Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wrapping Up Autumn Tablescapes

A week from today is Thanksgiving and the next day is Black Friday.
This time of the year flies by so quickly.  It's hard to believe that 
within a week the fall decor will be packed away and out will come
the Christmas decorations.  

Autumn is so different in south Texas.  No fall color other
than the mums and pumpkins on the porches.  We only started
wearing our sweaters a couple of weeks ago.  Last week it was
so cold (at least for here) and today we are expecting a high of
71 degrees and thunderstorms.  

It's a different lifestyle, yet we honor the seasons.  

I do miss the sound of leaves crunching under my feet.  Our pecan tree 
drops it's leaves, but it is the only one in our yard that does.

I still have such fond memories of fall back home on the
North Shore of Chicago.  I watched Home Alone again the other
night for the thousandth time because Kevin's neighborhood is
one I know so well. Raking leaves, crisp fall afternoons, college
football, riding my horse through the forest preserve under a 
canopy of softly falling red and golden leaves.

Fall is the time when I want the whole house to smell of 
apples and cinnamon.  Now that we are back to standard time,
I love the soft glow of the lights in the house starting at 
about 5 PM.  Dinners are mostly comfy foods.  Casseroles,
soups and stews on the menu so often these days.  

Lots of meals with baked squash.  David tolerates this, but I love it!
Acorn and butternut are two of my favorites.  

Stacks of catalogs arriving at our doorstep daily.  Frontgate, Grandin Road,
Gumps and the Vermont Country Store.  The holiday additions of
Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn.  The heavy Christmas issue of 
Restoration Hardware.  All so enticing and what David and I grab
to peruse after dinner each night.  

It's such a nesting time of the year, especially in the evening.  Once the
sun goes down we mostly want to stay at home and be cozy.  

Have a wonderful autumn afternoon!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. Hi Susan - It is such a warm, cozy time of the year. Your photos look so inviting. Catalogues are coming in for sure!

    Have a great day. We'll still get together some day and work on dollhouses!


  2. Very lovely, warm, inviting and beautiful Fall wrap up my friend. I guess we have to move on to C'mas season now. I wish there was more time for Fall decorating. I love Fall food and tool boxes as well.

  3. Susan, Fall is so different in Texas. My Mom has enjoyed the colors of the trees here in N. Ga this year. Your home is so cozy and warm! hugs, Linda

  4. You make everything so cozy, sister! I love that!!! I made pot roast tonight. Dan is eating with his cousin, so I am sitting here with my pot roast, potatoes, carrots, glass of wine and The Bob Newhart Show on DVD! Life is good!!!

  5. No matter where we live, I think we all start to feel that since of nesting at this time of year. Your photos make eerything look very inviting. xo Laura

  6. Susan, I've been savoring the cool days we've had this November. So unusual! Autumn is my favorite season, so I'm in no rush to move on. Guess I'll be packing up fall things end of next week. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. It's been so cold here and I'm home sick with strep :( I love fall but this year we went from summer to winter. Lovely pics!

  8. Susan, Love your fall images. Our fall ended the other day. We have snow already. I am not ready for that. We went from fall leaves crunching under our feet to the crisp crunch crunch crunch of ice and show. Brrrrrrr ~ I would love to come to your neck of the woods. It sounds lovely

  9. Beautiful!
    Love those gorgeous fall colors.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  10. Susan, Your descriptions of settling in for the fall make me want to be more aware and enjoy what is around me. I'd love to be sitting with some pot roast, carrots, potatoes and a glass of wine right now. I do enjoy the wonderful color changes here in Oregon. Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you.

  11. Lovely all of your autumn colors.


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