Thursday, September 30, 2010

Step Softly

Quietly I rise to a morning fresh with dew
Softly I walk, tiptoeing along the wooden bridge
I know there are secrets yet revealed
My eyes must open wide
For today is the day
I know I will find
the secrets of the countryside
the river will share
the beauty to display
of rainbows in the water
Is today the day I catch that fish?
Soon I will don my waders and
traverse here
My dream is to be a fishergirl
and catch that golden fish.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

JOY is

JOY is the setting of the sun on a very good day!
JOY is the discovery of something created out of pure exuberance and love!

JOY is visiting one of my all time favorite places and seeing a whale swim by!
JOY is the noticing of those special things throughout the day no matter how
big or how small.

Notice what you notice today!
What touches you and brings you JOY?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eagle Rock Lodge

 Last week my husband and I had the opportunity to stay at the Eagle Rock Lodge.
What a most wonderful place to stay.
Our room had a fireplace set and ready for a cozy fire as we looked out on
the beautiful grounds and McKenzie River in Oregon.
The hospitality was amazing
and the breakfast the next morning was spectacular.
Definitely a place I could recommend and hope to return to.

Can you see the Eagle Rock?
It is in the middle left picture.
What a beautiful sight.
I took a walk early and totally enjoyed the quiet, peacefulness.
I am grateful for this time of rest before the busy schedule of autumn begins.
Do you have a time set aside for quiet meditation before approaching the busy
schedule of autumn and holidays?
This one was just perfect!

Visit their website at:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Strong Women - Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart remembered for her strength

Amelia Earhart was a strong, successful woman and really a pioneer for women. She never allowed anyone to tell her she could not accomplish what she had put her mind to.
As most everyone knows Amelia is known for her dedication to flying and her final flight. The last flight she ever took was attempting to fly around the world. She knew that no one had ever successfully done it, but she just figured she'd be the first.
She disappeared during her trip never to be heard from again, but that single attempt made her a role model for young girls for years to come.
In 1932, she was the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, she was the first female to ever receive the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Only a few women proceeding her have been able to receive the same honor.
Amelia is easy to identify with her cropped hair, which was almost unheard of at that time, tomboy appearances, and usually pictured around an airplane or on a runway. She also always had on a leather flight jacket which would keep her warm during flights in her small aircraft.
One of my favorite Strong Women.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

World Cup of Tea

World Cup of Tea
 9200 Carothers Pkwy Suite 104
Franklin, TN
Phone - 615-224-9778

This lovely tearoom in Franklin, Tennessee
carries Marmalady's jams and jellies.
They also put them in gift baskets, which is a wonderful idea.

If you are ever in the area of World Cup of Tea stop by and tell them I sent you.
In the meantime, visit them at

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tomatoes, Oh My!

"Just sit there and look pretty"

for more thoughts on "Just sit there and look pretty"

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Autumn Eye Candy

Autumn is officially here!
Go out and stomp through some leaves.
Smell the chrysanthemums!
Watch for the harvest moon.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Antique Collecting

Antique shopping and collecting brings me great JOY.
Sometimes my antiques and vintage collection show up in pictures,
but I don't share the stories.

When my husband and I were married, many years ago,
we couldn't afford to furnish our new apartment; so
we started shopping at "junk" stores.  At the time we said someday
we will replace things with nice pieces of new furniture.
Well somewhere along the way we fell in love with these old pieces of "junk".

Then the search was on for more "junk".
Still today, though I don't need more, I still love to visit antique shows and shops bringing
home yet another little treasure.

The cabinet in this picture has a story.
We were living in Kansas at the time and a friend visiting us wanted to
go to a farm sale.  I left her there and went home to cook dinner.
When I went back to pick her up they were still auctioning things off.
They were starting to bid on everything in the barn.  I ran into the
barn to see what was there and there was this cabinet.
Someone else got the whole contents of the barn for $20., then turned
to me and said he would sell me the cabinet for $10.
I didn't have $10., but wrote a check hoping the bank would
cover it.  My husband wasn't very happy with me, but
he picked it up and brought it home.  It was covered with black
grease; so he started cleaning it and this is what we found underneath.
We also found that it was built before the Civil War.
The wood was hand planed.
My husband soon changed his mind and I was forgiven.
We have loved it ever since.

Do you like collecting anything?
Did you start by choice or was it an accident made into JOY?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Strong Women - Katherine Hepburn

This is not the typical picture of Katherine Hepburn, but
when I saw this picture I thought it so well exemplifies who she was.
What I would want to take from observing her life.
She was willing to be herself and try new things,
living life on her own terms.

This is what I see in the Strong Women that I have portrayed the past few months.
Soon I will bring this series to an end.
Katherine Hepburn was one of the first ones I put on my list.
Who would be one of the first ones you would put on your list?

Friday, September 17, 2010

An Apple a Day

It is said that "an apple a day will keep the doctor away"
I do believe that a small pot of tea can also help.

Quote by Yang Jiang Ming

No matter what color your skin, or what language you speak,
when you sip a cup of clear tea giving off a delicate fragrance, 
and when you feel deeply that it helps not only produce saliva and
slack the thirst, dispel sleepiness and weariness, but also prevent
disease and benefit health, you cannot help but
praise highly its wonderful effects, and hold in esteem the people
who produce it.

Have a wonderful weekend and have a cup of tea.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Blue Chairs

I love photographing chairs.
Blue chairs are my favorite.
Yes, kind of weird; but it is what I like.
Here are two chair I encountered this past week.
The one at the top was a surprise; tucked away between two buildings,
yet sitting there so pretty.
The second chair I drive by all the time and just love seeing it there.
It makes my heart sing each time I see it.
Saturday I happened to have my camera in the car
and the sun was shining on that blue chair just right.
I turned around and went back to capture that blue chair in
my cameras eye.  Oh, I am so glad I did.

I don't know who owns those blue chairs,
but they brought me JOY this past week just to see them sitting there.
What brought you JOY this past week?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Join me for Jasmine Tea

My Dream House

Sometimes I build upon a hill
A little house of dreams,
With latticed windows, oaken floors
And old, old, smoky beams.

I furnish it from pewter bowls
And yellow handled broom,
To a chest of cherry wood
In the livingroom.

Its shakes are weathered silver-gray;
Its eaves are wide and low;
At dusk a copper kettle sings
And there is candle glow.

Then as I draw the jasmine tea,
It is your hand that knocks
On the blue door in its frame
Of crimson hollyhocks.

by Ethel Romig Fuller in the Kitchen Sonnets

Come join me for a cup of jasmine tea,
I will be waiting for your knock.
 The cup, why it will be a special one
just found for you to share.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Strong Women - Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto
Date of birth: June 21, 1953
Date of death: December 27, 2007, assassinated on a second attempt.

Benazir Bhutto was born in Karachi, Pakistan to a prominent political family. At age 16 she left her homeland to study at Harvard's Radcliffe College. After completing her undergraduate degree at Radcliffe she studied at England's Oxford University, where she was awarded a second degree in 1977.

Benazir Bhutto is one of the strongest women I have seen in my life time.  She believed she could become the Prime Minister of Pakistan and she served her country twice.

From Wikipidia: During the election campaigns the Bhutto government voiced its concern for women's social and health issues, including the issue of discrimination against women. Bhutto announced plans to establish women's police stations, courts, and women development banks. Despite these plans, Bhutto did not propose any legislation to improve welfare services for women. She promised to repeal controversial laws that curtail the rights of women in Pakistan.
Bhutto was an active and founding member of the Council of Women World Leaders, a network of current and former prime ministers and presidents.  Indeed, she was a strong woman.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Let there be PEACE

September 11th

"Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony."

 Song written by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller in 1955.
Sung by Vince Gill

Friday, September 10, 2010

Harney & Sons

The entrance to Harney & Sons tea shop in Millerton, New York.

The Harney & Sons tasting room.

It has been a few years since I visited the Harney & Sons tea shop in New York,
but I have had the opportunity several times to chat both face to face and on the phone
with the founder, John Harney.  He is a real treasure, who founded Harney & Sons
over 25 years ago.  You might find their teas in Barnes and Noble or your favorite tea shop.
Earlier this summer John called me and ordered Marmalady's Orange Triple Sec Marmalade for the shop.
In the future it should show up on their website, but I didn't see it there today.
John has been a great cheerleader for Marmalady's and I have really appreciated it.

You can visit Harney & Sons at 
or if you are in the area of Millerton, New York stop in and visit their shop.
Tell them the Marmalady sent you.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What's for Breakfast

What's for Breakfast?
Paris Breakfast shared this morning on Breakfast in Paris;
so I thought I would share my breakfast this very morning.
I really am addicted to this breakfast.
A cup of good tea, this morning it is Honey Oolong from Taiwan.
Homemade yogurt and the best homemade granola ever.
A friend made it for me.
It has toasted walnuts and cashews, dried cherries, and oh so many more goodies.
I am loving it.
What was your breakfast this morning?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Harvest Time

September is Harvest Time.
The days become shorter and the sun
doesn't feel as intense.
The fruits of our labor hand us a gift from the sun and the earth.
There is something so beautiful in this time of the year.
The anticipation and preparations for the winter ahead.
The tomatoes and apples say "pick me, pick me".
Pies are made.
Warm tomato slices in thick slabs are placed on the dinner plate.
Pumpkins are beginning to show their true colors in preparation for the dark season ahead.
Zinnias and sunflowers shine in their glory.
JOY is definitely the word for the Harvest time of September.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lemon Yellow, My Favorite Color

Saturday I had lunch with my sister.
We met in a small town south of Portland.
There are quite a few antique shops there.
I had been told my favorite shop was closing,
but the door was open.
 I walked in and found this precious lemon yellow teacup waiting for me.
I am loving having my morning tea with this little bit of sunshine.
It makes me smile.

What is making you smile today?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Strong Women - Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief was brought to my attention after starting this Strong Women series.
I had not heard of her.  Thanks Mary Jane!
Reading about her, I found her fascinating.
She was born January 24, 1925 in Fairfax, Oklahoma on the Osage Indian Reservation.
She had to overcome prejudice to become a well known ballerina.
You can read more about her at

I am always impressed and notice a strong woman that can overcome animosity and prejudice to succeed in life and Maria Tallchief definitely succeeded as a beautiful ballerina and creator of her own  life story.

Do you know any strong woman that has persevered and overcome great challenges?
Who is she and does she inspire you to be more of who you can be?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Tea in Solitude

Tea should be taken in solitude.
~C.S. Lewis

I hope you are sipping your tea this morning and enjoying
some time of solitude.

I had some time of solitude sitting in the swing with my tea,
watching the hummingbirds, and experiencing this beautiful view
of Whitewater Lake, Wisconsin.
Can you believe it, I actually had another opportunity to photograph hummingbirds.

I am home now, but my time in Wisconsin was precious.
Blogging friends, seeing some new country, having tea in solitude, and enjoying my nephews wedding.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Boerner Botanical Gardens was an afternoon delight.
Located in Whitnall Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A living museum of gardens full of roses, herbs, annual and perennial flowers.
In the spring there is also a peony garden.
There were the largest butterflies I have ever seen.
Definitely worth a walk in the garden.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

And the winner is............

Oops, I almost forgot to have the drawing for the Leslie Caron book.  My husband just drew the name and the winner is, drum roll please, par tea lady.  Maureen, I have your address and it will be sent today.  Congratulations!

Please read my Wednesday blog below.

Tea Time in Wisconsin

You don't think I would miss an opportunity to have tea while in Wisconsin, do you?
Really I was there for my nephews wedding, but there was still time for tea.
Christina told me that everyone visiting Milwaukee wanted to have tea at Watts' Tea Shop;
so off I went to find it in downtown Milwaukee.
I stepped into the door and was amazed at the assortment of china, crystal, and home decorator ornaments.
It had the feel of an old, very nice department store with tons of beautiful things.
But where was the tea shop, I wanted to know?
It was up the elevator to the second floor where there were more beautiful things to see and then the tea shop.
Even the tea shop was reminiscent of an older era of department store "ladies that lunch" tea room.
I arrived early and they were not serving afternoon tea yet; so I enjoyed there Watts' tuna melt on their own English muffins.  For tea I selected their chai tea with milk.  The tea and sandwich were quite tasty and enjoyed by me.  Another tea shop to visit if you are ever in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Afternoon tea is served at 2PM.