Sunday, February 23, 2020


I thought I would do my part to encourage
spring by getting out all my violet bone
 china pieces and trying
to encourage things.

For one thing I like to go walk around
my neighborhood every day and this
winter hasn't been too good for that

I was able to get out twice this week and
did notice some bulbs just barely 
popping up in various yards including
my own.

I won't be wearing these
on my feet.  I hope you
have had a lovely day
and ready for your new week!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


One of the things my husband and 
I like doing is visiting some of the
 small towns in Missouri.

Today we drove over to several
that are southwest of us but not as
far as Kansas City.

We stopped and had lunch at a cute
little tea room called "My Secret Garden"
outside of a little town called Warsaw.

There are many sweet cafe type restaurant
around Missouri that are called "tea rooms" 
and they serve salads, soups, quiche, etc
with desserts and tea. (not Afternoon Tea)

Then we went into the antique mall there.
I loved this pink Victorian house which was
right down the street.

On the way back up the road north we
passed back through Sedalia, where the
state fair is held each summer:

Earlier in the day we had seen a sign about
 a tiny German settled town called "Cole Camp"
 and so we drove over east 4 miles 
to see what it was like
and found a darling shop:

This shop serves lunch and dinners and
 also across the street a sister affliated shop 
serves Afternoon Teas. 
 Another day for that!

Friday, February 14, 2020


Yesterday and today continues
to be very 
bitter and cold outside.

 This means it is a
perfect opportunity for
 a happy teatime.

My husband and I find it interesting the
 way that with just a little snow, everything
 shuts down here in Missouri.  It brings
 back so many memories of living in Colorado
 where everyone went to work and it really
took a blizzard to make a difference.

I have a couple of new magazines
I have been enjoying. 

English Garden and Tea Time have
brought a lovely reprieve lately.
Winter is a time to get inspired
and excited about our spring gardens.

Wintertime is always a good time
 to try new recipes and brush up
on our baking skills.  Please
enjoy a cup of tea and one of  these
chocolate chip cookies I baked this week.

My friend Gina dropped off a lovely
Valentine card she made.  

So I hope that your wintertime
is going along well.  If you are
bored,  this might be a great time
to learn something new.  How about
doing a new craft, trying a new recipe
reading that book on the shelf.

And so I close this post to challenge you
to find joy in the little things.  Make a
nice homemade soup.  Do something not
very popular today - send an elderly person
 a handwritten letter or take something
 home baked to a neighbor.  You can even
 buy those frozen bread loaves and let
 them rise and bake them.  Make some
 homemade cards to have on hand for 
when you need them.  Enjoy winter 
as spring
will be here soon!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


For quite a few years, 
I have been doing yearly reviews
with links to some of my posts.

Last year I didn't post much but
let's do a review just the same.  This
post was called 

I hope I can do a better job of posting this 
year.  I am retired and that means I should 
have all kinds of time, right?  I seem to
just fill my life up with so many things.

my favorite time to share violet china:

Here in Missouri it also means spring
starts to stir a bit which is always good news.
  I realize that's not true for everyone.
  It seems to be the advantage of living
 where summers are very hot.
A post from March:

 in May:

As the summer moved along I
enjoyed many hours outside and
for me - I got a real suntan which 
was shocking.  I loved it when the
hollyhocks came up around our
mailbox.  I had to learn not to
water them as that causes yellow
which included my Grandson 
graduating from high school!

Some sweet Home School
Moms came to use my 
downstairs tearoom in September:



Looking at that photo above amazes
 me even now as I see I had hydrangeas
 blooming in November!

And for my last month of December I
want thank all of you who have followed
my blog and leave comments.
I hope to post more often in 2020 -
let's see if I can at least try harder!

Monday, February 10, 2020


The week of Valentines is always such a
wonderful time.  Couples go out and 
have lovely dinners and others stay
home and make something delicious!

Ladies come together for tea and it's
fun decorating with valentine themed items.

I have some in my kitchen to enjoy,
along with other things of course.

Even my Queen Elizabeth tea cozy
seems to Valentine-ish:

My old Nicol Sayre angel
always comes out for the occasion.

I hope you have a lovely week!