Over the past eighteen years I have accumulated quite a collection of table cloths and runners. I probably know where each and every one was purchased from. I would think about which one I was going to put on for the upcoming season or holiday. It was my first line of holiday decorating. I would get antsy to change them, I could not wait for the day of the change, it became like small holiday. I could change the runners and the tablecloths many times during each season, but I never put one one that was not seasonal appropriate. I could not have that. During the last few days of the season, I would be thinking of my new tablescape, and be so excited. The rest of my family would just think that I was nutty. They thought that it was a pain in the neck when I would put those faux crystal things scattered across the runners, and what ever was placed in the middle of the table. We ate at the dining room table every night, so yes, it had to be moved, so the table could be set for dinner, but that was a small price to pay for the beauty, at least I thought so.
Each and every year, the ritual changes would come on the same days. Tuesday after Labor Day, Black Friday, December 27, Tuesday after Memorial Day. The only day that was a floater was the day we after we came home from Daytona. We would bring the Spring with us from Florida. I knew that within a couple of days of returning home from Bike Week, the crocuses would start pushing their way through, and Spring was coming. How I love coming home and having some color to my skin. Andrew, of course, would have a tan, he would be riding with no sleeves, enjoying the warm weather because he had just spent the last 5 months working out in the cold, and it was a treat to be warm, he just soaked up the weather.
When we started the kitchen/dining room renovation the two rooms were separated, Andrew took down the wall to make it one. We added a peninsula to give us extra storage and much needed counter space. The downside was that we lost 18" inches of floor space in both rooms. I think that it was an easy decision. I love the long expanse of the counter top and I am so very happy with the second sink. New window, floors, walls, new cabinets, cupboards, counter tops, and ceilings rounded out the renovation. We can't forget the stove.
The seasons go by to the songs in the wood