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Monday, October 31, 2016

Tea Time

This beautiful tea cup was sent to me by Melisa who was my Tea Time Teacup/Tea Mug gifter. We were randomly matched with someone to send our gift to but we received gifts from someone else. It was a beautiful exchange thanks to Stephanie, She matched up 198 people and she did an exceptional job! Thank you Stephanie.

                  Melisa included some lovely hand blended teas and Russian Tea Cookies. She lives in Alabama so she sent me a magazine and highlighted pages of interesting facts and things to do in her state. She also included some cross stitch patterns. She told me she participated in this Tea Cup/Mug giveaway with her three daughters. It was a beautiful package that she sent to me and included a heartfelt handwritten letter. She made my day.
                                                                                                                                                                    This sweet note pad with kittens on it was also included. Thank you Melisa. She does not have a blog so I can't visit her there. I did send her a letter with a thank you card.
     Cheryl from Virginia was my gifter for my Tea Mug. This is what she sent me. This mug is lovely and I am enjoying using both of my new tea cups and mugs. They were beautiful gifts.
           Cheryl included a  lovely book. It is always good to have holiday reading and a Christmas book is right up my alley. Thank you Cheryl.  
   Cheryl included these shortbreads and a sweet card too. I felt very blessed to receive such thoughtful gifts from both of these ladies.
                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                       This is a favorite Scripture.This next one is perfect for friendship.
Thank you for stopping by here and thanks to all the ladies who participated in the Tea Cup/ Tea Mug Exchange.  If you are a stitcher you might want to stop by this lovely blog: Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe and if you are already friends you will love the giveaway. It is fun making new friends and seeing old friends here too. Take care.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Happy Halloween and Lots of Fun

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! If you are heading out this evening please be safe and share your candy stash too! We have lots of candy to hand out so we are hopeful lots of little ones with ring our bell. The hubby took four bags of candy to his office. The inner city kids trick or treat at his office and those little ones will have a bounty of candy! The firm he works at has nine floors.
These kittens are picture purr-fect! Please be wise, give your feline a long life and spayed or neuter them.
A wagon filled with tiny dashchunds. Make sure you properly care for these little ones too by spayed and neutering them and loving them unconditionally. I shared some Precious Moment figurines for Sandee and those sharing with her at Aw...Mondays today! enjoy those furry friends. I am hoping Jeanne will look at the pretty blues over here today too.
Love is...always warms my heart and makes me grateful for the life I live. This is cute because we know the colder weather is coming and I like snuggling under those warm covers.
Maxine really is spot on here! I am constantly sweeping with a broom because the kitties can be so messy with their food and litter. That poor dog! Maxine should get a date with Gargamel from the Smurfs. He is not very nice to that poor cat Esmeral!
I like sharing my Scriptures that I read each day. Lots to pray about especially the upcoming election.
Enjoy a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by.


Monday, October 24, 2016

MONDAY GRATEFUL DAY

Everyday Jeremy sees this sight as he gets ready to leave his house. Smokey loves riding in the car, Stella just loves being with Smokey and poor little Bandit. he is just tired! These are daycare faces. Waiting to leave their house and come to mine. Stop by Sandee's and say hi and share your favorite Aw...Mondays
This sweet Precious Moments with a little girl dressed in blue and white is called God Loveth A Cheerful Giver. I have been a collector of these little figures since 1983. I had a good friend, Thelma, her dad owned the local Christian Book Store, and she would hold all the new releases for me on layaway. I really loved those days where I could add to my collection and pay a little each few weeks. The price has increased on these figurines quite a bit through the years but I still love them. I have half in a curio cabinet and the other half stored until I can find another curio to share them. Instead of downsizing, I still collect these cuties. They are so important to me and each one has a story behind it. I have about 125 of them. Tell Jeanne you stopped here for Blue Monday too.
We had an ancient piano and the girls loved playing it but when we moved we did not have a good place to put it so we sold it. I sure miss that old piano although I am not musically talented. But I love music! This Love is.... just makes me smile.
At any age, education is a costly experience. I am grateful my kids used student loans to better their lives. I just wish there were better rates to repay it and more people who could afford it. Maxine is just plain silly.

Lots of wonderful people to pray for. So much to be grateful for.
Watching the Denver Broncos play at home against the Houston Texans. I hate all the injuries in this game. Lots of prayers are being said for both teams. Gotta love my Broncos though. I am behind visiting and seem to be disorganized this Monday. Nick left for Kansas yesterday with Louis and they arrived back on campus safely. Can't ask for much more than that. Noelle and Roger touched ground heading home from their Ohio trip to see friends and phamily. Waiting for their ride at the airport. We slept well last night. New mattress, new restful night. It was wonderful. We are grateful for that. Enjoy your week and come back soon.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Grateful Post: Aw...Mondays and A Rainy Day Wednesday and Apple Fritter Bread


Grateful for warmth inside my home. This tree sits in my neighbor's front yard across the street from me. The photo does not do the golden leaves justice. Somedays are dark, dreary and rainy day. Others are hot and sunny just like summer.
Rainy days make me want to bake. Here is the yummy loaf of Apple Fritter Bread. A friend shared this and it is delicious. So warm and filled with Granny Smith apples and brown sugar and cinnamon. A few days ago I had some overly ripe bananas. I have been baking banana bread since I was a teen. All three loaves failed! They did not bake through. I was so sad. I am not sure what happened because the oven bakes fine every time and this was such a fluke.
My Tea Mug Exchange lady Cheryl  sent me a beautiful mug with this verse. I have been  drinking some Mint Lemon Verbena tea with honey and lemon slices in my new cup. It is so good.  I am so happy I joined the tea cup/tea mug exchange.

The very best feline friend I knew was Boots and looked very similar to this fellow. I don't understand superstitions especially for beautiful black cats.

This feline must be a follower of the Trekkies! I love this because it brings a big smile. Now stop by Sandee's and join the Aw...Mondays crowd with your favorite shares.

This cup is sweetness. Perhaps they were having a Alice in Wonderland Tea Party.  I thought maybe Jeanne and the folks at Blue Monday would enjoy this blue.
Do you have a favorite tea cup? A favorite color? I love them all but this blue tea cup and matching teapot is really stunning. Lots of beautiful pieces to add to a collection.

I was thinking of my banana bread fail and this popped up! Leave it to Maxine to add things up!

Love is...fit perfectly today. Tea and honey go together so beautifully. I like to purchase locally produced honey as well as other produce and products.
This is my favorite honey, raw and unfiltered.
I hope you have a wonderful day and great week as well.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Many Monday Memories in the Making

I think being different is cool. It is awesome and fun! I own one cat, his name is Mr Kitty. He is quite pretentious and thinks he is the house ruler. I am caregiver to Nick's cat, Rose. She is the Chicken Wrangler, steals chicken faster than you can say "Where did my chicken go?"  Fried, baked, boiled, she is not picky although I think she may have some Southern roots. I have caught her twice with fried chicken, only the remains of the crispy goodness in her whiskers. A faint whisper of fried chicken on her breathe. The girl is a magician, disposing of the bones so she leave no evidence. Daphne belongs to our middle daughter's beau. I call her "Hey Girl", as she is skittish and shy. Having been dumped inside a twelve pack box of Miller Lite Beer with four siblings, as a newborn , I guess I would be afraid of humans too! Our youngest daughter owes Leo, oh what can I say about Leo, he is the neighborhood good will ambassador. Greets each dog in three yards surrounding our home each day. The grumpy black lab, who for nearly 6 years, has barked at me! Yet he wags his tail at Leo as they sniff butts through the fence and pee as if giving each other a high five! Leo stands about six feet tall on his hind legs. He is massive, about 75 lbs. He will lick you to death, kiss you and nibble your arms! But he is a gentle giant, once confined to a kennel for more than 12 hours a day. My hubby hates for him to jump on the bed but when I have had a bad day, a rotten  migraine or simply feel defeated he will come and lay next to me. He will look me directly in the eyes and I tell him how blessed he is to be here where he can run, catch rabbits, play fetch and lounge outside in the sunshine. He understands me and he loves the great outdoors. I babysit Jeremy's three dogs. Bandit is the ancient one. The old man recently received sad news. He is 15, quite a feat for a fellow who weighs a whooping 10-12 lbs. and is called a rat terrier. But he had an infection on his back paw and the vet thinks is is quite serious. The oral antibiotics helped and his three times a week foot soak with a special medicated shampoo has healed him somewhat. But Jeremy will have to decide about further testing to determine the seriousness of his illness. At nearly 100 in human years, the little fellow is a true prince. Smokey is a Boxador, which is a Boxer/Lab. he is 8 and the friendliest fellow. He watches over his tiny elderly brother and cherishes Stella, also 8, the shepherd/blue heel rescue. She is his love and he guards as as if she were a precious gemstone. My days are filled with cat litter, dog food, hair and spills. But the company is good. Sometime a furry friend knows exactly what you need. They will never let you down either. They are so different from people. They give a vacuum a great workout! So be different and visit Sandee at Aw...Mondays.
Pretty blue tea things from Pinterest. This elegant teapot would be terrific for a little tea party. I love the design on it.
Pinterest has some pretty tea sets too. This one is very classic and might be used at a high tea or just a fun vintage tea.
This Vintage Cobalt Blue teacup is bright and colorful. It would be fun to use at a Mad Hatter Tea Party where you could mix and match some different tea cups and saucers.
Amen to this pinterest find. I hope Jeanne joins me for some tea. I have lovely almond cookies, an English shortbread cookie and some elegant pastries to share. won't you join me too?
I will ask pinterest to give me this scone recipe too. You might enjoy glazed lemon blueberry scones.
Even Love is...loves tea time too!
Now Ms. Maxine, we really need to work on those manners. You can't spill hot tea on someone you don't like! Isn't it better to simply kill them, with kindness?
I will always love sharing Scriptures and the Book of James is very special to me.  I read it because my father read it and furthermore, he lived it.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Changes At My Blog and More Tea Exchange Treasures

I am going to do more posts about tea and all the things I love about tea. I was posting so many things about my phamily and I just think I need to switch things up. I also was spending time at social media, and in the words of Teresa, another blogger, it is cutting and cruel. I could no longer stand the constant bullying and insults regarding political matters. As adults, people need to look at the bigger picture and stop bullying each other. My personal thoughts and I will not be visiting there or commenting any longer. My loss, no one else's as it seems more and more folks enjoy the drama and the back biting. I don't. I feel anyone talking about their faith needs to be able to back it up and I was being shunned more and more, Until we are no longer a free world, I will continue to post my Scripture whenever I feel like it. I am just stunned at the phoniness of so many and it really hurt my heart. I do appreciate the kind hearts that have followed me here and continue to. Your encouraging words always mean so much to me. These are the friendships I treasure. Anyone can brag about themselves but it is a true person who comments from their heart and is kind and well meaning.
Sometime I say too many words but I am a passionate person and I am honest and sincere. I have great faith and am a terrible Christian, because I am so imperfect. But I have a good heart and I try hard. I love kindness and dislike bullying. Love is so important in this world yet hate seems to rule. The very people who think change is needed and feel racism and political unrest is rampant in this world are often the very ones who love to stir the pot. Often people want their agenda and bully those that do not think like them. How sad the world would be if everyone was robotic and acted the same way. Honesty and ethics are good things.  You won't hear me talk like this again at my blog. I will simply ignore any hatefulness. I will pray and I will enjoy posting about all the beautiful things tea !
Love and happiness are going to surround me.
Once you learn this you will live happier. My mother use to say, if someone took advantage of me, for instance, "with a friend like that, you will never need any enemies." I have taken that to heart throughout my life. It served me well like her words to me,  pray and then pray harder.
This lovely tea mug arrived from the state  of Virginia and lovely Cheryl. She sent a lovely tea exchange package.
Shortbread to enjoy with tea time and a cheery card,
A sweet book to enjoy while sipping my tea. Thank you Cheryl, you made my day and gave me a smile.
I want to thank Melissa in  Alabama, Cheryl in Virginia  for all the lovely gifts and  Stephanie in Colorado for hosting the Tea Cup/ Tea Mug Exchange.