Thursday, November 27, 2008

Our own private table

Thanksgiving at our house was a quiet affair this year. And understandably so.

My husband isn't quite ready to be with crowds of people, even if they are all family. It's just a little much right now for him.


And so we elected to stay home and have our own private meal. George is here, as is our cat Blackie, but other than that, it's just us and the birds and squirrels.


Our sons are having the Big Meal over in NJ with the rest of the family today and I'll miss all that, it's true. I talked to both of them today and our youngest was just out here for a quick visit yesterday.

I have no idea where my silver candlesticks are, so I'm using my backups here. It's a plain table setting, but I'm happy with it.


I'll tell you what the best part of the day was. It was coming downstairs at one point this morning, and smelling all these wonderful scents emanating from the kitchen. And then walking into the pink-countertopped kitchen and seeing my husband steaming the chestnuts and frying the sausage for the stuffing and well, I haven't seen him doing this for quite some time now.

It was a beautiful sight.

I hope that those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

24 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

This made me cry and smile all at the same time. Blessings.

Hilary said...

What MPM just said. :) That looks and sounds very romantic and tender.

Deb said...

Kate, I don't know what to say. Your comment on my post made me cry. How is it that a bunch of 50 something women who happen to love blogging, become friends in ways one cannot even count. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous gesture. Your photo will take a place of honor in my new home. Be it as it may that it is an apartment, it will be a home all the same. Good things are happening for you and yours and me and mine. (is that even right??!!!) Anyway...thank you so much!
And oh, your table was lovely. Martha would be proud.

Coloradolady said...

This sounds like a wonderful day to me. How lucky you two are to be able to share a quiet day together, and what a romantic setting. Lucky You.

Carin said...

ah, just wonderful. Glad he was able to do what he enjoys. The table setting looks beautiful, perfect meal for two. Happy Thanksgiving.

Leslie: said...

I can just imagine you two, sitting like love birds together over a wonderful meal. Enjoy the evening. :D

noble pig said...

It sounds wonderful, it can all be crazy and wild parties, then we'd never appreciate them.

Happy thanksgiving!

FarmHouse Style said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Kate. Sounds like a wonderful day.

Rhonda

Island Girls said...

I hope you had a very special time together. Your setting was lovely and your plans sound grand.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kelly said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hugs,

Kelly

Anna said...

A sweet, wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving! Lovely. :-)

I have to ask, though... how does one steam chestnuts? I'm only familiar with the boiling or boil-and-roast.

Kristin said...

Awww, what a wonderful sight to see. I'm glad he was up to helping out a bit.

The table may be simple, but it looked beautiful to me. It had a nice understated elegance to it. Ours, well, lets just say that decorating is something I don't always make time for and today I had a sick little one (the flu I think) so we just ate at the breakfast nook with the everday tableware. No one minded. ;0)

Sally's Chateau said...

I'm just admiring your macro photographs, haven,t quite mastered it yet, your table setting is perfect, beautiful colours and tones, hope you had a happy day.

Ellen said...

Thjere's a lot to be said about a quiet Thanksgiving when you have much to be thankful for.

I like what Deb said too. We are personal strangers, but virtual friends.

Prayers for you and your husband.

Tiff said...

Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving to me :o)

The Weaver of Grass said...

That is one beautiful, tasteful, serene table-setting. Good to think that all that peace and quiet will be so good for him.

Miriam Lovell Dyer said...

It looks lovely, Kate. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

Sue said...

Simple but elegant....I love Deb's comment and how very true it is....My friends who think I have too much time on my hands don't know what they're missing...

Russell said...

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

It looks like a beautiful table and I can just about smell all those wonderful smells!

Take care.

Mary said...

Oh Kate, this had me tearing up, too. When I think of all you have been through, the picture this post brings to mind is so beautiful. And your table is beautiful, too. :)

I'm so glad you had such a nice quiet day.
xoxo,
Mary

Country Girl said...

I just want to thank all of you for the encouraging and sweet comments you've left and that you continue to leave.
And to those who are new here, welcome. Hope to see you back.
Anna, I think he's steaming the chestnuts. He puts a small amount of water into a cast iron skillet, slits each chestnut and then simmers with a lid on part-way for the steam to escape. I've always called it steaming them, and they turn a dark brown to black on the shells. When you cut them open, the meats taste wonderful.

Kacey said...

You table looks beautiful. I'm so glad you dh is feeling better. I think a romantic dinner for two sounds just fine for Thanksgiving!

Erin said...

Sounds perfect. Looks perfect too!

Pony Girl said...

Sounds like a very special day! Sometimes the simple ones are the best and most memorable.
I also loved your table setting....looks like it should grace the pages of a country decor magazine! ;)