Sunday, January 10, 2010

Silver Sunday II and Mel’s Diner


        On Saturday, January 2nd, I woke up at my daughter’s house- outside Houston- at 4:30 am.  You may remember I had driven my grandsons home to their parents on New Year’s Eve.

        My husband had not been up to going (I think he had a football virus), so the boys and I set out on our own , and after great adventure, multiple food stops, and singing in the car, we arrived safely.

        The next day,  New Year’s Day,  my daughter and I drove to Canton and met Daughter #3.

Back to January 2nd and Silver Sunday.

        On Saturday, even though it was only 4:30 am, I decided to leave since I was up. Once the car was heated , and I could see through my iced windows, I headed out.

        I was headed home.

        Or so I thought…


         As I drove south on 45, my dilemma began.  I knew there was an exit quickly approaching which would aim me at Austin.

        I also knew that the famous Austin Citywide Garage Sale was that morning…

        I was already about 6 hours away from home- what’s a FEW more hours?

        I had had a 16 ounce cup of Community Club coffee by that point (one of the ways I try to channel Louisiana), so when the exit sign appeared, I threw the dice.

        I was headed to Austin.

        By about Giddings I was starving.


        Thank goodness for Mel’s Diner.  I stopped there and had coffee, a sausage omelet, grits, and biscuits.  When the nice waitress came to my table and asked,

Where you headed?”

        I wanted to say Dodge City (note: I get easily caught up in road trip fantasy), but I didn’t. 

        By that point I was in love with Giddings, Mel’s Diner, and I wanted to find a house there for my husband and me.

        I wondered  if there was a river nearby and if they needed a retired high school English teacher at their high school.

      Keep in mind, my husband is back home unaware of my thinking.


        The Austin Citywide Garage Sale was great, and my contribution to Silver Sunday is this silver coffee service.


        I didn’t care that the sugar bowl was missing its lid (sometimes I am missing MY LID); I loved it.

        Who cares that the tray was engraved with some award in 1962?  I didn’t. 

        My criteria for silver plate trays? Does it have ALL of its feet.




        Happy Silver Sunday II.   Thank you Gypsyfish!



Claudia said...

good moring!

Such a treat to find your comment on my blog. I look forward to us getting to know one another.

Your blog is lovely-- Im posting and going off to read more.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Deb said...

Laura you are so funny...good thing your husband was home with football flu and didn't realize what you were up to....looks like a nice set you got....Did you say Hey to Flo while you were at Mel's diner????

julie said...

Well what a fun trip. I can so identify with your thoughts. Fantasies are wonderful. I love your silver service. Have a great day...julie

Marla said...

Laura, Loved your post, you cracked me up! Love your sense of humor and adventure, I know we'd get along famously, although I am not as funny. Love your silver find too, I have the tray and the pot, just need the sugar and creamer now. Blessings, Marla

Faye said...

Oh Laura, It is beautiful! You are so funny! Did you meet Flow? LOL Hope you have a great day! Blessings, Faye

Anonymous said...

Laura, the silver is beautiful but the story is priceless! I just love the way the stories of your treasures unfold. You are a wonderful writer.

Just a bed of roses said...

A good thing your hubby had the Football virus...if sometimes they did know what we were up to or in your case WHERE ARE YOU!
Glad you found some fabulous pieces to share your story tucked in between them.

Marigene said...

Loved your adventuresome imagination! As to Dodge City, it can get pretty cold this time of year...sometimes a little too hot in the summer and toss in a little tornadic weather in the spring; are you sure that is where you would want to be! Beautiful coffee service...if I remember correctly, you don't do the polishing bit, right? Most of the time I do polish it, but leaving it out on display it does get that pretty patina, quite fast, I have discovered!

Sherrie said...

With it being so cold up here in Maine, I would love a road trip. Especially if there were treasures like yours at the end of the trip. Thanks for sharing.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like you had a good trip and found treasures along the way.

Cindy said...

What a great adventure! Your descriptions sure made me smile!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Great finds! I love silver and I don't think I could've resisted a city-wide yard sale, either.

Sylvia said...

Love those little detours...fantastic silver! Happy Silver Sunday...

Theresa said...

What a nice trip off the beaten path:) Love the coffee service! Too pretty! Enjoy your Sunday!

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Hi Laura,
Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I am so glad it has led me to your blog. This silver tea service is of my favorite things!
Happy day.

Libbie said...

I am a sucker for a pretty Silver Service Set too! I love them & my daughter has the cutest little one! If you guys have Cracker Barrels down there they are so cute! And only 20 bucks! Thay make GReat Babay girl gifts or birthday presents :) Yours is cute! Good for you heading over there on your own! Makes me in the mood for a road trip!


Laura, Not only do I love you silver, but I love that spirit! Take off and drive, fun was that! Cuddos to you for have the drive to drive! Looks at the results and the experience...I need to follow you a little more...btw I am now a no more exploring with out me knowing (grin)...Have a great SS

Dixie said...

I have a feeling there is much more to tell of this story and trip... Love the silver tea set... I have my eye on one nearby... but waiting for the price to drop...and it will...

Happy Sunday... thanks for the travel adventure!

Sharlotte said...

Great post! I live in Houston and have visited Giddings but haven't made it to Mel's OR the sales! I need to stop in next time and see what great things I can find! I LOVE your silver...and the feet on the tray. I don't worry about lids either...I'm way from perfect and this reminds me to live life to the fullest and let my cup overflow! Thanks again for sharing!

ellen b. said...

Does it have all it's feet? LOL I love that criteria!! Your set is beautiful and your travels are an inspiration. I love adventures like that :0) I'm glad you had that good meal before the hard work it is to persevere the sales...

Candy said...

Loved the story and what a prefect find to share for SS. Been through Giddings many times but never have stopped at Mel's...maybe next time.
Also have never made the Austin City Wide Garage Sale...maybe next time too.
Cheers ;-)

Unknown said...

Laura, you're so brave! Looks like your bravery was rewarded too!

I love your silver tea service . . . it's gorgeous!

Thanks so much for sharing your story and Happy Silver Sunday!


The Texas Woman said...

Lovely set and lovely photos. I thoroughly enjoyed your trip!

Queen "B" said...

Aloha, I am a silver lover too! road trips are also a favorite...have you seen the movie Bonneville? Kathy Bates is really fun in it, it's out in DVD,
thanks for the giggle:)
enjoyed it

DustyLu said...

Love this post! Great Silver Set. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! lulu

Gypsy Fish said...

Well, "Kiss my grits" its a good thing you took a your stuff! Thanks for playing today....see you next Sunday...
{{gypsy hugs}}

Jane said...

I love your sense of adventure and I would have been right there with you! You found a fabulous coffee service and I love the fact that there was a date engraved in the platter, I think it adds character.
I just want to thank you again for the blog makeover giveaway. I contacted Jackie and will be getting my questionnaire soon. I am super excited about having a blog look that really reflects me. Thanks again.
I will be blogging about it this week to let everyone know what a wonderful giveaway I won and to be prepared for the new and approved Mamie Jane's!!

Kathy said...

What an incredible find! Your silver tea service is gorgeous. It's possible that the lid may not be missing. Maybe the sugar bowl is an "open" sugar bowl. Regardless, it's a great piece.

Have a beautiful new week...Kathy

Sarah said...

Laura, love your sense of humor! I haven't been to the City Wide Garage Sale in years. Need to put that back on my radar. Glad you had fun and found the tea set. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

Debra@CommonGround said...

Truly a Great Adventure! That's what happens when you have a week with children, you go wild the first chance you get! LOL Love the silver service!

June said...

Hi Laura,
Your silver set it a wonderful find! I would love to find one of these myself.
Hey, how about meeting me at Mel's tomorrow at about 1:00 and we could find a few homes to tour. maybe find a couple of bungalows next door to each other!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

What a day!
Citywide sale and Mel's Diner.
Let's be best friends!

Rebecca said...

Hi Laura
SOunds like my kind of road trip! Love the silver set

Lyneen said...

I love a good garage sale.... You scored...TFS Have a lovely Silver Sunday.

Sonia said...

OH that silver tea service was such a great find!! How fun that Austin has a citywide garage sale..I'm going to have to come some time..Miss Bloomers


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