"Where are we and what are you standing on Mrs. Mouse" said Mr. Mouse. "I am standing on what humans call a napkin they use on their lap to catch food that falls from a fork and to dab their mouth as they dine"...said Mrs. Mouse. Mr. Mouse replied "I don't know why they need a napkin when they can just lick the little bits away" Mrs. Mouse replied...it is considered rude by humans to lick your finger while dining...although some do".
Mrs. Mouse continued her dissertation on a napkin by saying "She is flummoxed about where these napkins and tablecloth come from...she found them when she was looking through old fabrics that she has stashed away". Mr. Mouse was amused and said "I suppose they come from her paternal grandparents, in-laws or the aunts". "She has made those claims before" continued Mr. Mouse in his authoritative voice that sometimes irritated Mrs. Mouse.
"I see a lot of new china here, did she go on a buying spree or did she find it in her basement storage?" Mrs. Mouse replied in a whisper "A buying spree" She felt a lecture coming on...however, much to her surprise Mr. Mouse said "Very festive and quite beautiful". Mrs. Mouse with glee replied "Yes, yes, I agree" " She has always loved red and white china and remember when she bought all the red and white nursery pieces four years ago?...well, she is going to use that along with this china".
"That is what I heard her tell her mother" continued Mrs. Mouse. "Ok! so now I suppose you can understand Icelandic...isn't that the language in which they always converse?" said Mr. Mouse the learned. "I understand them and that is that" said Mrs. Mouse...end of conversation.
"I noticed that nothing seems to match, a bid of a hodge podge I would say"...Mrs. Mouse is not amused when he uses his voice of criticism and replied. "She did that on purpose" she continued "The names of each pattern is sooooo romantic and look at those images...I would like to live in one of these places"
"Careful Mrs. Mouse...don't fall of that plate" "I am just fine you seem to forget that I am a limber mouse and can clime and squeeze into any place I would like" said Mrs. Mouse. Mr. Mouse thought he better explain himself "My dear it is just that you wear that lovely purple dress with the beautiful red collar and I am afraid you would get tangled in it's hem" "Harumph!" said Mrs. Mouse and Mr. Mouse knew right there and then that he had overdone it and sounded condescending to Mrs. Mouse.
To change the subject the very clever Mr. Mouse walked over to a couple of plates that looked different to him. "These look different to me Mrs. Mouse" "She bought those to go on a wall in the kitchen...they are so beautiful...it's called Red and White and Polychrome" "I could live in a land like this" said Mrs. Mouse wishfully.
Mr. and Mrs Mouse walked around the table admiring the various patterns...even Mr. Mouse was convinced that 'hodge podge' could look quite nice when put all together. Mrs Mouse chattered away explaining each pattern, their names and how beautiful she found it all and how she would like to live in the depicted villages, farms and castles. They jumped unto plates into cups Finally Mr. Mouse pondered why there was no food on any of the plates or tea in any of the cups...Mrs. Mouse decided it was time to lead him into the kitchen towards the Lemon Pie she had spotted on her way to the dining room. You see after many years of marriage Mrs. Mouse knew that Mr. Mouse could get quite grumpy when he was hungry.
Note: Most of this china was bought from Nancy's Daily Dish.