Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pretty Pink Valentine Decor


Well, St. Valentine's Day has come and gone for another year
but I couldn't stand the thought of putting my romantic pinks
away for another year till I shared just a few of my pretties.








I have used red many times over the years,
but this year I did subtle, I did less, and I did soft pretty pinks.






I don't know, perhaps I used only pink this time
because usually it is snowing in February here in Ohio;
this time it was warm..... reminding me of sweet spring
just around the corner!








I had a pretty tablescape for six all ready for 
a lovely afternoon tea that never happened.







Life has me so busy lately, and I am sorry for that,
as I so love to host an afternoon tea for my friends.

I grab a cuppa on the go
or sip while working these days.








I must remedy that soon....spring is around the corner....
oh, truly that is the very best of tea party seasons.....
at least for us pink lovers!







As always, thank you for visiting!


~Michele


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Val Day & Winner of Teacup!



HAPPY ST. VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU ALL!

Sure hope your day has been going fabulously!

♥♥♥ Love is in the air ♥♥♥






As promised, I am announcing my teacup giveaway winner
~by Random Generator~


The winner this time is Mona Gabriel

Mona - just let me know where to ship this
and I will get it out for you asap!

Thanks for all who entered the giveaway!

Hugs and prayers!


~Michele





Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kelton House Valentine's Tea


I attended the Kelton House Valentine's Afternoon Tea last week, 
and thought I'd share it with you today before Val Day comes and goes!

Each month this wonderful old downtown historic
 Victorian mansion hosts a truly wonderful themed tea.







I try to always attend the Valentine tea,
 there's just something about tea in February that makes me happy. 

Perhaps I need a reason to dress up and possibly because I seem to need a pick-me-up during these winter grey days, who knows.







Oddly, what we thought we'd like least on the menu 
we ended up liking most.

Can anyone guess what it was?

It was unanimous to us six at our table.*






I really liked my seat this year - the hosts always have two more
giant tables there - which made it dangerously crowded.

It always has been so difficult to move to get food or fill cups of tea.







This year they seem to have less coming by 12 count-
 so it sold out FAST.

Two long tables of 6 of either side are gone now.








I sat in that seat empty right above where the plates are stacked.
(see first foodie pic)

Easy in and out - loved that.






Little tiny doughnuts was quite a surprise,
very unusual.

The caterer who does the Kelton teas
has long been retired and moved to a different city-
but comes back every month to give this gift to
the city and Kelton House.

It is run on donations and charitable work,
and is the #1 philanthropy of the city's
Junior Women's League.







There's always a raffle to off-set the cost
of running the house and such.

I always bring a box of themed gifts for them to raffle off.

It makes me feel good to see the smiles.

No one ever knows it's me, which makes it even more fun.







Valentine's Day and chocolate
 just seem to play well together,
do they not?







They don't over-do the decor, keeping it simple.

These pretty heart tealight holders were on the tables.

For information on Kelton House <click there.
(great info on this important Underground Railroad home)





There is always a program after the tea.

This year is was all about the history and maker's
of Art Deco jewelry.
Fascinating bit of history there.
I learned a great deal.







Also on the back of our menus was all sorts of interesting 
trivia about St. Valentine's Day.

The info was found here if you care to read it.
There's a lot of info but it is fascinating!



If you haven't yet signed up to win my teacup giveaway
I pick the random winner on Tuesday!

Click here to take you to the post!




As always, thank you for visiting!

  Hugs,

~Michele


* The pickled radish and sweet butter tea sandwiches is the answer.
 And there is a misspelling on the menu for it.



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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pretty Teacup Giveaway!

T'is the season of romance and loveliness and beauty.

So to celebrate this special time of year -
 with St. Valentine's Day, spring, Mother's Day
and tea party season all just around the corner...

 I am offering up this lovely vintage Japanese
MOSS ROSE TEACUP and SAUCER SET
to a follower of this blog.






Who doesn't love pink roses
 with pretty lavender sprays tucked in around them?


I just love pretty floral teacups.

(Especially ones with a pedestal and lovely handle.)






Random drawing on Feb. 14th.

You needn't have a blog to enter.

I only ask that you are a follower of my blog,
(and maybe double check you are, it's easy to fall off, not sure why.)

Please leave a comment saying you wish to enter.







Did you know that you are able to leave comments
on blogs even if you are a non-blogger?!? 

You can do it in "anonymous" form!

Just remember to include your first name so we all know who visited!



My teacup giveaway is open only to US and Canada,
 due to the high cost of shipping. I'm so sorry.


As always, thank you for your visit!

It really makes my day when you stop by!

~Michele
xxooxxooxxooxxoo


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Winter Afternoon Tea Party


I was invited to the loveliest of afternoon teas recently
and I am so pleased to be able to share this with you.

My dear tea society "sister/friend" Marina hosted a tea in January
 with the most perfect winter's theme and attention to detail!







This is a very pic-heavy post so I will hush and allow
the pictures to do most of the the talking.


















Here was the gorgeous teacup I used.
I loved her blue and white and shiny tablescape!























I could spend an entire month showing you
 all Marina's collection pieces.

Her china cabinets are filled to bursting with exquisite tea items!

(And she has a great story behind nearly every piece, too!)












Oh, my, the food was so pretty and sooooooooooo delicious!












This was our delicious and pretty "welcome to tea" beverage
 in her gorgeous heavy leaded crystal goblet.

             (Which matched her yummy mini cupcakes perfectly!)







And don't they look nice all snuggled up
 to yummy frosty white pretzel bites?






I got lucky with the little gift bags I brought as gift favors for the gals-
seemed to fit in rather well with the tea colors.







Here are my very best of my best friends;
 my Sandy's Tea Society Ladies.

L to R:

Dawn, Karen, Pam, Mary, Auntie Pam, and Marina.

I absolutely adore these gals. They are so loving, polite, giving, kind, thoughtful and sweet.
My time with them is never enough. I miss them even on my way home from my visits.

They are truly beautiful both inside and out. 






The adorable snowman towels that were placed
 on the backs of our seats
was our thoughtful favor from our lovely hostess, Marina!


Thank you, sweet friend, for a most delightful tea party!



As always, thank you, too for your visit today!

Hugs!

~Michele


Sunday, January 29, 2017

BABY BLUE EYES!


Sharing pics of my sweet wee grand baby today.

It's been over a month since I have shared pics of her,
so thought it high time I show you how she's grown!






You cannot tell in the pic above
 but her Aunt Eve knitted those leg warmers 
that are being used as strap covers for her tender wee neck.

Since this pic was taken regular covers have been purchased, 
so now those warmers are working to keep baby's legs warm!

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This is baby's last visit to the doctor in pic below,
 just happy moments just before 3 new immunizations.

She cried only once for a millisecond on the second one.
(It really welted up, so it had to really hurt!)

She's looking at herself in the mirror talking to that baby.
"Hey! I believe I know you!"






And at 6 months she is growing perfectly well.
Her pediatrician gave the go-ahead to begin cereal in her diet.
She's to continue nursing; also taking 6-8 ounces of formula per day.






You can see she is ready to feed herself -
 pic was taken the first time she ever ate from a spoon.

Her momma says she's a natural born eater. 


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Aren't her eyes soooooooooooo intense?!?

She looks right into my soul!

I love she is chewing on her auntie's rubber spatula.
I love even more all the drool on it, haha.

ALSO:

For all of you who asked about the Gerber Baby contest.
I sure do wish I would have mentioned it earlier on the blog,
and not the last day for voting! We found out today she didn't win -
but the good news is a local boy did make runner up-
 so that's good, huh?

Maybe next year she can win.

Thanks for voting if you were able! ♥♥♥





Credit: All pics on this post taken by baby's Auntie Ev's phone.


As always, thank you for your visit!


~Michele



Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Blizzard of '78

What a day that was in my childhood!

Back when winters were REALLY winters.....
with tons of snow, and Lake Erie would freeze ten feet deep....

And I am reminded by my little sister today
 that it was on these days exactly 39 years ago 
that the infamous storm hit us:

THE BLIZZARD OF '78.


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We had so much snow and the 65-miles-per-hour
winds coming off the lake
was so howling and so loud and strong.

 The snow drifts were 20 feet high in some places,
covering doors and windows on most homes!




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We were able to get out once a kind neighbor
 shoveled snow away from our door;
the neighbor men and boys went around to the houses
  checking on folks - especially the elderly.

Many homes are empty in that summer vacation area in the winter,
though. So many go to warmer places for those cold months!





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All services stopped - electricity and certainly telephones.
  Everything but our survival ceased.

We lost electricity for days and my father, mother,
 little sister and brother and I just huddled in
our den (smallest room in our large home) to try and keep warm.

 I remember we played a lot of games during this black-out.

I remember my father and mother very worried about my older siblings who had already left home and were in college.






These were the days before "make up" lost school days -
 and if my memory serves me right we
lost well over a month of school.

 Which was fun to us kids, of course.

I remember once the storm was over we got all bundled up
 and slide off the roof onto the snow just like these kids are doing.




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I remember my little brother and a neighbor friend made the best igloo and it didn't melt for months!
It was so solid (they wet it down with water to turn it into ice) and it so cold outside they could even have a little fire going inside it! I think my brother made it because he was going crazy stuck in the house with his two sisters! I remember not really being invited in to play in that igloo, but that's ok. After all, I was a teen by then and didn't play much, heh heh.



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The National Guard had to come to the rescue
 to some of the more remote rural areas
 who didn't have snow removal services.

70 lives were claimed due to this storm, 51 of them Ohioans.

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That's not all that perished. Much wildlife died.

I remember seeing so many frozen birds, it was awful.




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The Berwick's wren, which was on the decline, was virtually eradicated by the storm, said Jim McCormac, avian education specialist in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
The Carolina wren and the northern mockingbird have bounced back since nearly being wiped out, he said.
The bobwhite quail, which is most comfortable in an open field and some brush, has faced a tougher recovery. Its numbers have failed to reach pre-blizzard levels. Ohio is trying to help by resettling quail from Kansas on reclaimed strip mine land.


Below explains the winter storm of 1978:


By Wednesday evening, the storm moving out of Mississippi had began to rapidly strengthen and began to phase with the Midwest low pressure system as it moved into Eastern Tennessee pulling together deep moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and an arctic air mass that was ejecting out of Canada.   

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The result was phenomenal intensification as the barometric pressure dropped to an astonishing 958 mb when the storm moved north over Cleveland Ohio.  (A record for low pressure at the time for the Central US.)


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This type of rapid deepening is known as "bombogenesis" and is usually reserved for strong hurricanes.  The storm is also referred to as the "Cleveland Super-bomb".
Here's a look at one of the few satellite images available of the storm captured on the morning of Thursday January 26, 1978. 


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This unforgettable storm was really something to experience! 

It's very difficult to explain to the younger folks,
since we're in a warmer climate these days,
 just exactly how major this storm really was.

I encourage everyone to look up this amazing storm.
There are so many videos and a zillion pics to see
 about it from all over the North East and snow belt!

I' d love to hear from you all,
 and if you were impacted by this storm, too.


As always, thank you for visiting!


~Michele

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