I overbooked October.
Entirely my own fault. Perhaps I confused October with octopus–thinking I had eight arms enough to accomplish all I’ve set for myself to do this month.
Writing and project deadlines are looming–but I am welcoming a couple of happy respites this week: Tea and vintage breaks for a weary writer.
This past Saturday, Ed and I dressed for the occasion and drove to nearby historic Mullica Hill for Civil War Weekend. Many of our Civil War re-enactor friends were gathering for an afternoon battle. I had just enough time to stop by the ladies’ Tea Tent and prove the fact that I can be dragged from behind my keyboard and edits into another time and place for a bit of a retreat.
I enjoyed Miss Vi’s spice cake–but, alas! All three of the teas they were serving were black teas. My tummy doesn’t do black teas anymore. BooHoo.
The battle raged a couple blocks away with guns and artillery and 30 year veterans of a passionate hobby retelling lessons learned from our fractious past. Valuable lessons, indeed.
But, for my part, I took time in the Union campsite to hear the old-fashioned tunes of a drum and bugle corp band. It was like a Sunday afternoon by the park bandstand. Stepping back in time . . .
When we take time for tea at home, there is pause for regrouping in the pleasure. Double that pleasure when a package arrives in the mail stuffed full of teatime treats and treasures!
Which brings me to today with a visit to The Enchanting Rose for September’s Teacup Exchange Reveal–after a lovely exchange organized by our own Stephanie . . . quite the lover of all good things and beauty!
I sent out a package to Joanne at Anne’s Attic Designs–a fellow lover of vintage and loveliness.
I had no idea who had been chosen to send me my prize until . . . it arrived! And, the first thing I saw made my heart leap with joy. A handcrafted card with a nod to Charles Dickens!
The talented Marilyn, blogging at Mountain Top Spice, created a work of art–and signed her work on the back. I was so touched by the thought and time so lovingly put into the gift.
Carefully, I unwrapped each precious goodie inside. The sweet smell came from a bar of fragrant soap that made the whole package a feast for all five senses.
Violets and vintage was the theme for the teacup–a splendid pedestal cup on a lace-like saucer from Japan.
Tucked inside the box was a handmade folder with my name on the front and inside a bookmark, inspirational quotes, a writing pad for notes, and bejeweled pen for writing.
Devotional reading in a precious God’s Promises for Women book will join my early morning reading shelf–thank you! And, the peppermint and chamomile teas are beloved by both myself and my husband.
Marilyn and I have since connected via email and found we share many common places. Thank you, Stephanie, for bringing new friends together!
That’s right! As if our own teacup exchange didn’t bring presents to our front door enough–Stephanie has a Give-Away with more goodies–and I won! Thank you, Lord! These sweet little gifts to help me break up the monster work schedule I’ve put myself into is so very appreciated. I’m looking forward to a new prize coming in the mail–Thanks, Stephanie!!
One of the things on my work list this month is a fun little online Premier Jewelry Designs Party with a portion of the proceeds going to support my new book–the second in the Fable Springs Parables Series, Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop: Patience for the Prize.
You are all invited to look through the ONLINE CATALOG. If you find something you would like–or that may be a great gift for someone you know and love (think Christmas shopping)–just email firstname.lastname@example.org and an invoice will be sent to you with payment directions. You’ll receive your jewelry by the end of the month.
I love this book series I’m working on in my idyllic English village fiction setting of Fable Springs Village. And you know–there’s a tea shop there designed just of all of us lovers of teatime, enriching conversation, all good things and beauty . . .
Sharing Teatime Exchange Reveal: A Welcome Respite this week with:
Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy at A Return to Loveliness
Judith at Wholehearted Wednesdays
Rosilind at A Little R and R Wednesdays
Nina at Mama’s Vintage Treasures
Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger
Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound