Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems so right with the world it almost catches you off guard? I had one of those days last Saturday. We made plans to go to the movies something I hadn’t done in months. After the movies we ate at a new restaurant with cuisine I had never even considered eating before. I’m a somewhat picky eater and whenever I hear the words, “Hey, do you want to try that new place in ——?” I instantly feel a knot in my stomach. It’s like somehow my adventure gene is going to be challenged and I don’t want to blow it. But I went and it was good and I’ll definitely go back.
It was a gorgeous day, so after lunch, we shopped the market for groceries. I can’t even tell you how much it’s helped to have a weekly menu in place. After putting away the groceries, I had time to sneak in a nap, which felt heavenly because it hardly ever happens. I put a load of laundry in the washing machine and we started the meal prep to grille out for dinner. Then I set about feeding the birds. I was walking back into the house after refilling all of the seed feeders on the property. The sun was getting ready to set over our little patch of the island. And in that small every day ordinary moment, I felt so blessed. Yes, it gets overwhelming and the to do list feels endless sometimes. But I don’t want to be so busy with my to do list that I miss the blessings that happen every day. It’s in the seemingly ordinary mundane tasks we do everyday that creates the compilation of our memories. And since we have to do these things each day anyway, I want to take the time to enjoy those ordinary tasks as much as I can.
So I grabbed one of my favorite sheets and I covered our outdoor dining table.
Then I went to the pantry gathered up glass canning jars and picked up votives from around the house. I took a few cuttings from the bushes that are in bloom out front and placed them in the canning jars.
We ate off the same ironstone dishes my mom and aunt have had for years and used my favorite lace trimmed napkins.
We sat on chairs normally reserved for our dining or kitchen table and shared a simple meal. My Mom is probably sighing reading this, “There is no green on this plate, Coco.” But just look at those grille marks.
It took about 10 minutes to set up. That’s all. 10 minutes to create a simple spring outdoor tablescape made from just another ordinary moment.