The Full Mantel

November 25, 2011 | My Jottings

We often put our Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving, but it will have to wait a few days, because today we have a house showing from 2:30-3:30. It’s time to scrub floors, dust, vacuum, actually make our bed, and swish toilets. We know our house will sell in God’s timing, but still we pray that today might be the day the next blessed owners will arrive on the scene.

We had a very nice Thanksgiving at Chris and Sharon’s house. They did a brined turkey and it was delicious. We all wrote what we were thankful for on small pieces of paper that were then tied to a hanging line of yarn. There is nothing better than decorating your home with gratitude.

Even though our tree won’t go up for a few days, Sara decorated our mantel in a new way this year. I call it The Full Mantel. Instead of a minimalist look, she loaded it with interesting things, and I love how it turned out. (Click to enlarge if you like.)

I think this year we might hang our stockings on the staircase.

Michael and I were remarking yesterday how one year ago today it was bitterly cold with already a foot of snow on the ground. Yesterday it was in the 40s and there’s almost a foot of dead leaves on the ground.

I hope your Thanksgiving was peaceful, and that you were reminded about many things to thank the Lord for.

And I thank you once again for stopping by my little blog!



  1. Sharon says:

    We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for being a part of it!

  2. Just Julie says:

    Yes we did! I was really hemming and hawing about whether or not I’d be a part of it…. 🙂

  3. Shari says:

    Sara’s work is always so very beautiful!

  4. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Shari – I will tell Sara you said so. 🙂

  5. Ganeida says:

    Everything is looking so lovely. How odd you are so cold & we are sooo hot. And humid. And muggy. Melting here. Ick.

  6. Just Julie says:

    I know, Ganeida! Each time I look at your blog and see the lush growth of your garden I’m struck again how our hemispheres are of course doing different things. But it’s easy to forget that unless you have friends in low hemispheres. 🙂 God bless you and your family this week…..

  7. jodi says:

    How did the showing go Julie? I’ve been thinking of you.

  8. Just Julie says:

    I was satisfied with the way the house looked, Jodi, but we didn’t get any feedback yet. Thank you for asking! There’s a buyer out there somewhere. God bless you!

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