Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tea Time Again

 Dilmah tea! I always like to see what new varieties they have available. 
This time I picked apple cinnamon and vanilla.

It is quite attractive in my now favorite teacup.
 I am tickled pink by the cute tea tags!

I found two sets of this dark rosed teacup at a yard sale a while ago. 
 All it takes to make a beautiful vase for decoration is
 -- a cod liver oil bottle! 
 I had finally gotten to baking cinnamon rolls which I had been
hungry for a while after baby already. Was awesome!
Even though my daughter and I try to sneak in a little tea time for ourselves,
when those rowdy boys come along and want a cup, we don't refuse them!
I think it is cute when boys want tea with the ladies.
I know they will outgrow it soon enough.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Some Day


Someday I probably will get my dishes washed every day.

One day there will be no more sticks lying all over the house.

 One day there will hardly be a mess on the floor to clean except the ones I make.

One day my laundry will be done on time. In fact, one day there will be no more diapers to wash! 

I will be able to nap with no interruptions.

Have coffee with my husband in the early mornings.

Have a clean floor...

Time for a cup of tea anytime.

Sounds wonderful, right?
 I have been thinking...

 There will  be no more snuggle time with my baby, smelling that sweet baby smell, hearing those precious coos, seeing those bright big smiles...

No more little hands lovingly bringing me a bunch of wildflowers

No napping with my toddler and hearing his childish dreams and imaginations.

No more kisses on my cheek at night.

No more lovely songs played on the old piano by my oldest daughter.

No one to ask me to read them a story.

No pitter patter of little feet running...


I am not really looking forward to those years ahead when all our children are grown up and out of the house. It is true that I get desperate at times to have a clean house again and more time for tea, but I also realized something. It is more special when the house is clean occasionally. Having your favorite meal every day makes it boring. I wonder if a constantly clean house would become a little boring too after a while?  A cup of tea is also a bigger treat when not had too often.

 I am enjoying these days. They certainly are the best there are. I cannot imagine life getting any better, any more fulfilling. 

(So, you might wonder how I can still update my blog when I am so busy? That is one of the pluses of having a baby that needs lots of attention. I have the computer in my bed, and the baby and Timothy beside me. I am able to do two things at once this way, and I am really loving it!.) 

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Ps 118:24

I Took His Hand and Followed

 My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn't make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I...
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky

We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood...
My kitchen wasn't swept today
But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill...
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,
That I didn't brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.

But that I've helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world
May look and see and know.

 Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

Friday, July 13, 2012

My cup of Tea

 Today was one good day. I finally got to do some weeding again after baby. It was sorely needed, and man did it feel good to get down and dirty! It's even more fun in my new hat... I felt real cheery today so I also asked Jessica to pick me some flowers for my old teapot.

 A cup of sweet iced black tea after some weeding is a refreshing treat! Let me tell you a little secret. I like mine sweet without sugar. I love drinking my favorite drink knowing I am not putting any unnecessary sugar in my body. I have found a wonderful tasting stevia which leaves no bitter aftertaste and tastes as good as sugar. Stevia made in South America tastes better than North American brands do, in my (and others') opinion. I like both E.N.D. Stevia, and Eco stevia. They are quite affordable, as a little goes a long way. The eco stevia can be substituted for 1 cup sugar in 1/4 teaspoon, the eco stevia takes a little more. It is definitely worth buying if you are cautious about sugar. I use it in coffee, even in baking. In baking cookies and other desserts I will often take half the amount of sugar required, then add stevia to make up for the rest. I would often be fine with just stevia, but the texture will not turn out as good, and baked goods do taste better with at least a little sugar. I never could get my husband to drink tea sweetened with stevia before I bought these brands; now he doesn't seem to mind anymore.

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