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Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's Fall in Texas, Y'all!

Welcome, Friends,

It's Fall in Texas, Y'all!

Welcome to day four of the 

Fall In Love With Texas Blog Tour.

I hope you've been visiting my Texas

girlfriends this week as they have each shared their special

take on celebrating the fall season here in Texas.

Autumn is my favorite season in Texas ~

the gentle change in the landscape,

the nip in the air, and the abundance of russet colors ~

each fills my senses and my heart.

Here in Texas we don't see the dramatic 

change of autumn leaf color,

but we do have plenty of burnt orange in our autumn days.

We live in Longhorn Country!


Austin is home to the University of Texas @ Austin,

where UT football is a favored sport, and fans

are not shy about celebrating burnt orange.

Both the chef and I are UT graduates,

but neither are avid sports fans.

We do however like to celebrate the burt orange 

of autumn here at Hyacinths for the Soul.

Redware Pottery

Velvet Pumpkins

Needlepoint Pumpkins

Real Pumpkins in
All Shapes and Colors

Outside Pumpkins on  
the Front Porch

Faux Pumpkins 
in the Garden

Bittersweet, Acorns, 
and Horn Votives

Cozy Sweaters

Woolen Throws

The Warm Glow of 
Copper and Brass

Harvest Plates

Fall Luncheons

Cozy Dinners for Two 
by Candlelight

Bouquets of 
Favorite Roses

of Hot Tea

A Slice of Pie

 What about you, dear reader?  

How do you celebrate the season of autumn?

I would love to hear, so please scroll down and leave 

a comment to let me know.  Then I can stop to visit you.  

A big Texas Thank You to 

Katie @ Let's Add Sprinkles

for organizing this wonderful week of our

Fall In Love With Texas Blog Tour.

Hop on over to these Texas gals for more Texas love.

Eilis @ My Heart Lives Here

Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

Kathryn @ The Dedicated House

Leslie @ Brookhollow Lane

Blog Hop Week in Review


Also Joining

Sunday, October 2, 2016

October 2016

~ Welcome Autumn ~

October has arrived!

I've no idea how September vanished so

quickly, but here we are in the month of October.

I'm not the least bit disappointed!

October ushers in my favorite season, and

fortunately here in Texas, we are having 

cooler days and crisp evenings.

You can find the above table setting here 

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came~
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
 ~ George Cooper ~

The month of October is

Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The looped pink ribbon has come to symbolize the international

campaign begun to raise awareness of the risks of breast cancer, 

the value of early detection, and treatment options available.

October is also

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

We adopted our sweet Sadie over four years ago.

Wee Rescue is a local organization dedicated to

rescuing Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus, and Pekingese 

from Central Texas shelters.

October 7-10, 2016

Fall Festival @ MacKenzie-Childs ~ Aurora, NY

Oh, don't you know I wish I could go to this.

My friend Patti @ Pandora's Box

wrote about last year's festival here.

Landing of Columbus, John Vanderlyn, 1846
Commissioned by Congress for the Capitol Rotunda

October 10, 2016 ~ Columbus Day

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the US in 1937 

and is celebrated the second Monday of October to recognize

the anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus

in the Americas on October 12, 1492.

French Faience World War Commemorative Plate

October 24 ~ United Nations Day

Celebrated since 1948, United Nations Day marks the

anniversary of the 1945 UN Charter,

a foundational treaty to bring together the nations of the

world to prevent another war like WWII from ever occurring.

October 31 ~ Halloween

This is a holiday that needs no introduction, 

and is celebrated by children and adults here in

the states as well as in many other countries.

Halloween festivities often include dressing in costume,

special parties, and the custom of children "trick or treating"

from door to door in their neighborhood.

What is your favorite Halloween memory?

Fall in Love With Texas

Be sure to join us each day this week
as we share fall inspiration in our homes.
To begin the tour tomorrow morning head over to
Katie @ Let's Add Sprinkles.
Thanks, Katie, for being our hostess.
Hyacinths for the Soul 
will be featured on Thursday.


Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life

Sunday, September 4, 2016

September 2016

September 2016

September 5, 2016

Labor Day

The NYC Central Labor Union began Labor Day 

in 1882 to honor the worker.  It became a national holiday in 1894.  

Always celebrated on the first Monday of September,  

Labor Day marks the official end of summer and signals

the start of a new school year for many children.

Labor Day Weekend is often a day of picnics and family reunions,

as it was for my family when I was a child.

The two little girls in the mosaic are my sister and I 

in the 1950s at the yearly Labor Day Weekend reunion held on

the dairy farm that had belonged to our grandparents.

Detail of Book and Author Luncheon Wall Quilt by Pat Clark

September 8

International Literacy Day

Begun in 1965 by UNESCO, this day is meant to

"highlight the importance of literacy

 to individuals, communities, and societies."

September 11

9/11 Remembrance Day

The oak tree above, was just a seedling of six inches

when it was planted by the Walsh family in my neighborhood. 

in 2001 as a tribute to honor and mourn those lost on the

horrific morning of September 11, 2001.

This special tree continues to grow and stand

 tall some fifteen years later.

I often pass this tree several times a day, 

and without exception it sparks the memory of

how Americans across our country came together in grief and

patriotism in the days and months following that tragic day.

September 13

Uncle Sam Day

Uncle Sam Day was officially declared by Congress in 1989.

The date was selected because 

"Uncle Sam Wilson" was born on this date

You can read more about Uncle Sam Wilson and

my collection of Uncle Sam folk art here.

September 22

Autumn Equinox

This date signals the beginning of autumn when

daylight hours begin to diminish and cooler temperatures arrive.

A favorite time of year for me, I enjoy the russet colors,

dining alfresco, pumpkins, and the nip in the air.

September 26

Round Top Antiques Fair 

It's fall and that means it's time to head to Round Top, Texas

for one of my favorite antique shopping venues.

Though I tend to shop the two venues above,

there are thousands of dealers who come from across the country

and set up in buildings and tents along the roadsides in this

area of Texas, all here to offer a marathon shopping experience.


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