|Who's no longer looking like a toddler? My baby...:sigh:|
We have a cow figurine that which is passed around to the person who has committed the most recent manners foul. The person left with the cow at the end of the meal is in charge of clearing the table. It's a good thing Ellie is to young to participate because otherwise she'd have to clear the table every Monday. ;o)
I have planned to get out the china and silver (possibly the silver...we'll see) on the last Monday of each month to celebrate our last "Manners Monday" that month and to put our skills to the test. Because we are using our best dishes, the adults will be in charge of clearing the table, and we won't be using the cow. ;o)
With all of that said, I'd like to invite you to pull out your finest (and so frequently unused but only once or twice a year) dishes and join us once a month in using them. I'm not saying you have to use them on the last Monday of the month as we are, more that I'd like to have you share in the joy of using those beautiful items we often set aside to use "for special occasions" and then never deem an occasion "special" enough.
I'm quite guilty of hoarding beautiful papers and not using them because then I won't have them. Um...really? Isn't the point of the beautiful papers to USE them?? Oy. I've been better about using my "for special occasion" items since we lost Hannah because I know we're not promised tomorrow. Why not use the nice things we have and enjoy them, even if it's just to slap a corn dog on your best china?
Yes, it's more work to use the finer dishes, but for just one use a month, I can take the time to hand wash as needed.
So, next Monday is our day to use our china. I'll be posting about it on Thursday the 31st, and I would sincerely love to hear from you--did you use your china? If so, what did you have? What is your china pattern? Is it heirloom? Passed down from family members? No? What drew you to your pattern? Do you still love it? (I'm SO nosy! I LOVE to learn about others!)
Let's take the time to celebrate we're alive and break out the "good stuff", whatever that good stuff may be! :o)
1. I found this this afternoon:
2. Pop came over and spent hours soldering on a couple of items for us. Thank you, Pop, for sharing your time with us, and thank you Nana for delaying your lunch for a LOOOOONG time so he could help us.
3. I talked with Lissie this morning. She had a marvelous time in St. Pete at a blues festival and they're on their way home.
4. My walk this morning. There are times when I'm dragging and don't want to get out there, and then I do and I'm so happy I did. :o)
5. Red beans and rice for dinner. Yum!!