1. The season of autumn and autumn decorations.
I have always loved fall. And I love to decorate my house (inside and out) with fall decorations. Recently, my husband and I went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a popular vacation resort that rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’ve never visited the Smoky Mountains, add it to your list of places to see. It is absolutely beautiful, especially in late October when the leaves are at their peak of fall color. I love walking in Gatlinburg, shopping in the stores, and seeing all the fall decorations.
2. My new owl bracelet
This was a gift given to me by my sister just a few days ago. I love owls and I really love this bracelet! It’s perfect for fall!
3. The One Year Bible (NLT)
I’ve recently started perusing this bible. Thanks Ann Voskamp (and your lovely blog) for the suggestion.
4. A new bear decoration for our black bear-themed den.
When my husband and I go to Gatlinburg, TN, we always joke that we’re “on a bear hunt.” Most of the black bear decor we have in our den came from the shops in Gatlinburg. I have very happy memories of my parents taking me and my two sisters when we were little girls to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and seeing black bears. Everywhere. Back then, trash cans were not bear proof and we often saw bears at picnic areas. It’s not like that now. When our sons were younger, my husband and I also took them to Gatlinburg, and seeing the black bears (mostly at our hotel!) was the highlight of our trips. My husband and I are both loving this resin (but designed to look carved) black bear head. We hung it above a doorway in our den and it just fit right in.
5. Bears on Log print by Marianne Caroselli
Nine years ago, I bought a 16 x 20 print called Bears on Log by artist Marianne Caroselli in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (which is 5 miles north of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park). I just absolutely adored it and I had it framed and alternated displaying it above my mantle with another bear picture. I always got a lot of compliments on this picture. Unfortunately, one day when it was not hanging but leaned up against our hearth, we had a leak in the chimney and water leaked behind the glass on this picture and ruined it. The framer tried hard to carefully remove the picture that was warped and stuck to the glass but it couldn’t be saved. I was sick. I got on-line and tried to find another print but all I could find was the 10 x 8 size. I searched for years. I even contacted the artist, Marianne Caroselli, who was so nice and gracious to try to help me find another, but she had no luck either. She apologized and told me she was no longer painting, only doing sculpting work. She gave me the names of all her distributors but I struck out in finding another 16 x 20.
So imagine how surprised I was last week on our trip to Gatlinburg when we found the same store in Pigeon Forge that we had purchased our other Bears on Log print nine years ago, and there on the wall on display was this:
I was ecstatic! I can’t wait to get this hung above my mantle again but am thinking I will re-frame it in the old frame I had. There’s just something about this picture that makes me smile.