Our holidays were a little unusual this year as we had all of our family, both nuclear and extended, celebrations all done by Dec. 24. Because of the way Christmas fell this year, David had the day after Christmas off (he normally doesn’t); therefore, we had a long weekend. We decided to take a few days a get away to one of our favorite state parks.
We left on Christmas day and arrived in plenty of time to get settled and even bring in some firewood by dark. We very much enjoyed the fireplace in the cabin each evening.
We did not do a lot…which is exactly what we had planned! We read, watched a little tv (a very little…it only picked up about 3 or 4 stations, but I fell in love with Create while there and hate that I can’t get it on Dish), took some nice long walks, and did a lot of resting. We knew that rain was predicted while we were there and planned to take that day to shop and eat out.
We went to a few flea markets, and I will tell you about my purchases later. We definitely decided to splurge on lunch since we rarely do that and Weidmann’s it was! If you’re ever in Meridian, MS, it is a wonderful place to eat and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
It was hard to leave, but, paradoxically, we were glad to get home. It was nice to be offline for a few days…I had over 100 emails when I got back. I could have checked email on my phone while away, but I made the deliberate decision not to. Sometimes I just need a break from technology, and, with the exception of texting a few pics to friends, I did that and did not miss it at all.
Speaking of texting, my sister texted me a photo of her Christmas table and it had some wine glasses with red ribbons that I really liked. She said they came from Pier 1. I actually got on the Pier 1 website and looked at them…they were priced reasonably, but we all know that I need more glasses, right? I put them out of my mind and began packing for our trip. At the first flea market that we visited in Meridian, I was amazed to find a set of 4 of these wine glasses with red stripes for half the price of the Pier 1 glasses. I almost did not get them, but I knew that I would regret it if I walked out of there without them. When the man checked me out, he said that he hadn’t seen them or he would have gotten them! I am so glad that I purchased them. I think that they are prettier than the Pier 1 glasses, and I am so happy that I found them. These glasses lead me into telling you about my simple winter table. I am glad to have the Christmas things put away and to go back to simplicity. I put my square red Wal Mart plates on top of my brown striped placemats at the kitchen table. I decided on the square Friendly Village salad plates. I have always liked these on top of the red plates to bring out the little bit of red in the design. Still keeping it simple, I chose my taupe plaid napkins that have a small brown stripe in them and my tassel napkin rings. My photo does not really show up the design of the napkin at all. I used my everyday Chateau flatware and, of course, the new glasses to finish the place setting. Because my kitchen table is small, I normally do a small vignette at one end of the table instead of a centerpiece. I looked through my pitcher collection and chose The Friendly Village, of course. A vintage Johnson Brothers one also blended well on the table. I added a small pillar candle on a casual stand, and I was done. Then I got to thinking about salt and pepper shakers…and, yes, it did take me quite a while to put up all the Christmas ones! Santa had put a hedgehog and pine cone set in my Christmas stocking…the perfect neutrals for this table. Cute, right!? So there is my casual winter table, using The Friendly Village once again (one of my favorite china patterns). We will enjoy simplifying this week from all of the Christmas china, but still managing to eat at a pretty table. After being away for 3 nights (in the woods, no less), you can imagine the laundry pile that I have. So I’m off to work on that as well as a few other things that need to be done before I go to work this afternoon. Hope everyone has a great week!