Friday, September 20, 2013

When Will Fall Arrive? (And An Announcement)

In 2 days it will be Fall...

but it doesn't feel like it at all.

It's still pretty warm here and the humidity is still high.

The weather this year has been pretty strange...
Summer finally arrived at the end of August after raining practically all summer. 

My garden is all out of wack...I've planted my Fall veggie garden nearly 3 times. The  third planting of lettuce, broccoli and carrots can are finally taking hold. I cannot wait to have some organic, home grown Romaine lettuce. 
Ya know it spoils you when you have fresh picked that day veggies for lunch or dinner. It ruins eating veggies from the grocery store and even from good restaurants.

Ah, but I digress...
Since the weather is still very warm, I've only decorated one Fall vignette...
yep, the one I showed you last week. 
I've also been a little pre-occupied...Will tell you why at the end of the post...

Thought I'd try to get in the mood for Fall by posting some photos from years past...

 I had fun decorating our porch for Fall last year. I can tell you that I braved the heat, humidity and mosquitoes to clean off the porch and trim the shrubs on one side. Yup, only. one. side.

Still need to get to the store to buy some mums. I do love mums and they definitely say Fall. 

Ya think I could put out my Fall wreath, but alas it is still in the Fall bin in the basement.
Yup, I've just been shamed and I promise I will be heading down to the basement as soon as I finish this post.

One of my favorite Fall views is out the dining room window looking out into the front yard.
Currently, we still have a few more leaves than shown in this photo.

 When the leaves around the ajuga plant look like this, I know the weather will have cooled off.
I am looking forward to cooler weather and the leaves changing this year...
I'm also looking forward to Fall because of
 the reason why I've been pre-occupied for the last month ...
which is.....

We bought a mountain cottage. 

I shared a few pics on Instagram after we made the offer last month, but didn't really want to announce it formally until after we closed. We closed on Wednesday, but haven't been there yet. We are planning to go soon, though. 
Can't wait. The inside needs a total update and there will be tons of blog posts. I designed the kitchen the day after we put in the initial offer.
You're going to laugh when you hear what our realtor texted to me after the house closed on Wednesday but I'll save that for next time.

In the meantime, I'll show you a couple of pics of the outside, which thankfully doesn't need any  work, except for a couple of trees that need to be removed. 

Can't wait to sit on this porch and take in the gorgeous view. (We've already bought 2 wicker chairs for the porch)
I'm calling this a mountain cottage. What do you think? 
Does it look like a mountain cottage or a mountain cabin to you?
Hope you have a great weekend!



  1. So happy for you. I hope you have the best times there always.

  2. Oh how very exciting Pam...truly beautiful!

  3. Sorry, but I had to scroll to the bottom to see your big announcement first! LOL! Congratulations on your new purchase ... you guys are going to make so many fabulous memories there! Jealous! Tell me more about it ... where is it? And, I love your pics from "Falls past," now, go down and get those bins and get busy! Happy Fall!

  4. How exciting!!! It looks amazing. I know it will be once you get started. That is a dream of mine for the some day category. Can't wait to see what you do with it! I'm about halfway done with fall stuff but nothing on the porch yet...

  5. Oh Pam congratulations! It's such a cute place. I like the exterior siding- it's really nice. I can't wait to see the inside and your new kitchen plans. I want to see it as is! You must be so excited!

  6. Love all of your fall pics and soooo excited about your new house! Can't wait to see all that yo have planned for it! :-)

  7. Your home is stunning and I love it, and the cottage, wow, how fun. Can't wait to see more. Hugs, Marty

  8. How awesome!! It looks like mountain home to me! Too big to be a cottage or cabin. Can't wait to see everything you do.

  9. Pam, can't wait to see what you do with this cottage! It's looks like a beautiful place already! Love your fall porch!

  10. Aw congrats Pam! How exciting! I'd say it's a mountain cottage and I can't wait to see you transform the inside. You're right by the way, the outside is perfect! Super excited for you. xo

  11. Congratulations! You will make it your mountain home quickly with your mad skills!! I can't wait to see more!

  12. I've been trying to imagine what your "news" was going to be..guess I thought maybe you were moving (back to CA?). But this is very exciting!! Where is the house? And, of course, we're all waiting to see the great posts with the renovation. Congratulations!!!

  13. Cottage for sure and how exciting Pam!!!!


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