First snow of the season!

It finally feels like November. What an odd fall we have had. Yesterday we had a hard frost, all of our leaves fell from our black walnut tree. They fell despite being green still, and now the tree is bare. I’ve learned that this is normal for walnut trees when there is a frost.

I saw that we had snow in the forecast for today, so I set up our time lapse camera just for fun to capture it. If you look closely you will see a few birds too, small and large.

Hot chocolate season has arrived! What it is like in your part of the world?

Jacob T. Marley {Book Review}


One of our favorite Christmas tales is A Christmas Carol. We like to read the story and watch the movie during the season each year. Well, have you ever wondered about Scrooge’s partner Marley? Besides of course being the first ghost to visit, did you ever think about him and what his story might be?

Jacob T. Marley In the book Jacob T. Marley, author R. William Bennett explores the story of Jacob. Why did Jacob get to visit Scrooge? What was his life like before we are first introduced to him in A Christmas Carol. You might remember, basically Marley was dead, and other than that, we don’t know much except he was covered in chains.

I was excited to see what this “prequel” might bring. Most of all, why Marley got to return to help Scrooge was a question I needed to find the answer to! The book is a lot of fun to read, it adds a different dimension to the old tale. In fact, we even learn about more about what happens to Scrooge’s life after those 3 ghostly visits.

Jacob Marley was not much better than Scrooge himself when first we meet him in the story. He was just as greedy and unloving, maybe even more so than Scrooge if possible. Indeed they made a perfect partnership in their counting house.

I really enjoyed reading the story, and think it has a nice ending as well. It is likely to join A Christmas Carol in our favorite holiday reading!

*I received a copy of the book in exchange for my review.*

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Decor

I am so excited to share this easy Thanksgiving decor idea! Have you heard of Wallternatives? They are fabric decals that you can use to quickly and simply change a room! And there are so many fun choices too!

After taking down our Halloween decor, our living room was looking pretty sad and boring. Luckily I had the adorable Black and White Fall Phrases Removable Wall Decal Set to spruce things up! Here’s the before photo:

Living room before decorating

And here is the after:

Thanksgiving Wallternatives

Isn’t this fun? It took me less than 10 mins to put up the decals, and they were so nice to work with. Because they are fabric, they have a really nice feeling to them. I love how simple they were to get positioned too, because they peeled off and re-stuck easily (which is good because it’s not always going to line up just right on the first try)!

This is the large size of the Thanksgiving Phrases pack, which also comes in a colorful version. I liked the look and feeling of the chalkboard style, especially with the pops of color from our fall flowers.

There are also fun options for Christmas, and of course, ideas for all year too. In fact, there are even actual chalkboard options. How fun is that?

It’s so fun to walk into the room now! And it was just so easy to do. Big thanks to Wallternatives for providing my decals for this project. I can’t wait to use some again!

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