Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!


"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Planning Thanksgiving Day at Pimperl Place

We will be hosting Thanksgiving Day at Pimperl Place this year for the entire extended families on both sides- mine and hubby's.  We hosted Christmas once before for the same crowd, and that's a lot of people to put in our house, but we did it.  I remember at one point, looking at the spiral staircase and seeing children sitting on the steps all the way to the top! I should have taken a pic, but I was a little busy!  Our family has changed since that last time when everyone was here.  We've lost my mom and I miss her terribly.  We've had some weddings and a new little one (who isn't so little anymore!) has been welcomed into the world.  And the family is still growing...we have a niece who is expecting twin boys, and could be on bed rest by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.  If she can't make it, then my sister and her family will stay home to share some turkey with my niece and her hubby...So, at this point, it's hard to say exactly how many we will have. What I do know is that it will be a house full and we are so excited and looking forward to sharing the holiday with the loved ones who do show up.  

So, for the gathering, I've been tweaking on my decorations around the house.  The powder room is always fun to do, because I have this wonderful shelf that is great fun to decorate. This year, I've pulled out some of my own original artwork.  

The large sunflowers piece to the left is a pastel, the pumpkin one at top right is a watercolor, and the bottom right one is charcoal.  I love to paint pumpkins- I've painted many.  I look forward to bringing them out each year, to appreciate them for just a couple of weeks, and then they go back into storage until pumpkin time the next year...


The walls in this room are blue, not purple.  It's hard to get a good pic because the room is tiny, the lighting is not good for photography, and the flash changes the colors when I try to use it...The actual color is more like the photo at the top.
  







I'm going to keep the living and dining rooms simple with just a few fall touches scattered about.  I shared my table decorations in the last post- the biscuit paddle with the little pumpkin and candles.  I still need to find my big turkey that's hanging out in a storage bin somewhere, and that will be it for decorating.  I'll try to take pics when it's all pulled together.

As a side note, as you are decorating and making menus and guest lists, let me encourage you to think about those around you who are not able to be with family, whether it's because they are working, studying, or serving in the military away from home.  It would mean so much to them to enjoy a hot meal and the company of a family.  My husband is retired from the US Air Force, and I remember way back when he was on active duty and we were living in a military town, I would always ask him to find out who wasn't going to make it home for the holidays. We would invite those individuals to our house where they became our family for that day. It creates memories and lasting friendships, and makes the holidays so much more meaningful when they're shared.  Friends, family and a warm home with good food to be shared- it's what I'm thankful for.



Judy

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7 comments:

  1. Can't wait to come for Thanksgiving Little Martha!! <3

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    1. I'm looking forward to it too Missy! I'm not sure that Martha would be impressed this year...things seem to be getting more simple as I get older.

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  3. Hi Judy, love your artwork and the way you decorated your shelf. My married name is Hanks. Your name caught my attention while I was reading another decorating blog, so I signed up to receive emails. Looking forward to more decorating posts!

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    1. Oh my goodness! We must be related...we should get together some day and compare notes. Thank you so much for following along, and I hope you find my future posts interesting and inspiring. Have a great Thanksgiving!
      Judy

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  4. Your fall colors look so pretty agains the blue walls. It's the perfect backdrop. Your arrangements remind me I have some pheasant feathers somewhere I need to find!
    Looking forward to meeting you at our blogger's meeting next week!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I am looking so forward to meeting you all on the 12th. See you there!
      Judy

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