It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

The countdown is on, evidenced by Santa sightings, all things retail, and in my home, nightly excitement over advent calendars. And I say calendars, plural, because we have many. The advent is well observed by my children-in which case I’m praying for their little hearts- that the true message of the season reveals itself more meaningful than the arrival of Santa Claus!

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Deck the halls!

It’s that time of year! The week between thanksgiving and December 1st is the unofficial Christmas decorating week. You see Christmas trees atop SUV’s and each night another house on the block seems to light up! It seems like there should be a name for this flurry of activity, proper recognition of this race to get decorated, the way Europeans observe Boxing Day after Christmas. You may be sitting pretty, reading this post while sipping cocoa in front of a roaring fire, your home all aglow with the splendor of Christmas. Or you may look a little more like me. I’ve got nutcrackers in the “hospital” and pumpkins on the porch.

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Retreat to the Fountain of Youth:)

My grandmother was born to Emmie Meeks Morgan as Mary Josephine Morgan. My mother gave me her mother’s maiden name.

Approaching 94, she is as vibrant, and strikingly beautiful as ever! She attributes her longevity to such daily rituals as drinking a table spoon of apple cider vinegar, eating a handful of walnuts and blueberries, and laying her head on a fresh silk pillow every night. And anyone who knows me well, knows I have adopted these habits,…and you would understand why if you spent more than a second with her.

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Time to give thanks & celebrate💛

The commemorative china taking center stage in this table setting is very special. Paul and I received a set of plates from this pattern, as a wedding gift from the Frists, when Senator Frist held the seat in which Mom will soon serve. (❤️Hubby and I met working in the senate office🇺🇸 ) For you china fan girls, this was a commemorative pattern made by Tiffany and Co. in 2000, called the Millennium Series, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first meeting of Congress, in Washington, D.C. I’m sure you can guess why I thought this was the perfect pattern for our family dinner. Tomorrow is also our parents 44th wedding anniversary💛 We are thankful for so much to celebrate! Cheers!

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All Saints Eve🎃 Tuesday Table Talk

Haunted house style was the inspiration for this table of terror. I started with fabulous black glitter beeswax candles, white pumpkins, and a bag of spider web material. I love the simple white of Kells. Versatility made this pattern the perfect choice for a dramatic black and white table scape. I layered antique silver pieces and candelabra for a haunted mansion feel. After all, witches prefer sipping from silver goblets:) It is fun to carry a theme into the details, and I loved the way this antique apothecary seemed to beckon, “pick your poison.”

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Make a Hostess Happy!

For the past few days, I have been enjoying a scrumptious bouquet, and a roaring fire in my living room. The first frost has visited us, and there’s nothing like a fire to warm the hearth and home.

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Silver Linings

While our thoughts are with those in the aftermath of hurricane Michael,  I am reminded of a trip I took south, in the days after hurricane Katrina.We left Nashville after midnight,  pulling a trailer weighed down by drums of gasoline and supplies. My husband and brother took shifts driving through the night, and it was morning when the three of us arrived to our grandparents home in Laurel, Mississippi. Shattered remains, flooding and power outages, describe the landscape in Florida today, and in south Mississippi back then, in September of 2005.

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GoldenThread ❤️‘s Game Day🏈

This may not come as a surprise, but I was a cheerleader. And you know we’ve got spirit, yes we do! Well, GoldenThread perks up when it’s her turn to host on a game day and here are a few “happy to host” touch downs! 

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Weekend Warriors

I was a little girl who decorated everything! Nothing within my reach remained plain.  A pair of white keds became a canvas for a personalized pastel work of art. If we baked, I delighted in decorating with icing and garnishment.  I painted rainbows on my roller skates.  My dad, who can do just about anything handy, helped me transform my standard issue huffy bicycle into a perfect pink and purple dream bike, by introducing me to spray paint. 

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Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

It’s a rainy Sunday here in Nashville, but I’ve got sunshine looking back at pictures from a September Sunday dinner alfresco. Early fall can bring us those ideal afternoons when the weather just seems to lure us outside to savor. I consider this type of weather too good to take for granted, so we often dine alfresco.

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