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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Tea Things Tuesday

That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Avonlea

Hello dear friends! I pray this finds you all safe and well. I have been sick the past two weeks with the flu and it has left me very tired and weaker than usual. But I wanted to share a post with you. Perhaps it will brighten your day.

I heard a song sparrow outside my window and it made me smile. Spring is indeed here. In my backyard, I watched a robin hopping about looking for food, a junko was pecking away at some loose seeds on the ground and the chickadees were busy at the feeder. Earlier this morning Hubby and I saw a fluffy red fox sniffing his way along the edge of our backyard. We hadn't seen one in a while so it was wonderful to see him out there as well. Nature is going about its business and has no idea that the humans are isolating themselves in their homes and trying to stay well. But seeing all the wildlife outside my window this morning made me happy and for a few minutes, I was able to forget that our world is in turmoil.

Outside the front window, a mom and her little guy were walking by. Well, she was walking, he was on his wee bike with training wheels. It's nice to see life outside my window. I haven't left the house in over two weeks.

Whatsoever things are lovely ... think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8

I was looking through my pictures and came across these that I had shared several years ago for one of my many tea parties. So, I thought I would share them with you today. I hope you enjoy them.

A red eyed vireo's nest which my son found me years ago. It had been abandoned so he brought it home to me.

Pink and yellow tulips bring a touch of spring on the table.

A vanilla cupcake with fancy icing topped with lemon curd and one of my Avon birdies which I have had for years. The sweet birdhouse in the background is one my youngest son gifted me with for my birthday one year. 

The goldfinch is my favourite bird.

My signature pattern, Rose Chintz, by Johnson Brothers holds many fond memories of my childhood, when my auntie used to set her table with them. 

The beautiful Serena trio by Royal Albert. 

Raisin spice scones with almond glaze and cream cheese and cucumber tea sandwiches.

Whipped cream for your scones served in a lovely pink sherbet.

Homemade raspberry jam.

The bluejays are coming out again after the long winter.

The robin with his bright red breast.

One must have a teapot so I took down my Victorian Bird teapot

Milk or sugar for your tea? I take mine black.

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

Are you sipping many cups of tea these days? 

Before I got hit with the flu bug, I had baked cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip-peanut butter cookies, and bran muffins because our grandson was flying home for March break. Sadly, I didn't get to see him except on a video call. 
Hubby took the treats over and set them on the doorstep. Our grandson came out and stood on the step to talk to his grandfather for a few minutes while his Papa stood by the car. No hugs, just big smiles and thankful hearts that they could at least talk to one another from a safe distance. Our grandson flew back yesterday. These are sad times! Our family is a family of huggers and the hugs will have to wait until it is safe again.
My handsome grandson. He is just as sweet as he looks too.

Speaking of the treats I made, Hubby had cut back on sugar so I wasn't doing much baking lately. But I wanted to bless our son and his family with the treats. This is all there is left once the treats were delivered to my son and Hubby helped himself. The jar had been full of muffins, the cookies filled the container, and there were enough cinnamon rolls to fill another jar. 

Mind you, I still have a few cookies in the freezer yet. But when the hubby is home, he snacks! What can I do? Did you know that chocolate makes you happy? It can change your mood and makes you happy. It has antioxidants. So we won't begrudge him a few cookies, will we? Especially right now. I think by the time this is all over, many of us won't fit into our jeans quite as well as we did.

Today it's snowing again, but Spring is here, and hopefully all of these strange times will be behind us soon. There is a lot of prayer going up these days and God is still on the throne. May He watch over you and your loved ones! Until next time, do take care.

Sharing from my heart
~ Sandi