Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tea time nevertheless...

 I am in love with my tea cup!  And how did she know that I collect pink depression glass and that pink is my all time favorite color?  Thank you, Christy, for the lovely tea package you sent me!  
 I had to take a picture of everything Christy included in my tea box--homemade scones, a pretty pink votive candle, a box of orange spice tea, a bag of chocolates, lovely book on friendship and of course, the beautiful tea cup.  And with it all came a very special handmade card!  I felt so special!

This was my first time participating in Stephanie's tea cup exchange here and I know it won't be my last!  Thank you Stephanie for hosting this delightful event.

Also the package came at a most needed time as my husband and I had just returned from a trip to Puerto Rico where we visited our daughter and her husband.  Mary had minor surgery and we had gone to support her.  On our return from 78 degree weather and bliss, we came home to 5-6 inches of snow and no water!  Yuck!  But to my surprise there was a package on my doorstep. What a delight it was to open my tea box and savor the contents....that is until I had to go outside and help my husband and daughters pull out 265 feet of well pipe!  

Sorry this is not a pretty picture and is actually the day after we arrived home and some of the snow had melted, thankfully.  But God is good and Hart was able to fix the pipe and by Sunday evening we had running water again.  I am truly thankful for running water and flushing toilets!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nana time

 I drove down to Atlanta to see these precious girls and their parents.  Nan and I babysat sweet Piper and her equally sweet and adorable sister Gabriela while Lauren filled in at the office.  Jered's secretary went on vacation, so Lauren took over her job and I got to do Lauren's job.  Or at least I played at it!  

The weather was warm enough for us to spend a lot of time in their backyard.  The girls love to run and chase each other.
This is Nan and Ela's creation.  A purple snowman?

 Ela would get in bed with me in the morning and we'd read a few books before everyone else got up.

 We read lots of books, went for walks, cooked dinner, washed clothes and played games.  And the girls were "good as gold". 
All smiles as we celebrate her daddy's birthday!  Happy birthday, Jered!

He had an assortment of delicious dessert choices.

I'm looking forward to seeing these huggable girls very soon as they are coming up for a visit in April!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

from paradise to arctic...

All my life through, the new sights of Nature
 made me rejoice like a child. 
Marie Curie

A  glimpse into my visit with Mary and Andrew in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

My first sight of the Caribbean was one of awe..  Honestly it is the most beautiful beach I've ever seen.  Blue ocean with aqua waves, white sand.  The ocean was cool at first but soon felt warm and soft on my skin.  And the ocean is quiet because the waves break far off in the distance.  We did see some surfing.

Just a thirty minute drive and we were on the winding roads of the mountains and jungle. Our destinations was El Yunque National Forest, (it is the only rain forest in the US National Forest System) Here we hiked through the rain forest, heard the sound of the Coqui, the little tree frog and strange bird calls.  Climbing up was laborious because of the altitude.  We climbed stone towers to see views like this. Afterwards we stopped at a roadside stand and bought whole coconuts that the tops have been lopped off and with a straw we drank the cold coconut water. Refreshing.

Old San Juan has a majestic beauty because of its cobblestone roads, old buildings and harbor.  This picture was taken from one of the forts that used to guard the city from invaders, built in 1535.   The old and new are mingled together. 

Colorful street in Old San Juan.  My eyes feasted on all the color, flowers and green trees.

Dorado is a small town on the northern coast of Puerto Rico and about 15 miles from San Juan. The beach here was just a lovely. Many wealthy people have lived here.
I'm standing by a fern covered wall in the Fort in Old San Juan.  What a joy to wear sandals!

We went snorkeling here.  Mary and I saw a baby sea turtle, fish with bright yellow fins, and one very large spotted fish with whiskers.  The water is very clear and not as salty as our east coast ocean.

What a treat to escape the cold of NC and bask in the warmth of Puerto Rico.  The best thing was spending time with Mary and Andrew.  Their apartment is very nice and even though it's not air conditioned, the many fans and open windows kept it cool.  Hart and I got to see the island from a residents point of view, bypassing many of the touristy attractions.  One day in Old San Juan there were four cruise ships in harbor and boy was Old San Juan crowded. We ate at local hangouts, experiencing pinchos (chicken on a stick), monfongo (mashed plantain, seasonings and different fillings ), tostones (fried plantains),  and much more. It was the perfect month to visit as it didn't rain once and the temperature stayed about 84 degrees with a nice breeze blowing.  Thank you Mary and Andrew for a lovely visit!!


This is what we came home to!  Fortunately we did have power, (but no water) and our kind neighbor had cleared our driveway for us.  Spring can't get to NC soon enough for me.  I've been thoroughly spoiled!