Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Time for Thanksgiving

This year my word has been GRATEFUL.
It seems that when I pick a certain word it becomes
more difficult to focus on it.
Sometimes being grateful is difficult,
but then it comes into focus as the year travels along.
This week I read that when we are grateful we begin
to realize that we have enough and that there is an
abundance of enough in our lives.

May your Thanksgiving be "enough" and 
full of love and gratefulness.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Fan of the Light

My heart remains heavy for those that have lost their lives
through violence around the world.
My Sunday newspaper had a commentary by Leonard Pitts Jr.,
I am a fan of his commentaries.
He was writing about the City of Light, Paris,
but his words are appropriate in our hearts and in the world.

"It isn't bullets and bombs these monsters fear the most,
hate the most, or that hurts them the most.
No, that which lurks in shadow despises light
-and well it should.  Light reveals bankrupt ideologies
for the failures they are.
Light draws people together.
Light gives courage.
And light give hope.
-- shine on."

This morning I watched a YouTube video of an interview with a little
boy and his father in Paris.  His father explained that we fight with flowers
and the light of candles instead of guns.  There is the light again.

May our light shine around the world. 
The light in the photo and one cookie for you and one for me,
we will share the beauty of the day.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday's Quotes

Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving,
turn routine jobs into JOY,
and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
~William Arthur Ward

Saturday, November 21, 2015

All Shiny and Bright!

 Sugar plums dance in my head!

 There I am, at the Monticello Winter Event.
 How I love the sparkly and light (bright)!
We could have a cup of tea here.
Enjoy the music and of course the sparkly.

Happy weekend, dear friends!
Hope this gets you into the mood,
it did me for sure just yesterday.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

One Rescued Birdhouse

 In the morning light, a candle shines in the birdcage.
Most of the time I don't even notice this birdcage.
It hangs in my bathroom.
During the winter, dark months I often light a small candle inside.
It is a bit beat up, as you can see.
I rescued it from the trash many years ago
and it has traveled far.
Just this morning I took a look and decided it needs some
tender loving care.
Should I change the color,
maybe paint it white?
For sure it needs a bit of straightening. 
Maybe it needs more love and not just sit in my bathroom.
I do love this little rescued house.
What would you do with it?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving Memory

What's your favorite Thanksgiving memory from childhood?

My favorite was gathering with all my cousins, aunts, and uncles at the
family apple ranch.  All the furniture would be pushed back to allow for
one long table set up the full width of the small house.
Most of the time my cousins and I would be outdoors playing,
after all it was California.
However, there were moments of running indoors to check out
the table.  Was the food out on the table yet.
We were so starving for all that good food.
The first thing that showed up were bowls of black olives.
For sure we would pop one on each finger when our aunts weren't looking.
Off we would run to nibble each finger with an olive.
I still remember one aunt shooing us outdoors when we got caught.
Still today I remember fondly, especially when I see the same instinct
with my grandson and olives on the fingers.

I would love to read of your fondest memory.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Yep, That's Green!

Recently a tea friend from Assam, India sent some tea samples for me to try.
There were two green teas, one called Heritage Green and the other Heritage Mountain Green.
The first time I tried them I made my morning tea in my little teapot.
I like hot tea, so I made them at a hotter temperature than normally recommended for green teas.
I was not impressed and realized I needed to be more accurate the second time around.
Yesterday I made them side by side in mugs at 175 degrees.
Yep, they are definitely better when you make them the way they are intended to be made.
For green teas they had a smoothness that I enjoyed, just a touch of grassy and a nice full leaf.
Going into the tasting I expected to like the Heritage Mountain Green, 
just because I liked the name; but surprisingly I liked the Heritage Green just a little better.
To learn more about the Heritage Factory in Assam you can follow the link here:
assamheritage tea on Facebook, nice video on June 7th posting, or
It is fun to receive special teas straight from the source.
What a treat to enjoy with my new cup and a couple treats for afternoon tea.
Thanks!  Rajen Baruah