How is this for reusing? When I took the contents of my hanging planter to the compost pile, this wrought iron basket is what was left. It was too beautiful not to use!
I bought it a year ago at the end of season clearance sale (of all places, at my grocery store) and planted the hanging geraniums in it in the spring. It was filled with moss already so I had no idea just how pretty it was without flowers.
I love the month of October, it is tied with the month of May for my favorite month of the year. When one lives in an area where there are four distinct seasons (well, in normal years), May gives us the lushness of new greenery and flowers while October brings deep jewel colors and crisp, cool days.
I've always thought of each as God's gift... the beauty of May after the cold, stark winter and October gives a glorious send off before everything dies back into the soil or curls up for a long winters nap. I often told the family I was created to hibernate.
The chrysanthemums of the season are one of my favorite flowers. I adore all of them and if money was no object, there would be lots and lots out on the deck. Since money is a factor, I have the two I showed on my porch in their gorgeous copper color. They were both on clearance already.
Except for fresh mums, my other autumn decorations are reusable each year, often found at thrift stores or on clearance at season's end. That cute coffee can was purchased a few years ago... I'm thinking it was Maxwell House that used to have seasonal coffee cans. I have one of their small coffee cans with a spring motif that holds orphan pennies in my closet. I suppose they stopped making them when they went to plastic. :(
We, too, had to start the furnace yesterday. We could have used it night before last but it must first be turned on in the daytime with windows open or the allergy sufferers would... suffer. I should have thought ahead when the projected lows were in the 30s. We're back to lows in the upper40s for a few days but at least the furnace has had all of the dust and "stuff" blown out... cough, cough, cough.
We awoke to find our coffee maker had met its' demise with absolutely no warning. It's a good thing I have some black tea I can brew to help wake us up... yawn. I am at an age where caffeine helps me wake up in the morning. :)