Monday, October 3, 2016

october cozy

Thanks for all the help on my last post regarding the problems with Blogger. Guess I'll just have to wait and see if my blog roll reappears. Glad I'm not the only one this has happened to (not that I wish this on anyone!) and that Blogger is working on it.
(Update: I re-created my blog roll and put it back on my sidebar. Let's hope it stays there!)

The past four or five days have been nothing but dreary weather ~ cool temps, dampness interspersed with periods of rain, and endless gray skies. My favorite maple tree - the one across the street - is starting to put on its annual show. I love photographing the color change of this tree every year.

Despite the cool temps, some of my plants are still going strong, like this Boston fern. This is the first time I've ever had this plant and from what I've read, you can over-winter it indoors. I'm going to give it a try. 

This is the only potted annual I have left (Gerbera daisy) and a couple of days ago, even in the middle of all the rain, out popped a beautiful, bright pink bloom! I was really surprised for this time of year. 

Alongside the patio, there's still a lot of green. Another new-to-me plant this year was citronella, which is the monster potted plant on the left. I had no idea it'd grow that tall. The stalks kept falling over from the heaviness, so I had to prop it against the fence.

Inside, I've added snippets of fall decor in the living room...

The kitchen got a few autumn touches, as well...

We've been eating a lot of soup already, too. There's nothing better than a warm bowl of soup on a cold night for comfort and nourishment.

We tried this Creamy Vegetable Soup with Leek and it was absolutely delicious. A definite keeper! Easy to make, hearty and dairy-free.

Wouldn't you know it, no sooner than I started writing this blog post, than the sun came out! It's amazing how your mood can instantly pick up when the sun comes out after seemingly-endless days of dreariness. With that all said, I'm going to get a start on dinner in the Crockpot (tonight it's Butter Chicken) and then run some errands.

Happy October!


  1. Hi Melanie, Love your little "Blessings" pumpkins and it is easy to see why you love that tree. There was one in our old neighborhood that I loved watching turn in the fall. I'm not sure what is was, but it turned a bright yellow and it's limbs where the kind that spread out rather that trying to touch the sky.
    I've experienced a few problems with blogger in the past, but they have all fixed themselves in time. It's truly frustrating when our blogs are not up to par . . . but I'm not a technical person, so I have no choice but to wait for them to fix it and hope that they do :)
    Have a lovely week.
    Connie :)

  2. Hi Melanie, your plants are still looking good and I enjoyed seeing your fall decor around the house. Your soup sounds delicious, thank you for sharing. I'm hopeful that our blog issues will be fixed this week, it's been frustrating. I hope you have a good week ahead.

  3. You "Blessings" pumpkins are the sweetest!! :)

  4. I just adore that mirror in your foyer, Melanie! And that soup looks amazing! Now I have to go check out your butter chicken recipe - :)

  5. That soup looks amazing, Melanie...definitely perfect for fall. Your fall touches are so cozy...I love your "Home" sign!

  6. Fall is definitely in the air at your house. Funny the only one not on my blog roll is my sister, not sure what happened to her!

  7. Everything looks wonderful - even your soup is fall colors!

  8. Melanie, beautiful blog! Very October-ee feel to it!

  9. your family is very nice .may you see their joy forever dear,

    your garden is so gorgeous and house is beautifully arranged .food looks so yummy

  10. That citronella plant looks nice and healthy. I love ferns, they grow great down South (where I'm from) but not so much here in Kuwait. I've tried, even having them indoors, but they never last. Happy October to you!

  11. Your autumn touches are great - very cozy! My flowers are also making a bit of a comeback since the weather cooled down - my gerber daisy, roses and geraniums. Kind of like me -- I feel energized by this weather as well!

  12. I had to add my blog roll back since they seemed to have changed the app? anyway I see yours in back also. Such pretty Fall touches and that soup looks so good! Hugs!

  13. I have seen your blog-roll issue on many other blogs as well ( on a quilting blog this morning )

    I am going to check out the Leek Soup is soup season and I want to make one a's easy to fill a pot and then share with my sons' family close by

    The blessings pumpkins are adorable!

  14. It has been dreary lately....and today was pretty humid. You autumn touches are pretty and I've been putting a few out too. My ferns and Zinnias are going like gangbusters....Cooler weather always makes me feel better. Happy fall!

  15. The soup looks so warming and nice ♥

  16. Amazing what that sun will do . . .
    I woke up to a few rays and it was gone within an hour.
    I am over these non stop rainy days!
    I will stop by for a cup of soup . . .
    I hope you are smiling!

  17. I do believe that I can taste and smell your soup simmering all the way over here. YUMMY!
    I always enjoy your decorating, Melanie. You have such an incredible style and bring the best of elements together.
    Your Fall garden looks so good to me, I would love to have a real live Fall.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend,

  18. Our autumn has been the opposite, every day more beautiful than the last. The colors are just starting to show, and the weather has finally cooled. I can't wait to see the color change. It truly is my favorite time of year, despite the winter that follows. Let's just take one season at a time!


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