Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Life lessons


Happiness keeps you sweet,
Trials keep you strong,
Sorrows keep you human,
Failures keep you humble,
Success keeps you glowing,
But only God keeps you going!
I absolutely love this! It was sent to me by my friend Sandy via e-mail. I think no truer words were ever spoken.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Just when I was starting to think about spring!











Look what happened just when I was starting to think about spring!......

Quotes

"People are like stained-glass windows. They shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Lasting impressions.....

Little Boy Blue

The little toy dog is covered with dust,
But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
And his musket molds in his hands.
Time was when the little toy dog was new
And the soldier was passing fair,
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
Kissed them and put them there.

"Now, don't you go till I come," he said,
"And don't you make any noise!"
So trodding off to his trundle-bed
He dreamed of the pretty toys.
And as he was dreaming, an angel song
Awakened our Little Boy Blue...
Oh, the years are many, the years are long,
But the little toy friends are true.

Ay, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
Each in the same old place,
Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
And the smile of a little face.
And they wonder, as waiting these long years through,
In the dust of that little chair,
What has become of our Little Boy Blue
Since he kissed them and put them there.
Eugene Field 1850-1895

This was another poem my mother knew by heart. I used to think it was a story and I would beg her to tell it me over and over again. I found the poem many years later in a poetry book and I have kept it ever since. Every time my mother would tell me this poem I would cry. She would say "I'm not going to tell it to you if your going to cry." I remember saying "But it's sooo sad. Just tell me again. please... I won't cry. I promise" but I always did. Even though it was a very sad poem it was has remained one of my favorite childhood poems.....

Monday, February 25, 2008

Tracking through the snow... My brother and me....


I found this clip art the other day and I just had to add it to my blog. It brings back so many memories of when I was a little girl and my brother would take me on his paper route. I'm sure I was more trouble then I was worth, but he was always so patient with me, and always checking to make sure I stayed warm and bundled up. Those were very special times for me. Times that I will never forget, and although we have had many wonderful memories since, and God willing we will have many more through out the years to come, there was something about those times that have remained embedded in my heart all these years. I can remember it as if it were yesterday,..... the snow falling gently down in huge flakes, the sound of the sled as it's tracks hit the ice, the stillness of the day except for an occasional crack of a tree branch from the weight of the ice and snow. It was a winter wonderland! There I would sit in the sled, with my little rabbit Fletcher, talking to my brother about this and that as he pulled me through the snow. I felt so warm, so safe, and so loved on that paper route with my brother.....

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The computer swallowed grandma









My cousin John sent me this via e-mail today............
I thought it was just great!.......


THE COMPUTER SWALLOWED GRANDMA


The computer swallowed grandma.
Yes, honestly it's true!
She pressed 'control' and 'enter'
And disappreared from view.


It devoured her completely,
The thought just makes me squirm.
She must have caught a virus
Or been eaten by a worm.


I've searched through the recycle bin
And files of every kind;
I've even used the internet,
But nothing did I find.


In desperation, I asked Jeeves
My searches to refine.
The reply from him was negative,
Not a thing was found 'online.'


So, if inside your 'inbox,'
My Grandma you should see,
Please 'copy,' 'scan' and 'paste' her
And send her back to me.


This a tribute to all the Grandma's who
have been fearless and learned
to use the computer......
They are the Greatest!!!
We do not stop playing because we grow old;
We grow old because we stop playing.
NEVER Be The First To Get Old!


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Influenza


This map, which was posted on, www.CDC.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm, indicates how wide spread Influenza activity is right now as denoted by the brown color of states and territories affected.
Influenza is a serious disease.
While flu is prevalent:
If at all possible avoid crowded places.
Stay away from people who are ill.
If you are ill do not go out. This will help prevent other people from getting sick.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Throw your tissues away after you use them.
Try to avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes to prevent the spread of infection.
Wash your hands.
Did you know that proper hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs. I was watching MSNBC the other day and a physician was explaining how to properly wash your hands. I think he said it best.......He said if you sing two renditions of Happy Birthday, while washing your hands, then you know you have washed them an appropriate amount of time.
I am hoping all of my blogger friends and family stay healthy this Infuenza season

My poor little Charli girl......


My poor little Charli girl..........
Charli was in such a snit earlier. She becomes very upset when I go out even to this day. In her mind we should be doing absolutely everything together. When I am ready to leave the house she will actually try to block the door so I can't go. She does this silly little dance, sort of like a football player, who is playing one of the guard positions on his football team. She lifts all four of her paws up and down and moves from side to side. It's really quite funny in a sad sort of way. When that doesn't work she really pulls out all the stops. She lays out the sympathy card. She lifts up one paw, looks at me with her big sad eyes, starts to whimper, and then shakes all over. She can be quite the little drama queen! I try so hard to ignore the behavior, but she's a tough cookie, and really knows how to lay on the quilt. When I get back home she greets me at the door with this, how could you have left me, or where the heck have you been all this time type of bark. Then she runs off to the chair and sulks. If I call her name she pretends she doesn't hear me and will not lift up her head. It doesn't last long though. All it takes is a few good belly rubs with me saying, oh my poor little girl, or a piece of apple, or banana, which are two of her absolutely favorite foods, and she is back to her little old funny adorable self. I would say she has me trained pretty well...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Opps

My friend Sandy sent me this the other day.............
It made me giggle. I hope it brightens your day........

I got stopped for speeding the other day
I thought I could talk my way out of it
until the cop looked at
my dog in the backseat

One sure sign your driving to fast................



Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Friendship


I found this in my journal the other day. It was sent to me in an e-mail years ago. The e-mail didn't indicate who wrote it. It was one of those things you pass along from person to person. I thought it was worth keeping.....

True friendship isn't seen with the eyes,
it is felt with the heart.
when there is trust, understanding,
loyalty, and sharing.....

True friendship is a rare feeling,
but when it is found
it has profound impact on
our well-being, strength, and character.

True friendship does not need
elaborate gifts or spectacular events
in order to be valuable or valued.

To ensure long-lasting
quality and satisfaction,
true friendship only needs
a few key incredients:

Undying loyalty, unmatched understanding,
unsurpassed trust, deep and soulful secrets,
and endless sharing.

To all of you......




We wanted to take this time to thank all of you who have sent well wishes, kind words, expressed concern, and offered prayers for our son. You have been truly amazing! We believe in the power of prayer with all of our hearts and we know our son is getting better each, and every day, because of all of you.
He is home now, but will be going back to surgery in approximately six weeks.
Again, Thank you so much and God bless you!
With warmest regards, Carol and Mike

Monday, February 18, 2008

Things I love




Some of the things I love.......
Butterflies and butterfly houses
The smell of rain
A freshly mowed lawn
The sounds of wind chimes
Rocking in our swing
Watching the sun rise
Roses, Cornflowers, and Lilies
Logs burning in the evening
Sunsets
Watching Charli romp and play
Fireflies
Soft music
Birds singing
Sipping wine
Unexpected and pleasant calls
Flower beds
Birds landing on our trellis
Lanterns at sunset
Bird nests in our trees and vines
Deers, turtles, and frogs

Lasting impressions

Oh! Death Will Find Me

Oh! Death will find me, long before I tire of watching you;
and swing me suddenly into the shade and loneliness and mire of the last land!
There, waiting patiently, one day, I think, I'll feel a cool wind blowing,
See a slow light across the stygian tide,
And hear the dead about me stir, unknowingly and tremble.
And I shall know that you have died.
And watch you, a broad-browed and smiling dream,
Pass, light as ever, through the lightless host,
Quietly ponder, start, and sway, and gleam__
Most individual and bewildering ghost!__
And turn, and toss your brown delightful head
Amusedly, among the ancient Dead.
Orrick Johns

Quotes

"Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act."
Leonard Cohen

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Longing for spring











(All pictures on this post are courtesy of Dick Lowthian)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My Valentine


We called our son this morning. He seems to be doing a little better, so I thought I would share a few of my Valentine's Day memories, while waiting to go to the hospital..........
From the time I can remember my mother went all out to make sure our holidays at home were special. It's really because of her that Valentine's Day has become one of my favorite holidays. The weeks before this wonderful little love fest day were filled with anticipation at our house, as we made our homemade Valentine's for our family, and wrote out our other Valentine's for school. My mother would always make sure we had plenty of those little white paper doilies, red, white, and pink construction paper, and sometimes even glitter.
Every Valentine's Day, my mother and father would get my sister, brother, and I a box of Sanders candy. It was always the candy in the little white, or red box, with the transparent top. The box was filled with white shredded paper and in the center was a large red foiled heart. On each side of that heart were three smaller red foiled hearts. The box was always decorated with a little red ribbon. I used to look so forward to recieving these little boxes that I carried on the tradition with my own children year after year.
My mother also baked us a Valentine's cake every year. It was always the same, a cake made in the shape of a heart, with cherry nut filling, and then frosted with pink icing. She would make a border of frosting along the edge of the top and the bottom of the cake. Then she would place red cinamon hearts into the white icing. She would always write Happy Valentine's Day in white icing on the top of the cake and then put a couple of the red foiled hearts near the center. My mother's Valentine cakes were so beautiful and delicious! One year we talked her into entering her cake in our school fair. I remember feeling so proud when it was announced over the school intercom that she had one first place. My mother just couldn't believe her cake had won! We were all so excited and happy for her! She won a very sleek ceramic black panther with three small cactus planted in the center of it. She kept it for years in our kitchen window. Everytime I looked at it I would think about her Valentine's cake and how she had won first prize at our fair.
I have tried to keep as many of our family traditions as possible, whether it be decorating the house, making cookies or cakes, or bringing out the lace tablecloths for a special dinner or tea.
My hubby and I don't like to go out to dinner on Valentine's Day, and rather than expensive flowers or gifts, we love to have family celebrations, and make each other homemade Valentine's. The picture above is part of a Valentine my hubby made me years ago. I found it in my journal the other day. The pictures are of him and I when we were children. It's one of my most cherished possessions. He will always be my one and only Valentine!
Don't you just love the Valentine's that come from the heart? It could be in the form of a homemade treat, a warm and inviting fire, a splendidly set table, some favorite music, a wonderful little decoration, a homemade card, or luscious little candies in crystal dishes. As long as it comes from the heart, and the day is spent with people we love, for me, that's what Valentine's Day is all about...........

Friday, February 15, 2008

Change

I wanted to write about my hubby and I going over to our son Michael and daughter-in-law Anne's house to celebrate Valentine's Day and what a wonderful time we had. I wanted to say how Anne makes all of the holidays so special because of the beautiful decorations and all the love, she, and our son Michael puts into their family parties. I wanted to say that Anne made a red velvet cake and how delicious it was. I wanted to say how much we loved seeing our grandaughter Jessica, and our grandson's, Michael, Ryan, and Aayden. I wanted to write about how touched we were to recieve a Valentine from Ryan and how excited he was to celebrate Valentine's Day in school this year. I wanted to say how grateful and blessed we are to have these special times with our family.............
However today has been a very difficult and worrisome day...........
Our son Tom had a very serious emergency surgery. Although he seems to be doing Ok, it is very hard for me not to think of all of the things that could still go wrong. It's strange how life can change in an instant. It takes a turn when we least expect it. What was it Dylan said? "There is nothing so stable as change."
And so we wait.......... ... We wait to see what tomorrow brings..............

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The good old days, on the job

From my Journal.............
(Names have been changed to protect the patient's right to privacy.)

1992

Mary Evensworth

82 years old........
Please dont cry............ She tells me that she's lonely. You see her husband died when she was sixty two. She says he retired on December 22nd and died on January 6th. That has been ten years ago now......She says when she feels lonely, or she's feeling down, she wraps up in his robe and then sits in his favorite chair. She still has all of those things even after all these years. She says "I bet you think I'm silly don't you?" I say, "No. No, not at all." Then we hold hands and cry softly together.........Mary Evensworth and me.........

Across the Universe


One of my favorite things to do is to have movie night with my hubby and Charli. We do it on a regular basis and it's something we all look forward to. We make it a real event at our house, with the pillows and blankets, the pop corn, you know, the works.
This week we saw the most unique and mind boggling movie we have seen in a long time so I thought it was worth mentioning here. The movie is called Across the Universe. It starts out a little slow. In fact, we almost gave up on it, but then it slowly builds and pulls you in. I think if you lived through the excitement, the turmoil, and the tragedy of the sixites, and you have any knowledge of the beatles, you could certainly relate to this movie. It's a musical. It's a love story. It takes place in the sixties and is based on the producers interpretation of the beatles music. It is very artistic, well done, and choreographed exceptionally well. But it's even more than that......You have to be able to catch all the subtleties to relate to and understand the premise of the movie. It's almost as if you are playing some sort of beatle mania game, where there is name dropping of titles, not so famous cover tunes, and lyrics. There are also cameo appearences of people like Joe Cocker and Bono. On the surface it is a love story with some Beatles trivia thrown in, but then it even goes much deeper than that......It takes you back to the pandemonium of the sixties, the loss of inocence, the violence, the peace movement, the protests, the student strikes, the Vietnam war, the drug culture, the riots, and the totally senseless murder of Martin Luther King.......... Towards the end of the movie, you hear the lyrics sung, "Nothins gonna change my world" but everything did change, the whole world indeed changed in the sixties. It was a cultural revolution, that we lived through, and has been played out in the history books ever since.
For me it is sad to look back on those times.........
But here we are in a different time, a different place, and a different war......... I can't help but wonder what will be said about this time, this place, and this war in the history books...........
It was indeed a strange little movie..........

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Quotes

"It is something to be able to paint a picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful. But it is far more glorious to carve and paint the atmosphere in which we work, to effect the quality of the day--This is the highest of the arts."
Henry David Thoreau

Happy Valentine's Day





We hope you have a wonderful day!

With warmest regards, Charli and me

Get a Dog :>)





If you want someone who is always willing to go out, at any hour, and for as long as you want, get a dog.......

If you want someone who will never touch the romote, doesn't care about football, and will sit next to you as you watch romantic movies, get a dog.......

If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn't care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally, get a dog.........

Charli and I would like to extend our congratulations to the little beagle who won at the Westminster Dog Show. Although Charli was hoping a Schnauzer would win, she is happy he won, and is thrilled to know she will always be top dog in her little world.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Lasting impressions

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on it's way,
Do not go gentle into the good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Government incentive package



Faltering United States economy.............

United States Government borrows money from the Chinese.........

United States Government pays back loan with high interest rates to Chinese bankers.........

The United States Government doles out money to selective American citizens..............

American citizens run out and buy Chinese products with money...........

Who is really benefiting here?........................

Is there something I'm missing?.......................

I don't understand how this is supposed to help stimulate the United States economy.............

If you do decide to spend your money, BUY AMERICAN!...............................

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Quotes





"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."

Louis Sabin

I think that quote could be elaborated on to include any and all furry and fine feathered friends :>)

Friday, February 8, 2008

Water for Elephants




I love being in a book club because I am prompted to read books that I probably would never have choosen to read on my own. I also love to get a variety of different perspectives from other people on the book who are reading along with me. Of course there is also the added bonus of meeting and establishing new friendships within the group.

This months book choice was Water for Elephants, which was written by Sara Gruven. As it happened I read this book a couple of months before and had already added it to my favorite book list. It's one of those books, at least for me, that you just can't put down. It takes you back to the 1920's and into life in a circus. The author has done research on the circus, circus animals, and circus people. She has incorporated the history and many of these stories into her book. I felt like I was actually living on a circus train among the animals. It is the story of people who show tremendous amounts of strength under terrible circumstances. It demonstrates so adequately, that when humans blatantly disappoint us we still have the capacity to love, especially when in comes to animals, which is why we see them so often used for they're theraputic affects in hospital settings and out reach programs. It inspired me to want to learn more about the old time circus, and about circus animals, in particular the elephant. I especially loved the captivating and charming character of Rosie. It was also interesting, and yet sad, to hear of Jacob's experiences in the nursing home. The book was touching to me in so many ways and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read.

For futher information, and to learn more about elephants and the Ringling Brother's Circus, you can go to the Elephant Santuary at www.elephants.com/scant.htm , or the Ringling Brother's Museum at www.ringling.org/about_museum.asp to take a visual tour. To learn more about the author you can access Sara gruven's web site at www.saragruen.com/home.html

Spread the love award


I was reading one of my favorite blogs yesterday, which is called Teachings of the Horse, and was absolutely thrilled to learn that I had been sent a Spread The Love Award. The award was originally created by Mica, at garboodles.typepad.com, who came up with the idea to spread love and good cheer to all of her blogger friends out in blogger cyberspace. What a wonderful idea!
This is how it works.....If you would like to continue spreading this love award just click on it and add it to your site. In doing so everyone who clicks on your site will recieve the award and be able to send it on to their blogger friends as well.
I would like to say that I wish all of you good health, love, and peace. Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you. I hope you will consider spreading your love to the world.
I would also like to mention how much Charli loved and appreciated recieving this award. She is always thrilled to know that someone is thinking about her and wishing her well. Charli is sending her love and good wishes out to all of the animals in this huge cyberspace world of ours.
We hope all of you have a great day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Carnegie Hall


Here I sit with my cinnamon tea contemplating my day. The snow is starting to subside and I can hear the snow blowers and shovels in the distance. Charli has already decided to snuggle down for the evening. She is laying on the chair underneath her red and white fleece blanket. She cannot seem to relax unless she is completely covered. I know she has had a difficult day as she hates to be home alone. She is such a strange little creature but I suspect that is why I love her so much.

Today, in my humanities group, we saw a documentry on Carnegie Hall, which opened in 1891, and was the standard for artistic excellence. It was considered an honor to be asked to perform there. I cannot even begin to imagine how the artist must have felt as he, or she stood on that stage, and looked out at the audience, knowing how much they had achieved and how hard they had worked to get there. What a thrilling experience that must have been! All that creative diversity and talent on one stage. What a awesome experience to be able to see them perform! I have never been there but I would love to go someday. I would love to hear a concert or see a ballet at Carnegie Hall.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The right to vote


This is a photograph of the woman suffrage parade down Pennsylvania Ave. from the U.S. capital to the White House. March 3, 1913 Washington D.C.
The photograph was taken from a slide show created by Jone Lewis, about Women's History guide. Photograph courtesy of the United States Library of Congress. Modification to photographs 2001 Jone Johnson Lewis.
As super Tuesday approaches I can't help but think of all of the women who battled so hard so the rest of us could have the right to vote. I think it's our privilege, our duty, our responsibilty, and our God given right to get out there and vote. I think we owe it to ourselves and all of those women who fought so hard for the rights we have today. We especially owe it to our children and all future generations. It matters to me, that we have a choice, can be part of a history making decision, and can exercise our rights. If my state were part of the primaries on Super Tuesday I would be standing in line at the poles.
As it is, Charli and I will be following the political channels very closely. All of the primaries have been so exciting. On super Tuesday morning, Charli, and I will do what we usually do. We crawl back in bed, while I drink my coffee, and we will catch a little bit of Good Morning Joe.

Quotes

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole"
Roger Caras

The good old days, On the Job

Nurse (1) Have you seen the doppler?
Nurse (2) No, Have you seen the otoscope?
Nurse (3) Have you seen the old chart for room 501?
Nurse (2) No, but I found yesterday's surgery schedule.
Nurse (4) I can't find anything!
Nurse (1) Every day is like Easter morning here.
Compliments of Nurstoons

Nurse (1) You wouldn't believe the malicious rumor I just heard!
Is there no decency?! Can't people keep their noses out of other people's business!!
Nurse (2) You started that rumor.
Nurse (1) Oh yeah...That was a good one.
Compliments of Nurstoons

Nurse (1) How come my assignment was switched?
It's in the patient's best interest that we maintain continuity of care, so I should
keep my old assignment.
Nurse (2) I don't remember you being upset last week when they gave me your assignment.
Nurse (1) That was completely different!
That assignment was horrible, this one is easy.
Compliments of Nurstoons

Ah, yes, the good old days................................

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Charli and me


This is a picture of Charli and me hanging out together.

What's all the fuss about tea?

Last week I had the opportunity to go to a seminar about tea. It was hosted by our local Museum and Historical Village. I read about it in one of the local papers and decided to sign up. It was held in an old church with stain glass windows and wooden pews. It was amazing! Apparently tea parties are making a big come back. There was a table set up in a room adjacent to the main area, which had flowers, puff pastries, and cookies on it. There were several different varieties of tea's to choose from. I especially liked the fact that we were told to bring our own tea cups and saucers. It was so much fun to look at the different cups and saucers the women brought. There is a total of four programs in the series. The first program was a lecture was on the History of Tea. It was great. The woman who gave it was very insightful and knowledgeable. The next program will be Tea and Crochet, then Tea Theatre, and lastly Tea and Hats. I am looking forward to them all. In July the historical society is hosting a summer garden party. It's an interesting and informative way to spend an afternoon, and perhaps to even meet a new friend or two in the process.

Tea and Tea parties

I have been thinking a lot about tea and tea parties lately. Some of my fondest childhood memories have been centered around tea.
I used to love to go spend time with my grandmother in the summer. She had a covered front porch with an old table on it. It used to provide a lot of shade and for some reason it always seemed cooler there than any where else. In the afternoon my grandmother and I would go out in her back yard and cut a rose. I especially loved doing this because she would let me pick the color. Then we would go back into the house and my grandmother would put the rose in her little crystal bud vase. ( It wasn't one of those expensive Waterford kind but it was beautiful and especially when the sun would hit the cut glass.) Then she would get out one of her old lace table cloths, or one that she had embroidered herself, and cover the table on the porch. Next she would get out my tea set. It was passed down to me by my grandmother's sisters daughter, who for some reason didn't want it any more. I have always thought it was so beautiful and fragile. When you hold the tea cups up you can almost see through them. I used to be almost afraid to touch it. I have kept it all these years and have enclosed a picture of it to share with you. Through the years I have broken a few of the cups but my grandmother always said it was OK because tea sets are meant to be used. Oh those summer days.......
Sometimes my grandmother would invite a couple of little girls to join us, who were also visiting their grandmother's at the time, and we would dress up in our grandmother's old cloths and hats. Fletcher, he was my childhood rabbit, always had a chair at the table. Sometimes it would just be the three of us....Grandma, Fletcher, and me. It was truly my special time with my grandmother. At these little tea's she taught me so many things. She taught me how to treat new friends, how to take care of my things, how to pour tea, how to hold my tea cup, how not to slurp, how to use a napkin, and how to cut some little crumpet she decided to serve, but most of all she taught me what it is to love and be loved. I will always be grateful to her for that........
I also had an aunt on the other side of my family who loved to serve tea. She served tea to her husband every evening after dinner. I would love to go to her house. It didn't matter what time of day it was, or when we went, out would come the fancy little placemats with cloth napkins. She always used a teapot to serve her tea and sometimes she had a little crochet pot warmer around it. Sometimes she would serve lemon and always would have those little fancy sugar cubes that I still love. I don't care when it was that I went there she always had little homemade cookies or some kind of cake. I don't know how to this day she did it because those goodies would never have lasted in this house. I remember my aunt as being so classy and I will never forget having afternoon tea's with her. There is something about all those extra little touches that make having tea so special. There is nothing that compares to the conversation people can have over a pot of tea.
Now my neices and I enjoy having tea together. Sometimes we go to each others houses and sometimes we go to a tea house. Over the holidays we went to a victorian tea house for a Christmas tea that was absolutely wonderful. I would recomend having a tea or going out to a tea to everyone. The memories you create can be phenomenal and as you can see they often last a life time.
Of course Charli favorite tea's are the ones at our house where she waits patiently for a little nibble of something I might serve.
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