As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Morning Meanderings {In Which I Talk Thanksgiving and Kitchen Updates and Sunday Snapshots)

So here we are, on Monday of Thanksgiving week (!!), and I am wondering how in the world it could be that time again. Is it me, or is November really the shortest month of the year? Once Kati's birthday arrives (November 2nd)'s Christmas! How does that happen? 

This will be our first Thanksgiving celebrated at Pineapple House and I'm so excited! You may recall that at The Farmhouse, we rearranged entire rooms for Thanksgiving. The dining room table came into the big farmhouse kitchen and the love seat and school desk went into the small dining room. Last year, we brought in a folding table too, and we actually had three big tables in our kitchen to accommodate our group of 24. We loved having everyone in one room and it was worth all of the trouble. 

Last year's three tables

But Pineapple House has the dining room/living room that flow together (one of the things that drew us to this house!) and we are planning on having one looooong table.

Last night, we had a planning session/dress rehearsal. What tables? Tablecloths? Do we have enough cloth napkins? Do we have enough chairs? Who will sit where? Which dishes? How to decorate the tables?

We are thinking about the Grandmother Dishes with creamy white and green accessories, and we haven't "ironed" out all of the details yet (and, yes, some true ironing is needed!), but the real adornments will be the beautiful and thankful faces around the table!

A few weeks ago, I told you about our plans for the kitchen.  Well, we have been working on it a little bit at a time. Ron has not had days off, but we have been taking available evenings and parts of Saturdays to remove the wallpaper, prep the walls, and paint. Over the weekend, we finished painting the entry/island area of the kitchen, as well as the wall that flows into the hallway. (Painting the cabinets will come later, perhaps this winter.) This completes all of the painting that we will do until after the holidays.

The color is a grey-green-tan. There is a long story behind it (isn't there always a paint color story?!), and it is not exactly what I thought I chose. But, in the end, I decided to embrace it, and now I love it!

I am hoping that Ron will get the new shutters made soon! (With the old ones down, I feel like I am living in a fish bowl!) And we are still hunting for the right chandelier to replace the stained glass one. But I am very pleased with our progress. Having that one section of the kitchen "quieted" makes the whole room feel fresher.

Here are a few pictures of the newly painted space, but I have to say that it looks much better in person. The amount of light that is streaming in through those windows makes it difficult to read the true colors. (I'll try again once Ron gets those shutters made; they should diffuse some of that light.)

And now, a few of my favorite shots from yesterday's family gathering...

Please excuse the tilted view, but I was scrambling to capture the moment as Paul was waving to Papa who was sitting at the opposite end of the table. "Hi, Papa!" 

Cranberry upside-down cake with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Macie was fascinated with the sea turtle that Aunt Kati was putting on her head. :)

Kati and Alaine modeling their "camera" t-shirts while Owen is being a ten-year-old boy! ~grin~

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 


  1. I love the photo of Paul and Alaine looks like a hipster in that pic! 😊

    I think the color looks like an authentic historic color! Perfect for your house!

  2. You are making good progress. Love the color. I'm sure it feels good to have something done there before the holiday! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving--know you will! "Come ye thankful people come!"

  3. The colour you have chosen is so calming, very quietly elegant.

  4. I like the color in the kitchen. I think it looks just right for that house.

  5. Love the wave to papa! Too sweet. You are making good progress and what fun to be able to have a looong table. Love it. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  6. Is that the trim paint you took back? No. It is a really great color. The kitchen looks light and beautiful. Very pretty, Cheryl. Glad to read that painting is done until after the holidays. Relief.

    The grands are so cute...and ten-year-olds are the same the world over. =D

    1. And how could I forget to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving?! Must have been thinking about the long table that will seat 24!

  7. The Pineapple House kitchen is looking lovely, more like you, Cheryl. I know you will enjoy having a long table with all of your family--how wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! ♥

  8. How lovely to plan a celebration in your new home - the first of many, Lord willing. Happy Thanksgiving, Cheryl, to you and your family.

  9. Love the paint colors and glimpses of your home and family.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and day ~ FlowerLady

  10. i love the planning part of events..
    your table will be admired & enjoyed
    by the hearts surrounding the beauty.
    precious hearts.

  11. That is such a soothing color that you have picked...I really like it! I am sure your Thanksgiving table will be beautiful, but more importantly overflowing with love. Happy Thanksgiving, Cheryl!♥

  12. Ever hear that saying, "the hurrier I go, the behinder I get"? I feel that way sometimes when it comes to the house. Love the color, and you have a painter! I'm the painter. As an empty nester, all our painters moved out and are now painting their own. I love the clean lines and simplicity of your home, and the welcoming atmosphere. As always, love to see pics of the fam. God blesses His people. Wish more could come to know that. Let's pray for that while we're being thankful. Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  13. A dress rehearsal! Now that sounds like an idea! I love the look of Pineapple House and I know it's always fun to fill it with people you love...and then to feed them! What a blessing! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Cheryl.

  14. What a sweet post! Your pineapple house is looking wonderful Cheryl. Happiest of Thanksgivings to you in this special place with your precious family!

  15. Enjoyed seeing the various nooks and crannies in your new home. It's looking lovely. Like your pineapple welcome painting. And seeing all the precious faces around your Thanksgiving table. Joys galore!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend...


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