Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DREAMING OF ROSES for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Sitting by the window, one
can dream of springtime
tulips
and summertime roses.






Although it is not as cold as it was for
weeks - it is still winter and drab: those
little birds were standing and pecking
on the ice!



So we will just stay here and dream a bit!



Please sit here and pour yourself some tea:


I also made you some lovely
Raspberry Turnovers
(click for recipe)



I am excited to see how the bulbs
 do this spring as I planted
 more in the fall.



Today I am enjoying my 
American
Beauty Teacups: 



I have been busy this winter - just like you - 
enjoying my life and various interests.  I
have been sewing tea cozies this week,
keeping the bird feeders full and I always
enjoy cooking and baking. I did not
resist these flowers from the market and
love arranging them myself. 



I guess this is one of my all
time favorite teapots:



This post today gives tea bloggers
an opportunity to share a tea related
post from their blog - right down 
at the bottom below:



I also participate in these
other blog parties:
Home Sweet Home


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

TEA COZIES FOR SALE

My Tea Cozies have been
selling well on Etsy so I
thought I'd share a few of
them today:


When I had my store in Colorado,
Bev Meller, a sweet Senior Lady
made tea cozies for me.
Last year I looked at one she
had made that I kept.  After
 experimenting I decided to modify 
the measurements  by shortening the 
ruffle at the top  and reduce the body
 fullness so  that the cozy went closer
 to the teapot.  Then I figured 
 the measurements out making
 these changes and came up
with 4 sizes:  X-Small, Small,
Standard and Large.


You can visit my Etsy Page here!
I ship in the USA.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A COLD WINTER TEA TIME for "Friends Sharing Tea"

For about a month, this has
 been a colder than usual
winter in Missouri - at least that's
what the locals tell me.


After all these cold days I couldn't resist
these primroses at Aldi's for 49 cents each.



In front of the fireplace is where you
will find me these days - drinking hot tea
and sometimes hot chocolate.

 The sound of the tea kettle 
has been very familiar lately.


Yesterday I opened a little package
 and inside were a number of
 small treasures from Michele at
"The Nest at Finch Rest".  Now
was that a sweet surprise!





It has finally gotten warmer
 this week and although still cold, 
more typical of past years. 


I am sharing a used book I 
recently purchased about
the life of L. M. Montgomery who 
wrote Anne of Green Gables and 
many other wonderful books.


Please pour yourself some
 tea or
hot chocolate and if you
can't tell the difference
between them and a teapot
click here!





I hope you are staying away from all
the bad germs this winter!  It is a good 
time to stay in and away from them!





Please join me if you like by
linking a tea time post from
your blog below.  I will
be joining these friends:
Share Your Cup with Jann
Tuesday Cuppa Tea with Ruth
Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HOT, HOT TEA FOR COLD DAYS for "Friends Sharing Tea"

"Baby it's Cold Out There" is the perfect song for this weather!


And now let me share a lovely
 poem which
I saw this week on Face Book:

A Loving Recipe for a Perfect Cup of Tea
One willing friend who loves to sit and share,
One grateful heart to have a friend that cares,

One beautiful garden to show us God is near,

Many wonderful memories of times shared throughout the years,

Lots of smiles and laughter to brighten up our days,

Many prayers that we prayed for each other along the way.

~Author Unknown



Let's get together for some hot tea!


I have set us a little table and let
me pour the cups quickly now.....




As we sit and chat I feel sorry for
the little outdoor creatures.  They 
seem quite happy though as long
as there is seed in the feeders.
And we have 4 feeders for the birds
and 1 just with sunflower seeds
for the squirrels.  That's to try and
keep them from swishing the bird
seed to the ground as they pick out
the sunflower seeds.





It is amazing to me how fish can
survive under the ice.  It is frozen
over in the koi pond.  The fish
lie motionless on the bottom.





I seem to have an endless supply of
cookies that I froze at Christmastime
and put in little cartons in the freezer.
Would you like another?



I do hope you can join my 
tea time blog party below:

I will be sharing at:
Home Sweet Home
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Monday, January 15, 2018

2017 YEAR IN REVIEW


It was so easy to move when 
we were younger!  2016 was a
 difficult year.
I am so glad it was over when 2017
arrived - so I start with a little
"Friends Sharing Tea" I set up in
the month for January celebrating
Queen Victoria:



February was a time to 
celebrate Valentines Day:


and also my friends Gina and
Janice took me to the
for my birthday:



that is - Paris, Missouri!  There
was an antique show there in a 
school and I found these old
English cottage dishes.


I was able to start up "Tea In The
Garden" which was shocking to me 
as I knew back in Colorado it was
time for lots of snow!


with a bird theme:




July:  It is so 
thrilling to find
flower for bouquets:


when the weather
gets plenty hot:




October was a time for mums:






Well - that's it for 2017.  
I am happily caught up!

REVIEW FOR 2016 - Rather Late!

I realized that I never did a review for
2016 so before I do one for 2017
let's take a look back in time:



We moved to Missouri in 2016 but this
 photo was taken January 4th while
 still in Colorado.  On the 29th we
 planned to close on our Missouri
 home so my husband  drove the first
 truck load from Colorado to Missouri
 and I drove one of our cars.




After staying in Missouri for a week we
headed back to Colorado to pack up more
items and finish getting our home ready to
put it up for sale. It was weird having
furniture set up in 2 houses.  We decided
to leave this deer mount in Colorado:



Time rolled by as we continued to pack
 and my husband did most of that - he 
is a good packer.  We had professionals
 load both of our truck loads and so we 
were ready to leave Colorado on March
 17 and our house went on the market
 that day.   We left early and drove 
straight through and the next day we
started unloading.  It was so weird 
having green grass and seeing this Forsythia in bloom on the 
side of the house.


I loved the new location for my armoire right
in the kitchen.  It was chipped up a bit
but my husband said "hey, it doesn't matter,
it's shabby chic - remember"!


April


During this entire summer I worked 
very hard digging and working 
on flower gardens.  It was hard
on the knees for sure!

May:


I had to admit that starting from scratch
with gardening was really a challenge.



In June I set up what
I called a sunset tea on
my front walk.



Yes, I was finally getting some
flowers for bouquets too!

On this day in August (below)I set
up a "Tea In The Garden" but later
we dug up that wisteria and moved
the trelis to the other side of the yard.



This month brought the arrival of a
fence for our yard - at least the sides
and later we had them do the back too.




We added an arbor to our yard in October!

November marked a celebration of
the birthday girl Janice on the left.
I met she and Gina (right) through
blogging before I moved to Missouri.
They are terrific friends now!



December was finally here and
the Snowlady was the only snow
for Christmas in Missouri:


Well - now I caught that up 
so I need to do 2017!