Thursday, November 12, 2015

Autumn Mantel - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  I'm back!  

It's been over 3 months since my ex-husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and moved in with my daughter and I.  Over 3 months is good...one doctor told him he only had about 6 weeks to live. The other doctors said it's hard to say but at this point, it's weeks-months.  We are taking it one day at a time.  He's doing okay now but he's been in the hospital 3 times since the first time he was there and diagnosed.  

 Because of all this going on in my life I haven't felt much like decorating or blogging but somehow with the change of seasons I'm now feeling like doing both!  A couple weeks ago I decorated my mantel for Autumn although it still felt like summer when I did it but FINALLY Autumn has arrived in Northern California! We've even had rain!  The last two Mondays we've woken up to rain! Rainy days and Mondays are good when you are in the middle of a horrible drought!


It's finally cool enough to turn on my gas fireplace! I've been waiting for this for awhile!


Do you see something green in the mirror below? Haha...yes I also have a Christmas tree up! My daughter and I decorated that Monday evening....more to come on that next week!






Thanks to all of you they came back to visit after I've been gone so long!  I've thought about shutting down my blog but after over 10 years of blogging it's hard to let go!  

Come back next week to see a little early Christmas! My ex-husband loved that we put up the tree early...he sat in the living room while Lauren I put on Christmas music and decorated the tree.  It was bittersweet!  


 If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden. If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog.


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32 comments:

Sheryl McLaughlin said...

Welcome back Cindy! Miss you so much!!

Mila Myk said...

Welcome back Cindy! Lots of hugs!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Cindy,
Sending prayers to you and your family. Thanks so much for hosting and for coming back to blogging!!

Hugs,
Deb

Pam Lauren said...

Welcome back! I kept coming each week to see how things were going. Glad to know you have had some special times together!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I've been checking in on you every time I've had a post, Cindy, so not giving up on you. It's nice to see you back, and thanks for hosting. ~Zuni

Sara Chapman said...

Cindy, I am SO glad you are back. I keep checking and was so happy to see you surfaced. Yes, after ten years, the blog pull is strong. You know you love all of us! Be well, be strong, keep being creative. We're pulling for you.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you Cindy for Show and Tell Friday. Sending prayers for you and your your family.

LostRoses said...

Glad to see you back again! So happy you're decorating too!

Kate Lynn said...

Welcome back! It's great to party with you once again! Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

Beeutiful by Design said...

I'll come back I have checked your blog weekly for updates and I'm glad that you feel like blogging again. Your family is in my thoughts

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Welcome back Cindy, your Autumn mantel is gorgeous! Thanks so much for the party. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.
Gina

Victoria said...

I'm sure your ex-H is doing much better than he would be if he didn't have you and your daughter taking such great care of him! Your mantel looks gorgeous! Although I don't participate in Show and Tell Friday anymore, I do love coming to your blog and seeing all your loveliness:) Being an apartment dweller myself, you've inspired me for years...xoxoxo

sheri said...

What a pleasant surprise when I opened your blog and found a new post!!! It's just not Friday without a post from you! Your Autumn decorations are really beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas tree. Sending prayers up for you and your family.

Theresa Begin said...

Cindy, I am so sorry you and your Family are having to go through such a time of loss and pain. I am glad to see that you've begun to feel the desire to decorate and blog again. Please know my prayers are with you and your family as you face this difficult time. Thank you for taking the time to host your beautiful Party, I know how much work it can sometimes be.
Bug hugs to you,
Theresa

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You are a blessing to your family! Great to have you back!

Kimberly Lewis said...

Hello fabulous! I can’t wait each week to party with you. Thank you! Please take a moment to stop by our party that goes until Friday at 7 pm. We love pinning and tweeting each masterpieces that come to our party. Lou Lou Girls

PattiLynn said...

Glad you're back! As a long time reader, it would be hard to take if you were gone for good. Your house is looking good!

Cynthia said...

Been thinking of you and your family, Cindy. Warm thoughts and prayers for you all.

tjshann said...

You have been missed. I have been following you since I saw an article about you in the San Jose Mercury several years ago. Love your decorating style.

Hang in there. I know these months will be tough. We lost my mom to this disease ten years ago. By the way, PANCAN is a great resource.


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Glenda/MidSouth said...

Glad to see you back. Love your Fall mantel - so pretty.
You have had a lot to deal with the last several months and can understand your taking a break. Hope you and your daughter are taking care of
yourselves, as it can be very hard on caregivers in situations like this. ((hugs)) to you and your daughter.
If you enjoy blogging, don't give it up, just take a break when you feel it is needed. I have not had much to share in some time, but appreciate your hosting "Show and Tell" each week. Thanks for what you do.
Enjoy your weekend.

Lynn Bean said...

Your mantle is so very pretty! So glad you have returned! I totally understand the role you are in and trust you will find comfort and peace.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Welcome back, dear one! I cannot even imagine what you are going through - please know that you are very special to be doing this, and your daughter is learning much from you about the definition of "love one another as you love yourself." I am sending up prayers for you three!

I think your mantle looks wonderful - and I am so happy you started your Christmas decorating early - and can imagine it meant a great deal to your ex.

God bless you. ♥

PS Thanks for hosting the party!

Melissa Wiges said...

Thanks for hosting Cindy!

Doreen said...

Hello Cindy
Thank you for sharing your blog & party even though life has been rough for your family.
I'm in SOCal, so send us some of that rain please :)

Brandy Cabana said...

Hi Cindy,

I don't know if I've ever left a comment on your blog before, but I am so moved by what you are doing - caring for your ill ex-husband at your home. What wonderful women you and your daughter are! I pray that you and your family are blessed with amazing precious memories!!!

Thank you for sharing this, and your beautiful fall mantle too!

michele said...

I am so sorry for what you are going through. Truly a place for you in heaven, though. Bless you. I am glad you feel like blogging and decorating again. We missed you.

Donna Pike said...

Beautiful as always. I have missed you, so happy you are back.

Susan in Katy, Texas said...

So glad you are back and keeping us updated. Pancreatic cancer is a merciless illness. You and Lauren are in my thoughts.

Debbie said...

I've been praying for you all. I know how difficult this must be, but so glad you are able to have him with you. You will never regret this time. Savor every moment. I am so glad to hear from you again! Blessings!

Rosalinda Reyna Espinoza said...

Glad to see you are back. I have been following your blog for a few years and I am
so glad you are back. Prayers for strength thru this time with your ex husband.

God is good. Only he knows the time. Enjoy every moment and live today as if it was your last...to the fullest for none of us know when our time will come.

My husband was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in May but by the grace of god it was
contained and the surgery was a success. Those days of waiting for final results were draining to us all. Keeping you all in prayer.

Persian_princess said...

So good to see you back, Cindy! I've been checking your blog periodically for any updates/new posts like so many others, but I certainly understand why you needed to take a break. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You're a wonderful and compassionate human being; the world needs more people like you.

Erin Ellis said...

We love to talk about our day while enjoying a pie from Marie's! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
Erin
ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com