Thursday, March 31, 2011

Teacup Thursday — Royal Patrician Shamrock

This pretty Royal Patrician teacup is the last of my Shamrock teacups for the month of March.

Visit Miss Spensers Blog to see more bloggers participating in Teacup Thursday.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Belleek Teapot

The month of March is coming to a close, but I have a few more shamrock pieces to share.
This Belleek Teapot is one of my favorite teapots. 

I added the creamer and sugar bowl this year to make a set.

To read about Belleek Pottery marks, go to this link. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tea Time at the Fiber Art Show

The Berea Arts Council is hosting a Fiber Exhibit featuring the work of 21 Kentucky fiber artists.
These two pieces grabbed my attention because of the TEA connection.
They are both beautiful and unique pieces of fiber art.  

I assured the hubby, GJ,  I won't be purchasing either. 
I'll just stick to teacup and teapot collecting!   

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friends for Life

Patty and I have been friends forever!
We grew up across the street from each other.
I look at the photo on top, taken earlier this month on my 60th birthday,
and I see my mother's smile on my face.
 I see Patty's dad's smile on her face. 

Earlier this week, Patty's dad, a dear, sweet gentleman and a good Christian, 
 lost his battle with Alzheimer's. 
My mom lost her battle with Alzheimers four years ago.
It has been a difficult week for Patty and me.

The following information was recently released by the Alzheimers Association:

An estimated 5.4 million American's have Alzheimer's disease. Another American develops Alzheimer's disease every 69 seconds.
In 2010, 14.9 million family and friends provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's to American society will total $183 billion in 2011. Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 66 percent between 2000 and 2008, and Alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.

Please find the full report, fact sheet, and information specific to your state at

Federal Budget Update
As you have probably seen in the news, leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate have yet to agree upon a budget to fund the Federal Government for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year. As things stand right now, none of our key Alzheimer's priorities have been cut in the negotiations. However, the Public Policy office continues to closely monitor budget activity on behalf of the Alzheimer's community to ensure that critical research and care programs remain in place.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Irish Royal Tara Teacup Trios

And, the birthday gift celebrations continues....

I am so excited I found  four teacup trios (teacup, saucer and dessert plate) and a matching cake plate. 
I just love the shamrock design of this Irish Royal Tara bone china.

I felt like dancing a little Irish birthday jig when I won the bidding for these on eBay.
They match the teapot featured in my Tuesday post. 

Visit Miss Spenser's Blog to see more beautiful teacups being featured today.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tea Room Depression Glass

Angela at Tea With Friends collects Tea Room pattern Depression Glass.
When I spotted this creamer and sugar on the tea cart at Yesterday's Tea Room, I just had to take a photo!

According to, the Tea Room pattern was made by Indiana Glass Company from 1926-1931.  It was a modern, Art Deco pattern at the time, and marketed for use in tea rooms, ice cream parlors, and soda fountains.  Colors made were pink, green, amber and some crystal. 

Of course, upon taking the photo, I told GJ all about Angela and her wonderful tea blog. 
I'm not sure he understands the connection between good blogging friends, but he listened politely.
Waving "hello" to Angela!!! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Irish Royal Tara Teapot

A few days before my birthday GJ asked me what I wanted for my birthday. 
Can you guess what I asked for? 

Yes, another teapot!
This is a Royal Tara teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl made in Galway, Ireland. 

It took a little online searching to put the set together.
I love the shamrock design!

More to come in the next post....

Monday, March 21, 2011


Spring officially arrived at 7:21 p.m. yesterday. 
We enjoyed a beautiful weekend in Kentucky.
We were sooo ready for spring after our snowy winter!  
I bet you were, too!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

James Taylor and I Shared a Birthday Celebration!

Are y'all tired of hearing about my birthday weekend, yet? 
This is the last post.  I promise!
Saturday night we went to McCormick's and Schmick's in Cincinnati
for a birthday dinner complete with a personalized menu!

and then walked a couple of blocks to the Aronoff Center for the Arts
Proctor and Gamble Hall

 to see
with very special guest

Since we were not allowed to take photos in the concert hall.
So, I took a photo of AJ
wearing his souviner t-shirt and cap.
I love the design on the front of the shirt.

James Taylor's birthday was March 12th.  Mine was March 11th. 
We both celebrated all weekend.
It was fun to join in with the audience and sing Happy Birthday to JT (several times).

If James Taylor and son, Ben Taylor, are coming to a city near you
during this limited tour, don't hesitate to buy tickets. 
It was a fantastic show!!
What an action-packed weekend we had!
In addition to all the birthday celebrations,
6 year old PJ had a 7:30 a.m. soccer game Saturday morning with his dad as coach! 

Yep, we definitely had an action-packed, fun-filled weekend!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Afternoon Tea at Yesterday's Cafe and Tea Room in Florence, KY

My birthday celebration continued with lunch tea for two on Saturday, March 12
at Yesterday's Cafe and Tea Room at 264 D Main Street, Florence, KY
We visited Yesterday's Cafe several years ago with AJ for lunch. 
We enjoyed our lunch of soups, salads and sandwiches, and my first bubble tea.  

This time, daughter Melissa made advance reservations
for Afternoon Tea  for GJ and me.
We were welcomed at our pretty table for two in the window,
with a "Happy Birthday" greeting.
We were offered a choice of three hot teas and iced water or
strawberry decaf iced tea and two pots of tea. 
GJ chose a decaf English Breakfast and I chose Pai Mu Tan, a white tea. 
He admitted he enjoyed the Pai Mu Tan better than his own selection. 
Yesterday's has a selection of 60 loose leaf teas to choose from.  

 The first course was a choice of Potato-Leek or Tomato Parmesean Soup.  
Each of us selected different, but very delicious soups. 

The Earl Grey Scones served with Lavender Butter,
were brought to the table on a tea cart. 

Tea sandwiches were served on the three tier server.
Chicken Salad Croissants on the bottom tier 
Turkey with Herbed Mayo on wheat bread rectangles,
 and Ham and Pimiento Cheese Pinwheels were on the middle tier
Date Squares were served on the top tier.

Below, are my tea sandwiches  and a date square on a pretty antique bubble glass dish.  

Dessert was Traditional Bread Pudding presented in mini teacups

GJ and I thoroughly enjoyed a most delightful afternoon tea!

is owned and managed by Susan Shultz. 
Yesterday's includes a cafe',  a tearoom, and a gift shop.
Susan teaches a variety of  tea education classes.
It is obvious Susan wants every guest to enjoy the best tea experience possible. 
She has been trained in tea, and continues to be a student of tea.
That is something I very much admire in a tea room owner.
I have visited too many tearooms where the owner has no desire to learn and improve. 
Susan's employees are among the most knowledgeable
and  best-trained I've seen in any tea room!

We look forward to returning to Yesterday's Tea Room!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Teacup Thursday — Royal Albert Shamrock

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

God willing, may our tea
be steeped in serenity,
sweetened by sharing,
and surrounded by the
warmth of your love.
~ Irish Blessing ~

I am celebrating  with a Royal Albert bone china teacup in the Shamrock pattern. 

Visit Miss Spenser's Blog to see more pretty teacups on display today.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Circus

The birthday celebration continued
on Friday evening in Cincinnati at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Thanks to daughter, Melissa and her partner and friend, Shelley and their fantastic blog, we were invited into the circus arena early for a question-answer session with three young mothers who are performers,
the exotic animal trainer, the hair hanger, and a dancer who is married to the Ring Master.  
  And, as you can see a few clowns joined in the photo session. with the children and the "birthday girl."
It was very interesting to talk to these young ladies about raising their children while traveling with the circus.

The clown, above, with PJ and Chase, told us he is a third generation circus clown,
following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
AJ is ready for the pre-show. 
If you take your family to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, be sure to arrive one hour early.
They have a fun, interactive 45 minute pre-show where everyone is invited onto the floor for all sorts of children's activities.
PJ's favorite act was the daredevil motorcycle riders in the steel dome. 
It was an amazing act.
Yep!  GJ the boys several fun souvenirs.
We all loved the show.
It was the boys first trip to the circus, a perfect way to celebrate my birthday!
Thank you to Melissa and Shelley at

When you have time, visit their website. 
They met while in the process of adopting babies born in Guatemala.
The boys are best buddies and so are their moms.

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