Sunday, July 26, 2015

Never Too Old to Learn

      There are some common everyday things that I have never learned. Some of these things have been around long before I was born. Somehow or other I missed them. When I learn something like that I have to wonder how I did without that knowledge for 75 years.

     The other day the Micro Manager happened to comment that the cutlery was organized in a set pattern. I had never noticed that there was a special pattern in the cutlery divider. It was further explained to me by, said manager, that when you set a table you are able to get cutlery out of the drawer in the proper order when you set the table. Now how did I live without this information for 75 years? 

There they are. Neatly in order.


     How have I been setting the table? Well, I must admit that many times I set it the wrong way. Sometimes forks and knives are on the wrong side of the plate. Don't even bother thinking about glasses,cups and saucers, soup  bowls or salad plates! But my method is when I take cutlery out of the drawer, to make sure the fork is in my left hand and the knife in my right hand. In that way they get placed on the correct side of the plate. Works for me!

    Now I had never thought that there was a special order in the cutlery drawer. My Mom did not have a divider so all of her cutlery was in one big pile. We had a lot of searching to do before we had the proper ratio of cutlery to go on the table. The first place I lived in on my own was organized the same way. I just had one terribly cluttered cutlery drawer. 

    Am I going to change since I've learned this great truth? I doubt it! In fact, I'm sure I'll never use this information. I will continue using my own method. 

    Does anybody else have their cutlery drawer organized in this fashion?

43 comments:

  1. I did not know this either. I don't set a table very often good information

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    1. It's interesting that if you read the comments very few other people know this.

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  2. Oh, Red. You have been sheltered by the women in your life about the true purpose of the cutlery drawer. Hahahaha! You sure have given me a lot to think about here. :-)

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    1. Maybe I just ignored some good advice.

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  3. Mine is organized left to right Knives, forks and spoons then serving spoons. We hardly ever set a formal table so I usually just grab what I need and put it on a tray with napkins, salt and pepper and vitamins and take it all to the table:) My grandma had a big drawer full of silverware and you had to hunt for what you wanted:)

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    1. Okay, you're the same as the Micro Manager.

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  4. You say you will continue with your method.....You don't have a method. Random or chance is what you have.

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    1. Random chaotic is my procedure.

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  5. It is easier live a bit organized and not to look for things all the time. Some men have other ideas about it...

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    1. I guess I fit into the "the some men". I've never been organized. My Mom was never organized.

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  6. My Mum was of English Descent and let me tell you that all the kids n Dad KNEW how to set a table and also the cutlery drawer was never messy. Each and every item lined up to use much the same as MM. You Guys.......some of you.....are so spoiled, eh.

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    1. The MM is English too. She came here at age 15 but was not from the high brows.

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  7. I think you're never too old to learn something new. Whether you use that knowledge is another thing!!!!

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    1. Yes, I'm just passing by this knowledge.

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  8. Well now that lesson did take you awhile indeed:) Yes is the answer to your question:) B

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  9. Yep and nope and who cares?

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  10. I have cutlery in organizations but I'm not sure if they're in proper order. They're just separated according to type and size! As long as we have utensils to eat with, that's good enough for me.

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    1. If there was a divider I would keep the various utensils separate.

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  11. My hubs of nearly 42 years throw the cutlery into its container willy nilly, I always arrange what he throws in there, he is oldest of 8 (one passed young) kids with no father much around at all and a Mother who hated to parent and be anykind of housekeeper, cook or anything and she had 9 kids total one passed as a baby with pneumonia...So my hubs did most everything and they never had a dishwasher unless you mean my husband and he ran the younger kids like a drill sargent but they were outta control most of the time, save his sisters who worked like hell cooked like hell and my hubs cleaned and cleaned and worked jobs so everyone would have something to eat and be clothed..We only had one child she learned to cook and clean and read before she was 3 years old, she is tight with her money earned and got lots of degrees and a great job and is fussy as can be, she can cook like a qourmet cook and sew too..She is kind and loving to us and takes us on vacations her company pays for her; we spoil her now with what she really needs and we are so proud of her, she said daddy and you mom worked your whole lives let me make your life happier..Of course she is not married and no children no baby drama and fellow drama, her beloved cat of nearly 10 years just passed onto the rainbow bridge and now she without her babydoll no more cats for her, she became so ill after Miss Ellis passed away she had to take some leave of her work and see a counselor for grief counseling..We are fortunate to see her soon to help her over her loss the kitteh was like a daughter to her, most people who are busy and single have animals and become more attached than if they were married and or children..I enjoy your blog, it makes me laugh out loud, you are not pretentious and I like the way you think have a great week..ciao!

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  12. There's a proper order to setting the table?

    My late mother, bless her, would tut-tut if she read my saying that.

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    1. My daughter taught a tourism course and a big part of it was table setting in restaurants.

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  13. Funny how such an ordinary subject brought a smile to my face, Red!

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    1. When it was pointed out to me I said,"There's a blog post."

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  14. The drawer is organised - but not in a way that makes setting it out on the table easier. Too many meals in front of the TV and grabbing the nearest knife and fork - that has been my downfall.

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    1. We always do the sit down at the table.

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  15. We have the cutlery separated in the drawer but that's about it.

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    1. I think everybody has something that works for them.

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  16. Life is too short for caring one jot about cutlery drawers, We should eat with our fingers like chimps.

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    1. I like your attitude on the drawers. I'm not so sure about eating with fingers!!!

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  17. can't say that i do! but i also don't set a proper table. i do keep my cutlery divider neat and tidy, though.

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    1. I'll bet you took a look at yours!!!

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  18. Ummm - I'm not sure what order my cutlery is in. I'm going to have to get up and take a look, now :-)

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    1. I'm sure it's something very few people think about.

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  19. My cutlery drawer is what you could call semi organised which is organised enough to suit me and probably a mystery to anyone else. I'm happy.

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  20. My cutlery draw is much like the one in you photo, but sometimes I feel like a rebel and put a fork into the knife section ;)

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  21. My hubby is the cook in my house.
    I have a cutlery drawer like yours only bigger.
    Mine is one and you push to size in any kitchen drawer size.
    Neat. Now I have small forks and small spoons then you have the big forks and knives. Now hubby keeps taking the small spoons from the back and the dessert spoons from back. And placing them in front of the bigger spoons and the bigger forks. So you don't have to go back in the back and get them. I have tried it but I get my fingers corrupting the bigger. I give up. He loves to cook. You just cant have two cooks in the kitchen. Your organized too, Thumbs up Red.

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  22. I just got really wild and since neither of us likes those little salad forks, I took them out along with about a hundred ice tea spoons no one uses and donated them all to the Goodwill shop! Crazy, huh?

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  23. Oh yes, there is order to my cutlery drawer. Since there are not enough slots in the tray, the slot holding the forks has the long forks with the prongs pointing up and the short forks with prongs pointing down. :)

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  24. I guess we have nothing to worry about because mom uses chopsticks and Art and I only need forks. Our menu usually does not require more than that. I need to learn how to set a table from your table expert.

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  25. Hi Red, Yes, Sir, I have learned something again on Hiawatha House. I've been throwing (well ... placing) the silver ware into the tray in the drawer for decades without ever giving it a thought that it was to be in the order as placed out at the table! Wow. Now I am kind of surprised that I haven't had any complaints from my Micro Manager! :-) I think I will just keep this to myself. :-)

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