Just a Friendly October Reminder

Today’s just a friendly October reminder post inspiration comes from the beloved L. M. Montgomery  Anne of Green Gables quote “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

Most of you know the role music plays in my daily as it is constant company while I write, cook, source, develop- you get the idea.

I posted the following image into the post, being sure to take thoughtful note of the weight and meaning of the words.  Although in a degree of deep thought, the public service announcement caught my ear.

Turning my full attention to the PSA, the subject of the spot made me think of yet another famous quote and how its meaning serves to further the message.

“An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure.”
– Ben Franklin

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October is National Fire Prevention Month, and the week of October 9 is Fire Prevention Week.

Take the time this month to put safety measures into place to help prevent a fire in your home as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.  Discuss and devise a fire escape plan with all members of your household.

Around the house tips for preventing a house fire include:

Changing furnace filters regularly will cut down on a buildup of dust and lint that can catch fire.  Inspect space heaters before and after each use, making sure to place heaters a minimum of three feet away from anything combustible.

Never place items close to the heating element or pilot light of a water heater.

Clean out the dryer lint filter after each drying cycle.  Give the area behind and around the dryer a quick check for lint build up or laundry items that have fallen under or behind the dryer.

Kitchens are hot spots for a house fires to originate in.  Never leave anything flammable near the stove or oven or on stovetop.  Be mindful of kitchen towels and oven mitts when using around heating elements.

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Never leave the kitchen area with pots and pans in use on the stovetop.

It’s so easy to become distracted by something else.

I know how easy it is because I did just that a couple of weeks ago and burned up a saucepan.  UPS knocked on the front door, I got into a conversation with the delivery guy, and totally forgot about the brown sugar onions cooking away on the stovetop burner.

Crisp autumn nights tap the shoulder with an October reminder.  When using a fireplace, give the ashes ample time to cool down before disposing of them.  Always place fireplace ash in a metal container used only for this purpose.  Never mix ash with any other trash or product.

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Ginger Barber Design

Creosote buildup is the lead cause of chimney fires. Hiring a professional chimney sweep to clean your chimney at least once a year is the way to go.  Our chimney sweep even wears the traditional outfit and top hat.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms.

Carbon monoxide, better known as the silent killer, is:

  • Invisible
  • Odorless
  • Tasteless
  • Flammable
  • Deadly

Common household sources of carbon monoxide (CO) include fuel-burning appliances such as:

  • HVAC systems boilers
  • Water heaters
  • Gas and wood fireplaces
  • Gas ovens
  • Washers and dryers

Carbon monoxide alarms/detectors is the only way to detect carbon monoxide.  

Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms equipped with a 10-year battery cover the spectrum of both smoke and carbon monoxide detection.

The Kidde Worry Free 10-Year Sealed battery smoke and carbon monoxide combination detector  with voice alarm is a battery-operated (no hardwire required) smoke detector that comes with a 10-year lithium battery lasting the life of the alarm.

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Smart safety and smart home protection is found in the Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector.

It has an industrial-grade smoke sensor, detects both fast and slow burning fires, can be silenced from your phone, detects carbon monoxide, and lasts for up to 10 years.

Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

A working fire extinguisher is as vital a piece of kitchen equipment as a stove or cookware.

Places In The Home is equipped with both two  recreational fire extinguishers for the washroom and bedroom area and one kitchen fire extinguisher for the kitchen/breakfast room area.

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1-A:10-B:C Recreation and 10-BC Kitchen Fire Extinguisher (2-Pack)

Having a working fire extinguisher is one thing.

Knowing how to use one is another.

Remember the acronym PASS when using a fire extinguisher.

Pull the pin on the extinguisher.

Aim the nozzle low toward the base of the fire.

Squeeze  trigger.

Sweep nozzle from side-to-side.

Make time this October to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, and if your home is already equipped with them now is a good time to replace the batteries.

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Just a friendly October reminder to roll up your sleeve and get your flu shot.

Getting a flu shot helps to reduce the risk of getting the flu and the complications that come with it.

The one and only time I had the flu it liked to have killed me.  I was down for almost eight weeks, with one week of that spent in the hospital.

No, thank you.

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October is breast cancer awareness month.

Annual mammograms can detect cancer early when it is most treatable. The American Cancer Society recommends that women at average risk of breast cancer begin having a yearly mammogram at age 45, and a mammogram every other year beginning at age 55.

Getting your mammogram is a pressing matter in terms of procedure and prevention.

Mammography is a fast procedure (about 20 minutes).

Discomfort is minimal for most women.

The procedure is safe.

Early detection through a routine mammogram is one of the attributing factors in my mother’s breast cancer being caught in the early stages which contributed to her survival.

It made a believer out of me, so every October a mammogram it is.

Housekeeping goes beyond the everyday of all things house that make a home.

Prevention and wellness drives this well-oiled machine we call home and family.

Just a friendly October reminder to embrace the beauty of the season, and to do what it takes to keep you, your family, and your home safe and healthy.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Let the Sunshine In

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday opens up the window to let the sunshine in.  A glorious spring day sun kissed by nature and seasonally blessed with pleasant temperatures is made for open windows and a let the sunshine in attitude.

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Vivi et Margot

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Taylor & Taylor bay windows

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Traditional Home

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I hope your weekend captures the essence of spring, the comfort of home, and a little let the sunshine in time.

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Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

The Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 guide features gifts that run the gift giving gamut from color, pattern, texture, all in good taste, in the garden, kitchen or spa to spring to summer chic footwear, treats for the sweet and all things house that make a home accessories.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas 2018

A thoughtful, gracious or funny Mother’s Day card shows and tells your  mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends how much she is loved, admired and appreciated.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2018

Hilarious.

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Let’s begin with an across the miles video from HGTV offering 3 Mailable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 for your In the Garden, In the Kitchen, and In the Spa gift giving consideration.

In the Herb Garden Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

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Metal Watering Can – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

H&M Scented Candle in Glass Holder

H&M Scented Garden Herbs Ambiance Candle in Glass Holder

In the Kitchen Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

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My eye zeroed in on the In the Kitchen goodie box so that will be the source of Mother’s Day kitchen gifts sourcing.  The Jasmine Jones Mother’s Day Dish Towel  puts truth to beautiful words.

Jasmine Jones Mother's Day Dish Towel

Jasmine Jones Mother’s Day Dish Towel

Roots, memories, tastes and traditions traced to and from the place we call home.

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Draper James For the Love of the South

Recipes from the kitchen of …

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Kate Spade New York Lemon Recipe Cards   ||   Lemon Measuring Spoons  Kate Spade New York Strawberry Recipe Cards

 

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The Southern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print Apron features a celery, onion and pepper motif– the home sweet home taste of Louisiana.

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Olde Thompson Himalayan Pink Salt  ||  La Tourangelle Herbes de Provence Oil  ||  La Tourangelle Delicate Avocado Oil  ||  Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Food ||  Oneida® Stainless Steel Basting Spoon with Copper-Plated Handle

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Our Family Recipes Journal

In the Spa Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

 

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A&G Floral Bath Salts Boxed Gift Set

 

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Philosophy philosophy – Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme

 

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Set of 4 Cynthia Rowley Hello Gorgeous Makeup Towels

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A Picture Is Worth a Number of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

I do like the Mother’s Day gift giving ideas inspiration offered in this image.

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Pink mirrored aviators sunglasses.

Kate Spade New York Avaline Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Kate Spade New York Avaline Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Chic shoes.

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Tassel style.

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Gorgeous yellow and blush roses.   April showers bring May flowers oil painting on canvas for lasting Mother’s Day gifting.

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‘Rose Society’ Oil Painting Print on Wrapped Canvas

Sweets for the sweet.

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Godiva Patisserie Dessert Truffles Gift Box

100% Strictly for Fun Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 Suggestion

Fun is an excellent theme to work with, and this set of Argento SC 2pk Disco Cups with Straws is one for Mom and one for her to share on trend rose gold disco ball fun.

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Argento SC 2pk Disco Cups with Straws

Mama Places In The Home became a great-grandmother this year, and the amount of photos she has collected over the last few months is mounting.

She is one proud Grand Meme, and rises to every occasion to conduct her own “let me show you a picture of my great-grandson” show and tell.  Special moments and milestones make up our this is the life snapshots.

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kate spade new york Large This Is The Life Photo Album

Our mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends deserve a token of gratitude for all she is, means, and does to and for her loved ones.

I hope the suggestions of the Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 gift you with ideas and inspiration for selecting the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

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A Most Fetching Friday First Day of Fall Autumn Home Tour

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of fall by welcoming you all into my home for a fall autumn home tour.
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I try not to complicate the art of seasonal decorating.  Decorating is meant to be an enjoyable experience, after all.  Natural elements, seasonal fruits, vintage china, antique porcelain figurines and regional items familiar to the landscape of our small Southern town never disappoint the eye or occasion.

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Simple, neutral, and inspired by nature hit the high notes of this less is more fall autumn home tour.

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Working with what you have extends to lawn, garden and pantry.  Fall is nowhere in sight in Louisiana, presenting a canvas devoid of traditional fall colors and foliage.

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Dried hydrangeas (dead hydrangeas as my Mother so eloquently puts it) and ginkgo leaf holdovers from fall autumn home tours of past accentuate the crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears found in the produce section of the local Kroger, lending a simple yet elegant touch of fall to the dining room buffet.

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This so simple it’s delicious spice cake with maple syrup flavored frosting follows through with the less is more for fall theme.  I’ll share the recipe with you next week.  I’ve also got a fantastic serving suggestion for the pears to share with you.

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If you would have told me a week ago a wasp nest would factor into my fall autumn home tour decor I would not have believed it, but…

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My brother sent this wasp nest to me with the express intention of it being incorporated into my fall decorating plans.  It is oddly beautiful and quite unique- a step away from the expected.

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A pair of vintage porcelain figurines seem to fall frolic among Loropetalum branches and magnolia leaves.

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Fall Autumn Home Tour

Welcome home, fall!  Hope you all have a most fetching Friday and a lovely first weekend of fall.

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A Dream Home, Weddings and a New Baby Boy: Love is Blue

Love is Blue wedding week officially kicked off yesterday when the bride and groom to be dropped by to put a bow on last minute it’s all in the details wedding planning.  They love the wedding week themed accents and decorations on the dining room table and sideboard- save the date cards for both weddings (local and Canada), photos from family weddings past, and custom wrapped wedding gifts.

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Vintage ivory and wedding white lead the color palette, and a subtle hint of light blue celebrates the baby boy coming into our oldest nephew’s family this August.

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Light blue ruled the color scheme of the 1960s and 1970s wedding.  As I primped and prettied the wedding themed vignettes, the phrase love is blue popped into my head.  Boy, does that bring back a fabulous memory!

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Howard ~ June, 1975
These Happy Wedding Days are Yours and Mine

What a difference four decades make!

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Elle Decor ~ Chaz Cruz Photographers

I have always loved the song “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat.  The beautiful instrumental was a favorite song of a childhood friend. Each time I heard the song over the years my thoughts immediately went back to times spent at her house- one of my favorites in our neighborhood and one I spent countless hours in when growing up.  I had no idea a come full circle moment was in my future.

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Who knows why I was coming over to my parents house on this particular late Tuesday afternoon in the summer of 1986, but it turned out to be a fabulous decision to do so.  As I was getting close to my parent’s house (now our home) I noticed a U-Haul truck backed up to the garage of the house referenced above.  Flippers can spot a potential flip property a mile away.   This time I spotted a property a block away that maybe, just maybe we could buy, remodel, and call home.  I hit the back door heading straight to the kitchen Trimline telephone (no cell phones at the time) to place a call to Dave the Builder.  The Trimline telephone was about to put a new home in our remodeling hands.

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That phone call was a life changer for us, and the call to action fished out the information I was hoping to hear.  The owner (the father of my childhood friend) retained ownership of the house when the parents divorced.  He lived in the house a few years, eventually turning the house into rental property.

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Financial issues caused the one and only family to rent the property to vacate without notice (the owner learned of their departure when Dave called to inquire about the property).  Being in the right place at the right time opened the door for us to put in an offer to purchase the property.

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Be careful what you ask for, because you might just get it.  Don’t get me wrong, we were thrilled with the house however, disrepair is the best way to describe the interior of the house when we purchased it.  A state of disrepair proves a powerful bargaining chip in real estate negotiations, and being seasoned flippers we were unfazed.  The ink wasn’t dry on the closing papers when Dave and the crew got down and dirty with the demo. Once the nasty carpet, outdated parquet floors, tacky paneling and biting fleas went bye bye, it was time to make things pretty again. Working, measuring and consulting demands concentration, and I concentrate so much better when music is playing.  Standing deep in color fan deck thought, the sound of music pulled my attention toward the Nutone intercom upon the wall.

As if on cue from an afternoon in 1967, “Love is Blue” began to play on the radio.

Fate?

Happenstance?

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Whatever it was, the impact of this love is blue very special moment stopped me in my tracks of joyous tears.  Special milestones such as realizing your dream of home ownership, celebrating the weddings of a son and a nephew, and the arrival of a new baby have a way of doing that.

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Deliveries. Issues. Solutions. That’s the Way It Goes With Major Home Improvement Projects

My posting plan to bring you the companion piece post to Do You Know What It Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District didn’t quite make it to deadline.  Deliveries, issues and solutions have taken priority over my normal posting schedule, but that’s the way it goes with major home improvement projects.

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Home improvement projects are not without problems, delays and contractor issues.  Don’t you just hate that?

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We are now back on track, and from the looks of things it’s time to get things started up on the roof.

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Lawn and garden cleanup is on schedule.

And loud.

Dave reminded me, “if you think this is loud, wait until the roofers get started.”

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A good suggestion for surviving major home improvement projects is to always be prepared.

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Have a wonderful weekend.

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Sage Advice and Astute Observations

Sage advice and astute observations to ponder on this first Friday of fall.

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What Mr. Lagerfeld said.

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I simply can’t argue with this observation.

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I miss the days when no one gave a thought to licking cake batter drenched beaters, raw eggs and all. Lest we forget the days of eating raw cookie dough without an E. coli care in the world.

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Love.

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It really is all you need.

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Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home to recharge your battery.

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I hope you enjoy the splendor of the season on this first weekend of fall at your little house on the prairie.

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Feathered Friends On A Cloudy Afternoon

Storm clouds are hanging heavy over our part of the world this week. What’s up with this weather pattern?  Houston, we have a problem took on a whole new meaning and a whole lot of water Monday morning. Everything is bigger in Texas, including this most recent flooding event. My mother, channeling her inner Jim Cantore, kept me informed of the worsening weather conditions and rescue situations in the Greater Houston area throughout the day.

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Funky weather conditions can dampen even the sunniest of dispositions. We’ve had just about all the sadness we can take around here lately, making the distract and deflect act I have become abnormally good at a necessary part of a cloudy day.  Lighting plays such a significant role in our moods and energy levels.  The right amount of the right kind of lighting can promote a calming, serene and pleasing atmosphere.  Sunny days and the pristine natural lighting are favored, but not a 365 day reality.

What to do, what to do with the cloudy one at hand?

I know.  Let’s take a gander at what’s going on with our feathered friends on a cloudy afternoon.

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Dave the Builder put out bread and filled the chandelier bird feeder pots with seed late Sunday afternoon.  We kept watch to see how well the birds would respond to this first feeding of the spring season.

Robins, blue jays, doves, cardinals, mockingbirds, sparrows –

Feathered Friends On A Cloudy Afternoon

nature is well represented right outside our kitchen window.

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You would think a rainy, cloudy day would keep them away, but it seems the weather was just right to entice these creatures to turn out to feed and frolic.

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See the tilted and empty clay pots?

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Meet the culprit.

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Never underestimate the will of an alpha squirrel and the king of the yard swagger that goes along with it. This greedy gut and his partner in squirrel crime worked in tandem to tip each of the full clay pot feed holders over.  This was one seedy ground game.  A determined blue jay with expert aim dive-bombed the spotter squirrel and it was game on from there.  Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal and the sparrows circled the wagons, and the doves noshed in couldn’t care less fashion.  Victory was declared by the feathered finishers, and a pair of crestfallen squirrels cried “fowl” and retreated to the neighbors yard.

Just a view from my window on the world.

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