Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Holiday Teas

Teatime Holidays 
The 2017 special issue of this magazine is bound to put
readers in the mood for celebrating the holidays with afternoon tea
from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. 
 Nine different delicious menus and beautiful tablescapes
include Thanksgiving, Hanakkah, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. 
Complete with a section of Gluten Free Scones and 
several "How-Tos" with step-by-step photos. 

The holidays will soon be here!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Travels and Fun Surprise

My husband Glenn and I traveled to Sea Island, Georgia for a
three-night stay at the five-star Cloister Resort to attend a conference
and board meeting of the American Gas Association.
He had no idea he was to receive the 2017 American Gas Association
Distinguished Service Award at the luncheon on Monday.

And, he couldn't believe I have known it since May 1st,
and had supplied them with photos for a video. :-)
 
 



Monday, September 4, 2017

Royal Adderley "Poinsettia"

 I stopped at my favorite Lexington home furnishings consignment 
store a few days ago, and spied this pretty Royal Adderley "Poinsettia" teacup trio. 
The price: $10.50.  I couldn't remember if I have one like it at home, but I concluded at that 
price, if I do, I could use another. 
 The teacup collector's heart sometimes overrules logic. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Transylvania University Move-in

Friday morning Glenn and Austin packed the Suburban.
Austin drove me in his car.  We stopped in Lexington for a nice gluten free brunch
at Wild Eggs on the way. 
All incoming first year students has an appointment time.  
Wow!  The unloading took about 60 seconds. 
Students, faculty and staff carried all of Austin's things to the hall just outside 
his room on second floor. 
The unpacking and decorating was easy after the two dads
determined the best way to arrange the furniture in the tight space. 




I forgot to take photos of Nathan's side of the room where the
two closets and built-in chests with a large shared mirror are located. 
The first year students (they aren't called freshmen) are divided
into groups with an upper class student as leaders.
Orientation for parents and students began with dinner Friday evening.
Parents returned for more orientation on Saturday and the student
induction ceremony. Transy is a very historic small university.
We estimated 250 to 300 students took part.
 One last selfie below.
And, thanks to roommate Nathan's mom, I have a Transylvania University Mom decal. 
Orientation for students continues throughout the week before classes begin 9/5.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Chaos or Organized?

Perhaps this could be described as organized chaos....
This is our "teapot" guest bedroom, and someday I may regret 
posting these photos of one of my favorite rooms in our house. 
It's normally an orderly, and comfortable tea-themed guest room. 
But currently, I am using it as a "staging area" for many of Austin's supplies
for moving into the dorm at Transylvania University later this month.
 I'm known to be a pretty well organized person, 
but these piles of "stuff" depict some of the chaos of planning for an 
eighteen year old boy to move into a typical freshman dorm with the 
bathroom down the hall.  
This has been a learning experience for me. There 
are a lot of changes from the days I lived on a college campus. 
Back in my day, I coordinated my dorm room furnishings 
and colors with my roommate. 
Boys don't care what they take or if the colors clash. 
And, there are online companies specializing is selling complete dorm room
linens and all needed supplies. Trips to Walmart are not necessary except
for possibly toothpaste. 
We are awaiting a mailing with instructions with an exact time 
to arrive on move-in day, and I hope a lot more detailed information.
I will keep you updated. 
In the meantime, please bear with me as I'm spending very little time blogging. 



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A New Tea Party Book

My copy of the new book from Hofffman Media's TeaTime Magazine, 
Teatime Parties Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life 
arrived before we departed for travels to North Carolina and Tennessee. 
I decided not to take this pretty book with me on the road trip, 
so that I could savor it with a nice quiet cup of tea at home. 
I am always inspired by the photography, stories, tablescapes 
and recipes in the issues of TeaTime.
In addition to tea tips and resources, Teatime Parties
is exactly as the sub-title indicates, 
an afternoon tea planning guide for ten celebrations of life's milestones,
from a "baby gender reveal" to a "golden anniversary.
  My photography is not very good in these photos due to evening light, 
but the color photos in the book are vibrant and lovely.   
I appreciate all the Hoffman Media books for the convenience of having
 the TeaTime Magazine photos, ideas, and recipes organized. 
One of these days I may clean out and give away
my collection of all TeaTime Magazines like I did my copies 
of Southern Living.  I'm just not ready, yet! 
(I kept wondering what my mother and Aunt Mary would think  
if they knew about the boxes
 of treasured Southern Living Magazines departing my house.)
 

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