Friday, November 16, 2007

Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

Good morning and a happy Friday to you. Can you believe Thanksgiving is just five short days away? I'm so looking for to it and I'm pretty well prepared, at least I think I am. I like to plan for any celebration with all my little lists and I always write out our menu. I love to put little checks beside whatever is finished, oh, what a good feeling to see all those little checks.
The menu is planned, shopping list made, turkey ordered, linens ready and I just finished washing my gramma's china. I love her china and I only use it on special occasions.
Using her dishes bring back such wonderful memories. When I was little,Thanksgiving was always at her home with all her sisters and their families, my mom and me. After dinner, which was more like a feast it was time to do the dishes.....I loved this part. Just my gramma and I would wash and dry her china. She would place a tea towel in the bottom of the sink so as not to chip any dishes as she washed them and I would dry them ever so carefully. To this day this is how I wash her china, tea towel and all.
Here are a few more pieces of her dishes, and that is a picture of us taken in 1949. Years and years ago there were photographers downtown and they would snap shoppers pictures as they walked along the street. I still remember taking the bus to town for lunch and shopping. We would always eat at Hart's Cafeteria, shop, and then head home......what fun.

My blessings:
#13 ~ My gramma's china, and the wonderful memories it calls to mind.
#14 ~ The wealth of food that is available to us, never to have the worry of going hungry. Never am I more aware of this than at this time of thanksgiving.
Blessings to you and yours, have a wonderful weekend. Linda

Oh, one more thing. Thank you for all the suggestions from my last post, and I think your right about the dish being carnival glass. I knew I could count on you. L.

29 comments:

Lallee said...

Using family dishes is always an important part of Thanksgiving for me too. You are so organized! I need to get busy. Announcing that it's only five more days has gotten my attention. LOL

Yep, that is carnival glass--very pretty piece.

Nan said...

I'm so glad you dropped by. That's so nice that you're celebrating another family gathering using grandma's dishes. What a treasure. I like lists too. I'm thankful that, this year, I'm not cooking. Traveling to my relatives a state away. I'll take a nice bottle of wine.
:) Stop by again.
Nan

Wanda said...

What sweet memories and how special that you got the china and are the one to carry on the tradition!

Kathleen Grace said...

So funny, I just finished reading your post for today and when I checked my comments you had left one on mine! We musdt have been visiting each other at the same time:>) And posted on the same thing! It is so sweet that you have your grandmothers china and that it reminds you of times you had with her. That is the best part of family heirlooms:>)

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

What a wonderful treasures you have, "the dishes and the memories"...thank you for sharing both!

Love, Kim

Sweet Remembrance said...

I love your dishes...
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Priscilla

Jackie said...

Your grandmother's china is so beautiful. What wonderful new memories you will create.

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

wow! you are so prepared! I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving!! yay!! :-)

Michelle said...

Linda, what great memories of your grandma's dishes..I love the picture of the two of you with the dishes, so sweet. You are very organized..I only have one list made and tons of things swirling in my head! Are you ready for Christmas too??

Nunnie's Attic said...

Your grandmother's dishes remind me of the ones my dad's sister gave to me. Always so special pulling them out.

Love,
Julie

bj said...

Oh, what a wonderful post...it just brought memories flooding back to me. I didn;t have a grandmother (both died before I was born but I had a nice step-grandmother. Just lived so far away, I never knew her). but I remember washing dishes with my mother and using her beautiful brown, transferware from England...we would be ever so careful and I am so glad we were. My daughter now has that marvelous set and treasures it deeply.
I also remember the photographers that would snap pics of you as you were walking by. I have several of them of my aunts. When I was a little girl, a man would bring a pony around the neighborhood and all the mothers would have their kids pics made, sitting on the little pony,. I have one of myself...I haven't thought of it in years so I have to go locate it.
Thanks for the memories!
bj

Brenda said...

What an awsome post.It would be an honor to eat from that China.Hope you all have a great time.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

You have been a busy little bee! I have not done one thing yet! BTW, your dish looks great full - but that would not last long in our house because those are our favorite chocolates! Have a great weekend!
Becky

KJ said...

Greetings! Nice to meet you!

I love your treasures and your song choices are great. I'm a tad younger than you, but my Dad raised me on these songs! Good stuff!

KJ
California

The Rose Room said...

Hi Linda, what a lovely post. My Granny was the most special person in my life and the bits and bobs I inherited from her, along with the treasured memories and rituals is so what our lives are about. Blessings and Thanks - Rachael - xo

Cottage Contessa said...

What a very sweet post. There's nothing like special memories to carry us through is there. Your Grandmother's china is beautiful too. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Natasha Burns said...

oh wow what precious memories you have and how lovely that you have that photo!

A Thing for Roses said...

thanks for stopping by and for the sweet comment about my advent calender. It was so fun making it. I wish I had more screens as I would love to make another one. It's been awhile since I have visited your blog. Now I have to catch up on what you have been doing. Have a wonderful weekend.
Lisa

melissa @ the inspired room said...

How neat to be able to use family dishes! I am not organized for Thanksgiving at all, but we do such a simple straightforward meal and our family brings a lot of the side dishes that I can wing it and be OK!

But I do need to clean...

xo,
Melissa

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What lovely family memories you have! Your grandmothers china is beautiful...
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Penny

BittersweetPunkin said...

I have some inherited depression glass plates that we eat on at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love them...they remind me of my Great Grandmother.
Blessings,
Robin

Esther Sunday said...

To be able to use family hierlooms for the holidays? What can be better than that? Have a super Thanksgiving! Love, Esther

Rosemary said...

Hi Linda,
Just got through shopping for Thanksgiving myself.
Organization is the key!!
Love the dishes!!!
We should all take pictures of our tables and share after Thanksgiving.
Rosemary

Nana Tamsen said...

Hi Linda,

I love your Thanksgiving decorations as well as your memories. We are having a family reunion of sorts in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving this year. We rented a big house and will have the food catered in. It should be fun. Have a wonderful day and God bless you and yours. Tamsen

Scrappy Moments said...

Some Beautiful Dishes Linda :) I'm really Looking forward to Thanksgiving, The Day after , when I decorate & hubbys Bday on Sat. So much to do.You are so Organized. My mom & I bought a Turkey & The Sparkling Cider today, I think everyone took a Trip to the grocery store for Thanksgiving today, It was Crowded!

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Dona said...

Your table will be beautiful and a welcome place to give Thanks this year. I to love using my grandmas and family china, I could never understand people who don't for fear that it will chip. No, those items need to be used,that is how memories are made.Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Dona

bj said...

I meant to tell you that "Somewhere In Time" is my favorite movie of all time...(tv movie, that is)
bj

Monica said...

oh wow just looking at the photos of that yummy science project and I can already smell it..haha!
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Priscilla said...

What wonderful old china, so very precious. I am enjoying old china at the moment too. Its nice you can still look at your old photo, memories are so special.......

Priscilla x