Friday, January 30, 2015

January - Hot Tea Month

We are nearing the end of the celebration of Hot Tea Month in January. 
But, I will continue to enjoy my "hot" tea year round as I know many of you will, too. 
(graphic design from the internet) 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gluten Free Walkers Shortbread

 Walkers Shortbread has announced a new line of Gluten Free Shortbread
 Gluten Free Ginger and Lemon Shortbread
 Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread
Walkers was founded in 1898 and in the village of Aberlour in the Scottish Highlands
is a family-owned and managed company. 
These new products will appear at retailers across the country in the coming months.
They are also available online at
 and at
 I look forward to having a GF shortbread and cup of tea soon! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tea Thoughts

 I'm feeling a little less than "perky" this morning 
so I decided to stay in out of the cold and 
catch up on correspondence using a few of my many tea themed note cards.  
Yes, I am a fanatic collector of all things tea!  
My good friends know that, so several have gifted me with tea stationary and  note cards,
in addition to my many purchases.    

In this world of cell phones, emailing and text messaging, 
I often wonder how I managed without a computer and smart phone. 
I admit I love the convenience of emails and texts because 
text messaging is a great way to stay in touch with the teens
and young adults in the family wherever they are in the world. 
This morning, as I was drinking my first cup of tea, 
the Lord brought the names of three dear elderly ladies who are shut-ins
and have no access to modern technology.    
Thus, the reason for the cards and stationary on my desk.

The pretty tea cups and tea scenes arriving in the mail, 
will bring a ray of sunshine and warm thoughts of friendship. 

"Where there's tea, there's hope."
~ Sir Arthur Pinero

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day in Kentucky

It's a snow day in Kentucky,
a great time to stay inside with a nice cuppa of my favorite tea
and a new book. 
 This morning my tea is in a Dunoon mug, fine stoneware made in Scotland.
The pattern is "London".

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day

Melissa was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease  (KD) in 1984
when she was eleven years old.  It was nearly three weeks before her KD was diagnosed, 
after a week each in two different hospitals, and being sent home with a 
"fever of unknown origin" or FUO. 
She was an extremely sick little girl.  
It was a very difficult time of my life, as her mother,
 but I will spare you the details. 

The cause of Kawasaki Disease is unknown.
 There are no tests for KD. 
The patient is diagnosed after going through the stages 
of the various symptoms. 
Melissa was the sixth child in the state of Kentucky to ever be diagnosed,
and at age eleven, she was older than most KD patients. 
Many cases were misdiagnosed.
After her diagnosis, Melissa returned to the hospital for further tests, 
and it was concluded she had multiple coronary aneurysms as result of the KD.

Fast forward thirty years:
 Most of the long-time followers of this blog 
know that Melissa underwent her 2nd open heart double by-pass 
surgery on October 30, 2013.
The first one was when she was a junior in college at age 20.  

Fortunately, now there is a treatment for Kawasaki Disease 
IF it is diagnosed within a few days of the onset of the illness.  

I am observing KD Awareness Day on January 26 on this blog
to inform others of the importance of research and awareness of Kawasaki Disease.
Currently, approximately 4200 children in the USA are diagnosed each year. 

Melissa today 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Royal Albert Lavender Rose Trio

A few weeks ago I posted about finding a pretty
Royal Albert Lavender Rose Teacup Trio with a small plate.
My preference, however, is to use an 8-inch "salad" plate
when serving tea on my trios.
I was pleased to recently find a Lavender Rose trio with an 8-inch
plate at a bargain price. So, now I have two sets,
one with the "traditionally English" small plate and one with the 8-inch plate.

This is a pretty Royal Albert pattern.
I look forward to using this trio on a table soon.


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