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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

More Litera-Tea

La Tea Dah at Gracious Hospitality is hosting a Tea Blog-a-Thon from March 16 until May 31. She has a different theme for each week and you may participate as much or as little as you like. The theme for the second week, March 23-29 is Litera-Tea: "Share tea from the perspective of literature. Post a tea quote, a verse or poem, or story. Tell about a favorite tea book. This would be a good time to share how you use tea to encourage others. Do you minister to others by sending them tea themed cards to friends and shut-ins? Or another way you use 'tea' to share joy with others?"


As some may be aware, I've had my 89 year-old mother staying with me this month. She had quite a bad cold for a time. My sister and brother in law came from Florida to see her. Before their arrival a beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived for my mother.

We had planned to have an afternoon tea during their stay. My sister brought a tea party kit for my mother. It was presented in a beautiful gift bag with this tag:

The tea items included:
Cinnamon Flavor Green Tea
Melville’s All Natural Tupelo Honey Flavoring Spoons
Walker’s Pure Butter Shortbread Petticoat Tails
Guava Cake (Panetela de Guayaba)
DeBeukelaen Pirouline Cookies
Harry & David Truffles

Here are a few photos on these items.

Each day I serve my mother a hot drink first thing in the morning, often to her in bed. This is usually in Churchill "Bermuda" pattern mug, which is my everyday china pattern.

Later in the day we usually have some herb tea together. Right now the tea cup she uses is Portmeiron "Harvest Blue."

I am using Royal Worcester "Hanbury." Both teacups are lovely in design, sturdy in shape, and each holds eight ounces. My mother enjoys the variety of wares I use throughout the week.

I have received tea-themed cards from my mother, a good friend and a co-worker. They are displayed on the glass doors of the pine hutch in the kitchen.

Please visit La Tea Dah at Gracious Hospitality for links to other participants. http://gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/


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KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, what a lovely post. As you told the story of your 89 year old mother, you brought back memories I hadn't thought of in a while. Many times I sat and spoke with my grandmother when she was 89 over a cup of tea and I cherish those moments. My own mom is turning 82 this year and now we sit over a nice cup of tea. Your tea looks beautiful and the memories that you are weaving will make you smile for your lifetime. Blessings, Karen

kathi said...

Oh Carrie...you've taken my breath away :). How wonderful to have your Mother with you right now and to arrange a tea, it's simply priceless. Your blue and white collection is so beautiful, I collect blue and white as well :). Have a blessed day!

Kathi :)

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

It's wonderful that you are making your mother's stay with you as pleasant as can be. I am sure that she is enjoying the pampering. I hope that, should I arrive at age 89, that someone will pamper me from time to time.

Denise said...

What a wonderful daughter you are! Your mother must be a very special lady to have raised such a thoughtful daughter. Thank you for reminding us how important relationships are ~ that they are to be cherished with shared cups of tea!

Thank you for your sweet comment on my tea blog-a-thon post.

May you enjoy a lovely day!

Kimberly said...

Lovely! How wonderful that you are taking the time to bless her so! You've inspired me!

Linda said...

Lovely! You are makeing memories with your mother. So nice of you to share with us!

Grace Yaskovic said...

love your blue pottery, so pretty

Miss Sandy said...

What a heart touching post on sharing tea time with your mother. Your cups are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Love Bears All Things said...

Sounds lovely. Enjoy this special time with your Mother.
Mama Bear

ellen b said...

Oh how very lovely. I'm drooling over all your blue and white dishes...
What a sweet tea time you must have had..

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed reading about your tea ministry to your dear mother. No wonder she wants to live with you - you are so sweet to her, and pamper her so!


Scrabblequeen said...

I love your beautiful blue and white china, and I loved to hear how you are able to minister to your mother in this simple and loving way.

marypoppins said...

Good to share with others!
Good evening Mary

Anonymous said...

How nice to have your mother with you and to share tea with her.

My mother lived to be 94 and during the five years she was in a nursing home I would occasionally take a tea party to her. I had a little picnic kit that was originally for coffee, but I made some changes to it for tea.

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

What a sweet time--having tea with your 89-year old mother. And what a lovely collection of blue and white tea cups! Thanks for sharing!

La Tea Dah said...

What sweet moments you are having with your mother as she visits. You are creating memories you will treasure forever!

The tea kit --- perfect! A great idea! And I am in love with your collection of blue cups and saucers. There is nothing prettier than blue and white when it comes to china. Exquisite!

Thank you for participating in the Gracious Hospitality tea blog-a-thon. I'm so glad you have joined us!