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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

A Blue January

January opens the box of the year
And brings out days that are bright and clear.
And brings out days that are cold and gray;
And shouts, "Come see what I brought today!"
~ LB Jacobs

Hello my lovely friends! I have been MIA again because I put my back out a couple of weeks ago. The walker and I have become best buddies, and because I've been in a lot of pain, I had to take a break from blogging. As you can see, the walker is blue. 

Funny thing about backs; one sometimes doesn't have to do too much for it to give us grief. A friend of mine put his out simply by leaning over to tie his shoes and he's gone back to physio. 

I probably should have gone myself but I decided to put up with the pain for a few days to see what would happen. My physiotherapist emailed me to see how I was doing. I think I have the most compassionate and thoughtful PT on the planet. The exercises he taught me to do four years ago have strengthened my core so I'm healing much quicker than I otherwise would have. Please, if you have ever had a back injury and you have been given exercises to do, be sure to keep them up. They really do make a difference in your recovery.

Anyway, I'm almost back to "normal" for which I am so very thankful and thought I would do a post about one of the beautiful teacups my auntie blessed me with a few months ago.

Today it is the beautiful vintage cobalt blue Royal Albert from the Regal Series, 1970s

This is such a stunner!  The rich blue dressed up with all the gilding makes it a real eye pleaser. I daresay, it's fit for a princess! Tea is always so much nicer when sipped from a beautiful teacup, wouldn't you agree?

Haven't got a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going's tough;
But I've got loving ones around me,
And that makes me rich enough!

I thank God for His blessings
And the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinkin' from my saucer
'Cause my cup has overflowed!
Jimmy Dean ~ I'm Drinkin' From My Saucer

I am also using my Johnson Bros. Devon Cottage teapot. The yellow tulips are so complimentary to my blues and are a hopeful nod to springtime. 

The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but think of more serene and genteel times. ~ Barbara Roberts

As always, when I bring my blue out, the wee china birds also make an appearance.

Don't you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and down your back? LM Montgomery - Anne

In case you haven't noticed, I simply adore quotes and poetry. And I always make sure there is at least one or two little tidbits in my post. I hope you enjoy them.

This is just a little posting to let you know I'm still here and thinking of you all. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for keeping me company. Take care everyone and the Lord bless you!

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Glad you are getting better. Blue is my color for 2017 - I love tea cups and tea pots. I use to go to England all the time and my friends & I would sit for hours enjoying tea, biscuits and wonderful conversations.

  2. Wishing a speedy recovery! I have had some back issues and I know it hurts like words can not describe. Rest and recuperate! Beautiful things you shared today! Thank you!

  3. Your aunt's gorgeous RA teacup is fit for royalty to sip from! I'm so glad that you're back on your feet, Sandi. I've also been plagued by back problems (but not as severe as yours) and found physio very helpful. Your post reminds me that I should resume the core exercises that I was given during treatment.

  4. Sorry to hear about your back, Sandi, glad you're mending. Those walkers do help. Your post is so lovely and I just love that tea cup! Who wouldn't love a to sip tea from it. It is Majestic !

  5. Oh Sandi
    I am so sorry your are experiencing back problems. I had bulging disks in my back a few years ago and about year ago. I would not have invasive surgery so I iced my back then put heat on it.I sure needed a walker also,just getting to bathroom was so painful.
    I hope and pray you recover quicker than expected. This reminds me to do those core strengthening exercises.
    Love the beautiful tea cups.

  6. So sorry to hear about your back problems. I hope you will take time to rest, as that sometimes helps. Thanks for sharing the beautiful teacup.

  7. Oh my, you poor dear, Sandi! I'm so glad that you've kept up your exercises to strengthen your core. I'm also thankful that you have such a compassionate, caring Physical Therapist. Your teacup from your Auntie is a beauty, and looks so pretty with your teapot, birdie, and yellow tulips. Yes, I always adore your quotes that you share. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you'll be feeling better soon.

  8. You always have wonderful quotes and poems!

    I am sorry about your back. I can relate - and yes, I must keep up with my exercises! At least you have the comfort of tea in that stunning tea cup!


  9. Hi Sandi,
    I am glad to hear you are on the road to recovery....I am sure back pain is no fun.
    I love your tea today....especially the teapot and of
    course the tulips and teacup too

    We have been having such a mild winter so far if this keeps up it will be
    spring before we know it!

    Take care,

  10. So sorry about your back. Yes, do your excercise's that does help. I have a walker that I keep around as my knees are bad and especially in the morning before I get going I really need it. But, afterwards I can get along pretty good.

    Take care of yourself and hope your back feels better soon.


  11. Dear Sandi: so glad to hear you are getting better. Back pain is terrible as I remember late last summer when I hurt my back and wondered if the pain was permanent. Thank goodness after a while it gets better. You have to let some things go though. Your tulips sure are pretty and your teapot and that lovely cup and saucer. Thank you for linking!

  12. Sandi, thank you for updating us. Sorry your back is "at it" again. Love your tea things in this post. I want that teapot! I am particularly fond of blue and white china and yellow flowers, so this post is perfect for me. And I always enjoy your poetry and quotes.

  13. At least your walker is very modern looking and it looks like there's a drink holder? It really is no fun when a person's back goes and I too am thankful for good exercises from a PT who knew his stuff.
    The cobalt blue RA is beautiful and goes well with the Devon Cottage teapot - I have a luncheon plate and teacup in this pattern if you want to get together for tea. ;-)

  14. May your back pain soon be a thing of the past.

    Your blue china is beautiful and the little bird adorable.

    Be well and keep enjoying the beauty you see in each day.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  15. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you've experienced such back pain! I'm glad you're on the mend, and good for you for being faithful to do your exercises. I love that teacup! So elegant with that rich blue and all the fancy gold. The daffodils look so cheery. I've been treating myself lately to some of the Anne books. They never get old. Blessings to you, xo Deborah

  16. Prayers for Healing and speedy recovery !!!! Love all the tea~ware !

  17. Oh no Sandi!! Nothing worse than back pain. Glad you have a wonderful PT helping you. Your blue teacup is beautiful!! Hoping for a better February!! Sending healing prayers!

  18. So sorry you've been having back problems, but I'm glad you're on the mend. It's hard to keep a good person down! Blue is my favorite color, so I thoroughly enjoyed the photos in this post. Take care, Sandi!

  19. Hi Sandi,
    I came to join you for tea and am so sad to see your in pain... Rest well, If you have to be mending Winter is the very best time! Stay warm and cozy, enjoy tea, look at garden catalogs :-)
    Sending Big Hugs,

  20. Oh my goodness, so sorry to hear about your back. My husband has had back surgery and I have back problems, so I do indeed empathize. Exercising is critical! So glad you are improving. I love, love, LOVE your new teacup and the teapot...but then I am a blue lover. Praying for more improvement for you and a lovely week. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  21. I'm sorry to hear about your back, Sandi. I suffer with back issues, too, and find that exercise is key to keeping me mobile. And you are right - sometimes the slightest thing can trigger a spasm and put things awry.
    The cobalt blue teacup is one of the prettiest I've seen. I'm a fan of blue and white anything, so this post really appeals to me.
    Hope you soon feel well.

  22. Oh How painful backs can be. I don't do my physio excercises as often as I should. You have made me think again how important they are.
    Love your new teacup,so elegant Sandy

  23. Sandi, I am so sorry to hear about your back issues. I haven't had any serious issues (Thankfully), but I do have family members who've suffered with the pain, so I understand/empathize! Oh my goodness, your blue and gold teacup is gorgeous! I do so love seeing blue china and yellow flowers. The little poem/song that you have about drinking from the saucer immediately brought to mind memories of my father who always "drank from the saucer". He loved his tea time, no matter what time of day it was. Since he worked a swing shift, tea time might be afternoon, evening, or right after breakfast! As he was a Christian, he would have loved the words from that song, so I'll enjoy this on his behalf. Take care of yourself and do those exercises. You've brightened my day!

  24. Awe dearest sandi , your blue walker is too cute . I do pray you are well and completely healed soon and very soon . Love all the blue and white . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

  25. Hope your back is back soon. Keep exercising - love the teapot and cup!

  26. Praying you will feel better soon. Praying for your back to be strengthened and healed. Love the blue tea cup and tea pot...all so lovely...and the birds too!!! So lovely. Be blessed my friend.

  27. Dear Sandy, praying for healing and a fast recovery, your tea time is beautiful in blue, I love the teapot! Please have some rest, I am sending your way hugs and blessings.

  28. O my I lost my comment.. well anyways I have a bad back to and suffered for years with it just poppin out for no reason. I have this very same teacup and I love it's rich blue color with the gold your right in person it is way more stunning.. feel better real soon with love Janice

  29. Oh my goodness, look at that gorgeous blue. LOVE your cup and your pot, and how you've paired them off with yellow, one of my favorite combinations.
    Speedy healing.

  30. The blue Royal Albert teacup is beautiful. I hope your back keeps improving.

  31. Such a beautiful post. Loved all the photos, but that one with the yellow tulips against the blue china, oh my, that one grabbed my eyes.

    I'm sorry you've been out of commission but I'm glad you're getting better. Sending a wee prayer your way.

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend,

  32. I'm so sorry to hear about your back pain Sandi! That is just so miserable, and yet, while you have a blue walker, your gorgeous blue tea cup is just amazing, I agree, it is fit for a princess! I think drinking tea out of a lovely teacup does make one feel better! And how special that you have such a caring PT! Back exercises definitely do help, and I hope and will be praying that you are well on the road to recovery! Hugs to you today, my friend!

  33. That is an absolutely beautiful teacup! Strikingly beautiful! The teapot is pretty also. I do love blue!

    So sorry that your back has been giving you so much trouble. It's wonderful, though, that exercise helps and that you do have that pretty blue walker to use. Will pray that you feel a bit better each and every day!

  34. Sandi, I'm sorry to hear about your back! Back pain is terrible. Both your teacup and teapot are stunning! Love the yellow tulips, beautiful nod to spring! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  35. Oh dear, backs can be so tricky and unpredictable at times. I'm so glad you have a good PT that keeps track of your progress. Good for you in keeping up the exercises, and the walkers are such a helpful tool. My dad refused to use a walker at first because of his perception of them being for "old" people (he was 90 at the time!). I think they are a great invention allowing mobility to so many people.
    Your china teacup is gorgeous. What a rich shade of blue! The teapot looks so cheery with the daffodils and sweet little china birds. Surely spring is not long off ;) Sending hugs and prayers to you Sandi,
    Wendy xox

  36. Hi Sandi,
    I am so glad to hear that you are back but wish that you didn't need the walker. Your cobalt Royal Albert teacup is beautiful and I love your Johnson Brother's teapot too, especially with the yellow tulips. Yellow and blue look so lovely together. I hope that you continue to feel better with every day. Blessings Dear Sandi! Karen.

  37. WOW! What a stunning blue teacup! I have never seen one like that.

    I think it would go perfectly on the tea party tablescape my dear friend just put together recently - come see her lovely fussings! I just posted it.

    Praying for your healing, I am so sorry you are hurting, Sandi. Hugs.

  38. Sandi, I am so sorry your in pain. May your back heal up soon. It is awful to have back pain. The exercises do help. Have you ever tried TENS unit from maybe a Chiropractor? I have this one and it works like a charm. I use it for maybe 7 hours. Sometimes it can fix my problem. Saying a prayer for you dear friend.

  39. Sandi, I hope you've seen some improvement since this posting. You have many well-wishers in your corner. I learn something new every time my husband or I have to go for a course of physical therapy. Last time there I picked up a "slogan" from my PT: "Motion is lotion." So I'm picturing you in motion with your snazzy blue walker. It's so important to have a walker that matches one's teaware! :D

  40. Oh Sandie, I'm praying for you to feel 100% better. And I love that you matched up your teacups with the colour of your walker But.....I wish you didn't need the walker. Sending you prayers and hugs.

  41. Hi Sandi. I've not been visiting around much lately so am behind in your news. I'm sorry to hear that you need to use a walker due to your bad back and pray you will find some relief soon. I noted in your most recent post that you may have to require surgery in the near future. I have had back issue in the past as well but they seemed to heal up and now most of my issues seem to be with my joints - shoulders, knees and hips - and they come and go at will. Right now my left hip is bad and I know it is a muscular issue so I try to do stretches that I learned in physiotherapy. I'm glad you are working with a therapist as they do help if one keeps up with the exercises as you said. Your cups and saucers and the new teapot are lovely as always. I am ready for spring too but we have another big storm to deal with tonight and tomorrow and I'm sure that it won't be the end of winter weather yet! Take care my friend. Blessings, Pam


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi