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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

Christmas Tea Things (A Late But Very Short Post!) :)

Christmas was a rushed and bittersweet holiday this year.  November and December were spent dealing with two dying animals as well as all the holiday shtuff.  I had very little Christmas spirit this year.  The one real bright spot was the fact that Saver of Bugs managed to make it home for two days.  It was really nice to have her underfoot this year.

Because of my lack of spunk, I didn’t get the camera out and get pictures like I normally do.  So you’re not going to get the usual Christmas show.  However, as I was putting Christmas away (before February!) I managed to grab teapot pics. My Christmas teapots have never made the show before.  So here ya go!

Christmas mugs!  Yes, they've been here before.  But you need mugs for tea, right?

Christmas mugs! Yes, they’ve been here before. But you need mugs for tea, right?

Cheerful Christmas teapots!

Cheerful Christmas teapots!

And I got a new teapot as a gift!  It's even prettier in person.

And I got a new teapot as a gift! It’s even prettier in person.

That’s it!  Now all I have to do is get the lights out of the windows and get my January Box out!

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!

 

April Box in April!

😀 Better late than never?  But at least I’m caught up with my monthly boxes. I even have an Easter Bunny teapot to show you!

My BFF got me this one year.  I love the bee and the raised orchids.

My BFF got me this one year. I love the bee and the raised orchids.

Once upon a time there was a catalog that sold affordable cute teapots.  Ahem.  This was one of those pots.  There used to be yellow on the pot and bright pink flowers and very green plants.  And now we have a major fade of colors.  I guess you get what you pay for.

Once upon a time there was a catalog that sold affordable cute teapots. Ahem. This was one of those pots. There used to be yellow on the pot and bright pink flowers and very green plants. And now we have a major fade of colors. I guess you get what you pay for.

This is the tea cup that goes with the teapot.

This is the tea-cup that goes with the teapot.  The color is a little better here.

Another gift card purchase.  On sale, of course!

Another gift card purchase. On sale, of course!

Can you tell I love flowers?  A Hallmark gift card purchase.

Can you tell I love flowers? A Hallmark gift card purchase.

This is a jar candle holder from my BFF.  Unfortunately I can no longer burn most scented candles and next to no jar candles.  I have 'chemical sensitivities'.  Snort.  I call them allergies!

This is a jar candle holder from my BFF. Unfortunately I can no longer burn most scented candles and next to no jar candles. I have ‘chemical sensitivities’. Snort. I call them allergies!

Do you know, I have absolutely no idea how or when I got these?  There are two!

Do you know, I have absolutely no idea how or when I got these? There are two!

A single serve Easter Bunny service!  I bought this at Cracker Barrel one year.

A single serve Easter Bunny service! I bought this at Cracker Barrel one year.

The matching mug.

The matching mug.

In the china cabinet!

In the china cabinet!

I will leave you with one of April's mugs.  A gift when my daughter was born!  Her birthday is the 30th.

I will leave you with one of April’s mugs. A gift when my daughter was born! Her birthday is the 30th.

 

Spring Is ‘Working On It”

Spring is having a hard time here.  Cold, cold, cold!  I tried to remove all the leaves and dead things from the planters outside three days ago (54 degrees out) and found out that while there is mud in the yard, the planters are still frozen solid. *sigh*  But there are a few bits of spring struggling forward.

While we still have no Red-Winged Blackbirds and the Juncos haven’t left, the crows have returned.  Last year we lost one of the parents that comes here every year to have their babies.   Just one parent was left raising 4 little ones.  I don’t know how to tell the males from females, so I don’t know who survived.  But one arrived here with a larger, obviously younger bird.  Jet black and full-bodied, he/she is full of life.  The question?  Is this a new mate or one of the children who survived the winter?

This is the older bird.  I have not been able to get a picture of the younger bird.  He/she is very observent.  The least little movement is noticed. Like me sneaking to a window to try to get a picture.  Even though my windows on the back of the house are second story.

This is the older bird. I have not been able to get a picture of the younger bird. He/she is very observant. The least little movement is noticed. Like me sneaking to a window to try to get a picture. Even though my windows on the back of the house are second story.

While I was doing some yard work, I was thrilled to find that the spring flowers are coming up.  Sort of.

One lone crocus.  Hopefully the warm weather will inspire more.

One lone crocus. Hopefully the warm weather will inspire more.

Look what I found when I cut down my Japanese Blood Grass!  A wee columbine of a type I thought had died.  Evidently a seed took root!  This columbine is short with red flowers.  Can't wait!

Look what I found when I cut down my Japanese Blood Grass! A wee columbine of a type I thought had died. Evidently a seed took root! This columbine is short with red flowers. Can’t wait!  (OOOOooooo, can you see the hyacinth peeking next to the columbine?)

And in looking out my kitchen window I finally saw a sure sign that spring truly is on the way.

The American Goldfinches are finally turning yellow!

The American Goldfinches are finally turning yellow!

But then the day before yesterday…

Surprise!  I woke up to snow again!

Surprise! I woke up to snow again!

And I leave you with a very spring like mug that I’m drinking tea from while dreaming of flowers!

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