Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thinking Out Loud

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I forget from whom or where I read this, but have you ever wondered why you are keeping the 'good' china and the 'good' silver in the drawer and cabinet?


    Moonlight Yellow Queen climatis.


I know, they are for something or someone special! 


    Guernsey Cream climatis.


Who is more special than YOU and your family! I convinced my father to do this a few years ago. He just looked at me with this expression 'yes, why not'!


    Guernsey Cream climatis.


Get them out now and start using them on a daily basis. Every day is special and warrants a celebration. Don't you think?


                             Guernsey Cream climatis.





23 comments:

  1. Yes Jim, but when you do have other special company arriving and you go to the drawer to get out the nice china cups, silverware and crystal glasses you realise that the dishwasher has completely f**ked them all up!

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  2. Absolutely correct we only have "good dishes".I like beautiful food on beautiful plates although for Shan she'd just assume eat off paper plates lol.

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  3. It's a very common attitude, isn't it? It's steeped into us but perhaps not into a younger generation?

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  4. Chris, that's why we don't have a dishwasher....that is, other than ourselves! And besides, who's to know the difference. lol

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  5. Very good point, Jim. And I often wonder why I ever asked for good china as wedding gifts anyway! That was the way things were done "way back when!" Of course, the good stuff costs a lot more than the everyday stuff I found at a thrift store, but what a great idea!

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  6. I think Ninny has a point. "Good" china these days is often inherited from family and brings memories with it. Many of us don't want to use that china every day, and run the risk of ruining it, and its memories.

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  7. I say take photos of it for the future generations...then use it and enjoy it....every day should be special...

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  8. Hi Jim!! I totally agree with you! Someone told me that same thing several years ago when I had my 'good dishes' packed away for only special occasions. I was afraid they'd get broken. But I took them out and we use them. I've had the dishes for almost 30 years I've only had a cup get chipped--My original corning-ware is long gone, but these have held up--They sure don't make dishes like that anymore! :-)

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  9. Hey Jim,I totally agree,we also eat out of our "good" dishes and use the silver on a daily basis,rather mix and match now,but rather more interesting than all same dishes is it not?

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  10. Totally agree with you ... everyday should be a special occasion!

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  11. Like everyone else, I totally agree with you. 20+ years ago, when my mother was planning my wedding shower, I caused such drama because I didn't want "fine china" or fancy silver or any of that other 'traditional' stuff. I picked out these really cool octagonal black dishes (with matching salad/dessert plates, bowls, serving bowls and mugs) and my mom bought me a service for 12. Actually, my grandma gave me the coolest set of matching espresso cups and saucers at my shower that I adore!

    When we first were married, I still used my everyday dishes, and kept these packed away for special occasions (along with the pretty stemware one of my aunts gave me that had black stems). However, now that I have my second kitchen, these are the dishes that are in those cupboards, and we use them almost everyday. Every time I take a plate out of the cabinet, I smile a little. I could be serving crappy mac&cheese out of a box, and it still looks fancy on these plates. :)

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  12. Exactly, Jim. . . .makes me wonder too.
    I had an elderly --everyone was/is older than I was then. . lol--- an elderly aunt who used to "put things away 'to season'. " I guess that was a Yankee expression we never questioned.

    When she died they found many gifts "put away to season" which she had never used. . .ever. Isn't that sad?!
    I think a gift is not fully a gift until it is unwrapped and used! Then it becomes a gift to be enjoyed.
    justin

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  13. Now if I only had "good" china and "good" silver, I'd be set. And here I was just starting to feel okay about being poor.
    Your Friend, m.

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  14. you know jim
    I think you should publish or at least show some of your photographs

    lovely!!!!

    wish you lived nearer

    would love to invite you and ron to dinner

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  15. Every day, every meal and even every snack is special to me. I even eat popcorn out of my good stuff. In fact, I don't have any bad stuff.

    You're right, there is no one more special than ourselves. And Justin is so right that a gift must be used to be appreciated.

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  16. point well taken...especially today.

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  17. I had the same lovely clematis in my old garden & I now use the best china all the time !

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  18. My best friend's mother ALWAYS used her 'fine' china 'cause she said 'I'll be damned if I'm saving it for the next wife after I die!" 8-) . (She has long outlived her husband!!)

    I never 'registered' for china, silver or crystal when I married - I have TOO many lovely sets, passed down to me (That I'm enjoying!) to possibly need another. When my parents come to visit, Mom will sit down to a cup of tea and just smile as she picks up a cup "Oh, your Grandmother would be so Happy!"

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  19. These are just gorgeous Jim!

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