Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

This is the time of year that that I love...
beauty arises from the Earth,
trees burst into bloom,
and the birds sing just about as happily as one could imagine.

Sitting outdoors and sipping a cup of tea
is a lovely way to be present with Spring.

This dear old cup has a feeling of age 
and wear...
Which I love. 
And I don't mind the crack.
It has seen many springs. 

You can't buy or hurry age, or takes time.
It is this that gives the cup a real feeling of value. 

Maybe like
I have just turned 57 years old,
(this cup is much older though...)
I have some years behind me and wear and tear.
The years have been full 
and surprisingly not what I expected when I 
looked forward at the age of 20.
I thought I knew exactly what my life would look like.

But I have learned, and one thing I know for sure
is that appreciating the beauty of the Earth,
and of all Earth's inhabitants, brings me joy.  

So this Easter I am appreciating the natural spring
beauty all around me...

and I am appreciating my family and friends.
There is an old saying...
"friends are the flowers in the garden of life"
(I would add my family in with friends)

They certainly are beautiful.

This is the only mark on this cup.  
I have no idea of it's age. 
Do you? lol? 

...wishing each of you of beauty and love... 

Thank you for coming by for tea!



Monday, February 22, 2016

Feeling Blue

Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!

Interesting that we think of "feeling blue" as 
describing feeling down or depressed.
Blue seems to be so cheery, doesn't it?
Especially when paired with white.

How about a cup of tea
with me? 

I have set up our table with two blue tea cups,
One for you and one for me : )

We have pretty blue napkins today,
a gift from Dorthe, thank you!

Two oatmeal cookies for you,
one for  me...

Made by my husband,
he is a sweetie.

Which tea cup would you like to use today? 
(chamomile tea today, I hope that is o.k.)

I love both so pick away : )

The best part of having tea,
can be sharing it with a friend.

We could chat about the weather,
or family,
what we are passionate about,
or what we are creating lately...
(may be the same!)

It is the last week of February, 
can you believe it?

I have  been doing a little painting,
a little sewing and a little

How about you?

I hope you and your loved ones
are all well.

I hope my blue and white tea
helps cheer your day as well as mine : )

Thank you for stopping by for tea!
I enjoyed visiting with you.

Martha is hosting T.T.
and has already begun decorating for Easter.
She has some lovely tea cups today to share.
Thank you Martha

 I am joining Bernideen's BTTCG blog party
Sandi for No Place Like Home.
And Judith for Mosaic Monday.
also, with Ruth for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
 Thank you for hosting ladies!
 (for some reason this part will not enlarge!)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine Candy

Hello All
Happy LOVE Day!

Today I am sharing eye candy, 
The only kind I can have, lol.

I cherish this sweet trio from Martha, 
Being a gift of love, it makes it 
perfect for Valentine's day. 

Rosina and romance go hand and hand 
with this lovely rose set.

Pink and white, 
very Valentine to me!

Roses of the softest blush pink....
and matching tea cup....

 Pink, with gold trims....

 Rose bouquets...sigh...

Pink beauty, soft and romantic.


and below... 
the sweetest Valentine cup I own,
filled with warm aromatic English breakfast.  

How Do I Love Thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being an ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,--I love thee with the Breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barret Browning 

May the LOVE we share today

Thank you for stopping by for tea!
Wishing you all the best day possible.

Martha was unable to post T.T. this week, 
She and her son are in need of prayers
and healing wishes as he i
experiencing more health issues.
Our hearts and love go out to them both!     
I am joining Sandi for No Place Like Home.
And Judith for Mosaic Monday.
also, with Ruth for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
Thank you Ladies! 


Monday, February 1, 2016

Cottage Mugs

Hello All!

How about switching it up this week...
from tea cups to tea mugs.

These two were bargain finds,
and are cheery all on their own.

A scoop of spearmint and a scoop of peppermint...

A good magazine to help one dream of summer gardens!

a bit of local honey....yum.

garden dreaming...

I wouldn't mind staying at this cottage!

or up in that room above the hollyhocks...

Tea brings moments of respite,
and silly 

Mugs with such lovely images really do
spark my imagination!

Thank you for stopping by for tea today : )
I love that you did!

I wish you all a good day!

Martha has the linky for Tea Cup Tuesday
I will be heading over to visit her and 
see what gorgeous china she shares.
Thank you Martha!   

I am joining Sandi for No Place Like Home,
and Bernideen's for BTTCG
hoping to be able to link to more if I can... 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Quiet Tea

Hello All!
It is time for tea once again.

 January has been very interesting,
with wild weather and cozy dark days. 

I hope those of you that were in the storms path
are all safe and warm.

Today the sun came out and all 
the icicles were dripping sparkling water.

These days are good for reading...
A vintage find I have re discovered, 
was an entertaining companion 
on a chilly afternoon.  

The title was certainly apropos!
 Two days a storm has kept us indoors.

A surprise awaited within the pages,
a small card with a name....

Sitting down with a warm cup of oatstraw tea,
I opened the book once again to see
what kind of story it contained,
and found it was a collection.  

I wondered about the card,
did it belong to the owner of the book?
  I checked the front inside cover 
and, yes, there was a signature!
 It is hard to read though,
maybe Allie Werkman?

It is much easier to read the card...
Ivan Epperson.
Such handsome script!

Did Ivan give Allie the card? 
Did she allow him to call on her?
Maybe they married...
Maybe they were never able to 
satisfy their longing for each other
but remained true in their hearts...
from a distance? 

 This book is a collection of poems by 
It is named Snow-Bound
but contains several other poems 
as well as a very long preface.

Snow-Bound was very well accepted
when published in 1866.
It is a narrative poem
about a week during which 
he and his family were snowed in
due to a 3 day storm. 
John earned $10,000.
 John was surprised.
Imagine that for a 
narrative poem in 1866!
I will admit I had not heard of him before.
Have any of you?
He fought very hard to abolish slavery.
 "Unwarmed by any sunset light
The gray day darkened into night,
A night made hoary with the swarm
And whirl-dance of the blinding storm,
 As zigzag wavering to and fro
Crossed and recrossed the winged snow:
And ere the early bed-time came
The white drift piled the window frame,
And through the glass the clothes-line posts
Looked in like tall and sheeted ghosts."
(a sampling of Snow-Bound)

The lovely cup that I sipped from?
A beautiful filigree Collingwood cup. 

This is one of my all time favorite
winter tea cups. 

Thank you for visiting!
Martha has the linky to 
Tea Cup Tuesday,
and I am on my way over to visit her.
Thank you Martha! 
I am joining Ruth Sandi  for tea,
and Judith for Mosaic Monday.
Thank  you for hosting ladies!

Wishing you all,
where ever you are,
the best week possible. 


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