Friday, September 21, 2007

Potpourri Friday

"Grace means there is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and nothing I can do to make God love me less. It means that I, even I who deserve the opposite, am invited to take my place at the table of God's family." Philip Yancey

How I am enjoying these beautiful autumn days! Surely the beauty of our earth at this time of the year is a means of God's grace. Last evening my husband and I sat out on our patio and enjoyed the incredible day while drinking coffee together. It was just cool enough that a hot cup of coffee with cream made for a delicious moment. He worked on his spanish lessons (he is teaching himself) and I browsed through my latest CBD catalog to see what new books are coming. It was pure bliss. I don't know how many days we will have like this, but I hope to enjoy every one of them.

Earlier this week I put out my autumn decorations. It is my second favorite time of the year to decorate, my first is the 4th of July. Autumn decorations are so warm and cozy and bring a sense of calmness to my home. These are a few of my favorite decorations.

Note to self: Never, ever, ever allow husband and son-in-law to cook swordfish and shark in the house again. They did this on Wednesday and the house still reeks of bad fish. They enjoyed the swordfish but they couldn't even eat the shark. I don't know if it was bad or that it was normal for shark. We opened every window, lit every candle, turned on every fan and nothing would rid our home of the rank smell. Our clothes smell, our furniture smells, we all smell! Two days later there is still a faint odor mixed with the sweet smell of cinnamon which is the room deodorizer I have been using relentlessly. Trust me, cinnamon-shark-fish scent is not one that is ever going to be a big-seller!

This Sunday our church is hosting our first annual Rodeo Fair Family Roundup Sunday. We are holding our services over at the fairground with lots of old-fashioned family fun. Tons of food, lots of live music, family games, and a huge team-roping event. This will last from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. And this land which never gets rain is being told to expect lots of rain on guess what day? Sunday! So if you have a little extra time to spare during your prayers, please pray for no rain on Sunday! Maybe it could be delayed untl Monday - because we DO need the rain - just not on Sunday please!

I realized the other day that I have not posted a picture of my sweet dog Josey in a while. Please indulge me. We have two other dogs in our family, Buddy and Pebbles, that are loved too. But I have been told that when a person picks a dog that is one thing. But when a dog picks you, then you have the perfect pet. And my sweet dog Josey picked me. And I love her dearly. Here she is all pretty and smiling after her bath yesterday.

I'm going to spend some time this weekend putting the finishing touches on my Fall Into Reading list of books I intend to read. I'll be posting about that on Monday. In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!


Dawn said...

I LOVE your decorations. Fall (or autumn, a prettier word) is my very favorite season.

YOur fish story reminds me of a commercial I see about covering up fish smell with room deodorizer - I can't even remember what they're advertising, but it's funny! Sounds awful!

I'm e-mailing you again.

Becky said...

I'll post my list on Monday too. I am looking forward to it.

That story of the bad fish is sadly funny. Sorry. I can't even think of anything to help you. I think you have tried it all.

You autumn decorations are so lovely. I think I'd be better at this if we got autumn at a normal time of year. Our fall feeling days come around Christmas, which means I have already filled my house with red and green and pinecones and pine.

I did do my dining room table, and used the fun things I got in the giveaway that Karen had awhile back. Without that, I would have been is sorry shape.

Have fun on Sunday. No rain! Got it.

Karen said...

Your house is so cozy looking, and the fall decorations are lovely. I especially like the stuffed pumpkins by the fireplace! Did you make them?

Sunday sounds like tons of fun! Have a great weekend!

Corrie said...

Loved your pictures of the fall decorations and you CUTE dog Josey!!! I am sorry to hear about the smelly shark...your thoughts on the cinnamon-shark scented air freshener made me laugh!

Penless Thoughts said...

Nice decorating touches. I especially like the rectangular pumpkin!!! Never seen one like that before.

Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

Hope your church celebration goes great tomorrow. I'm lovin' fall as well, although our fall right now is green...then our winter will be brown. It's been so wonderfully rainy here, that all the flowers are still blooming.

Tara said...

I'll bet Jess was going crazy with the fish smell... she hates smelling like Dad's food when she goes to school!

pei girl said...

Hi Robin I just love your fall decoration and I also just love this time of year hope you had a great day today and lets hope it didn't rain.have an awesome day Robin (hugs from the island):0)

Angie said...

Okay, now come over to my house...but you may have to help my "find" where I put mine! Jeff recently "rearranged" my storage room!!!
Your fall decorations are beautiful! As to the "smell", I can only think of burning candles! Baking bread---pies---pound cakes---I don't know---just grabbing at straws here (or sweets!) do I sound hungry??
That's what happens when you lose sleep--- :)
My sweetie comes home tomorrow night and I will finally feel like "me" again!

gail@more than a song said...

I'm behind & trying to catch up after being out of town for the weekend...but wanted to say, I LOVE your fall decorations! Good job. I think my favorite is all the candles on a table, #07 I think it had under it. I'm sure you must be enjoying them all. I haven't done anything like that here yet.