Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tea and Cookies

I don't feel very much like Pooh today, said Pooh. There, there, said Piglet, I'll bring you tea and honey until you do.



A good pot of tea can set a great many things to rights and that's the truth. This is my new Christmas tea pot, which I will use all year through because it pours so nicely. Until now, all I've owned have leaky spouts. Not fun. Some of them are going to be donated very soon and I will be so kind as to put a small card in that says "spout leaks." 

This pot is so very new that I tempered it again by sticking a long handled tea spoon in the pot and very carefully pouring the hot water on the spoon rather than directly into the tea pot.



Isn't she lovely? I do think so. I ordered mine online through Amazon using a dear friend's Amazon widget. If you have a blogging buddy who has one, you might like to order that way, too, so that she may get points. It's easy and just one minor extra step of going to visit your friend and gaining access that way.


I don't usually select a word for the year, but when you are looking smack dab at a great word perhaps the Lord is speaking. Which word do you think I may have chosen? These are the last of the cookies, Niki. I will savor them. (I'm actually down to the last one now. I am taking wee mousy bites.)



When I found two more little gift boxes in the Christmas stationery this morning, I decided to decorate the tree some more. (John is already asking, "How many more days now will the tree be up? ☺)



And in so decorating the tree found a little package for my daughter. I have no idea what is in it so it's kind of exciting. It can't be much because I know that she got her larger gifts. It reminds me of a great post I read just yesterday titled Happy New Year and The One Good Thing About the Aging Process. So funny! And so odd that it has already happened to me this morning!

Off to refresh the cedar. It's getting a bit crispy. Since my Beloved is off for the day, I have much to do...I'll catch you later. I promise!

Love Vee

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  1. Comments Open!

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    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Yesterday, we were both on the topic of calendars.

    Today, we both leave lovely links, for our Dear Readers.

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm, when do we start comparing notes, ahead of time? On our coming blogging topics? -giggggggles-

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  3. Well Missy, I have been waiting for your post this morning just so I can get out and about with my chores. ~smile~ Dh just a few minutes ago asked if I was going to take the tree down today, I have really been trying to hold on until "old Christmas" has come.
    I absolutely adore the depot, it would be perfect with some of my plates. I had to smile as only you and I would put a note explaining about something not working with something we would give away! You think we could be to "honest?" Naa!! I don't think anyone can be too honest. ~grin~ Just wish Washington would get the message!!
    Enjoy your day.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  4. Is the word 'hope'? What a fun puzzle! Hope you'll share the word tomorrow.

    Is your teapot the Friendly Village pattern? I see you already have that pattern. My mother always used hers during the holidays and I miss that. We're all so scattered now that holidays are much different. Each little pod (family) has created their own traditions.

    Do let us know what your daughter finds in the package. Oh, did she sew any of her Christmas gifts?

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  5. Is your new word for the new year "hope"? It would be a good word!

    I LOVE your teapot...a wonderful gift! I know that you'll enjoy it all year long...and so nice to know that it doesn't leak. (So frustrating to have a drippy spout, or coffee pot. :/)

    Isn't it always fun to find a little surprise? There are benefits to aging...

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  6. Adding to my previous comment...I do that all the time! Find little surprised that I have hidden from myself, that is. One reason that I can't do my Christmas shopping too early.

    Enjoy your day of projects!

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  7. Good Morning Vee!
    I have never heard of "tempering a teapot" in that way -- but it does seem like a much kinder entry into servanthood than pouring boiling water directly in/on it. I like it, and will remember it for the future. Happy new year to you, my Friend. ~Sally

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  8. Good morning! I love the teapot. And I soo agree, it is so hard to get one that pours nicely. We took our tree down yesterday, and I am already missing it! The house seems bare. Enjoy your day! HUGS

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  9. Oh Vee - your tea pot is beautiful! I love the "one good thing about aging" post - I could really relate to that one!
    Your word puzzle - hmmm could it be Dare!!! Enjoy your tea.....

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  10. Your tea pot is wonderful! It reminds my of my dear Grandmother who has tea about 4 times a day...she, too, says there is nothing like a good pot of tea. You are so sweet to visit a friend and use their Amazon widget :)
    Enjoy your day!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  11. I admired your teapot from an earlier post ~ glad to see it featured. It's a beauty! It looks English. Yes? And it's good to know its possible to nibble a cookie and not eat them whole. A goal for 2013.

    Jesus is The Word ~ a wonderful reminder to start the day. xo

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  12. Tea and biscuits would be lovely, if only I didn't have a mountain of work to do:-( Stay warm, XOXO

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  13. DARE or Hope?? Lovely teapot. Oh, to have one that doesn't drip/leak. Happy New Year!

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  14. Good morning to you in the new year of our Lord! Love your teapot. I've always been drawn to transferware. I never knew that is what it was called till I started blogging. I've learned so much from other bloggers. I was wondering about a word to choose for 2013, too. I've already forgotten the word I thought I should pick...

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  15. Is your word Hope or Peace? Is the little package for your daughter or from her? Love the new teapot, love the whole table vignette, admiring the crocheted throw on the chair, the sprigs of greenery, I could so sit down and enjoy a cuppa! I need to start working on my to-do list and I need to run out (28 degrees) Brrrr xo

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  16. Hi Vee. I love your new teapot! Of course Johnson Bros. pottery is a favourite of mine and I only have 4 plates but I always admire it on other's tables. I took the tree down this morning and it's laying on top of the box in the middle of the living room. Murray has gone back to work today and I can't get the 2 sections of the tree apart. It'll have to wait for him to do it. Ha! It's very cold here today. -15 C. and windy. The sunshine makes it bearable but I won't go out in it. Enjoy the afternoon.

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  17. Your tea pot is charming, Vee. I love it - the pattern, the colours. I hope the tea with honey (and cookies) left you feeling more "Vee-ish" as Pooh would say.
    Our cedar is crispy, crispy, and it came down today. So all the mantel decorations, along with those from other surfaces, are sitting on the table waiting for someone to put them away. Who might that someone be? I'm busy drinking mint tea and reading blogs.
    How fun to find more presents - daughter will be happy, too!
    Enjoy your day, Vee. There is HOPE!

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  18. My new Gooseberry Patch calendar arrived from Amazon this morning. I just finished up transferring all the birthdays and anniversaries to the new one and copied some of the recipes from the old one.
    I have one tea pot and will remember your tip. I'm more of a coffee drinker. I don't remember ever using my teapot. I just pour my water from the kettle into my cup. I'm not very proper and I'm sure the British would find that appalling. I will use my teapot the next time I have some friends over.

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  19. When you find a drip free teapot you have quite a treasure, and as you say, you don't feel much like using the others. It looks like a JB. Very sweet.

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  20. I so identify with your opening quote today, I don't feel much like myself either. If only there were someone here other than the dog to bring me tea and honey :) Your new teapot is just lovely. I hope you and your honey have a wonderful day!

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  21. Your new teapot is charming. It never ceases to amaze me what can be purchased through Amazon. I did a lot of my Christmas shopping that way, but am not familiar with doing so through a Widget. Will have to remember that next time.
    How delightful to find one last gift hidden in the tree. I'm sure your daughter will be happy about that. I went over and visited the link. That is hilarious. Finally something good about getting old :).
    At first glance I thought your word would be Jesus. After a few more glances I'm wondering if it is Dare or maybe Joy? In other words, no clue. Do hope you will be revealing it soon.

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  22. The teapot is so delicate and pretty. I am glad the spout doesn't leak.

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  23. I didn't feel like Abby today (same as Pooh), but didn't think of having tea to cure the problem. Hubby was convinced I had cabin fever so took me to lunch, and then to two of my favorite stores. I'm closer to feeling like myself but need a smidge of grandson therapy which I'll get shortly. That and the tea ought to perk me right up. Love the new teapot, it's lovely. ~ Abby

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  24. So which word are you going with...'dare' or 'hope'? I'm choosing 'celebrate' for the year...and found a verse in Psalms to go with my theme.

    Coffee is usually my cure-all. Oh, and cookies do a world of good as well. But, coffee pots don't look nearly as pretty as tea pots!

    Enjoy your day with 'much to do'!

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  25. Isn't it funny how much a perfect tea pot adds to one's tea time?
    With matching creamer and sugar pot! Love it.
    I am reading a book about French women; apparently they are all about matched lingerie and just can't imagine wearing a non matched set.

    Viva la difference...

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  26. I wanted to say JOY but that is the word I would have picked. I think you picked HOPE.
    Such a pretty tea pot!!

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  27. Oh Vee.....that is a sweet teapot! I enjoy a cup of tea at least once a day, sometimes more!!

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  28. That's a charming teapot, Vee. I hope that you enjoy many cups of tea from it that bring you joy and tranquility! Joy is a great word, but I'm thinking your word is...hope?

    I love those little surprises. If there is any joy to be found in closet cleaning, it is that I almost always find something I've bought and tucked away. Sometimes more than one item will appear and it's a nice surprise!

    And now that I've used the word JOY 4 times, maybe I should use it for my word!

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  29. I use my teapot all year, too. I just love the Friendly Village dishes.

    I have a cold right now so my tea is going to be medicinal!

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  30. That's a beautiful Friendly Village teapot! It's so nice to have something that works well and is lovely to look. Especially when you use it frequently.

    I took my tree down today and all my decorations. I really couldn't take it anymore. I think all the holidays start too early in blogland. I see people are already pinning Valentines day decoration ideas!

    I'm not doing a word to focus on this year. I realized that I always forget the word by spring anyway. So I'm back to making goals and lists with things I can check off!

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  31. I love your little tea pot. I have a small collection of them, I'm not sure if they leak 'cause I'm not much of a tea drinker. But I'd be happy to share those cookies and curl up under a fake blanket with a glass of milk.

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  32. Like everyone else Vee, I love your new teapot. Is it the "Friendly Village" pattern? That's always been one of my favorite transferware patterns and so perfect for the fall and winter months.

    I had a similar experience today regarding forgetfullness...I found a christmas gift (yet unwrapped) that I'd hidden away for safe-keeping! I do keep a detailed list of everything I buy and wrap during the holidays, just in case....but FORGOT to write this one down. It helps to have a sense of humor about it all, thanks for the uplifting post and the link to tonidolls blog--I had a good laugh over there too.

    Regarding a word for the year, I choose HOPE.

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  33. My daughter gave me a lovely tea pot for Christmas :) I love tea - especially in the winter. Hopefully it will help with forgetfulness :) Ha!

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  34. It's a pretty pot for sure! Your posts are all so cozy! I love coming here. I leave here with a feeling that we really visited.

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  35. I just learned something! I never knew how to temper a pot, and now I do. I love Blog Land.

    I also just plain love it that you are still decorating the tree. You are such a woman after my own heart.

    Now, the word. Is it HOPE? That was the word that jumped out at me. (Actually, "Jesus" jumped out, but that's a name so I didn't know if it counts as a word. But then, since he's literally the Word, He could definitely be the word...)

    Rambling now.

    It was good to visit here this morning.

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  36. I must go out and get some tea. Warren loves it in the wintertime and it will be delightful in my new tea pot. Yours is gorgeous. I didn't know you have to temper them. Although mine is cast iron so I doubt that I'll have to be quite a cautious.

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  37. I love your teapot. I have a set of Friendly village that I love, but haven't bought a teapot yet, maybe one day. I have to admit I am a "china junkie" and would have a "china room" just like the White House if I could afford it!

    Well, I'm glad you enjoyed your "treaties", my favourites are long gone as well.....they always seem to disappear so fast! Mind you, it's probably just as well, I'm up 4 lbs!!!!!!

    hugs,
    Niki

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  38. Love that you referenced Pooh!

    I found a small gift too that somehow was over looked:)

    It will just make an extra special day out of the "ordinary" one!

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  39. Your teapot matches my china! I'll set the table, you bring the tea :)

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  40. I love your tea pot! Adorable!

    I forgot to give to gifts this year! Ahhhh. It's happening to me already!

    I guess that makes it more fun to find later! A surprise!

    Deanna

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  41. Hi there Vee, from a fellow teapot lover.

    Don't you just hate the bad pourers? I love my Royal Albert teapot because it is a brilliant pourer, but they are just ridiculously expensive, and I wouldnt want to break it.

    Most of the time I use a second hand silver teapot that I bought at a market, not the best pourer, but it keeps the tea hot.

    ....and this hope, we have as an anchor of the soul..

    cheers
    Fi

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  42. I have enjoyed sifting through your posts and catching a glimpse of YOU! Happy New Year!

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  43. Now why are you pouring the water onto a spoon. To oxygenate the leaves properly it needs boiling water. Like your new pot.

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