School’s Out, Shakespeare, and Mademoiselle Macaron

A whirlwind school year of literary adventures ended on June 29th for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekly forays into works by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Howard Pyle, and select poetry. My young homeschool student, Haley Richardson, and I have been meeting for three hours of reading and writing activities since September, with healthy doses of tea, … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 13: Vintage New Year Conversations

Just when you think January is lingering far too long due to crippling cold days and traffic snarling snowstorms, spring is sprung, summer warms to distraction, and autumn leaves fall, speeding us headlong into, yet, another new year and the prospects of January 1st once again. [Tweet "Why does it seem the year flits by in the blink of an … [Read more...]

Back-to-School with a Jane Austen Book Review

Labor Day weekend means the bins come up from the basement and my house gets a decorative uptick to the next season. In September that means FALL! I deep clean the furnishings and pack away all the red, white, and blue Americana decor for the switch-out to faux fall leaves, bowls of cinnamon smells, pumpkin gourds, and scarecrows. Then, the … [Read more...]

Christmas Caprese Tea

I was up early this morning preparing teatime. Haley would arrive by 9:00am and I had much to do before opening the door and welcoming her to our annual Christmas teatime. Haley and I have met on Tuesday mornings for the past few years. She's home-schooled to allow plenty of room to groom her for a world-class music career as an Irish musician. … [Read more...]

Literary Retreat to Green Gables

When the movies first came out in the 1990's, I was captivated by the promotional trailers for Anne of Green Gables. They would be shown on PBS as a mini-series. My calendar was emptied but for that on the appointed days. An old friend would be visiting my heart with her story--one I remembered well from childhood when I first met her. You … [Read more...]

Cozy Comforts Across the Miles

Mid-October in New Jersey today--and the first frost of the season, waking to 29 degrees outside.  Turn the tea water on. It's time for my morning cuppa and some cozy thoughts and reading at the start of the day, and another busy workweek with deadlines looming once again. So, after a few hours of online training and manuscript writing, it is … [Read more...]

Teacup Exchange Reveal: A Welcome Respite

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 … [Read more...]

Taking Time for a Teacup Exchange

Trust me! You do NOT want to see what all I have stuffed on my calendar over the next four months! I tremble and tuck tail when I have to look at that list. Hiding out under my bed sounds pretty good. Now . . . it's not that what I have going on is a bad thing--just too much of really good things. And beauty, of course. Let's see . . . I'm … [Read more...]

Rustic Teatime Family Retreat

Every year my aunt and cousin host an afternoon tea for all the ladies in our family. There aren't too many of us, so it makes for a cozy afternoon retreat around the table with delectable goodies. This summer, my cousin Debbie hosted it at her rustic sea captain's house built in 1821. The plaque on the front of the house makes it official as … [Read more...]

Cookie Jar Heaven

It's a snapshot of my childhood. Yes, that's cute little me way back when. It's the first of some great vintage photos to share--but you have to read The Story first. Okay? You can see that I'm grinning. I think mommy made some chocolate chip cookies and I can smell them baking in the oven. I shall have to wait til they cool to taste them. … [Read more...]

Ladies and Dollies and Tea

I breathe a sigh of relief knowing winter surely is past and spring has come, when it's time for the annual Dolly & Me Tea, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Vineland.  I look forward to my gig as Tea Mistress, bringing stories and a lesson in teatime etiquette to ladies and dollies and well loved stuffed animal friends. Spending an afternoon … [Read more...]

Resurrection Spring Pinks

Long time no see . . . me . . . in Blogland! Oh! For the love of book tours, marketing, and inventory control, life as a new independent publisher with my first book off the press has me running to and fro with activity! Learn more HERE about all my growing into greater things . . . How I miss a more regular reflective time for writing and … [Read more...]

Juggling Urgent & Important

I know some of you might think that I've completely fallen off the face of the earth the past three weeks. Well, partly.  I've been whisked out of this Blogland World, completely buried in a myriad of both URGENT and IMPORTANT, causing me to take an unplanned break from my happy place here with you. So, in just a few photos, I'll bring you up to … [Read more...]

Tea and Adventures

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you. ~William Ewart Gladstone With the media abuzz, babbling about the "Blizzard of 2015" about cut a swath from where we live in New Jersey up to Boston, I think the next couple of days will … [Read more...]

Sparkle On!

Been working this month. How about you? Oh, the mornings have been tough. My fault, really. I've been staying up way too late and my body clock is all off. Stress levels in the last couple months of 2014 seeped into these first couple weeks of 2015. But, I have become wiser for it. The fix is in! I'm getting my calm on--with a splash of … [Read more...]

In a Word or Two – 2015

Every year has its image shaping trends. Be it faddy fashions, mania behaviors, craze diets, or vogue must-see-TV, human history is replete with sages and rages marking the date indelibly with the latest what-all. Buzz-words of the day are especially iconic on this list. Remember when being "swell" turned into "feeling groovy" which became … [Read more...]

A Very Vintage Christmas

Sing hey! Sing hey! For Christmas Day; Twine mistletoe and holly. For a friendship glows In winter snows, And so let's all be jolly! Author Unknown A Merry Christmas to one and all this most anticipated week of the year! I've not had the time to post as regularly as I used to with so many new adventures on my plate since summer. I have … [Read more...]

Pink in the Parable

[Tweet "The outdoor stage was set!"] Glorious Autumn mums in shades of pink and gold peppered the harvest motif, surrounded by white hydrangeas, deep pink crape myrtle and magnolias. Bales of straw became a staging area for orange and white pumpkins, while the rustic farm-stand towered over all announcing that one had entered the idyllic world … [Read more...]

Memorial Stones: Pathways to Peace

Welcome to September 2014 "In Word & Image" at The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with a visual and a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose … [Read more...]

Fall Teatime with Mother Chicken

Welcome Fall and Teatime in Blogland! What a whirlwind of a summer I had! I completely missed all the summer teatimes in the swirl of all my life changing busy! Fall finds me trying to get my bearings in the middle of the biggest thing I have ever set myself to do! Stopping for tea with harvest themes and a couple dear friends is just the … [Read more...]

Patriotic Colors for Teatime

I love 4th of July week! It's the time of year when I take great joy in decking my halls in all things Patriotic Red, White and Blue! Not the least of which is a teatime vignette on the dining room library table with some of my blue and white china - specifically the Liberty Blue series. I love this set and collect bits and pieces as I … [Read more...]

Sligo-Bound Winner’s Cup & Teacups

I spend two delightful hours each week working with eleven year old Haley Richardson, on her blog at Tuneful Journeys. She details her busy young life playing gigs and competitions as a Irish fiddler, having played with some of the biggest names in Irish folk music like John Whelan and The Chieftains. On this particular Tuesday morning, I am … [Read more...]

All My Favorite Things on Mother’s Day

When you work for yourself, you're not used to pampering. You wake with a long list of things to accomplish each day - each one dependent on the other thing, and ultimately it will only get done by you. The weeks move ever onward with far too much busy and an over-abundance of details to attend to. So you'll excuse me if Mother's Day crept up … [Read more...]

Breakfast with Beatrix

Springtime and gardens green, vibrant with azaleas and lilacs in bloom, means it's time to break out my few cherished Beatrix Potter Wedgewood children's china that I have had since my children were small. Though my son and daughter have both grown and flown some twenty plus years later - I kept the china. They are annual reminders of those … [Read more...]

Dolly & Me Tea: Part 3

Yet let's be merry; we'll have tea and toast; Custards for supper, and an endless host Of syllabubs and jellies and mincepies, And other such ladylike luxuries. ― Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Compete Poems Yes, there were plenty of "ladylike luxuries" being prepared in the Woman's Club of Vineland clubhouse kitchen . . .  In anticipation … [Read more...]