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September 16, 2016

This and That This Week #10

Though fall is nearing by the calendar we are still enjoying summer like weather.  Some plants have begun to break down a bit but the trees are still very green.

While sitting out back by the fountain area in the evening the sun was shining on the Red Japanese Maple tree causing the leaves to glow and look very fall like.

Inside the house I'm driving myself crazy with carpet samples.  

Some of these are ruled out but I made a mosaic with the samples to better determine the color I want.  As you can see the old carpet has a very golden tone and it is my desire to change to a lighter more neutral color.  A friend of ours thinks the old carpet will work well for one of his kids bedrooms so that will be nice for it to live on a bit longer since it's in great shape for 10 year old carpet.

Because I've had carpet on my mind and have made several trips to three stores I only had one post this week about my Welcome Fall Wreath as seen "here"

I got out my electric sheers and cut these Ninebark shrubs way back.  They didn't do all that well this summer and were very messy looking so I hope next year they'll improve.  Don't worry it's all cleaned up now but I forgot to take a picture and now it's raining.

I spotted these baskets with mums at one of our large grocery stores called Meijers.  They are like a Wegmans if you're from the East you know what I'm talking about.  I picked one that wasn't fully blooming so it will last a while.

Dan got a chance to start cleaning up the old water pump plant stand that I showed you in the post This and That This Week #7.  

We wanted to be able to read the manufacturers name on it so he did some minor sand blasting on it to clean it up to raw metal.  It was forest green and as he discovered it had at least 7 layers of paint.  I'll show it to you when it's in the house with the plant on it.  It's curing for now.  

My sweet kitties Carmen and Teddy watch the squirrels, chipmunks and birds go by.  It's a daily routine even in the winter except the chipmunks are hibernating then.  We're enjoying 70's during the day and 50's at night so Autumn is on it's way!

So that's it for This and That This Week #10!


  1. Liz, your week has been busy. I really like the sun rays shining through your Japanese Maple leaves. Also I don't think I've noticed your lovely obelisks in your first photo. They are quite stately and regal. I'm looking forward to seeing the way the pump turns out--such a neat piece. Good luck with choosing your carpet --How nice your old will get a new life. ♥

  2. Liz,looks like you have had a very productive week! I so need to cut back some of my bushes, just have not done it yet. Best wishes on the carpet choices! Have a great week ahead.

  3. All of your flowers and shrubs still look quite lovely, Liz! My hostas took a dive last month with most of the leaves dying. Never noticed that before in previous years. My neighbor's did the same. And my grass has turned brown in spots despite having a sprinkler system and lawn service. My flowers look awful too. My impatients usually lasts til frost but they've started shriveling up and dying. I don't know what's going on here this year. It has been hotter and it's still very warm for this time of year. I'm ready for fall - even though it's not my favorite time of year. You are well on your way for being ready for cooler weather!

  4. You gardens look lovely. Nice flowers you can enjoy with the cooling weather. I always enjoy seeing your hostas. Such a unique plant stand using the old water pump. The kitties looks so cute looking out the window. Have a great weekend.

  5. Liz,
    Love the new header, dear friend!
    You've been a busy lady this week, dear friend!
    I had a tough time choosing carpet with all the choices, too!
    I chose a neutral vine pattern. I have several long hallways and I wanted something that had movement without an overwhelming pattern. I've been thrilled with the choice!
    Carmen and Teddy gazing out the patio door made me smile!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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