“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”
Those Were The Days, my friend!
Much as I don’t like reading manuals, graphics or schematics, I am so grateful and thankful that technology has moved us into the 21st Century.
We have come a long way baby!
If you worked in an office atmosphere, I’m sure you have noted the progress that has been made.
Perhaps you remember the hustle and bustle of answering the phone, maybe typing from dictation (dictaphone machine?)
First, I never used a dictaphone nor did any of my offices have a telephone or typewriter of this vintage.
I am thankful we have progressed to all the automated office equipment that we have these days although, I don’t understand some of the new fangled operational items.
It was all I could understand when we went with CRT machines and then big monitor computers and push button telephones that allowed teleconferences and then remote conferences.
A few people may remember the crank phones, then rotary phones, then push button phones and finally cell phones.
Actually, the first cell phone was introduced in 1984; and the first smart phone by IBM was 10 years later in 1994.
As bloggers we would be lost without computers and IPads, but did you know that the first laptop computer was introduced in 1982.
I am very thankful for all the progression we have made even though I have had to ask my grandchildren how to work a certain feature on my IPhone each time there is an upgrade.
That is why this tablescape speaks to me in so many ways.
This is the time of year when we reflect on our many blessings and what we are thankful for.
We should be thankful every day but this is the season most of us tend to think more about it.
I am thankful we don’t have to use this antiquated office equipment (you will see vintage items on my table)…and that technology moves on.
Now the table.
I started with a black and white plaid tablecloth!
First the centerpiece is an old, old typewriter…granted, I never used one of these but I did learn to type on an IBM typewriter.
This vintage typewriter has seen better days.
I have had it stored in the garage and it has been banged around a bit.
I relate to it because it is a lot like me…I am older and have been banged around a bit. 🙂
These days I am thankful and grateful for many things, in particular I have the convenience of using my laptop rather than an old typewriter.
Also on the table is a rotary stick telephone and I confess that when I was in first grade, we did have a phone just like this one for about a year before we advanced to a rotary phone with the receiver in a cradle on top of the phone.
AND then we moved to a very rural area.
We had a crank phone on the wall in the kitchen.
Our little town was very slow in getting rotary or push button phones.
I have stated in a previous post that I was a telephone operator in high school qnd worked the switchboard. By the time I was a senior, the telephone company was updated and connected to the nearest big city which was 13 miles away. (I remember piles and piles of old wall phones in the storage room of the telephone office)
These days I’m thankful for my IPhone, which has so many bells and whistles that I probably will never know what they all do, but I am thankful I can get through to family and friends with just a click of the button….or the sound of my voice.
On the table…On the other side of the typewriter is a green desk lamp.
This was also used in many offices, but not on any desk I ever had.
In later years, I worked in an office atmosphere, and we did not have desk lamps.
We had those overhead, harsh neon lights that from time to time blinked on an off.
I am so very thankful we now have progressed to softer lighting and LED light bulbs in our Lamps… which last much longer than their predecessors.
Moving on to the place settings, we see a black charger plate topped with a white dinner plate which has a Bible scripture written in black along the edge of the plate.
Each plate has a different verse.
Thanksgiving gives us a time to reflect.
Sitting on top of the dinner plate is the salad plate.
The black and white rim features the New York City skyline, which has always been the epitome of office workers everywhere.
The sites shown are the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, The Chrysler Building, CityCorp, Grand Central Station, The Flat Iron Building, The Freedom Tower and The Woolworth Building.
I am thankful for the many days spent in an office atmosphere conversing with colleagues and making my days feel productive.
I think we need that.
Were all my days perfect and without incident?
Hardly, but as I look back, there were far more good days than disagreeable days and I am grateful for the learning experience.
Finally on the salad plate, the oval dessert plate has the ‘typewritten’ words “eat”, “devour”, “yum”, and “enjoy” …also typed in black.
I love these words as they make me think about Thanksgiving.
I love all the planning, prep and of course the eating of all the traditional favorites and maybe a few new dishes which I sometimes add to the feast.
I love family and friends sitting around the table, eating and sharing thoughts and plans for the future.
And yes, we reminisce too….and talk about ‘the good ole’ days’ whether they were good or not.
I couldn’t resist these little typewriter name card holders when I saw them a few months ago online at an Etsy shop.
They sit to the upper left of each place setting.
The clear handled flatware I have had for many years, in fact I don’t remember where I found them.
I thought they looked a bit retro.
I finished off the table with black and white plaid napkins matching the table cloth and I added a black napkin.
I like pairing them together.
The black water glasses were from the dollar store several years ago and I believe they still have them.
I have used them in many tablescapes.
The salt and pepper shakers are supposed to be little black bulls.
After all, the busy stock market in NewYorkCity is supposed to be “bullish” right?
However they look more like little pigs or bears. LOL
I am also thankful for my fellow bloggers and in particular Rita who continues to challenge us as well as organize the blogging world of hopping as we know it.
We are a very fortunate group for sure.
I hope you enjoyed my non-traditional Thanksgiving table setting.
One doesn’t normally see a black and white Thanksgiving table.
And what? No sighting of a turkey?
Let’s go back and look at the table again.
Do you see the little gold turkeys sitting on top of and behind… etc?
Yep! It is turkey day for sure.
Blessings to all, and HappyThanksgiving.
“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves: we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and Bless His Name.”