Falling All Over Ourselves
Hello Cottage Friends,
Are you as busy with fall activities as we are? Although the afternoons have been sunny and warm here, we know freezing daytime temperatures will soon be upon us. That said, we're spending most of our time completing outdoor work.
Such as our garden shed.
Are you surprised by the paint colors? Or is it pretty much what you expected?
Dennis has been working very hard on the landscaping. Digging and shoveling dirt, moving dirt, mounding dirt. It's dirty work.
Today he's adding rock to the dry creek bed. The black plastic keeps the weeds out. He'll trim it all back once he's finished, so it won't be seen.
Several days ago he finished the patio in the front cottage garden.
While he's been accomplishing all this, I've been decorating the front porch.
Overnight temps dip into the low 30's here, prompting a morning fire to take the chill off our little cottage. We like to drink coffee and watch the flames dance in our gas heater. A few days ago I started some interior fall decorating, as you can see by the mantel and Dennis' paintings hanging above it.
Dennis enjoys painting landscapes in each season, so I have the privilege and blessing of changing out the original artwork in our cottage at least four times a year.
Last night a friend gave me a trunkload of pumpkins -- large and mini -- so I finished decorating the mantel and added some fall charm to the kitchen.
This watercolor by artist Carol McLaughlin was a birthday gift to me from Dennis. He knows I love birds, and especially those our good friend Carol paints.
We shopped Dennis gallery and storage to find paintings that work with the colors in our sitting room. This oil is a scene from Oregon's Soda Creek in very early fall.
I like the way this oil painting repeats the fall colors in the throw.
"Taos Mountain" remains one of my favorite of Dennis' oils.
One more photo before I go. I think this skillet with veggies ready for Dennis to saute has a very fall look. Nearly every morning he makes breakfast, and vegetables are always on the menu.
So, dear friends, are you outdoors or indoors this week?