Friday, November 21, 2014

Crafting with Kids

 Last weekend beside having tea and walking on a sandy beach
I played with little boys and though you don't see any little girls,
there were a few girls too.
 The boys really got into the craft project I brought along.
We were making all kinds of characters with toilet paper rolls,
a bit of recycling.
 Some needed a bit of help, but still proud of there finished project.
 Here is one proud crafter with his owl.
It had been a long time since I had the opportunity to play with kids and crafts. 
 I had fun too.

Happy weekend, dear friends!
Hope you find time to play.

PS:  Don't forget the offer from Tuesday's post.  If you would like a code for
purchasing some tea with a discount, let me know.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


 I stopped along the road to take a picture of this sight.
 Then turned and my heart skipped a beat.
 For right there in front of me stood a bird so still,
I wasn't sure he was real.
Was it Harry, visiting from Michigan?
Maybe a carved wooden statue?
 Soon he took flight and he captured my heart.
 He swooped down low and soon he became part of the picture.
The picture I had stopped to take.
He enchanted me.
He delighted my heart.
What is delighting your heart today?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Twice Delighted

Normally I am happy if we make it to Tillamook, Oregon once in a year for tea at LaTeaDa.
Since we were headed for a weekend at the beach
my live-in gardener thought we should have tea in Tillamook
one more time this year.
As you can see it was a quiet day, but they were already
for the holiday coming next month.
A peaceful sip of English Breakfast did the trick on a cold, icy afternoon.
Then to cleanse the palate there was mango sorbet.
The tea tier full of food is always delicious here.
It looks like even the pitcher of water in the gurgling fish concurs.
There was the usual egg salad, tomato with cheese and basil,
but my favorite still remains that sticky sausage roll.
There was a delicious pumpkin bread with pear and white cheddar,
an artichoke tart, and the stacked sandwich was perfect for the holiday
season with turkey, cucumber, and cranberry sauce.
Scones are not shown here, but always a delight.
The sweets were a pumpkin roll, rhubarb crisp, cookie, and mint brownie.
There always is a box to take some away to delight later in the day.
Then just for fun, they tempt you with pies to go.
No pie this day for me, but just to pretty not to share.
Just viewing them here makes me start thinking of pies yet to make for Thanksgiving.
Are you ready for preparations for the big day next week?
For those of you in Canada, you have already celebrated.
Are there similar celebrations in other countries?

PS:  Don't forget to let me know if you would like a discount code to buy tea from TeaVivre.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TeaVivre Gift

TeaVivre is a tea company in China that has shared some wonderful teas with me in the past.
Now they have a gift just for you, my faithful readers.
They have sent me the codes for 20 gifts of $5. off any order. 
This gift is good until November 2015.
Though they said it was a Black Friday gift
I am excited that it is a year long gift.
By using this gift card you will also receive an extra sample in your order.
How exciting is that?
How to receive your gift card code:   just leave a comment on this post
and make sure there is a way for me to contact you through email.
The first 20 to leave comments will receive this gift or email me.
You can use it for a gift of tea or teaware for yourself or someone
you know that loves tea.

I must say that all the TeaVivre teas I have tried have been delicious.
Happy holidays from TeaVivre and me.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday's Quotes

 Love is like a beautiful flower 
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrances makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
~Helen Keller

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Winner

There is a winner on this cold Autumn day.
The winner is each of us that takes the time to notice the small things.
A winner is someone that says "thank you" each day for the beauty of the day.
A winner is someone that can smile during times of struggle,
take a deep breathe, and accept the rose that is slightly tattered but still shining in beauty.
For we all are winners when we have a song in our heart
and dance to the unheard music.

But for today I must announce the give-away winner mentioned on Tuesday.
One special winner, drawn by my live-in gardener from the red bowl.
The winner is :  Angela from Tea with Friends
Congratulations to you!  Your gift will soon be in the mail.

Happy weekend, dear friends!
If you don't see your comments posted right away
it is because I have stepped away from my computer for a little play time.
I will return to visit with you on Monday.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Falling Leaves

Raking leaves has become an art form.
 The winds came and the leaves all blew away.

The colors sitting at my door.
Brrrrr!  Winter has come in with a vengence.
Do you like to walk in the wind?
For me there has always been something so exhilerating
about the wind blowing my hair and circling all about.
I just want to dance with the leaves.

PS - Don't forget, there is a give-away announced on Tuesday's post.