Monday, December 28, 2009

400th Post Giveaway

Good morning my dear friends
Did you have a good Christmas?  Ours was quiet and very relaxing.  Now Monday morning it's back to normal and I'm ready to take all the decorations down.

Saturday was sunny and mild and I washed some of the windows.  As the song says, "I can see clearly now"!  What a difference clean windows make.

The sun sparkles through the clean glass.

It's hard to believe that in just  a little over 2 years, I am at my 400th post!  This calls for a giveaway.

Are you wondering what it could be?

These photos are all a part of it.

I am giving away a set of 4 luncheon plates and a copy of one of my favorite books, A Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Just leave a comment before midnight Dec 31 EST and I will pick a winner on New Year's Day.

Thank you for making it possible to reach 400 posts. I wouldn't have made it without your faithfulness in leaving comments! It has been an exciting journey.

Rhondi xo


  1. Rhondi, it is over here too! Everything pscked away before we leave for UK. It was lovely while it lasted and to see my daughter was a joy.
    Cogratulations on your 400th post! I'd love to join the giveaway if I can, not living in USA?

  2. Congrats on your 400 post. Lovely giveaway, please enter me.


  3. Congratulations, Rhondi, on all the writing (and photography)! I always enjoy your blog. Love those sparkly clean window views! Happy New Year!

  4. Good morning, Rhondi -
    Christmas is coming down at my house, too! All the decorations are on the dining room table and a bit of the kitchen counter, waiting to go in the one million boxes my sweetheart brought down from the attic (again) last evening. I love the photos of the sunshine through your clean windows. Oh how I need to wash windows at my house, too.

    We had a nice Christmas at our house. It was a quiet 'adult' day as we had celebrated with the kids and grandkids a few days before. Now I'm ready to move on toward the New Year and more blog fun with friends like you!

    Your give-away looks like fun. Of course I'd love to be part of it.

  5. Oh those are adorable. Congrats on your 400th blogdom posting. I have a little magic going for me (or us) ... Dec. 31 is our 43rd wedding anniversary so my fingers are crossed.


  6. Rhondi, the sparkly windows are a wonderful way to go into the new year. I so need to wash our windows, but since moving into this house have always hired someone to do that job. We have so many levels it's a major job.
    We had the best Christmas! It was filled with family, friends, and much joy. The best kind of celebrations.
    Congratulations on your 400th post. Beautiful plates and GIFTS FROM THE SEA is such a special book. I've given it many times, but don't have a copy of my own. I'd be delighted to be entered in this generous give away.
    Enjoy your beautiful home and those sparkly clean windows. ~ Sarah

  7. How nice to start the new year with sparkling clean windows and what a pretty view you have there.
    Congratulations on your 400th post. It has been my pleasure to drop by and visit you. Your blog is always a lovely place to spend time.
    You have put together a beautiful giveaway and I would love to be included.

    Thanks and have a wonderful week.

  8. Delightful scene through the clean windows. Most of our decorations will not come down until my niece gets home from a mission assignment from India. My sister & I have promised to re-enact Christmas for Meg. I was late putting up the decorations, so I am OK with looking at them for another week or so. The tree may come down, but not the others.

    The plates are gorgeous. I think that any of us would be blessed to add them to our table settings.
    Have a sunny, warm day...if not the weather, in spirit,
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  9. Hi Rhondi....Christmas was quiet here too except for the 6 hours that the family was here. It got very quiet again when everyone left! Your shiny clean windows make me think that I need to clean mine! ~Happy New Year! Patti

  10. I probably live too far away to get in on the giveaway Rhondi, but those are beautiful plates. We had a pretty quiet Christmas except for Christmas day when we had company. You're a great window washer!! We really need to get ours done too, but it's been far tooooo cold!! Happy New Year sweet friend and here's to 400 more posts! xxoo

  11. Congrats on 4oo posts. The plates are so pretty. And your windows look great. Happy New Year!!!

  12. Rhondi, what a fabulous giveaway! Congratulations on your 400th post! I am not ready to take down decorations. I just finished my 4th tree last week. I like to make it last as long as possible. Happy New Year!

  13. Anne Morrow Lindbergh was my mother's favorite .. what a wonderful idea!

  14. Congratulations, Rhondi. A lot of great thoughts running for over 2 years!! Thank YOU!!

    How pretty your home looks outside your shiny windows. You would only see snow here!!

    Your giveaway gift is lovely. I have never read the book but have heard many wonderful things about it. Great gift!


  15. I would love to be included in your giveaway drawing. Congratulations on your 400th post - WOW!

  16. 400! I feel like a baby! So glad that we made the connection. I enjoy checking in with you and seeing what new things you are doing. My decorations are down and headed to the attic. Have a great week!

  17. 400 Posts! Wow! I am coming up to 300 sometime this year! Congrats...that is a lot of work....I KNOW!

  18. Rhondi, congratulations on 400 posts! I am enjoying the quietness after all the hustle and bustle. Will just kick back and enjoy the down time until after the new year.
    Your Shelley Dainty tea service in your header is absolutely beautiful. I have a friend that has an extensive collection of Shelleys.

  19. Hi Rhondi! That's a great giveaway but perhaps leave me off the draw list as I'm a bit far away if I win. I wish though, I certainly wish..........

    Congrats on your 400th post

  20. Congratulations Rhondi! It is hard to imagine not coming to visit you at your lovely blog now that I have "known" you so long:>) You have become such a special friend. I hope you continue for 400+ more posts and more:>)


  21. Congratulations for that 400th pleasure to our eyes! Time fly and the good company is always there for us! I wish you all the Best for the new year and more adventures on your blog. On our side, we keep the spirit going for a little bit longer....
    All the Best!

  22. Hello Rhondi, I want you to know I find your blog quite enchanting. I really love it. Congrats on your 400th post., and a lovely giveaway to boot. hope you had a magical Christmas. Thank you, Linda

  23. Congratulations on your 400th post! I do love your blog and absolutely drool over your lovely photos. So pretty. :)

    Have a blessed New Year.

    Loretta M.

  24. What beautiful plates - happy 400th and Happy New Year

  25. What a great milestone in postings.
    Congratulations. The plates are such a soothing design. They are perfect for dining with.

  26. I love clean windows! Mine sadly, are not. Too cold to do anything about it right now. Glad you had a great Christmas. Mimi

  27. Happy New Year Rhondi, I have always loved your blog and I want to says Congrats on your 400th post! Please include me on such a wonderful giveaway. And yes I am so ready to take down everything lol
    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl...Snatch JOY!

  28. Happy new year and congratulations on 400 posts, what a milestone. Thanks to the pleasure you get from blogging, we get to enjoy all your wonderful posts and gorgeous photos. The giveaway is such a generous gift for the lucky winner. Here's to the next year!

  29. Clean windows.... new plates.... AWESOME !!! :)

  30. Such a lovely view from your sparkling clean windows!
    Congratulations on your 400th post. That is a lot of committment! I've enjoyed every post since I found your blog last year. Thank you for opening your heart and home to your readers.

  31. Congrats on your 400 post...I've enjoyed your blog...I love to join the giveaway....thanks for sharing...Pat H

  32. 400 wonderful posts, what a joyful celebration. I love reading your blog, it is a peaceful place to visit and always brings a smile to my face.

  33. Your blog has been such a delight to read. Congrats on your 400th post!!

  34. Congrats! What a great give away. I'd love to do a tablescape with those plates.

  35. Those plates are just adorable!

  36. Hi Rhondi. 400th!!! Wow!!! Keep up the great work.

  37. Congratulations on your 400th post! What a lovely giveaway. I've always enjoyed your blog. Thanks for entering me :-)


  38. Cogratulations... I like reading your blog and learning your culture.
    The giveaway is great! I live in Turkiye, if it doesn't matter, please enter me.
    Thank you very much...

    Happy new year Rhondi!

  39. Congratulations on 400 Posts, wow!!

  40. Congratulations on your 400th post. How time flies.
    Love the plates and books..I hope you will add me to the list of gals that have entered.
    Taking my tree down also today.
    Happy New Year

    Judi B.

  41. Your windows looks so shiny and bright. Good for you. I just noticed yesterday how much ours could use a good cleaning. We are having our deck rebuilt, so outside cleaning will have to wait until all of the work is finished.

    Congratulations of the success of your blog. You are a bright light in all of our days.

  42. Quite a milestone in the blogging community. Congratulations!

  43. Please put my name in! My two favorite things reading and eating. Beautiful plates to eat on what a treat!
    Have a Happy New Years!

  44. The plates are beautiful. We should be thanking you for writing with such heart. I am so happy to have found your blog this past year. Thank you. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  45. Hi Rhondi, thanks for stopping by my blog! I don't think you've visited before. Thought I'd post a comment back and, lo and behold, you're having a giveaway. What better place to comment! I'm not a North Carolinian born and bred, but have been here 30 years. I'm no long teased about my Northern accent, so I guess I'm one of ya'll. Love your blog and thanks for leading me to it! xo, Nana

  46. I'm just starting to get into the blogs and just found yours. I am envious of your writing and pictures and hope I get better at posting.

  47. HI Rhondi,
    The plates are beautiful - I was not sure if you are drawing a name from only your readers in the States - I understand if you are- either way, Congratulations on reaching 400 posts- it is quite an accomplishment.
    Your heart ornaments are really lovely- I am sure they are treasured by all who receive them.
    Wishing you all the best in 2010.
    Warmest regards,

  48. Hello Miss Rhondi....congrats on reaching 400 wonderful posts!
    Pat yourself on the back... that is a huge accomplishment!!!!

    {love the hearts in the post above}

    Come on over...I am hosting my 3rd annual Vintage Heart Swap!

    Wishing you a very blessed New Year!
    Hugz, Dolly

  49. We had a lovely Christmas. Since our decorations were late going up (colds in the family), I'm reluctant to take them down too soon, especially my little tea tree.

    Congrats on 400 posts. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

  50. Wow! Happy 400th post!

    so happy to have a few days off to catch up on some blog reading!

    Blessings & Aloha!

  51. hi
    HAPPY 400TH POST....
    400 POSTS !!!!!
    Its a job well done, I know it takes lots of efforts to keep a blog going regularly and to keep it interesting....

  52. Good Morning!
    Stumbled upon your blog for the 1st time today, and enjoyed your thoughts!
    Congratulations and I too am an early morning dreamer!
    Happy New Year!


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