Friday, September 21, 2012

mums the word

Happy Friday, my friends! Can you believe tomorrow is the first official day of autumn?

Days are getting shorter, and there's a definite nip in the air. Cardigans are called for... 
Is there an outfit that isn't improved by the addition of a cardigan? I think, not.


It's homecoming week for the older girls. Pep rally, spirit days, the big game, marching band, rosy cheeks, and fancy dresses for the big dance. Thankfully, the strike's over and events can proceed as planned.

Picked up some of my favorite 'daisy' mums the other day, absolute happiness in a pot.

Fall has arrived.

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.
~William Cullen Bryant


17 comments:

polkadotpeticoat said...

What lovely signs of Fall in your neck of the woods.....
The naughty radio man said we might have a little snow it won't stay but not yet......just so much rain....Happy weekend!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Love your decor! Happy fall! Hope you have a great weekend! xo Holly

trish said...

Oh I can not wait to start wearing cardigans. I think that is my second favorite clothing item. Mary Janes being my number one. :0)
So glad your schools are back in session. I hope those days missed will not hurt the school year. I just love Friday night football nights! :0)
Your mums are gorgeous! I cant wait for a couple of pots for our porch.
Have a lovely weekend. Trish xo

Kim K. said...

Welcome autumn! Love your sweet porch and the gourds mixed with your ivy. I'm getting dressed in layers to head to Varsity football (dodging big raindrops).

Pinecone said...

I am happy for your girlies that the strike is over and they can have all of their fun!!

I really can't believe it is fall - it came so quickly didn't it?

I love cardigans too : ) xo

My Vintage Mending said...

Twinsets are the absolute staple of my wardrobe. They make even the most mundane tshirt pretty enough for pearls...smiles..Renee

vintage grey said...

Oh, how I love cardigans, too!! Such sweet fall decorations!! I am looking forward to getting some pumpkins. Have a lovely autumn weekend! xo Heather

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Ooo! I want some daisy mums! Pretty! We haven't had rain since July and we are surrounded by forrest fires so I'm not enjoying the cooler weather yet! ♥

Helen Philipps said...

Your fall decorations are so delightful, Molly! All your flower photos are beautiful, and I love the wire shelves and how you have decorated them.
I will be popping back to your previous post to note down all those books too :)
Wishing you a happy weekend.
Helen x

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

HIya! I thought of you when I found this ... now I haven't yet figured out how to get this stuff to the US, but take a look -- to die for, I had to share it.

Page after page of things we love!

http://www.dotcomgiftshop.com/

Vicki said...

I am sure to some, when I say this, that I sound incredibly ungrateful, but I live in the land of endless summer, which is the West Coast...and I'm so over it. As I sit here, the neighborhood kids are running around in bathing suits, it's nearly October, but we're 90 degrees outside in the shade at 3pm. Everything is brown and dry and dead and ugly in the landscape. Add in humidity, and the sky is gray, not blue, mixed with brown smog. I suppose we often yearn for what's elusive and what we don't have, but I long to know what four seasons are because, unless you're a California native, you almost miss the subtle change of seasons here; mostly, in recent years, we're just hot, and I seem to run the air conditioner 12 months per year now. We haven't even yet been "visited" yet by the dreaded Santa Ana scalding winds, so I can't even begin to think about pumpkins and it will probably be so hot on Thanksgiving that we won't want to roast a turkey. That's about how it shapes up here (and I'm less than 20 miles inland, so you'd think we'd be cooler). I envy your autumn, the way we all think and dream of autumn. I am acquainted with someone who moved to Evanston, and my cousin formerly lived in Springfield, so I know the winters can be severe, but I would like to, for once in my life, know what a true Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer is although my husband, who actually is from the Midwest, says "you can HAVE it; I don't want to ever be that cold again EVER!!" Apparently shoveling snow is not his cup of tea.

At the risk of sounding like a total Debbie Downer, can I just say how much I love your baby pumpkins. Those, mixed with confetti-colored corn cobs and an assortment of gourds and maybe even some pinecones thrown in...ah, the best!

Vicki said...

Oh, and cardigans? Not often here. I live in sleeveless sheaths most of the year. And a coat? I quit buying them years ago; it's never cold enough to wear one. The only reason I carried an umbrella this year was to protect my head from falling bug poop and pulverized leaves, as our three 150-year-old oak trees succumbed to the destructive oak moth in a 4-month period of mysterious infestation for which little to nothing can be done. The squirrels all left, as they have no habitat. Green acorns are falling prematurely in the heat (another reason for an umbrella, so as not to get divebombed; just wish it was for purpose intended, something we never see, which is RAIN).

Glad you could get back to a routine with the kiddos in school, with teachers having returned to work. It must feel good, like "settling-in" time, preparing for winter. As it should be. I can remember as a child, what a fun time it was in school, making Halloween decorations, drawing pilgrims, then rehearsing for a Christmas pageant. Busy, busy time of year, both at school and at home. But SO much fun! I still have a complete, drawn-by-my-little-hand "story notebook" of sketches and poems we made in second grade, starting with the travelers on the the MAYFLOWER (high seas!), planting crops, making friends with the native Americans, sharing the Thanksgiving table...learning about the beginnings of colonization on the East Coast. Enjoyable memories, fifty years later.

Your girls will never forget all the celebrations you create for them so beautifully!

Cozy Little House said...

Your porch looks so fallishly beautiful!
Brenda

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Simply charming. I love fall!!! Thanks for sharing with us.
Hugs and blessings,
Julie

koralee said...

Happy Fall and I must say your home is looking FALLtastic! xoxoxo

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

the front porch is looking fall festive and darling! hope the girls enjoy all their school festivities...how fun!!

The French Hutch said...

We had such a glorious Indian summer last fall, but this year we still have sizzling temps. Unless we get some cool temps we'll have a frost and miss out. Your fall colors are beautiful. Love the bench you found, it will work for so many different things. Happy Fall

~Emily
The French Hutch