November 28, 2010

Post Turkey Day Temperament

I am NOT someone who is brave enough to handle the crowds and mayhem of Black Friday, though I admire those who can wage such holiday guerilla warfare.  

I have been doing my value shopping on-line, and am now red-eyed, shoulder stiff, and bottom sore.  

And I just can't sit in front of this computer one minute more.

So don't expect a cohesive, sensible, comprehensive, step-by-step account of this past Thanksgiving.  

Still, I thought you'd enjoy some random pictures.......minus lots of the guests,
lots of the food preparation, and lots of the play by play action and after-gorge
groaning.  Just what pictures I had and what I had the patience to upload.

Oh, and I've been dealing with hateful, uncooperative, unnerving, *#%$ Christmas lights on my window wreathes this afternoon and I am feeling 
surly.  But not so surly that I won't share some images with you.

Because Thanksgiving was a really lovely day, and I don't want to diminish that just because I have a sore bottom and the post-Thanksgiving Sunday blues.

I bet this never happens to you, huh?

November 24, 2010

Setting the Table: Thanksgiving

I adore Thanksgiving.  You do too, I bet.  Of course I love the sentiment, the seasonality, the togetherness, the loving preparation of all of those sides dishes.  But allow me to be superficial and Martha-y for a moment.  

I LOVE to set the table for Thanksgiving. I love the inspiration stage, the planning stage, the  detailed execution.  I do it days before the BIG DAY so I can enjoy it longer.  All that crystal, all that linen, all that candlelight.  (Okay, I don't like the ironing and pressing stage.  Unlike my friend Sunshine who does.  Something is wrong with her, but I love her anyway.  I'm just full of love today, aren't I?)  I think about it all year.  Rustic or formal? What colors? What can I put to use from the garden?  What place settings?  What place cards?  And on and on ad nauseum.  Sometimes I do workshops on this topic alone.  Did I say I LOVE a beautiful table at Thanksgiving?  Oh, and the matching little satellite tables too when the crowd is large.

Here's a Thanksgiving table tableau for you, my dears.  All mixed up.  Images from past years and this year as well. Some of them not very clear. I didn't even bother to take the dates off the pics.  I thought you might enjoy that.  The white linen, malachite green china, gold leaf with sweet little homemade leafy place cards, centerpiece with kale and coneflower  (breathe)      is this year.  

Let me know which you like best, won't you?

Maybe it will give you some ideas for the holiday season ahead.  My little gratitude gift to all of you for your warm response to    
  P O T A G E R.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

p.s.  Just for the record,  I'm listening to the local news now, and I don't think earthquakes       and tornado watches  in OKC are very Thanksgiving-y.  I'm just sayin'.