pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere

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There are piles of old books all over the place in my house. 

I do have a bookshelf but they still seem to spill out all about the house...

on side tables, bedside tables...even on an antique bureau I keep in the living room.

I change them up for the season so instead of witches and skeletons I have stacks of books

with tiny pumpkins on top of them, and candles to ward off the coming darkness.


I had all sorts of glorious plans for the weekend but came down with a bit of a cold so I ended up staying home and making pea soup. It always tastes so much better than it looks. 

I eat mostly plant-based so there is no ham in my soup. I put dry mustard in and sometimes a bit of molasses just to give it a more complex flavor.


I bought a bouquet of tiny yellow chrysanthemums at the market last week. 

They were only $5.00 as they are considered filler flowers for those making a more grand arrangement. I have much more simple aspirations however, so they fill a pear-ish shaped pottery vase and saturate the sunny window with their cheery yellowness. 


I have been home sick some of the week. This is certainly not a favourite but it does give one time for quiet which I was desperately in need of. I was able to sit and listen to the mornings begin with no place that I had to be. We live in a rather tiny apartment which is just the right size for us. There is only one window and a windowed door in our living room. I love the way the light comes in through the window in the morning and I love the way it changes according to the season. I suppose that is the photographer in me...this love affair I have with light. 

I moved an old wooden dresser and placed a small lamp there. Just across the way is an old home that has been separated into three condos. The third floor window also has a small light in the window that faces our living room and I love to see it lit. It's so cheery and welcoming. I'm glad to have my own little lamp in place in answer to their light. 


I have been sick most of the week and I have been able to spend some time with my husband. He works nights and I work days so we don't always get to spend much time with one another. It was a lovely silver lining. 

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  1. I'm sorry to hear you have been ill but hopefully...prayerfully...you're on the mend now.
    That vase of yellow flowers makes me smile. I LOVE yellow flowers.
    We also have books piled up on coffee tables and the side table in the family room. Most of ours are from the library that we're currently reading or our small group Bible studies we have joined. in the living room (MY room) i have all of my hiking and adirondack guide books hahaha.

    I hope you have a restful weekend and will be able to spend more time with your husband. :)

  2. I am so sorry you are sick. The cold has gone on for awhile! The flowers look so lovely, kind of farmhouse chic. I hope you get well soon!

  3. It is sad that you have been sick, but there are those blessings you mentioned--rest, relaxation, restoration. Extra time with your husband.
    I love how you use the books for your decor. I approve! Yes, there are always always books around our house, too. As we told our granddaughter yesterday, It's a good thing when you can say, 'so many books, so little time'.
    Be well and have a restful weekend.

  4. Hope you're feeling better!

  5. I'm sorry you've been feeling sick. I hope you're better now. It is nice to have the time to rest. I love the idea of books spilling out all over the house. I love your cozy arrangements.


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