Thursday, October 6, 2011


It is so good to be home again. We got in about 9:00 Tuesday night and it was so nice to sleep in my own bed. I hope we can eliminate this trip in the future {without sounding ungrateful, I hope}, as I think I have seen enough of Vegas for awhile. That said, we will be returning in June for Abby's 21st birthday, we have quite a large group going so far and I think it will be a blast. But the October trip...we'll see. There are so many other places to see and experience. But I did have fun and didn't lose my pants.

I came home to a bunch of dead sunflowers and dirty dishes but it was less of a mess than I expected. I spent yesterday getting the house in order and then had some quality time with my laptop checking out blogs and doing a little shopping. I needed some 'Activewear'. Somehow that seems to be the wrong thing to call it. I call it 'Laying Around Wear'. It was a productive virtual shopping trip and I even hit a few sales.
My son Jeff carried up the box of fall decorations from the basement and I added a few things here and there. My mantel is not satisfactory to me yet so I am going to play with it more. This is a neat wreath, you can hang it or lay it flat with a candles in the middle.
All is quiet on the kitchen reno front...the carpenters are working on the cabinets someway, somewhere, and the fabricator came last week and measured my counters and could be, at this very minute, be making my new counter tops. He said 10 days. But the cabinet fronts need to be done first. I am wondering if I have to empty them out if they are just installing the fronts. I really don't want to have to do that. I thought about making a little project out of eating everything that's canned or dried without buying anything else. Sort of how you clean out your vegetable bins by making soup. That will be less to take out. Smart. eh?
We have a busy weekend coming up. There is an event that Anne Marie from NaDa Farm has every spring and fall {she is a sweet and wonderful blogger}. She lives about 2 hours from here so I have talked The Husband into coming home early so we can be there for the Friday night opening of the weekend event on her farm. I missed it last spring as we were in Asheville. I really am looking forward to this and can't wait to see Anne Marie once again, along with many other bloggers.

Saturday, we head back to the lake. Our friends Craig and Snow will be joining us. Craig and The Husband have all the work to do {taking the boats out of the water and putting all the summer stuff away}, and Snow and I will be heading off to Dowagiac for the Under The Harvest Moon celebration. I've never been to it so I'll have to tell you all about it next week. Doesn't it sound like fun? I can taste the apple cider already.
Early tomorrow I am going to go buy my mums. The ones in Michigan are less expensive but a little on the shaggy side. The pumpkins there are nice and I also get haystacks. Most of the farm stands are selling pies and bakery now, too. Yum! Next week I can get to work on the outside of my house.
That's all I have for fall decorating right now. I only do my living room and kitchen as those are the rooms we use the most. But you know how it goes...every year you see more that you want to buy and soon you are venturing into the bathroom and den....
This is a poor shot, I'm still using my cell camera. You might remember my buying the sheer curtains from Target and forgetting 2 panels. I went ahead and put these up since the other window in my bedroom is a garden window and I'm just not sure how they will look. Anyway, I think they look nice {pardon the ivy growing on the screen}. The afternoon sun looks so nice coming in.
I lightened up the bed linens too by taking the duvet cover off {yes, now that it is getting cold and we need it}, and putting a white coverlet over it. Then I layered it with an Ikea throw and some grain sack pillows. Layla is happy with it. She will be burrowing under in 5 minutes.

Well, that's all I have for the 2 days I have been back from Las Vegas and as I said, I am enjoying being home. Now I have to get back to the laundry so I have something to pack for this weekend. I hope you have a good one! :-)


♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Love that wreath , Jane and your bedroom looks so cozy.. I see your pup is comfortable too.. I need to get a set of steps for my poms.


Desire Empire said...

I love how you guys decorate your homes for the change of season. Our seasons in Australia are not that marked so we don't seem to get into as much as the US.

Glad you enjoyed Vegas. I've been there and it was a blast , but for me once was enough so I understand where you are coming from.
Carolyn xx

Terra said...

Your wreath and the white pumpkin are very pretty, and I can see you are keeping very busy.

Janie's World said...

Everything looks wonderfully decorated for fall. I too get where your coming from about Vegas. Once every 4 or 5 years is plenty for me and I go because I love all the shows they have, I don't gamble at all.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Well, your decorations look better than mine, Jane! We've only been in the new place a week and I think my hubby either put my Fall decor in the attic already or threw it out "by mistake". I'm going to have to check that out tonight because I need to add some Fall around here. I just have a few Halloween pieces out right now. Yes, why do they call it "activewear"? I prefer something comfortable for just hanging around the house in myself.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I agree Jane it's always nice to go away but there's no place like home! Your fall touches look great! Have a great weekend, Martina

Marigene said...

Welcome back, Jane! Glad to hear you didn't lose your pants...there is only so much you can see and do in Vegas.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Looking forward to hear about your and Snow's trip. Sounds like fun! I know what you mean about Vegas, a little goes a long way. I love my own bed :)

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

Vegas is fun, but I feel the same as you, there are so many places to see, so why not mix it up a little. I need some new "activewear" too, but I keep thinking I need to lose a few pounds before I buy anything first. I could just buy something and actually exercise in it, I suppose. Hope you have a good weekend...Anne Marie's sounds like so much fun. I'd love to go too :)

RobinfromCA said...

You're ahead of me as all I've done is put some fall flowers in my french flower bucket! I'm with you on Vegas...a little goes a long way. Especially if you have to go there regularly. BTW, I think your curtains look lovely!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I love your fall decor, couldn't get past your gorgeous mirror...I'm still drooling over it's beauty. I know you're glad to be home.. travel is nice but... take a breath girl before your busy w/k..hugs ~lynne~

June said...

Hey Jane, it's good to hear you're home safe and sound and with your pants!!!!;) Can you believe I've only been through Vegas, but never really been there?!
Isn't it great to be home after a trip. I always like the feeling of pulling in the drive after time away.
Your Fall decor is lovely. And I can see why you were happy to be back home with a bedroom like that!

Leslie said...

Welcome home!!!! I love your fall decor, everything is looking festive!
Your bedroom is so gorgeous!!
Have a great Friday ~ don't do to much laundry, it's not good for ya.

Theresa said...

Welcome back, I missed your sweetness:) I have only been to Vegas twice so... I can still go a few times to see everything!

Love your bedroom, looks sooooo cozy! Enjoy your evening my friend, your Friday and the weekend! HUGS!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Always nice to come home Jane! Love your fall touches so far. Sounds like you have a couple great day trips planned-have fun:@)

Debi@7Gates said...

Jane, I had to back and catch up on all the goings on in your life. You stay the busiest of us all, galavanting off on your adventures, redoing your kitchen, and entertaining. Goodness, when do you sleep!! Your decorations are so pretty. I love this time of year. Your bedroom looks like somewhere I could get a good deep sleep.

Town and Country Gals said...

nothing better then getting back and settled in after being gone! Your fall looks lovely and your bedroom looks so cozy and inviting!

bj said...

Hi, Blondie girl, I love going to Vegas but, like you, when I get a chance to go somewhere, I'd rather go somewhere I've never been. We did have fun in Vegas, that I think about it...dang...I wanna go back. :))

Your autumn decos are looking great. I love your pretty mantel. Mine is so pitiful right now...I am NOT spending a penny for fall decos when it won't be anytime til we do it all for Christmas. :)
xoxo bj

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Everything looks pretty, but I am tired just from reading where all you still have planned to travel. Your a busy lady. Can't wait to see the new kitchen. Keep us posted on it, and have fun this week end.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

You have been So busy...but it sounds like so much fun! And this weekend looks like it is going to be even MORE fun!! Enjoy!!!

Your bedroom looks wonderful and the light shining through looks so serene!

Take lots of photos this weekend!

Lou Cinda

Linda Chapman said...

What a lovely post! I still need to buy mums and pumpkins! It was 87 degrees as Louis Dean and I sat out with our evening glass of wine tonight. Somehow I want to wait until it is at least 70 degrees and feels a little bit like fall to buy them!
Enjoy your weekend! It sounds wonderful!

Sonia said...

Very your canopy bed!! I did manage to buy some pumpkins and mums..still have to finish my fall decor. Glad you are home and had a good time in Vegas!
Happy Fall,
Miss Bloomers

Lori said...

Welcome Home! Love all your autumn touches Jane and your bedroom looks like a great place to curl up.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Everything looks so nice and cozy!

I just arrived back home last night and was so glad to sleep in my own bed too!!!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
Sounds like you have a fun and busy weekend coming up!
Love your bedroom, it's looks so pretty and cozy!
And of course I've met the cute puppy sitting there too.
We're having a b-day party for Addison this weekend. I am so behind in my much going on.
Sounds like you've had enough of Vegas! I liked it but I like variety and checking out new spots like you.
Take Care friend,
Missing you and hoping we can get together in December,.

Honey at 2805 said...

After a busy week, you are probably really for a weekend at the lake.

I've thought about that too, my active wear really isn't very active at all.

Have a great weekend!

Simply Me said...

I love your Bedroom !! Very Beautiful and warm !!

Pondside said...

This will be the first October in years that we won't be going to Vegas for a few days, as TGD still can't travel - I'll miss it. Vegas in October gives us a nice shot of sunshine as the rains start here.

NanaDiana said...

I am glad you had a good time, Jane-but I'm with you- I could not care if I ever went to Vegas just doesn't do it for me.

Glad your kitchen reno is coming along-you shouldn't have to take everything out if they are just doing door fronts-BUT-there will be dust flying around as they screw things in and adjust them,etc. I'll bet you just can't wait!

Hope you have fun this weekend up at the lake with your friend. That fest sounds like fun...behave yourself though- cuz you know how YOU are!;>) xo Diana

Diane Mars said...

Wow you are a busy gal! I bet it was nice to be home.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Jane, I am exhausted just reading about all of your activities ;P

Your autumn decor is lovely, and I think your bedroom is dreamily lovely.

Have a great weekend!

Ricki Jill

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love the white pumpkin with all the glass!
Vegas had to be so wonderful, like I said we have never been there, but I know what you mean it's always nice to come home!

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Jane! Traveling is wonderful, but it's oh so good to come home too. I have yet to start fall decorating, but hope to start this weekend, so I am enjoying your fall decor. Bentley loves to sleep on top of the duvet. I imagine it's like sleeping on a cloud for him. Have a fun weekend and take lots of pics of NaDa.

Susan and Bentley

Vicki said...

Welcome back for a day! lol Enjoy Anne Marie's...I am sure it will be lovely. Safe travels.

Mary said...

You're back and I'll be off soon! Busy life isn't it?

Lucy you going to NaDa Farm - that will be a great time I'm sure.

Hope the kitchen re-do works out to your liking - look forward to seeing the reveal later. BTW - you need to join us for Reality Shot Thursday - I saw your comment and I know you'll find it a fun meme.

Love and hugs - Mary

Bella Vista said...

Hi Janie, your fall decorating looks great...festive and charming. So glad you had a nice time and it is always so good to come back home, isn't it?

Have a wonderful weekend. We are off to buy some mums too.

Hugs, Barb

koralee said...

Such lovely fall treasures that adorn your home!

I am soooo happy your magazine arrived...the lady at the post office went a little crazy with the stamps!
xoxo Weekend hugs.

Nancy's Notes said...

Jane, great looking fall decor! Your bedroom is so cozy, I do love your little doggy stealing the show! Have a great weekend, enjoy being home!


DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Your home is looking Autumn warm and wonderful. I love your bedroom.
I am quite envious about you getting to go to NaDa Farm. : )
It appears to be a very big event!
Enjoy your weekend. I look forward to popping in to hear about it next week!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Love your fall displays, Jane! It is always good to sleep in your own bed, isn't it? Hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Jane said...

Love the fall decorations, and your bedroom looks so calm and relaxing. Glad you had a good trip, but it's always nice to come home, isn't it?

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Anonymous said...

By now you are at the lake, Jane. We are at the lake for a week. It is so pretty, this time of year.

Sounds like the kitchen project is progressing well.

Love your Fallishness!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Not pleased with your decor?! Why the desert sun must have gotten to you! I love your home decor. That mirror (fabulous) looks great with the wreath. Just the small touches are enough for me. Love it all!
New follower,

Karen said...

The bedding looks beautiful!

Daniella said...

I'm so happy you had a nice trip!! Your house decorations look awesome! Have fun this weekend!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well, I think you are off to a good start, Jane. Where do you get all that energy..Oh..wait..I forget how young you are! :)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Wow Jane, you do have a wonderful and fun weekend planned. I bet you buy some fabulous Fall decorating stuff. Stick something white up on the mantle to make things pop. xoxo

Sue said...

Don't you love climbing into your own bed when you get back from a trip? aahh.... cozy and comfy...
You'll get all your fall things organized soon and you'll be happy with the decorating. I'll put out Halloween in a few weeks- I don't like to see it out very early.

Elaine said...

Sounds like you have some nice activities planned. Wish I lived closer to Anne Marie, her sale sounds wonderful.

Have a great weekend!

classic • casual • home said...

The bed looks that "laying around wear!" Ha!

xinex said...

You have a very charming bedroom, Janie. Glad you did not lose your pants in Las Vegas, lol. Nice fall decor!...Christine

for the love of a house said...

Pretty! love the new linens!
Ella loves to be under the covers too;)

happy week!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

We'd say that you are doing good....two days back and decorating started? Good for you Jane (especially with a mess in the kitchen!!) Looking forward to your kitchen pictures! We're still planning ours, so I've been paying attention to everyones redo projects!! HAve a great day!