Saturday, September 22, 2007


Have you all visited MARY at Across The Pond? She has a most beautiful blog that just touches the senses - at true delight.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mary this past Friday in person! By reading one another's blog, we found that we live in the same town and we made arrangements to meet at SuzAnna's - an antique/country/shabby chic/cottage sensational indoor/outdoor store. There was so much to feast our eyes on.

We spent over an hour looking around and buying. I bought this wonderful tiny cut-glass covered bowl with a little bird perched atop. I love birds! Then I found two little glasses with the cutest top-hatted, tuxedoed penquin stems.
This is only a part of the bedroom area at SuzAnna's. Oh, that chandelier - I love it!

After, I was treated to lunch at Cafe Capistrano.
Thank you Mary! Yummy quesadillas for us both!

Until next time, I'll visit you at Across the Pond, Mary!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What is it about Autumn?

What is it about Autumn
that makes me want to
open a favorite book,
cuddle under an old quilt
with a cup of Darjeeling tea
on a cool crisp evening,
bake a caramel cake,
trample through the woods
crunching maple leaves loosened from their hold,
listen as geese make their way
to their wintering grounds,
bite into a crisp tart Granny Smith apple,
browse blue ribbon preserves at the state fair,
sip on an oaky white wine,
gather mums of bronze, red and yellow,
go back home to
West Virginia to see the mountains in all their glory.

Autumn makes me happy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Just to let you know that I am still around. I just cannot post from my computer...guess it was cleaned out a little too much. So here I am at my daughter's home and thought I would just drop in to say "Hello" to all my blogger friends. I hope to have this problem remedied soon! Meahwhile, I'm visiting blogs and finding many new ones that I love.
My best to you all!

Thursday, September 13, 2007


My blogger friend and fellow Raleighite MARY from
Across The Pond
has tagged me to play the Middle Name Game.
Here are her instructions:

"Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don't have a middle name, use the name you would have liked to have had. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog post containing your middle name game facts. At the end of your blog post you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog."

D~~~Daddy - I'm a Daddy's girl and always will be.
A~~~Autumn - my favorite and most inspiring time of year.
E~~~Each of my grandchildren - each one a twinkling light in my life.

I must tell you this. When I was born my mother wanted my middle name to be Dawn and Daddy wanted Kay. They compromised and thus my middle name is Dae. When Daddy called his brother from the hospital to tell him I had been born, my ten year old cousin answered and asked what they named me. Daddy told him "Deborah Dae". My cousin yelled to his parents "They named that baby "Everyday"! That's my story.

Now because I have three letters in my middle name, I choose these three to tag.
PENNY from Lavender Hill Studio
KIM from Daisy Cottage
LISA from The Enchanted Cove

Have fun ladies!


Well, I THOUGHT I would see you all Sunday, but as it turns out I wasn't able to be online.

We are back from Canada - not without incident. Niagra Falls was AWESOME! I loved going down to the falls - it's just that the Maid of the Mist was packed like a tin of sardines and the ride was way too short.

Toronto was a little too much...I think it's the third largest city in North America.
The International Film Festival was in town. My daughter and I went star hunting - only saw George Clooney and Matt Damon and Sienna Miller. The place was a madhouse! Everyone was looking for stars.

Sunday morning as we were on our way to the airport I started having pains in my right side. It was a 30 minute ride and by the time we got to the airport I was in serious pain. Had to check in, go through customs and security in pain and wouldn't you know I was picked to be scanned and to have my carry ons opened and checked! First thing on the plane - before it took off, I visited the BR and promptly threw up. From then on that's the way the flight went. I have never had to use a sickness bag as long as I've been flying, but I used three on the way home - just an hour and 1/2 flight. I had to taken in a wheelchair from the plane and threw up twice more before we got luggage and by that time I was doubled over in pain. I went straight to the hospital - I knew what it was - another kidney stone. My last one was in December. This one was worse because I had to wait so long for help. At least I was back in Raleigh - I don't ever want to go through something like that in another country. The doc gave me narcotics in my IV which started me being sick again. Finally that evening he sent me home with pills to try to flush the stone out. So, I've mostly been in bed since coming home from the hospital Sunday evening. Today I got out on my own and hope to back to my regular routines soon!
I have lots to catch up on!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Away for a few days...

I'm off to Toronto for a few days and I'm hoping to find a little cooler weather -relief from the stiffling heat I've felt all summer here in North Carolina. I'll be home Sunday, September 9.

While I'm away, please feel free to come on in and look around. I'll leave the door open for you...and let me know you were here and how much you missed me! :)
See you all Sunday evening!


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Starting Monday September 10, have a fun filled week with the

Make Mine Pink Bloggers as they host a virtual Tea Party.

Visit Make Mine Pink for all the information and a list of participating

Make Mine Pink Blogs.

Why Tea Party? Well what can be more fun, tea for two, tea for one, a princess tea, a mother/daughter tea, best friends tea, long lost friends tea, or to just take a moment to slow down and enjoy the tea.

Join in on the fun and host a virtual tea party too. We will be visiting all the Make Mine Pink blogs and yours too if you decide to host your own party.

You will see beautiful and unique tables set for tea; many will have a special theme. Will you join us and post a photo of your Tea Party on your very own blog?

Post a comment at Make Mine Pink and they will include you on the list.

So expect many visitors ~ please have cookies ready.


Saturday, September 1, 2007

My Teacup Collection

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I don't know why, but when I posted my picture, part of this tea set does not show. This was a gift from my husband's mother. She got it while the family was stationed in Japan around 1950. The mark on these pieces read "Nippon Toki Kaisha".
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This pretty black, gold trimmed teacup from my mother is one of my favorites. It's marked "Made in Occupied Japan" showing that it was exported to the United States between 1945 and 1952.
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I love the inside of this cup. The colors are so vibrant.

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