Friday, September 27, 2013

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: Fall Fever Edition

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Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life.  Every Thursday at Like Mother, Like Daughter

It's Fall, y'all!

And I, for one, couldn't be happier!  Fall, besides being probably the best season of them all, means that we have survived another obnoxious, sweltering Summer and are the farthest from it that we'll be all year!  Nine months before we have to suffer the next one!  Huzzah!

This cool, crisp weather, especially when accompanied by the glorious sunshine we've been enjoying, makes me downright giddy.  Makes me want to add apples or pumpkin spice to everything.  Tonight, for dinner, I made a salad that contained apples and pears, with a dressing made with apple cider and apple cider vinegar and poured glasses of apple cider to drink with our pork chops and roasted asparagus and all The Vicar could say was, "Hmmm, it's quite appley."  He doesn't share my appreciation, apparently.


I've been busy as a bee decking the halls with leaves and pumpkins fa la la la la la la la la.  It's always fun decorating a new house for the first time.  And here's what I've come up with (keep in mind I'm making do with what I have--though I did spend about $10 at a dollar store for a few small extras).


I neglected to get a photo of the front and side doors of the house, which have been festooned with corn stalks and mums.  You know, the usual.  But just inside the front door, is this small table (honestly, I just needed a place to stash this table and something to fill this small space--decorating by convenience).  That's an early shot of me and The Vicar back there, many many eons ago.  Like last century.

Dresser in the foyer.  A handy place to stash a bowl to hold our keys and sunglasses.  And an epi-pen, apparently...

I admit, I got this idea from Pinterest.  I've had all this stuff for ages but I never would have thought to put it together this way.  Also, another positively ancient photo of The Vicar and me, taken during a college production of Romeo and Juliet in which he and I were Lord and Lady Montague.  One of my favorite mementos ever.

Ah, the mantel.  The amount of time I've spent arranging and rearranging this slab of wood is probably sinful. And I'm pretty sure I'm not very repentant.  I had a ball doing it.  At one point whilst I was fussing over it, The Vicar wandered in and said, bemusedly, "You've been waiting all your life for a mantel of your own, haven't you."  And he's right: I have.  Additionally: ancient photo hat trick!

Finally, the dining room table and another Pinterest idea.  I found this tray at Goodwill for $2.  I bought two candles at Walmart for a few bucks each.  The rest of the stuff I had in my stash.  In the Summer, the candles were surrounded by river rocks and in the Winter I plan on using pinecones and maybe a few paper snowflakes.


Yes, more field hockey stuff.  It's Fall.  It's field hockey season.  And Redheaded Snippet is happier than she's ever been.  I can't help it.  The above was taken at a team dinner the night before the game against Columbia.

I never would have guessed that my first visit to Harlem would be for something as preppy and suburban as a field hockey game.  But so it was.  As well as being the fastest, smoothest trip in and out of New York I have ever experienced.  Let me tell you, we were pretty happy about that!

In addition to loving the coaching staff and her teammates, our Snippet is also having a pretty wonderful Freshman season.  I'm not supposed to brag too much about it; it gets on her nerves when I do...

...but I'm not the only one who thinks her performance has been noteworthy!  She was named Rookie of the Week of the A-10 conference this week!  As an added bonus, one of her teammates was named Player of the Week.  It's all been very exciting!


Ok, I didn't plan on having mugs as my Funny selection two weeks in a row.  It  just happened.  A friend posted a link for these on Facebook today and they're just about the funniest thing I've seen all week!  And, yes, they're real!  You can actually buy them!  When I showed them to The Vicar he said, "So, should I start buying these for you, piece by piece, and put the Le Creuset collection on hold?"  Because it's like $80 for the set!  They must be purchased in stages for people like us.  $80 for a set of mugs is ridiculous.  But I told him yes anyway.

I think my favorite is, "I am figuratively dying for a cuppa."  Drives me NUTS when people throw the word,"literally," around all willy-nilly and incorrectly.


Finally, this is what your car looks like when it's the first day of Fall and you're out gallivanting with your mom and you find/remember thar produce stand that has the nice, gorgeous mums and big, beautiful, full cornstalks at truly incomparable prices (the cornstalks are tied to the roof).

Happy Fall!

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