Thursday, November 24, 2016

On This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of fond remembrances,
Heartfelt appreciation and warm thoughts
of special people in our lives.

Teddy, Cassie, Mina, Oliver and I 
Wish YOU well and much joy this Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful Holiday!


Friday, November 18, 2016


Looking out my window this morning,
it is cloudy and the wind is blowing.
A cold front is on the way.
At least, what qualifies as a cold front for us! 
We might even get some much needed rain.


This week I took a dear friend to lunch to celebrate her birthday.
We went to one of Houston's top restaurants,

It gives an upscale name to "hole in the wall".
Walking down the street, if you blink at the wrong time,
you will miss it! 

Helen Greek Restaurant

A warm, intimate setting with it's narrow brick clad rooms.

Helen Greek Restaurant

An award winning all Greek Wine selection.

Wine Wall

Lets get to the food!
 We shared the citrus and fennel salad (their winter salad).
Fennel, orange, grapefruit, blood orange, red onions, calamata olives, feta.

Citrus Fennel Salad

And, the Green 'n Cheese pie.
Phyllo, four different greens and three different Greek cheeses.

Green and Cheese Pie

Helen Greek Food and Wine is an easy walk from my house.
I'll be going back ... soon!
There is nothing else like it in town. 

Helen Greek Restaurant

Helen Greek Restaurant

For me, the holiday season begins when the Houston Zoo 
has the members opening for Zoo Lights.

The weather was perfect.
The kettle korn and gingerbread cookies were pretty wonderful, too!  

Zoo Lights

A brief look at the magic forest.

Zoo Lights

Wishing You well and much joy!

Willy Nilly Friday

Mosaic Monday


Monday, November 14, 2016

Start Thinking About Christmas In January

I've been busy knitting.
I finished another shawl except for the blocking and
started another.

Will I have enough made before Christmas?
Not sure,
but they'll be ready for Christmas 2017!  

The finished shawl is made from some stash yarn: Bernat Satin Sport in Jade.
Very soft and light weight - perfect if you live in the "tropics" like I do!
(Otherwise known as the Texas Gulf Coast.) 

The off white shawl is made with Patons Classic Wool,
DK Superwash in the color Aran.
Heavier and will go to live with someone who has cold weather.


As it gets closer to Christmas,
I'm trying to decide what my next crochet project will be. 
I spent too much time at pinterest and came up with these as my first choice.

Christmas Crochet

The pattern for the snowman afghan can be found here.

Crochet Collage

The pattern for the teapot cosy can be found here.

The Gingerbread Family ornaments can be found here.

Decisions  decisions! 

It's obvious I should start thinking about Christmas in January 
if I'm going to make wonderful things. 

From the Fortune Cookie Journal:
"You can't start a new chapter if you're stuck at the table of contents."

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Mosaic Monday

Monday Social 

Yarn Along 


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Participating is Fun Part 2:

The lovely Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose 
hosted her Ninth annual teacup and mug exchange.
There were 192 tea lovers participating from all over the world.
What a lot of work and
What a lot of Love Stephanie puts into this exchange.

I decided to go all out and take part in both exchanges.

I was lucky that Jill Torres, also a "first timer", sent me a mug.
Hard to believe all of this was in one box!
Everything was so beautifully wrapped.
A lot of effort went into the paper decorations.
Almost too pretty to open! 

Tea Mug Exchange

Jill even included mice and cat nip for my kitties.
So very thoughtful.

I began to unwrap all the goodies.
It quickly became apparent that this was going to be a magical,
fun tea!

Jill is from Florida and she enclosed some Florida goodies.

Mug Exchange

A wonderful Florida souvenir spoon with a pelican.
(The pelican just happens to be one of my favorite water birds.)
Postcards with recipes.
Florida wouldn't be complete without a mention of Ernest Hemingway --
with Highland Select Tea --
"Infused with the author's spirit and passion for life."

Wonderland Tea

More magic with Alice In Wonderland!
Fun mug -- drink me!
Wonderland Tea - The Official Unbirthday Tea called
Topsy Turvy Tea Blend. 
I'm going to fall head over heels for this tea.
Black tea with a delicious citrus and fruity flavor.

And a wonderful book filled with Wonderland ephemera.
It's been so much fun going through it all and I find things
I think I didn't see before.

Wonderland Tea

The precious little bird frame was another little surprise.

Wonderland Tea Mosaic

Wonderland Tea

I got out my Alice In Wonderland Tea for One Teapot.
I'm all set now to have a cup of tea and open the Ginger Nuts.

Last, but not least, Jill included these beautiful white on white hand made cards.

Paper Card Art

They are so gorgeous.
I think I'm going to keep them and frame them.

What fun this has been!

I'd like to thank Stephanie again
and special thanks to the talented Jill Torres for sending such a magical tea.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

The Enchanting Rose

Participating Is Fun!

The lovely Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose 
hosted her Ninth annual teacup and mug exchange.
There were 192 tea lovers participating from all over the world.
What a lot of work and
What a lot of Love Stephanie puts into this exchange.

I decided to go all out and take part in both exchanges. 

In this post, I'm sharing the beautiful, 
vintage teacup that Nora Chin of Teacup Tales sent to me.
It is a Royal Albert from her own collection.
How lucky am I??

Royal Albert Teacup

The teacup was just the first of the goodies in the box.

Royal Albert Teacup

A box of Numi organic tea: Gunpowder Green.
Must be ESP ... Gunpowder Green is one of my favorite teas.


Wonderful Autumn decor.

Perfect kitchen towel for the fall that I put immediately to work!
I love owls -- isn't he cute ... look at those big feet!
I needed a small pumpkin.

Zipper Owl

They all look great with the rest of the gang!


One more sweet item that is hard to see.
Nora sent a plant stake that has a glow-in-the-dark ball.
In the evening it looks like the frog is visited by a fairy!


Thank you, Nora!
I had so much fun opening your box.
I love everything you picked for me. 

Thanks again to Stephanie for arranging the exchange.


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

The Enchanting Rose