I love the country western
song by Loretta Lynn for its lyrics all about the woes of a mother. She
winds up by saying, "one needs a lickin" which is referring to the kid's
bad behavior. Unfortunately in my world I seemed to be surrounded by bad
behavior and it usually comes over the television. To go on to complain
about all the little demons of insurance, car tags, driver's licenses,
seat belts, car break downs, needed repairs for this and that around the
place, extended family's struggles, flu and having to go to work with it,
and on and on it is only then I stop and acknowledge everyone in the whole
world has the same old cross to bear. Then and only then, I go back to
what Dad used to call, "Rat Killin' which was simply taking care of the
Winter seems to bring out
the worse for depression. My folks are all saddled with high utility bills
but here again so is everyone else. I heard one woman despair over a $600
dollar a month bill. She lives up on the hill where the bigger homes are
During January and February
I do everything possible to go with a double edged sword against that
depression's whip. In a small way like this table setting I fight back.
This bright, strong blue bowl I picked up at an antique store a year or so
ago. I loved the color. So here we go with an artist's tool. The bowl did
cost me a bit, probably around 19 dollars. That is more than I would pay
for something in the dollar store but this reminds me. I did find some
dishes the exact same color in the dollar store. On the checked green and
white tablecloth with this silver vase I also found at a garage sale last
summer there is a small nice arrrangement. I try to get this set up the
night before so that when we get up, there it is.
The table arrangement in
the kitchen I change no less than every four days. Small lace placemats
from the dollar store also make an attractive place setting.
My husband could care less
and I don't think Rhonda worries too much about it but for me it is the
lift I need to stave off winter's doldrums.