Thankful for My Mississippi – A Tablescape

I’m especially thankful to be in my home state this year with family.

Mississippi Tour in a Tablescape

We lived in Georgia for sixteen years.  Life there was wonderful, but it was great to come home to Mississippi.

Meet My Mississippi Tablescape

Home…to our home state…our Mississippi.

My Mississippi

Patricia Neely-Dorsey says it best in her poem, Meet My Mississippi.

Meet My Mississippi

History…tradition…folklore…

While my table doesn’t contain everything in the poem, I’ve included several things that are very much a part of our lives (HH and mine) here at Hood Manor.

Meet My Mississippi

You’ll see no Elvis, blues, or coastal memorabilia – but leaves from our state’s tree and flower, the beautiful Magnolia.

Meet My Mississippi

Magnolia tree seed pods, too.

Meet My Mississippi

Cotton bolls, of course!

My Mississippi

And books by notable authors.

Meet My Mississippi

There are two remaining Carnegie libraries still functioning as such, and we have them both in Mississippi, one in Pontotoc and ours in Houston.

Meet My Mississippi

I visited our Carnegie to collect a Faulkner title.

Meet My Mississippi Tablescape

Eudora, too.

Meet My Mississippi

Our Carnegie Library has a Mississippi room where you can find all books written by people from Mississippi.  They claim all authors who lived in Mississippi even a small part of their life.

My Mississippi

There were many books in that room, so I added several others to the collection.  A Ghostly Shade of Pale by Merle Temple inspired my Shades of Pale Tablescape two and half years ago.

Meet My Mississippi

That’s when I met Patricia Neely-Dorsey.  She discovered my blog when she saw the tablescape post shared on Merle Temple’s Facebook page.

My Mississippi

She gave me her poetry books, which you’ve seen often and read many of her poems here.

Meet My Mississippi Tablescape

This book intrigued me.  I wondered…why is it in the Mississippi room?

Home by Julie Andrews

I have very little time to read these days, but I’ve got to make time to read Home  by Julie Andrews.  I want to know why she’s in the Mississippi room!  She signed the book in memory of a local couple.  Did she stay with them during her childhood?  I wonder….

My Mississippi

We have so much talent in Mississippi.

Emily from Applique Alley  designed and machine embroidered my napkins.

My Mississippi

She sells her applique and embroidery designs here, and I’ve already bought some of her samples for grandchildren I don’t even have yet!  Isn’t this Magnolia blossom beautiful?

My Mississippi

Another talented friend made my stained glass inserts for the old “rat hole” door in the background.  In creating the home we love to live in, we southerners love to add Home Jewelry.  I’m thankful to be surrounded by all types of talent!

My Mississippi

Oh, and one last thing.  Just outside our dining room, we have what Patricia Neely-Dorsey calls a warm front porch.  Thankful, oh so thankful….

Meet My Mississippi

No references to our delta on this table, except this one:  Follow this link to see a map of our Mississippi delta.

A little info about Meet My Mississippi  by Patricia Neely-Dorsey:

LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION A BILL WAS SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION OF “MEET MY MISSISSIPPI ” AS STATE POEM. THE BILL DID NOT MAKE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE FOR A VOTE ON THE FLOOR.  IN 2017 WE HOPE THAT THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT.  IT WILL TAKE ALL OF US TO GET IT DONE!  LET’S MAKE HISTORY!  MISSISSIPPI TURNS 200 IN 2017!  HELP MAKE “MEET MY MISSISSIPPI” THE STATE POEM FOR OUR BICENTENNIAL YEAR!  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESETATIVE IN SUPPORT OF
“MEET MY MISSISSIPPI” AS STATE POEM

If you’re from Mississippi, I ask you…what’s your favorite thing about our fine state?  Do you know why the Julie Andrews book is in our library’s Mississippi room?  (Please answer in the comments section below.)

Blessings~

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Comments

    • says

      Thank you, Jenna. I’m really looking forward to having everyone here – as you are with your family, I’m sure. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 🙂

    • says

      Thank you. Alabama has similar attributes. I’m curious about what ideas I gave you. I hope you’ll let me know in the future when you post something that’s an idea sparked by this tablescape. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

    • says

      Thank you, Jennie. I found the ribbon at the decorator shop in one side of Discount Builder’s Supply in Oxford. You should see all their Christmas decor, too! Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. robin says

    I love that tablecloth.
    Gotta ask…what is the name of those dishes?
    They are VERY similar in color (and silver rim) to the ones my Aunt had….that my mom gave me to sell (the consignment shop wouldn’t take them becuz 2 pieces were missing)
    Mine have flowers but the color is so similar I wonder if they are COUSINS!

    Mine are Flintridge True Love Strata (rim). My aunt got them when they 1st were made when she was visiting California. They are very pretty but I don’t use fine China. I tend to bang …and break the good stuff, usually while putting them away. The junk doesn’t break as easy. Go figure. LOL

    My brother broke a Correlle plate when he was 4…using my father’s “Bullworker” exerciser thingy. I never forget that day…the pieces were “popping” all over the table like Mexican jumping beans. LOL
    I have broken a few Correlle plates over the years. My mom still uses Correlle….maybe my dad is like me?? ha!

    We are eating there tomorrow (or should I say TODAY…it’s late!!!) 3 pm. I will be home to watch my Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel. I LOVE Christmas movies!!!

    I glued in some foam insulation pieces into the rim joist area that I cut the other night. I used spray foam insulation around the edges. The 1st can’s spray tube thing broke off. (Taking that back to Home Depot) The 2nd one worked it’s way dead. U gotta be like lightening using that stuff. U can’t put it down a second to move the ladder to the next space….or eventually it starts to slow up, leak and then just stops. It gets MESSY. I have it stuck to my forearms. I was on top of the huge bookcase/tv entertainment system trying to use up the rest of that can without moving the darn monstrosity. It got a little icky while I was up there laying on the top of that thing TRYING to spray the stuff…and hold the spray nozzle on…it kept coming off and oozing. Just EW all around. LOL

    I am NOT a fan of that product at all. How u gonna sell something that can’t be used all the way before it dries up? It’s not like I went and had tea and left it. LOL! All I did was get down off the ladder, move it, and climb back up….about 6 times. It should last longer than that! I mean they do make an open/closed lever on it…so why can’t u USE it? GEEZ! I think it’s time to gripe to the company. The squeaky wheel gets oiled…sometimes.

    Now I can at least move furniture into that one area…and get ready for the next area.

    Happy Gobble Gobble day! I have my turkey chargers out!

    I have to send u pix of the new chargers…Michaels had 60% off last week so I added a few kinds to my collection. Some were 75 cents!!!

    • says

      The china is Meadow Breeze by Syracuse. My parents got them in the late 50’s-early 60’s. I’ve seen them on eBay and even bought some more after my daughter said she wanted them. She loves anything vintage. Whew~glad you have a corner finished in your basement. Are you resting at all today? I hope you find plenty of the spray insulation – or something else that works better than what you’ve tried. It sounds laborious and wasteful, eh? Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  2. says

    What a great post, Kim! Born in Mississippi and still here I would have to say the people of Mississippi are what make it great. We have such gentle and genuine people here. There’s a sweetness and humbleness that is commonly seen here. That is a special way to live for me.

    • says

      Thanks, Jan. Yes, I agree that people here are special. They feel like “home” because they’re my kind of home folks. Happy Turkey Day! 🙂