Friday, December 2, 2016

Thankfulness!

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude.
Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness.
Thankfulness may consist merely of words.
Gratitude is shown in acts.
~Henri Frederic Amiel

I am thankful for you, dear friends.
May you be blessed with JOY this holiday season.
May your cup overflow with all things of exuberance,
wonderfulness, and delight.
Laugh and be at Peace.
Act for the Good in the World.
Surround yourself with those you Love.
And above all else, Dance!

Today in my cup is Noel, for it will fill my
soul with Delight. 

linking to Bernideen:  http://blog.bernideens.com/ 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Words for the Season

Happy December, dear Friends!



Have you noticed certain words just seem to pop up in Christmas
ornaments, wall signs, and even on pillows during this time of year.
Words delight me!
It is fun to see where they shine.
What words do you associate with the month of December and Christmas?
Beside the typical ones you see I found at the antique mall,
I am thinking of:

Laughter
Family
Singing
Sparkle
Shine
Fragrance
Hugs
Greetings
Solstice

The more I think the more words that come to mind.

What words do you find this month?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sparkle and Shine

There is something I just love about Christmas decorations as I get older,
it is the sparkle and shine.
How it delights my eyes and heart.
Then it is the memories too.
This shiny satin dress at the antique mall brought memories
of playing in my mother's wedding dress.  The fabric was the same.
How it shined.

Just a glimpse of the a silver foil tree
and sparkly Christmas balls brought laughter to my soul.
There is a reverence to the season that is never forgotten,
but the sparkle and shine just dances before me.
And the lights, oh yes the lights sing my song.
It can't get much better than this,
and this!
or even this!!!
Do you love the sparkle and shine of the season?

It is MAGICAL!
 All photos taken at Monticello Antique Mall.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Russian Tea

Delighted to share this wonderful tea time.
The Heathman Hotel started serving The Russian Tea the day after Thanksgiving.
What a delight to be served by the head chef, Vitaly Paley, just yesterday.
It was the beginning of the holiday season
and a joyful time of sharing tea with my "live-in gardener".
The tea station was nearby and they were serving Smith's Teamaker teas.
In my cup was Georgian Caravan with elderflower jam.
In my "live-in gardeners" cup was Meadow, a blend of
chamomile, hyssop, rooibos, rose petals, and linden flowers.

There were samovar's for heating and serving hot water
and samovar's for decoration.  All just beautiful.
The food was uniquely Russian and several recipes
came from Vitaly Paley's grandmother.
There was Khachapouri (georgian cheese bread with local honey,
Buterbrodi (open faced rye bread with toppings of sausage,
another with smoked salmon, and delicious cheese spread)
Walnut-stuffed eggplant rolls was delicious,
along with traditional blini and mushroom piroshki.



The sweets were Kulaga belorusskaya (fruit gelee), Zapekanka (cheesecake with
apricots and caramel glaze), Tort po kievski (hazelnut meringue with coffee buttercream,
chocolate ganache), Bird's milk cake (shortbread cookie, marshmallow, chocolate glaze),
and Steopka (grandmother's sour cream and walnut cake).
There were too many desserts to eat, a take home box accompanied us home
for a later in the evening treat.  They were so rich I couldn't even eat
all of them in the evening.  Breakfast with my tea was a delicious remembrance.



The Russian Tea was a special way of kicking off the holiday season.
Let the celebrating begin!

Do you have any special tea time's planned for celebrating Christmas?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Notes from the Garden - Silver Maple



 The silver maple provides home for bees, squirrels, birds,
and an occasional raccoon.
 When it rains a root holds water for the birds.
 It shelters us.
And delights us with it's presence.
Young boys dream of climbing this magnificent tree.
It has been hugged and sketched.
Admired by all those that visit the garden.
It's twiggy branches greet us shining above our home
when we return from our travels.
It's character delights our heart.

The arborist says the tree only has about 10 more years left,
after all it is 165 years old.
Sometimes I find my "live-in gardener" praying it will live
and flourish under his care.

We treasure this tree in our garden
and if a tree is loved, this one tree has that love.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Tea Time for the Holidays


The antique mall didn't have much in the way of tea time accoutrements,
but never the less what I did find led my mind to think of teas
I might serve with holiday meals.
Yesterday I made a larger than usual pot of tea just to celebrate the day.
It was served in a golden teapot with Alishan Black tea inside.
Oh it satisfied that need for a good cup of tea quite wonderfully.
Rich with flavor and just the right bit of warmth to my soul.
For my family, when it came time for tea, it was Tulsi,
a herbal infusion from India that they enjoyed.
So I seem to be the only caffeinated one.
but even so we enjoyed the day together.

I hope you had time to sit for awhile with a cup of tea.

What flavor was in your cup?

Thanksgiving is a time for family and for friends,
a Delight to our Hearts.

Have a very special weekend, dear friends! 

Linking to Bernideen at http://blog.bernideens.com/

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Blessings


In a Woman's Way

Life, dear Lord, makes so many demands
On a woman's heart, of a woman's hands--
I've a house to keep; I have children, a man;
I have to hurry, I have to plan--
Oh, I seldom have time for slipping away
From my duties in some quiet corner to pray,
But like meadow larks that soaring sing,
I must talk to you, Lord, as it were, on the wing.

Do acknowledgments hold less of gratitude
If sent in the midst of preparing food?
Of sweeping a floor; of sewing a button;
Of bathing a baby; ordering mutton?
Are petitions less fervent, if one only asks
As one works, for strength for finishing tasks?
Although I can't kneel, when the bell in the steeple
Is pealing a summons to all devout people,
Please, Lord, remember in her humble way,
 A woman is keeping Thanksgiving today.

~Kitchen Sonnets by Ethel Romig Fuller

Dear Friends,
May your Thanksgiving be blessed!
Each day a day to give with Gratitude and Love!