Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Fourth of July is tomorrow and I just want to send best
wishes to all of you in the United States.
A day to celebrate.

May your weekend be filled with JOY, family, and good food.
Send out good vibes of love for your country.
Cherish and Embrace each other.
May there be PEACE for this country
and may it spread through the world.
Be safe and enjoy!

Happy weekend, dear friends!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Oolong Ice Cream Tea

Yesterday morning there was an email in my inbox announcing
a limited offer on a tea from Steven Smith Teamaker.
There were only 200 boxes available and then it would be sold out.
I knew it would go quickly, so I hopped in my car and rushed to their shop
for Oolong Ice Cream tea.
It is a collaborative between the Smith teamaker, TonyTellin, and
Salt and Straw ice cream maker, Tyler Malek.
I couldn't wait to taste this tea just to see if indeed it tasted like tea and ice cream.
The creamy milk "oolong is blended with flakes of house-made candied sugar,
Madagascar vanilla, Marcona almonds, and white jasmine blossoms from China".
It did taste like a gourmet cup of vanilla ice cream, something a large step up
from a basic cup of oolong or vanilla ice cream.
Definitely a treat tea to be savored on a hot summer day.
It was both good as a hot tea and then iced tea too.

When visiting the shop they told me they would be making other collaborative teas.
If you want to follow along and have first dibs on a special blend make sure you are on
their email list at
It is a treat in a cup.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Choices, which door?
The road of life can lead us down a windy path and present us with
doors that are often closed, choices to be made.
Structural architecture has always fascinated me, as you can see by all the photos here.
Windows become the eyes of the world.
But doors offer opportunities yet unknown.
Which door do we open?
Which turn of the road?
If once opened we find something that doesn't fit or bring us JOY,
do we learn to walk out the door and follow the path exploring
and choosing JOY over sorrow?

Writing this post this song came to mind, EnJOY!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Picnic Anyone?

Picnic music to get in the mood right HERE.

 When I recently spotted this picnic table waiting, I was struck with loneliness.
Songs of being alone sat heavy on my heart.
Even the houses have turned their backs to this lonely table.
Picnics in my mind are for sharing love and languishing delightedly in the day.
Picnics are for sharing laughter and a song.
Picnics are for good food and cold drinks.
Picnics are for sharing with a friend and family.

Let's pick up a quilt and tip toe through the grass to
those trees I see on the horizon?
I will bring a tall, icy pitcher of tea with sliced lemons,
sandwiches sprinkled with peppers and slabs of fresh garden tomatoes,
and a tall chocolatey confection wrapped with buttercream frosting.
But most of all I will bring love and laughter and a song to sing.
Come along with me, let's have a picnic today.
What will you bring to the day?

PS - my pansy pods are drying and when they are ready I will be sending
to Mark, Laurie, Judith, and Glenna.  There is one more pod drying if I missed
someone that would like one.  I have Mark and Laurie's addresses, but
Judith and Glenna, I will need your address.  You can find my email address
in my profile to send the address.  Can't wait to share.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday's Quotes

The Dormouse lay happy, his eyes were so tight
He could see no chrysanthemums, yellow or white.
And all that he felt at the back of his head
Were delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).
~A.A. Milne 
How did that one little pink flower
appear in my photo.
Blue and red a lovely combination
to celebrate the week July begins. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Poppy Love

Open to the beauty of the day.
Surround yourself with friends.
In searching for a quote or poem in reference to poppies,
they almost all refer to Flander Field and war time.

May these soft pink and purple poppies represent for us today
a time of peace and JOY.
The ruffled edges remind me of the skirts of a ballerina.
The centers are like tiny tuffets just for us to sit awhile
amongst the sweet scent of the poppy.

There will be about 10 seed pods on these poppies,
some will be re-sewn into the garden.
The first 5 to comment they would like a pod,
I will send when they are dried and ready to send.

Enjoy the day and savor the sunshine of a summer weekend.
Slow and easy, time to meditate.
Happy weekend, dear friends!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

From my Back Steps

 I love this gift of a beautiful, sweet geranium.
A gift that gives JOY to me each year.
Thank you, dear friend, for I know you will come a visit'n .
 Just this morning I sat on my back step sipping my morning tea.
From my back step the cooing of doves delighted me
and I ran to get my camera.
Oh those elusive doves knew better than to hang around.
No dove pictures were to be found.
But from my back step the twitter of birds still delighted me.
The scampering of the squirrels made me smile.
Ahhh, the pure silence of the morning filled my soul.
And of course my tea was inviting to my palate.

In my cup today was Golden Needles from Yunnan, China
and purchased from the Jasmine Pearl in Portland, OR.
 This year in our pots on the back step we tried to recreate a French Garden that we 
had so many years ago.  There is coleus, dusty miller, geranium, and small daisies.
I am really enjoying them.

And still roses in the garden.

Savor, delight, and enjoy the little things in your day!