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August Monthly Box

Yeah.  August in October.  We’ve been having some fun and I kept saying, “Tomorrow, tomorrow…”.  Uh huh.  But I didn’t get this box out last year and I was at least going to get a few days out of this.  I’m contrary that way.  You can go to my January Box to see how I got started with my monthly boxes.

Another Marjolein Bastion creation. It has two matching mugs.

Another Marjolein Bastion creation. It has two matching mugs.  (My mother or BFF got me this, umm…)

Marjolein Bastion again. Yeah, I really like her stuff. Too bad I can't remember who got me what with some of these.

Marjolein Bastion again. Yeah, I really like her stuff. Too bad I can’t remember who got me what with some of these. o_O

Guess whose teapot? :D And my BFF did get me this one! It has two sides and supposedly 4 matching mugs. She could only find two.

Guess whose teapot? 😀 And my BFF did get me this one! It has two sides and supposedly 4 matching mugs. She could only find two.

Such a lovely teapot! It's supposed to represent the four seasons.

Such a lovely teapot! It’s supposed to represent the four seasons.

Can you tell these mugs are well loved?

Can you tell these mugs are well loved?

This is a cute single serve set by Price and Kensington. My Mother-in-law and Sister-in-law got this for me.

This is a cute single serve set by Price and Kensington. My Mother-in-law and Sister-in-law got this for me.

They know how I like gardening stuff.

They know how I like gardening stuff.

Awesome lid! I love little details like this.

Awesome lid! I love little details like this.

One candle holder for August. It was a clearance item.

One candle holder for August. It was a clearance item.

The usual cabinet shot.

The usual cabinet shot.

Today's mug of the day. It's a generous sized mug.

Today’s mug of the day. It’s a generous sized mug.

Hope you enjoyed the tea stuff!  Don’t blink too hard, September’s box will be up in the near future! 😀

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July Monthly Box

Because of everything that has been going on I haven’t been posting my monthly box pictures.  In fact, I haven’t changed them out in several months.  But I did get July out a bit late and figured I should post it as a way to keep going.  So there will be August in August, you know?  Go to my January Box to see how I got started with my monthly boxes.

Tracy Porter the 'Evelyn Collection' "Embrace the Sweetness of Life!"

Tracy Porter the ‘Evelyn Collection’ “Embrace the Sweetness of Life!”  This was another teapot I spent clothes gift cards on.  Someday my mother will learn that clothes from certain stores will never fit me! 😀

These are the matching sugar bowl and creamer.  So lovely!

These are the matching sugar bowl and creamer. So lovely!

Another Marjolein Bastion teapot.  This is one side.

Another Marjolein Bastin teapot. I love her work! This is one side…

And this is the other side!  Isn't it lovely!

And this is the other side! Isn’t it lovely!

There were two of these old Lipton teapots when we unpacked stuff from my Grandmother's house.  We couldn't tell which one was my Grandmother's and which was my Great Grandmother's.  So my mother and I each took one, but we have no idea who got what! :D

There were two of these old Lipton teapots when we unpacked stuff from my Grandmother’s house. We couldn’t tell which one was my Grandmother’s and which was my Great Grandmother’s. So my mother and I each took one, but we have no idea who got what! 😀

My mother got me this.

My mother got me this. However, I’m thinking of passing it on.  I never use it ’cause it says not to put water over 200 degrees in it.  Water boils at 212 degrees.

This month's candle holders.

This month’s candle holders. These lanterns do well outside ’cause they’re enclosed.

Tucked into the china cabinet!

Tucked into the china cabinet!

The table slash work station. :)  And I think there is something going wrong with my camera.  That computer does not have stripes!

The table slash work station. 🙂 And I think there is something going wrong with my camera. That computer does not have stripes!

July mug.

One of the July mugs.  Yay, for the 4th of July!

Hope you enjoyed the tea stuff!  tea

June Monthly Box (August week two)

Yes, I actually did remember to change out boxes last weekend.  I just didn’t sit down in time to do a post before midnight.  Night after night. Tonight I said, “The heck with it!” And I’m putting up a post even though it is already 11 pm.

I’m dealing with money issues, which stresses me out, so I haven’t been sleeping well.  And that means getting to sleep late and getting up late unrested and running like crazy through my evenings.  Ugh.  To add insult to injury, on my way home from delivering Spider Bait to an end of season barn party tonight, I hit a deer.  In the head.  I’m not sure if it was a really small deer or was coming up the bank on to the road. I didn’t see anything till I hit it. I knocked it off the road, that much I know, but it was too dark to see much.  And there was no way in hell I was stopping on that stretch of road in the dark.  I didn’t want to wind up like the deer.  So I drove the car to where there were lights and found out we will be spending more money on car repairs.  And our house and car insurance is due.  And school and property taxes.  I am not having much fun here at the moment.

And on that cheerful note, here are my June things minus, of course, all the mugs.

A Cracker Barrel purchase many moons ago.  Hurray for Christmas cash!

A Cracker Barrel purchase many moons ago. Hurray for Christmas cash!

I think I got this at Pier One.  I fell in love with the purple glass.  It's a small lantern, maybe 6 inches high.  Just big enough for a tealight.  I like to put it on the end table of the couch so I can watch the light through the purple panes.

I think I got this at Pier One. I fell in love with the purple glass. It’s a small lantern, maybe 6 inches high. Just big enough for a tealight. I like to put it on the end table of the couch so I can watch the light through the purple panes.

This serving for one was a gift from my Mother-in-law.  I love that it has a saucer.  It can be used with the cup or to hold a piece of cake.

This serving for one was a gift from my Mother-in-law. I love that it has a saucer. It can be used with the cup or to hold a piece of cake.

A birthday money purchase from Target, I think.  I have a thing for lanterns and I love this silver and pale blue combination.  It's about a foot high and looks better with a votive, even though inside it is set up for tealight.  I just set a votive holder inside on top the tealight holder.

A birthday money purchase from Target, I think. I have a thing for lanterns and I love this silver and pale blue combination. It’s about a foot high and looks better with a votive, even though inside it is set up for tealight. I just set a votive holder inside on top of the tealight holder.

See how tall it is?  And, yes, I cleaned my table off again.  Though it's starting to look a little shabby with 'stuff' again 4 days on.

See how tall it is? And, yes, I cleaned my table off again. Though it’s starting to look a little shabby with ‘stuff’ again 4 days on.

My mother went to Denmark one year to visit a friend and brought this back for me.  A Danish teapot from a Danish manufacturer.

My mother went to Denmark one year to visit a friend and brought this back for me. A Danish teapot from a Danish manufacturer.

This is another Cracker Barrel purchase. It's called 'Blue Bliss'. The teapot set and the mug came separately.  I'm sure you've seen the mug in my Mug of the Day spot.  This is the teapot that goes with it.  I keep the mug on my mug rack all year because it is one of my favorites.

This is another Cracker Barrel purchase. It’s called ‘Blue Bliss’. The teapot set and the mug came separately. I’m sure you’ve seen the mug in my Mug of the Day spot. This is the teapot that goes with it. I keep the mug on my mug rack all year because it is one of my favorites.

And into the cupboard they go.  I don't remember if it was intentional or not, but this was definitely a 'blue' month! :)

And into the cupboard they go. I don’t remember if it was intentional or not, but this was definitely a ‘blue’ month! 🙂

And while I’m still working on making ‘me’ time a regular aspect of my day, I did manage to take time to make a cake.

Butter Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.  Mmmm. (Yeah, we hit that pretty hard the first day. :) )

Butter Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. Mmmm. (Yeah, we hit that pretty hard the first day. 🙂 )

Ooooo, I might actually get this up -before- midnight!  Night, all!

 

 

May Monthly Box (in August, I know, I know)

So much for my posting in July.  While the Tour de France was utterly enjoyable (and crazy this year), it did complicate life a bit by taking a few hours out of every day.  This meant some things were neglected or handled sketchily.  Also during July, I had to get my son up and out on another bike trip to DC (a week).  And he was home for one week and then I had to pack up both him and The Husband for Boy Scout camp (both adult leaders). And that was another week.  They came home Sat. afternoon (July 26th) and Sunday night my nieces and nephews came for a week.  Can anyone say, “Dirty Laundry”? They left for home this morning. Oh, and let’s not forget the car repairs!  I was busy.

None of that explains the May box in August.  It was one of those, “I’ll get it tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow…”  And now it’s August.  Part of the problem is I’m not using my tea stuff.  I’ve just been throwing tea into cups while I keep going.  I used to sit down every afternoon for a break.  I started doing this when the kids were little and I realized my melt down time was about the time they came home from school.  I had no interest in what was done at school or patience for their after school moodiness.  And so 3 o’clock became tea and snack time.  So I could deal with them sanely. And when they got home they needed a little pick me up to keep them sane till dinner.

There is no reason for me not to sit down and take a break.  Clearly running myself ragged and skipping ‘Me Stuff’ hasn’t improved anything or gotten massive bunches of extra stuff accomplished.  In fact, I think it has actually slowed me down.  It’s hard to focus and be energetic when you’re fried.  So it’s back to scheduling ‘Me Time’ every day.  And it will start tomorrow with a sleep-in day.  And I’ve put post-its on my calendar so that every weekend I will be changing out my boxes; not just to get caught up, but also as a weekly reminder to take some ‘Me Time’ every day.

This teapot goes with my dishes.  "Flower Market" by Pfaltzgraff.

This teapot goes with my dishes. “Flower Market” by Pfaltzgraff.

A seashell tealight holder from a friend.

A faux seashell tealight holder from a friend.

Tea for one. I don't remember how I came to have this one. But it has birds and flowers, so it is just right!

Tea for one. I don’t remember how I came to have this one. But it has birds and flowers, so it is just right!

 

Got this on clearance many years ago.

I got this on clearance many years ago. A cute little something for a table or shelf.

A cute little pot by Jan Karon. A Christmas gift.

A cute little pot by Jan Karon. A Christmas gift.

A tealight holder.

A tealight lamp.

A gift from my BFF. A teapot by Marjolein Bastion.

A gift from my BFF. A teapot by Marjolein Bastin.

My clean kitchen table!!!  (This is a constant battle...)

My clean kitchen table!!! (This is a constant battle…)

Some of the mugs to big for the mug rack.  And Spider Bait's beer stein from Germany. And my jars of cookie cutters.  And a pitcher I use as a vase...

Some of the mugs too big for the mug rack. And Spider Bait’s beer stein from Germany. And my jars of cookie cutters. And a pitcher I use as a vase…

And, of course, the teapots in the cabinet.

And, of course, everybody in the cabinet!

 

February Box (A Couple of Days Late :) )

So it was a busy weekend and I didn’t get the boxes swapped out on the 28th.  But I shall persevere!  Here are some pics:

A single serve pot that was supposed to be clothes! :)

A single serve pot that was supposed to be clothes! 🙂

This pot was a gift from my BFF.  There are 2 pretty mugs that go with it.

This pot was a gift from my BFF. There are 2 pretty mugs that go with it that stay out on my mug rack all year. 

I got these at Cracker Barrel some years ago.

I got these at Cracker Barrel some years ago.

This teapot belonged to my maternal Grandmother.

This teapot belonged to my maternal Grandmother.

A tealight, one of two, from my mother-in-law.

A tealight, one of two, from my mother-in-law.

Tealight number two.

Tealight number two.

In the dark.

In the dark.

The table before some of my junk got put back on.  Those are Himalayan Salt Crystal - tealight holders.  Two are mine and one is Saver's.  Got these REALLY cheap at Rite Aid after Christmas one year.

The table before some of my junk got put back on. Those are Himalayan Salt Crystal – tealight holders. Two are mine and one is Saver’s. Got these REALLY cheap at Rite Aid after Christmas one year.

In the dark!

In the dark!

These two covered mugs won't fit on my rack so they sit on top the fridge.  The one on the left is from my BFF and the one on the right is from my mother-in-law.

These two covered mugs won’t fit on my rack so they sit on top the fridge. The one on the left is from my BFF and the one on the right is from my mother-in-law.

In two weeks I’ll get March out and I’ll be caught up!