Hearth and Home…And Guessing Game Winner


TThis past weekend I spent time up in the mountains of Midway with five of my dear friends.

Susan’s SIL has a cabin up there.  She so graciously let’s us girls go there once or twice a year.

We use to always scrapbook.  Now days we stitch and sew.

We eat like queens and stay up till the wee morning hours,  We watch movies, stuff our faces with way too many goodies, and laugh till our sides ache!

The 2nd morning we awoke to a dusting of snow.


These pictures are of the valley below.


This valley is postcard worthy don’t you think?


Hubby had went on his final fly fishing adventure for the season.

When we returned home, our house was very chilly.

It took hubby a while to figure out what was going on with our furnace.

That’s when I realized how thankful I am for “Hearth and Home’!

I love going on get aways.  But I am always so thankful to be home.  Nestled on my own sofa and sleeping in my own bed with hubby by my side.

All we had to do was flip a switch on our fireplace and we had instant heat.

Often we forget how blessed we are!

My fireplace and mantle are two of my favorite things to decorate.


When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of a ‘Bountiful Harvest’. . .


I recently got this glass pumpkin as a club gift.  I love the colors and the twisty vine.


Pilgrims crossing on the ‘Mayflower’ . . .

 2011-11-07 Thanksgiving decor

Turkeys and such.


Causing us to have, ‘thankful hearts’


Oh but let’s not forget the Indians. . .


Look at this little guy I bought at a shop in Midway.  He’s called, “Ready for 2nds”.


Who could resist a face like that?

I’m so thankful for that first thanksgiving!

Now to announce the winner of the guessing game.  There were six people who guessed correctly.  I will tell you that Kimberly had a hard time choosing between apron #1 and #2.  In the end she chose #2.  Kris, one of my good blogging friends is the winner.  I have felt a connection with Kris from the very beginning.  she is a very talented and sweet lady.  Hop over and visit her. Kris at Simplify. Then on Weds. go visit Kimberly. Kimberly at Camp and Cottage Living. She will be blogging about her apron.

don’t forget to count your blessings!




I will be linking this post with:

Mary at Little Red House for Mosiac Monday

Marty at A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

A Delightsome Life for A Return to Lovliness

One Tough Mom for Not So Tough Tuesday


genie said...

The mountains of Midway are gorgeous. What a wonderful place to have a cabin and how lucky you girls are to be able to there for your special get-togethers. I know you all had a grand old time. 5 of us used to meet in Charleston, SC, at the Isle of Palm until health issues put an end to it. Our picture albums tell the story we will never forget. Your home looks like it is ready for Thanksgiving...so nicely decorated. You are so creative. Thanks for a fine post. genie

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,

What a gorgeous view...You must have had a fantastic time....but I agree there is nothing like your own bed and home!!
Your fall mantle looks all ready for Thanksgiving!
You must be counting down the days for the big day!
Enjoy your week!
All the Best,

camp and cottage living said...

It definitely could be a postcard!
It sounds like your ladies had a gay ol' time too.
I received my Christmas apron and I love it!
I'm going to model it on Wed. when it snows!!
I can't wait to see who wins one of your other
Christmas aprons tonight.

Pondside said...

Isn't it fun to go away with a bunch of good friends? The valley you showed is beautiful - no wonder you like to go there every year!

Kris said...

Hi Jann,
Your weekend away with the girls sounded like such fun! What a beautiful setting too, with the freshly fallen snow! So pretty. I too, am always thankful to be home, where my heart truly is!!

Pam Kessler said...

Wow, that valley is beautiful. Love your mantel. The stuff on it is very cute, but the mantel itself it gorgeous. Love the chunkiness of it.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love your majestic scenes! And I'm so happy for Kim! I can't believe I guessed the correct apron...I am never good at guessing! amazing! heehee! Enjoy your day! We have a foggy cold start this morning...but that will change soon! ♥

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Wow, the valley below is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by In His Grip.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What gorgeous images; and your mantel and vignettes are truly beautiful! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!

Kathy said...

Hello Jann,
It is funny that we look forward to vacations and get-aways, but then look more forward tom coming home, as you put it - to hearth and home. The views are lovely in your photos! Love your post - interesting our hearts and minds were similar this week!
Have a blessed week,

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

your right the dusting of snow in the village looks like a post card. Your mantle is so pretty, they are so fun to decorate!

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Did you make your own embroidery pattern for the "November 2003" piece? Love it!!!

Kathy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,