Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Strutting Like a Winner

My dear friend, Ellie, gave me a little glass pitcher probably ten years ago. I keep it handy and use it frequently. In the gift was this sweet little hand written note. It still makes me smile so I replace it in the pitcher after every use.

Last night we had a spontaneous salad supper (just bring what you have) with a few good friends. It was wonderful—so yummy— and such good company.


Just for fun, I ran outside to see if there were any flowers blooming that I could cut and use on the table. I found these.

The stems were kind of thin and didn’t work so well in my little pitcher so I cut a little ground cover to fill in. BTW I use this ground cover to fill in little arrangements from early spring until it gets covered with snow. I didn’t plant it and I do not know what it is called. It was here when we moved thirteen years ago so I can take no credit whatsoever but I do appreciate it!


These red and white placemats are my regular standbys. They don’t hold a stain and go right from the washing machine to the table with no ironing. They don’t fade and show their age and I just like them.

The bee napkin rings are another matter. Bob and I received them as a wedding gift. At that time Bob was on a sabbatical from beekeeping and so I put them away. I discovered them about six to eight years ago—loved them and have used them often ever since. The problem is there are only four so I usually alternate with other napkin rings on every other plate or use them in center pieces or on the bread basket. I have been on a hunt for more of these for years!


Tonight when hubby called me, I must have answered with unusual cheerfulness because he wondered what I was so happy about. I almost forgot until he mentioned it. Earlier in the evening, I meandered over to EBay and typed in “bee napkin rings” and found these! I was so excited! Without any hesitation, I clicked Buy It Now and Pay Now. They will arrive in less than a week!


Yes sir, I am a happy woman!

8 comments:

Jackie said...

How sweet that you kept the hand-written note all these years...
I enlarged the photo of the salad get together photo...and loved looking at the different goodies that were brought...yummm...fresh fruit...and I would love to know about the dish just to the left of the cherry tomatoes...looks interesting and good.
I like the way you filled the ground cover in with the flowers and put them in the pitcher on the table. You are clever.....and how fun was it to find the very bee napkin rings that you were wishing for! A great blog....
Smiles,
Jackie

Donna's Book Nook said...

So glad you found the napkin rings. You are such a great hostess, always finding ways to be decorative and using fresh flowers.

I liked the story about the little glass pitcher. Don't think I've heard that one before. Donna

Wanda said...

Spontaneous get togethers are sometimes the best and more relaxed! How lucky can you get...finding the Bee napkin holders...
I love your sentiment filled treasures...I do the same.

Diana said...

I can feel your excitment about the napkin rings Brenda! I love thrift shopping, Love It! And when I find something special , well it's just like you've discovered a treasure! Your table setting looked very nice. I think those flowers are Black Eyed Susans but I'm not sure, I have the same ones.

Mom/Barb said...

Have you tried straws to hold the flowers up? Works for me sometimes. The nsme of the ground cover is pachysandra. One of my roomies dug up some from the side of my yard and I planted it under the big pine tree in the back yard. You should know about pine trees there! You helped plant 5 more in my yard during Carefest!!

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Brenda said...

Thanks, Barb. That's it, pachysandra ground cover. I couldn't remember when I was posting but then it came back to me. And yes, I did remember the black-eyed Susans. I planted those a couple of years ago and I am always thrilled when something that I plant comes back again. The straws are a good idea. I have never tried that. Do you get clear straws? I love using flowers and greenery right from my backyard for the table.

Dee said...

Your spontaneous salad supper is a grea idea :) i will have to try it sometime with my friends....I think my problem may be solved, not 100% sure. I noticed when i went to the blogger helps community that a lot of people are having issues posting pictures. Mine seemed to fall into a diffrent categorie when it kept saying i needed to contact my sat. provider. I hope your problem will be resolved soon. Dee

Rebecca. Harlan, IN said...

Ebay makes it so easy to be resourceful, doesn't it?! (Not that I'd know - I'm still behind times and have yet to use it. But your experience is nudging me closer!) I'm thrilled with you that you can increase your set of napkin rings!

The salad fellowship looks great. Did you play Canadian Salad (a card game)? It is great fun.