Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fall Table, A Few Scarecrows and School....

I'm slowly but surely getting my Fall Decorations out.

I bought these cute leaf plates at Walmart. An idea I got from Ceekay's blog. She has such great table scape ideas. In fact, it's completely her fault that I'm even decorating my table. ;-)

I bought this little tea light holder from the dollar store last year.

The S&P shakers are from Walmart.
(Maybe Walmart should start paying me for advertising?)

You probably remember my scarecrow bird house from last year.
He is sitting on a small fall wreath.

This little guy is also sitting on a fall wreath.

Well that's hardly it. I have lots more Fall and Halloween decorations to get out but it's going to take time with my school schedule.



I had a terrible week at school. Two tests and a quiz. My philosophy class was seriously kicking my butt. It's probably the hardest class I've ever taken.
(this being my second degree...I've taken a lot of classes)

Over the weekend I was studying for the test. I've always believed that if you didn't understand something you study more until you understand.

Well I finally laid my head in my hands and cried.

I'm NOT grasping the concepts. After reading the chapters over and over, it still wasn't clicking. It's part of philosophy called Logic. Maybe I'm just not logical, maybe I think with only my right brain. How in the heck do I get my right brain to expand its horizons?

I decided to go through with the test but if my grade was bad I would have to withdraw. The idea of throwing $300 bucks out the door doesn't appeal to me but neither does the stress. And for pete's sake, I can't cry over a test in front of my kids.

I would have to admit defeat and move on.

So I returned to class to get my test. The teacher lists on the board how many students got A's, B's, etc. It look like this:


There is one D. Could that be me? Could I be the only looser in the class?

This could be a huge hit to my self esteem.

Low and behold the teacher handed me my A. What, is this my test? Talk about complete and total shock. I almost cried again. The young lady next to me was looking at me like I had lost my marbles. I had won this war, I had conquered this test, I fought the test and I won. Okay, so maybe it's not that big. But is sure felt BIG.

So I'm going to hang in there. It may take me extra study time, more crying and more stress but I'm determined to kicks its butt.


9405018--Pat said...

Good for you...hang in there.....Pat H

Darlene said...

I love your Fall decorations Brandee. You always decorate so cute.

YAY for your A!!!!! Hang in there, it sounds like you are doing just fine!!!!!!

Carrie said...

Fall decorations look good!

Yay for you and your A good job!

Tooj said...

There is nothing like kicking a test's butt to make you feel better!!! :) Cry, stress, and tear some paper apart. It sounds like your theory of read and read and try again until you understand really does pay off. Congrats! Happy Thursday.

Mabry's gamma said...

CONGRATULATIONS! How awesome to be totally surprised like that.

Your decorations look great and ANY time you want to part with ANY of them ... send them my way.

chacha said...

I love those S&P shakers - when did Walmart start getting cool?

Congrats on your A!

Susan S. said...

Your decorations are looking all the cute plates and pumpkins! AND YEAH YOU....WAY TO GO AT SCHOOL!

ceekay said...

Glad you got your leaf plates....The scarecrows are so cute. I have the same votive pumpkin candle holder! And big congrats on the A!!! Good job!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Love your fall decor!
About Philosophy-I am with you! That was also my hardest class. I never got it-it was like talking in a circle, that never made sense...and somehow I aced the class-and even the final-but I tell you, I NEVER knew what I was talking about-I didn't make sense to myself...
You can do it!!! Don't give up!!! :)

Tracey said...

Hi Brandee,
Your table scape looks so pretty!
Yeah for you on getting the A !!

Ginger said...

Your table looks beautiful and inviting. But don't you hate it when you have to dust the table? lol.
I love all your fall decorations.
Congrats on your "A". That is awesome that you were so surprised that you did good. I always hated taking tests...I freeze up. Keep up the good work.

New Every Morning said...

Way to go! What a nice surprise!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a darling tablescape.

As far as school does it help that you are not alone. My CAD (computer aided drawing) class just about killed me and my advanced algebra class had me in tears most of the time.

I usually put on some empowering music Pink, something like that and just tell the books they are not going to win.

Hang in there.

Jenglamgirl said...

looks great! very festive, and I LOVE THE FALL leaf plates. good job!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Luv your Fall decor...the leaf plates are my fav! Guess who is #64?'s me!


sheila from life @ #17 said...

!!!Congratulations!!! You are going to kick that class's butt :))

...and it must be so nice to get to set a beautiful table and not have to worry about cats skiddin' across and taking everything out! LOL! oh well :) I can at least look at all the lovely table(scapes) in Blog Land :)

Linda said...

I am so glad you are back. I checked faithfully and then I Got busy myself and haven't blogged in forever.... Hope all is going well for you...
Hopefully I will find time to post. I finished my class this summer and began teaching 5th grade in August.
Take Care,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your fall decorations are just gorgeous. I love the cute little scarecrow sitting on the wreath. Everything is just lovely. Your tablescape is gorgeous too. I LOVE your leaf plates. Also I wanted to let you know that we are having an Az. Bloggers lunch on the 30th of Oct. Cindy from Applestone Cottage is going to be here from Wisconsin and wants to meet everybody. You can email me at and I will give you all the details. I so hope you will join us. Hugs, Marty

Workin' MAMA! said...

loving the fall decor you have - are you a stay at home mommy? There are so many projects I need to complete - then it will be christmas decor that will need to be put out! This season won't slow down for all the pumpkin decor I need to have for fall! Thanks for the great inspiration - it's pretty awesome lady ---

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