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Saturday Musings

It's another random Saturday over here.

This weekend it's a little chilly out
but with a warm fire in the fireplace and these pretty blooms and a cup of tea
 we are staying cozy.

The other day I realized that Halloween was coming up
as in - it was coming in a couple of days. Can someone tell me where exactly
October went this year? For that matter- what about September too?
I feel like I have been playing catch up lately quite a bit but
the good news is- I have been working early on a few things
and so, I am a little bit ahead for the next month or two work wise
which is a great feeling. 

It's November 1st. 
Can you believe it? 
November 1st means Thanksgiving is coming and Christmas is
right around the corner and yes, it is starting up over here. 
I know that some of you hate to see Christmas before Thanksgiving-
but in our family, we always have at least the main Christmas tree up by the time 
we have our Thanksgiving gathering.
It's one of our traditions and this year, I will be decorating 3 new trees for a special project
and so I have been scouring thrift stores for vintage ornaments
saving pretty paper for packages
and  I am pretty excited.
I will be sharing some sneak peeks soon.

#2. Fright Night

My daughter and I wandered around with friends for a little trick or treating last night.
It was raining so it was a little chilly and wet but we had fun nonetheless.
It is always fun to see little kids get so excited all dressed up and happy in their costumes.
But even better- after warming up with long hot showers
 we enjoyed the rest of the spooky, rainy evening watching Halloween movies.


I love opera.
As in, I LOVE opera and one of my favorites is Tosca.
 This past week- Tosca was one of the performances at the SF Opera.
Though we usually go to several performances each season- this year,
I was so excited to see that there are 2 of my favorite opera performances included in the season.
I have to say, it is a favorite date of mine in the Fall-
I love it when my husband dresses up just a little more fancy to attend the opera.
If you aren't familiar with Tosca- let's just say that the music alone makes me cry.
Before I ever saw this opera, I knew that the music was packed with emotion
and it would literally move me to tears when I heard it.
After seeing the opera- I knew why.
If Opera is something you are not opposed to (I know not everyone loves it like I do)
I highly recommend Tosca or anything by Puccini really-
La Boheme- which is coming up next 
or Madama Butterfly or Turandot.
Seriously, some of the best out here
and if you love to be moved- you can't go wrong.

#4. Decking the Halls

Yes, it's starting...
and as part of the getting ready for decking the halls
I will be sharing some super quick and easy ideas to make
the holiday decorating and party hosting less stressful and more fun.
What would you like to see?
Gift ideas? Party ideas/decor? 5 minute decorating?
It's all coming your way starting this week with a sneak peek
at some of what I have already ordered for decking the halls.

More Rose Gold/Copper crushing 

Remember that flatware I shared recently?
Well, the obsession continues. 
I just picked up a couple more sets of flatware since they were on clearance at Target
and while shopping 
 I found something to go along with them for my holiday table 
which I will share more of soon.

There are a few other awesome sales this weekend worth mentioning 
Macy's has an extra 15% off with the code BRIGHT
GAP an extra 30% with code JOY
and JCPENNEYS an extra 25% off with code PUMPKIN
but most are only through tomorrow- so get shopping!!

One more thing~
 if you are looking for the some Holiday decorating ideas
Lowe's has a bunch

Holiday Lodge:

Nordic Noel:

allen + roth: (my fave)

Christmas Classic:

Lots coming your way this week- but for starters-
it's all about Thanksgiving and getting ready for the holidays.

I am joining a Harvest blog hop sharing a simple place setting idea for Thanksgiving

 I am part of aThankful Tour
Tuesday - 
the French Country Cottage Joss & Main Holiday Hostess event goes up!
Eeek- I am so excited to share more with you!

Stay tuned!!
I hope your weekend is off to a great start everyone!
Happy Saturday!

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  1. Beautiful! I was originally brought to your blog through a search for outdoor fireplaces and you continue to delight me. I love how you always have it accented perfectly. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. What a great post. I absolutely love it. I, too, love opera..but I am alone in my family. lol I used to listen to opera with my father on the radio when I was a little girl. Headed over to check out some of your links to Lowes.
    Sounds like you have had a busy month of October and lots of plans for November. xo Diana

  3. I think everyone feels the same way - "Where did September and October go"? I am getting everything ready in my mind and jotting down what I want to do for Christmas. I usually go up to my son's in Los Gatos, but I still like to decorate the house. That is my very favorite time of the year. I also love the Fall season with all the pretty colors.
    Have a great week.

  4. Courtney this is what I am so looking forward to with you and your beautiful home. The holidays and blogging would not be as beautiful without you creating the beauty winter brings. I am so looking forward to Christmas over here, as for the tease of what's to come here, I know it's going to be beautiful.
    As for your S.F Opera house, I too love the opera. I have been creating, (building) a new French Opera theatre here getting ready for a Christmas production over at my place Dec 5th hope to see you there and the ladies who are involved with our Christmas production.

    See you soon


  5. What beautiful pictures and sounds like you are one busy lady...thanks for sharing and looking forward to more Christmas decorating ideas!

  6. I always love your Christmas decorating ideas and look forward to it every year. I enjoy ideas from Lowe's too, so I'm heading over now. Thank you Courtney for sharing simply beauty with us.