Tuesday, September 29, 2009

M Is For Mums

Hello Everyone!
Fall is in the air here in North Carolina
and I've gone Mum crazy. I just adore this
time of year and the warm colors and crisp air.
We are having lows in the 50's tonight. Yay!
Join me on a tour of our porches front and back.
I wanted to give you another update on my heathy
eating plan and B/P meds. It's going fantastic and I
feel so much better I can hardly believe it!
Some of you may have wondered how I lost 13 pds
so quickly and I should have explained further.
One of my new B/P meds is also a water reduction
pill hence the rapid loss in only two weeks time.
I knew it would start to slow down and it has.
My stats as of today 3 weeks in.
Total pounds lost-14, B/P- 100/67
I plan to increase my workout plan to include weights.
Plus continue walking and healthy eating.
No extra salt, sugar or caffeine.
I haven't had a diet soda or coffee in 3 weeks.
Thanks again for all your encouragement.
I love initials and my outdoor M flags in black.
I have three of these placed around the yard.
The welcoming pathway.
The front porch and yellow mums.
They are lush and extra full this year.
I noticed the grass has just a hint of looking a
pale green shade as cooler weather approaches.
The swag Kristen made says welcome.
Look at this huge yellow pot.
Another look at the vibrant yellows.
I have not used the yellow color before
and I love the look against our red brick.
The fern contined to flourish this summer.
It's really huge!
The yellow cushions match the new mums.
The back deck has new mums too.
I chose a warmer red and deep pinks for variety.
I had never seen the pink mums before.
Another pink mum in a black urn.
They have little yellow centers.
I had to show you our sweet hummingbirds.
They were a little family of four that perched in our
pear trees and fed all day long all summer long.
They jabbered at each other over the liquid
food and we were thoroughly amused by them.
They just left a few weeks ago to head South.
We miss them.
My hubby was sitting in the chair below and
was able to capture these fun photos of one.
They were not afraid of us at all!
All photos enlarge if you want to see the details.
Look at those tiny baby claws.
Goodbye hummingbird! Come back next spring!
We are pretty sure that this is their little nest.
It's so tiny we can't imagine what else it could be.
Does anyone know? We left it for them for next year.
Happy fall ya'll!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love that you've expanded your monograms to the exterior of your home as well, Melissa! : ) I really like that banner.

So glad to hear you are doing so well. Definitely, keep up with your walks and healthy eating. Sometimes it can get a little disheartening when it starts going a little slower, but ultimately, you will be so glad you stuck with it and did what you needed to do!

Jenglamgirl said...

There is no surprise that the outside of your home is as beautiful as your inside. Love the mums, ferns, humming bird, and fat cat! HA!

Congrats on your weight loss so far... good for you taking better care of yourself. You inspire me. I so need to lay off the Diet Coke, I just had one because of a bad headache. I will try harder tomorrow. P.S. stop by my blog it misses you and I have some halloween up and more to come by Friday. Take care, JenGlamGirl

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Melissa!!

I am so happy and proud of you for your dedication in turning your health problems around!! I wish we lived closer, I could use a walking partner!!

Your home is as lovely outside as it is inside. I enjoyed these pictures. I chose yellow mums for the lakehouse too, as it is blue and we all know about blue & yellows!! lol!! Not sure what I will use here..

I love all of your ferns too! They are one of my favorite plants. I just brought mine in for the winter. It is getting down to 40 degrees at night already. And out leaves are finally changing!!

How I love those hummingbirds. How lucky you are to have them!! I read that their wings beat 95 times per second!! Amazing! That is how they look like they are standing still, I guess...

Have a happy week, Melissa!!


Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Ohhh yes...I do love your new "M" monogrammed flags...wherever did you find them? What a lovely addition to your already fabulous home! Melissa, I just adore the exterior of your pretty home (well, I adore the interior too...hehe!) I love the red brick and your yard is so lush and green...everything is just immaculate...gorgeous, Girlfriend!!! And you're absolutely right about those yummy yellow mums...they really stand out against the red of the brick...beautiful contrast!!! Your lovely home looks so warm and inviting...and sooo ready for autumn! Love, love, LOVE all of your new mums...they're so full and just gorgeous! I'm wanting to get some but just haven't yet...I've almost waited to late...it won't be long and we'll have nights at the freezing temps.

Girl, your hummingbirds are so cute! I would love to just sit and watch them...great photos too!!! Well Darlin'...thank you so much for sharing your beautifully decorated autumn home...it's fabulous!!!

Love ya,

Ann's Page said...

Thanks for the wonderful pics...We used to be stationed with the Marines in North Carolina!!! We are now with them in Washington D.C..at Marine Barracks 8th&I. I just had to stop lurking and say hi!!!

Many Blessing's

Tara G. said...

So pretty!!!! I have not purchased any flowers for outside. Nobody can see them anyway! I love the birds!!

3LittleByrds said...

Love all your mums. I love this time of year also. Where did you get the black "M" flag? I have the beige one from Kirkland's in our initial but I love the black as well.

Justin and Jenn said...

Love it...as always!

southerninspiration said...

I was thinking about you.....good for you for sticking with your plan.....14 lbs is terrific, and I am so proud of you...no coffee for 3 weeks...I've not done THAT well. But I am losing slowly too.....so let's be accountable to each other, ok? Keep up the good work, and your outside front looks fabulous. I need to get started on mine!


Brushed By An Angel said...

I am so happy you have your blood pressure under control. And to lose the weight, that is great.

Your home is so lovely whether inside or out. The mums do say fall and and particularly like the pink ones. I love initials, words, quotes, etc., as well. Down in the south we say - Happy Fall Yall - but I am sure you remember that from living here.

blushing rose said...

What a lovely presentation of your home, yard & deck/porch. You have done a beautiful job of creating warmth...it beckons.

Terry's hubby was in an accident. Please pray for them @ terrytreasures.blogspot.com.

Have a lovely autumn week. TTFN ~Marydon

Lisa said...

Melissa, so glad you are doing well! 14 lbs is great! It's all that healthy eating.:)
I'm a mum lover too. They are just so show-y! And they are the flower for November b'days.Yeah!
The "M" flag is just perfect in your yard. I was driving around McKinney the other day and saw one real similar to yours and ,I kid you not, I stopped to have a closer look. LOL! They probably thought I was looking at their house.NOT! It was an adorable house but I was scoping their cute as a bug flag!

Paula said...

Everything looks so nice around your house. I can't get enough of mums this time of year. The walkway to your front door is unique. I like that you can mow right over it. Things are looking great!

Good for you for sticking with your healthy eating and exercise plan.

Carol said...

Congratulations on your great progress!

Your outdoor photo shots are beautiful. Enjoy the cooler weather!


Ann's Page said...

Thank you so much for the comment. It is always nice to have someone say hi!!!! We were at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point..we want so badly to come back. My hubby is Navy..He is a Chaplains assitant..so we have been with the Marines longer than at Navy Bases!!! We are at the Marine Barracks now in Washington D.C... it's way to urban for us!!!
again Thank You for the comment.

Many Blessing's

Love the Decor! said...

Oh melissa you deserve a standing ovation for going 3 weeks with no coffee. I am not sure I could do it
(sad huh) Blessings to you sweet friend as you continue the journey!
Love the monogram flag
Did you have it made for you ?

~Kristen~ said...

Mr. Chestnut looks like such a handsome regal fellow!!! And sooo cuddly!!! If I weren't so deathly allergic to cats I would come snuggle him!!!

Your yard looks beautiful!!! And those hummingbird pictures....AMAZING!!! I can't believe the shots you got!

I am so happy for you that you are doing so well with your new healthy living plan!!! You are always in my prayers sweet friend!

Denise said...

Hi Melissa, so glad things are going well for you with the change in diet. I love your front porch. It's so welcoming, I feel like I could just pop on over and knock on that door, I know there'd be a big hug waiting for me as you opened the door:) Your 'mum's are beautiful. I have yet to buy any, they seem slow at getting them out at the store this year? They are out but not many yet so I've been holding off.
We had hummingbirds too this year, I love them. My sister was enthralled by them when she came to visit from England.
Have a lovely evening, I'm off to watch TV ;)

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa,your yard looks beautiful with the yellow mums! They really do look great against the red brick. Your "M" flag is pretty too, I've never seen that particular one with the black background. Your deck looks wonderful with the purple mums and the hummingbirds are adorable! I keep looking for mine, but I think they might finally be gone. I enjoyed them so much.

I can't believe you haven't had any caffine in 3 weeks, way to go! The bp meds are lowering my bp too. Mine was 80 over 68 the other day, but I took it later and it was 116 over 69 I believe. I go to the dr. tomorrow for a 2 wk checkup. I'm glad because I have an awful sore throat!! It has been killing me all day. Talk to you soon, Kristen

mbkatc230 said...

Wow Melissa, I'm so proud of the progress you've made! You are really sticking with it! Your mums are just beautiful, the yellows have always been my favorite, but I love those deep red ones also. And great shots of the hummingbirds, those are really hard to get! I bet Chestnut would have offered to help lol. Have a great week. Kathy

ceekay said...

Melissa, your mums are fantastic! Love the yellow! Send those hummingbirds my way ok? BTW, check and see on google if they return to a nest...if not, I would keep it in a cloche!

My Mother's Garden said...

What a wonderful collection of mums! Just perfect for the fall garden season. Loved the hummingbird pictures too.
Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. ;0

Stacey said...

Hi girl! I'm so glad you are feeling better. I think that doing without cokes and coffee would be harder than food! Honestly.

Your mums are beautiful. Your whole porch is so welcoming and southern looking. I love it!

bella said...

Hi Melissa, So many things to comment on today....first congrats on your health progress. One question though from me: What does your doc consider to be HBP? Your numbers are very LOW....so what does your dr. say is high? I was told 135/85 is the lowest limit for 'border line' HBP...so I'm kunfoozed! Set me straight on this when you get a sec, please.

Next, your mums.....one just has to love such a last attempt for Mother Nature to make us smile with their brilliance before her winter's nap! I love the bright yellow the best and like you, have slowly begun to add new colors. This year, I did something different by adding lots of LITTLE yellow mum pots in the garden itself. Money also was a dictator this year. I haven't added my pansies or decorative cabbage yet....maybe next week, next paycheck.

The hummers! I cannot believe how still of a shot you captured of them hummin' away! I had to resort to a video and will post that soon on my blog. Amazing how friendly they are once they know that you are their friends and source of food to fly (further) south of the Carolinas.

Yes, that's a hummingbird next alright....for whatever reason, two have dropped out of our trees and we have saved them and I use them as part of my SPRING decor. They are precious and rare, so hang on to them if they drop from the trees. Little kids get a big kick out of them too.

Happy Autumn and keep up the great work (on yourself and your blog).

Blessings from your South Carolinian bloggin' friend,


PAT said...

Gorgeous mums and views around your home Melissa!

Great health news!!!

Vanessa said...

Love your home! Great photos! The hummingbird one is great!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Sweet Girl....Melissa I am so happy about your progress; I knew you could do it. Good for you!!

The mums are beyond beautiful and some of my favorites. We are getting several pots for our yard this coming weekend. Everything looks so charming.....so perfect for Fall.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Melissa Marie said...

As always, I adore your home. It is just perfectly decorated and looks so inviting. :) Congratulations on your health progress...I know how challenging it can be and I think you are such an inspiration. :)

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Happy Fall!! Sounds like your new diet routine is really agreeing with you. That's so wonderful, glad to hear it's working.

Jules said...

First of all, congratulations on the weight loss. That is so great! I don't think I could do without my diet soda. You have some serious willpower and I think it’s awesome :)

I love fall decorating and your porch always looks so inviting. I think it's so nice how you change it up for the seasons. The mums look so pretty and cheerful. The photos that you got of the hummingbird family are so pretty. I bet you will be happy to see them again in the Spring.

Chestnut is adorable, as always! :)

jenjen said...

SO great about your weight loss. So good that you caught that early too.

Your mums are so pretty and really pop in the front. Your house always looks gorgeous!


Joy said...

Everything looks so lovely and what huge beautiful mums you found. great shots of the hummingbird and Chester too.
Good for you and your weight loss and keep up the good work with your meds.

*Noelle* said...

those HUGE mums are gorgeous!!! the home looks as lovely on the outside as it does on the inside!!

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Melissa,
I love all your pretty mums They look so pretty around your house.
We planted a few new ones this year, too.
I'm glad you're doing so well on your new health plan. Keep up the good work.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Melissa,

First let me say well done for getting your health problems sorted.
That is great and you must be feeling so much better.
I love your porches and plants and garden.
Also the little hummingbird, I enjoyed seeing that because we do not have them over here.

happy week

DEB said...

Great news that your feeling better! Your house is beautiful and so inviting. Good choice of color for your mum's. "M" is for your marvelous blog, I do enjoy reading it so.

xinex said...

Your mums and your ferns are gorgeous, Melissa. I have said it before but I'll say it again, you have a beautiful home. Please come visit me on Friday. I will feature my whole house as per Cheri's request. I created mosaics because I had to take a lot of pictres to show the whole house, so the pics are small but you can click to enlarge them. See ya soon, I hope!Christine

fiberdoodles said...

Hi Melissa,

Your mums are beautiful and the pictures of the humming birds are too cute.

I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better. I have some cathcing up to do and I have missed you. Take care my friend!


fiberdoodles said...

Hi Melissa,

Your mums are beautiful and the pictures of the humming birds are too cute.

I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better. I have some catching up to do and I have missed you. Take care my friend!


Lori said...

Hi Melissa and Chestnut!
So busy wish I could visit more often! Bravo on the loss, but do be careful, your B.P is running low. Also careful with the water pills! Drink enough, Take care you too! Lori

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

I loved your mums Melissa! I bought a couple of pots but now I need more! The humming birds are sooo sweet. You were fortunate to be able to "visit" with them. Hugs for Chestnut! ☺ Diane

Rachael said...

I bought a couple of mums yesterday, but made sure to get them REALLY tight....so I am not enjoying their beautiful color yet ;-) I love all of yours, you have done such a nice job of adding Fall touches all over your yard!

Your cat is SOOOOO....cute, my 11 year old son was looking over my shoulder at the photo of him! He said "mom, that looks like a really cool cat!"

Nancy said...

Hi Melissa,

What beautiful Mums you have! Love the walk way up to your porch...that is really different and unique!!!
I so happy that you are doing better!! Keep up the good work, my friend!

Deb said...

good job!!! loosing weight makes you feel great...so does eating healthy...keep up the good work...love your photos

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Congratulations on your weight loss and healthy lifestyle!

I love all the beautiful mums and touches of fall around your yard.


Memento - Terri said...

Fall is my favorite time of year too. After the hot Georgia summer the cool temperatures are a welcome friend. Yesterday was the first day I wore a turtleneck. I love the warm and cozy feeling of sweaters & turtlenecks. I love all your photos the Mums are beautiful.

"Blossom" said...

First I am glad to hear your progress with your health. That's awesome news. Love the mums and your flag. Yes, our humming birds are gone now too.......will miss them until next year.

April said...

Great job on your weight loss, Melissa! Also, your blood pressure is looking good...way to go! Your yard and porch/deck areas look so inviting! I love those little hummingbirds!

Lynette said...

Good for you Melissa - keep up the good work!! You can only feel better I'm sure from here on out!

Your outdoor shots are beautiful - love the hummer pics - I didn't do a good job keeping mine stocked and only saw one or two this year. I'll try to do better next year - I just keep thinking ahead!!

Always love visiting you and your beautiful home!

Have a good one -

Liz said...

*~*~*~Happy Wednesday~*~*~*

Hi Melissa,

Your porch looks gorgeous. You have such a flare for design, spatial relations, color, and bringing elegance and warmth to every space you create. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with us.

I can't wait to see what you do at Christmas! =)

Thank you for the nice comments on my house, you are such a sweetheart. I wish you lived closer, because I would hire you to come decorate my house. =)

Hope you’re having a fantastic week!



SILVIA said...

beautiful Melissa i love all your flowers they look so pretty and your home is so warm and inviting..
have a great day girl and i'll be back..
btw, glad to hear you are doing so much better..way to go girl!!!


Jolyn said...

First off I am so happy you are feeling better, and getting b.p. under control. 2nd I also so miss our humming birds, they are so enjoyable to watch and they come around same time every day,our left around begining of september:(
Your mums look so nice I really love fall just not looking for what comes after it here in ohio. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet message. Have a wonderful blessed week.

Tam said...

Happy Fall! I love love the hummingbird pictures.

Glad to hear about your update!

♥ Teresa ♥ said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from SITS! I just wanted to share a bit of comment love.

Your home is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE mums and can't wait until we get some for our home. I live in Georgia and Autumn has definitely made her appearance known here as well and I am so excited!!! Congratulations on your weight loss and your healthy living plan. Keep up the good work!

I hope the rest of your week is absolutely amazing!

Teresa <><


Cathy said...

Melissa...I am so glad to hear that you are still doing so well with your new healthy routine...congratulations!!!

Your fall decorating is wonderful!!! I love all the mums...they are so pretty and perfect for fall!!! I am still working on my outdoor decor...I hope to be finished soon!!! Kristen's wreath was a wonderful inspiration!!! It makes everything look so festive!!! I love the swag she made for you...I can't wait to get some more of her creations...gorgeous!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful week!!!


Olive Rue said...

Hey Sweet Melissa. It has been a while since I've been by. I just don't have enough hours in the day. Aren't you loving this fall weather? Love your pathway. It's very welcoming.

Jo said...

Fall is in the air! I just bought several mums and my neighbor brought me over a few more as a thank you ~ our patio looks great with all the fall colors.

I can't believe you got such a great picture of your little friend in flight.


Karen said...

Lovely mums! Front and back! Was this a sneak peek of your Door of Welcome? :)
I'll be reminding everyone tomorrow.
Your house is just beautiful Melissa.
Keep up the good work on the weight. And don't get bummed when you plateau. It is bound to happen, and you'll get over it - I promise!
HAGD! Hugs.

Aunt of 14 said...

Can I move in? Oh, I've said this to you before haven't I? I don't mean to sound so stalker-ish!!

Your house is absolutely gorgeous. I wish I had those skills. I wish I had a sense of decoration and style. Your mums are absolutely beautiful! The best I can grow is lavendar!


Go-Go-Go *cheerleading for you* and your weight loss and lowering your BP. You're doing good :)

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Good for you taking your health into action. Most health problems can be remedied by diet and exercise but people just get into ruts, become inactive and give up. Your home is spectacular....always looks so inviting. I have hummingbirds too that I think are now gone that I love watching on our porch. Keep putting yourself first right now and take care!

Rue said...

Awwww..... Chestnut is so cute! I love humming birds. I always wondered if their feeders would bring wasps, so I've never bought one. Do they?

Your home looks absolutely lovely, inside and out. Fall has definitely arrived :)


Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi sweet Melissa,

I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling well! I have been trying to cut back on the diet soda too. So I've been trying lots of different flavored teas now!

Your mums are just gorgeous and they add so much Fall cheerfulness to you entry and beautiful deck area! Love your ferns too!

Great shots of the hummingbirds! Aren't they fun to watch?! My neighbor gets alot of them buzzing around her lantana bush, I've tried to get a photo of them before but wasn't quick enough!!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet message!


Karen said...

Oh my Melissa, your porches are so lovely!!!! What a great job you have done. Do you mind leaving a comment on my blog to where you got your cute flag hook and flags? I am dying to find something like this and I knew you would be the one to help me out!!! Congratulations on the fabulous progress on your healthy lifestyle, good for you!!!!


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Melissa, congratulations on your weight loss and bp reduction! You are doing great! Those yellow mums are huge- absolutely beautiful! Everything always looks so clean and neat at your house. What fantastic photos of the hummingbirds. They are always moving so fast that I can't get a photo. laurie

Rita said...

As always...a fun tour, and a view of perfection. Everything looks so nice and welcoming. Your mums are so full and gorgeous. It looks like they have just opened and should stay beautiful for several weeks. Enjoy them!

You should be very proud of yourself for the progress you've made with your health. You are such an amazing person.

JyLnC said...

The Mums are beautiful and I'm glad your BP meds and your lifestyle changes are successful. Congrats!

Lorie said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better! It is so great when we see results right away.

And the pictures of the house are gorgeous! I am so excited that it is Fall!

Angela said...

Hi Melissa,

I love the pic of Chestnut! He's adorable! Your mums look so nice. It reminds me that I have to get out to Home Depot and buy some of my fall flowers because I'm way behind on getting the outside together for fall.

Everything looks warm and beautiful as usual!

Happy Fall!

Libby Murphy said...

Well Chestnut is nothing less than Purrfect! You sure did doll up your home with autumn mums and it looks so inviting. So glad you've become a healthier little creative wizard!
Happy Twirls

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM My dear friend...Well I'm late to the party as always ha ha!! Girl I'm so glad to hear you are doing better with your BP...thats some scary stuff...Now I have so low BP that the dr. has a hard time getting a reading from me..I take meds to bring my up or I do something dump like faint from it ha ha!!..
Your yard and home look beautiful as always girl..That pop of yellow looks awesome with the red bricks..You see so many brick home back east...where as in calif you don't see that many don't know if its because of earth quakes and all..Like I like to call calif the shake and bake state..
Now the humming birds...My mama had a huge love of them and her home in Cabo, Mexico they would even land on her hand..I kid you not we took pictures of her hand just loaded with them...she use to put the little nest in her display case because they would not use them again...But then they were mexican humming birds so I don't know about the ones here...But I do know they will stay all year once you fed them...we have 8 feedes and feed our all year even in the snow they will come out to eat...
Hope you have a great day my friend...Love ya girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I'm so glad you're feeling so much better! I didn't know I felt bad until I started taking BP med and noticed the difference!

Love the monogrammed flag and the mums. Nothing says fall like mums!


The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better. We have hummingbirds we watch and feed too!

Lori said...

Hi Melissa!
I've changed my blog name to Life as Lori!!! http://lifeaslori.blogspot.com/

Please add this to your blog roll. Thanks a bunch!

Love all of your things.

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Just beautiful, Melissa! Those mums are breathtaking!

xinex said...

You are so sweet, Melissa. Thank you so much for coming by and for your wonderful words. I love your hummingbird feeder.(how did I miss that before?) We have feeders but they are not nice. I bought 2 blown glass feeders that are prettier but the hummers do not like them, lol. They prefer the ugly glass with plastic. Where did you get yours?...Christine

Amy said...

Hi Melissa,

Congrats on your new healthier lifestyle!

Your fall home looks lovely and welcoming. Love the pics of the hummingbird too!


Miss Mustard Seed said...

Your poarch looks gorgeous. Well done! Right now I have dead flowers from last spring still in my urns. Mums are just not in the budget this year! :)

Lady Katherine said...

I love the autumn block in the post below! You have some great new finds. Adore the vinyl letters. I love to have one say Life is like a box of Chocolates, you never know what your going to get! Maybe one day I paint in on. lol Your Mums are so full and pretty, love the table and chairs. So glad your doing better. Now if you come to a stand still on losing weight change something up the next week and you will go back to losing. Just stay healthy! You know you have to for a girl just has to shop! lol
Warmest Wishes for your New Begining!

Lady Katherine said...

I tried and tried to get a picture of our humming birds, I love, love your feeder!

Karen said...


Well, I'm glad I reminded you!!!!

How fun you know someone with the same WEIRD name! Is their name pronounced "D cap it"??
Are they by any chance from Ohio?
Email me. Kdecapite@gmail.com


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Melissa, I am so happy for you that you are doing so well with your eating habits, exercise and weight loss. GOOD FOR YOU!!!! I am so glad you are feeling better. Your yard is always so pretty and I love all of your pretty mums you are using. I am just now seeing a few in the store and nursery here. I really need to get some. Congratulations again, I will continue to keep you in prayer. Hugs, Marty

Joy said...

Chestnut is a beauty! Great hummingbird shots. :o)

p.s. Thanks for stopping by when I was SITS featured blogger the other day!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Hey thanks for stopping by. I love mums. What I love more is your stepping stones. They are gorgeous.

pen said...

love your kitchen/family room wall color. What is the name/brand. THX

Connie said...

First of all, congratulations on the weight loss and the healthy living! You're inspiring!
Love the mums in the yard of your beautiful home! Fall is my favorite time of year because it's so alive with colors!
Hope your weekend is fun!

The Redhead Riter said...

Very beautiful home

Honey Mommy said...

I love fall and those mums are beautiful! We have been getting down into the 40s at night, which is a bit chilly for me!

Great job at trying to be healthier! Little things really do make a big difference!

p.s. Nice hummingbird photos! (and Happy SITS saturday Sharefest!)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

WOO HOO, Melissa! You go, girl! I'm thrilled that you are feeling so much better. I've only lost 9 lbs. this past month, but I'm still plugging along.

Your home looks so beautiful. Love all the mums!

Happy PINK Saturday!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Melissa,
What a lovely tour of Mums. I love them too and have already planted many. I love your yellow pots at the steps to your porch. Really a great statement to the entrance.

Congrats on your fantastic weigh loss. That is really an accomplishment. Cheers to you!!

Your kitty looks so cute.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful world.
Big hugs,
Celestina Marie

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

oh my word your home is stunning! and no soda or coffee?? ahhhh you would not want to even be around me. I am so inspired that you made a plan and are sticking to it!!

Daphine said...

Girl, you never cease to amaze me with your decor! Seriously, each time I look at photos of the inside and outside of your home, it's as if I am looking at photos out of a magazine! Seriously, just that breathtaking!

Flory said...

I've been meaning to plant some mums this fall, but haven't had the time. Your home looks warm and inviting inside and out. :)

Visiting from SITS.

Its So Very Cheri said...

Mmmmmm-I love mums. I love the cranberry and burnt orange together.

How are you doing with yoru diet and exercise.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm proud of you, Melissa! That's great about your new health plan working so well.

I love your mums... I wish I could get them to live, but they don't like me. LOL!

Love what you did with yours and your monogram flag...


Sheila... who finally has her computer! YEA!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Your home is amazing! ...inside and out! Everything is so pretty! I really like the walkway of stones up to your front porch!

Congrats of your weight loss! I've certainly GOT to get on the bandwagon! :) Now that it is cooler, I hope to get into more exercising!

Oh, and last month the guest speaker for our garden club meeting was from the Lake Waccamaw State Parks. The topic was local birds and their migrations. He said that hummingbirds come back to the same houses each year, if they are still providing nectar. I thought that was interesting! I love your pics of the birds! They are amazing! :)

~hugs, Rhonda

Sherrie said...

Hi Melissa,

You are one of the winners in my blog contest. Please email me at myrosegarden@aol.com so I can get the gift card on its way to you.


Teri said...

Hi Melissa,
Congratulations on our new healthy eating and exercise. You'll be feeling better in no time. =)

Your home is so warm and inviting. I love all of your beautiful mums. They are huge!!

Have a blessed day!

Tina said...

The Mums are beautiful. And your porch just looks so welcoming!!
Thanks for sharing with us!!

Gretchen said...

Just gorgeous! And the pics of the hummingbirds and your sweet cat are adorable! I love your blog! Thank you for stopping by mine! ~Gretchen

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Melissa, that stone pathway is SO COOL! Oh my goodness, I love that. Also love the yellow mums. You have such a pretty house, inside and out. So cozy and warm. LOVE IT!

The Blonde Duck said...

Cheesy tacos make everyone happy!

Faith Imagined said...

Love the porch and especially the bird feeder!

Congratulation on the health plan!

Cathy said...

Hi Melissa...my birthday was the same as Kristen's...October 1st. You are so sweet to ask...and to wish me a Happy Birthday!!!

We went to Fredericksbur for a few days and had a wonderful time!!! I am having such a great time at this time in my life...I don't even mind that I am almost 50...almost!!!

Thanks again!!!

Shelia said...

Hi Melissa! Everything is so very pretty! You just do everything good. Love your monogram and little kitty is so precious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh! It was so fun to see your name pop up on my comments today. Melissa, it's always a great day when you stop by. I'm sorry you have had some health concerns. I've been out of the loop for awhile. It's my very busy time of year creating many, many floral. Good for you for the progress you are making and for your determination. I recently added Body Pump to my routine, every other day with step aerobics. I'm really enjoying BP.

Of course your exterior is as gorgeous as inside your home. I love mums too!!


The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you like my book! :)

The Royal Family said...

thanks for stopping by my blog on my special sits day, and for your comments.

Did you enter either of my two giveaways?

the buzz,


~Kristen~ said...

I have something for you on my blog! Go check it out! :-)

Lori said...

Thanks for entering my give away! I'm not sure what is wrong with my button. Lynette grab it and said it was fine???? Maybe just copy and paste my button under add a gadget and picture then copy my blog address under it??? Not real sure??? Kristen the computer expert doesn't work with Lynette anymore so I can't ask her :( Don't forget to add me to your blog list.. Sorry my button is not working for you...

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Copyright © 2009 said...

Melissa...Congratulations! You have an award waiting for you at my 'place'!
Thank you and God bless you!

Workin' MAMA! said...

your home speaks 'southern' charm all over it - love it and it's very inspiring too -
i am working on making my home a bit better and blogs like yours help me keep in all in perspective to just use what i have, with yard sale finds that come in between... thanks for helping me focus on the job ahead!


Love the hummingbirds. You know I spent one summer afternoon trying to capture a good shot of a Hummingbird. I finally got one! Scroll down on my archives and you can see the picture! Your porch is soooo pretty and inviting and you have a beautiful home!!!

madge1967 said...

Hey Melissa,
I just saw your Humingbirds and they were so beautiful! The little nest kinda looks like what they would have been in...,.The nest is a round egg shape with 'white ad off white plaster looking mesh that they fix the nest up with and its between a twing! Very micro itsy bitsy!
Love the M's!