New Year’s Table Plus Reflections


Happy New Year to everyone and hope 2015 will be a good one for all. When David came in after work yesterday, he had with him some of the locally made sausage that he had purchased from the butcher shop here when he went there on delivery and announced his intention to cook New Year’s Day breakfast this morning. Hey, I was all for it!


He did an excellent job with the sausage, toast, eggs, and hash browns. We used our nice place settings…the martini glasses were great for our orange juice, by the way,…so I set another table this morning, deciding to go much more casual.


I started with my sage green placemats {Fred’s, a long time ago} and Dollar Tree plates. You can see in the background that I left the star candles out to still make the table sort of New Year’s.


For the salad plate, I decided on the small medallion plates. I like the way they look with the rim of the dinner plate. I got these from Home Goods a long time ago.


Taupe print napkins and my glittery tassel napkin rings keep the sparkly feel going.


I used my casual Present Time flatware and Dollar General glasses.


I did not even do my usual vignette…just a pillar candle in shades of green and that is it. We will enjoy using this table setting today with our New Year’s meal.


To pause to reflect on 2014, I can think of a few things that were highlights of our year. First, of course, was moving Russell and Callie to TN almost exactly 1 year ago where he began his new ministry at Cedar Crest United Methodist Camp in Lyles, TN. WordPress also tells me that this was the second-most popular post of 2014, right after “Have a Purple Fall.” Of course, our subsequent visits there were highlights of our year also. He will complete his first full year as Camp Director next week. He has had an extremely challenging, yet rewarding, year and is looking forward to an even better 2015. Callie took her time with the job search and was able to assist Russell greatly with summer camp, and he was so glad to have her on board as a Summer Staffer. In September, she began her new job at Animal Welfare Approved and is enjoying it immensely.


The rotator cuff surgery really put a damper on reporting the highlights of my year…not trying to be morose, just telling the truth. I guess the other things that I enjoyed this year were thrifting and estate sales and working at the flea market. As a matter of fact, #3 and #4 of my most popular posts are both about items I picked up here and there.


WordPress also tells me that another very busy day on my blog was this one, where I talk about the recipe that I am also cooking today!


I also began the first day of the new year with some good activities and habits and hope to continue throughout the year. I love to organize, and I have organized all of the Christmas merchandise that did not sell at my booth this season and have stored it away. If you were to look at my boxes, you might think that I did not sell much, but I did. I easily sold between 2 1/2 to 3 times as much as I didn’t sell. I also sold 6 sets of Christmas dishes as well as 2 sets of Christmas glasses. I also use my front bedroom to store things for the flea market and organized and straightened it up as well. In addition to that organizing chore, I cleaned out the refrigerator and organized it…no small task after all the cooking and grocery shopping I have done this season. I love to organize, and WordPress says that my #5 spot on the popular post list is about a small organizing project that I did.


I shared a few weeks ago about how much I enjoy using the Upper Room Disciplines devotional guide each year. In addition to the Upper Room Disciplines, I sometimes also read one of my Bibles throughout the year. I have 3 women’s devotional Bibles, Women’s Devotional Bibles I and II from Zondervan and the Women of Faith Devotional Bible from Nelson. I also have 2 Bibles that take you through reading the Bible in a year, The One Year Bible from Tyndale and The One Year Chronological Bible also from Tyndale. They are all wonderful Bibles, and I have read all of them more than once. Some years I don’t read a Bible from cover to cover and only read the Upper Room Disciplines and its scripture readings for the year. Since I chose not to read a Bible straight through in 2014, I have been trying to decide which one of these Bibles to go back to reread for 2015.


When we were on our getaway last weekend, I saw this Bible in a flea market and it immediately caught my attention since I had Women’s Devotional Bibles on my mind. Although I have read the Daily Guideposts once or twice in years past, I have never had a Women’s Devotional Bible from Guideposts. It looked in excellent shape, and I bought it. When I checked out and remarked about how it did not look like it had been read, the man told me that this particular vendor has a connection with a book salesman and that he supplies her with his overstock books. Therefore, this Bible was brand new and only $10! I am thrilled and enjoyed reading the devotion in it this morning and the one in my Upper Room Disciplines as well.


So there you have it…a New Year’s Day table for our hoppin’ john, some highlights of 2014, and some good habits to begin and continue for 2015. Happy New Year to all!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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4 Responses to New Year’s Table Plus Reflections

  1. Vicky Hunt says:

    I remember these posts! I am glad to hear that your son had a successful first year. I’m sure this one will be even better! What a steal on that bible. Those medallion plates are so pretty! What a sweet hubby you have to cook breakfast. My hubby loves fresh sausage too. I’m not a fan of sausage myself but will eat a little occasionally. I’m off to pay attention to the Rose Bowl…my team (FSU) is playing! Hope they can pull off a win!

  2. HI Bev,
    This is my first time to visit you and I know not the last.

    So much positivity in your blog and that is one of the best to read.

    Have a blissful 2015.

  3. Rettabug says:

    Bev, I think orange juice in a martini glass is the PERFECT way to start off the new year! LOL Especially when you can enjoy it with a man that cooks, too.
    Your tables look very nice & I especially enjoy your year in review. I was AWOL from blogland, too. I’m sorry your absence was due to surgery & hope that you are fully healed by now & ready to play with your dishes again!

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