~A Visit From Pittypat~

~Pittypat & Pat at All About Home~

Pat arrived, late Monday afternoon. It has been wonderful seeing Pat again, after 2 years. She was our guest, at the lake, during our 45th high school reunion, in 2006. Aunt Ruth was our other dinner guest, Monday evening. We four had a great time sitting around the dining room table, enjoying dinner and lively conversation.
We spent the last couple of days, sitting on the back porch talking and eating and talking and eating etc etc!
Tuesday evening we drove through Cuivre River State Park, before having dinner at Stefanina's.
Today, just before Pat continued her journey to her sister's home, we had lunch at Oddfellows, shopped at All About Home and took the tour of the old IOOF hall, on the upper floor of the building, where Oddfellows and All About Home are located.
Lunch was fabulous, as usual. Pat and I made a little purchase at the shop, naturally.
Aunt Pittypat's name has nothing to do with Gone With the Wind. Her sister began calling her Pittypat, many years ago. When she became an aunt, the name evolved.

Above, a couple of Fall vignettes at All About Home.
A daytime shot of Stefanina's, formerly Sacred Heart Church. This building was constructed after fire destroyed the original church in the 1950's.
During the 1990's the building was sold and a new church building was constructed, nearer the highway, in 1996.
A portrait of Stefanina.
J and Pat looking at the first communion photo, seen in an earlier post. When the restaurant opened, the owners asked for photographs and other Sacred Heart memorabilia. We donated the photo of J's first communion class. The photos and other things are displayed throughout the establishment.
A collage of the restaurant. The "chef" is standing in what was once a confessional. A few of the many donated photographs can be seen on the wall to the right.

We're making a quick trip to the lake, early tomorrow (Thursday). I'm looking forward to catching up with all of you, when we return.
Have a wonderful weekend.


The Decorated House said...

Hello Sweet Pat~
It's so nice to see the picture of Ms. PittyPat, too! I've seen her post here and had no idea y'all went so far back!
I'm always so happy to hear any and all good news about Mr. J. Loved his photos when he is was a little kid.

And pumpkins??? OK, you live north of me and company was coming. I so adore pumpkins and the whole fall season. It was totally fun to see your fall decor!

Andi said...

I just know you're having the best time visiting with each other. Nothing is better than good conversation among friends.

Have fun at the lake!

Twice as Nice said...

Looks like you gals had a great time. She's a cutie.

The lake sounds like a great idea. Your home away from home. Have fun.

Susie Q said...

What fun! I bet you are having such a wonderful time together!
Good times and sweet memories...hugs to you both!


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

Hi Pat,
Looks like you and Pat had fun. There's nothing like a old friend and remembering old times!

paintergal said...

Looks like you had a ball!

Brown-Eyes said...

It's so nice to see your friendship has endured over these many years....and your home looks so very pretty! ;-) Bo

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Wow, seeing all the fall decor is making me anxious for Fall.



Leigh said...

looks fun! There is nothing like old friends and fmaily! Enjoy!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Pat , sounds like you girls are having a good time sitting and talking on the porch. We don't have alot of porch weather left.I really miss my porch in the winter. Although I have been known to put my coat on and go out on the porch and sit in the swing for a while.

Anonymous said...

Pat, This is Savannah Granny from rms. I looked on there today to see what you guys were doing. My posts were GONE. That is how I linked to all of you. I put in some of the names that I could remember but they all showed up "no posts" Did I miss something? Do they take you down after a certain length of time? Email me at gypsy1958@comcast if you don't mind. I don't blog but i liked reading your comments and seeing your posts on rms. Hugs, Granny

Anonymous said...

I am sure it was wonderful to see her. How great that you could get together & What a special time for you all.
Your home looks so pretty and and fallish.
We're still in full summer :)

Pam said...

I really enjoy seeing how you decorate for your fall season in the U.S. We tend not to celebrate the seasons so much here in Australia with decorations.Even Christmas is relatively low-key so it is a pleasure to see your lovely home and delightful company. Have fun!

smilnsigh said...

And a wonderful time was had, I'm sure!!!

Happy 'Tasha Tudor Remembrance Day In Blog Land' to you {Aug. 28th}.

Miss Mari-Nanci
Smilnsigh blog

dec0r8or said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit with PittyPat, Pat! Hee! Have fun at the lake. We'll "see" you when you get back.

Deserae said...

Sounds like you guys are having lots of fun :o) I am looking forward to the cooler weather fall brings but not winter which tends to follow! LOL

Nancy said...

So happy you all had a great time! Nancy

Deb said...

Hi Pat, I'm so happy your visit was enjoyable. Pat looks like a very nice person. Have fun at the lake and see when ya get back! Deb

Mary said...

Sounds like you gals are having a ton of fun - good for you!!! That eating and talking on the porch sounds perfect - great getting caught up with all the news after two years together.

Enjoy the holiday weekend. We've had some rain so the garden has come back to life but the acorns are falling like crazy now.

Mrs. B said...

Sounds like you had a fun visit! Have a great time at the Lake!

Beverly said...

I'm glad you got to spend some time together, and that you all had a wonderful visit.

I love her nickname. Too cute!

Melissa said...


Is it possible to get the telephone number for All About Home?

I would love to call them and order somethings that I have seen posted on your blog.

Thank you so much.

Sunbonnet Cottage

meggie said...

Hi Pat, I have just had an interesting time reading up on your posts.
I hope they find out what is causing the arm shrinkage in your husband's left arm.
I love all the photos you post.

Joy said...

Glad you had a great time. We have a Stefanina's here in O'Fallon too.
Very good food!

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
Thanks for the nice comments.
Of course my favorite photo on your new post is the Halloween vignette.
Have a fun time at the lake.

auntpittypat said...

I have to say to all you friends of Pat out there.......everything is just incredible at that house. I was so welcomed and felt so at home and it was like I had been visiting in her home forever. It is just as beautiful as the pictures show you. I enjoyed every minute I spent with Pat, Jim and Molly!! I think Molly and I became friends too.

The food was incredible, the talk went on forever and the laughter was wonderful. But most of all, it is wonderful to have the friendship continue. (I'm already trying to figure out how to get back to visit again!, It's only an eight and a half hour drive!)

I'm off to the lake tomorrow to join more of my family. It shall be much fun. Just wish the heat and humidity would go down. Oh well, that's Missouri in August.

Thanks again Pat and Jim, and Molly.

Brenda said...

Pat, Im so happy you enjoyed the visit with your dear friend. It really looks like a great time. What style food does she serve there. She looked Italian in the picture.

Sandi McBride said...

Ah, the memories you shared! I celebrated my First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart in Tampa Florida...I remember how lovingly my mother affixed my little veil/cap and the "don't you get dirty, we're leaving for the Church in five minutes!" I of course could get dirty in five seconds, she was right to worry! Glad your visit with Pittypat went so well and I'm sure you all had loads of fun!

Julie said...

Oh - I sure wish my friends liked to blog. It is such a fun way to see what everyone is up to in a short time. You both looked like you had a blast!

Pat said...

Hi Pat!

It's nice to meet another Pat named Pitty Pat :-)

It's great that you and J have a good friend so long and that you enjoyed a nice visit together.

Stefanina looks like a nice restaurant with an interersting history.

Have a wonderful labor Day Weekend!
Hugs, Pat in NY

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi wonderful..I hope you are having a great time!

Love your fall vignettes...I will be dressing for fall too...once school starts.
Have a great weekend!

bj said...

There's just nothing in the world like having an old friend come and stay a few days. I always so look forword to my out of town friends coming.
Your home just looked beautiful and I know Ms. PittyPat loved it all.
I am on a hunt all over the entire world for a wooden swan just like yours. I can't locate one ANYWHERE, so far.
So glad you had such a nice visit...
Happy weekend..
love, bj

Linda said...

Hi Pat, what a great visit and time you are having...enjoy the lake. Hugs, Linda

Cami said...

Pittypat?!! Who wouldn't want Pittypat to visit!!! Awwww. And I'm still trying to decide "which witch" I am!

kari and kijsa said...

Have a great weekend! Trying to get back into the blogging swing of things and give a grateful shoutout for all the paryers and support!

Thankful blessings,
kari & kijsa

Terri and Bob said...

I always crack up when I see your postings and I have been to the sites you are talking about. I love Stephina's! It was so fun to "meet" Aunt Pittypat and see your wonderful fall decorations.

I am looking for chairs for my dining room table... I want upholstered chairs... do you have a good source?

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi pat, How nice to see your friend again and to have had a friendship for that long. Your fall decor looks so pretty but I just can't let summer go yet. I will wait to put mine up. I ordered some fabulous Fall candlesticks. Have a wonderful holiday weekend. ~ Lynn

Alicia said...

Pat, you are incredibly talented! Some magazine ought to snatch you up and I'm not kidding.

Becky said...

What wonderful fall decorating ideas. I love you blog.

Shelia said...

Good evening, Pat. I certainly hope you're have a wonderful visit with Ms. Pittypat!! I love her name
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi Pat sweetie! It sounds like you two are having a wonderful time visiting! I hope you have a terrific Labor Day weekend Pat, and when you get a chance stop by my blog to enter a give away!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Tamara Jansen said...

The fall decor looks just fabulous! Love the photo of the flowers by the window...

Catherine Holman said...

It's great to spend time with friends! Looks like you had a great time. Your home looks wonderful all decorated for fall!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Hi Pat - I'm a little late here but I hope you had a wonderful time with your friend PittyPat - Oh I LOVE that name, it makes me smile. The picture of you together is a sweet one. True friendship is such a wonderful gift and it takes nuturing to keep it strong. I'm glad your taking that time. Hope your time at the lake was relaxing and your weather was wonderful.

Hugs - Karen

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

What a lovely visit you had, Pat!

I am still recovering from the wedding & blog move, two big events in two weeks can wipe a girl out!

I loved your fall post, I do hope you'll add it to Mr. Linky next week during my Fall Nesting week! You've inspired me already!

Happy weekend,

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

How fun! You sound like the perfect hostess! You are becoming fall, aren't you??


Amber said...

Pat, hope you are having a wonderful weekend on the lake! Mike is in the Ozarks this weekend also, visiting his mother. (She was recently widowed.) Wonder if y'all will get some bad weather all the way up in Southern Missouri from Gustav? Anyway, I loved the photos and enjoyed hearing about your lovely visit with Pittypat!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Pat,
Sounds like you all have a wonderful time! I love the good witch pillow!

dana said...

I am so late visiting your wonderful post! I'll bet, by know, you and PittyPat are home from the lake. You girls look beautiful in that photo--and oh, I am having urges to drive 3+ hrs. to visit the Oddfellows Cafe and About Home again! Your photos of the shop are great! Is Stephanina's in Troy, too? I know you are just having the best of times! Hope your Holiday Weekend it filled with more visiting and eating! I can't think of a better combination! Dana

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog.
Long time friends are the best. The happiness jumped off the page, in your lovely post. I adored the vignette with the pillow and dolly. I'm actually creating some signs in my fall inventory with that (Wizard of Oz) quote. I'd sure like to purchase one of those (cloth) dolls.
Does *All About Home* have a web site. Please let me know. You can leave me a note on my blog. Thank you for sharing!

Have a *SWEET* Day!

Lisa said...

Beautiful as always. I gave you an award for that in fact if you have time to visit! I love the pumpkin man on your mantel. I'm slowly collecting more similar to put around my fireplace. Tomorrow I promised myself I could start decorating for fall. I can't wait. I'm happy you had such a wonderful visit with your friend. It makes having a great home that much sweeter!!

Shelia said...

Evening, Pat. Just checking in on you! I guess you and Ms. Pittypat are out partying!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

KARIN said...

Nothing is better than having good friends.

My daughter is wild to play the french horn. She's six, so will have to wait a while!

Robyn said...

great post Pat!

Come by and take a peek at what I have a 'brewin' over at my place!

Suzanne said...

Looks like you had a great time! And I'm sure she just loved your home! Hope the reunion was great too.

That is an adorable pumpkin gal sitting on your shelf.