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Monday, August 26, 2013

Tea in the Library # 12





Tea would arrive, the cakes squatting on cushions of cream, toast in a melting shawl of butter, cups agleam and a faint wisp of steam rising from the teapot shawl.”

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A is for ...

A is for ALL the questions I am answering for part two of the Leibster Award . Below are the 11 questions Laura from Sunday View posed and my answers.  I thought this might be a good opportunity to share some of my favorite alphabet images. I collected  these images online a few years before I started blogging. I do not know who to credit. For that I apologize.  I hope you enjoy them and if you think of something fun to do with them please let me know!


1.     If you had only one thing to drink besides water, what would it be? Coffee. With cream please.
 



 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2.What was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you? Nineteen years old. Couple glasses of wine at a workplace party.  Dinner at new in-laws. Working hard to not look tipsy. Dropped my napkin off the table. Leaned over to pick it up and leaned WAY-WAY over  - laid my head on MIL’s lap! I was so embarrassed I just stayed there. Head resting on her thigh. She asked, "Will you be rejoining us?” 
 “No. I’m going to stay here and wait for the floor to open up and just swallow me," I groaned.
She  laughed! Luckily she is a wonderful person, with a sense of humour.


 


 
 3. If you could change your name, what would it be? Zola (the Magnificent). Lola is good too. I get a new middle name too, right? I've always thought 'the Magnificent ' has a nice ring to it.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. What is the most exciting thing you've done, bought, or had happen to you in the past 6 months? Finding myself nose to nose with the skunk was pretty exciting. The last six months has been pretty quiet but last summer I traveled cross country by car and train from NJ to Seattle. That was pretty great.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 5. If you could do anything in life that you wanted, or be anything, what would you do or be?Very, very fit.   
 


6. What would you like to become better at? Keeping my opinions to myself.  My internal editor retired unexpectedly when I hit 50.
 



















 
 
7. What music stimulates your creativity? Or do you like silence?  Classical and /or silence.


   8. What creative activities do your husband and/or children pursue? One child likes to cook, one likes to bake.

 
 
9. What was your favorite job or activity as a teen? Horseback riding.

 
10. What skills, gifts, or abilities do you have
that most people don't know about? Operate a recording console and given enough room I can still manage a modest Grand Jeté en Avant.  (Picture the hippo from  Fantasia.)

 



11. Are you a messy messy or a neat freak? Neat freak. Everything has to be in its place for me to be able to sit down and do paper work or craft.
 

 

Next week I'll be announcing my Leibster awardees and their list of questions! 
 

About Leibster . . .





The Liebster award is a token of recognition that bloggers award to fellow bloggers who they think deserve more recognition. The German word, "Liebster," roughly translates to "Dearest." The guidelines of this award are as follows:


  • Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to them in your acceptance post!
  • Share 11 interesting things about yourself.  Don't be shy, and don't worry if they aren't relevant to the topic of your blog.  They aren't supposed to be!
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger who awarded you asked in their post.
  • Create your own set of 11 questions for the next recipients of the award.
  • Pass the award to some of your own favorite bloggers!  Each awardee should have less than 200 followers for their blog.


Below is a list of  the blog parties I'll be joining - hope top see you there! And please check out my picks of the week!


Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Girls Want Pearls 
 
 
Inspired Sunday @ Sunday View

 

 

 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Liebster ? For Moi?

 
Imagine my surprise and delight!
 
 
 
Laura at Sunday View   choose me as one of her Leibster recipients! 
 
 I'm doubly flattered because Sunday View is on of my favorite blogs. 
  Laura designs for Oxford Press and if you have not seen her Tag Tuesday 
 
V is for Votive
 creations for the Alphabet tag series you need to! 
 
Y is for Yesteryear
 
 
Seriously!
 
Below is a link to one of my favorite Sunday View posts. It is one of  the most original and whimsical creations I've seen. 
 
 
 
I promise you will want to yell 'Brilliant!' Slap your forehead and shout, "Why didn't I think of that!" Squeal with delight, and possibly suffer a pang of jealousy because she is so darn talented. Having done all of the above, I am moving on to Copy Cat and planning a trip to Starbucks to gather supplies.  
You'll also want to visit  Laura's other recipient - expat Brittany - The Rococo Roamer . Besides great travel posts she creates the most delish items like the clutch below.
 
 
This beauty is  the prize in a give-away. Brittany is talented and generous.
 
Congratulations Brittany!
 
 
 
 

The Liebster award is a token of recognition that bloggers award to fellow bloggers who they think deserve more recognition. The German word, "Liebster," roughly translates to "Dearest." The guidelines of this award are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to them in your acceptance post!
  • Share 11 interesting things about yourself.  Don't be shy, and don't worry if they aren't relevant to the topic of your blog.  They aren't supposed to be!
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger who awarded you asked in their post.
  • Create your own set of 11 questions for the next recipients of the award.
  • Pass the award to some of your own favorite bloggers!  Each awardee should have less than 200 followers for their blog.
 
 
And now 11 things about me.
 
1. I have a Ghost Story.
2. A distant ancestress was accused of  sorcery and threatened with being burned as a witch.
3. I'm dyslexic.
4. I overcame agoraphobia.
5. My 5 minutes of fame occurred onstage with a local TV personality, The Ghoul, at a country club Halloween Party.
6. I fostered St. Bernard dogs.
7. I dated the drummer from one of Detroit's 10 Best Bands .
8. I first learned to ride a horse bareback, no bit. 
9. I was once reported as run away from home. Naked.  (I was neither. Swear.)
10. I once wrote for a local rag.
11. I studied creative writing with one of my states Poet Laureates.
 
 
 
Me and Bear - one of my foster buddies - fireside.



Places I party - hope to see you there!

 
Mod Mix Mondays@ Mod Vintage Life

 What's It Wednesday@ Ivy's and Elephants

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
 
 

Tea in the Library # 11


 

“While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea”


Join me  at :


Tea in the Garden at Bernadine's Tea Time 

We'll be having a good time  at

Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping the Floors

Mod Mix Mondays@ Mod Vintage Life

 What's It Wednesday@ Ivy's and Elephants

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

And The Occasional Skunk



I should start by explaining that although I now live in a (for me) urban area  the yard is deep and has those things necessary for wildlife habitation; fresh water, natural food sources, shelter and space to raise young.

And the skunk is and always has been a skunk. It's visits last year were occasional which made it a novelty, it presence easier to accept, like a kid home from college, bag of dirty laundry in hand.  The skunk  was referred to as The Skunk until suddenly there were three of them.
  We hadn't seen The  Skunk for a few weeks, then, at dusk one summer evening last year there it was - leading babies from the neighbors back garden to the stream ithat runs through our yard.  At that point we began  to call them Stinky-Stinks-a-lot , Skunky-skunks-a-lot and Mom.

  
Stinky and Skunky have markings that  remind me of Guy Fieri's hairdo.
 During the next  months Mom and the babies  were constant visitors at the stream then rooting for grubs and any nuts, seeds and berries which might be found.


We watched their antics from the patio. Then as fall closed in, from a back window . 



Come winter the three were roly-poly with fat and their fur shiny. 'Sleep tight, see you in the Spring,' I murmured after the first snow and no little skunk prints decorated the ground.
This spring and summer has been full of heavy rains, heat waves and harried activity. The back garden  has been overrun with  power tools, noise and disarray. Occasionally, in the deepest part of night we'd 'get wind' of a skunk in the area  but no sightings. I hoped Mom, Skunky, and Stinky had survived the winter and told myself they were fine. Skunks will travel far afield and keep multiple dens.  


 Now  the screen house project is mostly finished.


There is less noisy activity in the back garden.  Just the drone of bees and the hum of ceiling fans.

He who fixes things installed a dimmer on the lights. Brilliant!
It is so pleasant to be mosquito free in the screen house.


The waterfall , the stream, the scent of summer flowers


 on a balmy summer day ...


Dragon flies give way to fireflies



 and after dinner conversation becomes a one-more-glass-of-wine  night.


  On one such  evening dusk turned to twilight then dark before we decided to go inside.


The slap of the screen door closing ... the crunch of river stone under foot as we made our way up the path...


The impression of movement made me stop and peer through the railing of the back porch  before climbing the stairs. 

I found myself nose to nose with Skunky Skunks-A-Lot who was peering through the railings at me!

 There are still tools to put away, lumber to store, landscaping to do...  Work will wait, summer will not ... let's barbeque! 
I made a quick about face and we quietly retreated halfway down the path and waited.   A moment later the patter of little paws on the porch stairs and Stinky and Skunky ambled down the stairs and rounded the corner of the house where they polished off Raggedy Tiger Cat's left over kibbles.  The tiny solar lights along the path gave enough light to confirm their distinctive markings. It may seem a silly thing to you, but my heart just feels lighter for having seen those two silly little critters ambling along together with their roly-poly gait.
I'll be linking with these fabulous parties this week. See you there! 


 What's It Wednesday@ Ivy's and Elephants

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Create It Thursday @ Lambert's Lately

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tea in the Library #10




“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
William Ewart Gladstone
Join me at

Tea in the Garden at Bernadine's Tea Time 


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tea in the Library # 6


 
“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.
In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.
I liked the Irish way better.”  
C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman    

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fabulous at Any Age





In Celebration of Much Goodness at  Pink Saturday! @ 
 How Sweet the Sound
  my picks of the week

A story ...

A woman of a certain time of life. 
 
had the odd but endearing habit of talking to the


  - when she thought she was alone.
 But what really made people think
 



was  hearing her mutter to herself in the 1st person plural. These people had no sense of humour and had, apparently, never heard of the Royal 'we'.



http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2011/03/tiara-thursday-queen-marys-fringe-tiara.html

(They had not been taught wearing an imaginary tiara leads to a lifetime of good posture.)

 The woman - of - a - certain - age didn't let it bother her for she knew that inside every
 


is a ....
ballerina waiting for the doors to open  wide to Romance .


 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





a Party girl who can kick up her heels in Pink Shoes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



. . . drink champagne amid rose petals  and celebrate  Christmas in July. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



And   see the magic  amid  Bright Flowers .