Sunday, June 10, 2012
Yeah-- I just bought a ticket to a themed Tea Party! I haven't read any Jane Austen, but I have managed to enjoy movies of her books and I LOVE tea.
Forgive me Jane Austen... I'll read Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, and Sandition, sometime in the future.
For now, I am getting a Regency Era tea party dress sewn. If you google the author's image, I will also have the same under-blouse, hat, a drawstring purse (reticule) with fringe, no less. I have located my lace mini gloves from an ancient bridesmaid outfit too.
Does it sound like I'm ready to appear for tea?
There is also a Jane Austen quiz that I should be getting prepped for... so if you have a question to stump me, it will help me be on my mark, set.... on the go for June 23rd.
There were 200 tickets sold for the Saturday and 200 tickets for the Sunday. That's a lot of tea and fancy sandwiches to have at the ready! I will watch my caloric intake but I have this all planned as my 'birthday' celebration... a week late. (Gift to self)
Are you a Jane Austen fan? Perhaps tea is one of your pleasures? Do you love to dress up like I do? (Have I no shame?)
I hear a dress calling out to be hemmed and a bit of ribbon to be added here and there. I will stitch a bit and study a bit and I will be ready for that Jane Austen Tea!
Friday, May 25, 2012
Oh... it's been a long winter and my huffing and puffing on the bicycle is proof that I didn't do much activity last season.
I've ridden 24 km (7.5 miles?) one weekend and my 'sitz bones' protested for days afterward.
Next I took the bicycle out for an uphill trek for about an hour and I knew it was too soon after dinner. I felt sick.
Tonight I tried 20 minutes one way and 16 minutes home. My pace was about 10 miles an hour. I don't feel sick and my bottom is not protesting.
There isn't a lot of daylight by the time I get home from work, make some dinner and pull on the bike shorts. I'm trying to make small inroads to better exercise.
Do you find that all your hobbies are sedentary too?
I'm a reader, a seamstress, quilter, knitter, or I'm in the kitchen baking something.
How do you find balance?
Friday, May 11, 2012
Be thankful that you donít already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you donít know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when youíre tired and weary
Because it means youíve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I heard through the grapevine, that my neighbour won't use her patio anymore because it reminds her of her hubby who used to sit out there. He passed away last summer.
How sad, I thought.
It is a nice area to sit in the fresh air and catch a bit of vitamin D. And I didn't want her patio to go to waste.
This afternoon I bought a colourful, floral plastic tablecloth for her deck table. I got her a large multi-coloured striped water glass, a smaller juice glass in the floral design, a striped dinner plate in plastic, and a lunch plate in the floral.
I put all that into a gift bag... plus a few other happy surprises and popped over after supper to see how she was doing.
I chose a good evening to try to boost her spirits. She needed a visit and she did like the collection of goodies for the patio. There's no way with all that colour and flower designthat it will look like the place any man would hang around.
She was laughing to think of eating her Cheerios outdoor on her table. I encouraged her to eat a sandwich on the small plate and maybe try a dinner on the bigger plate too.
I got lots of hugs and she was so surprised and happy. It was SO worth picking up a few items to give to a friend!
Maybe she will get outside a little more often. Maybe we will add a few more 'girlish' decorations out there to make it her own retreat.
Do you make use of a patio or deck where you live? Got any outdoor plates, tumblers, picnic equipment?
Who in your life could use a happy surprise?
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