I have been thinking of coming back to blogging again, and then Hurricane Sandy hit. Not that I am affected, in so much as I live on the West Coast.
But this doesn't mean I am not affected in other ways.
I have been watching the news channels and have seen the beginning reports of the devastation.
So many people have lost their lives.
So many people have lost their homes.
So many people have lost their livelihood.
Over 7 million people without electricity.
In the cold and wet weather.
Many places with snow by the foot.
This just reminds us of how fragile life is.
At any time, we could suffer a similar catastrophe.
These things happen regularly, all over the globe.
Jet trail mimicking tornado over Cascade Mountains
But it is precisely during these types of difficult situations that you see the shining light of the human spirit.
Brave Policemen and Firefighters, Emergency Responders, Doctors, Nurses, National Guard Soldiers, Utility Workers, Governors, Senators, Congressmen, and the President, all working together to help one another.
But it is the selfless acts of ordinary people that really shine.
It is all of these wonderful, heroic people who risk their lives to save others, to save a pet, to save an elderly person, a child, or the disabled that are truly extraordinary.
But it doesn't stop there.
Selfless hours of work by aid workers, clean up crews, churches, charities, individuals and organizations will go into the massive undertaking of helping the displaced, helping the homeless, helping the tired and the hungry.
And that is where we can join in.
Even if we can't be there to help, we can remember to donate.
The need is great.
It doesn't end.
But we are a generous people.
We help the world.
Now we can help our own.
Even if all you have to give is a prayer.
Prayers are the most powerful of all things to give.
So let's say a prayer for everyone who suffers in harm's way.
It has been raining for the last few days. Not steady, just sort of showery and breezy. Every time I think it is safe to go outside, the weather changes and it starts raining again. So I have been inside, cleaning, reading, cleaning some more, and doing a little redecorating. Not much. Just a few things here and there for Fall.
Just to add a few warm fall colors.
I replaced a print of summer roses over my daybed with this Autumn scene.
Sorry for the reflections in the glass, but can you find the quail hiding in the leaves?
I thought the colors of the print and the framing went well with the colors of my daybed.
A thrift store find for $15.
You can see my pet door there for my two 'best friends'. Here I put their beds for the night and they are free to use the pet door to go in and out to the dog pen at the end of the deck.
We have never, ever had a trick or treater come to the door! We live too far out! Although, when my children were small, I did invite their friends over for a little treat around Halloween. Usually home made 'pumpkin' cookies and candy.
I made these small strawflower wreaths out of flowers I grew. The dried flower heads were simply hot glued to a vine wreath.
I hung them from my Hoover Cabinet doors.
A few Dahlia blossoms and some bittersweet vine in an old jug add a little more Fall color.
I love the word, 'Bittersweet'. When I saw this sign, I had to have it. I sewed the felt pumpkin wall hanging a few years ago.
It is hung by tiny nails through the button holes.
I framed some vintage Halloween postcards.
I love the little warning on this embroidered picture.
A little decorated pumpkin on a pedestal!
These are vintage pen and ink watercolors I recently found at the same thrift store. I love the Autumn scenes. They are on a narrow wall beside my hutch with it's curtained doors.
I made these hand colored clay leaves last year that grace my kitchen table. You can find the instructions under 'Crafts' in my archives. They were very easy to make.
The larger size can be used as candy and nut servers.
Thank you for stopping by and visiting today. I hope you enjoyed the tour of my Fall decorating.