Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Touch of Fall in the Kitchen

As much as I love to decorate my home for fall, it's really hard to become motivated for the task when the thermometer is pushing 90. My days lately have been filled with running around trying to get everything in order for my Mom's move into assisted living on the 12th of this month. Last night after work I went there to meet a furniture delivery man. Of course I waited close to an hour before he arrived. Then, this morning I quickly watered my plants and have been running back and forth to the paint store (5 times). I'm trying to pick out some paint for her bedroom & bathroom. Geez, why is it so hard to get the right shade on the first try???
And then there is this power of attorney matter . . . don't even get me started on that one. If I don't have a nervous breakdown before Mom gets moved in it will be a miracle :-)

By now you are probably wondering where all of this complaining is leading. Well, so am I actually, but I'll make it up as we go along.

When I came home from all of my running around, this is what one of my plants looked like. No, I didn't forget to water this one . . . it is just begging for another drink. I told you it is hot.

So, while I am loving all of the fall decorating going on in blogland, I know that with all that I have going on right now I should just put it out of my head. But, for some reason that is all I want to do. I don't want one more detail packed into my head. I just want to "play house". I suppose it's a nesting thing . . . I suppose I should just tell myself it is way too hot to even contemplate now and I am way too busy to even think about it. Hmmm, all the more reason I want to do it.

So, to try and reach a happy medium and also stay out of the attic where the fall decor is hidden, I went out and plucked a few hydrangeas and sprigs of beautyberry to put on my kitchen counter.

And then I dug my Susan Branch "Autumn" book out and put some apples and cranberries into this jar.

A few apples and pears went into my yellow fall bowl.

I found these hand painted rooster wine glasses at the Goodwill. Couldn't pass them up.

Replaced my watermelon candle with this one and added a fall themed "stopper". I always have a seasonal candle right above my kitchen sink. I keep it there for two reasons ~ I can enjoy the fragrance while washing dishes and cooking and if I know it's always in the same place I don't forget to blow it out at night.
Okay, I feel better now.
Sometimes the small things can make a difference.


  1. I'm glad at least a little bit of fall nesting has made you feel better! Everything looks terrific!

    Good luck with all that is going on with your mom. I haven't crossed that path yet but my time is coming I know.

    Take care and have a great rest of the week.

  2. Sometimes things just seem 'too much' don't they? Things will settle down soon and your life will seem normal again. It is hard putting your mom in assisted living, besides all the extra duties you have right now.
    Hang in there Kim, things will get better soon! It will cool down too! Twyla

  3. I love fall nesting. But I agree, it is still a little warm. What you did is beautiful and I still can't believe the finds from Goodwill! I never find anything.
    Try to remember to breathe...and enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. I can truly sympathize with you about your Mom. My Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimers and boy was it hard finding the right place for her to live, etc... I know how emotionally draining and stressful it can be.

    On a happier note, after looking at your blog I can easily tell that we have the same tastes in how we decorate our homes! I'm a blue/yellow girl, too;o)

    Hope things settle down for you soon. Blessings, Susan P.

  5. Hi Kim...Good luck girlfriend with everything going on with your mom. It's difficult sometimes, but I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

    I love the fall things you put out...and those rooster glasses are adorable.


  6. It's hot here, too but I'm getting out decorations little by little. I love your flower arrangement you did. Just beautiful. That candle jar is cute as can be. Do you remeber where you got it?
    Thanks for your visit to my blog.

  7. It can be very hard dealing with all the ins and outs with elderly parents. I am dealing with them as well. I hope you get your mother settled with as little stress as humanly possible!

  8. I am taking my fall decorating very slowly too. I want to enjoy it! I love the little touches you have added to your home!

  9. Kim,

    I love those rooster glasses. You have the most darling accessories.

    Good luck with everything. I know all will work out just fine.

    BTW! Tina's blog was the first blog I ever saw too. It's beautiful, isn't it?


  10. Hi Kim! It really is the little details that do make a difference. Just try and take things a step at a time since you are so busy with your mother's move. Autumn will come and so will the decorating. It is just very early here. We are sitting by the fire as I write this at Cranberry Cottage. Jos was able to get me online and I can only comment on blogs that don't have a popup window but at least I can stay in touch. I like the autumn touches you have brought to your home so far. I want to get out my autumn decorations for the cottage tomorrow. It is just a few items. We bought gourds and mums yesterday so I arranged them out on the terrace. Have a wonderful Sunday Kim and take some time to relax.

    Hugs ~

  11. I know the feeling, Kim. Sometimes you just need to play house. There is a calm that comes with it and a feeling of being in control. Your decorations are lovely.

    I have a Beautyberry bush, too, ~ I love the purple berries.

    Hope all goes well with your mother.

    Have a good week, my friend!

  12. Very cute Kim. I love that Susan Branch Autumn book. SO cute thanks for sharing. Dana

  13. Kim,
    I just came over from Dana's. Your blog is so pretty and you house is beautiful. I'm adding you to my blog roll so I can visit more often.

  14. Hi Kim
    I know what you mean about it being hard to get into the mood of fall. It's 90 here today. I love your arrangement of hydrangea and beautyberry and I am going to go outside right now and pick some too.
    Hope you get your mom all settled and everything turns out well.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  15. Hi Kim,
    Me again! Come over and see me, I have a special AWARD for you!


  16. Hi Kim, just took a stroll through your blog and looks like we have the same taste in books, I just did a post on Susan Branch a few weeks ago ;) I adore her books, they are like little gifts! ~ Happy Fall ~ and love your blog!!

    ~ Cynthia ~


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