Snow is VERY unusual in central Texas, but yesterday it snowed most of the day. Unfortunately, the temperature stayed above freezing, so it didn't last. Here's a photo from my office window shortly before the university closed for the afternoon.
Valentine's Day was on a Sunday this year, and we had my father-in-law over for lunch after church. The menu was sensation salad, seafood gumbo, French bread, and pots de creme for dessert. For the tablesetting, I used a red tablecloth that belonged to my mother-in-law and topped it with a decorative cloth from my grandmother. I pulled out my original (1972) everyday dishes, Royal Doulton's Fireglow, along with my silver flatware, Lunt Belvedere.
Here's a closer look at the china pattern, which I fell in love with as a bride-to-be all those years ago.
Here is my baker's rack decorated for February. Prominently featured are the adorable cherry-themed items -- a canister, sandwich tray, coffee cups, and embroidered tray cloth -- all gifts from my friend M over the years. Hanging over the top shelf is a vintage napkin with tatted edging made by my grandmother.
You've heard of The Young and the Restless? And The Bold and the Beautiful? Well, the story of my life would have to be called The Dull and the Dutiful. No one would buy my autobiography, as I had a happy childhood, married a terrific man, and have two brilliant and delightful adult children and three adorable (and brilliant) grandchildren. Oh, and I have just retired from a long career in higher education!