Sunday, March 12, 2017

Photo by John Sloane
Verse by Joan Walsh Anglund

Twinings, my absolute favorite brand of tea , has just come out with a new flavor, Buttermint. It tastes like those buttermint candies your grandma had in her candy dish but without the sugar and calories! Delicious. I also like Pure Peppermint( my favorite) , Lemon & Ginger, Orange & Cinnamon Spice, and Lady Grey Tea by Twinings. I can drink these all without milk and never sugar.
Harney& Sons has some great flavors too. Passion Plum is my favorite of theirs.
Do you like tea? What are your favorite brands and /or flavors? Milk, sugar or neither?


Sunday, January 29, 2017



Mending Wall

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Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
"Stay where you are until our backs are turned!"
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, "Good fences make good neighbours."
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
"Why do they make good neighbours? Isn't it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down." I could say "Elves" to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbours."

Monday, January 9, 2017

Trying To Appreciate Winter

January 9, 2017

Good Morning!

I'm no snowbird by any means . I've never been to Florida and quite frankly have no desire to go. I live in the Northeast where we have some brutal winters. I am trying to stay positive and not complain about the weather this year but instead find the  beauty in winter. I came across this lovely touching quote by Ruth Stout. Some of you may remember she wrote books and articles on gardening.




"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you ..... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." 
- Ruth Stout


If you live in a cold winter region, what do you do to appreciate winter? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas! I wrote a post farther back in my blog titled Making The Most Of Winter. If you have a chance to go back and read it I think you may enjoy it.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Cindy~