It’s rare that I go a week without posting, but it’s been a crazy, wonderful few days. We left early Friday morning…in the snow and ice…to go visit our son and his wife in TN. We saw lots of snow and ice for the first hour or so of the trip, then it got less and less. The minute we crossed the TN line, it was gone! Their bad weather had been the week before ours, and our trip was easy and clear.
There were plenty of remnants of their snow and ice up there, however. Their bad weather had been lots worse than ours and their temps much colder. David snapped this cool photo of icy cliffs as we were driving on Saturday.
I won’t bore you with all of the details, just say that our trip was grand. We saw the improvements to the camp lodges that had been made since we had last seen them. Isn’t this new floor wonderful? Of course, pulling up old asbestos tile was quite expensive, but the end result is gorgeous.
The highlight of our trip, however, was seeing how much progress had been made on the new camp director’s home. We thoroughly enjoyed looking over every detail and hearing all about the plans for the space.
Again, I won’t bore you with the details, just say that we loved seeing it all and loved how excited they are about it.
Unfortunately, good things do come to an end, and we had to head home Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are my long days at work, so today is the first chance that I have had to post.
Last week at this time I was telling you about our rare MS snow, and this week it is almost 80 degrees outside. The temps are supposed to drop soon, and more winter weather should be here about midnight. Yep, that MS for you…if you don’t like the weather, just wait til tomorrow! I’ve now actually cancelled out-of-town medical appointments for two Thursdays in a row. Anyway, the warm temps have made the daffodils, jonquils and narcissus bloom like crazy. I thought that I’d better get out and get some picked before the ice gets here. So my gorgeous blooming flowers are my inspiration for this table!
I love blue and yellow together, so this April Cornell runner, an old eBay purchase, was perfect for this table.
I put my solid black plates underneath my Salem English Village blue and white plates.
I chose the black plate underneath to echo the black rim of my antique Homer Laughlin plates. These plates belonged to my great grandmother; they have a few nicks, but I don’t mind. I love the yellow flower, which I think might be a chrysanthemum, with the blue plates.
Yellow napkins from The Napkin Lady were the obvious choice, and I used my vintage floral napkin rings to continue the flower theme.
Blue Dollar General flatware is perfect for this table.
The stemware is the good ol’ standby: Dollar Tree blue. I love these glasses…and so do a lot of other tablescapers out there!
I put the flowers into a vase and two of my blue and white pitchers. I love the way the yellow pops against the blue.
I love the smell of narcissus. Some people call these paperwhites, but I don’t really like that name. I prefer to think of the myth of the vain Narcissus, who was very handsome yet broke heart after heart. Finally, Artemis, goddess of the hunt, punished him by causing him to fall in love with the first thing that he saw. As he knelt beside a pool of water to quench his thirst, he saw his reflection and fell in love instantly.
Some versions say that he killed himself when he realized that he could never have the object of his affection; others say that he pined away and eventually drowned in sorrow. A beautiful flower sprang up where his blood had been on the ground, always growing near water. Do you know someone who is narcissistic? Now you know why that is what they are called! Anyway, that is why the name narcissus is a much better one for this gorgeous flower than paperwhite…what a dull, lifeless name with no imagination behind it at all!
I feel a little silly adding more springlike touches to this already springtime table with more snow on the way, but I just could not resist. These sweet little blue birds once belonged to David’s grandmother and are the perfect color and theme for this table.
I chose this rabbit from my Gail Pittman collection because of the blue and yellow accents on it.
I love my blue and yellow table. I am really glad that I took the time to rescue these flowers from the impending bad weather.
I know that I will be glad that I have these flowers in the house once the bad weather sets in.
I will enjoy being in my nice, warm house with the wonderful look and smell of these flowers.
As for the Catching Up part of my title, I’ve now caught up readers on where I have been the past week. I also spent some time today catching up with a friend…we worked on a project at church and went to lunch.
It’s too easy to ignore important relationships in the busy-ness of life. I’ve just learned that I have another close friend to catch up with as she deals with the severe health problems of her mother and making sure that her father stays healthy in the long run.
To leave you with a little smile, you probably realize if you are a regular reader that our grand dog Wendell is pretty much spoiled rotten. In reality, Russell is pretty strict with him, and he is not allowed in the camp buildings.
Isn’t this sweet? When we toured the lodges, he just had to be content with looking in at us.
He knew he couldn’t come in, but that didn’t keep him from looking at us with those big brown eyes as if to say, “Pleeese let me in.” It is hard to resist, but we manage.
Finally, as we were leaving the new house, the ladies looked up at us as if to say, “What are you doing on my land?” Happy spring or winter or both, no matter which weather you are having!