Welcome October!!! . . .

Jim and I ran a bunch of errands today.  I'm wearing jeans, socks and clogs for the first time since April.  This will be my uniform most days until probably next April and I LOVE it because it means . . .


HURRAY!!!!  It's going to be such a busy October for us.  I realized the other day that most of my fall/Halloween decorations are packed away in the pod for our move later this month but I had to at least have an autumnal (love that word!!!) wreath on the front door.  I hated spending the money knowing there was a beautiful one in the pod but I couldn't resist.

I found it in The Christmas Tree Store.  Nothing too fancy or too expensive.  I did find a crow in the garage that hadn't yet been packed so I stuck him by the front walkway with a little pumpkin that I picked up at the grocery store.


This is my favorite time of the year and Halloween is my favorite holiday.  Right now it looks like we'll be moving either the third or fourth week in October which means I won't be able to decorate the way I like to for this time of the year but I'm going to make the most of it.  The good news is that we should be settled in our new house in time for Christmas decorating. I have so many things that I've collected throughout the years and from when I used to do in-home decorating parties.  I'll have a lot more space to decorate so I'll finally be able to use things that have been packed away in bins in the garage for years.  We also have a fireplace in our new house which means I'll have a mantel to decorate.  : )  I was on Pinterest looking at mantel decorating ideas.  I thought I'd share a few of my favorites for the fall. 

Fall mantel:
I think I'd use Bittersweet on the mantel instead of the ivy.  Ivy isn't really my taste anymore.

fall mantel decor:
I love this with candles.

fall decor on the mantel:

Fall Mantle...Love the Candles & Shimmer!  Love the soft, muted colors!:
Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with this gorgeous mantel decor!!!

Love this Halloween mantel!:

mantel idea:

Fall mantel lit by candlelight:
I love the chalkboard idea!!

Turquoise & Coral Fall Mantel at thehappyhousie.com-9:

A lantern on either side of the mantel with the bucket in the middle surrounded by lots of little pumpkins.  Adorable!!

Fall mantel with vintage printer's letterpress drawer tray and pumpkin seeds sign:

I could go on and on with all of these Pinterest pins!!!  They are just so darn addictive, aren't they???

Happy and safe weekend to you all.  We've dodged a bullet named Hurricane Joaquin here in New York.  There's still rain and wind but nothing like it would've been in the next few days if the storm hadn't taken a different turn.  I guess the weather goddesses are shining down upon us!!!  : )

~ Wendy


Sunday Sayings Inspired by the Pope's Visit . . .

While I'm not a follower of organized religion, I have a very strong belief in a Higher Power.  My belief has helped me thru some very difficult times in my life and continues to do so every day.  I've been following Pope Francis' visit to our country.  I am drawn to this beautiful human being.  For me, he symbolizes peace, love, acceptance and, most of all, hope.  To see people come together with such joy for this man makes me smile.  He truly is a Pope of the people.  He is a Pope of the children.  He is a Pope of the poor and of the sick.  I don't think he feels all that comfortable with all the pomp and circumstance that is bestowed upon him.  I think he just wants to do what I believe is what we are put on this earth to do.  Help one another.  Be kind to one another.  Love one another.  As I looked for a "Sunday Saying" today, I came upon one that inspired me because I believe it encompasses ALL of what we're here to do yet it's the simplest of things for most . . .  SMILE.  : )

We all smile in the same language:


Smiley face!:

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“We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls. We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as everything. If we destroy something around us, we destroy ourselves. If we cheat another, we cheat ourselves.” — Buddha:

happy face:

June 23 ~ movement:

Many blessings for a smile-filled Sunday and a beautiful week ahead ~ Wendy


Sunday Sayings . . .

When I'm remembering this life goes so much smoother.  : ):

 I need to remind myself of this every so often.  : )

Many blessings for a beautiful Sunday and a peaceful week ahead ~ Wendy


A Rainbow and a River View . . .

We've been busy with packing, back-to-school activities and tying up loose ends with the sale/purchase of the houses.  The Universe knows when you need a sign that things will be fine.  We got that sign in the form of a beautiful rainbow the other day while driving to my nephew's birthday dinner.  : )

I also wanted to share a photo of the view at the end of the road where our new house is. If this isn't incentive enough to walk around the block, I don't know what is.  This is why our town is called Cornwall-on-Hudson. 

In a few weeks the foliage will be changing and my camera will be busy.  We hope to be in the new house by Halloween.  Still taking it one day at a time here though.  : )

Many blessings for a very happy Friday and a wonderful weekend ~ Wendy


A Visit to Our Favorite Little Farm . . .

A sleeping chicken.
Megan's favorite.
The day's pickin's.
A pretty window box on the barn.
So pretty!!!!

Looking so little in front of the sunflowers!!

A true sign of fall!!!
A goat with icy blue eyes!!  Kinda scary!!!
Table linens.
Perfect for our new front door!!
"Autumnal" linens.  I'm so happy I get to use that word again!!!  : )
Halloween earrings that Megan fell in love with except she won't let me take her diamond heart earrings from her Mimi out so I guess she'll just have to admire them from afar.  : )
She's not as innocent as she looks!!!!  : )
Needs no explanation.  : )

In the parking lot.
In the rear view mirror.  : )
Sunflowers that are starting to look a little bit tired.  : (
I've yet to see a cat when we visit there!!!  : )

Thanks for joining us on our visit to Jone's Farm.  When I told Megan we'll be able to go there whenever she wants to once we move she literally jumped for joy!!!

Happy Tuesday!!! ~ Wendy


Remembering September 11th . . .

On September 11th, 2001, I was seven months pregnant with my son Brendan.  I remember walking my two older sons to school that day, looking up at the sky and thinking it was one of the most beautiful late summer mornings I had ever seen.  The sky was a brilliant shade of blue and there was not a cloud to be seen.  I walked back up the path and into the house and turned on the television to see what was going on in the world while I ate some breakfast.  My local news channel was showing a video of a plane crashing into one of the Twin Towers. This was the first glimpse I got of what would turn out to be one of the saddest days in American history.  I called my neighbor whose husband was a police officer in the city to see if she knew anything about what was going on.  As I sat on the stairs leading up to the second floor, staring at the television and talking on the phone I watched as another plane slammed into another tower.  At first I thought it was just another video of the first plane until I heard the news reporters and my friend screaming that it was another plane. 

In all honesty, it didn't even occur to me at first that there were people in the building and emergency services workers there as well.  I think I was just trying to wrap my brain around what I had just seen.  Something that was taking place just 20 miles from where I live.

The photo above is a very special one to so many people.  The man on the left is my uncle Harry.  He was attending a funeral that day and wasn't there when the towers fell but when he found out what had happened he drove there immediately and was down "on the pile" looking for survivors for weeks.  My uncle was a member of FDNY for more than 35 years.  One of the people he was looking for was the young man on the right.  His name was Welles Crowther.  You may have heard of him as "The Man in the Red Bandanna."  If you haven't, you can read about him here .  He is a true hero in every sense of the word and I was blessed to have known him from the time he was a young boy.  If you look at the background of the photo, you can see the Twin Towers.  Welles worked in Tower 2 and was also a volunteer firefighter in our home town.  Helping people was in his blood.  My uncle was very close with Welles' parents and would stop by their house on his way home from Ground Zero and give them an update at the end of every shift.  Welles' body was eventually found in the lobby of Tower 2 with many other members of FDNY where they had set up a central command station.  My uncle Harry passed five years ago due to 9/11 related health complications.  His lungs were ruined by all of the dust and everything else that they were breathing in all of those months.  He is just one of many people who have succumbed to 9/11 related diseases.

Plaques dedicated to my uncle Harry and Welles outside of the fire house in Upper Nyack, NY where they both volunteered.
The Freedom Tower while it was still being built.

A couple of years ago we visited the 9/11 Memorial and the Freedom Tower while it was still under construction.  From the time you step off of the subway and walk up the stairs to its location you can sense that it is a sacred place.  The air seems different, the sky seems different and people seem different.  Everyone that visits there has there own personal reason for taking the journey there and whether or not you knew someone that died that day doesn't matter.  It will still touch you to your soul.

I was pregnant with this guy on 9/11/01.  : )

It has been 14 years and the sadness still sits right up at the surface on this day and so many other days.  When I see Welles' parents and sisters and my aunt and cousins I still could cry a river for them all.  When I see family members reading off the names on the television every September 11th I want to give them each a hug.  Name upon name.  Face upon face.  All of them, innocent victims of a senseless tragedy.

Lest we forget.

Many blessings ~ Wendy