Saturday, September 27, 2008

Welcome, Autumn!

This past Monday marked the official beginning of my favorite season. Now that Mother Nature has decided to bless my part of the universe with some authentic fall weather, I am truly in the mood to "welcome autumn".

Here are some signs around our house that Autumn has arrived:

Leaf garland around the front door...

Beautiful mums lining the front porch...

Fall decor and spicy-scented candles all around the house...

Isabel's new kitten, named for the season in which we adopted her...






Yep, I'm a sucker (thanks for the email, Catherine). If y'all remember a few posts back, Isabel has been begging for a kitten. No, I said. Not enough money, I said. No litter boxes in the house, I said. Isabel pleaded her case, determined to save the money. I called our vet yesterday to get a price list of all the vaccinations, visits, declaw and neutering fees for our sometime-in-the-far-future-kitten-to-be. They just happened to have a kitten they had rescued from the side of the road in the office, begging to be adopted. Everyone there had fallen in love with this kitten, and they were determined to find a good home for her. "Do you want to come and look at her?" she asked me. My response: "Darn you all to heck! I'm not ready for a kitten yet.". Dr. Rich worked me a deal with the spaying (she's a girl) and the declawing, to be done at a future date. I talked it over with Joe and received his blessing, and when Isabel got home from school, I let Joe tell her the good news. She was SCREAMING with excitement. We couldn't get to Four Paws Animal Clinic fast enough. Once we walked through the door, it was love at first sight. No turning back, no way out. We are the proud parents of (another) pet.
Welcome to the family, Autumn. You have made Isabel one very happy girl, and I know this is a day she will remember forever.

83 comments:

Sojourner said...

I am so looking for a change in the season around these parts! Unfortunately SAT is an area that is known for not having distinct lines between seasons. I love your mums and the sleeping children. Makes me want to yawn and curl into a ball.

heathersister said...

I said it yesterday and will say it again, SUCKER!!!! I don't want to hear any complaining about cat poop and the stinkin' litter box. (Even though I hate cats, she is cute).
PS Morgan wanted to say:
I want a puppy!!!!



puppies are cooler

Becky said...

welcome sweet Autumn!!

oº˚ Queen Bee Anissa ˚ºo said...

You are a sucker -- Don't feel bad i'm the same way!LOL. Thanks for sharing and she is to cute and your daughter looks so happy. Much Love

Jen said...

Aw, so sweet. Just look at your daughter's face. I can see the delight and happiness in her eyes. And that kitten, oh she is beautiful and has totally made me forget about your earlier kitten picture (you know which one I am talking about).
I kinda think that we may need a little kitten around here.

Oh and I love all your fall decorations. Can you come over and get my house ready? Just nothing that would get destroyed by little hands.

Heathersmom said...

Autumn is my time of year too. And Autumn is just too darn cute (but not as cute as Isabel). I remember your kittens (how many?), but that is another story. Sorry, Michelle.
But maybe it is time for a puppy for Morgan. He's a good boy.

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Awwwww she looks SOOO happy! That smile...awwww!

LOVE LOVE LOVE me some fall. I want it to not be in the 90s right now. Bring on the coolness! Love your photos...gorgeous!

~melody~

"The Queen in Residence" said...

She is a cute kitten, too bad they do not stay small like that. That face though makes all that is to come worth it.

Heather said...

Oh she has a sparkle in her eye!!

HiHoOhio said...

AWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are still a sucker but I can see why! Love the name! Darling kitten, will be anxious to get the updates! And I see I am not the only one who calls you a sucker!!!

The Brady's said...

What a cutie! BTW I love the background! I often read, and don't comment, but what sweet little Autumn!

What Katy Did said...

What a beautiful cat, your daughter is lucky, I have had a cat my whole life and they bring me sooo much happiness and laughter, especially when she runs around like a complete physco chasing her tail like a dog!

Hope you get your parcel soon!

Robin (Tqmnurse) said...

Autumn is way too cute!!!!! and I love that you chose the season to inspire the name!
Congrats on being featured on SITS!!!!
Robin
http://tqmnurse.blogspot.com

Lane Boyz Mom said...

Congratulations! I found you through SITS and have to say you have now offically made me want to decorate for Autumn! HAHA

And I am such a sucker for cats, I am already in love with that sweet little Autumn of yours!!!

Mamarazzi said...

oh you are most def gonna get Mother of the Year for that one!

she is adorable...and so is the kitten!

leezee52 said...

Congrats on being the SITS girl of the day!

Lee :)

Le @ Third on the Right said...

Hello there - new to your blog - from SITS ... am loving the autumn tocuhes - including pussy ...

We are in spring - spent the day at the beach - school hols ...

When I read the US blogs it is amazing to think your witer is coming while I am about to swelter in summer ...

Off to read now - best wishes le

Marla @ Stolen Bon Bons said...

I love your decorations. And the kitten is adorable, I have a few extra ones if Autumn needs a friend...lol!

Congrats on being SITS FB today!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

YAY!!!! It's your day!!! Congratulations on being the featured Blogger!!! I was so excited when I went to make roll call.
Love this post!! I was wondering how long it was going to take you to cave in and get the kitten. What a sweet name!!
Welcome Autumn!!!!

Ashley. Unscripted... said...

Happy SITS day!!

Imperfect said...

Hi! I wandered over from SITS. Love the beautiful mums! I can't wait to get some for our screened porch. And the pumpkin candle holder is to cute. I'm with you on loving the fall season. We got a delightful taste of cooler weather last week but now it's right back into the 80s...I sure do wish it would stop teasing us!

Kim said...

Congrats on your big SITS day! Your mums are cool and make me think of autumn.

dddiva said...

I found your blog through SITS and am adding you to my blog list since I am enjoying your posts so much. :)

KimmyJ said...

Congrast, SITSta! Your blog is gorgeous!! We just got a new kitten too. Aren't they just precious?

EmBee said...

The photos are just TOO precious... Congrats Isabel AND Autumn!
:-)

Ginny said...

Oh my, that kitten is ADORABLE! Love the mums too. I didn't think I liked mums, but they look so pretty like that :)

Lula! said...

I love it all--the decor, the child, the cat, the cat's name...and I love that you caved.
I totally knew you would.

Becky said...

How can you not like Autumn, the cat and season. Nothing beats the smile on your daughters face. Have a great day.

Melodie said...

How could anyone look at that sweet kitten face and say, "No"? I know I couldn't!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

The pics of your daughter....too precious! You're a good momma...kitties are easy, and she'll always love you for it (except for the litter box).

Jonny's Mommy said...

Autumn is adorable!

Congrats on the new cat. They are a blast to have around. Until they start throwing up hairballs and all their food when they get old.

OK. So they are still great to have and sweet! When they want to be because cats have their own way of doing things and only want your attention when you don't want it and want nothing to do with you when you do want it.

I'm sure you know all about that though! :-)

Lorie said...

Beautiful pictures! I am hoping it starts to feel like Fall around here soon...but that usually doesn't happen until November! javascript:void(0)

T said...

I love Autumn - the season... though the cat is cute too :)

team hill said...

That is such a great post. I love fall weather, it just breathes Football.:)

Becky Welch said...

What a beautiful blog you have! Congrats on being the SITs of the day! You def. deserve it! I will have to come back!

K Green said...

I love Fall!!!Congrats!

Laurie said...

Autumn is so adorable! You did the right thing. I mean how do you go up against PRAYERS?!!!

I was so happy to see your white chicken chili recipe. My sister in law in Nashville made it for me and I loved it - and lost the recipe. So now I have it again. Thanks.

I've enjoyed my visit to your blog so much! But now I must get to work...

Rachel Ann said...

Congrats on being the SITS blog of the day! What a nice Mom you are to let her have a new kitty!

I love the fall pictures you have, especially that big bloom of flowers...gorgeous.

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Aw too cute...I am ready to get out my sweaters and jeans and get cozy under the blankets...

And we are all suckers...

Beth said...

Congrats on being featured blogger! Your autumn decorations are beautiful!

Amanda K said...

Happy SITSta Day! I love the fall as well! I love when the leaves change and we break out our sweaters. I just wish it lasted longer here in good ole' Utah.

oº˚ Anissa ˚ºo said...

Congrats on being featured on SITS!

lemonologie said...

Congrats on your SITS day! Great pictures! I am so glad autumn is here!

Nicole said...

LOVE the kitten pics! I have a son who loves cats...so cute! Welcome to the family. Autumn :o)

Congrats on your SITS feature! Love your blog.

Summer Saldana said...

Congrats saucy mama! Your blog definitely deserves it!

Hugs...Summer

Stacie said...

I love your Fall decorations! They are beautiful. We had a taste of Fall - but it quickly went away. I'm hoping it will return soon!

Congrats on being saucy!

Trish said...

I love autumn too. Your fall decorations are quite lovely. And that kitten is absolutely precious! Congratulations on the new addition to your family. :)

Emilie Nichole said...

Happy Autumn! Our weather is finally changing too! I even heard "chance of showers" on the news last night! I have been decorated for Fall since AUGUST (yes, I'm a nut) but it has been in the 90's ever since... The kitty is adorable and so fluffy looking - Happy SITS day too ;)

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Happy SITS days!!!! I hope you totally enjoy it!!!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

Enjoy the SITS love!!! It is gonna run right over the top of you.

So how is the kitty? or rather how is mom doing?

Breanne said...

Me too - I want some of the Autumn wheather.

You have such a cute blog!! That is sweet yall let her get the cat.

Congrats on SITS day.

Jaime said...

Stopping by from SITS. Congrats!

Love your post. All that fall color is my favorite. I love Fall. I should have put more pictures in my fall post.

I love your kitten, she is beautiful. Congrats on another pet to add to your household, I'm sure it wont be the last. :)

Jamie said...

Found you through secret is in the sauce! Great blog!! Cute kitty! Awww!!!

Marrdy said...

Beautiful new baby!! Congrats to Isabel. And congrats to you on your SITS day.

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your SITS Day!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Happy SITS Monday!!! Beautiful photos on your blog!!!

Kat said...

Awww. Our hooligans (ie, kittens) are growing fast. But their quirky kitten stuff is still ever so present. They are just into everything. And I had no idea that they would chew. They've ruined several pairs of shoes. And I still don't know where they put my cell phone...

ChezChani said...

I am jealous of your 'signs of fall'. Fall is the season I miss most, maybe tied with spring. It's still hovering around 100degrees here in Las Vegas yet internally I feel fall. I have a yen to make soup.
Adorable kitten, 2 paws up from my Bam Bam and Izzy (though they recommend you rethink the declawing.)

Lynda said...

Congrats to Autumn! That's one lucky kitty :-) (oh, and greetings from SITS - what a beautiful blog)

Lindsay said...

Found you on SITS!
Great blog! Congrats on the kitty!! We put our litter box in a hall closet, we leave it cracked a bit and shut the door when company is there. Works perfect!! She is declawed front and back, had to fight with the vet bc they like to leave the back claws, in case they get out they can still climb a tree if needed. I was worried about my furniture ;) Anyway, sorry for writting an esay! Have a great day!!

Andrea said...

Congrats on your being the SITS featured blogger! I cried during the post to your dad, related to your date post, and am a fellow Twilight lover. I love to read, but until Edward never had a crush on a book character before. It drives my husband nuts now!

thotlady said...

OMGosh she is precious. Such beautiful eyes. The little girl is cute too. :)

Came over from SITS.

~Trish~ said...

Congrats on your SITS day!!! Loving the decorations and the kitty!!!! Soooo cute!

Susie said...

Congratulations on your SITS feature. I hope that you enjoy your day in the sun.

ScrapCandy.com said...

The fall decorations look great. I'm in AZ and any type of fall-ish weather is a ways off still, but I appreciate seeing what it looks like by you. Cute daughter and kitten!

Tracy
www.HappyDaisyAZ.blogspot.com

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Woooooohooooooooo You're THE SITS girl today!1

Congrats! You totally deserve it!!

~melody~

Kally said...

Congrats on being the SITS featured blog.

I love all the fall decs you have out. It reminds me to put out some of my own.

Good luck with the new addition. Autumn is super cute.

ScrappinAway said...

I found you through SITS! I am a sucker also! I swear though after the dog and cat we have now NO more...yeah right! That chili recipe looks so yummy, I can't wait to try it out!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I totally love autumn too. I have so many pumkins and leaf garlands in our house my hubby thinks a bag of leaves blew up in our house.

Rhea said...

Adorable kitten! Beautiful mums! Love the fall accents and colors.

Rhea said...

OH, yea, by the way, congrats on your sits day! Your blog is adorable! Enjoy all the comment love.

heathersister said...

Saw the kitty, yeah she is cute, just keep her away from me.

Congrats on the FB.

Love ya

Jenn P. said...

Fall is definately my favorite time of year too! Congratulations on being SIT'S blog of the day!

angie said...

Such a cute kitten! Congrats on your day!

HiHoOhio said...

SITS SISTER!!!!!!!
AMEN!!!!

jennifer said...

GORGEOUS photos! I hope you have enjoyed your SITS day!

Farrah said...

SUCKER!!! LOL Don't you just hate it when they do it to ya? But then you just can't help but to give in... ;-)

Meaghan said...

Okay that is the cutest kitten EVER!!

-Meaghan

JourneytoFamily said...

Great pictures. Love your kitten!!! (visiting from SITS)

Heather said...

wow...what a good mom you are. I hope my little one never asks for a cat (there are some in the barn that belong to an aunt..that's good enough, right?). I'm just a dog person. Though kittens are pretty cute. Too bad they grow up.

BITRCountryGirl said...

Congrats on the new fur baby! She's SUPER CUTE! Love the pictures of your fall decorations!

Tried to login and respond to your comment on my old blog (had to move cause I was losing my e-mail address that I login with) and realized that the e-mail address doesn't work anymore. If you want to visit me my new place is here at http://bitrcountrygirl1.blogspot.com. Hope to see you there!

P.S. I love your blog!

angela | the painted house said...

Heather, you are such a good, good mommy. Autumn is impossibly adorable and I am aching now for my kittyless home.

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