Like a good neighbor, stay over there. – Grumpy Cat
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. ―
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you. – Langston Hughes
We finally received some much needed rain, but it just made it more humid outside. As if that was possible. I got caught in it, twice. But I wasn’t the only one…Someone was singing in the rain and taking a shower…
He sounded like a cardinal, but he looked like a wet rooster.
Some people feel the rain. Some people just get wet. – Bob Marley
It’s all about perception!
Have you ever planned to try a new recipe? Spent the day savouring the aromas and the texture of that dish? And then you open the fridge and realize you’re missing ingredients?. What’s a girl to do?
That’s kind of how I felt about my vacation last week.
I had planned and savoured, and then found out I made a big boo-boo with my dates. I had to head home the day after I arrived. So I did what any cook would do…I did the best with what I had. I kidnapped my Mom for 4 days, and we made plans. And of course, those plans included tea.
On day 1, we spent the evening reading on the back porch, with a pot of tea.
On day 2, we went shopping at a mall we’ve never explored. The trip ended at David’s tea, with Blueberry muffin iced tea. It was a beautiful balance of black tea and sweet blueberries. I asked Mom to pick something for her birthday, so that evening we sampled her Pink Lemonade tea. It’s a retiring rooibos tea of tangy lemon and a delicate whisper of hibiscus, perfect for sipping with a great movie, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Day 3 – Mom missed the Maud Lewis exhibit when she was on the East coast last Summer, but she was in luck. A nearby art gallery had a display of her work and it was worth the trip! Maud Lewis was a tiny, spunky woman, who felt compelled to paint. She painted on anything she could get her hands on because they were so poor, including wood, glass, and metal bakeware. She lived in rural Nova Scotia in a tiny house with her husband, and achieved national recognition in the mid-60s. Her tiny home is on display in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.
Day 4 – We spent the morning watching a movie based on Maud’s life, but not without a box of tissue and a pot of pear blossom tea. You wouldn’t expect me to visit David’s tea during a sale and not purchasing something too? This caffeine-free and retiring tea has a delicate flavour of pear combined with the tartness of papaya and pineapple.
As long as I’ve got a brush in front of me, I’m alright. -Maud Lewis
That afternoon, Dad “stole” Mom and took her home again. I wasn’t ready for the holiday to end, so I spent the remaining afternoon on the back porch, savouring another pot of pear tea, with Maud.
What’s in you cup today?
Last night, at 9 o’clock, I had big plans for the week. I had traveled through heavy rain and heavy traffic to spend a week with Little Guy at my parents’. We were going to shop, and eat ice cream, and lounge around the pool. We talked about going on a Ghost Walk tour one evening, and playing board games as the shadows grew long.
We were going to keep this pot hot and drink our fill. But…
…last night around 9:30, I discovered that Little’s Guy’s Leadership-in-Training Camp started in the morning.
What a short vacation!
He had already spent 2 weeks with my parents, camping, travelling, playing games, and lounging around the pool. Now I’m really looking forward to time at the cottage we rented.
So today, we’re packing my Mom up with us and heading back to the city, where we are making plans to play games, go shopping, and yes, keep the tea pot filled.
May your tea be strong and your Monday be short.
Some days you eat salad and go to the gym; some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to wear pants. It’s called balance.
Tart and tangy. Correctly balanced, it’s delightful. And so it is with Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate tea. Tart lemon and tangy raspberry are a heavenly summer pairing in this fruity green yerba mate and lemongrass blend. Hibiscus flowers, rose buds and rose hip peels provide a subtle perfume and a rich rosy colour. A perfect way to add zest to a lazy summer afternoon. Pants are optional.
Home is a place where pants are optional, bras don’t exist, and the wifi works.
If you don’t think shoes are important, just ask Dorothy or Cinderella.
OK, the challenge wasn’t specifically “Cinderella Shoes” but what girl could resist pulling out her wedding dress (which still fits 23 years later – thank goodness!! ) and some sparkly shoes.
Chocolate is good, but shoes are sugar-free!
If I were to get married again (which I have no plans to ever do again), would I stick with white, or would I dare to be different? Judging on how much I’ve changed since I started my mid-life crisis, I think the answer is “yes”! Maybe…red?
Forget the prince…keep the shoes!
Playing dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends. – Kate Spade
I may just have to stay in these for awhile…Happy Friday!
"Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing." —Laurie Buchanan
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