Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September Begins


A Pier 1 pillow I am sorely tempted to buy for autumn!

A new month begins. We're easing into fall, and slowly saying goodbye to summer. Today I take my outdoor umbrellas down, bring in the outdoor furniture, and change out my seasonal curtains and linens. Time to burn up the last of my lavender scented candles - almost time to get out the pumpkin-scented ones.

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Look ahead on this calendar at the upcoming month. Do you need to schedule any salon, pet grooming, dentist, doctor, optometrist, or other appointments for yourself or any family members?

  • Look at any upcoming birthdays this month. Get ready to send gifts, cards, flowers, or make phone calls as needed.

  • Take some time to look over your budget for the month of September. Not just your financial budget (which is very important too) but your time budget. Do you have time for gardening, homemaking, work, projects - but also time for family, friends, pets, and very importantly, yourself?

  • Eat some of the last of summer fruit before we move into enjoying autumn's bounty. Slice up melons, make fresh squeezed lemonade or limeade, or eat some ice cold watermelon.

  • Ready for Labor Day weekend? Packed, if you are traveling? Provisioned, if you are hosting?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Easing Into September

It's still nice enough to sit outside, supervising my dogs while I read a magazine. But I'm wearing a sweater, and my seat is slightly damp from some early morning rain. Today I'm making time to take down my outdoor umbrellas, put away my outdoor candles and dishes, bring inside some wicker furniture, and put away some decorations I had in the yard.

I'll also begin changing out my light summery lacy curtains, putting up chocolate brown organza curtains in the dining room instead. My hot pink and orange living room cushions will be replaced with chocolate-brown-and-light-blue pillows downstairs, and my fall green decorative pillows upstairs. I'm not ready to go full-out fall decorating (hauling out my decorative pumpkins, autumn wreath, etc) yet though.

On my mantel, the last of my summery candle scents are burning merrily away (lavender, Marine, and lemongrass). Tomorrow I'll light my fall-scented pomegranate candles left over from last year.

I'm looking forward to autumn, but sad to leave summer behind. And I'm a bit dreading a long cold winter with two hyperactive Labrador puppies trapped in the house much of the time!

LOVELY BLOGS: The Art of Living Beautifully


A lovely blog that I enjoyed browsing through today (though I was annoyed to have to scroll all the way down to the bottom, hunting for a way to turn the automatically playing music off). This blogger, Bella, celebrates the beautiful things in life and wants to share pretty things with her readers. She posts about home decor, delicious looking food, her pets, and some nice etsy shops she finds. You'll find this a relaxing and cheerful place to look around.

http://beautydoesmatter.blogspot.com/

LOVELY MOVIES: Easy A


This movie looks very silly - and seems it would be better as a "renter." But I'm eager to see it - I need something light and silly. Maybe I'll make time for a "chick flick" outing with a girl friend. It opens September 17.

Easy A, at IMDB

Easy A Trailer (EW.com)

Easy A Movie (Official)

Easy A, at Wikipedia

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

How Stuff Works: Organic Food Prices (Seattle Times)

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