Thursday, October 27, 2016

Yes, I Do Pay Attention

Close attention. Very close attention. And, if you tell me something or show me something adorable, I might just have to copy you. It is the sincerest form of flattery after all. Remember: I myself have not had an original thought since 1976 so I depend on you to think for me. 



The first thing I want to show you is my kitchen window. What? Stop laughing. You know that I am in love with that window, though I have to say that my new view is frightful. Why? Because those new neighbors like stuff. Lots of stuff and it all sits in their yard. We do not share the same sensibilites. To me, neighbors who do such things are giving the rest of the neighborhood a collective shove it. Did I say that?! Out loud? Yikes. I am slipping.





Yes, I have a sink full of dishes. Sorry, but THEY have a yard full of old vehicles, including a race car, a hideous aqua blue race car. 




The fun garland idea, turns out, is from Aunt Ruthie of Sugar Pie Farmhouse fame who now has a new You Tube channel. I watched a couple of them last night and enjoyed the second one best. I think that you would like them, too. You won't see this idea, but you'll see the kitchen sink and other similar ideas.  




Then, didn't Brenda from Coffee Tea Books and Me waltz in yesterday and tell  me all about a cute idea she had for a house number. So cute, I copied her. Yes, I did.


I do not know if Brenda stuck her chalkboard house number in a deck railing box. That can be my little contribution to originality. Ha!


It's amazing how hardy those marigolds are. The rest of my flowers are visiting with me in the living room.


The thought of letting them go is painful. I will probably be making some bouquets. Of course, I will let the mums carry on. (There is talk of snow...)




This is a view I don't often show from the north side of the house. This is the front door and you may know where I am heading with this...




Thanks to your comments, I was able to finally come in for a landing. Barbara from The Brown Bungalow told me not to put my sign anywhere where it could be stolen. Good idea! That meant that it would not be outside. My 14  from Ramsign is now on the front door protected behind a storm door. 



Say, are you thinking what I'm thinking? Check in next time and see!


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43 comments:

  1. It is nice to see the colorful decorations...

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  2. The color change there is beautiful...I need to get out and find some pretty leaves to pin up on my windows...tell me about that darling wreath around your 14...I love that...my sign hasn't come in yet...but will post it when it does.
    We are going to a costume party on Sunday and I am beside myself with glee...can't wait...it will be so fun. I haven't dressed up in Halloween clothes since my kids were little...xoxo

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    1. My darling wreath? A Christmas Tree Shop special for a few dollars. It came with a star in the middle, which I removed yesterday.

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  3. I love your 14 on the door, safe behind the storm door. Your kitchen garland is cute as can be. Also, I love the chalkboard. We've had a few neighbors who have a thing for cars. It's funny, you know when they are looking at a neighborhood to live in that they SEE that nobody else has a yard full of vehicles!

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  4. What a lovely garland, I may have to copy that one too. I also fell in love with the chalkboard and am wondering what else I could come up with. That is the beauty of blogging, sharing ideas.

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  5. Well, I see some beautiful decorations there. I wish I could do more to make my home have that homey feel. I will work on it. The cars in the neighbors yard would not bother me as my hubby happens to have his own garage and lots of cars sitting daily. Plus, he has been known to scrap metal for years so we have had plenty in the past just sitting. LOL!

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    1. A little at a time is how I manage most things.

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  6. Your home is always warm and inviting, XOXO

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  7. I love the leaf and recipe card garland, always nice to have something pretty ot focus on when the view out the window isn't so pretty. I wish I had room to bring all my flowers in for the night but they are pretty much on their own. It always makes me so sad to have to clear them out at the end of the season. I actually saw snow yesterday, it was a cold blustery day, more like winter than fall. I'm hoping we have a few more nice days so I can get the yard buttoned up and the garden in order for the winter.

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  8. What a beautiful neighborhood you live in. So sorry about the new neighbors; seems like there always has to be that one house that is just different. Your flowers are gorgeous; hope they stay blooming for you to enjoy as long as possible. Looks like you found the perfect spot for your number 14.

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  9. {{{{grinning}}}}---thank you friend....and don't hit me, but it is snowing, raining/freezing rain here in western NY. BEFORE HALLOWEEN!!!! sigh.

    I just adore your post, Vee. smiles

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  10. Miss Vee...you are amazing! Your home is so warm, so inviting...I am so understanding of a neighbor that tacky's up their living space...we moved away from that a long time ago and it stressed me everyday! But look at your gorgeous view out the doorway..sigh..lovely!

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  11. The view from your front door is quite nice...beautiful fall colors going on! I like where your number finally landed...but maybe I shouldn't say finally :) Like you, I am going to have trouble letting go of some of my summer outside plants. Most of the flowering ones are about shot except my impatiens on my front porch which suddenly decided to start blooming again after being bloomless most of the summer! I also have 4 large ferns to do something with. I have room for one, maybe two in my house but now more. Oh well...

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  12. I always love your kitchen window! Sorry that the view is not as aesthetically pleasing as it once was. (Aqua blue race car indeed. Sigh...)

    Hey, it's not "copying." It's being inspired! That's what the internet is for, right? :D

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  13. I can't seem to get one comment made without a typo, even after re-reading it over and over. That last sentence was supposed to say NO MORE....my crazy eyes!

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  14. Wow...sorry about that change in the view from your kitchen window. That's a lot of color going on with those vehicles. I enjoyed seeing your inspirations as dear Cheryl calls them. I do like that 14 on the front door and am happy to hear that the storm door will protect it from theft. Blessings...

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  15. I know exactly what you mean about how letting go of the garden flowers is painful. I feel the same as I'm putting the garden to bed and bringing things in. My interior light is very poor and things don't do all that well in here during a Michigan winter. And I really love your banner. What a fun idea. (And boy, do I ever admire you to take the photo with dishes in the sink. I LOVE that -- it's so liberating to me!)

    I enjoy your part of the world and plan to visit often -- just signed up for email follows. Thanks for visiting me after stopping by BJ's. That corn casserole is a goodie and you can do lots of flavor variations to jazz it up your own way. I hope you try it!

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  16. You DO pay attention... I like where the 14 landed, ecircled by the wreath. And the garland over the sink. And the flowers. Little bits of beauty you have surrounded yourself with. I can understand why the view bothers you. My dad lives like that...actually much worse. Fortunately most of his neighbors can't really see the huge amount of junk in his carport and yard. Nevertheless, I am glad to live 2 1/2 hours away. It is very embarrassing and he is very stubborn, saying it is his property and no one is going to tell him how to keep it.

    As for my blog, if you click my profile link, it is the first one listed under "My blogs" ...Charm and Grace Cottage. Thanks for your sweet words about my drawings. :)

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  17. Inspiration, not imitation! Love your takes on other ideas - you make them your very own. The big trees and piles of leaves make for pretty views around your house. Sorry about the new neighbours and their insensibilities. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your mailbox...and if we're thinking along the same lines.

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  18. Vee, I so enjoyed stopping by this morning. Ugh, to your neighbors, just so, so tacky. It doesn't cost a red cent to be neat! Guess they don't know that. :o))

    Love all your inspirations, looks like you have a most warm and welcoming home. Blessings to you!

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  19. Well first off I agree with the others...it is NOT imitating, it is inspired. lol I LOVE the garland of leaves over the window idea! soo cute. And the chalk board is adorable! I soooo envy you your change of seasons and all the colors and leaves etc. We really almost have to pretend out here. And yes, I do SEE the mailbox idea, lol. Have a wonderful day Vee!

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  20. I think your home looks so cozy and I love how you change up your window. Mine pretty much stays the same all the time. Now, I'm going to have to check out Aunt Ruthie's You Tube shows. Didn't know she was doing those...sounds interesting!

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  21. Your home looks so cheery and cozy. You really are creative because you can take other people's ideas and run with them. I think the banner in your window is so cute. And I love the view out your front door with all the fall colors.

    Thanks for telling me about Sugar Pie Farmhouse. I watched the videos and loved them so I subscribed!

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  22. Your window is gorgeous♥ Sorry about your view being spoiled ☺

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  23. The mums and the pumpkin look very happy to be inside, Vee. The recipe card and leaf banner is adorable above your kitchen sink. Hey we get inspiration where we can find it, and I certainly get ideas from you and all the blog friends. I always enjoy seeing how you decorate your window sill. Mine certainly needs a little updating as the BP figurines are getting tired of being there. Have a lovely day. ♥
    Oh, your leaves are lovely and I imagine there will be raking soon. xo

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  24. I think it is great that you got some inspiration from others and then put your own twist on it.Too bad about the view from your window.....would a sheer/lace bottom curtain be less aggravating or maybe a window box with flowers in summer and greenery in winter.I do love the view of your street by the mailbox though.
    Thank you for your visit and sweet comment today.
    Carolyn

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  25. It's my personal opinion (and desire) that no kitchen sink be without a window and that the kitchen window over the sink is the heart of the heart of the home. No matter what the view outside (but I feel for you)--you can focus on the pretty scenery you display inside your window. I really like your banner. My granddaughter and I went pretty leaf hunting this week and ironed them into wax paper. We maybe should make a banner next time!

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  26. it's so nice to come here for a visit. I would comment on on the lovely things I saw here, but I really want to know what the recipe is on your banner.

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    1. from left to right...Scottish Shortbread (my mother's recipe), Cranberry Salad (my Aunt Jan's), The Famous Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins (from Betsy at Estelle's), and Parker House Rolls...Some can be found in my Recipe folder in the sidebar...

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  27. Too bad your city/village doesn't have some zoning laws that prohibits the number of old cars kept in the front yard! Cute garland and your number sign looks great there. Pretty view from the door!

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  28. I am so sorry about your spoiled window-view. In my part world you often see a hedge of pyramid cedars being planted when new neighbours spoil the view! Did you know that most of the North America's pyramid cedars are grown in my neighbourhood? They are shipped all over...along with some good Fraser Valley dirt. (That has become a bone of contention!).

    Your leaves are looked big most colourful and lovely over there. Your window display and other inspired ideas look great!

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  29. Your flowers inside are beautiful. So nice and full and gorgeous.
    Pretty kitchen window, too bad you have to look at all those cars.
    Your house number looks perfect there with the wreath. : )

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  30. Oh I loved this post Vee! You make everything look so cozy and pretty right down to your gorgeous house number and wreath! I rarely ever have an idea to do anything without an inspiration from what someone else has already done before me! You've got me wondering about what will happen with the mailbox scene .... You are such fun!

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  31. Oh, Vee...I could send you pictures that would make you run and hug your neighbors neck! We had a next door neighbor for more than a year that had every square inch of his yard covered in everything from refrigerators to beer bottles (junk cars and motorcycles too). I believe that I cried every day they were there. We even went so far as to "try" to put our house on the market but the realtor said there was no way she would accept the listing unless WE rented the neighbors a storage unit(s) and ask them to move their junk...that certainly wasn't going to happen so we "toughed" it out. I feel for you but just remember, it could be oh so much more worse!

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  32. I wish I could get away from the sewing machine long enough to do some redecorating! I hope that your flowers last through the winter for you-they are so cheery and pretty. You always do wonderful things with that window, Vee. This time included.

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  33. Your garland and your sign are very pretty! Nothing wrong with sharing ideas and inspiring others!

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  34. Oh Vee, how you do make me laugh; I just love your posts! :-D Not an original thought since 1976 huh? Too funny! My friend, I get it about your new neighbors -- boy do I ever. We had some like that across the street for about ten years. I can't believe we stood them for that long. They were DEFINITELY telling the rest of the street to shove it. In fact, I wrote a long post about them a few years ago, published the post, then soon after deleted it. I was afraid my readers would think I was really rude or crazy. They were truly the neighbors from you know where.

    I love your kitchen window, and I enjoy following its seasonal changes. The banner is really cute, and I'll have to check out that website. Congrats on winning the Ramsign; they make such nice products. I had to chuckle when I read your last line -- perhaps you're thinking of a No. 14 on your mailbox? ;)

    Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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    1. I didn't exactly "win" the Ramsign. 😏

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  35. I love your new "home" for the 14! It looks great! Love the peeks of your sweet home, and I'm sad about your neighbor's yard, that would not be so lovely to look at. Always enjoy a visit with you, and a ham salad sandwich half would do me just fine, yours looks wonderful! :)

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  36. Dear Vee

    Your home looks so warm and cosy. It is so welcoming. A perfect fall setting.

    Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

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  37. Love the mailbox! I bought a vinyl sheet from etsy to do mine. Has our last name on it.
    Beautiful plants and you got quite the deal!
    Joy @ Books and Life

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  38. OH.. .neighbors with junk in their yard is not nice at all. I would be thinking of a hedge mighty soon. I love how your potted flowers are still so beautiful!

    I always enjoy a peek into your home. It is truly cozy!

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  39. Haven't had an original thought since 1976?! Too funny, even if we know it's not true. When my children used to whine, he's copying me, I would intone, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." that would kind of stop them in their tracks. As in confuse them. haha

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