I'm celebrating the beautiful
season of Autumn
by decorating my fireplace mantel .
It is amazing the difference
in theses first two photos.
The first one was taken at night
with the candles glowing
and my camera set for low light
long exposure, without flash.
This photo was taken in the daytime,
using full flash.
In the first photo our living room
wall looks like it is painted
a bright deep yellow and in the
second photo it looks white.
In fact the true color is
a pale creamy yellow.
My decorating started with a circle
cut from a scrap of fiber board
saved from a window shipping crate.
I used it last year (painted white)
for a Christmas wreath
with black & white family photos.
A few years ago I was in Wal-Mart about a week
before Thanksgiving and they were putting out their
Christmas decorations and all of their
Autumn decorations were marked 80 percent off.
So I purchased quite a few bunches of leaves
and little fake pumpkins.
I find that they get dusty so I just
hose them off with cold water
and dry them in the dish drainer.
They do just fine.
I think I'll spend the rest of my afternoon
curled up on the sofa with a good book, an afghan,
a cup of coco, and my Butchy dog.
How are you spending your day?
Remember to be nice to yourself.
Slow down and smell the roses,
so to speak,
and treat yourself to a
little bit of quiet relaxation.