Venturing into highly dangerous dog poop territory means that I need to sound the craft alert—for myself. I’m on high alert as I gather leaves from a red maple tree in the front yard that every dog in my neighborhood loves to claim as its own in so, so many ways. I probably should wear shoes, but I don’t want to lose a moment while inspiration is pummeling me in the head with visions of a proper fall dining room table.
“Forget the shoes!” the voice in my head screams. “Get those leaves while the pickin’ is good!”
Honestly, I don’t know what’s come over me. I’ve always liked the dining room table to look presentable and nice, but I rarely get into “tablescapes” and such—until I started watching Below Deck. I completely blame that show for my attempt today to wade into the middle of dog poop land and gather table decorations. On the most recent episode, Hannah (Head Stew) set the table with a flowing, cascading sheet of ruffled loveliness, which I thought was amazing, but Captain Sandy thought she could do better. Captain Sandy showed her pictures from some kind of yachting convention—and wow! My eyes were opened. Tiered layers of runners and dishes and sparkling things just danced precisely with crisp napkins. The table actually looked happy to be there. I decided I wanted to make my dining room table happy to be there—but I didn’t want to work too hard at it. Yacht table decorating looks unnecessarily exhausting—and thankless. It looks like people are too drunk and rich to appreciate the table decorations. Fortunately, my family is never quite that drunk or rich to appreciate a simple smattering of fall leaves strategically placed in things I’ve found around the house.
So, after gathering leaves from the front yard, in my bare feet I:
–Find a fall candle to place on the earth-toned earthy runner that’s always on the table anyway.
–Locate a glass cylindrical type object to place the leaves into. Of course, I run out of room. So, I grab a white plate and stick more leaves on it.
–Then, I place the objects with the leaves on/in them artistically around the candle. (I think I see the table smiling—fingers crossed!)
When I’m done, I’m pretty happy that I could all of this without actually stepping into dog poop. Sure, it’s no yacht show or anything like that, but it’s pretty darn festive. Nate and Alex think so too. Here’s proof:
Alex: What’s with the leaves?
Nate: Your mom’s doing stuff.
Alex: It’s actually kind of pretty. Wow.
A Nate Update: Nate has his portable monitor, but he does not have to wear it for a month. The cardiologist he met with said he only needs to wear it for a week. When he feels a symptom, he’s supposed to press a button and then write down in a diary what’s going on. The cardiologist will analyze the data. He’s also supposed to schedule a calcium scan to look at the structure of the heart. Thanks to friends and family, we’re also getting the names of other cardiologists/hospitals in case the health-care providers we’re meeting with now can’t give Nate any answers. The Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks Team appreciates all of your fabulous positive wishes. Thank you so much!!!!
Your Turn: Do you like to decorate the dinner table?