1. I’m so glad you live in such a nice place with wonderful neighbors. I will be starting my Christmas decorating this weekend, too. Though every year I do less and less. It is so much work to get it all out and then pack it all up.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ivy! I hope one of your neighbors or your daughters bring you some food and visit with you for a bit.

    1. How do you do it. I have a cat Rosie and she is active , climbing the curtains, etc. How is your cat Ivy? Are you putting a christmas tree up? Please let me know.

  2. How blessed you are to have such loving neighbors. Sounds like your move to this apartment was one of the best decisions you’ve made. Happy Thanksgving!

  3. You have fantastic neighbors! That is something definitely to be grateful for!!! I chuckle at the red… I have opposing decorating LOVES… cabin, cottagey-retro. So how does that work? LOL. Either way, any color green goes with red and it’s automatically festive!!!

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  5. You have the best neighbors! Steve’s stories are hilarious! I hope he lets you take a picture of him. It’d be nice to put a face to the name. I can’t wait to see how you decorate for Christmas. This was such a fun post.

  6. Brenda, I want to echo J.’s comment about you living in a place with neighbors who visit and help and tell interesting, funny stories. So much better to be where you can enjoy a community of people. You were so isolated in the other place. I hope you feel the new situation more than compensates for the loss of your beautiful patio. Although, I think it would be too much for you now and you have made your smaller yard very lovely, too.

    I will look forward to seeing your Christmas/Holiday decor. I like some red at Christmas time, but I also like a lot of green and white and silver, too. Whatever you do will look lovely, I know and we all will love sharing it’s beauty. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Decorating!

  7. What a happy start of holiday blog!!! Enjoy your wonderful neighbors and decorating! Looking forward to the pictures of your home.

    1. I did feel happy writing this as I thought about all of Steve’s stories. I’m going to have to pressure him to get a photo so you’ll know who I’m talking about. He doesn’t want me to take his photo, though he’s a nice looking man.

  8. Can’t wait to see what you do Brenda, I’m scaling back this year and need some inspiration. Glad you’ve found a nice group of friends to hang out with 🙂

    1. I hope to give you inspiration. Plus I’ve been working all day on The Love Of Home #7 and a lot of good stuff to show you on it. Haven’t done any decorating. Everything sits around me like a storm blew through.

  9. I love red here and there. My favorite decor colors run between blue, sage green, gold, and red. Red always makes me happy.

  10. I agree with J, it’s nice to see that you have a group of neighbors to associate with and you sound very happy.

  11. Always fun to see what you do…cannot wait…I cut way back this year …especially love my mantel. Not putting up my tree.. and only did our gathering room instead of the whole house.. but it is very pretty anyway…did that other lady ever get moved in that had the nasty neighbor? Happy Thanksgiving to all💕

    1. Nope, Peg is still on the fence about keeping her house. No telling what she’ll end up doing when her lease is up in June.

  12. I’m glad you’re going to be decorating for Christmas and are bringing out some of your beautiful red items. Looking forward to seeing what you do as the weeks tick down to Christmas. I decided that I’m going with red, black, white and gold. When one of my sisters and her husband visited for Christmas last year Duke the Black Lab was a guest too, and it took me some time to remove all of his soft black hair from my creamy white sofa when the visit ended. My fault, I didn’t cover it. This year I bought a stretch “velvet” slip cover in black and it looks good, I wrestled it on the sofa a few days ago. No worrying about Duke’s black hair. I’m using already owned red and gold throw pillow covers and color coordinated plush throws – I did buy a new one, a super soft and plush red and black Buffalo check. I’ve also been looking at red “velvet” stretch slip covers for my four Parsons style dining chairs, Amazon has some tempting deals. The Christmas tree will be erected on Thanksgiving day and I’ll spend a couple of days off and on taking my time decorating it. It’s one of my favorite things to do, with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV in the background.

    1. That color combination should be beautiful. Good for you for being proactive about the dog. You put a lot of thought into that and it sound like it’s going to work. Better to work with the dog than worry about it.

  13. I’m so happy for u Brenda that u have neighbor friends to do things with! I’m the one that said it’s not good to be alone all the time! Now look at u baking cakes and making meals to enjoy with your friends! U even sound a lot more happier!
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!🦃

    1. You were right. I’ve gotten more social since moving here. Didn’t have any choice in the matter really! Our patios face one another all around.

  14. I love that you have such wonderful neighbors. Such a nice community in that apartment complex. Since you have the lovely green throughout your apartment, I think adding some red for Christmas will be great. What is more traditional at Christmas than green and red? Should be very pretty. Looking forward to seeing it.

    1. Last year I remember putting up the tabletop tree with silvers and golds. You all told me it needed a little red, and you were right. Not putting a tabletop tree up this year. I’d never sit down for having to fuss over it.

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