Sunday, October 16, 2016

Happy Sunday Friends

I pray you are enjoying the Autumn weather and are able to spend some quality time with the Lord today.

photo from A Book of God's Gifts; A Little Golden Book

Blessings and a cup of tea,

Friday, September 30, 2016


I forgot to add the lovely background autumn music to the post I just created.
We Gather Together: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns

I have updated my post to add it, but if you only read my blog in your email, chances are you will miss out.

These lovely hymns feature the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, penny whistles, and accordion.

Right Click: 14 Autumn Hymns for You 
and open in new window. 
Enjoy while surfing the web and sipping a cuppa. :-)

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Seems my life has been so busy lately.  On this last day of September, I thought I would toss up a bunch of pictures here and see where they land... just to say HI!!!


Today 9/30/2016 is the anniversary of the writing of Little Women in 1868, per the click here--> Louisa May Alcott Orchard House museum.  I adore this story.  
Louisa May Alcott's Green Tea Blend
I have not had this, because I do not favor plain green tea
but I think the idea is really cool! :-)

Find Garden Dolly by clicking here
This is Marigold.  I collaborated with the artist on fabric, ribbon, hair color and choice of name.  She adventured all the way from England to me.  Isn't she darling?
Sherry at The Charm of Home blog posted this photo,
which inspired me to write the following poem.
Check out her inspiring BLOG and IG some time.
*by me, Heather G. 9/3/2016
Off to the woods, wild and free, that's where I wish that I could be. Picking an apple, dipping a toe, not caring which direction I go. Oh, for a breeze, and pine-scented trees. Ducks bobbing in ponds and birds that sing. A plaid thermos of tea I happened to bring. Perhaps a book in a secret nook, or a pad and a pen to write my thoughts in, my dreams, my prayers and doodles.  Oh to look up in wonder, content in all that surrounds, knowing He who created it, shall never fail or let me down.

There is nothing like a mossy spot, 
To lose yourself in quiet thought.
Contemplating on art you've seen,
Knowing you're a daughter of the King.
Contentment comes easy,
In moments like these,
Ever so softly upon the breeze.
9/10/2016 -Heather G.
My beautiful  Heather doll sent all the way from Essex by the lovely @garden.dolly on IG & @gardendollys on FB. Many of her dolls have flower names & she named this one after me :-)

We collected leaves in the park today. We discussed how they look, smell and feel. The backsides were a soft, fuzzy texture, which was really cool!

"Come little leaves", said the Wind one day, "Come to the meadows with me and play. Put on your dresses of red and gold; for summer is past, and the days grow cold." - George Cooper

From the book: Tea Party Today, Poems to Sip and Savor
My kitchen shelf decked out
for Autumn.
This is the prayer I made up, and I have taught
my daycare Littles for years :-)

"Father God,
Thank You for this food,

Thank You for this day,
Bless our food
And bless our friends,
In Jesus name we pray.

From the book: A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Art by Tasha Tudor
I just ordered this book here and can not wait to receive it!
& clove muffins I made to go with our Poetry Tea Time to welcome the 1st day of 
Lately it has been far too hot, but I
enjoyed some breezy Bible time last week :-)
The berries are a dark orange, but soon turn bright red.


I started The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith last month, but paused to read a book for a book review I agreed to do.  Hoping to get back into it because it is very good. My copy is thought to be from the late 1800s and is notated in the front cover, Grace M. Marks, Nashua, Iowa, Dec. 25, 1897. Originally published in 1766, the amusing style reminds me of Jane Austen. 

Ch.2"When we had dined, to prevent the ladies leaving us, I generally ordered the table to be removed; and sometimes, with the music master's assistance, the girls would give us a very agreeable concert. Walking out, drinking tea, country dances, and forfeits, shortened the rest of the day..."

Ch.5"Here too we drank tea, which now was become an occasional banquet; and as we had it but seldom, it diffused a new joy, the preparations for it being made with no small share of bustle and ceremony. On these occasions, our two little ones always read for us, and they were regularly served after we had done."

Well, friends, I do hope you have enjoyed my ramblings and pictures.  I pray you have a very pleasant October filled with crisp air, God's grace, wonderful reading, friends and family, and lots of tea. (-smile)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Love's Faithful Promise Book Review

Enjoyed tea and toast while switching between
this wonderful novel & my daily Bible reading.

Love’s Faithful Promise –Courage to Dream Book #3
Susan Anne Mason

•°o•:*:•.LOVED IT.•:*:• o°•

Final installment does not disappoint. Again, extremely detailed and several characters with different points of view.
Matthew Clayborne carries heavy burdens from his past, failed marriage.  Now a widower raising a fragile young girl, he is desperate to provide for her, while not letting anyone in to break his heart again.  He splits his time between his daughter, and helping rehabilitate wounded soldiers with new physical therapy techniques.
Deirdre O’Leary, a young nurse, aspiring to one day become a pediatrician, has been sent by her father to convince the doctor to leave Canada and travel to Irish Meadows in New York, in order to help her mother who recently suffered a stroke.  She is bold and determined to persuade the stubborn doctor, or learn the techniques herself. 
There is another story that takes place between Jo, a stable hand, and Connor O’Leary set amongst the wonderful O’Leary horses.  It is a great story as well. It’s like reading two books in one. 
The relationship between the O’Leary parents and really the entire family is so endearing and enjoyable.  It’s a family you want to visit or be a part of.  There is a lot of kindness and love there.  There are also dangerous moments that send the heart rapidly beating, such as when young nephew get a little too adventurous.  And there is faith and prayer as well.  The weather is crisp and cool, until finally it snows, so I enjoyed reading this book in Autumn (-smile).
The cover of this book was another gorgeous picture that grabbed me instantly. The back shows Irish Meadows covered in snow tucked behind the leafless trees of winter.

(Keep updated at the author’s website,

Thank you to Bethany House and the author for an advance copy to review as part of the Influencer Team. My opinion is my own, and given freely. Read: September 20/21, 2016

SERIES: Courage to Dream
Irish Meadows - Book#1 – 06/30/2015
A Worthy Heart – Book #2 – 01/05/2016
Love’s Faithful Promise – Book #3 – 09/13/2016 -388 pages
Happy Reading Friends!

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Jane Austen Fun and Mug Swap Received

Goodbye August!

Somebody posted this on FB and I thought it was fun.  Want to play along?  Here is my Regency Name: Lady Elizabeth Annesley of Shortfield Castle
Now, how elegant is that?!

 Previously I shared with you here the #mugswap16 box I put together to send out.  Today, I received mine from another swapper.  Carmen sews fun goodies, such as this mug rug and table runner, through her Instagram shop @MaxeenLandShop. She also added a scarf, made by her mom.  The roses on the mug are very sweet. Thank you Carmen. Note the backside of the table runner...
It just so happened I posted a picture of my kitty, Delilah, before the box arrived.  She is sitting on a vintage sheet (same fabric) covering my office chair - because, duh, kitty hair!  She is our scaredy-cat and does not often pose for photos.
I had some fun taking pictures of the sunflowers I bought earlier this week.  I enjoyed them greatly with The Word, toasted Irish soda bread, and Harney and Sons Vanilla Comoro tea.

I love how the evening sun cascades over the flowers.

I can not wait for cooler days my friends, but until then, may the Lord bless you and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you.
Hugs and warm cup of tea,

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MUG SWAP 2016 My Box to San Diego

Back on August 1st, I shared with you about a Mug Swap fundraiser here.
I managed to get my box completed well ahead of schedule & it was delivered last Thursday.  I received confirmation that my Mug Swap sister {Siraya} received it, so now I get to share my fun with you dear readers.
The different sides of the box
I decorated the inside of the box with cute pictures and quotes I thought she would like, and included a fun card. I lined the bottom of the box with a green cloth napkin, and placed one on top as well. Green is her favorite color.
She loves comics and super hero movies, so I found some fun Wonder Woman items.  Max was keen to check out the mug!
I could not decide on just one mug, so in addition to whimsical, I included a girly one with encouragement, which just so happens to be green and will go perfectly with her favorite drink!
Just like me, she's a Whovian.  We have so much in common.  We both love British.  Everything pictured below is British! Whoooop!
Both of us; Christ followers... aaawww yeah!
She's big into photography; found this cute camera washi tape WITH green washi tape.  Well, that was meant to be!
All this benefited Bags4Kids.  And to date, over $1400 has been raised on the swap.  But I think it's gone up from there since late addition swappers joined.  What a blessing!!

NOW, since I was searching for mugs... I came across something I could not resist for myself. This beautiful Jane Austen tea mug, which was ON SALE.
Check that quote on the upper right: "But indeed, I would rather have nothing but tea." Yep... that's me!

Here are a couple of fun ones that @TheMugSwap featured on Instagram. If you are a Gilmore Girls fan, you may have heard that Netflix is releasing FOUR NEW specials on 11/25/2016.  We can not wait!!! This was mine and my daughter's special mother-daughter show when she was a teen. Now, if you know me, you know I detest coffee, but these are certainly cute!
they found these on Pinterest
I hope you have enjoyed my little mug swap fun.
Remember friends,
free printables from
Be blessed,

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Heart Most Certain Book Review

I received my Influencer copy of this book August 1st, and took it on a little outing to capture a lovely picture of it.
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I even posed it in this little garden wall I found, 
to create a fun profile picture. 

Melissa Jagears has captured my heart with her newest book, A Heart Most Certain.  Her story is so rich with prayer and growth of faith, and held my interest throughout.  I cannot recommend it enough.
The story takes place in Teaville, Kansas, 1905. STOP! Seriously?  Well, be still my heart… what a perfect name for a town!  It takes a hard look at how the poorest parts of town survived by being a “red light district”, and the very difficult attempt some made to climb out of that life.  It also shows how the middle and upper class viewed those people as so much “less-than” believing they were at fault for their lifestyles, and did not deserve any grace or mercy.  However, that is not the case for every citizen.  Nicholas secretly gives charity and does good works to better their lives and make a difference.  Lydia King, although quite poor in her own right, also does her part, by being a part of the Teaville Moral Society and sewing quilts for the less fortunate.  When the group decides they need sewing machines to increase their production, she is tasked with requesting a donation from the town’s miser, Mr. Lowe.

Old Fashioned Quilting Bee: Pg. 11 The heavy front doors of the massive sandstone church slammed behind her, and she scurried down to an out-of-the-way room in the dank basement.  About a dozen women sat around the room’s large quilting frame.  Half of them were the matriarchs of the church, the other half their daughters or young women without children.

Pg. 15 Lydia took the comb back before Mama could turn her wavy locks into a massive cloud.

There is the occasional bit of witty sarcasm:
Pg. 68, “Don’t tell me you’re that rigid.” Henry tossed a glass paperweight between his hands. “Jesus drank wine.” Nicholas rolled his eyes. “Next time you’re over, bring a barrel of water with you, and pray for a miracle.”
Chapter 7 had me balling! Pg. 129 “Lord, help me stop these children from going where they cannot return. Surely you sent me and Lydia here this day for this reason.  Help me convince Pepper.”
Pg. 185 Wool blankets would be cheaper and could help more people, yes, but I know how it feels to have ‘good enough’. But to receive something beautiful…”She ran a hand down her sleeve, catching the bit of satin ribbon at the end.
This quilt was actually made at the same time our story is set!
(internet photo)
Pg. 193 A shiny new Burdick sewing machine with an intricate wrought-iron treadle and gleaming black-and-gold body stood in the center of the room.

Sometimes, God says, “No.”  In Ch.33, we see Lydia say a prayer that she does not get recognized in the height of danger, but later we learn that indeed she was identified.  I appreciate the fact that not all prayers get a “Yes” answer in the story, because God’s was are not our ways.

This story was packed with detail and deceit.  But it was also rich with people desiring to better themselves for God's glory, and a beautiful love story stitched together over time and circumstances orchestrated by the hand of God.
Finishing up with a cup of tea and a sigh.
5 stars
© 8/2/2016 Bethany House, 388 pages
I received a copy from Bethany House Publ., in exchange for my honest opinion, with no other compensation, which I am privileged to provide.
Read: 08/11-13/2016 - Reviewed: 8/15/2016


Book 1 is actually
a novella featured within
the collective book,
With This Ring by
various authors

Here is a fun picture we took to get 
young people interested! LOL!!!
contributing to the PokemonGo craze!
I do hope you will check out this book. 
Until next time,
Hugs and a cup of tea!

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