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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

An Autumn living room mantel...

Hi, everyone..
Gosh, I am sure enjoying seeing all the different ways to 
CELEBRATE AUTUMN in and around our blessed homes.
Despite our drought conditions, we are having the most beautiful AUTUMN.
Every day is just a delight and some of my flowers have even started blooming.
During the extreme heat we had throughout the summer, my poor little flowers
just bowed their heads, wilted to the ground and, sad to say, a lot of them will
never recover...like my VIOLETS...
We've been told by the weathermen/women that we can expect a dry, mild winter.
Not much, if ANY, moisture UNTIL NEXT MARCH OR APRIL...
O MY....
Our town, as I've mentioned before, is very low on water.
They are working hard on laying a pipeline from a large lake nearby...
The problem there is that, without measurable rains throughout last year and this year,
the lakes around are sooo low.
It makes me wonder if, someday in the not-so-far future,
this part of West Texas will be doomed...people having to leave and find other places to live.
I THINK, during the Dust Bowl Days and the early 20's, this kind of thing DID happen.

Looking on the bright side, tho...
when it DOES rain...and I mean good, ground-soaking, slow rains,
we are all going to REVEL in it.

rev·el  (rvl)

1. To take great pleasure or delight:
2. To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry.
YEP...we will indeed revel in the rains.
♥♥♥

 

Joining with
FALL OPEN HOUSE
 SHOW YOUR FALL HOME
WHITE WED.
GOOD LIFE WED.
WOW ME WED.
VINTAGE THINGY THURS. (vintage ironstone, wooden tape measure)

38 comments:

Karen said...

love your fall mantel ~ hope you all can get some much needed relief to bring the water levels back up.

Cozy Little House said...

We finally got some rain the other day in East Texas. Your photos are really beautiful today!
Brenda

Julie Harward said...

Such pretty things on your mantel, love the joy of the flower. We have had a very wet year, two years...and we are considered a desert but I know, not quite like west Texas..they do everything big there, right?! ;D

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Very pretty Bj! Great shots too. It is chilly and rainy here today. Good day to be on the computer catching up!

Rita said...

I sure am happy to read you; I have been trying to reach you, but lost your email add.. I hope everything is OK with your Google thing.
I listened to your kind words and left my comment option on my blog. Maybe like you wrote yesterday on Your post I was Gone Crazy.
Love your great photos. Hope you will be getting rain soon; you sure need it. I keep you in my thoughts.
Rita

Susie Q said...

So pretty BJ...you have surely had such an awful drought for so, so long. But your attitude is, as always, wonderful!
Love,
Sue

Barbara F. said...

Hi BJ, glad to see you are back. I love all these lovely things on your mantle. We have had too much rain here, I wish they could figure a way to store and ship and refill those lakes! xo

Vee said...

Very nice mantel, BJ. Everything looks mellow in here, which, I think, belies what's really going on. Can you explain what happened with the "cute little flower"? Did its "owner" ask you to remove it. Did it come with a virus or something?

laurie said...

such a lovely look for Fall, hopefully the weather will accommadate,,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wish I could send some rain your way. Cool and rainy here today. Stay inside kind of day. Love your ironstone.

Kelly said...

I wish I could send you some rain that we're having right now. We've been without rain most of the summer, but are finally getting some. I know how anxious it can make you feel when your reserves are running low. We've had water bans in place when we get like that.

Marilyn said...

Well.... Our weather people said we would have above normal rain/snow/slop !! Oey.... Winter.
Love the mantle...
Marilyn

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Glad to see you got back from crazy!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your mantle and pics are so pretty! I just don't know what to say about the drought, I so wish Texas would get the rain it needs.

Olive Cooper said...

Love it that you turned on the color on that last image. We are still way behind on rain even though it's raining now but nothing like you guys. Every time I turn on the sink I think how precious water is. hugs♥O

Marigene said...

Oh, look at all that beautiful ironstone decorating your mantel!
Hope y'all get some rains soon.

Debbie said...

I love your fall mantel. I've seen some really lovely ones this year!

I continue to pray for Texas and the drought. When I heard it was raining the other day, I was so thankful for you. We have problems around here, but it has been mild compared to you.

La said...

You will be singing in the rain! I hope that day comes soon.

The mantel looks wonderful. Happy Fall!

Geneva said...

... thought surely you had gotten some rain by now. Surely, it won't be to much longer and you can revel in it. Your Autumn display was very nice...enjoyed all the beautiful photographs. I'm hopeful that a slow rain will soon be coming your way. ":o)

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Great fall mantel. I agree with all your other posters! It looks beautiful.
Blessings,
Debbie

debi said...

bj, I love your beautiful Fall mantle. Your black and white photos are so pretty and lead beautifully into your happy colored photo.

Thanks for joining the party!
Hugs, Debi

ps. I'd send you the rain we've been getting lately if I could. I'm praying for some for you!

Kathleen Grace said...

Your fall mantel is so pretty and I love that faux sunflower, such rich color! I keep praying for rain for you BJ, I can't even imagine being that dry.

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Lovely blog!! I collect white pitchers too. such a pretty mantle scape. Following you now.

The French Hutch said...

bj, love the mantle. I don't do much Fall decorating just a little here and there and a few flowers out on the porch. So glad to hear you you've had some rain. Your region of TX sure had a long drought. Hope more is on the way. Hope your day is good.

~Emily
The French Hutch

"Auntie" said...

So good to see you back, Honey Bun!!! :-)

And your 'blog-look' is simply lovely! Stunning. Soft but gorgeous. And other words, which escape me now.

You do ART with your 'blog-looks'!!! So there!!! :-)

Gentle hugs,
"Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest." ~~Robert Montgomery

Diann said...

We are supposed to have rainstorms tonight and tomorrow. The dew is so heavy every night around here that it looks and feels like it has rained all night. Your mantle turned out so pretty. So many different ideas out their in blogland it's hard to choose which ideas to go with!

TexWisGirl said...

that has been my fear too - once sept. passed us by and brought very little rain, that we'd have to get thru winter with almost no rain. the municipal districts are already SO strapped in trying to supply water since our lake supplies are so low. lord, let it rain in buckets! :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Be sure and record your "rain dance"..because it's going to be something to see, I am sure!

I thought I saw in the news that Texas got rain but I guess I was wrong. hmmmm...
California has gone through some serious droughts..and they were about to fine us if we watered our lawns..and then "the rains came down" and we filled up all our reservours (sp?)and things have been good ever since. So...anything could happen and I hope the rains come down.

I am happy to see that it has not dampened your spirits.. *smile*
I am glad God gave you such a lovely Fall to help compensate for no rain. HE tends to do that, doesn't HE?

Designs By Pinky said...

I agree, BJ that I am loving all the beauty of FALL in others homes too!!!! This is my favorite time of year! I sure wish I could send you some of oUR rain!!! We had the wettest Aug. and Sept. EVER!!!! It is so sad that we are so wet and you in west Tx. are suffering so. I will PRAY and do the rain dance!!!!!!!!! Your mantle looks beautiful, I LOVE the color of the sunflower! XO, Pinky

Julie said...

Just beautiful! I miss having a fire place.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I love this beautiful white post!

I have a confession to make -- I'm subscribed to your blog and read you daily! Love hearing/seeing what you have on your mind! Great blog!

I have just posted my harvest tablescape.

Katherine

Coloradolady said...

I love all the white in the mantel decor!! So pretty. How great for the rain, I say bring some more soon!! We have a long way to go. Happy VTT!

abeachcottage said...

Pretty pics, so glad you added your link to BC Good Life Wednesdays.

LV said...

Thank goodness, we got some as well. The paper said today, the drought is a long way from being over for around here. Still on strict water restrictions. I love your mantel in white. White always makes things look so fresh and clean. Speaking of looking in the mirror, I do not even want to touch that. I am expecting mine to crack any day.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love all of the beautiful white! Looks so good with all of the Fall color! Enjoy your day! ♥

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...
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Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sheesh! I wrote about the boots..WHAT happened. Yes..yes..I love the mantel..but that's no surprise. I love everything about your little abode!
I don't have any ironstone...not a piece. Zip! Zilch!
Warm up the coffee..I'll be right there to borrow some. :):)
Hugs!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Nice to hear from you, BJ! Your fall decor is lovely. I hope that y'all get rain very soon, and lots of it. :D

Blessings!
RIcki Jill