Three Decorated Faux Pumpkins

 Since my signature flower is yellow rose I decided I wanted to decorate a pumpkin with a yellow rose. I used faux velvet fall leaves and one light yellow rose. The faux pumpkin is light yellow with speckles. Since it is a Southern pumpkin it needed to wear pearls! LOL!

 The back side has dark leaves:
 Moving to the side:
From the top:

The front has lighter leaves:

The very top:

I displayed the Yellow Rose Pumpkin on top of

my Yellow Rose Tea Cart which also displays

my collections of yellow depression glass:

The top of the Tea Cart:

My Tea Cart is in the dining room:

I already had this large white pumpkin that I decorated with faux succulents last year. I put them in a safe place last year and haven't been able to locate them this year, so I had to redecorate the big white pumpkin this year.  I had this beautiful burlap rose and it works very well with more faux velvet leaves.

I display the white pumpkin on the end table

in the living room, along with a white

bird and faux leaves.

Living room coffee table has a wire basket with fall faux apple and pears in it.

The pumpkin pillow is embroidered with shiny thread!

Here's the last pumpkin I decorated. It is also a yellow/orange color. I had a sprig with acorns I attached to the top along with faux silk fall leaves.

I hope to show you more of my simple fall decorating in the next few days/weeks. I'm having a very hard time with the new blogger! Is anybody else having problems with it? Right now I can't figure out how to enlarge the photos!

I hope you enjoyed my fancy pumpkins!



Impromptu Tea Party!

What happens when a friend from your hometown in another state comes to visit? An impromptu Tea Party! Instead of going to a restaurant for lunch, or to the beach to eat on the picnic table (since it is still hot and steamy here in FL) we decided to throw caution to the wind and have a small tea party for two at our house!

My friend, Barbara came here to FL 

from our hometown, Huntsville, AL

I haven't seen her in two years, but we stay in touch on FB.

I set the table for two, using my Old Country Roses china

 I made some cucumber sandwiches and a few other things.

Egg salad sandwiches, assortment of tea breads, lemon curd pastries, and peach hot tea.

Ta da! Tea is served!

(Click on picture to enlarge)

We spent the entire afternoon chatting and looking at photo albums of our neighborhood and the school we both attended. How can you tell a real friend who loves you? She enjoys looking at your photo albums! True! Some people can't be bothered!

See those big smiles!

Lots of memories from days past! Many days, years!

Truth be known - we are old cheerleaders! You know we never stop cheering you on!
But, she is three years younger than I am!
Her story is that when I was a cheerleader, she always
watched me very closely and wanted to do what I was doing!
Then, three years later, after I graduated, she followed in my footsteps,
became a cheerleader just like me (three years, etc!)
She lived in the same neighborhood I did and I knew her sisters, but we didn't actually meet again until she came to FL a few years ago to visit her brother, and we renewed our friendship then. Every time she comes to visit her brother, we have to get together! We have a lot in common - kindred friendships!

Can't wait till next time! 



Pandemic Enjoyment

We are still sheltering in as we are very high risk, especially my husband. We pick up our groceries after ordering them. Sometimes we take a ride down to the beach and eat on one of the picnic tables on the side of the road, but for the most part we stay in. I plan to write about this eventually.

I haven't done a lot of reading because my bible verse practice keeps me so busy. I posted about that back in May if you want to scroll back there and read it. I do have some Devotional books that I enjoy reading daily, and I have several devotionals sent to me by email including Ann Graham Lotz, Joel Osteen, and a few others.

Here are my favorite Devotional books:


 I think most people love this one!



Chuck Swindoll was very popular back in the 80s and I read some of his books, so when I found this little book I wanted it! Some of my favorite quotes are in it.


Corrie Ten Boom was also popular in the 80s and I loved reading her books back then, one is The Hiding Place. When I learned she had a devotional I ordered it from Amazon.

Below are some books I ordered the past few months and I'm enjoying reading them. Three of them are secular but good clean entertainment.



Dare to See is my latest book. I saw Katie Brown on TV talking about it and it sounded interesting so I ordered it. I've just started reading it a short time ago, so far so good!

I like Hoda Kotb and I think she is well-liked by all, she is very good about not expressing her political opinions and I like that! This book is a secular "devotional" - a daily collection of good stories, advice, etc.  Most are happy, some are a little sad.


The little book below I learned about watching Hoda and Jenna's show: It is very unique and interesting. Sometimes a little hard to understand, but enjoyable. Sometimes I have to go back and re-read the page I just read. I will finish it soon, then I will read the whole book all over again as I'm beginning to understand what she is talking about!


This tiny book has excerpts from the book above it.

Another enjoyable entertainment I can recommend is coloring!  I always loved coloring when I was a child and now there is coloring for adults! This is from my daughter's bible verse collection. This is uncolored "before," the one below is "after" I colored it.

"After." I colored it to match the colors in my master bedroom


My daughter plans to design more of these coloring pages with bible verses, different ones for each room of your house! 

You can order these from her website:

You can also join her blog for free and receive free bible verse twice a month, plus lots of other freebies!  


 Something else I would like to share with you:

Joe and I watch the EWTN Mass on TV each morning at 8 a.m. Since we are still sheltering in we don't go out to church yet. We have grown to love watching/hearing them (a different priest every day) and look forward to each day! Last Saturday, August 29th we watched this Mass about why we shouldn't vote for anyone who supports abortion (in any way.) He gives a list of scientific reasons as well as moral. We have a moral obligation to protect the unborn. We will be judged on Judgement Day if we support abortion.
It is now on YouTube for all to watch.

Click here:

I'm asking my Protestant family and friends to watch this and pass it on to others. I think you will be glad you did.











 A bed made of canvas or of rope mesh and suspended by cords at the ends, used as garden furniture or  onboard a ship.

 There's something about a hammock that bids
a welcome to all ages. Granted certain ages
should just view them from afar!

Comfy under the blossoms!

Have you ever been on a hammock?
We have and somewhere I have pictures
of that occasion, but I can't find them.
We were at Hilton Head about ten
or more years ago. 


It  was fun and I should also say


Funny to see two people 
over 60 trying to get into
a hammock, and to
stay in it without 
tumbling out! LOL!


With staying in so much
this summer, I spend a lot
of time entertaining myself
looking at Pinterest and

I've been sharing lots of
pretty and interesting things
from Pinterest on Facebook
and decided to do the same 
here on my blog. 


Some of my family and friends are 
so upset and lonely staying in
during this pandemic
so I've decided to have a
little ministry of helping 
them enjoy being inside so much. 


I say thank you Lord, for
providing computers,
cell phones, iPads, etc.
to help us entertain 
ourselves during this time.
And, also brains to understand
how to use them at this age! 


 I've enjoyed seeing the different colors
and designs of all these hammocks.
Do you see a favorite?
Of course mine is this one -

 The prints are so colorful!

Could you take a nap here?

Or do you prefer the

 Even in a fancy place
like this:

 You wouldn't catch me in a
hammock these days!

But, it's fun to pretend and to 
dream of times past. 


I enjoy seeing how people like
decorating the outside of their
homes, as well as the inside.

 How about that birdcage above
this hammock hanging from the tree!

 Or pretend we are on an
island someplace.

 A vacation far away?

Can't you almost feel the cool ocean breeze here?

Beautiful color!

This one is called a romantic hammock:

 For me, for now, I think I just
prefer this lawn chair with the 
legs on the ground, maybe no
chance of tipping it over!

 May your dreams be happy ones!