Maggie Robinson

May 14
Odds & Ends & A Giveaway

After you read this mesmerizing post, please visit the Brenda Novak 2010 Auction to Benefit Diabetes Research. I have been busy bidding, and noticed that some wonderful person has already offered $42 for a copy of Mistress by Mistake! The Romance Dish ladies have also tucked in a copy in their fabulous basket too.

Right now I’m up to my eyelashes preparing for our imminent move. I’m hoping this is the last time I ever pack anything–my intentions are to be carted away from the new house by the undertaker many, many years from now. My oldest daughter and I have been in the cellar throwing away my college term papers (Emile Zola? Really?) and preserving my great-grandparents’ marriage certificate. We’ve found some hilarious family photos, John’s bronzed baby shoes and more than our fair share of mouse droppings. Ewww.

Yesterday, I began to crate up the “good” china. My pattern is Royal Worcester’s Evesham Gold, which John bought a million years ago from the Reject China Shop in England, when the pound was low. I was not consulted on the pattern, just as he was not consulted when I bought our new house. But I love those dishes, and he loves the house, so all is good. 🙂

We have decided, still operating on the “Life is short” mode, that we are going to use those “good” dishes every single day from now on. But to be practical, I ordered 8 place settings of Evesham Vale, which does not have a gold rim which will kill the microwave when it is accidentally put in to warm up Thanksgiving leftovers by a child who did not know better then but does now. So, we can have 20 people over for dinner. As soon as I buy a dining table.

Here’s my philosophic rumination for the day. Use the “good” dishes.

I hear from my Berkley editor that I’ll soon be receiving my author copies of Tempting Eden. Can’t wait! But I’ve got an ARC for a commenter below. Winner announced Friday, May 21.

Do you have a favorite china pattern? Do you save the best china for holidays, or do you think “good” china is something from your great-grandmother’s day? I confess to using paper plates whenever I can. 😉

26 comments to “Odds & Ends & A Giveaway”

  1. Lucy
     · May 14th, 2010 at 1:14 pm · Link

    My parents in law gave us new china on my husband’s birthday in January.
    We use it everyday because we don’t know what tomorrow might bring. Life is to short to save the best for last.
    Enjoy it while you can.

  2. Marnee
     · May 14th, 2010 at 2:09 pm · Link

    I have gorgeous china from my wedding (Mikasa’s Cameo Platinum) but I have only used it once. DH and I will celebrate our 5 year anniversary this summer.

    Good luck with the move, Maggie!

  3. Mrs. Hanson
     · May 14th, 2010 at 2:13 pm · Link

    I inherited my mother’s china, though I’d love to use my grandmother’s china as everyday dishes. Both sets are in our respective china cabinets. Do couples even register for china anymore?

    I loved Mistress by Mistake, so I’m looking forward to Tempting Eden.

  4. Monica
     · May 14th, 2010 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Lol, I don’t really have a favorite pattern… Although, my mom’s pattern is beautiful. I couldn’t tell you what it is, but I can tell you that she is of the mind set that it is “good” china and is only to be used on “special” occasions. Come to think of it, I don’t recall EVER eating from those plates. Maybe I’ll have to remind her that everyday is a holiday and every meal is a feast! 😆

  5. Theresa Romain
     · May 14th, 2010 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Good luck with your move! The last time I moved, it was so horrible that I said I never wanted to own anything again. Of course, that was a big fat lie and we’re as cluttered as ever now.

    We don’t have china, but got a set of, um, rather utilitarian stoneware plates for our wedding. They would be decent for all occasions if they didn’t pick up fork scratches every time you use them. Maybe that’s why my husband still likes to use paper plates whenever he can.

    Would love an ARC of your new release! Congrats on two books in two months. 🙂

  6. limecello
     · May 14th, 2010 at 3:02 pm · Link

    I hope your movie goes smoothly – I hate packing and moving. And I have to say the premise of Tempting Eden is fantastic!
    As for china patterns though… :X I’ve never bothered to look at any really. I think I’d use it for special occasions… I do have fancy glasses (heh a clear indication of my priorities, right?) 😛 that I use any time we have sparkling wine.

    • Monica
       · May 15th, 2010 at 2:49 am · Link

      Oh, I’m with you! 😆 I have a “glass” obsession. I’ve got a cabinet full of nothing BUT glasses… Wine glasses(red & white), iced tea glasses, little juice glasses, tumblers, martini glasses… I have finally stopped buying them, but my heart “speeds” up whenever I see a set on sale! 😳

      • limecello
         · May 15th, 2010 at 7:02 pm · Link

        Monica- how cute!!! I got a nice cute set of tea glasses from my sister one year… but some how they’ve disappeared… :X but I was in college, so generally people that came over turned them into shot glasses. Haha. Oops!

  7. Babs
     · May 14th, 2010 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Oh my, I have nice china which my husband bought shortly after we married. We have only used it a handful of times in the 11+ years we’ve been married…shameful but I hate the whole washing it by hand thing! Still love how it looks, plain white with a gold rim and a small black Greek key design around the edge.

  8. Terrio
     · May 14th, 2010 at 6:17 pm · Link

    When I got married, we never did the “pick out a china pattern” thing. Just one more thing I missed on the first go round. (There was no ‘down on one knee’ either which should have been a clue.)

    Maybe the next time. But I do have a really nice plate set my parents picked up at an auction that I’ve never used. Perhaps those will come down from the cupboard this weekend.

    Good luck with the move! I’ve been checking out the Ross Chapin cottages all day and drooling into my keyboard. I want one so badly, it physically hurts. If only I had a spot of land and a bank account full of money.

  9. etirv
     · May 14th, 2010 at 7:01 pm · Link

    I tend to break things, am too practical and not really a China kind of person so sadly, our one and only China set has been in the cupboards for many years.. probably only been used two to three times!

    Take care, Maggie!

  10. Maggie Robinson
     · May 14th, 2010 at 8:22 pm · Link

    Lucy, you and I are thinking alike! Great minds… :mrgreen:

    etirv, I break stuff too, especially early in the morning when my mind may be awake but my body doesn’t seem to know it. Butterfingers begone!

    Terri, I see you and Isabelle dining in elegance this weekend. 🙂

    limecello, I’ve got good glasses that I never use. What am I waiting for? I’m a big red Solo cup person, but that may change once we move…they won’t go with the fancy dishes, LOL.

    Babs, washing by hand is indeed a drag. Lots of good china can go in the dishwasher, though. I’m so excited that the new house has a dishwasher—I have been going without one for 5 years and my poor hands are a wreck.

    Thanks, Theresa. I know—every time I move I throw or give away a mountain of stuff, yet there is still more…I think boxes are reproducing in my cellar like rabbits.

    Monica, love that sentiment! Every day is a good day, right?

    Mrs. Hanson, I’ve got some incomplete sets of my mother-in-law’s and grandmother’s family china. Both patterns are pink and kind of go together. They are going to stay in the dining room china closet though—they are really delicate, not to mention too girly for my husband. 😉

    Marnee!!! Use that china or else, LOL.

  11. Janga
     · May 14th, 2010 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Lenox retired my china pattern more than 20 years ago. I think that means it qualifies as vintage. LOL I use it when we have “company” for dinner and sometimes just to lift my spirit. But it’s too fragile and too expensive to replace for daily use. I admit that we usually use paper plates and napkins for the family gatherings when we number from ten to more than three times that number. I’m in favor of anything that gets me out of the kitchen sooner.

  12. Maggie Robinson
     · May 15th, 2010 at 1:02 am · Link

    Janga, I never met a paper product I didn’t like. 😉 When the kids were little and had class parties, I told them to always volunteer me for napkins, cups, plates, etc. No cooking for me if I could help it.

    The Evesham dishes are pretty sturdy—can go from oven to table, etc. For some reason they discontinued Vale, but I was able to order them from Replacements, a site that I could get seriously addicted to. They have a store in NC (or is it SC) that I think merits a road trip.

  13. Pearl
     · May 15th, 2010 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Good luck on the move, Maggie! (still find it weird to type this…like typing to myself LOL)

    Now about china…ummm I never had special china…Whatever looks nice in the store we get…no special brands or patterns. And yes paper works for us too LOL because I am good at breaking china, they fall on the floor or with doing dishes…I am terrible at it, not only plates but glasses oh…the amount of replacements we’ve had to buy over the years…you do NOT want to know. I only eat on fancy china when I go to my mom’s. She has wonderful china and it’s all complete…the woman never breaks anything…

  14. Maggie Robinson
     · May 15th, 2010 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Pearl/Maggie, my mother never broke anything, but when my father “helped”, there went the china set. I remember she finally put everything on a top shelf she couldn’t reach thinking that might save the dishes, LOL.

  15. Jamie
     · May 15th, 2010 at 6:46 pm · Link

    I’m big on the paper plates. My “good china” is my high quality plastic plate from my college days, but hey, they are fun and colorful. Maybe when I “grow up” I’ll get big girl China lol

  16. Mitzi H.
     · May 16th, 2010 at 10:01 pm · Link

    I made the choice to go with glass dishes instead of china. It’s the princess pattern that’s been around for years. I have about 5 different sets of chargers in several colors that work for all sorts of special occasions.

  17. Maggie Robinson
     · May 17th, 2010 at 1:54 am · Link

    Mitzi, one of my daughters has beautiful square glass plates she uses every day. I’ve got some pretty glass dessert dishes that belonged to my mother-in-law.

    Jamie, I truly don’t know what I’d do w/o paper plates. I hate to think of all the dead trees I’ve been responsible for. 😈

  18. GrowlyCub
     · May 17th, 2010 at 11:26 am · Link

    We don’t have a special china set and only Corelle in our house and now that’ I’m used to the convenience of these light weight dishes, I don’t think I’d even want a ‘special’ set. I have a very nice set of cutlery instead, which gets never used because we don’t have company over, so it’s totally wasted. 🙂

    Would love to win a copy of Tempting Eden

  19. okie
     · May 17th, 2010 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Loved the blog! I inherited my mama’s china and it stays in the side board year round 😳 I can’t bear to bring it out and it accidentally get’s chipped, or worse, broke. I know my mama would want me to use it and I keep promising myself that one of these holiday’s or birthdays, it’ll make an appearance.

  20. Marlene Breakfield
     · May 18th, 2010 at 6:01 am · Link

    I mainly use paper plates because I hate washing dishes.

  21. Maggie Robinson
     · May 18th, 2010 at 7:20 pm · Link

    Growly Cub, Corelle is fabulous–it never breaks! One of my daughters has a set.

    Okie, take out that China tonight. 😉

    Marlene, me too. The best thing about the new house is the dishwasher!

  22. maria pena
     · May 19th, 2010 at 4:27 pm · Link

    I never use china either, i never picked out a pattern when i got married, I just use paper plates too 🙂

  23. Maggie Robinson
     · May 20th, 2010 at 10:58 am · Link

    Maria, when I got married I already had a set of dishes. My everyday ones were Blue Willow, and now I’m giving them to youngest daughter for her new Boston apartment. She won’t be able to have more than 7 people for dinner, though…I broke a plate. 🙂

  24. meaghan
     · May 20th, 2010 at 1:27 pm · Link

    I am still trying to finish up my china pattern. we didn’t get as many pieces for our wedding as i would have liked. i would love to use it more often but i only have enough for a couple people to eat on. the pattern is simple and timeless and i love it!