Background Script

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fertilizer Friday - Fall Glory

This Fall has been a good season. Here in Kansas our Falls are unpredictable. Last year it was a yellow and brown Fall. This year we have brilliant reds, oranges, and "almost" hot pinks in the leaves. These are all trees from our yard that we have planted. We have had just the right amount of moisture and the frost has stayed away. This week though, the wind moved in and so our beautiful trees are losing their color swiftly.
The above trees are Japanese maples that have been gorgeous to the eye.

Sweetspire looks so pretty next to the weeping evergreen.

The Burning Bush is always a brilliant red. The above is an Autumn Blaze Maple that is so pretty this year.

Here is a cherry that is a burgundy color mixed with a brilliant red.
Be sure to drop by Tootsie's place to see what is going on for Fall around the country.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Beautiful Tables

Our church women sponsored a brunch with "table viewings" to benefit missions. We had 22 tables decorated with a lot of different themes. There were so many beautiful tables. My pictures don't do them the justice they deserve.

How about a Coca-Cola theme?

I loved these dishes -brown transferware with the turkeys in flight.

My friend Sharron did the table above. Her tablecloth was made of burlap with a dark brown velvet trim. Sharron always goes "over the top". Look how she decorated the folding chairs around her table.

Lots of Fall themes. Look at those little pumpkin placecard holders.

There were several Christmas and winter tables too. I liked the red and blue together.

I loved these dishes with the birds on them. These were made by Lenox.

I loved the sunflowers with the black and white. It was a gorgeous table.

I loved this apple themed table too. It really picked up the red in the dishes.

Join others and their "tablescapes" at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. You'll see some more beautiful table settings!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fertilizer Friday - Plants Come In

Here is one of my tropical palms that likes it outside and like Tootsie - my spider plant dropped seeds in this pot a few years ago and now I have a big spider plant in here as well. Notice I'm using my new columns ("new" to me anyway).
I've been moving my plants inside for the past week as the temperature drops here in Kansas. Plants have done really well outside over the summer and I've had to split some to bring them in. I'm hoping they do well over the winter.
I've brought in a couple of geraniums and will bring more in to over-winter later. They can stand the cold pretty well for a while. I hate to strip the yard completely so early.
Here is my "trouble" over the winter and through the growing season. She simply disregards any attempts to keep her out of my yard and from eating my plants. She always has a couple of babies with her and one or two of her lady friends.
Drop by Tootsie's today and check out Fertilizer Friday.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Read for Ladies With Books

It's been a while since I've posted about any "good reads" I've experienced. Our book club recently read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This book was written by Mary Ann Shaffer and finished by her niece, Annie Barrows. This is a book that enlightened me about the German occupation in WWII of the English Channel island of Guernsey. I did not know anything about this particular part of the history of WWII. This is a book about relationships of the people on this island as well as the story of the writer who comes to write a book about them. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The format of the book is different as it is written as letters between people. Once the reader gets involved in the story, that becomes less distracting.

It is our usual habit in our book club of using the books we read for hints at the refreshments we should have. Sharron selected this book but after reading about "Potato Peel Pie" she decided we would not care for refreshments such as that. So, she did choose to fix a potato pie - sweet potatoe pie with a praline concoction as a layer next to the pie crust. Oh, and she served it with "real" whipped cream. Was it ever good!

I would encourage you to choose this book sometime to read.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It Would Be Fall to You All

Be sure to drop by Southern Hospitality to see the multitudes of ideas for Fall decorating that could inspire you in your own home.
It's difficult to take a good picture of a cloche without getting reflections off it.
Here's a fruit bowl, a glass container of pumpkins and assorted gourds with an amber sitting hen.

A picture from the early 20th century of a great-great aunt of mine with an arrangement in an urn.

A Fall grouping in a birdcage.

The kitchen table has a Fall arrangement as well.