Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Thankful Season

It's my favorite way to set a fall table, a tray of gourds. The colors make me happy.

This is the corner next to our table. Each piece means something to me. The plant that a friend gave me as a going-away gift when I left school last spring. A rocker that was my dad's when he was a child. A clock that used to reside on my grandparents' mantel. A figurine of a mother, given to me by my own mom. When I sit at my table and look at this, it makes me feel happy.

Then I can look out our back door, which is right behind our table, and watch the sun set. It is a beautiful sight that I marvel at each evening. As if I'm surprised that it happens each day. There's an alfalfa field across that road and some cows go out to graze just beyond that. When they're let out to pasture, we can hear them moo. We live in town, but have the best country view.

I have no point here. Except maybe that I'm at peace again. We've settled in and are making this home. I still miss things about Omaha every day, but am feeling more content right where I am.

My mom asked me this summer (while I was in the middle of a big fret), "Do you have what you need for today?" Well, yes I do. I keep asking myself that question, almost daily. The answer so far has been yes every time. Then why on earth would I sit and worry.

I have what I need for today.



Jenifer said...

Words to live by! I love your bowl of gourds, they are the essence of a beautiful fall table in my opinion too.

Nan | WrathOfMom said...

I have three questions -- you don't have to answer them:

Are you suppose to eat the gourds once you are done w/ them as a centrepiece? I never know what to do & usually throw mine away.

Where is the hutch/buffet table from? It's a v. lovely vignette.

Are you renting? B/c I think I could look at that view forever.

Mimi in the Midwest said...

O happy day, O happy day! Thanks for sharing. Love, love.

Omaha Mama said...

Nan ~~
*I do not eat the gourds. They are usually molding by the time I throw them out!

*The little cupboard is from, the finish is espresso, I think I spent less than $200 and got free shipping. I love a good deal

*We are currently renting the house we live in while we wait (and wait and wait) for our home in Omaha to sell. When it does, we will close on this house and own it. The view was top 3 for reasons why we wanted the house. I hope they never develop that land!!

Aliki2006 said...

I loved this post--it reminds me of how I get so much peace from the little things around me, too. Sometimes these are the most important.