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Our Fall Entry

I must be feeling better, I'm actually doing projects.  I got my husband involved too!
He set up the pumpkin topiaries again this year.  Since we had fountain grass in our large urns, we used the black pedestal pots for the pumpkins.  This year, he used rope lighting. You can also use string lights.

 I can see I need to adjust the pumpkins.....LOL
Leaning pumpkins.....

These pumpkin topiaries are quite easy to make.  We bought the faux pumpkins
at Hobby Lobby.  Make sure you cut out the 40% coupons in the Sunday paper.
My husband and I went in several times to buy them and save.
Three different sizes. Small, medium & large.
Drill two different sizes so you can see the lights inside.
Make  a larger opening on the medium and large pumpkins, so you can add the lights.
We used a wood dowel to stack them together. They all sit on each other's stem.

 Here they are, all decked out!

Our little Dante

Health update!
I called the surgeon about my thyroid cancer.
I have 3 appointments this Tuesday.
My original Oncologist surgeon who did the surgery
for my Ovarian cancer...My radiologist...and the Oncologist surgeon who specializes in thyroid and other cancers.
He will go over the details for the surgery and order blood tests.
I have list of questions to ask.
I dread this because I will be taking a synthetic hormone pill.

The kitchen is progressing along.
Enjoy your Sunday and thank you all for your loving support.
It gives me great pleasure to know so many care.

I will be joining the following linky parties:
The Creative Home and Garden Hop @Creative Home Expressions What's You Do This Weekend @ Tumble Weed Contessa
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday @ I should be Mopping the Floor
Amaze me Monday @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Tuesday At Our Home @ Maria Elena's
What's it Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants 
Fall Into Fall Party @ Diy By Design 
Time Travel Thursday @ The Brambleberry Cottage 
Thursday's Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner 
Bouquet of Talent @ Life on Lakeshore Drive
Be Inspired Party @ Common Ground
Creative Inspirations @ Embracing Change
Halloween Party @ Polish the Stars

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  1. Your entry looks beautiful!!! Great job!
    I am so glad you are feeling better. You will be ok soon Linda! I can tell!

  2. Beautiful entry! Love it! :)

  3. Linda, you and your husband did a wonderful job on the topiaries! Your home is beautiful.
    I am sorry to hear about your thyroid cancer. I am a surgery coordinator for two Otolaryngologists, and an Otoneurologist. I have scheduled Thyroid cases for twelve years, all with wonderful results. You remain in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your health update.

  4. Beautiful entry Linda. I have those urns and luv them... they are holding gourds at the moment :-)
    Thanks for sharing the update Continued prayers for your health.
    Hugs, Gee

  5. Don't you wish..all the doctors could have a get together or conference call?
    I find so much is lost in translation when a few specialists are involved and the patient is actually the go between..
    Perhaps they do confer..I hope they do for you.
    It's such a wide scope..but one.. is ..part of you..as the other..
    The goal should be to know the whole patient.
    Projects..are a great sign:) :)
    Everything looks super festive~!

  6. Your porch looks so festive and ready for fall! I love the topiaries, they are perfect. Wishing you lots of luck and best wishes on your upcoming appointment.


  7. Gorgeous entry! Love the topiaries you made!

  8. Hello Linda, it is nice to meet you too! The pumpkin topiaries are fantastic! I am glad you had your husband to help you. Your porch is outstanding!

  9. Gorgeous! Praying all goes well with your doctors visits.

  10. Great and interesting work Linda - your house is so beautiful as are your trimmings and decorations so tastefully done.

    Glad you are feeling better and I hope and pray for your health issues and successful treatments. Take care now ~ Eddie x

  11. don't you love it when we feel better! What a cute idea for the topiarys!

  12. What a great idea for the pumpkins! You are so creative and blessed to have a willing handy dandy husband!
    Prayers and God speed on your appointments. I am so happy things are progressing along for you! Please keep us posted!

  13. Love those pumpkins, Linda. Do you have a string of lights inside them -oh- wait- you mean hubby put rope lighting inside them? yeah-I really AM blond! lol
    I am sure you are anxious about going for more tests and finding out what is going to happen. Wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all go away for you. Instead,l I will send up a little prayer for your peace of mind and a healing- xo Diana


    Thank you for stopping by today! I have had a busy weekend and have had a great time with friends over at our home, but I sure miss you all in blogland! I am so glad to know you are feeling well and now the next round of treatments are coming. YES, you have many of US who care and I'm so grateful to know that others care about me too. Your entrance is so gorgeous, and your house overall is a dream.

    Great hugs to you my dear Linda! Anita

  15. Gorgeous!!! Just gorgeous. You have a wonderful Hubby too.
    I've been saying prayers for you. I've been taking Hormones since 1986.When I had cancer. I take Estrace.
    Although I do not have thyroid cancer, I do take meds for it.(low count). its all scary.but you will get though it. You have a lot of blob friends who are praying for you.
    may God Bless,
    Marie antoinette

  16. Linda, I'm so happy to hear you are feeling well:) Your entry is so festive! I love all the gorgeous, rich colors here today! xxL

  17. Wow, what a great job! Love the pumpkin topiaries! This is a beautiful entryway with all the mums, pumpkins and wreaths.
    You have a big day coming up. I hope everything goes really well. Keeping you close in my thoughts.

  18. Linda, your porch looks beautiful! So glad you're feeling good enough to decorate for the season.
    Still remembering you in my prayers.

  19. Good news that you are feeling creative!!! It's a good sign!!! The porch is wonderful, love the pumpkins.........keeping you in prayer......xoxoxoxo

  20. Linda, your porch looks so lovely and festive! I love the pumpkins!!! So glad you are feeling better. I'll be praying for you on Tuesday! ♥

  21. Fall has definitely arrived at your home. :) It all looks warm, welcoming and like the pilgrims themselves are about to arrive! *Perfection* Please bring your festive spirit to my home and replicate it all. You do an amazing job. Keep us updated about Tuesday.


  22. I'll be thinking about you all day Tuesday and praying for good news.

  23. Its nice to know you feel a bit better Linda and lets hope its good news. I love your porch in all its autumnal splendour.You are very artistic and have a good eye for detail XX

  24. Your front entry looks so pretty with your autumn decor. Sending positive energy your way on Tuesday, Linda!

  25. I love the topiaries you made Linda! They're so fabulous and look great in the black urns. Nice contrast. I've gotta get my drill out and try this girl!
    You will be in my prayers Linda. You are learning so much through all of this that will help others that go through the same types of issues. No one ever wants to experience anything like what you're dealing with. But God will use it for good somehow. He always does. I send you God's blessings for healing, strength and endurance to fight the good fight.

    Love & hugs, Edie Marie

  26. Hello beautiful Linda! Your Fall entry left me speechless - it's stunning :) Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers, friend. Much love and big hugs!

  27. What a beautiful, welcoming entry, Linda! Everything is gorgeous! Glad to hear that you are feeling better; and I pray for your continued recovery!!! God bless you!

  28. Stunning, Linda! It looks simply gorgeous. Your husband is a star for setting it all up for you. Keeping you tucked in my prayers. Your picture reminds me faithfully.

  29. Linda, I am so glad that you are feeling well enough to be doing projects! Of coarse, it is all beautiful, and I wouldn't expect anything less from you (and your sweet hubby). Tell him that he has done a wonderful job, also. Keep us posted with the medical stuff, and best wishes. Was so glad to see you stop by.

  30. Your front entry is decorated so beautifully, Linda. It is so warm and inviting. I hope you get good news from the doctors. I am so sorry, you have to go through that. Will keep you in my prayers. Hugs!...Christine

  31. Your entryway is gorgeous--I love the pretty urns and the fountain grass! I've been looking for something pretty for the front door of our house, and these give me inspiration:) Hope that you are feeling better soon, and thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment.

  32. Hello Linda, your entryway is gorgeous. I love the pumpkins and the pretty wreaths! I am glad you are feeling better and I pray you stay that way. Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a happy week!

  33. Everything looks so pretty for fall. The fountain grass really adds the nice touch as a backdrop. Your doors are really pretty. I just was out getting the old ratty looking flowers gone today so haven't got around to any decorating. I have admired those topiaries for a long time. I love the holes for the fun lighting.
    Good luck with the Drs. I hope they all have great news. I am really thrilled that you are at least feeling good enough to be doing some projects! I love the lipstick writing at the end of your post! I might need one of those - yeah!!!

  34. Love the pumpkin topiaries and the mums and wreaths! I hope your appointments go well. You will be in my thoughts. Glad you are feeling creative again! xo

  35. Your entrance is beautiful for autumn! And I'm trying to figure out if the beautiful window next to the doors is real or a mural or what? Lovely!

    Prayers for clarity between you and the doctors and a clear plan ahead,

  36. Linda, You have such a lovely home. I love your fall decorating. The pumpkins, the wreaths, and the mums are beautiful. The topiaries turned out so nice (even if there is a little tilt, guys don't see those things you know). I do hope you feel better soon. There a lot of people who care that will be praying for you. I will be thinking of you Tuesday, and praying that all goes well with your doctor appointments.

  37. Linda,
    You have an absolutely gorgeous entryway with all your pumpkins. It looks so festive!!
    You are in my prayers always. I hope all your appointments go well and you hear some good news.

  38. This entry is absolutely beautiful! So welcoming to the autumn season as wellas
    to visitors! You are very creative and talented.
    Stopping by from the "Creative Home and Garden" hop. Following you on Bloglovin, Pinterest, and Facebook. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
    Have a great week :)
    Bismah @

  39. Oh Linda, I am so sorry to hear this. You will be in my prayers!!! Hope all goes well. Your entry is gorgeous and I love, love the black urns! I would love if you linked this to Share Your Cup Thursday this week.

  40. Linda, your entry is gorgeous. I could never have enough pumpkins and I absolutely love the way you have displayed them.
    It's so encouraging to see your enthusiasm as you continue with your medical procedures which are not pleasant at all. Hang in there. By the way, there are EXCELLENT alternatives to synthetic hormone for thyroid. Typically, docs don't like it but it's out there. There is one that a friend of mine looked up and had her own doctor prescribe. Worth the research.
    Love and blessings.

  41. Your entryway is so great for fall. Love the pumpkin topiaries. Good luck to you. I will include you in my prayers. Joni

  42. Linda your decor is always lovely. You have just the touch. What a relief to see you back at the projects and feeling good. I'll be thinking of you today (Tuesday). Hope things went well.
    Hugs, Heather

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  44. Dearest Linda,
    Really fantastic fall entry(^_^)v I've never heard of the English "topiaries" p;) What a great job you and your husband did☆☆☆ I truly enjoyed your pictures.

    I'm so proud of you that fighting with your illness so courageously. Hope things went well around this time, maybe!

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  45. Your entry is beautiful and cheerful! I just adore those pumpkin topiaries -- your hubby did a great job! Thanks for the health update. Keeping you in my prayers, Linda.

  46. I'm so glad that you're feeling better, sweet Linda. I love all your Fall decor and especially the topiaries. I'm still praying for you and hope all your appointments go well. xo

  47. This is lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I'm now following you on BLoglovin, I don't want to miss your posts.
    Sew Crafty Angel

  48. Sounds like you are doing better. Your porch is lovely.
    Take Care, Mary

  49. your front porch is wonderful, Linda, love the topiaries! and I'm so glad you're feeling well enough to do some projects!

  50. The entryway is beautiful, Linda! I love all the fresh, warm colours.

    Pssstt...you owe me an email, WonderWoman! lol

    hugs and loads of love.

  51. It looks great, Linda! Love the pumpkin topiaries. Love your blog banner for Halloween, too. I'm sorry to hear about your health problems.

    Thanks for linking up to The Creative Home & Garden hop!

  52. Everything looks great. You're giving me a big push to get my house decorated, but it's hard to do it at summer temperatures. Take good, good care of yourself. I live on synthroid -- have for almost twenty years. Not my choice, but it's okay.

  53. Linda, I love your new header!! And I adore Joni's too. xo

  54. Looks amazing!!! Can you come decorate my house, too?! Stopping by from Thursday's Favorite Things, and I'd love for you to drop by my blog if you get the chance. Have a great weekend!

    Diary of a Debutante

  55. You just got featured at the Creative Home and Garden Hop. Come along to Mumtopia to grab your button and celebrate. Well done on such a beautiful project and well photographed and written post! http://mumtopia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/grand-day-out-1-magna-and-creative-home.html#.UlBpXtKorfg

  56. Your entry is so gorgeous!! You did a fabulous job. I love those pumpkin topiaries! Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. You were featured at Pick of the Bunch today! Just pinned and tweeted. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  57. Love your entry way. Looks very fall. I have never decorated for fall... Maybe one day.
    Glad to ready your feeling a bit better.
    Take care

  58. Hi Linda-

    Not sure if you know it-but you come through as a NoReply when you leave a comment. I went to your blog to get the 1classydiva addy and my email popped back to me- so I am leaving my comment here.

    Thanks for the comment this morning. I thought about you on Friday and thought I would contact you the first of the week. I wondered how your surgery went and how you were/are doing. Life is just plain scary and miserable sometimes, isn't it? I have been praying for you and a total recovery.

    Thanks for helping bj. I am clueless so the only thing I could do was do a post on my blog for her. I hope you can work your Fairy Blogmother Magic and help her- xo Diana

  59. Hi Linda,
    Your Fall porch looks very nice. I always love to look at front porches and get ideas. The pumpkins look nice sitting on the black pots. I'm glad you're feeling better and it's wonderful you're doing projects again. I'm thinking about you today, and wishing you well, dear.



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