These are the same azaleas that are in my header.
Snow is rare here in central MS. We manage to get a little bit every year or two and a lot of it every few years. This past week, we had our first snowy day in over a year. If my memory serves me correctly, we had not had any to speak of since 2011.
This shot of the back yard was as deep as it got.
Most of the time, we have weak, watery snow. Recently we have had LOTS AND LOTS of rain (around 13 inches in about 10 days). We had almost ten days straight of rain; then on the last day we had snow. The snow was on the ground when we got up that morning, but we knew with the temps being predicted to rise above freezing that it would not last long. So I was out in the yard bundled up and wearing my husband’s muck boots at 7:00 a.m. trying to photograph our pitiful wet snow. That is why the photos are so dark; it was just very early in the morning.
The bird bath was a little bit frozen.
In the long run, I was glad that I got out at that hour with my camera. Even though the snow was coming down very hard at 8:oo and continued for an hour or so, none of it lasted and even what I had photographed at 7:00 was no longer left on the bushes.
The garden bench beside the goldfish pond.
So I don’t know where all my readers hail from, but I’m sure that some of you Yankees out there (as well as those in Atlanta, Nashville, and points beyond) are getting a big ol’ laugh out of my poor little snow.
This is actually Lee Hall, not McCool, where I spent a lot of time (Remember, Johnette?). These are the same grounds that I describe below. McCool is on the left as you look at the picture.
But I love central MS and wouldn’t trade it for the world. As I was typing the above, I remembered a time many years ago when I was a student at Mississippi State University. I had class in McCool Hall on one of the upper floors. Those drafty old classrooms had huge sets of windows looking out over the quadrangle. Suddenly a girl behind me said out loud, “It’s snowing! I’ve never seen snow!” We all turned to look because snow is a HUGE event here no matter what. Of course, all of us Mississippians understood that this particular student who hailed from the Mississippi Gulf Coast would never have seen any snow.
So these thoughts on snow lead me to today’s table. I have been planning a blue and silver tablescape for January for quite some time. I like these colors together especially in the winter because I think that they evoke a cool, wintry feel. Then when I read that Kathleen was inviting snowy tables this week, I thought that this was the perfect time to do this table.
I started with the blue and white placemats with matching napkins that Russell and Callie gave me for Christmas last year.
Then I added these silver chargers, a recent gift from my mother-in-law. I have used my Grosvenor silverplate that you see in most of my ‘scapes.
You probably remember that last year I took all of my odd pieces of silverplate to my father-in-law and asked him to make me napkin rings. Most of the time I like to use my mismatched rings, but I chose four matching ones for today’s table since it is a little more formal.
The blue flutes are from Dollar Tree, and the silver goblets were eBay finds about a year ago.
I added my Salem English Village dinner plate. I just recently purchased these from eBay and love them. I used some of my wedding silver as accent pieces. The compote, round tray and small dish were all wedding gifts. The silver basket and set of candlesticks were bargain finds at antique malls and thrift stores.
Then I decided that it needed to snow. So snow it did!! It snowed all over the centerpiece and on the table.
I like the finished look. It is cool and wintry, which is what I was going for.
Adding the snow just took it a little over the top. I guess most of you out there know that the snow is Epsom salts, right? Don’t worry; I won’t keep the silver out long. I know that silver and salt don’t mix. Epsom salts are actually magnesium sulfate rather than sodium chloride, but I won’t take any chances. I hope that all of you who really do have snow love it and don’t take for granted, even though you have to take the bad with the good.