Saturday, July 4, 2015

Walking Down The Street





I try to walk every morning just before sunrise ...
before it gets too hot and humid.

I was on the home stretch ...
just a few houses from mine ...
when I stopped ...

I wasn't the only one out walking.
I was on the sidewalk
and he was walking down the middle of the street.



Heron

Yellow Crowned Night Herons roost in oak trees 
on the Rice University campus and surrounding neighborhoods.
This was the first time for me to see one of these beauties
in my area.

I zipped home quickly, grabbed the camera 
and walked back down the street.
Would he still be around?


Heron

 Yep!


Heron collage

I told him he shouldn't be in the street ...
Folks would be leaving for work soon ...



Heron


I'm hoping he'll come by and visit again one morning.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!


Thank you to the hosts of:






Camera Critters



Mosaic Monday.





Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tin Roof Teas




I really enjoyed my visit to Raleigh, North Carolina
to see my BGD (Beautiful God Daughter), her handsome fella
(AKA The Kids) and to attend their confirmation.

One afternoon, BGD and I set out to find Tin Roof Teas
and boy, did we find tea!

Tin Roof Tea

BGD is a coffee drinker, but she was a good sport 
and tasted all the samples of the day.


Tin Roof Tea

I think BGD liked Pineapple Mimosa Fruit the best.
My favorite was Arabian Night.
We enjoyed China White Monkey and to be fair,
it was a warm day so the cold tea was really good!


Tin Roof Teas

There were rows of tea and colorful teapots, tea mugs, tea bag holders.

All sorts of tea utensils. 
I didn't get a picture of the tea bar where they make their own blends.


Tin Roof Teas

Matcha sets, more pretty tea cups and 
they have wonderful tins and ceramics for storage.
If all else fails, and you don't find any tea that you like,
perhaps some chocolate will do!


Tin Roof Teas

Be sure to visit Tin Roof Teas if you are in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a wonderful cup of tea!

Big thanks to the hosts of:
Mosaic Monday




Sunday, June 21, 2015

June Is Iced Tea Month



June is Iced Tea Month.
Perfect timing because it's hot (90s) and humid (75 dew point) here.
Time for lots of iced tea.
Especially if served in pretty green glass.


Iced Tea

The year was 1904, and the event was the St. Louis World's Fair.
A merchant of Indian tea tried unsuccessfully to sell hot tea to the
sweltering crowds, and finally, in desperation, poured the hot brew over ice.
He created an instant success with this refreshing new beverage, and
iced tea has been an American favorite ever since.

At least that's the story you will hear on a tour of St. Louis!

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I'm a lucky girl.
All my sisters-by-choice know my love for tea
and when my birthday comes around .. the tea and tea things arrive!
This is what arrived, hand carried from Japan:



Japanese Tea

If you look carefully you might be able to see the geisha face in the bottom of the tea cup. 
Love the blue and white fish pattern.
A whisk for the matcha.
She also brought matcha candy, but I've eaten it all! 

Isn't this fun?!

I made it at Fotor.
Truth, too!
Love Life
(and have a cup of tea).

This is Life


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My buddy Steph, at Steph's Cup of Tea posted this on her blog.
I thought since I was celebrating Tea Day,
I should post it here.
Thanks, Steph!


The Tea Party

"I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
'Twas very small-
Three guests in all-
Just I, myself and me.

Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
'Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me."


Wishing YOU well, much joy and a wonderful cup of tea.

A big thank you to the hosts of:
Mosaic Monday


Friday, June 12, 2015

Catching Up




I've been away for awhile.
I have lots of catching-up to do.
Be patient.
I'll be around to visit -- I promise!

First, here's what's happening around here:



Been Busy!

I have some new neighbors.
When I went out to take a photo of them,
Mom wasn't too happy. 
She kept an eye on me the whole time .. along with the babe.


I have a crocosmia blooming in Musashi's Garden.
I planted them last year ... this one and a red one.
They are grown from corms and are a relative of the Iris.
Native to South Africa and the Sudan.
In the states they are known as copper tips or falling stars.
I'm sure I saw then on another blog.
Do I remember which one?
No! Sorry!


Index Card a Day is going strong.
This is Bingo Lady -- torn book pages, acrylic paint, collage.
Some wonderful little pieces of art are being shared on the ICAD FB group.
Why don't you join us?
No pressure .. work at your own speed.
This is my fourth year and I learn so much.


I've had a birthday.
One of my surprise gifts was this wonderful Grapefruit/Mandarin
candle from Goose Creek.
I won this candle in the give-a-way that BJ at Sweet Nothings had.
I love this candle.
The whole house smells like citrus -- summer time!
A big thank you to BJ and to Goose Creek.


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I spent sometime in Raleigh, North Carolina.
It's not a good place to go if you are on a diet!
BGD (beautiful god-daughter) and her handsome fella
asked me to come for their confirmation.
Here they are on confirmation day.
Look at those smiles!



Kids


They have a beautiful home and BGD sets a gorgeous table filled with memories.
The china from her maternal grandmother,
the shell napkin rings and crystal from his maternal grandmother,
and the silver from me.

The other reason to visit was to meet my god-dog.
Oh, my, but he is a handsome guy ... and big!
He's a sweet boy, gentle (rolling on the floor with moi).

More photos to come.

Hope all is well with you and yours.
Wishing YOU well and much joy!

A big thank you to Judith for hosting Mosaic Monday.



Monday, June 1, 2015

Lotus Number 1






The official opening of Index Card A Day (ICAD) is today.

Here's my first card of the challenge:



Lotus #1


I'm calling it Lotus #1.

I started with a 4 x 6 index card.
Added some book paper and other papers to thicken up the card.
Then the paint.
I love painting with my fingers.
It feels good! 
There is just nothing like Smooshing (technical term) paint!

For more information on the ICAD challenge please go here.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!