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  • Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to the Tearoom. Out of all the monthes that dance across the calendar, February is the frosting on the cake. It's the heart tucked between two pages with the Newness of January, helping itself to the Mad Dash of March.

     It's the surprise that God painted Cardinals red just so they could show off in white backgrounds. It's a rose on lace, a candybox by your plate, sealed with a kiss, and mail to open. It's sonnets and poetry, just for your eyes to see. It's songs sung with sweetness to bring leaven of Heaven from cupid's gold bow. Love blooms in deserts with cages of chocolate, like tumbleweeds rolling from here and to there. It's compliments pressed where you least expect them and promises you make under starry skies...kept...nurtured through time.

    February is a wristwatch and a keeper of special feelings, brought out for the occasion of Valentine's Day, tied with ribbons that hope for tomorrow. With the tomorrow of yesterday right here in today, we plan for other tomorrows like paper folded oramami birds. The knock on the door, the ring of the's the hope that you won't share the whole day alone. No never, not ever, Thank God the world is full and moving with famiy and friends and strangers to meet. It's keys without doors and doors with lots of windows, that plow out the driveways and streets of our towns. We can go with the flow, or just settle down.

    February is your favorite book, on your table and tea in your cup. It's a month that brings someone you care for so much...right to your doorstep and into your heart....where a password is not needed and the keys don't need reasons to open the locks. Love and February have an affair and out pops tomorrow, nurtured with a smile.

    With a little bit of whimsey and tea in your cup, the world is a treasure chest I love very much.

    Being grateful is easy, being friends is not hard, putting words on the feeling...makes tea and a toast. Here's to February and to tomorrow, Your loveswept hostess today, Mary 

  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

     Godo morning, girlfriends!  I can't believe it is already Friday!  This week has flown by.


    How are all of you east coaster fairing with the snow and wind and cold?


    Tonight, I have poker with the ladies.  Looking forward to a good time with them.


    You know my day is starting out BAD if I've already been in to the tootsie rolls!




  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    "Sit and Sip" sounds good -- it's been a long week and a long day today. Very slow for a Friday ... until the last hour of the day when everybody decided to come to the bank and we were running around like crazy! DH is still sick, although slightly improved, so we've had a pretty quiet evening. After he went to bed, I decided it would be nice to make something to take to work tomorrow so found a recipe for Oatmeal Bread that is in the oven right now. Honey, cinnamon, golden raisins ... I hope it tastes as good as it smells.

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    Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to the Tearoom. Let's plant a little faith and friendship in the pot and nurture it with caring words to warm this little place. Make a little tea, sing a little song...lets see where the day goes. If you are feeling blue, type in and then search out Ray Stevens. I guarantee it will put a spark in your step and a smile on your face.

    Dear Kathy, I bet you raked in the winnings and spread a lot of laughter at ladies poker last night. Wish me there, the weather is very challenging and I would feel better just being out for a long walk.

    Dear Elza, I hope DH feels better and that you don't catch it....DH Alan has been under the weather for a few days as well and I am living in a bubble of Purell and Tea to keep me from getting it. Even so, the specialists appointment I have is Monday and I have my prayers said and my hope in my heart. Please share your recipe, I have gluten free oats and my new flour that makes conversion a lot easier. Be safe and well.

    My house that was all cleaned up is a wreck today, salt residue on the floors and its hard to adjust the thermostat. Let's just say, it's good to be busy and hardwork earns a good nights sleep. May Blessings easily find you. Your very grateful hostess and friend, Mary


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    Good Evening Ladies,

    How are those of you faring in the snowy storms of this week? I remember those winters in Chicago....don't miss them at all! I hope each day gets easier and you can get out without slipping and sliding and shivering. We, as usual in the NW, have gray skies and the on again, off again rain, but it's about 45-50 degrees and fun to poke around in the yard and see what is popping up already (dafs, prim roses, hyacinths, and of course, Weeds and more Weeds). I could use more sunshine though to uplift the spirit a bit more.

    DH Howard has another infected ulcer on the other leg now and is back on antibiotics. He is lethargic (nurse said due to the antibiotic), and spends most of his day lying in bed watching Westerns. DD Erica has gone to Seattle for the weekend, so I'm glad for our puppy Scarlet's company and the kitties as it is too quiet around here. Today I got some good news (I hope) insofar as finding a cleaning lady; she is coming out on Monday so we can meet and talk. I have good intentions, but these days can't find the extra time it takes to do thorough cleaning and it is bothering me no end, so I hope she works out. What a relief it will be to get windows washed, baseboards wiped, floors scrubbed, etc.

    Time to scare up something for supper - I have a feeling Howard fell asleep and need to wake him up so he can sleep tonight. Just got a call from Erica - she went all the way to Seattle to get a haircut at a well known salon and said the hairdresser is from Whidbey Island - ha.

    Goodnight until next time you all.....








  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    Well, DH has the flu. I got back from work today to find him feeling worse so we headed off to Urgent Care. The dr. said he is going to be sick for a few days and to stay home and rest. He's on Tamiflu and some high-octane cough syrup. He's finally been able to rest this evening -- hope he can get some sleep tonight. And I'm hoping that I stay well too -- I need to get in the Purell bubble next to Mary's.


    Oatmeal Bread

    2 c. flour

    1 c. quick oats

    1/2 c. sugar

    1 Tbsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1/2 tsp. baking soda

    1/2 tsp. cinnamon

    1/4 c. oil or applesauce (I used applesauce)

    2 eggs, slightly beaten

    3/4 c. milk

    1/4 c. honey

    1/2 c. raisins or dates

    Combine dry ingredients. Stir 2 Tbsp. into dried fruit to dredge; set aside. Combine oil, eggs, milk & honey; mix well. Add to dry ingredients and stir just till moistened. Stir in dried fruit. Pour into greased & floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/4 hours. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove & cool completely. May be frozen.


    Note: I thought this was either too long a baking time or too high a temperature, as mine came out a little too crusty and dark, so you will probably want to adjust.

  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    Good morning!  I think it is going to be another beautiful day, today.


    Yesterday, when Earl got home from work we went to the ocean harbor with friends.  Went to a great seafood place and had fish and chips, shrimp and chips, clam chowder, homemade sourdough bread with butter and oysters on the half shell.  PLEASE!, we could barely walk when we were done.  It was so good!  Walked around the harbor and were too late to participate in a fresh seafood sale from fisherman who brought in their catch.  I guess the fisherman go out for about 3 months at a time and do this sale at the pier about once every 3 months.  I gave them my e-mail address and asked if they could e-mail me when they were having their next sale.  We ended our walk with a hand dipped ice cream. 


    Oh, I forgot to tell you that we started our adventure by going to the animal rescue.  So sad to see so many dogs there looking for homes.  There were many pitbulls and chihuahuas.  I notice they take blanket and towel donations so I really need to clean those closets so I can bring some to them.


    Ann, I hope your housekeeper works out for you.  My housekeeper has been priceless to me and I have treated myself to one for the last 20 plus years.  The one I have now I've had for gosh almost 20 years and she treats my house like she would her own.  I come home to surprises on how she's found things to "decorate".  I notice this week my color scheme is different in my bathroom.  She found  new candles and towels.  I think its cute that she does that.  The only thing she is terrible at is putting dishes away.  OMG, I don't know the method to her madness.  I think she just opens the cupboard and throws them in.  I'm a bit anal and have square containers on one shelf and round storage containers on another.  Yep, you know she has them all mixed up.  I do love her!  I also noticed that this week she cleaned under the bathroom cabinet in the guest bathroom.  What a thrill it was to see. 


    Elza, sorry to hear about your husband.  Not fun to have the flu!  I think I have only had the "real" flu one time in my life.  I learned then what body ache was.  That flu ran through my whole house.  Take care that you don't get it.  Remember "if you sleep with the dog, you catcha the flee".  Stay well.  Thanks also for the oatmeal bread recipe.  Is the consistency that of banana bread or real bread?


    I'm going to a friend's house for superbowl (none of us are football  I need to bring a non green salad to go with brats.  Help please!!!  My brain is dead today.




  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    Kathy, it's a quick bread but mine turned out heavier than banana bread -- more like real bread. However, that may have been because it was overbaked. So, not sure. (How helpful is that? LOL)


    Non-green salad -- here's a couple I pulled out of my recipe box. The rice one looks really good to me but I have not tried it. Also, I would have to make it with a long grain/wild rice mix because that's all I can find here.


    Honey-Sweet Carrot Salad

    1 lb. carrots, peeled & shredded

    1 large can crushed pineapple, drained

    1 cup miniature marshmallows

    Combine and stir well. Pour dressing over and stir to toss. Cover and chill overnight if possible.

    Dressing: 2 Tbsp. each sour cream, lemon juice & honey. Stir to blend.


    Tomatoes Vinaigrette

    4-6 Roma or other tomatoes, sliced

    Sprinkle with chopped parsley (1/4 c. fresh, 2 Tbsp. dried)

    Pour dressing over and chill 3 hours. (Delicious as is, or on sandwiches)


    1 clove garlic, crushed

    1/4 c. olive oil

    2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

    1-1/2 tsp. minced fresh basil (1/2 tsp. dried)

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1/8 tsp. pepper

    Combine in jar. Cover tightly and shake to blend


    Wild Rice Salad

    3 c. water

    2 c. uncooked wild rice

    2 c. finely chopped dried apricots

    2 c. dried cherries

    1 c. chopped walnuts

    1/2 c. olive oil

    1/3 c. lemon juice

    2 Tbsp. maple syrup

    1-1/2 tsp. salt

    In large saucepan, bring water & rice to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes or till rice is tender. Drain if necessary. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely.

    Place apricots in a small bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain. Stir the apricots, cherries & walnuts into the rice.

    In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, maple syrup andsalt. Pour over rice mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    Good evening angels, Hope everyone is having a great day. Are you watching the Super Bowl. I an not interested in foot ball at all but I will flip through everonce in a while and check the score, or try to catch the commercials.  Last time I look Green Bay was ahead 21-0.  I have not left the house today.  Whent shopping yesterday and my knees are killing me today.  So been taking it easy and just sewing a little.  I made 1 hippo, and two tigers today.  I made a big pot of red beans and rice  earlier  so supper is ready.    I have one more load of laundry to put in dryer and I am through for the day. 


    ELza,  thanks for the recipes,  they all sound good.  I will have to try the oatmeal bread one day this week.


    Well everyone have a great evening and sweet dreams.  Take care



    PS  Steelers finally scored.

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    Hi - Emailing and watching the SuperBall game out of the corner of my eye - hope the Packers continue to stay ahead (my Midwestern roots insist on that)....

    Kathy, I too hope the housecleaner who is coming over tomorrow to talk it over, works out. We had a cleaner for about 8 years, but last year she decided she didn't want to do it anymore so we haven't had anyone since then - bummer. She was wonderful, fast, congenial and trustworthy. We became good friends - helped her through a divorce and other family problems, but sadly she isn't around anymore. That was some seafood fest you all ate and enjoyed, one of the best parts of living on the coast.

    Mary, will be thinking of you tomorrow when you have your appointment with the specialist - love and prayers. Wishing you comfort and peace this evening.Hope Alan is better today. Lots of bugs going around and around.

    Waiting for DD Erica to return home tonight from Seattle. In addition to attending a school play, she made the shopping rounds to Trader Joe's, Costco, Michael's, etc. Said she is bringing home goodies, like frozen cannoli. Nothing like fresh ones, but we will suffer through....


    Well, I need to do some picking up before the new house cleaner shows up tomorrow, ha. Can't have her thinking I always live like this!!







  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to the Tearoom. I am pulling myself together as fast as I can to avoid being late for the specialist. I am thinking that perhaps I should wear a parachute on my back in case I have to freefall. Going to a new dr is not as much fun as just meeting for tea or sitting on the bus and finding out you really like the person in front of you and that they know something you want to learn about. Reguardless, it has been arranged and I am expected to attend, so best foot forward.

    Dear Anne, I hope that your new cleaning lady is a champion of all things neat and tidy. Caregiving takes all the good energy to accomplish and it's so nice for someone else to swab the deck and batten the hatches while you steer the ship. I am so sorry that Howard is suffering skin ulcers. Antibiotics are necessary but boy, they do come with a price. I love that Erica's special hairdresser is from Whidbey...double ha! It is snowing here in a nonstop montage of piling up and shovelling out. I actually think we have had more snow than the people who live in the U P...strange.

    Dear Kathy, What a lovely lovely outting for you and Earl! Perhaps the fishermen have a sort of working cruise where you could catch your dinner and bring in the nets! That would really be adventure on the high seas.

    Dear Elza, God bless your dear husband and I hope he feels recovered very soon! It sounds like the flu was not just passing through but planning to build a condiminium project. It brings to mind the antibiotic resistant pneumonia that got a hold on me and it was just awful. The oatmeal recipe is a delight and I am going to try it using my new flour mixture.

    I happened on an old cast iron skillet at a consignment shop and after scrubbing and seasoning it, I pulled out a recipe for pineapple upside down cake that included shredded carrots, cherries and pecans. It came out so pretty I wanted to shellac it..and it tasted even better.

    Dear Carole, I am going backwards...I found a treadle sewing machine that has been so lovingly cared for, and as that is what I used as a's what perks my interest now. This machine is much more my speed.

    Friendship, best wishes, hugs and air kisses, Your very grateful hostess and friend, Mary

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    Good Evening Friends,

    So far today/this evening, no one in the Tea Room has written, which was a surprise to me as most of the time there are several letters to read from early on. I was thinking of Mary today and hope that all went well when she saw her new doctor. Maybe tomorrow you will drop a note, Mary?

    We woke up to a room full of sunshine and it stayed around all day - a pleasant surprise for those of us in the sure lifts the spirit. Enough so that I baked cookies - Chinese Almond.

    Had a visit from two nurses today, for Howard's shower and then later in the day the wound nurse to check his legs, which are finally showing signs of healing.

    Elza. I hope your DH is getting well and feeling much better after his bout with the flu.Won't we all be happy when winter is on its way out and spring begins again.



  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    {{{{{We woke up to a Room full of Sunshine and it stayed around all day!}}}}}}}


    Dear Anne, you are a wonderful inspiration to me, and I thank you. there is nothing like a sunny day to refresh the spirit and solidify a mirage of overwhelming beauties. I am so glad that Howard's ulcers are showing improvement! Every time you cook, or bake I want to follow suit and Chinese Almond Cookies are perfect.

    A trip to a new dr is a lot like skydiving. One packs their parachute, dons their helmet and jumps, paperwork and test results in hand...right into an exam room where you hope, the welcoming committee can sort everything out.

    I had my neat little folding bag with everything to make me comfortable, including my own pink satin exam gown. There is nothing quite as disconcerting as meeting someone for the first time, stuck in a paper t-shirt. She smiled, and the appointment was very enlightening. My thyroid is eatten up by immune disease and shows a large lump that totally distorts it's symmetry. The cure is being sorted out as I sit in the comfort of my own home. All I have to do is agree, and go through it. I really hope, anyways. Meanwhile I feel pretty crummy.

    I have decided to take up embroidery and the exploration of patterns, colors and even, the selection of a pincusion is a pleasant distraction. That's a kind of skydiving too, just immersing oneself in a bubble bath of lovely warmth. First order of the day is to turn myself out and go to the stylist and manicurist.

    Ahhhhh, Tea. Perhaps today, friends will come and join me for a pleasant cup. Your very grateful hostess and friend, Mary


  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    Good afternoon angels, Mary know what you are talking about going to a new dr. I am on my way to one in a few minutes. I hurt my good knee on Monday and it is not getting better, so going to Dr in a few minutes. Just pray it is not bad enough for surgery.  Well need to run will try to get back on tonight.



  • Re: Good Morning Dear Friends and Welcome to Tea, February, Sit and Sip

    Well angels,  It is sleeting like crazy here right now.  They even said we might get a little bit of snow. Yeah bring it on.  I know it is not what some of you want but down here it is a treat. 

    Oh and yes I am going to have to have a total knee replacement soon.  I need to get a few things done before it is scheduled.  But yes I will have it done soon.  Bad thing is that this is on what I considered  my good knee.  Xrays showed I am already bone on bone.  My other knee is almost bone on bone.  The other one will have to be replaced at a later time.  I know this sounds strange but I am really looking forward to it, I am tired of the daily pain.


    Any way I am on my way to church,  have a great evening.

    Hugs and love