It rained yesterday, and we finally got a little cool snap here. You know what that means at our house: taco soup!
I decided to set a simple soup table in the kitchen, beginning with these cute placemats. My mother-in-law picked them up at a yard sale for me. They are perfect for this time of year.
I used my solid black plates for the base and my Fire King peach lustre plates on top of them. I like the way these two plates work together to bring out fall colors.
I used my black bowls as the top layer, ready for our taco soup.
Although I like this place setting, it is very dark. The placemats have a dark blue or black background, depending on how you look at it at any given moment. The black plates and bowls add even more darkness to the setting. Although the Fire King plate helps to keep the top and bottom layers separated, it doesn not really help to lighten up the darkness of the entire place setting. I decided on yellow napkins. Although there really are no bright colors in the placemats, the yellow does reflect some of the lighter hues in the pattern and helps to lighten up the place setting. The black napkin rings look a little like basket weave and came with the placemats.
I chose goblets with black stems and the San Remo flatware to finish off the setting.
I like this simple setting and will certainly be using it again.
I decided to use my corn salt and pepper shakers. The corn both continues the yellow color palette and the harvest theme. The yellow also brings a little more color to the table.
I used my Dollar Tree fall leaf votives at one end of the table, and I was done.
While not exactly a tablescape, I do like this simple table and the fact that it is ready and waiting for our taco soup.
David’s birthday was this weekend (57 born in 1957), and I decided that we need to look into getting new phones. We’ve been talking about it for quite some time, so when his birthday rolled around, it seemed like a good time to bite the bullet and do it.
So we shopped around and ended up getting the best buy at the AT&T store. I got an LG; he got a Motorola; our monthly bill will now be a little less than it had been.
We also visited his parents this weekend and went to the hoarded house once more. I won’t go into more detail; you can read that here if you are interested. Although I really do not need to spend money and I have plenty of Christmas items, I cannot pass up Christmas dishes. Once again, I did not take any photographs and went through everything as quickly as I could. I lifted the above photo off the internet; it is a set by Gibson, never used, still in the boxes, an 8-place setting, 40 pieces. It is really pretty and this photo does not do it justice.
I could not find an internet photograph of the other set that I got. It is by Today’s Home and also has holly and berries, but it is intertwined with a burgundy ribbon and is quite attractive. I have a 10-place setting of it with a couple of extra pieces, 44 pieces in all. The set above is Christmas Treasures by Jamestown, and I have an 8-place setting of it for sale also. This set I got a while back and have had it stored until now.
In other news…last by certainly not least….MS State beat Auburn! Wow, what a game, and now we are #1 for perhaps the first time ever.
Our arch rival, Ole Miss, is #2, and ESPN Game Day was actually broadcast two Saturdays in row from Mississippi. The Ole Miss/Alabama game was broadcast from Oxford on Oct. 4, and the State/Auburn game from Starkville on Oct. 11.
So lots of football history is being made in our state this season. Sports commentators state-wide are predicting that the Egg Bowl, rather than the Iron Bowl, will be pivotal in determining the SEC championship this year. Of course, there is still a lot of football to play between now and then, and both teams have some rough matchups ahead. State still has to play Alabama, while Ole Miss still has to face Auburn. Of course, Florida State is waiting in the wings for both teams. But no matter what happens down the road, this football season has already been a memorable one for Mississippians far and wide.
As a side note, I absolutely loved that State was participating in Breast Cancer Awareness month. From Coach Mullen’s pink visor, to the cheerleaders’ pink pom-poms, to the players who wore touches of pink on their uniforms, MS State went all out for October, and I was surely proud of my alma mater.
CNN had a good article about Glen Campbell, and no matter if you are a fan or not, it is well worth reading. While you are there, be sure to play the video of his new (and final) song. I’ll go ahead and warn you: have the Kleenex ready! If you were, like I was when I was a kid, upset when he died in True Grit, that is a walk in the park compared to this. However, it is still important to watch, as is the video of his daughter asking legislators for more funds to be appropriated to use for Alzheimer’s research.
That is about it for my this-n-that report. My booth sales are still slow, but steadier than they were in September. I am hoping that this trend will continue and get stronger, or, at the very least, not slow up any. Have a great fall of tables, decorating ,and football!
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