Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Another Post because it is Wednesday

I realize that I just posted about those nasty 8 legged freaks. You can read that below this one if you want to get spooked about spiders. However, I had mentally committed to doing a Show Me Wednesday with my good friend Cathy of Hazelruthe fame. I didn't get pics because I do eat off of mis matched china. I decided (please forgive me Cathy) in adding a re run here of a post I did last fall. Here it is:

We eat off mis-matched china dishes.

I am not saying it is Larry's fault.

When I was just starting out on my own, living in an efficiency apartment in S.C., I used to frequent junk stores. I purchased my furniture, pots, dishes there. Nothing matched. I would laugh and call my decorating style 'Early Poverty". Today those stores are called Antique Stores and I still look for old fashioned junk stores.

I am not saying that this is Larry's fault.

I like mis- matched cups and saucers, luncheon plates and soup bowls. I enjoy serving sloppy casserole meals on old trenchers discarded by greasy spoon diners.
I have Grandma's fine china way up high in a cupboard. A lovely old set of Haviland. Now and then I find a matching piece. I used to serve special people, on a special occasions special meals on these treasures. But then I had children and I stopped that. Melamine was good enough for those little ankle biters. I didn't have to worry about dings, chips, cracks or little bare feet getting sliced open by an errant sliver of china or glass.

I am not saying that this is Larry's fault.

Occasionally I find an exceptionally lovely plate or saucer and I bring it home. I like to think about the sumptuous feasts served upon them, what polite dinner conversation would have been parlayed. Please note that this is important to me because for far too many years as a single mother I would hear "Josh is letting spaghetti noodles hang from his nose again, Mom".
Where am I going with this, you ask? You should know by now that I ramble. My mind is always doing that!

I am not saying that this is Larry's fault either.

I didn't mean to get attached to a crazed plate which cost a mere 49 cents at the local thrift. It wasn't worth more than that, truly. It was old enough to have the gilt almost nearly rubbed off. There was a hairline crack, so faint only a collector's eye would have discarded it. I would eat delicious chicken salad sandwiches, with chips and a dill slice on the side from it. Even a humble P B & J sammich tasted better when served on this dish. It was my favorite 49 cent plate.
Larry used to work as a short order cook years ago. He has an appreciation for the thick diner discards I serve him suppers on. His face absolutely glows with fond recollections of slinging hash. He does the dishes now that the kids are grown and gone. We don't have an automatic dishwasher. Who needed one when I had children? They knew Mom would inspect their handiwork - but Luscious? well, who would need to supervise him? He of the slick diner floors and heavy hammy hands?

I have a "dish garden" out back, a graveyard of bone china so to speak. People think I am clever. But Larry knows better. He KNOWS better.

Yesterday evening after he washed, I went in the kitchen to dry and put away. My beloved plate was in the drainer. I was as oblivious as Larry until I found the offending chard in my palm.

Now that was Larry's fault.

He buried it out back amongst the hen and chicks,morning glories and late blooming cosmos. And that is why Grandma's Haviland is hidden.

But don't tell Larry.


Donna said...

AwwwwwwPoorLucious!!!! It would break his teddy bear heart!!LOL... Fun Post!!!hughugs

Cathy said...

Oh I love mismatched china! That way you get to enjoy lots of beautiful patterns and not be pegged to just one. Don't bury the pieces--mosaic with them! What a fun post! Thanks Blondie!

Cathy :)
(who also detests those 8 legged freaks!)

Doreen said...

LOLOLOL... such a great post B...I love old dishes! Especially bowls...I actually just bought a complete set of very old chine...looks english to me...I paid $3 at a yard sale this past weekend. It's the lovliest yellow....very mellow in color..i love danity and old. :)

SO sorry about the plate...Poor Lucious...he's such a sweetheart..he must have felt terrible.

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

Such a great, wonderful post!!! Just the best I've read in a long time, believe me! Maybe it's because I love old dishes, make-do serving "thingies", and those wonderful dish gardens!!!!! We'd make great old sisters living together with our mishmash of stuff!!!!!


Nellie said...

Oh, my.... what a wonderful post... I am still laughing. I think that it's wonderful how your kitchen is made up of all those mismatched dishes...what stories they must hold. Thanks for sharing!


Lorraine said...

LOL!!! Funny!!!:o)
Now I'm going to read about the spiders.....

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quiltcrazygal said...

Blondie I love the mismatched dishes! How fun! We both like a lot of the same things! I love vintage items! Thanks for sharing with me! Jenna

Lana said...

LOL! I love to read your stories Blondie!