What is it about the "extraordinary touches for the ordinary days" that make us feel so special, comfortable and at home(wherever we may be)? Why do special touches and unexpected happenings seem to lift our spirits and make the day feel happier?
I never met her, but a few days ago, she invited me to join her for a late afternoon tea in her home, on Wednesday. She said that she has been visiting my blog for a few years and that she would like if we could meet. I learned that in the last year or so, she had moved nearby.
A late afternoon tea is an unusual happening for me, but I knew from the time I walked into
her front door, that I was happy to be there. The table was set with fresh flowers from her
garden, old pretty tea cups, and a lovely lace tablecloth. The teapot serving as her centerpiece
was a gift from a student, during her years of teaching school. She had a tea cup with pink roses
at my place setting, remembering that I like pink roses, from reading my blog. How sweet!
Tiny votive candles were lit in the midst of candy corn and peanuts.
Zinger and Earl Grey tea. She offered gracious and kind hospitality, and the conversation flowed
from one topic to another.
I learned that she grew up in Canada, met her husband in Puerto Rico, and now lives down
the road from me. In today's fast-moving world, I can tell you it was so nice to take this special break, in the middle of an ordinary day, to drink tea and chat together.
She proudly showed me fresh produce that her husband brought in from his garden, this late
in the year.
When I was saying goodbye, this dear lady presented me with a beautiful basket of flowers
from her garden. I was amazed at her generosity, and will be reminded of her, as the
bouquet now sits by my kitchen sink.
She thanked me for sharing our grandchildren on my blog, because all of hers lived far away. Blogging certainly does present some interesting aspects to life.
Speaking of blogging, if you want a truly moist, delicious, and chocked full of goodies recipe, you might want to visit KariAnne at www.thistlewoodfarms.com/walnut-raisin-pumpkin-bread. She shared her friend Kelly's bread recipe. Even if you don't want to make the bread, you might want to visit and see how appetizing she makes the bread baking process look. I never saw raisins look so good!
I've made it twice now and both my husband and I think it is one of our favorites. If you like those three ingredients, I do highly recommend it. I made some of these small bundt cakes, and froze them for future use. Before serving, I will dust them with powdered sugar.
Thank you for stopping by.