Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday's Quotes

If I had my life to live over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances,
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.
~Nadine Stair

ps - this is one of my all time favorite quotes.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Along with Life comes a little rain

Summer time is suppose to be laid back and fun,
but sometimes life just gets poured on and swamped.
This week has been pouring rain, but the sun will soon come out.
So this a quick hello just to say Have a Great Weekend.
For me it is our neighborhood's garage sale, family, and tea time.
Be back on Monday.

Just to let you know for the month of August I will take Susannah Conway's
August Break, which is just posting a photo a day.
If anyone that blogs wants to play along, 
you can find the information at

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's in the Box?

 Recently I saw online that a tea shop in Paris was selling tea time in a box to go.
I love a challenge.
With a venture to the paper store I found this pretty little box, 4 1/2 inches square.
My challenge to myself was to see if I could make afternoon tea in a small box to go.
The one in Paris didn't have tea or a cup, but I wanted them as part of my tea time.
In the box I wrapped each of the food items in vintage tissue paper and linen string.
If you unwrapped the treasures you would find 3 herb cookies,
two small egg salad sandwiches, 2 small turkey, cheese, fig jam sandwiches,
6 cherries, 1 tea bag, and a special handleless glass teacup.
Under it all is a pretty little napkin.
The only thing to add is hot water, which could be in a thermos or teapot on the side.
So what do you think?
Did I step up to challenge?
It was fun, how about you?
Are you up to challenge?
It was lots of fun and then I had tea time in my backyard.
Let me know if you do it and post.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Photo for my grandson, who adores tractors and backhoes.

There is power in machines.
Tractors pulling loads of hay on the farm needs power.

I have had thoughts of the power within me on many occasions over the years.
Sometimes it actually scares me when I feel it there.
I withdraw from it.
I even hide.
I think about embracing it,
but wonder would it scare others like it scares me.
Where would I go with it?
I acknowledge it sometimes, but then I let it go.
I want to grab onto it, like the tail of a kite, and let me soar to heights unknown.
I take baby steps at times and then find that closet door.

Do you feel like this at times?
Does power scare you too?
Or do you allow it to take you places yet unknown?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monday's Quotes

Courage is not afraid to weep;
and she is not afraid to pray,
even when she is not sure who she is praying to.
~J. Ruth Gendler

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sharing Tea

Twice this week I have had the opportunity to share tea with friends.
The cups are upside down because we haven't started making the tea.
How wonderful to sit in the out of doors and share our love of tea.
For both opportunities I shared the same tea.
I wasn't sure how it would steep and taste coming from my little teapot,
but it was quite good.
I shared a Darjeeling tea called Puttabong Moondrops First Flush 2014.
Sounds kind of technical doesn't it?
Puttabong is the farm or estate it came from in India.
Moondrops is the name they gave it.
First Flush 2014 was the first picking in the Spring of 2014.
I tend to like the Second Flush better for a more robust tea,
but drinking moondrops fascinated me and I just couldn't resist
buying it when I knew it was being picked.
I mentioned moondrops last year, it is like drinking stars from the sky 
on a clear evening with a gentle breeze blowing.

Have you enjoyed sipping something recently that reminded you
of a delightful starlit evening with a gentle breeze?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rose, Violet, & Scamp of Swain Woods

A continuation of the story of Swain Woods and the Fairies.

Rose bloomed brightly, the youngest fairy, she had a glow all her own.  Her cheeks were pink like they had been pinched by the morning dew or a blush from the sun.  She was the artist of the three fairies, an artist in her soul.  Creating beauty wherever she went, her hands just danced with delight.  Rose could turn a piece of bark or a twig into something of beauty.  Her baskets were used for storing their food and for capturing rainbows at the end of a rain storm.  Those honored to receive a gift from Rose treasured each gift with great appreciation.

You have met Violet earlier in my story.  Violet loved to dance in the woods, she would sway to the music coming from above for the birds sang a song just for her.  She cared deeply for the woods, her sisters, and for Scamp.  You could say she watched over them, just as big sisters do.  She had a voice like honey poured from a pitcher warmed by the sun.  She shared stories she remembered of their family long ago.  She treasured the memories and being the oldest shared them most freely.

Scamp was the Wood Nymph living nearby.  They say his name suited him well.  His eyes twinkled with delight and laughter was often on his lips.  He didn't miss a cup of tea or a song to dance by, for his heart was that of a happy soul.  He learned the sounds of the birds nearby and sometimes when a human passed by they thought there were birds nearby.  In some ways he was a trickster and those that knew him just delighted in being in his presence.  His laughter was infectious and made each fairies heart to sing.

These are the stories of my fairy friends of Swain Woods.
There is one more episode to come next week as we travel with the fairies and dream.