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{ Day 10 } 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – USE

Welcome to Day 10 of 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster. I wanted to send you a brief post about a very quick trick.

Today’s “trick” is


Use the good dishes.

They are dishes and yes, the stoneware and fine bone china is breakable but it is also replaceable. Do not let the good dishes sit there unused.

  • Drink your Pumpkin Spice Latte out of the coffee cup from your china set.
  • Buy yourself some flowers at the grocery store and use the good crystal vase.
  • Who says you can only have wine in the wine glass?  Fill it with milk, a smoothie or iced tea.
  • Don’t save the nice serving dish for vegetables when company comes over. Use it for fresh, seasonal fruit.


Joe and I used Pfaltzgraff Amalfi pattern for our “china” as we never had a set of fine bone china. When he passed I got rid of the every dishes in the church garage sale and started using the Pfaltzgraff.

I do not regret my decision, even though Amalfi was discontinued a year or two after we bought the pattern.

Life is short.

Every day is a celebration, so use the good dishes! (I was informed that today is National Angel Food Cake Day.)

Resource: if your pattern has been discontinued.

10-10-2011_3by5Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of her photography at, where she is running the series 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio – because doing a 31 Day series on one blog is not enough insanity.