Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tea Time Works Miracles

I know you can completely understand when I say I
 "had one of those days."
 We ALL have them now and then.
I am just exhausted.
 Maybe I just overdid it yesterday,
and with voting day and the nervous tension that can go with it,
well. I slept rather poorly.
And it's left me in a bad mood bit of a funk today!

So today's afternoon tea break was really needed!
To sort out my priorities and unwind.
To open my eyes and soul
to the blessing of being free....
and to be able to see this
amazing and beautiful Autumn day....
....and to let my worldly cares slip away.


I made a huge pot of tea, took a handful of cookies
 and took my own little tea party outside.
To dwell on all the things for which I am thankful.
To think about how much I appreciate
 these unique and truly beautiful tulips my
wonderful husband recently gave me.
To take a moment out of this crazy busy life to
truly thank God for all the blessings
 bestowed onto me.
To spend a quiet moment to sincerely give thanks.

Whew.......tea time.

Really does work miracles sometimes, doesn't it?

It was getting chilly and the shadows were getting long,
but by golly I NEEDED to get outdoors
 and take in the fresh air and oxygen into my lungs
 for some clearer thought.

And don't worry, nothing is wrong, I promise.
Just knowing you are there and sharing tea with me
makes everything all better.
Thank you for stopping by.
I needed it.
Tea Cup Tuesday - Martha


  1. Hi Michele, hope you are renewed and fresh, I do understand what you mean. I needed to hear that, it touched me, somehow I think a break is just sitting down and doing nothing. We do need to "think" and get our thoughts together with meditation and our minds on what is important in our lives. Take care friend! Oh your tea and cookies sure looks yummy!

  2. I hope that helped, Michele. I was feeling a bit that way the other day and I took a walk. It helped tremendously, just being outside, the walking, and the fresh air and sunshine. I have so much more trouble sleeping now ~ falling asleep, staying asleep and then I get up early! I am thinking mine is peri-menopause at work. : )

  3. Michele, I'm in love with your first and second image! Very colorful and beautifully photographed. How did you like the Cranberry Autumn tea? I have some and I think it's quite good. Take care, take a deep breath, maybe another cuppa, and a good night's sleep. Things will look better in the morning.

  4. A bit of fresh air always helps me, even if I just stand on my porch for awhile, it clears the head. Tea always helps, too, and you are so fortunate that your days are still warm enough to enjoy it outdoors. Your pictures warm my heart!

    I hope tomorrow is a better day for you!


  5. oh tea is absolutely magical and essential! the entire ritual of it. I love your pots and cups too, very colorful. Visiting from A Delightsome Life, nice post :D

  6. Looks and sounds heavenly, Michelle. It was a long day yesterday and like you I am certainly thankful for freedom.
    Stopping by via Sandi's HOME party. I'm serving up a cup of homemade hot chocolate today.
    Love and blessings,

  7. Stopping by from Home & Garden Thursdays. I understand and felt I needed a day like yours today! Beautiful photos, really enjoyed your post!

  8. Isn't it amazing the comfort a hot cuppa tea can give?
    I've had a tough day, too...and, perhaps I've reached for all my favorite comfort foods instead. Right now, I think I'll go fix a cuppa tea...I just know that will help.
    Blessings, my friend,
    Carolynn xo

  9. Michele, I completely understand. Afternoon tea is a wonderful time to reflect! I love to go outdoors and breathe in the fresh cool air. I'm an outdoor girl, but here in Va it is cold now. Very unusual for this time of the year. I love your tulips! Hugs!
    Martha Ellen

  10. Tea & fresh air are an unbeatable combination! What gorgeous photos...such warm & rich autumn colors. I love your tulips! They are my favorite flowers.

  11. Michele, some days are just exhausting and tea and cookies are very needed. A little time on the porch to relax and gather your thoughts, a cookies sure would help me too. Your images are striking with those beautiful autumn colors. Love the tea pot and mugs. Sweet husband to send such beautiful tulips, they do have a fall color to them. Take care and many blessings.

  12. Awww, wish we could share tea together in person!! The Cranberry Autumn tea sounds perfect and with those cookies...yum! I'm thankful for YOU!

  13. Your tea time looks so inviting. I think I needed one of those today. Blessings...

  14. A lovely tea post. Tea seems to make everything better doesn't it? The tulips are beautiful. You are blessed to be able to sit outside for a while on a nice November day.

  15. Hi Michele: I know what you mean, about just having a cup of tea. Voting and watching the news yesterday was so stressful. I am glad it is all over with. God knows what is best for our country. We just have to trust Him. Feel better. Blessings, Martha

  16. I was feeling the funk last week and on into early this week, so I feel for ya. It ain't easy bein' green! :-) I can see, however, where those beautiful parrot tulips would cheer you right up. What a sweet gesture! Feel better soon!

  17. I didn't sleep very well last night either and was so tired today. Your tea break was a perfect idea and I wish I had done it myself. I was SO stressed over this election. And you being and Ohioan...were I'm sure, stressed too with all the pressure put on you by the candidates and the media. I'm glad its over. And If I were there I'd sit down and grab a handful of those cookies too and enjoy every bite!!! Luv ya girlfriend!! Nann

  18. That sounds like such a lovely idea, Michele! I would have enjoyed that today - it was a LONG day here too! =) Love that close-up shot of the tulips that's third from the bottom.

    Have a blessed rest of the week!

  19. MIchele those tulips are divine !! They are called Parrot Tulips if my memory serves me correct. If I could I would sit down and have a cuppa with you today because I feel exhausted too ! Thanks so much for your encouragement and support. It means the world xo

  20. Beautiful post and wonderful pictures! This is my first time visiting...I will be back...I read a few of your posts...very nice! Take care!!

  21. Good morning Michele,
    We all have THOSE days and yes, a cup of tea always seems to help. The cranberry autumn tea sounds lovely and your photos are fabulous. One of my favourite verses of scripture is from Philippians 4:8 and when I meditate on that, I always feel better. Your tulips are gorgeous and from such a thoughtful hubby! Hope your day is super lovely and thank you for sharing this at my HOME.


  22. Hi Michele...
    Such a sweet post.
    Love those tulips, they are gorgeous. You should have time to get the bulbs in the ground before it freezes.. then you will enjoy the tulips in the Spring.

    So glad that you were able to turn what started out as a crummy day, into a great day!!


    1. Can't plant tulips because of all the deer we have in the woods around giving to my daughter soon, just can't part with them yet, they're so awesome.

  23. It really is refreshing to do something good for ourselves! Happy tea time!

  24. Yep - I sometimes have days like that too.
    A nice hot cuppa in the fresh air is always a good mood-lifter :-)
    Your tulips are very lovely and compliment your teapot beautifully.
    Hope you slept better last night!

  25. Very pretty photos and thanks for linking to Friends Sharing Tea. You always have such sweet posts.

  26. Michele, the color of your tea is just perfect for this time of the year. I can't even begin to tell you how many times lately I have done the same thing. For some reason having a tea really can relax me and help me focus on the positive things in my life. It is almost meditation for me. Helping me to release the negative things. Thank you for sharing with us at TTF. Have a Blessed weekend!

  27. Oh.....I love this post! I agree 100%! I always drink tea at night when I am closing the day :) It makes you count your blessings!

    Have a wonderful day!

  28. I think you chose the perfect way to refresh yourself! (I've personally been a bit of a crank this week, so perhaps this would be good for me to try as well.) And those tulips are simply DIVINE!

  29. Hope you are feeling better today...what a nice vignette. The tulips are gorgeous...they should be enough to make anyone smile!

  30. I love the dishes. SO right for the Fall......I cant believe you can still sit outside.......where do you live? In Michigan you would not want to be sitting outside. Lovely Fall display

  31. Hello Michele,
    I am glad your beautiful tea time brought you a sense of peace. That is such a gift to give yourself! It all looks very lovely together, the deep gold colors are so perfect for this season. Your home looks amazing too!
    I too am thankful for this truly lovely week. Now that the challenging weather has passed, it is quite nice out.
    My hearts are with all who are still trying to find somewhere to live, or to repair their homes hurt by the storms.
    Hugs to you!

  32. Lovely photos and I agree that a cup of tea does work miracles sometimes. I'm not familiar with Harney and Sons Cranberry Autumn blend, but I'll be looking for it...sounds lovely.

  33. I understand completely, Michele. The election did not turn out as I'd hoped. Before we knew the results I told my husband I was content knowing that God is still God and He's in control. I have been more focused on making sure I'm doing what He wishes for me to do. Praying always! Tea is quite restorative - it does work miracles! Beautifully photographed! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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