A year ago today the movers pulled up to our house and loaded all our worldly possessions onto their long blue and white truck. In the midst of a driving (make that…monsoon) rainstorm. How everything did not arrive all wet and moldy is a mystery.
After a good sleep, we pulled out-of-town with the cats and drove to our new home. One of the first things I was excited to do at my new house was to fill the front window box. With pumpkins. But, there was no time, or extra money, for plumping with pumpkins. Instead we were on a mission to clean, and paint several rooms, before the moving van arrived bright and early on Monday morning.
One very fast year later….I again had the desire to fill my window box with pumpkins. But, things are still pretty tight, so I decided that I would try to keep my summer flowers alive as long as possible and not worry about pumpkins this year. I put it out of my mind and decided to decorate with whatever bits of nature’s goodness I could score from the local fields or whatever was in my box of artificial fall in the basement. But, guess what? God made a provision for me! A plethora of fresh pumpkins and gourds in various sizes! Thank you God!
After I pulled out all the plants from the window box, I laid a piece of burlap over the potting mix. Then I added a lovely mum…just $3.99 at the grocery store! I left it in its pot, but planted the pot in the soil and nestled the burlap around it. The next step was to arrange the pumpkins and gourds. It looked nice. But, I thought that the plumped with pumpkins fall window box needed a little something extra.
I had an idea!
On a recent trip to the local Agway (farm & garden store) I had picked up a few yards of burlap. It is a looser weave than what is sold at the fabric store, but it was only 99 cents a yard. What a deal! I cut some little pennants from that burlap to make a banner to go across the window box. It was simple to put together. I took some thinner jute from the dollar store and made a long running stitch at the top of the triangles using just one continuous piece of jute so they hung together in a long line. At first I hung them in a sort of looping fashion. But, I didn’t care for that look. So, instead I stapled the string, between each pendant, to the underside of the window box lip. It’s a tidier appearance and it really completes the look and dresses it up. Wouldn’t you agree?
So there you have it. My plumped with pumpkins fall window box.
The cost? Six dollars for my part.
God’s part? Priceless!
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Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary!
Being the recipient of God’s blessings is truly extraordinary. Sometimes we try to figure out a way to make things happen…that’s being ordinary. But, if we choose contentment or choose to wait…He blesses us beyond imagination. WooHoo!!
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