Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tea Time!

My girls and I had a special afternoon together, indulging in High Tea, held in an old Victorian style house in a small farm town down the road.

The setting transported us to a simpler time when people paused in the day to commune with each other over a pot of rose petal tea and scones with Devonshire cream.

This was an opportunity to spend time getting to know our newest family member, the daughter-in-law and sister that will officially join the family this April.

She's an old fashioned, farm-raised girl so what better setting to visit than with cucumber sandwiches and fresh baked scones on Grandma's vintage china?

We even got to sport a vintage hat to purely authenticate the experience.

Oh, the stories these hats have heard over a cup of tea....

The bride's bonnet was like a bouquet with a veil trailing behind.

Comment font vous aiment mon chapeau, mon cher ami ?

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.  ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Lackadaisical yet busy days of family times, chronicled by several cameras...

with a terrific two year old...

...a sweet, noisy toddler....

...boys that are more like cousins than uncles and nephew...

(The following photos were taken by twelve year old Samuel...)



Lots and lots of good food... this is Katie's spicy chicken tortilla soup....

And always something going on or conversations to join....

Sam and Pete were playing a duet, Jonah was conducting and Evan was singing along.

Excitement for the another family member to join soon...

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Joyful Noise

It's been a long, long time since my pots and pans have been inspected by a baby.

But it's about time. 

All grandmas should have their cupboards regularly inspected by their grandbabies.

I'm finally enjoying some grandma time with my boys here for a visit.

It will be two weeks with lots of food, lots of noise, toddler messes and family time with all my chicks back in the nest.

It's going to be great!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday Chef

While his brother is at art school on Thursdays, Peter and I have time to do extracurricular work. After I wear him out with a good, long German lesson, he gets to pick a recipe. Today he is making chocolate chip muffins.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


What a great Saturday!

I have spent so many Saturdays this year icing cake and meeting deadlines, with days of work preparing for Saturday, that to have a leasurely Saturday spent doing nothing more important than laundry and housecleaning is surprisingly enjoyable. Many similar Saturdays in by-gone years would have been considering dull and mundane so it shows that the enjoyment of life is in the perspective.

Today my boys were off with their father, working on projects and an outdoor To Do list. That left me alone in the house while the snow fell softly outside.  While I did many loads of laundry (you know, that kind of dirty stuff that waits and waits to be done while other more important things get washed) and lots of housecleaning to prepare for the arrival of my grandsons (in less than two weeks!), I was also entertained by (count 'em) two movies- Eat, Pray, Love (that was surely the last time I'll spend effort on that movie) and Sleepless in Seattle (which I'm sure I'll watch again someday. I never get tired of hearing great dialogue- "He's eight..." "He's good at it." RIP Norah Ephron)

After a supper of soup (for which I used leftover smoked turkey) the boys decided they wanted to go roller skating at the elementary school (doncha love small towns?) so I'm alone again for the evening.

Time to catch up on some Downton Abbey!

I love winter so much more than I ever did before!

Happy weekend, everyone!