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Fall Tablescape – Soup is On!

Fall Tablescape and Soup is On! Fall is definitely coming…in fact, in some parts of the country, it is here! I am so excited because I love Fall/Autumn!…and even though we don’t have drastic changes in our Seasons here in […]

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The School Bell Is Ringing!

It is official my friends…..School is definitely underway in all parts of the country….and I can’t help but remember the old country school bell ringing…announcing to all that school was about to begin. actually, I never went to school on […]

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The Blue Tie….Not The Gray!

I am not sure where it comes from…but I have always been a strong person, a decisive person. I am not talking about strength like body building strength, but an inner strength, which over the years I have to admit […]

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Lazy Summer Days, Raindrops and Sunflowers!

Lazy Summer Days, Raindrops and Sunflowers! Yes, it is still Summer but the days are waning fast….and I think I have a cute tablescape to illustrate just that. I am seeing more and more signs of late summer and a […]

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Beyond A Reasonable Doubt…..

My dear readers…think O.J. Simpson…Perry Mason and 12 Angry Men!  Yesterday, I was in a courtroom all day long.   You see, a trial started in a very high profile (defendant accused of murdering his wife) case and I, and […]

 

Fall Tablescape – Soup is On!

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Fall Tablescape and Soup is On!

Fall is definitely coming…in fact, in some parts of the country, it is here!

I am so excited because I love Fall/Autumn!…and even though we don’t have drastic changes in our Seasons here in Florida, we still have Seasonal changes.

The leaves that have fallen off of my shady lady Olive tree tells me each day, that Fall is getting nearer and nearer.

I have another confession to make….

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I have been playing with my dishes again folks…I love tablescapes, as you know… and I have set up a Fall Tablescape, which is perfect for soup on a chilly day.  

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I found these wonderful white pumpkin soup bowls and tureen with ladle on line a few months ago and I fell in love with them.

They almost match a set of three pumpkins that I had gotten online at QVC several years before. You can see the white glazed graduated sized pumpkins in last years Thanksgiving tablescape Thanksgiving Dinners and Carving The Bird

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A few weeks ago, I saw these adorable deer salad plates on the Pier 1 website. I had to smile at the 4 pretty little birds nestled in the antlers…well, I just had to give it up and go with the flow and I ordered them.  And when they arrived, I couldn’t keep from smiling.  Aren’t they the cutest ever?

I placed the deer salad plates on my Spode Woodland dinner plates.  You may remember I used the dinner plates and matching salad plates in the tablescape Changing of the Guard/Seasons!

The flatware is so unique…they are bronze colored and shaped like twigs, which remind me of Fall.  

I LOVE IT!!!

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AND…the napkins have a cute little orange leaf embroidered in the corner and I used napkin rings in the shape of deer antlers that I also found at Pier 1….the good news is they were on sale!

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As usual, at the end of this post, I will list the source of my Fall tablescape for this week. 

I am sure you noticed that I just could not cover up the sweet deer’s head with the soup tureen.  So the soup tureen sits a bit off kilter to the side of the dinner plate.

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I used rattan chargers which I think which grounds the tablescape and brings the natural woodland theme together. 

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Along with the Autumn/Fall leaves, I added a pretty Fall ribbon that I casually wove in and among the Fall leaves.  

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And being from the Midwest….I also had to add a few sunflowers…can’t forget my Kansas roots.

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It was beginning to get dark, so I thought you might like to see the candles lit….I really think candles set the mood, don’t they?

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So tell me, my dear readers, are you ready for all the Fall colors and leaves and fireplaces and pumpkins and apples and…..

Well, you get the picture!

Happy Fall!

Oh, and the soup is on….Hot Creamy Clam Chowder!  Recipe to follow!

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SOURCE LIST:

Rattan Chargers: Hobby Lobby, many years ago

Glasses: Pier 1, about 15 years ago (I used to have a set of 12, but the Captain broke one right after we met) hahaha!, I’ll never forget because I had just said to him that I couldn’t find anymore of them!

Flatware: Pier 1

Dinner plates: Spode Woodland Pattern

Deer Salad plates: Pier 1, Alexander Pattern, 2 weeks ago

Napkins: Too long ago to remember 🙁

Napkin Rings: Pier 1, a couple weeks ago

Pumpkin Soup Tureen w/ladle and individual soup tureens: Temptations stoneware

Candle Holders: Gift from BFF about 10 years ago

Autumn Ribbon: Dollar store, this month

Autumn leaves: Hobby Lobby, several years ago

The School Bell Is Ringing!

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It is official my friends…..School is definitely underway in all parts of the country….and I can’t help but remember the old country school bell ringing…announcing to all that school was about to begin. actually, I never went to school on a school bus.  The only time I rode a bus was in my junior high years traveling to and from sporting events.

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I know my children believe I came across the prairie in a covered wagon….carrying my walking stick for support on the dusty ruts of a trail, my large floppy sun bonnet blowing in the hot Kansas wind.

But tain’t so…..not quite.  Although in later years we did own a covered wagon and drove the team in parades, often times carrying the Governor of New Mexico. 

But way before that….I went to a one room school house for my first grade year.

We literally lived in the middle of a wheat field and I walked the half mile on a sandy, gravel road to an old country school, similar to the pics below. Sadly, after I attended the first grade, my school near Mentor, Kansas was no longer used and it was torn down.

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However, looking back…I cherish my one and only year in that country school.

There were no inside bathrooms, or baseball fields or extensive playground equipment, except for a lone “A” frame of poles that held two swings behind the school. The round, rusty poles were surrounded by foot-tall prairie grass which surrounded the small patches of dirt underneath each swing. Evidence of plenty of use during the 15 minutes of recess twice a day.

There were no sidewalks anywhere on the school ground, just narrow dirt paths leading up to the front door of the school and around the south side of the building!  At this point, the single path divided into three paths.  One led to each of the outdoor outhouses (boys and girls) and one to the swings.  I guess that is why we stayed on the dirt paths and never noticed or felt the tall grass except to spy a grasshopper or two, which was always fun.  We loved to watch the grasshopper spit up “tobacco”, as we called it and if the grasshopper spit on someone else….that was even better.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the single merry-go-round that sit lopsided in front of the school….similar to the one above, only difference is we  never saw green grass ANYWHERE on the school property.

That reddish, paint-chipped, squeaky disk served two purposes, one it was the most dangerous, as one had to have a death grip to keep from being flung to the far reaches of the school ground as the older kids ran in circles faster and faster, with the hopes that a younger human projectile would come flying off the wheel.  

Second, it was a great place to eat one’s lunch, that is if you had not participated in the momentum spinning of the merry-go-round and still had a calm and quiet tummy.

We would squeeze in between the handles of the merry-go-round, position our tin lunch boxes behind us on the nubby platform and use our feet to slowly sway back and forth, eroding the dirt path around the contraption even further.  We didn’t mind that our shoes were shrouded in the dusty firmament…or that our anklets that were once white were now a tan-ish brown sporting a prickly, sand burr or two that had become entangled in our socks if we got too close to the prairie grass.

Those sand burrs had “tiny spikes” all around the orb, but they were not the dangerous ones.

The ones we really hated to pick out of our socks was the Mexican sand burrs.  Those had “long slender thorns”, resembling the spoked living room clocks adorning the walls in the 50’s and 60’s….and if one poked you…it left a burning sensation that seem to take forever to go away.  AND If you got one in one of your bare feet…one was sidelined until one could hop to a sitting place and gingerly remove it, all the while scrunching up one’s face as if that would ease the pain.

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Today, I see school buses everywhere and at all times of the day.

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Do you have memories of your early school days?

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Share them please, I would love for you to comment.

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Have a great start to your week! And if you are driving, watch those school zones….

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The Blue Tie….Not The Gray!

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I am not sure where it comes from…but I have always been a strong person, a decisive person.

I am not talking about strength like body building strength, but an inner strength, which over the years I have to admit has gotten me into a bit of hot water with husband and children when I have stood my ground so to speak.

I am the one in the crowd who sees an emergency and jumps into action while many stand around in shock.  

I am the one standing in the waiting line at the beauty counter of Walgreens who is asked by a complete stranger…”which color of nail polish do you think would look the best?, the pink or coral?”

AND I am the one at Macy’s looking at men’s ties when a millennial young man holds up two ties near his face and asks…

“which one?”…..

“The blue”….. I blurted out as I looked up from the array of ties in front of me.

The sandy haired young man with the steel blue eyes tossed the gray tie back on the table and rushed off to the check-out, calling “thanks” over his shoulder.  

As I picked up the gray tie he had tossed and refolded it and placed it in it’s place at the table, I began to think about why I chose the blue tie over the gray tie for this stranger.  

The gray tie was very nice and I didn’t even ask the young man what color shirt or slacks or anything else that might have been pertinent to giving an informative answer.

No,…. I just knew the navy blue tie was the right tie for him with his coloring and hair.  I don’t even know for what occasion the lad needed the tie…but I sensed an urgency…a need for affirmative action and right now, no long debate. 

It has always been that way for me, and I have just accepted the fact that evidently, I am here to help people.  

But then we all are, aren’t we?  I’m certainly not an expert in any given field, but apparently I seem authoritative to some, at least enough so that I am asked my opinion, frequently.  And for 10 seconds at the tie table in Macy’s…a young stranger needed a word of encouragement!  

However, as I left the tie table, I came up with a different scenario….maybe, it isn’t my knowledge or expertise, but my willingness, to project an “open” feeling to those round about me. Shouldn’t we all be that way?  Shouldn’t we all be “open” to give that encouraging word or affirmative support to those in need?

It is true, we all lead busy lives and we may want to shy away when asked our opinions…but I ask you what if that smile or that encouraging word is just what that person needs today?

Example: 

Go for it….

You can do it….

You don’t know if you don’t try…

What is the worst that can happen….?

It is never too late… 

Sometimes, our friends (or strangers) might be feeling a bit timid and need someone to speak the truth to them because they can’t see the forest for the trees. Perhaps they are just too close to their situation …..whether it is trivial or something far deeper in their lives.  

Perhaps all they need is that little nudge in the right direction….to help them choose the blue tie over the gray tie.

Each one of us has a cross to bear, and as Christopher Robin said to Pooh bear….  “always remember that you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

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You, too my friend…… “are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”!

You are amazing! You’ve got this….whatever it is!

Phil 4:13

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Lazy Summer Days, Raindrops and Sunflowers!

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Lazy Summer Days, Raindrops and Sunflowers!

Yes, it is still Summer but the days are waning fast….and I think I have a cute tablescape to illustrate just that.

I am seeing more and more signs of late summer and a slow ease into Fall!

Here in Florida, we are still getting the daily raindrop or two, usually in the late afternoon.  What a heavenly respite from the heat of the sun…as the cool breezes that accompany the rain gently caress my skin, while moving about tendrils of my hair that has escaped my messy bun. 

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Beyond A Reasonable Doubt…..

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My dear readers…think O.J. Simpson…Perry Mason and 12 Angry Men! 

Yesterday, I was in a courtroom all day long.  

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You see, a trial started in a very high profile (defendant accused of murdering his wife) case and I, and 67 others had been summoned to jury selection. There were only 8 jurors chosen after a very, very long day of questioning by the judge, the lawyers for the prosecution and lawyers for the defense.

During this whole process, the defendant was sitting at the defense table and I couldn’t help but look at him and study his reaction or non-reaction to all the questioning.

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Bed-Making 101…And Why It Is Important!

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 My dear readers…..have you ever had something happen or words said to you that all of a sudden a light bulb go off and you say to yourself,…..

“yes, I needed that” …..or “yes, I got the message”…or in this particular case for me…..“Yes, I completely agree and I am glad someone else “gets it” too!” It is the task of making one’s bed every day.

What I am about to talk about is certainly not revolutionary….however, it is a habit that can become lax if one does not stay on top of it…no pun intended, or maybe there is.  

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Changing of the Guard/Seasons!

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My dear readers….it is that time of year when the children have returned to school and suddenly summer seems to be making room for the wonderful crispness of Fall.   

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There hasn’t really been a gentle slide towards the impending autumn season; rather it was thrust on us sorta in the blink of an eye. At least for me, the Summer months have just flown by.

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Yellow Blanket On A Dead Cow And Make It Cry….Vol II

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DINER3Several years ago, I wrote this popular post on “Diner Speak” and I decided to repost it with a few additions as you, my readers have added a few descriptions that you remembered from your past.  So thank you for that.

Yes, these were the days of poodle skirts, Cherry Phosphates, and Leave It To Beaver!  

So for a bit of nostalgia, please read on:

Yellow Blanket on a Dead Cow and Make It Cry!

Let me explain, before you think I have gone over the edge….:)!

 

 

Every now and again, the Captain and I go to a small Diner here in the Cape and if we are sitting close enough to the kitchen, we can hear the communication between the wait staff and the cooks as food orders are “put in”.  It reminds me of a day gone by as these days, customer orders are almost all electronic…which sometimes isn’t necessarily a more efficient way…. and it certainly is less colorful as the Older Diner’s way of communicating. 

No, I don’t mean the Diner person is old…I mean the Mom and Pop Diner is most likely non-existent these days. They have been replaced with widgets, gadgets, and all kinds of modern equipment to make your dining experience one you won’t forget.  More on that… further down this post. 🙁

If you would like to see my review of this Diner…click Lost in the 50’s Tonight!

My Mother and Father bought a small cafe in an even smaller town shortly after I was married. I wasn’t there every day, but I came to know through my Mother, … “Diner Speak” …from her days as a waitress at the famous Mulbach Hotel and Cafe in Kansas City.  Mother was quite the adventurous young lady as she set off for the big city 400 miles away… right out of high school.  She wanted to see how the sights and sounds differed from the place where she was born… (Niles, Kansas), population at that time about 25 in the town and perhaps 25 farmers living all around the town. (But that is another post.)  I loved hearing Mom spout off “Diner Speak” and explaining to me the actual meaning.  

At first I thought the “Diner speak” was a shorter version of the actual food names ordered through the small window to the cook, but as she explained…it certainly was not faster to call out the order of Adam and Eve on a raft and wreck ’em” to calling out “two eggs scrambled on toast”!.  However, it was a way for the “family” of  wait staff and cooks to define themselves,…to be different in a community of niches.

Mom always justified the “Diner Speak” with terms like… “Well, Longshoreman speak a language of their own.”  emphasis on the word their.

I was always puzzled by the comparison because we were as landlocked as one could be…. situated in the middle of the United States with the closest water being the narrow Smokey Hill River! Perhaps these niches of a special language used to keep insiders in and outsiders out, have failed to survive in this day of political correctness.  I don’t know; but what I do know is I enjoy hearing the “Diner Speak” and below I have listed a few of the many food descriptions that my Mom taught me, as well as a few more.  

Below are a few of my favorites, and I am sure you know some of these and can add a few of your own.

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In the above pic you will see: Adam and Eve blindfolded with sneeze. Add 4 little pigs and SOS along side, coffee high and dry! I don’t think you need the translation…:)

And yes, that was my meal one morning at our little Diner! Hey, I did some cardio afterwards! Well, if I didn’t, I meant to.

Let’s proceed shall we?

Burn one, drag it through the garden and put a rose on it: Hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion.

Two Cows, make them cry: Two hamburgers with onions

Firehouse it: Add chili

Hot Blonde in the sand: coffee with cream and sugar

Paint a bow wow red: Hot dog with ketchup

Sinkers: Doughnuts

Yellow Paint: Mustard

Red Paint: Ketchup

Sand: sugar

Put out the lights and cry: Liver and onions

Noah’s boy on dough: Ham sandwich

Put legs on it:  A take out item

Mouse Trap: Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Hold the grass or keep off the grass: A sandwich without lettuce

Looseners: Prunes

One on the City: a glass of water

Burn the British: English Muffin

A spot with a twist: cup of tea with lemon

Drag Wimpy through Wisconsin: Hamburger with cheese

Flop two, over hard: Two eggs with the yolks hard

Fry two and let the sun shine: Two eggs sunny side up or eggs which have not been flipped over.

Eve with a moldy lid: Apple pie with cheese

Blowout Patches with Axle Grease and Vermont: Pancakes with butter and syrup

Burn one with frog sticks: Hamburger and fries

Add Hail to the MD: put ice in the Dr. Pepper.

First Lady with Idaho Cakes in the alley: Ribs with Hash brown Patties on the side.

Stretch Atlanta and paint it red: Large coke with a cherry

Sweep the kitchen: Hash

Bossy in a bowl: Beef stew

All Hot, Tip Toe through Wisconsin: Baked Potato with cheese sprinkled on top

Battle Creek in a bowl: Corn Flakes in a bowl

Torpedo it: Add a banana 

Baled Hay: Shreaded Wheat

Dough well done with cow to cover: Buttered Toast

Biddy Board: French toast

Checkerboard: Waffle

Double Black Cow: Double thick shake

Cowboy with Spurs: Western Omelet with potatoes

Drown the Kids: Boiled Eggs

Foreign Entanglements: spaghetti

Guess Water: Soup

Mama on a Raft: Marmalade on toast

On the Hoof: rare meat

Squeeze: Orange juice

Ice and throw it in the mud: Ice cream with chocolate syrup.

Whiskey Down with Skid Grease: Rye toast with butter

Brown Down: Wheat Toast

Give It Wings: To serve quickly

In case you haven’t figured out what Yellow Blanket on a Dead Cow and Make It Cry ……?

Cheese Burger with onions!  But you had that all figured out didn’t you?

And as far as the electronic age being better or faster in the food ordering world…the Captain and I were eating at Richee B’s one evening and we waited and waited for our food. Finally, we asked the server (guess you can’t call them waitresses anymore) if there was a problem and she replied.

 “No, everything is ok. My IPad lost it’s “connect” and your order didn’t go through!”

“So is it connected now?” I ask with tummy rumbling.

“No, but I will go tell the cooks to start your order.”

At that point I wanted to yell out to the cooks in the kitchen….Yellow Blanket on a Dead Cow, Give It wings and Make It Cry!… cause I never like to cry alone!

As a sidenote….since this was first posted, both the Starlight Diner and Richee B’s have gone out of business.

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Times have changed…and so have we.

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There Is No Place Like Home!

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My dear readers….being a transplant from the Kansas/Missouri area to Florida, I often imitate a clicking of the ruby red slippers and use the phrase, “There is no place like home” or there is no place like home and garden!

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New Addition to My Secret Garden

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I have a new addition to My Secret Garden since I last posted about my “Potager”…and it is a wash tub!  A wash tub in the Garden?  Yep! but let’s go back just a bit.

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