In past years I had put one kind of china one each shelf across the cabinet. My Mom's is the Pink Chintz from Japan, I had white roses on white china, and had traded out grocery stamps for another pretty set of white with light blue flowers on them.
This year, I wanted to simplify, so I just put the one kind out. The white on white and white on blue are showcased in the kitchen. I guess I've been looking at THINGS differently since Geraldine passed away. I have things. I don't need things to have me. I need to get use and satisfaction out of the mementos in my life. Saving things for "good" means that seldom are the things used.
The trend in my family is to use paper goods for big dinners so that the cooks and those cleaning up don't have as many dishes to do. Now, Terry and I may be eating Sonic hamburgers and french fries on china in our little dining room. It is fun and if they get chipped, we will know we actually used them.
Here are some more pictures about the process of updating the china cabinet. Click on the pictures to read the captions.
At this moment I hear Terry sanding on the dining room chairs. I suppose I should get busy working on the cushions. Hopefully, I'll have pictures of that tomorrow.
Prayer for today: God, thank you for strength to work through pain and the hope of complete healing someday. Let me be a positive person even when things seem bad. I know I can make it because of Your love for all of us. Amen.