Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I was thinking that this is the time of year when “Busy!” is the first thing that pops into my mind when someone asks a simple “How are you?”. Of course I don’t SAY “Busy!”, because isn’t everyone? If I say "Busy!", that will inspire the questioner to spew their litany of Busy!. And really, who has time for that?

So I have lists. I have LISTS of lists. Things to buy, things to stock up on, things to clean, things to pack, things to do. My list for last weekend got COMPLETELY done.

I did a shocking (for me) amount of baking for the debate tournament and dance practice. All the errands got done. As well as a few extra loads of laundry.

With a halfway warm day on Sunday the Saint put the Christmas lights on the house. (Um, NO they have not been turned on, nor has the garland for the front door been put up, thank you very much!)

I took down all of the fall and Thanksgiving type décor and stored it away. Things are looking mighty bare, but it will make putting Christmas décor up much easier when we return from our Thanksgiving travels.

Now let’s get back to those intentions up there in the title. I have a sort of a….well, a kind of um….I suppose one would say a have a dish problem. In fact, I had the best of INTENTIONS to fill up some days of NaBloPoMo with pictures and stories. But once I fell off the NaBloPoMo wagon I saw no point in getting back on board.

Oh lord, this post had a point when I started….Oh, yes, dishes. (You thought I'd forgotten, didn’t you?) For fall I pull out my Metlox California Provincial. Years ago I saw a plate in a second hand shop and found the pattern charming. So I picked up a plate here and there over several years. I have a number of dinner plates, bread and butter plates and a large serving bowl my sainted mother found for me SOMEWHERE. (I'd been meaning to add to this set of dishes, but I just…haven’t. I’ll post another time about why.) I INTENDED to take pictures of said dishes, but never got around to it. You'll have to make do with what I snatched of the Internet.

For fall I merely compliment a portion of my everyday tableware with my California Provincial, so the switch (store everyday tableware and replace with seasonal) isn’t terribly onerous. With Christmas it’s a different story.

Over a period of several years I amassed quite a bit Spode's Christmas Tree pattern. (At a certain point I had to gently ask that folks stop gifting me with more!) Place settings, serving pieces, tumblers, stemware, oy! To say it’s a pain in the ass lengthy process to switch is an understatement. On Sunday I packed up my fall dishes and the Saint brought up the boxes with all my Christmas dishes. I looked at the boxes and promptly fled the house for a work event. Imagine my surprise when I got home and the Saint had done 90% of the switch without me.

So tonight I can tackle some cooking for the big day on Thursday. What are you crossing off of your list?


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm a list person too. My list for tomorrow includes about 12 hours of baking and cooking.

Shelley said...

I'm a list maker as well, but it's mainly so I don't forget to do things. My memory is an odd thing...I remember dates and numbers like I have a rolodex in my head, but remembering to do things? I have to write them down, or else I'm toast.

I'll be baking today before I go to work this afternoon. Right now, I'm procrastinating. I'm hoping if I sit here long enough, the pumpkin rolls will make themselves.

Holly (me.) said...

Mmmmm... dishes. I have a Fall pattern that just sort of happened after I found a piece, too. I need to go right now and make a list of my dishes. Mmmm... lists and dishes.

Susan said...

Yes, being home-y and decorate-y can take up an extrordinary amount of time, can't it? Love the rooster dishes! If you ever decide to rid yourself of your 'collection', please let me know. I would be happy to help you out! ;)

Daisy said...

Oh Fannie, I love that rooster plate!

At least you have the courage to start NaBloPoMo. I'm too chicken.

Happy Turkey day!

(Every sentence: Now with more poultry!)