After the wild and crazy day of Mardi Gras yesterday this seemed “subtle” in comparison : )
I can’t even remember when and where I found this cloth but clearly the red is what drew me to it! The fact that it has milkweed and butterflies on it just makes it fabulous.
This is the time of year the Monarch butterflies that winter on the coast here in California wake up and start their annual migration. It’s been so warm that people have flocked to Santa Cruz to see the parade : ) This is where we’ll start our day before heading out.
Scarlet Fiesta bookend the stack o’ dishes, with a black salad plate and small gold-rimmed china plate in between.
And just to make sure we’ve got fresh coffee for the coffee drinkers I pulled out my little red-handled french press : ) If you want coffee done the way the purists do it, use a french press. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, keeps a french press at his desk, preferring the darker roasts like Sumatra.
Vintage napkins from Nadine, vintage bakelite silverware and two different vintage glasses give us all we need for a great start to the day.
It is also Ash Wednesday, and while my odd Lutheran/Jewish upbringing doesn’t really celebrate this day in any traditional sense I also discovered that today is National No Smoking day in Ireland, land of pubs and the ever-present cigarette. This was started in the spirit of giving something up for Lent and I think its a FABULOUS idea!
I can tell you with absolute knowledge that smoking causes a nasty form of cancer that can grow quickly and the pain is barely controllable. The side effects of treatment are almost as bad as the disease itself. If you know anyone who smokes encourage them to QUIT, NOW.
If they need a reason let them chew on this – in the average lung tumor of a pack-a-day smoker (who has smoked for 25 years) there are approximately 50,000 genetic mutations. That averages out to every three cigarettes smoked causes a genetic mutation and your body can only handle so many before you get a “cell on a mission”.
In the spirit of Ash Wednesday, and Lent, encourage smokers to give it up : )
Tomorrow – Cheryl’s birthday!
119 days to go!!