Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Savor the Moment of the Last Days of Autumn

The chef and I along with our sweet Sadie girl

enjoy nice morning walks though our neighborhood.

Lately I've noticed that some have already

added wreaths with red bows, 

greenery swags on doors and windows, 

and Christmas lights in trees and on houses.

Whoa, Nellie!

I'm not ready to move on into the holiday season 

of red and green, holly, and Christmas trees.

I'm still savoring the softness of autumn

with its russets and warm earthy colors.

I like to see pumpkins and gourds

and fall flowers at the entry of homes

to welcome guests and those of us who stroll 

by on neighborhood walks.

We are still all about 

turkeys and pumpkins here.

Lots of soft lush and plump 

velvet pumpkins!

And favorite containers filled with

beautiful fall flowers.

Thanksgiving will be scaled back this year,

only a small group of friends for brunch rather

than a dinner for twelve as is often tradition.

The chef is currently

at work planning the menu.

Like the squirrels burying their winter stash,

I too am savoring the delights of autumn

for the winter months ahead.

Yes, I want to savor the delights

of autumn before I embrace the upcoming

transition into the holiday season 

and winter months ahead.

 What about you?

Are you one to eagerly rush into

the holiday frenzy?

Have you already begun to decorate

for the Christmas season like many of my neighbors?

I plan to share a tad more autumn bliss

before the end of November,

but the first week of December I will join

Laura @ Decor to Adore's 

Christmas in Texas Blog Hop.

Like in the image above, I will have some 

uniquely Texas decor to share.



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Sarah, You know I share your sentiments about savoring the last days of fall and I love the analogy of "squirrels burying their winter stash"! Poor Thanksgiving does not get its due and I have mixed emotions about Christmas after all my years in retail. I am thankful that I am no longer one of Santa's elves :) I love your beautiful rendered water color fall images. Thanksgiving brunch sounds wonderful for a change of pace, enjoyed with a small group of friends. I have a recipe for a fall French toast that I'm sharing next week that we enjoyed whem my sister was down visiting a couple of weeks ago. I'll look forward to savoring your Autumn bliss. ♥

  2. Sarah, we are still very much enjoying fall and our beautiful weather. My Christmas decorating will begin after the Thanksgiving dishes are put away! Great job with the watercolor photos.

  3. Hi Sarah, What a beautiful post, love the images! I don't rush into the Christmas either. I like to give each season/holiday its time. I usually decorate closer to the second week of December. I like to try and do it the way the Victorian's did, but that would mean I wouldn't put the tree up until Christmas Eve, keep it up through The Epiphany and keep the greenery up until Candlemas, the second day of February and this was the traditional ending to the Holiday. That's just all wishful and romantic Victorian thinking though. So we shall see how it goes.
    Have a wonderful day!

  4. I still love Waterloguetoo..:) And fall.

  5. I love the water color effects! Gorgeous. I am still deep into fall, no Christmas here, yet, although my kids have white lights strung up in their rooms. Teenagers with a car and money can override my intentions! They actually look very pretty and with today's boho styles, they look like they could stay up all year long...and since teenagers are usually better at putting things up than cleaning things up, they probably will be! ;)

  6. Lovely effects Sarah - do you use Waterlogue?
    No signs of Christmas around the cottage yet and it won't be happening until December arrives!
    I've really lost my decorating mojo lately - nothing is changing in my decor, and the thought of digging out all those boxes from the attic does't really excite me.

    Hopefully my state of mind will change once the world returns to some semblance of order!
    Love, Mary x

  7. Sarah, I just love your watercolor pictures. I can't tell you how pretty they are. I think it is a little too early to start Christmas for me, although the day after Thanksgiving, I will get to it with a vengeance.. I love Christmas the best but autumn and the harvest is pretty to do too so like to give it a little more time. I'm trying not to rush the seasons and to enjoy each one, but my heart must admit to doing Christmas in my mind already!..Happy Weekend..Judy

  8. Oh I really enjoyed your art. You've made wonderful paintings.
    Blessings for a Christ Centered Thanksgiving!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
    Do drop in!

  9. I am not even ready for Thanksgiving, let alone start Christmas decorating! Your photos look amazing. I absolutely love watercolors. Dianne

  10. I'm not one to rush the season, but this year I'm having to hold back a little. I'll wait until December 1st, or thereabouts before getting into a little decorating. The Advent calendar and Nativity figures come out earliest. Your images are so gorgeous - love watercolors.

  11. Love your pictures! I'm thinking about Christmas decorating but will hold off until after Thanksgiving. Autumn's beauty has slipped away here and we're expecting our first snow!

  12. Lovely post Sarah, love the watercolor photos. I love Thanksgiving and enjoy sharing this special day with family. The hutch definitely showing colors of autumn. But, that said I do love to get a head start with Christmas. Like some of your neighbors Jim has already put the tree up . Connor will make photos in front of it for their Christmas card! I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful Sarah and I know your brunch will be lovely. Happy Thanksgiving……….xxoo

  13. I'm with you, Sarah, and share your sentiments of savoring Fall before it's gone into the Christmas rush. It's my favorite time of the year and I like to enjoy it. I'm leaving for Ohio on Sunday to cook Thanksgiving dinner for my 86 year old mom. It'll be so nice to to do something for her.
    Enjoy your brunch with friends and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your special chef! xo

  14. I am true to Fall and I do not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. Fall is so lovely and often Thanksgiving gets pushed to the side. Have a great Brunch. the watercolors are quite lovely.

  15. I'm trying to really enjoy this last bit of November and Fall. Christmas will be here soon enough. Love the 'watercolor' photos!

  16. Dearest Sarah,
    Yes, I'm all with you; still holding on to the lovely fall and like you, we've enjoyed a lovely walk!
    Sending you hugs and blessings for a happy weekend.

  17. Hi, Sarah...I never start decorating for C'mas until the day after Thanksgiving. We always have all our children and their families for Thanksgiving and I want it to LOOK like Thanksgiving and not Christmas. This year, several grands that have been out of town in the past will be with us...about 20 if boyfriends don't come...if they do, about 23 will share our table. I am so excited.....

  18. Beautiful fall images you've shared, Sarah! I normally refuse to rush Christmas, but it's getting so that I can't finish everything if I don't start earlier. I'd planned to have some decorating done already, but I got sick with a nasty cold. I do love Thanksgiving and everything it stands for. I hope you and your loved ones have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  19. Those watercolor pictures are beautiful!! I am holding off til after the holiday to begin Christmas decorating. Holding on to fall i guess as its barely started here

  20. I so enjoyed this post, Sarah. Lovely watercolors.

  21. I love the waterlogue look at your community.

    I am bemoaning the fall because we have had little rain and I can't justify using precious water on my garden. It is not a pretty sight or site.

  22. Greetings, Sarah -
    Those photos are absolutely beautiful - would be lovely framed as art! Lots going on in my world, so I'm going to wish you and yours a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving!! So grateful for our friendship via the blogs.
    Take care, my friend.

  23. I simply love your pictures in this post, Sarah---they add a sense of magic to the season so many of us love. It seems fall is so fleeting while other's get to us with excessive temperatures that tease, delight and disappoint. I remember many Thanksgiving days that were perfect Indian summer weather. Yesterday we had 11 inches of snow and with temps today of 23, so much of it turned to ice. It makes me sort of give up on fall when my mums are frozen stiff! lol! I am not in any mood to rush into Christmas but I lose so much of my mojo trying to juggle the decorating, shopping, wrapping and social events, I try to do a little bit here and there. And believe me...this is a new strategy, I find it works now.

    Your Thanksgiving plans sound perfect. On the contrary, we went from small to large as our family has grown and we have started to include extended family to dinner as opposed to just dessert. Tons more work but heck, it's just one day! :)

    Sorry for the long comment---I hope I haven't missed too many of your posts. Wow, time flies and I try to get in an hour here and there on my computer when I can. But I'm wishing you and The Chef a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

    Jane x

  24. Such pretty pictures Sarah!
    Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  25. Sarah,
    Your photos are just beautiful. Did you use Waterlogue? I have a Pinterest board for pinning Waterlogue and similarly enhanced photos. Several of your photos are already on the board and some of these will be added. Years (and years) ago, I took a watercolor class and loved it.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and continue to enjoy Fall to the fullest before moving into the Christmas spirit.


  26. Love all of your watercolor pics!! I just put fall away and am anxious to pull out holiday decorations!! I hung up my large Santa picture the other day, and the carolers are in the china cabinet. Just got my new Swarovski snowflake in the mail today, so that tree will go up soon!

  27. Love your gorgeous watercolor photos Sarah! My porch is still welcoming guests Thanksgiving style, but my neighbor has all of their Christmas lights on and tree up. My upstairs is still all about Thanksgiving, but I must confess that I have started on the basement. Have to holiday home tours coming here this year and I decided this old gal can't work quite as long as she use to. lol! A few hours here and there and a break or two in between. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  28. Gorgeous watercolor photos. The autumn is put away and Christmas is already out. I'm excited about the Christmas in Texas Blog Hop!

  29. HI Sarah,
    The water colours are divine, and I want to move into the last painting.
    Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful, a bid you a blessed one.
    Thank you dearly for taking the time to visit me!
    I will see you soon.
    Looking forward to more you inspire.

    Again the water colours really fit the theme of your holiday plans, and what beautiful works of art.


  30. I love the watercolor photos….so pretty!

    I am in total agreement with you, Sarah. I just decorated for Thanksgiving this week! We'll decorate for Christmas on Black Friday. I would love to see more of your velvet pumpkins. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  31. So pretty! Was this done in Waterlogue? I have the app on my phone and it's awesome! Fall is my favorite time of the year for sure, but I actually started Christmas early this year (very unlike me). We had a foot of snow last weekend so it doesn't really feel like fall anymore:( Thanks for linking up to Vintage Charm last week! Hope to see you tomorrow after the pumpkin pie! xoKathleen

  32. Beautiful watercolors! Happy Thanksgiving, Sarah! Our Thanksgiving seems to be different every year. I get a warm fuzzy feeling right after. The beginning of the Christmas season is always the best for me. The decking out just slowly unfolds. But the days just fly by!


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