Thanks for popping in. Ready for a little trip down Memory Lane? Ready for a little banter, a ramble? Just got back from spending a lovely day with Mum. She’s doing great, and it’s good to spend time together, talking and reminiscing about Dad and the good old days, the GOOD times.
How different things were back when we were kids though! Just the fact that we went OUT for lunch together today.. We never ever went out for lunch or for a meal to a restaurant, not in my entire childhood. Lucozade was a big treat when you were ill, and ice-cream for dessert was a Sunday only thing. But we have evolved I guess…
I noticed Mum actually took her best handbag out to the garden centre today, when we went out for lunch. I treated her to a smart Mulberry years ago, and she NEVER used it, except on birthdays and anniversaries! So today was a first! It still looks like new, whereas mine looks very well loved!! She comes from that generation where you lived by the “that’s for best” code. You ended up never wearing that lovely dress because it was “for best”, and you never went anywhere posh enough for it! My Dad had a pile of shirts for work, and a pile of shirts for best. And God help him if he picked a shirt off the wrong pile on the wrong day! But that was mellow. My German grandparents had a whole room in their little apartment which was called ‘Die gute Stube’. (The good Room). Get this. It was locked – LOCKED – except on Sundays, or when we were allowed to watch Bonanza!! Yep. It was where the TV resided! How times have changed.
I am trying to break the mould, I really am. I remember many years ago, my Mum bought me a really nice Spode bone china butter dish, but then told me I should not use it for every day, but only ‘for Best’, in case I broke it.
My response was to use it every single day; in fact, I have continued to do so for 15 years at least. And it still hasn’t faded or even got a chip in it! Dishwasher proof too! So there you go. Pound for pound, hour for hour, that butter dish has been a brilliant investment. Not only that, it has immense sentimental value because it was a gift from my Mum and Dad. Not particularly valuable, wouldn’t fetch much at Sothebys, doesn’t even go with my kitchen (whatever that means!!), but to me it is perfect.
When Dave and I got married in 2018, we bought a beautiful canteen of cutlery with all the John Lewis vouchers we were so kindly given. Came in a deluxe wooden box, and for 4 years it only came out at Christmas and on special occasions, when there were more people around the table than just us. This Christmas, when I dragged the heavy wooden canteen out for the annual Christmas dinner, I thought to myself, “Hang on Gray!! You’re playing the butter dish trick!” So I dumped the wooden box and emptied the entire contents of said box into our kitchen cutlery drawer. News? Every single time I go to that drawer I get a little buzz of joy using this oh-so-expensive designer cutlery, which just feels lovely, cuts lovely, spoons lovely. And not only that, all our friends bought it for us!! You get it. Money well spent now, not wasted.
Come on. Who else suffers from Butterdishitis? All I can say, speaking from my own experience, get it out, whatever it is, and enjoy it! Hey hey!! Steady Eddy!
Quote for the day. One of my all time favourites.
And I’m sure Mr Morris would concur with me that butter dishes may be beautiful, but they are useful first. USE FULL.
Have a lovely evening deciding what to move from the Best drawer to the USEful drawer!