Saturday, September 27, 2008

It's a Little Too Quiet Around Here

We have just had a wonderful ten days with our 3 little grandchildren staying with us. They got word Friday afternoon that the power was finally restored in their neighborhood in Houston , so they are on their way back home this morning.

The house was so full of activity and noise, so this morning when everyone left, including my husband who is gone for the whole day, it was too quiet and lonely. So what does a person do early Saturday morning to cheer themselves up? Go to garage sales!

Since it was pouring rain there was only one inside sale to go to. I found this cute little 7" canister. I have one just like it for tea and a large one for flour. Perhaps I'll eventually have a whole set of them. I also got some books. The one on top is a favorite of mine.
I just love the cover of this Christmas Book. It will look nice just for decoration.
Fall seemed to arrive without me even realizing it. I gathered up some nandina berries, paper mache fruit, wicker and a fun little red cardinal and made a little vignette for the dining room table.

I picked some solidago, sedum and holly berries, gathered up a few pieces of wicker , and put it on the center island to bring some fall into the kitchen.

Autumn has arrived here in North Carolina. We have had some crisp cool mornings. The air has that fresh smell I love in autumn and here and there many of the trees are beginning to show a little change of color.
It is so nice to chat with you again. I've missed our visits together. Please be patient with me as I slowly get around to responding to your comments. I'll drop by for a visit as soon as I can.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Rhondi xo


  1. Hi Rhondi -
    I know how quiet the house can be after family leaves. Especially the little people. I love 'Streams in the Desert' - a favorite of mine, too. The fall flowers and berries are so beautiful. I need to bring a few into the house.

  2. Your fall decorating is looking great Rhondi! I love the Christmas Book too.

  3. Rhondi,

    I decided to check out your website and I love it. What a great garage sale find today! I live in the Greenville/Spartanburg area and I'm wishing you were closer by.

    I'll be back again and mark you down as one of my favorite sites for sure.


  4. Gretchen
    Thanks for leaving a comment. Do youhave a blog where I can visit you?
    Hugs, Rhondi

  5. Rhondi,
    Thanks so much for your nice comment! I have read your blog several times & always enjoy stopping by. I'll add you to my blog list!

    Carol * in Oklahoma

  6. Your red background is nice and fresh - goes well for fall! You're on the same timetable as I - today I took out some papier mache fruit and silk leaves, augmented them with bits and pieces from the woods and have made a cheery autumn display for the front porch.

  7. Hello, I like this little canister. I have a little plate on my wall kitchen with this pattern, it's signed " Blue Onion".


  8. Hi Rhondi,
    Those Southern Living books are classics! What a great find.

    Love your fall decor! I've been seeing some shrubs around town with orange berries...don't have one here though. Hoping my mom does...I love the way the berries look.

  9. Hi Rhondi, don't you just love finding treasures. I had to catch up on your blog.
    I really like all your fall decor and your grandkids are precious. I hope they didn't have any damage from old Mr. Ike. My grandbabies were with us and my ears felt really funny when everyone left.

  10. I know that sad, lonely feeling after the family leaves, great that you had a garage sale to go too! Nice finds! I love the Streams in the Desert book, it's just like having Jesus talk to you!

    Your fall decor looks real pretty! The photography is wonderful!

    I just posted some of my fall decor, come on over for tea, and see!


  11. Hi Rhondi,
    I look forward to the days of noisy activity with grandchildren.
    But it looks like you did spend a nice day of recoperation.
    Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear that the power is back on for your family. Did their home do alright otherwise?

  12. I love Streams in the Desert"...great book! I love your fall pictures and pumpkins so very cute!
    Hope your Saturday was not too lonely!
    -Sandy Toes

  13. Hi Rhondi! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and saying hello. I love your fall pics, and can I just say your grandchildren are absolutely adorable!! I'll be back to see what you're up to. :)

  14. I love your little blue onion coffee cannister, I see you couldn't resist another blue and white piece, and of course I don't blame you a bit. I am parting with many of my pieces. I wish you were here to attend the sale I had today, I still have lots left to sell. I'm sure they would have cheered you up.

  15. Great job, Rhondi! You gave yourself a happy day. Good to hear you had a nice time with the grandkids.

    Thanks for dropping by.

  16. Love all your autumnal decorations Rhondi. I can imagine how quiet it must seem, now that all the wee ones are gone. (((hugs)))

  17. Hi Sister,

    Love the new red fall look for the blog and all the photos! Love you too!


  18. Morning Rhondi :-)

    What a beautiful tablescape you made. I so love the colors of Fall.

    I get preclempt when I have to leave Lola and I see her every couple days. It must be hard to have a houseful and then be alone :-(

    (()hugs)) Rosie

  19. Oh Rhondi - I love the red on your blog!! You have done such a nice job of bringing Fall into your home. Take your time and get yourself back into your routine. It's always nice to have family stay with us, and how sad it is when they leave, but it is kinda nice to "do our own thing". Happy Fall to you!!

  20. You made beautiful use of your quiet day, and you kindly shared it all with us. It is so special of you to share your good heart.

    I'm glad you had a special time with your family, and I hope they have a safe trip and return home.

  21. Mmmm, great finds and beautiful fall arrangements, so glad you're back:>)

  22. Hello Sweet Rhondi!

    Love your beautiful pictures of FALL! Happy autumn to you and yours!


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  25. Hi Rhondi,

    Happy fall to ' all your beautiful decorations.


  26. RHONI,



  27. Oooo, love that coffee canister, Rhondi!

    Your fall decorations are very pretty! I decorate with nandina berries too.


  28. Oh.... I have read the "Gracie" book it is so sweet... he adored her.
    How wonderful to have your babies with you.... hope they will find everything in order when they get home...

  29. Hello! I would love to be included on your Thankful Thursday blog roll! What a wonderful idea!

  30. It would be better if the grandbabies were closer. Two of mine are 12 hours away. I hate it. Your house is looking very fallish and festive. Mimi

  31. I love it all, Rhondi..but especially love all the pretty books. The Christmas book would look great in a plate holder!!
    love, bj

  32. Rhondi, there is a giveaway on my blog, do drop over.

  33. It's always such a pleasure to visit your Blog Rhondi! Since my two oldest kids moved out of the house, I am having the empty nest syndrome. But, don't mind some peace and quiet I agree a good garage sale is just the right The canister is very beautiful and I love to find books too! Of cause you just threw together a lovely fall decoration, you are a true artist!! Love the pictures!!! Have a wonderful day, Jannet

  34. What a beautiful blog and how busy you have been, I hope you enjoyed the luxury of alone time you certainly filled it well.Tahnk you for visiting my blog too. It is good to meet new peolpe.

  35. Oh what beautiful fall pictures Rhondi!! thank you for sharing such beauty! and being another blue and white girl , I LOVE that piece you just picked up! so pretty!! Hope all is well with you ! Happy Thankful Thursday to you! im thankful for such sweet online friends like you! ~ Hugs ~ cynthia


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