I have had this table in mind for a long, long time, and I think it is a good idea. However, I knew that it would be hard to carry off, and I am not totally satisfied with it. But I’m sticking with it, so here it is.
Started with the Dollar Tree plates this time. I like these colors for both fall and spring. They are very versatile; for $1 each, I can’t go wrong!
For the next plate, I decided on the Wal Mart Better Homes & Gardens fall plates. I mentioned previously that I wasn’t crazy about this year’s fall plates, owls, foxes, and squirrels. The squirrels are kind of cute, but I don’t like any of them enough to purchase. Instead, I think I will try to find more of these on eBay. I actually have found them, just not at a price I like yet. More on that in a future post.
So I almost stopped here, but then I decided to do a top layer, the vintage Salem fruit plates. I love these plates, and they are perfect for fall.
Another reason that I decided on these plates is that I decided to focus on the bountiful harvest that we celebrate at this time of year. These plates are perfect for that.
Do you love these napkin rings? I have had them for so long that I can’t remember where I got them. I think maybe my mother gave them to me once, but I can’t swear to that. Yellow napkins from the Napkin Lady are perfect for this place setting. San Remo flatware and green Dollar General glasses complete the look.
I have wanted for a long time to put my fruit and vegetable salt and pepper shakers in a bowl and use them as a centerpiece. I knew that they would not look like real fruits and vegetables, but I thought that the idea of it would be cute.
Well, I am not totally satisfied with the look. But I left it and I think that the idea does come through, even if not in quite the way that I had envisioned.
I used my variegated green pillar candle and autumn leaf votives for the rest of the centerpiece.
For the next part of my title, counting blessings. I was listening to MPB the other day and the talk show hosts were talking about things you take for granted until you don’t have them any more. Of course, health was their number 1 topic. I have already covered that over and over in the past few months, so I won’t go there again. You know that I realized after rotator surgery that I could not shave my underarms, comb my hair, or floss my teeth…and the list goes on.
I have now decided that the thing that I was taking for granted until I lost it was heat. Our central unit had acted up for a few days, and we decided early Monday morning, during very unseasonably cold weather for central MS by the way, to call the repairman. They came pretty quickly and it did not take them long to give me the fatal diagnosis.
The major part in the unit, the heat exchange, had rusted through and not only was the unit not heating properly because of it, but also it was leaking carbon monoxide into the house. The guys could not believe that we had not had any headaches. After telling me that the unit could absolutely not be operated any more, he remarked, “One morning you will wake up asleep.”
Well, I’ll skip over all the details, just tell you that we spent 2 nights at my mother’s house while the new unit was being ordered. They came before 8:00 this morning with it and left in about 3 hours. It did not take the house long to warm up, only a couple of hours, and, yes, carbon monoxide detectors are definitely on our to-purchase list. I am sitting in a pleasantly warm house and so grateful to be warm.
This afternoon I warmed up enough to move around, do some laundry, and do a new table. I also decided to tweak the mantel a little to make it more like Thanksgiving.
In case you don’t notice the differences, I put all of the turkey salt and pepper shakers on the mantel and switched out the fall leaf plates for the Give Thanks plates.
I think that I will leave this up until it’s time to do a Christmas mantel.
It’s hard to believe that it is right around the corner! I finally started a little (very little) shopping and menu planning.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10
But for now, I am just enjoying warmth and counting my many blessings. Give thanks with a grateful heart!
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