Friday, June 26, 2015

June - Iced Tea Month

June is National Iced Tea Month
Legend has it that a tea vendor at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis popularized the drink.
When visitors turned down free hot tea at the sweltering event,
he ran it through iced pipes to chill the brew. 
Word quickly spread about his cold tea.

Iced tea is better known in my part of the country as "ice tea." 
Most folks drink their ice tea with sugar known as "Sweet Tea." 
I drink unsweetened iced tea aka "unsweet ice tea".

No matter what you call it, with the hot temperatures and high humidity, 
Austin and I have been drinking iced tea for 
breakfast, lunch and supper this summer. 
Yes, I said "supper," because that's what our evening meal is known as
here in Appalachia (appa-latch-a).  

Monday, June 22, 2015

Austin at Asbury University ImpactU Theatre Camp

Austin had so much fun last week at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY
participating in Theatre Camp.
He met new friends

participated in many fun activities during evening recreation
Took his ukulele for the talent show (but no photos)
I wonder which camp he will choose next year? 
They have 10 different camps, 5 each week, during 2 weeks in June
High school students from 19 states attended this year.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

While the Cat's Away...

Or, should I say while Austin is away.....

Melissa, Tim, Peyton, his friend Walker, 2 dogs
and Kaitlyn came to stay.
Fun times for everyone! 

We just called it "Camp Grandma and Grandpa"
Everyone had a great time! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Austin at Kentucky HOBY

 Last week we took Austin to Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)
where he participated as his schools' representative in the 
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar for rising high school juniors.  
EKU is located just 14 miles north in Richmond, KY
on a beautiful campus. 
 Communication from the students was discouraged. 
I received a tiny text message here and there, and only 
after I "pestered" him with questions. 
Of course he had a blast! 
He made new friends, learned about being a good leader in his community, 
school, and church.  And, participated in a half-day service project. 
 The 250 attending students were from 120 counties 
around Kentucky.  Below is one of his new friends.  
Austin is off to another camp this week,
I will post about that experience after we pick him up on Friday. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tea, Sticky Toffee Pudding and More

 Even when I don't find Afternoon Tea during our travels, 
I can usually find a nice cup of tea and time to sit and savor. 
Our hotel served a selection of Tea forte pyramid teas. 
I drank the Organic Black Tea at breakfast in San Antonio. 
 Austin and Glenn chose Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert
on our last night. 
 Below: Our friend, Judy, who was attending the same meeting as Glenn, 
enjoyed dinner with us. 
I doubt I will ever master selfies, but Austin has it down! 
There are many fantastic restaurants along the 
San Antonio River Walk.
We enjoyed guacamole made at the table in several 
Tex-Mex restaurants.  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Scenes from San Antonio Travels

 We visited San Antonio last week.  
These are a few of the fun photos from our trip. 
The Alamo
 The Mexican Market
Below:  The Buckhorn and the Texas Ranger Museum

 Festive music in the evenings
 The River Walk

 Oh my goodness!  
Fantastic restaurants everywhere!  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Delta Airlines Honors A Fallen Soldier

Yesterday on our Delta Airlines flight from San Antonio to Atlanta, we experienced something I had only read about Our flight  carried a Fallen Soldier and his Escort. 

I’ll start from the beginning.  While we sat at the gate, waiting to depart San Antonio through several announcements of delays, and assurances that we should arrive in Atlanta at least 30 minutes before our connecting flight. I noticed a tall, nice-looking Marine officer in full dress uniform also in the waiting area. 

Finally our plane arrived in San Antonio for what everyone hoped would be a quick loading of passengers and turnaround flight to Atlanta.  About 30 minutes out of Atlanta, the head flight attendant announced our flight was carrying a Fallen Soldier and his Escort.  She asked for everyone to remain seated upon arrival so the escort could be the first to depart the plane.  She said she would repeat the announcement one more time. I quickly realized the “Escort” was the Marine officer. 

As we taxied into the airport, the usual announcements were made, then the reminder announcement to allow the fallen soldier’s escort to depart first.  The passengers went totally quiet.  The Marine officer stood and gathered his belongings  As he walked up the aisle from the back of the plane, he was greeted with applause.

On our side of the plane, we watched a Delta Airlines cargo-type vehicle painted in patriotic colors approached the plane.  A color guard of what appeared to be veterans and/or baggage handlers (casually dressed) carrying the American Flag and other flags, stood at the cargo doors as the fallen soldier’s flag-covered casket was unloaded from the plane onto the special vehicle.

Because we only had 30 minutes to make our connecting flight to Lexington several terminals away, we were not able to stay and watch the entire ceremony. Today I Googled “Delta Airlines Fallen Soldiers” and found several videos and photos of similar ceremonies.  I learned that Delta Airlines has an Honor Guard Service for this purpose.  I appreciate the way Delta Airlines honors our nation’s Fallen Soldiers by providing this ceremony.

Our family was honored to "help" escort this Fallen Soldier on the flight from San Antonio to Atlanta.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tea Time Magazine - July/August

Walking back from the mailbox with the latest issue of 
Tea Time Magazine
I seem to have a bit more pep in my step.  
I look forward to receiving every new issue of this magazine, 
devoted to tea and special times for tea.  

The article about the Secret Garden Tea
with the photography and recipes makes me want to 
celebrate with a tea party outdoors. 
(until the reality of the high Kentucky temperatures and humidity 
of July and August sink in).
OK, so I'll just enjoy the cover and photos of that one and dream... 
There is a nice article about afternoon tea at the Peabody
by Bruce Richardson.  He told me about this back in December. 
I blogged about our lovely family tea at the Peabody last year at this link. 
I told Bruce they provided me a great gluten free afternoon tea.
I was pleased to see the article in the current issue of Tea Time. 
I will sit and savor this issue of Tea Time from cover to cover. 

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