Just Life

Embracing Fall.

…way back in September, many of my Ten on Tuesday friends wrote lists about getting ready for fall. I mostly wrote about enjoying a new baby, and being grateful I didn’t need to think about fall just then. Fast forward to October 1 and I started to think about it. And finally, this past weekend, I embraced it. Full on.

I spent Friday re-working the containers on my front porch. Gone are the tired lantana, deer-chewed sweet potato vine and faded petunias (also gone is the dead sky pencil holly!)

Now we have living sky pencil holly, pansies, creeping jenny, dianthus and compact loropetalum (that the Lowe’s gardener promises I can get to “weep” over the sides of the pots with careful pruning).

There’s a welcoming wreath on the front door.

Inside, there are apples and pears, pinecones and a few candles adding a spicy scent.

(I still need candles for the dining room table).

Holiday menu planning is in full swing, too, inspired in large part by this ad that I stumbled across on Sunday.

Katie just gifted me that Sunday Suppers cookbook* so I have all the recipes. (thanks to a bit of on-line sale shopping, I have some pretty new table linens coming, too!)

It even feels like fall now, too. Low temperatures in the 40’s and high’s in the 60’s. Our bright blue skies are back this week and it’s sweater weather!

…now I just need to find a pumpkin or two and we’re set! How about you? What are you loving about Fall?

*oh my, it’s gorgeous! beautifully styled and the food looks delicious! She also gave me Dinner: A Love Story. Coming soon – an update on cooking inspiration!


  • Bonny

    You have fit so many good things into this post! I spent quite a bit of time carefully looking at and enlarging your photos, and am entranced by your containers, lovely house, and decor. You've made everything look so warm and welcoming! I'm really considering some sky pencil holly here, but I'm afraid the deer would prune it to the ground for me.

    And Dinner: A Love Story! I make dinner for the two of us almost every night, and sometimes Youngest Son and friends, but I am not an inspired cook at all. The book is now on its way to me, and I know I'm going to spend huge chunks of time reading her blog. Thank you for the cooking inspiration even before your update!

  • Lydia

    Haven't done much yet, but am looking forward to doing things my way for a change. I'm inspired for sure with the containers, and perhaps a new blog- Lydia 2.0?!

  • Patty

    Now I'm off to check out that book as well! Everything looks so warm and inviting. I'd like to sit next to you in one of those rockers sipping a glass of red and watching the world go by!

  • Honoré

    Well, I've managed to put out a pumpkin and finally got those mums – 2 pots . They've brightened up the front steps, especially during all the rain we're having. Your sitting room is very inviting – begs for a good book. Enjoy the cookbook; what time's dinner? ;-))