Thanksgiving Place Cards, Pumpkins, Flowers, and Plates

Thanksgiving Place Cards, Pumpkins, Flowers, and Plates

So I woke up about 4 this morning – did not get up, mind you – but woke up to this conversation with myself. Self, I said, I have good news and bad news. The good news is Thanksgiving is here. You are sort of organized. You’ve done the place […]

So I woke up about 4 this morning – did not get up, mind you – but woke up to this conversation with myself. Self, I said, I have good news and bad news. The good news is Thanksgiving is here. You are sort of organized. You’ve done the place cards and are rather pleased with them if you do say so yourself, with apologies to René Magritte...

Thanksgiving at Rancho La Zaca - place card
With apologies to "Man in the Bowler Hat" artist Rene Magritte, my version in pilgrim form. These will be our place cards, with the names lettered on the collar at bottom right, like an 18th-century nametag.

The bad news is Thanksgiving is here and there is still to decorate this Temple of Dendur that you now call home, with apologies to architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen… The next time I speak to Mr. Jacobsen I’m going to ask him if, when he designed this house at Rancho La Zaca, he thought about decorating it for Thanksgiving.

Hydrangeas, eucalyptus, and peonies from Florabundance in Carpenteria, CA
Hydrangeas, eucalyptus, and peonies from Florabundance, one of the many flower markets over the hill from us in Carpenteria.

The good news is I have a carload of flowers and $45 worth of pumpkins I picked up at Dale’s Nursery and Summerset Farm stand down the road… Dale also sells olive trees, www.amazingolivetrees.com, and you can find Dale’s Nursery on Facebook.

Summerset Farm - Dale's Nursery
Summerset Farm stand, Dale's Nursery, and Dale himself.

His Grace pointed out that in New York $45 might get you two small pumpkins. The day after Halloween. But believe me in southern California $45 goes a long way in the pumpkin department – more good news.

Summerset Farm - Dale's Nursery
Summerset Farm - Dale's Nursery

The bad news is I have no idea what I’m going to do with them. No. Idea. I reckon I could start by getting them out of the car.

Pumpkins and corn stalks
Pumpkins and a few corn stalks for good measure, but lord they make a mess.
More pumpkins
More pumpkins
Goblin eggs
These are goblin eggs. I bet you did not know that. Or maybe you did. My step-grand-chillens appreciate these kinds of nuances.

Good news is I’ve shipped out here my vintage Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware plates, which I love, in the Harvest and Wild Turkeys patterns, filling in with a few from eBay and from Replacements, Ltd., which is a wonderful resource.

Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware, Harvest pattern
Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware, Harvest pattern
Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware, Wild Turkeys pattern
Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware, Wild Turkeys pattern

So it is now about 5 and time to get up and figure out what the heck I’m doing.

And then I say, Self, you know what, it’s hydrangeas, not heart surgery. It’ll be all right. The point is your family and friends are coming, 7,000 of them (okay 28), and you’ll all have a grand time and that’s what everybody cares about – not the place cards, pumpkins, flowers, and plates. So you might as well relax…

I’m so glad we had this little talk. I feel much better. There is much to be thankful for.

Hey readers – what are y’all doing? Do you have  a go-to TG decorating scheme? I’d love to hear. Can I call you? Could you come by for a few minutes this afternoon… You’ve got your hands full, I know. Don’t worry about me and the pumpkins… we’ll be fine… really…

More pumpkins
...and more pumpkins

 

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