Monthly Archives: October 2010

Halloween Masquerade Party

Fall mums flanking the garage doors… Beautiful, fall scented candles… Whimsy here…. and there… and there, too… Painted leaves our backdrop, and crisp, fresh, autumn air waifing through the house. We’re ready for Halloween! ***** Welcome to my Halloween Masquerade Party! I plan to link up a few times over the weekend, sharing photos of […]

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Deb Chitwood @ Raising Figure Skaters - October 30, 2010 - 7:21 am

I absolutely love your photos! They’re so vivid – and they truly capture the spirit of the season!

Me - October 30, 2010 - 9:58 am

I’m jealous of your grown-up autumn-themed Halloween beauty (and I WANT those owls! Love ’em)! At my house everything is glued together by childish hands – a different sort of beauty, to be sure!

cathy - October 30, 2010 - 1:06 pm

wow, patty! i will take one of every decor item photographed. i am NOT kidding! the candles, the OWLS(!), the dish towel…and i want to come have and have morning coffee on your back porch with you. i will try to link up later!

Ashley Sisk - October 30, 2010 - 2:10 pm

I’m planning to take a few pictures of some friends’ kids today so maybe I’ll have a chance to link up. Sounds fun.

Laura Hegfield - October 30, 2010 - 6:32 pm

Great photos Patty! Happy to join the party!

joann - October 31, 2010 - 3:24 am

YAY! Spooktacular!

Nan - October 31, 2010 - 12:06 pm

First time here–wandered over from Ostriches Look Funny. Beautiful, beautiful photos. I’m no photographer, but I linked pics of my kiddos in their scary Halloween costumes from years past. Thanks for letting me play along.

Me - October 31, 2010 - 3:29 pm

Thanks for stopping by! I tried to add my link, but I’m new at this. . . I guess I failed. :( And definitley some adorable munchkin in costume pics coming right up!

doreen mcgettigan - October 31, 2010 - 5:57 pm

I just read your beautiful post over at Down Under. I’m going to look around; your photo’s are magnificent!

Cate - October 31, 2010 - 6:48 pm

Look at the vibrant colours of those trees! Off to explore what Halloween looks like now….

carissa... brown eyed fox - November 1, 2010 - 5:55 pm

your back deck! look at that view! canopied with such pretty trees! wow!
what a spot!

thanks for always sharing such pretty things…
you sure have an eye for capturing the beauty in the grand & simple things!

happy november! it’s really here!

imoomie - November 5, 2010 - 2:30 am

Oh, how beautiful your home is…oh, the warmth of fall!

Kellee - November 7, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Oh god, it is so pretty! I’d never see ANYTHING like that, here. Our leave are either still green, or dead and fallen. We have no fall, to speak of. :(

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down under

When I first met my husband, I held in my possession a singular round trip ticket to Australia for January, 1989, that included five layovers. I had planned this trip for over a year, saving both my money and vacation time so that I could spend four weeks travelling in the South Pacific. The layovers […]

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Ruth - October 29, 2010 - 6:02 pm

What a beautiful story.

Going right over to visit while you guest post.


Cate - October 29, 2010 - 9:51 pm

Oh you are a sweetheart – and you know that the guest bedroom is ready and waiting….

imoomie - November 5, 2010 - 2:34 am

I hope you’ll go one day, and it will be different than the original trip, but so much richer…don’t you think?

I get such a kick out of hearing about life in New Zealand from Cate, and learning new words and how are season are always different.

Kellee - November 7, 2010 - 4:27 pm

That story just makes me so happy. You were brave, both for intending to go on that trip and for being willing to let it all go for him. Amazing.


I see it there, in the corner of my eye, beckoning me, Pay attention! I ignore it, and go about my busy work. I have to, right? These lives of busyness that we’ve created, fast-paced and efficient, measuring a successful life by achievements, even if it’s just the number of loads of laundry. And still, […]

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joann - October 27, 2010 - 7:16 pm

I am glad you stopped. Thank you for this.

kendal - October 27, 2010 - 7:33 pm

be still and know

deb @ talk at the table - October 27, 2010 - 7:36 pm

there are times when it’s hard.. but often those are the times when it is most important.

Laura Hegfield - October 27, 2010 - 11:11 pm

I can’t ignore the beauty either…it beckons me constantly…and really, Patty…when you truly consider it…why would you want to???

brian - October 28, 2010 - 12:01 am

its easy to get caught up in the doing of things and forget about who we are being…and with. nice shots…lots of beauty to see….

elk - October 28, 2010 - 12:28 am

hard to ignore that bright the post ..thoughtful .. encouraging..always you friend

Cate - October 28, 2010 - 1:16 am


We don’t do Halloween really Downunder, but I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys all get up to, and am VERY excited about your guest post tomorrow :-)

Lady Fi - October 28, 2010 - 3:42 am

Words and photos – so beautiful and nourishing!

in the hush of the moon - October 28, 2010 - 3:39 pm

i’m crying. your posts always bring tears. there’s something so exquisitely holy about them… and convicting. for i know, in the end, the only thing that will matter is that we stopped and gave homage. as you do, so beautifully, my sister. love to you. xo

Amanda - October 28, 2010 - 6:29 pm

The part about the success, achievements, laundry – how I get caught up in that instead of enjoying the gifts, the moment, the beauty.

Sally G. - October 28, 2010 - 6:53 pm

That inner struggle between what is expected vs what we desire, responsibility vs inner whispers ~ perhaps it will always remain a teetering balance? I’ve stopped my day just to immerse myself in your photos. Thank you for this nourishing moment …

Dawn - October 28, 2010 - 7:39 pm

You know Patty, your post brought to mind, it’s not the destination but the journey.

LBDDiaries - October 28, 2010 - 9:47 pm

Visiting via Moments of Whimsy’s blog today (amazing post, by the way). This one said it all – we miss so much when don’t stop for a few minutes and just enjoy. What are a few minutes out of a day? You will spend those minutes on something, why not joy and beauty? I love this!

alittlebitograce - October 28, 2010 - 10:53 pm

oh so gorgeous! why do i get distracted from tasks for the wrong reasons only to ignore the beauty and holy for the sake of accomplishment? something to ponder…

Kellee - November 7, 2010 - 4:29 pm

That truly is beautiful. Yet another scene I would never find in my dry, desert surroundings. Thank you for sharing.

restoring jane: breast cancer {part 2: shop for the cause}

Have you noticed? Snowmen lit in Christmas lights? Eggnog in the dairy section? Holiday wrapping supplies at the drug store? It seems to come earlier and earlier every year, but this year, I had an idea. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, many companies are contributing a percentage of sales to Breast Cancer research […]

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cathy - October 25, 2010 - 6:17 pm

just buy two of everything you buy. you know i’ll love it!

Kellee - November 7, 2010 - 4:32 pm

That is a wonderful idea! Thanks for the advice!


I found this give-away at 11:35pm, and the deadline was 11:59. Boy, did I scramble! Julie was GIVING AWAY free canvas conversions of photos. I just have to pay shipping. I’m very excited to receive… and will {of course!} share with you then! Have a wonderful weekend and try to swing by the Less Than […]

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cathy - October 22, 2010 - 11:02 am

i was just suggesting to a neighbor that she get some of her photos put on canvas’ for her living room! absolutely no surprise we bought the same “…and be kind” wall hanging, but boy it sure did make me grin! xoxo

Cate - October 23, 2010 - 9:42 pm

You will be struggling to choose out of all of your lovely pics!
Congrats x

Kellee - October 24, 2010 - 6:04 pm

I agree with Cate, you’ll be struggling to choose!

Congrats on the win! :)

carissa... brown eyed fox - October 26, 2010 - 1:53 am

yes… how in the world will you chose… SO many great photos!

let us see it… would love that!

October Gave a Party….. » lifeingrace - October 22, 2010 - 12:06 pm

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