Do you like flowers?
Don’t send me flowers for my funeral, ’cause I won’t be there to enjoy them. Send them now.
We girls, Spunky Daughter and I, love them. (The males in this household don’t really care about flowers.)
These days in The Land of Making Do, it’s weed-pulling time. Is that what you’ve been doing?
Regret is touching at my thoughts as I pull weeds, amend the soil, and give my plants the long-awaited TLC they need. The view from the porch during winter was deceiving – didn’t seem too bad. When the rain and cold subsided long enough to walk around the exterior of the house – uh-oh.
So I’m dreaming of the flowers that will be – after the weeds are gone. And when planted flowers thrive and grow. In my anticipation, I’ve gathered some flowery favorites for the dining table.
Do you eat in your dining room? In most homes, it’s a rarity. But, it’s nice to use the extra space when company comes. Like family reunions, when the kids eat at the kitchen table and the adults get to eat in…the dining room.
Why do we do that? Kids should be allowed in there.
Our kids always loved eating in the dining room. Candle-light and all! Nothing brought excitement to help in the kitchen like the suggestion of, “Let’s eat in the dining room.”
We sometimes would use the fine China, the fancy tablecloth, and cloth napkins. A dangerous thing it would seem for kid attendance.
But it was special. It made ordinary life extra-ordinary. Memorable. It was soooo worth the extra effort.
It was educational, too. The kids learned proper placement of tableware, it refined their table manners, and they learned to appreciate the finer things of life.
Even if we ate meatloaf and potatoes, when we ate in the dining room, it was a gourmet meal. I miss those young years. (Sniff.)
Last year, Fun Son’s roommates were all a-gush describing how he’d cooked a birthday meal for his girlfriend, set a fancy table complete with flowers and candles and, well, he had no cloth napkins, so I’m sure they used paper. (A little home training can put a fellow a step ahead in life.) Lovely girlfriend is still around, so I guess he impressed her. (Wink.)
My flower-inspired dining table today qualifies as kid-friendly. A little variation of plates, since I have only four green salad plates for a table set for six.
Nothing says don’t touch. Didn’t you hate being told that word when you were a kid?
And worse, the two words, don’t touch.
No wonder we touched!! When children are expected, put out the stuff that says touch.
We adults appreciate the do touch message, too.
And soft, fuzzy stuff. Baby birds…so fuzzy and cute! Don’t you want to touch them?
Make a few baby bluebirds of your own (see Baby Bluebirds – Tutorial) – for your Springy, flowery, kid-friendly dining table.
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