with dried flowers. My daughter-in-law, Lauren and I got lost in this shop. Lauren and I share the love of flowers and gardening. We both find dried flowers the next best thing.  The
displays were to die for!!! Roxanne was gracious enough to allow us to take some pictures.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Curb Appeal

           Todays post is about decorating the front of the house. It may be small but I try to give it as much impact as I can.
           I like to decorate the front of the house. To me it says, "Welcome".
 The Fall season has so much to offer in the way of decorations. Corn stalks, pumpkins, hay stacks, gourds, winter pansies, and don't forget the beautiful mums. I don't think I ever saw so many colors as I did this year.
          This year we went to about three different farm stands and nurseries to purchase the decorations. I was in awe at the variety.
                         There was so much to choose from... I wanted it all!!

                                                                           Front Porch


      A Basket of Mums in the Perennial Garden

The townhouses are all the same on this block. We didn't have a choice about color or shape of our units. They all look alike....but it is through our decorating that we bring our own personality and uniqueness. I love to walk through the neighborhood and see how each person has decorated their home for the Fall. Somehow we have all managed to add a little bit of who we are to our homes. The neighborhood not only looks festive it looks LOVED!!!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Decorating for Fall Con't......

          Fall decorating is continuing this week. I am ignoring the fact that it's 90 degrees outside.
                                                              Inside it's Fall!!
          I can't seem to get enough of the white pumpkins.....Just love how beautiful they look in my black and white kitchen.

                                                          There's always room for flowers.    

            Nothing says "Fall " in our house like candy corn. They are one of Phil's favorite candies. I have to confess I love them too! You know fall has arrived in our house when a jar of candy corn
shows up on the kitchen counter. Well maybe not just one jar.....maybe three and some extra in the pantry. Did you ever wonder why we associate certain things with a particular season?? For me It's the colors of Fall ... the leaves, the mums, the fall flowers and the pumpkins... and oh yes, the candy corn. For Phil it's just the candy corn!!
                                                What is it that says "Fall" to you?


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