Sunday, October 29, 2017

the large and the small

Anytime I extend the dining table for an occasion (as I did for our recent book club)
 in the fall that comes within a month or ten
of the coming holiday,  the Gardener says, "Let's leave it up for the next event."
Usually I want it back to normal, even insisting I will do it myself.
I'm so visual, I like the smaller size in place.
But this year I'm a little tired. Probably still recovering from the new knee, and now a
very stubborn virus…so stubborn I want to take my fists and just beat it to death.
So the table stays stretched to its max, patiently awaiting the turkey and fix in's.
Some of you may remember my p*nterest experiment in my last post.
Grandson wanted to play with the painted skewers and that started me telling
him about the game we all loved as kids--his dad included--Pick-Up Sticks.
We tried to play but needed points at both ends of the sticks.
Amazon to the rescue!
A cute little box arrived. But the sticks are only maybe 7 inches.
If you ever get the privilege of going back to your childhood home,
or your grandmother's house, you may think it seems awfully small from
what you remember when you were a smaller size.
Could it be the same with the pick-up sticks?
That I was small so the sticks seemed longer?
I've already gathered contradictory opinions on this.
 But I did get the G. to play a game with me for old time's sake.
I'm thinking I'm too tired this year to drag our big tree from the attic.
This sale on small trees caught my eye. This still needs fluffing and I forgot
to put the bottom piece on the urn.
But is very pretty and pre-lit and so simple.
But will we miss our big tree this year?
Time will tell.
They are meant for porches. Covered porches, I assume.
Lastly, this caught my eye at our favorite resale shop, Magpie's,
that only opens occasionally, I noticed these big and small dishes glued
together, I assume, and hung on the wall.
A novelty I'd say, and my guess is more than one of you have
 more than one of these dishes at your house. I do.

And that's the large and the small of it.

Joining Monday Mosaics.



  1. This is a clever post, Dotsie, with all of the larges and smalls in your world recently. I am very sorry to learn that you have been sick and that the virus is hanging on. Those kinds of things (viruses, surgery) do cause your energy to ebb. As I have been reminded several times lately, the only thing to do when changes/challenges come is exactly what you're doing . . . adapt and make the most of it! Sometimes the changes are better than we expected!

    As far as the Christmas tree . . . I really like your new one! Just the other day, I was telling the girls that I can easily see a smaller tree in our future. I have it pictured in my mind and I am so excited about it, it won't even feel like a concession. (Most likely, I'll wait until the girls are no longer living here, because I think it would feel like a concession to them.)

    Yes, I do have a couple of those dishes here at my house!

  2. I'm so sorry you have a virus! No wonder you are feeling so tired! I'm a believer in adapting for the different seasons of life (including illness and recovery from surgery) and so a smaller tree and leaving the table extended are what's needed this year! I've seen some smaller trees that are so cute! I've been thinking of getting a tree for my bedroom. I could see a smaller one with an urn or bucket!

    I've not seen those plates glued together but I do like using plates on my walls.

  3. Hi Dotsie,

    Your dining room table looks so pretty set for Thanksgiving. :) I know exactly what you mean about needing it to be smaller during the normal times. Our dining room table has two leaves, and the DR in our first house would accommodate that, but not this one. It's really too small for us to add one leaf.

    I'm so very sorry to read that you've been sick! Viruses really are the pits, and it seems they get more resistant every year. Did you have a second knee replacement? The small tree is pretty, and you'll enjoy it. Christmas really does seem to require a lot of energy, and it's discouraging when you're so tired. I like the pretty plates, and that's a nifty idea. :)

    I sure hope you start feeling better soon, Dotsie. Will be thinking about you.

    Warm hugs,


  4. I have already started feeling this way about putting up a Christmas tree, but with the whole family being here, I know they'd miss it, so we will go on our 48th tree expedition to cut one down. I hope you will get over that virus quickly! It's just as well that you don't make the table smaller because you need to save your energy to fill it with food in a few weeks.

  5. Hope you feel tip top soon. Sorry you're feeling so tired. At this old house we don't have a separate dining room so the table really can't stay extended. I have modified holidays over the years depending on my emotional or physical strength. Some years I can go all out. Other years it just fizzles and that's okay.

  6. Stinking old virus... Praying that you feel much better very soon. Your dining room is charming and your hubby’s idea to keep the leaves in the table through the holidays makes me grin...anything to save some trouble. I feel the same way about things.

  7. I'm sorry to hear you are unwell, Dotsie. Having surgery and now a virus must surely change your energy level. Take care of yourself and feel better soon. ♥

  8. I recently bought a set of Pick Up Sticks on Amazon. I loved playing as a kid.

  9. I'm so sorry you've been through so much physically. If I were you, I would really enjoy that little tree knowing that WHEN you feel like it, you can always put the big one up. If it's not this year, then next year. Prayers for a speedy recovery from your virus and your surgery.

  10. I hope you'll recover soon!

  11. The table with all those lovely place settings represents a lot of work before and after. Ours is coming up this Saturday. I like those little trees. They make any house or porch look so cheery. And yes, Pick Up Sticks *were* longer than the new ones. I'm sorry you're not feeling well, and as we approach a very demanding season of busyness. At least it's also a season of thanksgiving and Joy To The World. May God bless you with needed strength, stamina, and joy.

  12. Hope you feel better soon, Thanks for sharing this nice post today
    Happy Mosaic Monday

    much love...

  13. I wonder about the pick up sticks too...I definitely remember them. Love your beautiful dining room and the little tree you found is perfect. Hope you feel lots better soon! Hugs, Diane

  14. Sorry to hear that you're still under the weather, battling a virus and recuperating from the knee op, hope you feel better again soon. I understand your need for things to be compact and tidy but just think of how much easier it will be having the table already set for Thanksgiving. The little tree is cute, less is more so they say!
    Happy Mosaic Monday, dear Podso.

  15. Yes, a very clever idea for a post, I agree. One year during the holidays I kept the board in the table and it was quite convenient when it came time for company and table décor, but like you, I was very much ready to make it smaller again...back to normal. We don't have it anymore anyways so a non-issue now anyway! As far as Christmas trees go, several years ago, I found a skinny tree, quite tall but only about 3 ft. at the base. It is just the perfect size so I will probably stick with it as long as it lasts. A trio of skinny primitive trees in different heights is also a fun look. Sorry to hear you are fighting sickness...feel better soon, friend!

  16. The table around here gets expanded and reduced frequently, too. Like you, I prefer the look of the smaller table when we are not using it. I'm so sorry you've been battling a virus. I hope it goes away for good very soon and your energy returns. You are wise to adapt and not push yourself.

  17. I wasn't sure about your email addy...I'm on a brand new computer I just got TODAY! So I thought I would jump over here to answer your question about my books. I'm putting lots of interesting paper in mine, pockets, envelopes etc but always including lots of pages to journal. They are more like junk journals than art journals. I do love the idea of writing in them and have one I'm going to take on our next trip. Enjoy your evening! Hugs!

  18. I am fighting a sinus infection, so I can relate to the energy level ... as my husband keeps telling me (I love him!) - you are retired - relax! As with your post, every once in a while I need a reminder that everything does not have to be perfect or the way that it always was ... Hope you feel better soon.

  19. Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Hard to keep up with everything when you're not at your best. Love your header.

  20. So sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well! I had the flu in June and it scared me so much as I had trouble took over a month for me to feel like myself again. Just do all the things you know you must--rest, rest rest.

    My table has been left with two leaves after having company as I also will be hosting Thanksgiving for a crowd. It probably won't get reduced in size till after Christmas. It's just easier to leave it that way.

  21. PS: I found my childhood canister of "Pick Up Sticks" in my Mom's house years ago, and, yes, they are smaller than memory! :) mIne were plastic. I am teaching my grandchildren how to play with them but I don't think the same allure is there for them as there was for me

  22. So sorry you've had a bad siege with that virus! It is funny how our memories are "bigger than life" on so many levels. ;) I can't even begin to think about Christmas yet... I only managed to get Halloween decorations out on Monday in time for our few little Trick or Treators. Time to take them down today.

    Dotsie, Amanda and I read The Nightingale last year. It was a great, thought provoking read... I love that you also noted this: "In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are."
    Kristin Hannah
    I hope you are feeling fit as a fiddle soon! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  23. Hope you're feeling lots and lots better now Dotsie..... Definitely remember pick up sticks--- and now I wish i had a set to play with our great-grands, who are about the right age!! I forwarded a link to this page to a lovely crafty friend because I thought she might be interested in the pretty plate decorations.

    Enjoyed this fun post; I am sure you'll enjoy the simplified Holiday Season (only very slightly simplified compared to the way we celebrate nowadays).


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