David and I took a long weekend. We (especially he) badly needed some R&R and time away from work and home. We really can’t afford a long trip with hotel rates and so forth, so we decided to do short day trips that would serve the purpose of getting away on a budget.
On Friday we drove to his parents’ home and spent the day. While there, we took a brief visit to the hoarded house. A great deal of work has been done, and, while still cluttered to the max, a lot of progress has been made–leaps and bounds even. Anyway, while there, I spied a sugar bowl in Noritake Reverie, my wedding china pattern. In the words of my son: “How Random!” I brought it home, hoping more pieces will turn up…you never know in that house.
We had a nice meal out, went to Lowe’s, and then visited a local nursery. I got several pansies, which I talked David into planting for me yesterday.
We also went to a local antique/junk store.
I loved looking through the store, and even made a couple of purchases, throwing the budget out the window. I had to have these turkey salt and pepper shakers when I saw them, plus another harvest-themed pair which I have not photographed. Don’t worry; you will see it in a tablescape coming your way soon. As I told my father-in-law, I “needed” them. I didn’t have enough turkey sets to put one at every place setting, so I need them, right? And since when is 250 salt and pepper shaker sets enough? Rhetorical question.
Our plans for Saturday were to head south to the “big city,” stop at a couple of shops for some things we needed, and then on a little further south to a big flea market. We enjoyed looking around, but didn’t find anything that we wanted to purchase. We headed back home, stopping for a nice meal out then groceries before returning home.
While we were away yesterday, our house was being painted. There is no way to exaggerate enough how badly our trim needed painting. It has been needing it for several years to the point of it looked like an abandoned house. Of course, since I did not have enough sense to take before pics, these photos just don’t mean as much to the average viewer. My columns out front are iron, yes, metal posts. The rust and peeling paint on them was beyond disgusting; now they look brand new.
My windowsills are actually concrete. You know that houses were better made 100 years ago, right? Anyway, the peeling paint on all of the windowsills was terrible; this front window was the worst one.
I live on one of the red clay hills in my area of MS, and my house has a basement at the rear of the home, which is unusual for this area. The basement is not living space; you cannot get to it from inside the house. It is a storage basement only. Anyway, the rear of the house is quite high. When my husband painted the trim a number of years ago, he used 2 sets of scaffolding. Our painter did not want to use any, however. He just used a long ladder. Glad we weren’t around to watch! We were thrilled to return home to “A Painted House.”
Our plans were to get up this morning and spend the day in nature, taking a picnic lunch. We live on the Natchez Trace within easy driving distance of several nature areas with both trails and grills. Last night I told David that I was really tired and might want to rethink the picnic plans. He was fine with that and we agreed to decide after getting up this morning and seeing how we felt.
We decided to stay home…a mini staycation of sorts. We were tired; we both have to work tomorrow, and a day of doing nothing was just too inviting to pass up…we have very few of those. So I have spent my day reading, watching tv, tablescaping, and taking photos. We also cooked our planned picnic food (burgers) at home. This is actually the second weekend in a row that picnic plans have been cancelled and picnic food has been eaten at home, but that’s a story for another day.
While snapping the shots of the paint job, I noticed that the sasanqua bush is in full bloom. Once again, I wish that my pics do it justice.
On to the tablescape…I used my square Wal Mart plates topped with the Thanksgiving plates. I purchased these from Cracker Barrel when I first began tablescaping. I love both the fall colors and the saying, “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart,” one of my favorite praise songs.
I chose soft yellow napkins, and how do you like these great napkin rings? My mother-in-law found them at a yard sale recently, and I just love them. They are some sort of heavy metal; it looks like pewter, but probably just some imitation of it.
Present Time flatware finished off the place setting.
I decided on 2 goblets, both from Dollar Tree. I love both of these and think they work well together.
My fall wine charms were the finishing touch, and, yes, there is even a turkey one.
Now that I have 4 different sets of turkey salt and pepper shakers, I put one set at each place setting.
I have had this set for a long time. They were originally from a home store like a Kirkland or Pier One, but my aunt gave them to me.
This set is an Indian and a Pilgrim turkey. I picked them up for 50 cents at my flea market a couple of years ago. Cute, huh?
This turkey set is unusual for a couple of different reasons. First, it is the only set that consists of both a hen and a tom turkey. I don’t know if I have ever seen a set like this before; most have only tom turkeys since they are the most flamboyant.
Also, do you remember how to tell if a set is vintage? Ding, ding, ding! You’re right; it will have cork stoppers.
The other thing that I think is unusual about this set is the holes. Can you see where they are? Not on top, where most are, but on the front side, underneath the gullet. I just happen to think that this is a little weird.
For the centerpiece, I went back to the fall table runner with harvest images on it. I purchased this set of harvest salt and pepper shakers last summer for 25 cents at a thrift store. I chose these for this table because I like the pops of purple, and there are some purple colors in my table runner.
My only other set that has a turkey in it is this one, which is a turkey and pumpkin. If I remember right, this is a Fitz and Floyd set that someone gave me as a gift so long ago that I don’t remember who or when.
I used the pumpkins on the other end of the centerpiece and did not take a close up since you have seen them so many times before. I used my Dollar Tree autumn leaf votives.
Since there is some purple in the centerpiece, I chose the soft purple and green pillar candle. Since the purple is not glaring and really soft, I thought that it might look ok on the table. Actually, it looked even better than I thought it would.
I was pleased with my Thanksgiving turkey table, and enjoyed my relaxing morning of tablescaping.
We have also enjoyed all 3 days of our long weekend. We have always enjoyed taking day trips, and we did not miss a long weekend out of town at all.
There is something to be said for sleeping in your own bed at night. We have also thoroughly enjoyed our day at home today, doing nothing.
Or at least, we have done only what we want to do. Wishing everyone great fall decorating and hope that you will enjoy some relaxation time as well!
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