Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A "Never Worked and Never Will" Day

 I have mentioned many times that I read a book in first grade that was about a man who loved his work so much (he made Duck Decoys) that he had a sign above the door that read, "Never Worked and Never Will"...  I believe in that story with my whole heart.  Teaching, while a lot of effort, isn't really WORK most days...  ( a few, but that's another story).

 This morning I decided to start washing all the dishes in My Mom's dining room.  She felt like helping wash, so that meant only one thing...  Stories!  I love washing dishes anyway, but when I get to hear all the tales about the acquisition of each one...  That's really special.
 We tackled three shelves in the cabinet with dishes from my dad's mother...  That was it for the day...

 I toted them to the kitchen in a huge market basket.....
 Washed the shelves and the glass....  Mom dunked each one in hot, soapy water, and we dried them and then let them air dry a few minutes.
 These little bulldogs make me smile.  My dad tells stories about the one and only "Mostest special-est" dog in the world to him.  He had a little bulldog named Queen when he was a boy, and Queen would sit up at the table and never touch a thing and beg...  and she would sometimes sit with a hat on and a little pipe in her mouth...  Although that little dog went to her happy hunting ground a full 30 years or so before I became a part of this family, I believe I can see that little dog do just that...  I know my grandmother kept little bulldogs all around in honor of little Queen... Here are two... ( I don't like that little girl behind them...  She's not going to be able to handle such big dogs!  --- especially not with that baby in her buggy....haha...)
 Finally I got it all back in  minus a few dishes...  They absolutely would not go!  Gulp..  I knew that would happen if I mixed up the shelves, but I wanted to do that.  They are good and mixed!!!!
Two more shelves to go, and the top.  We had to stop before it seemed like "Always work and always will."

My dear friend is coming out tonight.  How do you know if it's a dear friend?  You call them up and say, "I want you to come out, but I don't want to cook, so stop and bring us Taco Bell...."  Yum-o!..  We're going to watch the season finales of The Mentalist and The Good Wife.  I taped them both in the spring...  and we haven't made time to watch...  I sneaked a peek.  They were  both cliff-hangers, of course...  but nothing like Castle...  Oh, my!!!!  I do like my winter tv....  especially with TIVO...

Have a fun day...  Don't work play  too hard...

4 comments:

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

What a fun day! Hearing all the stories and there is NOTHING like shiney clean glass and dishes.

W. Latane Barton said...

Just discovered your delightful blog and hope to visit it often. Enjoyed your 'remembering' with your mom as you did dishes. Brings back memories.

Becky K. said...

What a precious day. Everything is gorgeous!! Fun. I crammed a few more pieces into my china cupboard today. They just needed a place to live. And they look mighty cute there too.

Kenny Scruffs said...

Sounds like a fantastic day. That is one thing I like about my mother in law. She seems to remember every dish and where it came from. Your cabinet looks fantastic!

Oh, PS, if Gerred would still marry me, I'd really take care of those Desert Rose dishes!!!!! WINK