My name is Linda Green and I am a list maker.
I have “To Do” lists and lists of things to buy, places to go, things for Mr. Fun to do, and even a list of “lists to make” on which you will find a list of things such as christmas presents, my carolers, what to pack for this weekend, and my dishes.
My lists can be very specific as the greatest joy is to be found in that pleasurable crossing out of a completed item! But if you were to see one of my lists it would be a bit puzzling. Yes, you would understand “clean out the veggie bin” and “front driveway pots” but how about these?
call for manicure/pedicure
take Nellie for a walk on the beach
spray the yard with something organic to drive away the munching deer and other varmints
And what would you think of me if you read this?
Can you see one?
Well, there are more.
But first, on to my true confessions.
We are just beginning to feel the snappy autumn air, so it’s time to make my fall list of things to do. That list often includes more “resolution” type items, as autumn seems like a time of new beginnings for me, contrary to the popular spring/rebirth image. I think it’s the school calendar and settling in for a different lifestyle that inspires me to get going on a few changes.
Last year, while making my “fall–to do before Thanksgiving” list, I added
buy shelves for basement for dish storage.
Then I had a revelation. If this enormous and
hauntingly-empty-now-that-it’s-usually-just-Mr. Fun-and-me house could not hold my dishes in its 7000 square feet and numerous kitchen cabinets and other closets, it was time to let go. And my resolution became
followed by another:
NO NEW DISHES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING ANY OF MY FAVORITE COLLECTION OF ALL PATTERNS NAMED CHARLOTTE
(you can see some of those by clicking on the sidebar label “Charlotte dishes”)
I was doing very well. Then one day, while perusing some blogs of other dishaholics, I clicked through in my usual random way, and found these:
You’ve got to be kidding me, I thought!!
Not just “Charlotte.” “Charlotte Green.” And LENOX. And discontinued.
~~ and beautiful~~
I wondered if these were a test of my resolve, a temptress disguised
in flawless china and daintily dressed in green flowers?
Well, yes, probably. But I prefer to think they are a reward for all my good behavior–the reason I was making all that room in my cupboards!
Either way, they have found their way to my house.
Have you ever seen a daintier mug?
(and there are ROSE covered dessert dishes and teacups!! 🙂 !!)
My linen stash is not as extensive as my dish hoard, but I found these napkins with lovely mums in fall colors and a soft blue, long unused and tucked away, waiting for the right dishes to arrive!
~~ Linens and Lenox ~~
~~ perfect together for a mother-daughter birthday brunch. ~~
You see, this is why I had to hang pumpkins.
Is that what you thought I meant?
These pumpkins are hanging in my “den” as we call it, although the room is neither small nor dark.
Hanging those sparkly pumpkins requires inordinate patience and trials, so crossing that item off my list was quite satisfying. They will stay there until after Thanksgiving, when they may be replaced with snowflakes.
The sun rises on this side of the house and beams in this window, making it an ideal breakfast/brunch spot.
I love the morning light streaming in here, and the reflection of the pumpkins in the glass makes it seem like I actually hung all the pumpkins I intended to, before I gave up!
These pumpkins are too pretty to hide away so I scattered them on the table,
and on the dishes,
and tucked them into the mugs.
Of course, all these dishes needed to be washed before the food was added. We all need to sparkle, inside and out, but not from real glitter!
Although all my pumpkins are from Old World Christmas, they don’t feel Christmasy at all as they hang over our birthday table. I am being inspired by this birthday gift, however, to think about my Christmas decor. I am thinking about a white wonderland/woodland look this year, very different from my usual Williamsburg style.
Now I have a new list to make. I will title it
elements of a woodland Christmas.
Oh, goodie, goodie!
But first I will enjoy these glorious fall days. The colors are just starting here but the nights are very cold, and that’s when we know autumn has truly arrived.
There is one list I have never finished. Twenty-five years ago I left my round-the-clock job for early maternity leave, thinking I had a month in which I could accomplish so much. I filled a legal pad with three columns of things to do, then immediately went into the hospital and came home a week later (!) with my own little
I still have that list, and one thing which continues to move onto new lists is
Maybe next year.
What’s on your To Do list?
~~ the reason I needed the Charlotte Green dishes~~
Happy birthday little pumpkin.
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