Saturday, May 3, 2008

It's On Its Way, Barbara!

At last! The sun, the moon, the stars have aligned in this one moment of time making it possible to accomplish my task. (Yes, I did take my drama pill this morning and thank-you-very-much for asking). Anyway, the package to Barbara is, at last, waiting by the door. Yes, I am mailing it t-o-d-a-y!

So this will be our little trans-Atlantic experiment: How long will it take this package to wend its way from the Wee House on the Eastern seaboard (US of A) to Barbara in England? I could have a contest. :D NO, no, I'm resisting the urge.

BTW, if any of you wondered about what was in Judy's package (she won the giveaway for my 200th post), she was so nice to post all about it right here. Do you suppose it holds any suggestions for what Barbara's package contains? Ha!

Hope that you have a wonderful Saturday and a wonderful weekend. Tune back tomorrow for my comments on WWJD. Later!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

We Welcome Thee

(May), we salute thee with our early song, and welcome thee, and wish thee long! ~John Milton

Picture Source (allowed to stand)

May is my third favorite month right after October and September. It is also a month where I honor my beloved's passing so it can be a mine field of emotions. My fond hope is that this year I will discover that, after many, many years, I am moving past the sadness.

Months ago, I explained that I was "stuck." I'm just beginning to feel as if whatever is holding me down is being released.

Thank you all so much for your support and prayers yesterday even in the middle of my histrionics. You are all so appreciated and everything went very well indeed.

A beautiful May to you all!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Grumble, Grumble, Complain, Complain

That's right! If you don't want to start your day on a sour note, scurry along to another blog. You've had fair warning!

So, this morning, at 6:30, the street cleaners came through to collect all those piles of dirt in the street. Six freakin' thirty! (This might be a good thing if I had gone to bed at a reasonable hour, but I went to bed at 1:30 am.)

K-Mart has not been keeping its shelves stocked with my favorite flour sacks for making embroidered towels. This means that I purchased inferior ones from the other "mart" and now I have made four (yes four!) lousy tea towels that I can't possibly-ossibly send to anyone. Grrrr...

And, I am such a goose that I forgot how to bind the tape even though I've done it about a dozen times now so I have ruined bias tape all over fourteen counties.


Then I started a new habit of reading before blogging, but this morning I'm blogging before reading and now my whole day is going to be fried not to mention scrambled.

My mother has an appointment for a painful medical procedure this afternoon and I must drive her. I am grateful that my mother is still with me and that I am available to drive her anywhere, but I am so not good with painful medical procedures, especially my mother's.

Okay, that's about all that I can handle myself so I'll quit. Time to chill with my morning devotions. Now why didn't I do that first?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The White, Green, Black, and Herb of Tea

Tell about your favorite tea. How do you prepare it and serve it? Milk and sugar? Plain? What are some of your best memories of serving or sipping on this tea? Share a picture if you can. Tell the health benefits of the tea(s) you prefer. Where do you purchase your tea? Is there someplace you enjoying purchasing tea from? Who from and where?

Is it time to confess that my favorite hot beverage is coffee? Two cups of hazelnut coffee with cream and Splenda every morning or else I'm going to have a headache-y day.

Since coffee is my favorite hot beverage, an Earl Grey or breakfast tea is usually my tea of choice for its robust, full flavor. Besides, a breakfast tea has the same effect as the coffee with all that caffeine.

My dear blogging pal Sandi first told me about Yorkshire tea right here. It has become my very favorite tea of all. It is smooth and perfect and I drink it between the hours of three and five every afternoon, usually with cream and sweetener. Although Sandi was perfectly willing to send me some, I was able to find it at T.J. Maxx and, so far, keeping all fingers crossed, I've been able to find it every time I need more.

Yorkshire tea is made by Taylors of Harrowgate in England. You can read more about it at the web site I've included. There's a great little article there about the health benefits of tea as well.

My next favorite beverage is Nestlé green tea in a bottle. This I sip nearly all day long. When I gave up soda a few years ago, I made the switch to green tea. Love it!

The remainder is the odd assortment of teas: Oolong (Bigelow), Vanilla Chai (Bigelow), Green Tea (Tetley) Honey and Lemon Green Tea (Tetley) and a few loose tea bags of odds and ends in the cupboard. You'll note that I am not a fan of loose tea leaves. I am certainly not a tea connoisseur.

When I serve tea in my little Corelle tea pot there (the beautiful tea pots have left the building), I boil water to warm the pot, boil fresh water for the actual tea, replace the warm water with the hot water and add three or four tea bags. Nothing to it.

Now that La Tea Dah has that danged Mr. Linky working, you can join the rest of the tour right here.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tidy Little Package

If you sew all weekend and don't finish your projects, you, too, could wake to this kind of a mess on your dining room table! How I long for a sewing/craft room; maybe some fine day.

When my sister took her Christmas cactus last Thursday (wasn't it lovely that I got to enjoy all those blooms one more time?), she discovered that the center of the crocheted table topper had rotted completely away. It was nasty! She might have tossed it, but I rescued it and told her that I'd see what I could do.

This is what I could do...

It's a linen inset instead of a crocheted piece. I hope that she'll like it.

(Thanks, Teresa, for the suggestion to appliqué the embroidered pieces I was quizzing you all about here. The thought remained as you can see!)

Don't you love it when things all ultimately come together in a neat and tidy package?

Now I wish that I could say that I was spending my time on this charming, quaint porch (that would be quite a feat since it's not mine... ;>), but it's back to the sewing machine for me.

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Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Faith Test

After committing my need to God, if I can come away with no sadness, pain or anxiety in my heart, I have prayed the prayer of faith. If I pray and then still carry my burden, I know that my faith was not in practice. ~slight paraphrase from Streams in the Desert

(allowed to stand)

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. ~Romans 10:17