Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Do you give up?........
Hee, Hee, Hee........ Can you just imagine?..........
Sorry guys.......... It's just a joke!..... Really!......... Hee, Hee......
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
So you would think Charli would try to compromise. You would think she would try to come up with a solution that would make us both happy. You would think she would try to understand my point of view. You would think she would understand that love is a give and take situation. ....
Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what's the difference between a book and a movie?
I don't think there can be any comparison between reading a book and watching a movie. For me a book is much more emotional and personal than a movie. I am the producer, and the director, when I'm reading a book. I use my imagination to create and develop the characters in the way I perceive and want them to be. In a movie all of that is done for me. I then become a passive participant watching it all unfold.
When I crave solitude, yet want stimulation and knowledge, I read a book. I usually read in some small area of my home where it is peaceful and quiet. I become so wrapped up in the book that I actually miss it and the characters when it's finished. The book becomes a part of who I am. It becomes a part of my soul.
When I want to socialize and be entertained I see a movie. I usually watch a movie with someone else, where we comment on, and perhaps critique the characters as we go along, and most definitely when it's over.
I love to watch movies after I have read the book to see what the directors interpretation will be. Quite frankly though I am usually disappointed with the movie because so much information has to be crammed into such a short period of time.
One movie that comes to mind is, Interview with a Vampire, which was written by Anne Rice. In the series of books about the vampire Lestat, he was portrayed as a poor emotional wreck, who was disgusted with himself, and quite sensitive by nature. He even tried to commit suicide by laying in the sun. However, in the movie he was portrayed as an evil monster with no heart. My sister-in-law, who had also read the books about Lestat, and I, couldn't wait to see the movie when it came out but we both left the show very disappointed. Had we not already formed our own conclusions about Lestat, and his personality, which happened to be very similar to one another, we may have enjoyed the movie more.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The Pouring Teapot
This week at Gracious Hospitality www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/ we are being asked to share information about out teapots. How many do we have? Which one do we use the most? Which one is our favorite? We are asked to tell our teapot story, give it's history, and explain what it means to us........
This was a difficult post for me because I have already shared my favorite teapot stories with all of you in the past so it seemed a bit repetitious. I decided, instead, to post a picture of my teapots. As you can see I don't have very many. Although I have several other collections, I never considered a teapot collection until I started the Tea Blog-Thon. It is something I definitely will keep in mind in the future. When I go into a little shop and see an adorable teapot from now on, I won't say to myself, "Oh come on. You don't really need that." I think instead, I will scoop it up, and bring it home, where I am sure I will find the perfect place to put it.
All of the teapots that I do have are special to me in some way. My favorite teapot is the little blue and white one with the flowers on it. It was given to me by my paternal grandmother and it symbolizes my first introduction to the tea experience. I don't use that one at all because it is just to fragile. All of the other ones I use and enjoy on a regular basis and especially since I've retired.
I just wanted to thank everyone again who has participated in the Tea Blog-a-Thon. I have learned so many wonderful things about tea, tea parties, and tea accessories. It's because of all of you. You are a lovely group of ladies and I have really enjoyed blogging with each and every one of you.
p.s. If you are interested in seeing my idea of a perfect tea house please see the post below.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I love making little bags of this, and that, to give to my family and friends who visit during holidays. It's a very inexpensive way to do something fun and nice for someone else.
Last Halloween our grandson Ryan and I made little bags of candy. Then we added orange and black glitter spiders and wrapped them with orange ribbons.
At Christmas we made crackers, that we filled with bottles of lotion, hair clips, after shave, cars, candy and any other small items we could find. We made the crackers out of a light cardboard, glued gold foiled wrapping paper to them, and wrapped them in green ribbon. Everybody sat down and opened them together. They had so much fun trading with one another until they got the perfect gift. The crackers were definitely a hit at our Christmas party.
Last week, as I checked the Blog-a-thon links at Gracious Hospitality, I came across Ceekays post, at www.thinkinofhome.blogspot.com/ , and noticed she had the most adorable teapot cookie on top of her strawberry shortcake dessert. I thought to myself what a great idea! I immediately set out to find a teapot cookie cutter. I found several at various sites but with shipping and handling it hardly seemed worth it to get one.
I love to make home made candy. It's very easy and quick to melt candy and pour it into molds. Last Christmas Ryan and I made reindeer suckers, bagged them, and wrapped them with green and red ribbon. They turned out so cute and looked so festive on our Christmas treat table.
Well I started to think, that if someone had come up with the idea of teapot cookie cutters, maybe someone had come up with the idea of teapot candy molds. I went to my local cake decorating store, and to my surprise and delight, I found everything I needed. I found it a couple of days before Mother's Day so I didn't have much time to be creative. I made teapot cookies and decorated them. When I finished them I wrapped them in individual bags and stapled them shut. Next time I think I might make gingerbread cookies and keep them plain. The possibilities are endless! Then I made chocolate teapot suckers. I mixed milk and dark chocolate together and they turned out sooo delicious. Next time I think I will make them out of white chocolate, or perhaps different colors like pink, yellow, or blue. Wouldn't those look cute on a tea table. I also wrapped my chocolate teapot suckers individually and tied them with a pink ribbon. Then I made little teacups and teapots. I wrapped a teapot, teacup and saucer together and stapled them shut. Next I went to the store and got little bottles of the originally Jergens hand lotion that I love so much. I also made tea bag holders and placed a vanilla caramel tea bag inside. I put everything into a bigger bag and wrapped it with ribbon. Everyone loved their little Mother's Day treat. I included pictures to show you what they looked like...........
I can't wait to make them again....... Maybe you would like to try them at your next party. If you do I hope you will post pictures...... Thank you so much Ceekay!