Friday, March 27, 2015

This is probably a little presumptuous, but...

If you are stopping over from Junk Chic Cottage -Welcome!! You will find that we are mostly just ridiculous over here, but that's the way (uh huh, uh huh) we like it.

Unfortunately, we are currently coping with our grief caused by the announcement that next season is the final season of Downton Abbey,  and after days of teeth gnashing and handwringing and (in a Downton sorta way) throwing back the sherry until we're fairly blue with it, it was time to do what all good women of a certain age do....


...I hauled out the Lenox and set the table. 

I picked up these cute little Lenox bird plates (as if I needed MORE plates, because the approximately 372 plates already in my house---most of them formerly belonging to folks who are now dead---are simply. Not. Enough.) at a Lenox outlet store in Georgia on my way home from my sister's house last December.  (I originally stopped because the highway promised me that there would be a whole bunch of outlets off this particular exit, but mostly they were deserted.  It was really creepy, actually. Almost like a place where serial killers/scary clowns/the Phantom of the Opera would set up a little mattress and blanket and maybe a hot pot in a corner somewhere and catch cats in the night.  It was lunchtime on a really sunny day and I was still creeped out.  I recommend staying away, if you can.)

I used my special Downton napkin that my sweet Teen Wolf sent me.  (That is not her real name.  She is incognito.)


It seemed only right that there be a begonia involved, since hydrangeas are not in season and the roses in the grocery store leave something to be desired.  I find that you can rarely go wrong with a begonia.  They are all-purpose.


Shortly after this picture was snapped, the glass was filled.  Then emptied.  Then filled again.  (After all, we are in MOURNING, fercryin' outloud.)

Fortunately, I have all of spring break to decide what I'm going to do once DA is over.  Maybe I will ask DL to help me reenact my favorite scenes.  I'll be Mrs. Crawley and he can be the Dowager Countess.  (Not sure I can get him in a dress, though.)

In the meantime, I'll be at the (non-creepy) outlet mall.


Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Ha! "One can rarely go wrong with a begonia"! I heard that in Cora's voice. In what voice was it intended? I'm glad that you enjoy your napkin and I am in love with your strawberries/turquoise/bird place setting. I hope we get to see Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes get married. They are my favorite couple.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Kirby,
Thank you for doing Spotlight. It is so fun to have you this week. I am so bummed about DA too. It just will not be the same on Sunday Nights :( Have a wonderful week end and thank you for always bringing a smile and sometimes a snort to our day with your posts.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

That bird China is one of my favorites. It is rather sad to hear about DA. There will be another series that will grab our hearts I'm sure.

Erin Kaven said...

I suggest you get Mr. Selfridge checked out from the library, season one and two, and tape season three, starting Sunday (till you can catch up). I PROMISE you will not be sad about Downton. I adore Downton but when I had a chance to watch Mr. Selfridge, then found out it was a true story with just as much Edwardian eye candy as Downton, I fell in love again. Actually like it more...and so does hubby.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh you did need those bird plates! love them! i never (gasp!) watched downton. and if i start now it will just be too sad.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

The news is so, so sad! I read that the powers that be decided to end it when it was at it's peak....what?? Keep it going while we are all still loving it! I will miss your reviews when it is over so I hope you will be doing them for the final season. I shall savor each one!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Yep, Kris is right. You have a great sense of humor and I love your blogging style. So, I had to come over here and meet you. Glad I did. I signed up for emails and I look forward to reading your next escapade.


Mary Vitullo said...

Hi Kirby - Look forward to discovering your blog. What...............last season.....Downton Abbey? It can't be!
Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

oh my...what will you do know. you can start watching the bachelor with me on monday nights, that should help comfort you.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

We have an empty outlet mall! Story City, Iowa. It's a great place for my boys to run (up and down the deserted hallway) in the winter!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Kirby,
This is my first time to visit you....came over from Kris's and so nice to meet you hear in blogland.
Sorry to hear about the terrible time you are going thru? lol Like how you solved it, that would be my choice
too, dishes, they really do it for me too. lol
You have a wonderful sense of humor, got a real kick out of all the posts I read.........heaven knows we
need some fun and encouragement in life these days, and your blog certainly brings some fun and laughter.
Blessings hon, look forward to visiting again.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Oh yea, and I loved your birdie plates and your pretty place setting! Delightfully Spring!
Have a great weekend,

Andrea said...

You were the first person I thought of when I heard the DA news! Oh, and I think I have the Lenox tablecloth that goes with your dish!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sadness here also that DA is ending but we will have reruns!! Love your bird plate and that perfect little napkin.

cathy< jt said...

My first time to visit your blog , came over from Kris 's blog . She was right ! You are a hoot ! We need more laughs and fun in this day and age !!
Yep I'm bummed about DA too !! They had a good thing going!
Love the dishes, that's my weakness too.
Cathy Thompson

Kathleen George said...

Say it isn't so! My sister is in mourning. I read your recaps of DA to her, loves them too. I think your story lines and style of writing is wonderful. Pretty bird plate too. Kathleen in Az
p.s. I heard Maggie Smith say that her character was way past the age for the late 1920s.

Patti said...

I've been watching DA, too - but, honestly - reading your synopisis' of the shows have left me more entertained than the show! Even my husband belly laughed, and he has never seen the show! I found you at Kris's and I'm so glad she highlighted you!

Jann Olson said...

Ha, ha, you gave me a good laugh! Must admit that I am a bit sad to see Downton end as well. But never fear, they will come up with another great! Love the plates. I have a bit of a bird fetish, but don't think I'll be going to the haunted outlet. lol! Funny thing, I bought a shower curtain at T.J .Maxx on clearance with that exact bird design on it. Haven't used it yet. Hopped over from Kris's. Happy to be a new follower.

Marie Blackburn said...

Not presumptuous at all...who is going to pass up being introduced to someone with a great sense of humor! Crap, at my age I'm always up for a good laugh because once menopause kicks in, something has to get you through those hot flashes! Looking forward to following you :)
Marie@The Interior Frugalista

Rita C. said...

Hi Kirby, loved your feature on Kris' blog. I was out of town over the weekend, and am just now getting caught up. You always put a smile on my face with your wit.

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Just popped over from Kris' blog and so glad I did! I am a bit sad about Downton, but it has to leave on a high doesn't it really. I'm off to High Clere Castle in July which is the true Downton (the backdrop of the house) so there will be hundreds of photos taken that day to help me get through!! Take care x

Feral Turtle said...

I love your dishes Kirby. So pretty. I don't have to mourn yet as I am still on season three so I have lots to look forward to! I kinda want to go to those outlet stores. Our outlet mall is so crowded that I think I would prefer the creepy one with the bed in the corner. I will just avoid the corners and take any cats to the front door for an easy escape!

andi filante said...

We're through the end of Season 3...I have to be careful when I pop in your blog so I don't ruin any surprises for myself! I love the Crawley napkin. :)


Shannon Fox said...

You my dear, are a hoot and a half!
Okay... two hoots.

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