with december fast approaching i realize i am still at an utter loss how to stay warm and look like a lady. last year i hibernated under a huge l.l bean sleeping bag of a coat and destroyed many wonderful pairs of shoes.
this room makes me smile when i get dressed in the morning. i see bits and pieces of all the people i love. so many treasures in here were gathered in georgia or given to me by dear pals/ family. and it makes my heart feel so very full. and hi, i love love.
my first thanksgiving with my husband! he suggested the macys thanksgiving day parade because it reminds him of being at home and of his mom. this is our first time not going to atlanta for thanksgiving.
breaking in my new boots and breakin' out my bling. i have missed my pieces of flair. these are two new editions. one is a pendant of my new initials( thanks amybranch munn). and the other is an old pince-nez pair i had hoped to put my prescription into. alas, i am too blind to wear such a dimunitive frame.
my mom's thanksgiving care package. the ingredients and recipe to make pumpkin pie and a set of my favorite plates. i love my mom. today ed and i are just a pair of peaches. in the big apple. eatin' pumpkin pie... and freemans later because i was too intimidated to take on thanksgiving dinner in its entirety!
i am always thankful for...
my husband. mom. dad. lisa. amy. barry. penny. mama. momma and poppa stelling. daniel. john. pop. kristie. rankin and travis. jessica. chelsea. corrie. petey-pie. haylie. john g. jessica. lauren(lo-ball). nikki and laraine. amy m. mary p. maddy. kristi. haynes and hunter. and many, many more. i love the people in my life. i wish i could have them all here with me today. greedy gus that i am.
another slow start to the day. i love cold weather for its laziness. any excuse to savor my mornings with coffee, warm socks, and pretty dried flowers.
i really don't mind having dried flowers in the apartment. i love that i don't have to keep changing the water. cotton, sea holly, billy buttons, and pussy willows are pretty dear in bottles stashed all over.
my favorite pair of socks... well, more like stockings. they are comically big and thick as a sweater. these were a pretty funny find. no pun intended.
and i'm also so happy i found these duck boots from j crew. i fell in love with the peanut and cafe au lait color combination. and the shearling inside was a huge bonus. maybe eddie and i will go for a walk around the park later.
***side note... i was this close to buying a pair of hip-hoppy timberland boots. was feeling like touchin' on my ATL roots. but my husband begged me not to.
adding a new antique store to my menagerie. pretty funny antiques is a pretty adorable lil' victorian house in tarrytown, new york. the whole house is brimming over with irresistible junk-y goodness. i saw many things i wish i had room for.
what sweet spectacles! a true sight for sore eyes, but i had my eye on a particular mad scientist pair...
and a pair of saucy black and white wing-tipped brogues.
and an old thread spool cabinet. ooh this made my heart go a pitter patter.
and i had many a reminder of projects to finish in decorating my own apartment...
...like hanging my collection of old photos and artwork. geez louise, i haven't hung a single thing yet. shameful.
...and rearranging my many suitcases.
...and solving my impossible shoe storage situation.
we all walked away with a humble pile each. chelsea found a pair of witchy boots and an early christmas present for a pal. i also found a christmas gift for my sweet pete. and a few other bits and bobs that i will share later. i had to leave behind a pair of specs and a perfect, reasonably sized leather purse that i might have to phone for after my next paycheck...
sneaking out of the city with friends. chelsea cook, john gardner, and i hopped the train to sleepy hollow, new york for a sunday adventure. chelsea led us to philipsburg manor, a historic house on a sprawling 52, 000 acre plot of land.
walking through the cow barn, we were greeted by hanging gourds, corn, herbs, and horsetails.
and i met my first barn kitty, mischief.
and i found where they keep their sheep.
all cameras had to be put away once we entered the house for our tour. it's a shame because their were lots of charming bits of history i would have loved to share. particularly the sugar cones, fabric swatch books, and kitchen table.
a little fall still-life. my thermos and heart sunglasses.
my sweet chelsea cook.
chelsea's favorite view as we made our return.
the golden hour. i collected leaves like a mad woman. i even naughtily broke some low branches off. i'm terrible.
even the duckies came by to say farewell.
it was a beautiful day with beautiful friends. public transportation is so good to me, a girl who doesn't know how to drive. little day trips to escape the city is very good for the soul. we also hit up the sweetest antique shop (photos for later). and read scary stories aloud on the train ride back. it was a perfect fall day.
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