Saturday

~Company is Coming~

Fall officially arrives in a little less than a month. However, I've chosen to begin Fall, at our house, today!
Our friend Pat is coming from Wisconsin, for a visit with us, on her way to a family reunion.
Pat and I met in junior high school, 1955. We were in band together, both playing French Horn. My friend, JoAnn, also played French Horn. Since Fall was an extra special time of year, when we were in school, I've decided to "rush the season", for Pat's visit.
In 1955, September brought the beginning of the school year, the day after Labor Day. Falling leaves rustled underfoot earlier in those days. We enjoyed football games on Friday night, performing in half time shows. Coney Islands at Vern's Malt Shop and other memories come to mind. It seems September air was cooler and crisper, then.
Pat signs her comments, here at the back porch, Aunt Pittypat. I've heard the story behind the name and will have Pat refresh my memory, while she's here, so I can tell you all, how she became Aunt Pittypat. I'm not certain, but there may be a connection to Gone With the Wind.
Our home seems to sing, when dressed for Fall.
The menu is planned. This table setting and center piece will be used.
One evening we'll have Maureen's Linguini with Clam sauce and Miss Mari-Nanci's Peach Dump Cake, with vanilla ice cream.
A lunch at Oddfellows is on our list and Pizza at Stefinina's. We'll show Pat our town and countryside, sit on the porch and patio, with oldies playing in the background and reminisce about the "old days". We'll also talk about our grandchildren, of course.
Pumpkins everywhere!
Including a red one, too!
A comfortable chair, a good light for reading, and a soft throw for the knees. Aunt Pittypat's room, awaits.

A couple of books and an apple.
A Catherine Holman notecard, framed and sitting on the small oak desk beside the bed.
J thanks you all for the birthday greetings! He's enjoying the day!

A Note:
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Design Alert!
I'm adding this note, because I've just returned from a visit to Designs By Gollum blog.
I've been reading "Gollum's" blog, since she began publishing, earlier this year. If you haven't visited, I encourage you to do so, as soon as possible. She writes an amazing blog and has a design sense out of this world! Just wait until you read where she finds many of her furnishings. You won't believe it! Fabulous!

70 comments:

Joy said...

Sounds like your friend will have a great time when she visits. Your place looks great, as always. I love fall decorations.

Gollum said...

Everything looks beautiful. Today Mr. Gollum said he can't wait for me to buy/kill a few outdoor mums. lol I have some old (meaning from the 70s) Halloween snowglobes that I plan to set out in the house. I love fall. Decorating for Christmas always throws me into a tizzy, but with fall, there's no pressure.

Pam said...

I am sure you will have a wonderful time. Your home looks beautiful. There is nothing quite like catching up with old friends.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pat,
There's nothing like company coming to motivate one to spruce things up! I would imagine you didn't have to do a whole lot...your home is always beautiful! I love your fall accessories. The menu sounds great too...maybe you'll share with us a recipe or too???
Diane

Brown-Eyes said...

Seeing your home all decked out for Aunt PittyPat makes me want to drag out my fall goodies...I'm so tired of this long, hot Texas summer! Have a great visit. ;-) Bo

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Your fall decor is gorgeous! I bet your guest will just love it all! Hope J had a wonderful birthday! ~Rhonda :)

Twice as Nice said...

I think I'd skip the family reunion and stay at your house. You make it too nice to leave. All your fall decorations look great. Is your friend as talented in the decorating department as you are? I'm sure she'll be taking home alot of ideas and the menu sounds yummy.

Andi said...

Your home looks lovely Pat. I adore all the touches of fall...my favorite season as well. Your dear friend Pat...or Aunt Pittypat will be delighted with her accomodations and all the wonderful things you have planned. It will be fun to read about it in days to come. Enjoy your visit.

nikkicrumpet said...

The little touches of fall are beautifully done. And with a guest room that lovely I'm sure she'll not want to leave!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Everything looks so beautiful & inviting. I'm loving your DR more everytime I see it.
I'm sure your guest will have a lovely visit with you & all your gracious hospitility. That guest room looks so cozy!
Hugs, DebraK

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh yes Pat...it is SINGING away!! I think I can even hear it from here! Can ou hear my poor flooded house cryin???

The fall looks almost edible! Beautiful!

Vanessa said...

Oh Pat,

How lovely everything looks and how warm and cozy I feel from reading this post.

Have a fabulous time with your friend. You are inspiring me for autumn!

Hugz,

Vanessa

Tootsie said...

looks wonderful...but I am scared you invited an early fall! lol

Pat said...

Everything looks so nice a cozy for your friend's visit, Pat! The autumn decor is very warm and inviting and your menu sounds delicious. Enjoy!

Hugs, Pat in NY

Shelia said...

Evening, Pat! Oh, how I love your beautiful fallness! You are a wonderful decorator and a wonderful photographer, too! You would make the cutest Diva! Just let me know when you snap your self portrait and I will give you praise!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lisa said...

I bet your decorations are amazing in your home, because the few pictures you shared are wonderful. I'm trying to wait until Sept. 1 to get mine out. I'm getting the itch though. This is the very first time in my life I can remember wanting summer to finally end. I'm ready for fall!! Have a great visit!!

Rosemary said...

It looks amazing Pat.
She will love it.
I can't wait to get my Fall stuff out. Maybe right after Labor Day!!
I have already been busy making Halloween decorations.
Your home is so warm and cozy.
Enjoy your visit.
Rosemary

Jeanne said...

Pat, you go girl. Fall is in the air. You and your friend will have a wonderful time together. Enjoy every minute. It sounds like you have a full schedule. You have made me want to decorate for fall. Maybe I will.

Hugs, Jeanne

justabeachkat said...

She's so lucky!...to be able to visit you...to be your friend...to stay in your lovely home. Have a wonderful time together.

Hugs!
Kat

Janera said...

Pat, I love your new blue dining room! It's amazing and fresh and welcoming!

Thanks for stopping by to sign the guestbook. Come again soon!

Mrs. B said...

I love your September memories. I love fall too and am really getting excited about it. I love your fall decorations! I haven't gotten mine out yet, but I sure have been thinking about them. Have a wonderful time with your guest and a belated happy birthday to J!

Hootin' Anni said...

Hi Pat. I'm here from Robin's blog this morning [the one with the ice tray find at GW?]....anyway, I read part of your comment to her and the part about kool aid popcicles. Boy, oh by...what a great childhood memory. Thanks for bringing that up.

I too love Autumn. I just finished crocheting a scarecrow about a week ago, and this week I made a door hanging witch's boot with the flowers of Fall for my daughter that I plan on sending to her.

It was very nice to meet you. Hope your Sunday is peaceful and happy.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Now I really am in the Autumn mood. Your Fall accents are just beautiful. She is going to be blown away with your hospitality :-)

Valentine Hearts said...

Hi Pat,

Your pics have made me all warm and snuggly inside. I'm inspired!! It's cold, grey and uninspiring in the UK today but I now feel a little warmer looking at those beautiful warm colours x

auntpittypat said...

The yard still needs to be mowed and garden watered and tomatoes picked!! Then I will be loading up the car and heading "home". I'm visiting with my grandson (and his parents) this afternoon and starting out from their house in the morning. I can't wait.

No, I'm not talented when it comes to decorating, unless appreciating other people's talent counts.

See you soon and will sing a belated "happy birhtday" to Jim.

smilnsigh said...

I'm sure you are enjoying your visit!

What a lovely reason to get Autumn decorations out. :-)

Miss Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh
Photos-City-Mine

Leigh said...

I am headed to click your links but before I do, I left you an award for your mantel over at my island....

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh Pat...don't mind me...Just whining. We didn't have it that bad, really!

Picket said...

Oh girl...I love Fall decorating!!!! I just ohhhh and ahhhed my way thru your post! Your friend will feel so special with all the extra touches you have done girl! Happy belated Birthday to you hubby! I also loved seeing that new color in that dining room...ohhhh makes me won't to go get my Fall stuff out of the shed! lol have a great Sunday my friend!

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

Love the picture you paint of returning to school in the fall. It makes me feel so nostalgic! I hope you have a wonderful visit with your dear friend.

Beverly said...

Pat, just as always, everything looks beautiful. I know you will enjoy your time together. I can't wait to hear tales of Aunt Pittypat.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I'm playing catchup from being out of town. Happy belated birthday to J! And I see you've been playing with the fall stuff again. Your fall arrangements are always so pretty, Pat.

Rhoda

dana said...

I'll just put this simply, Pat: YOU JUST WRITE THE BEST POSTS!!!!
Your visitor is one lucky gal---her room looks so inviting and those Fall decorations are devine. I have my eye on that table centerpiece of yours. I know you will have a wonderful time with your buddy. Tell Lori and Greg HI when you go for lunch! Dana

PS I played the French horn, too. I was terrible, but I love the sound of that instrument to this day.

Nancy said...

Looks like your guest will enjoy herself very much...your fall decorations look beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for sharing. Nancy

salmagundi said...

Everything looks amazing and so welcoming. Just viewing it on your post makes me feel like a pampered guest myself. Have a great visit with your friend. Sally

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

"Aunt Pittypat" might have to fight me for that guest room, lol! Looks wonderful.
I bet you couldn't wait to add some fall decor to you *new* dining room. It looks very festive!
Have a wonderful visit, can't wait to hear the story~

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I just did a post on Fall, so yearning for it too! Everything looks beautiful as always, T

Millie said...

Love your fall decor! Co-incidentally, I also had a post yesterday titled "Company's Coming"
Mil

bj said...

yOU have such a lovely home and decorations, she will feel as if she is in a beautiful B&B.
Everything is looking wonderful.

a day in the life of bella said...

Hope you have a fun time together, your home is beautiful! :)

Bella

Terri and Bob said...

I wish I was Aunt Pittypat.

Brenda said...

Omg I love your decor. The visit seems so awesome.
I love Petit Jean. We always camped at Shady lake and drove up there.
We have stayed all over Arkansas we just love it.

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Just checking in on you hopeing you've had a wonderful Sunday!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Pat , you have things looking good for fall . Love your cloches.
Can't wait to meet Aunt Pittypat !

Robyn said...

Oh Pat you are a woman after my own heart! I ADORE pumpkins! Love them!

Well, come by and check out my last post for the mystery trip! A bit late but better late than never I say! LOL!
Many hugs!

paintergal said...

Sounds like a fun-filled visit!

Lallee said...

I hope you have a wonderful visit with your friend. I love her signature--looking forward to the story.

I'm not ready for fall things yet, but you are helping to move me along ;-) I like the way you stuck Dream in with the pumpkins. I am dreaming about our heavy humidity leaving!

Hooked on Houses said...

I like your new header! At first I thought I had come to the wrong place (but I figured it out). :-)

I do love decorating for Fall. Your home looks beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful visit with your friend! -Julia

sandra/tx said...

I'm so ready to decorate for fall now. Sure wish it'd cool off a little, though. Love your pics!

Deb said...

I am ready to decorate for Fall too ~ my favourite season! The Mum's are out in the Nursery & outside the grocery store ...
Your home looks so lovely all ready for your friends visit. Have a wonderful time!

Julie said...

Oh good! I am glad to see that I am not the only one with Fall on the brain!!!

I am on my way over to check out the blog your recommended!

Debbie said...

Fall is my absolute my favorite time of the year. Your fall decor is so lovely and your menu is sure to win over your friend. Here's wishing you a wonderful visit.

Sandi McBride said...

How lovely you have decorated for Pat...I know she will be honored! Fall...yes, I can feel it in the air!
hugs
Sandi

dec0r8or said...

What a wonderful hostess you must be, Pat! I hope you guys have tons of fun talking about the "good ol' days."

Oh, and the French horn is one of my favorite instruments. I love its mellow sound. You think you could still play? I still play my flute--love it.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your upcoming visit sounds just wonderful! Your home looks so beautiful decorated for fall. I can just imagine the grand time you will be having!
Hugs,
Penny

Suzanne said...

What a fun and relaxing time awaits aunt pittypat! She is sure to feel pampered....your home is gorgeous and the food sounds yummy. I hope you all have a wonderful time together!

Susie Harris said...

Lovin' that fall stuff. I put some of mine out too! It just makes your home all warm and cozy... Not that we need warm but the cozy part Im all for! Enjoy that company!

Catherine Holman said...

Hi Pat,
Thanks for the link! I've had several people stop by. I love your autumn decorations. I've been thinking about getting mine out because the weather is wonderful and really has me in the mood for autumn. Hope everything turns out o.k. with J's arm.
Hugs,
Cathie

Alpicks Treasures said...

Enjoy your friend coming. Your pictures all look nice. Thanks for entering my 1st giveaway I had. Take Care




Allison

Melissa said...

Pat,

I wish I had your way with style. The tabletop designs are gorgeous.

Where on earth did you find the little 'dream' wording? Love that.

Melissa

Linda said...

Hi Pat, everthing looks so pretty. Your home always looks lovely but especilly so with all the fall touches...very warm and inviting. Have a wonderful visit with Pat...hugs, Linda

lindaharre said...

Pat......what a GREAT FRIEND you are to go to so much trouble for another! I am sure she will be overwhelmed:D I would be! hugs, Linda

Rose Mary said...

Your house looks beautiful! I love fall colors. I can't really use the orangey ones in mine, but the golds, greens, and soft reds look good.

Your friend is going to feel so calm and relaxed in her lovely room!

I'm really looking forward to fall. Our local fair is next week!

R~Mary

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Pat, sigh. Just the perfect post, full of fall inspiration, a few recipies to look up and try, and looking forward to your visit with your friend. Anyone who is your friend is blessed.
xo Lidy

Deb said...

Hi Pat, I love your fall decor. I can't wait to hear the story of Pat's nickname and I'm sure she won't want to leave after staying in that lovely room. I really hope you all enjoy the time. Deb

niartist said...

Hey Pat!

I'm back! YAY! And I've got a great contest going at the Blog! You can win a CalicoCorners $200 gift certificate for sending me a photo of a room you'd like to change with fabric!

Hope you play along! Deadline to enter is September 10th!

Artie

My Thrifty Victorian Home said...

Love the great fall decorating..even if it is early. Enjoy your friend's visit!

Blessings to you and yours

Shanda said...

Pat, It all looks so nice, you are such a classy tasteful lady. Your friend will be delighted I'm sure. I hope you have a wonderful visit and the evening air will crisp up abit for you.
Enjoy,
Hugs,
Shanda

KARIN said...

Pat, you take the most beautiful pictures. I'm glad you decided to put your fall thinkgs out a little early. I'm pulling things out , too. As soon as my kids start back to school, I consider it Fall!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Beautiful Pat - I am so excited for fall!