Saturday, March 16, 2013


Learn about St. Urho here:

I wish I had a purple teapot or cup to show.  Check out the link above and learn something new - or something new to celebrate!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


This is Erkie - relaxing, not on his dog bed, but on his "own" chair. I don't know what happened to our rule, "no dogs on the furniture".....smiles

We are Grand-dog sitting for 17 days, with just 8 days left.  We haven't had a dog around for awhile, and have become quite selfish with our time since we've been retired - yes, that can happen in just 2 years - like getting out of bed when we want, not getting dressed right away when the weather is bad, lounging more than usual, or going where and when we want.

But why am I surprised that I have thoroughly enjoyed this time - even the early morning outdoor trek, and every two hours even when my hands are in dough or when I just sat down for my afternoon tea break. 
"Is this bed for me, Gramma? I can smell the kids on the pillow and the dolls."
This morning was straight-up smoke from the chimneys, just meaning it's cold here in Northern Michigan (no big announcement to the world, like in Rome), and a sunrise I haven't witnessed in awhile with all the snow we've been getting.  Thanks, Erkie. I wouldn't have seen that if it wasn't for you.

I found this "Survival Kit" in my collection of things, and I think it could apply to our dog-sitting as well as grandchild caregiving.

  • RUBBER BAND - to stay flexible
  • BUTTON - to be able to fix things
  • STRING - so I'll never forget
  • CHOCOLATE KISSES - so I'll never run out of kisses (and hugs)
  • BAND-AID - to mend a broken heart
  • MINT - to know I am valued
We Grandmothers are flexible, loving, and can fix everything.  We never forget favorite times and special secrets.  We never run out of kisses, so that must be why grandmothers are a most valued treasure.

Here's to grandmothers everywhere, and grandmother dog caregivers, too!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


While looking through my Pinterest board, "Tea Parties,"  I came across this post.  So on the evening of yet another snow storm here in Northern Michigan, I left my comfortable couch behind and virtually traveled to London. Let's go to tea in London:

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Here are some tea sayings I read on scrapbook paper today, from DCWV, my favorite paper - Die Cuts With a View.

  • A cup of tea solves everything
  • Savor love sip by sip not gulp by gulp
  • A little cup of friendship, with a bag of tea, when you drink this, think of love from me.
  • You're my cup of tea
  • Take time to appreciate life and a good cup of tea
  • Life is better with a cuppa
  • Life is a cup of tea
And my favorite:

Tea is liquid wisdom