Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cookies and dragonflies for tea

Dear Readers,

You are amazing, all of you. Thanks for your continued visits, your friendship, and the words you leave me. And even to those of you who visit and are quiet as a mouse, I’m glad you’ve come by (unless, of course, you’re an axe murderer).

I’m sorry to hear that so many others out there share similar lousy experiences in their marriage but at the same time, it makes me glad to know it.

Today there was a cup of tea waiting for me when I got home.  And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

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Ok. I’ll say one more thing. And you knew I would, didn’t you?

Much much more tea is needed. But this is a start.

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Today I found out that a post [link] I wrote earlier this week won the top ‘Post of the Week’ spot on The Smitten Image blog. What a surprise for me, and an honor. Hilary took over the job of writing POTW when Authorblog’s David McMahon retired from blogging to concentrate on writing his novels. Give Hilary a visit and check out all the runner ups!

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I ran into this photo when I was searching through my files tonight. Sometimes I do that and it’s a daunting process.

I don’t know about you, but I love to snoop around other people’s bookshelves and their framed family photographs.

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I took this photo months ago, nothing staged, just some of the goofy books I have on one of the bookcase shelves. I know this sounds crazy, but I’ve been looking for one of them and didn’t really see it until now. It was lent to me by a friend but I could never get into it. It’s The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. I also see a lot of dog books here, but why does that surprise me?

Honestly, I love reading all of your comments and welcome all the new faces here. I hope you decide to make it a regular stop.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

PS: THIS JUST IN! You must go to Raph G. Neckmann’s blog to see an absolutely charming post featuring the SEASHELL PRINT that he won in one of my giveaways. Raph’s beautiful drawings featuring a giraffe family will warm your heart.

31 comments:

Ellen said...

What pretty china - love the dragonflies.

I give your husband snaps for making such a good effort after your trying day yesterday. It's more than my husband would do.

I hope the test results are good. Thinking about both of you.

JC said...

A cup of tea & a cookie is a good start ...

Karen said...

Funny, I couldn't get into that book either... If it's not grabbing after the first few chapters I give it up. and I LOVE to read, have to have something to read at the end of the day before I close my eyes... Have you read Water for Elephants? I just finished it, a page turner!..with romance and a bit of history regarding the train circus life of the 1920-30's. I thought that wouldn't interest me, but the book is THAT GOOD!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

You are loved and blessed Kate! And an angel.
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Country Girl said...

An angel, Nora? You must have me confused with someone else!

Karen, I LOVED Water for Elephants. I actually did a review of it on my blog in 2008:
http://chroniclesofacountrygirl.blogspot.com/2008/06/water-for-elephants.html

Have you read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society yet? I never wanted it to end.

And yes, the tea is a good start. I've never been one to hold a grudge. Probably one of the main reasons I'm still married . . .

~ C.G.

Mary Ann said...

I think I've finally finished reading your blog end to end. Your candor about life--yours and life in general--makes for a read that feels as though we might be sitting there having tea with you. I hope today was a better day!

tainterturtles said...

Your cup of tea looks delicious. I also like my tea with milk.

Since I'm a librarian, I really appreciate the photo of the bookshelf. I also love to see what other's are reading. That's a very nice selection of books.

alphabet soup said...

A peek at some-ones bookcase... one of my fave activities. Oh look!! Books about dogs and books about Maine. Mmm, must be top of the interest list. :-)

Oh, and will you just look - a book entitled 'The Book of General Ignorance.' How fascinating - I'd love to read that.

About yesterday. Bring on more bunnies singing and bluebirds hopping. Or is it the other way round?

Enough from me
Ms Soup

Mary said...

Congrats on Post of the Week -- it's well-deserved! Love that cup; hope you get many more. :)

Country Girl said...

Ha, Soup. I don't know why we have so many Katz books. He's rather an ass, but I didn't know that when I bought the one, husband bought another, another was a gift and before you know it they were breeding.

~ C.G.

Sugar Creek Beads said...

A hot cup a tea and a cookie is really a happy place to go. Always makes me feel comfy. Forgiveness is easy when you are feeling comfy. Have a lovely evening. Jeanne

Rileigh's Lolli said...

Going back in time for just a moment..........

Why is it that we always take things out on the ones we love???
Life happens and it sucks sometimes!!!

Gloomy days sure don't help matters either!

But be of good cheer....
go get a good beer!

Dessa said...

I know that when I am stressed about something--scared even--I can be a raving b*tch to live with. I don't mean to be, and most of what can come out of my mouth is nothing more than the pressure venting so that I don't explode. It is not fair to treat the people around me badly because I am dealing with something--sometimes I just don't see that that is what I am doing. I can imagine that for your husband, those scans every two weeks can be very stressful. I know that they are for you as well. I am sorry that you both have to go through these things--BUT, I am very happy that the scans are coming back showing no problems. Hang in there...

Char said...

i see "a gift from the sea" - one of my very favorites

staceyjwarner said...

Tea made with love is a great start...your photography is amazing.

much love

Kacey said...

I love to snoop through other people's bookshelves!! It feels a bit like spying...but I can't help myself. I always find the combinations so interesting.

Hilary said...

Being very fond of dragonflies,I love that cup! I believe you've posted a photo of it before, right?

Thanks for the linkage, Kate. Much appreciated. :)

Cloudia said...

Your recent post stayed in my mind.
We all have times when we just have to hang on. Isn't our community here a wonderful help?


Aloha, Friend!


Comfort Spiral

Caroline said...

What I would love...is to be drinking that tea while munching on that delicious cookie and browsing your books...*sigh*

tea4too0 said...

A ripple in the stream of life.
A cup of tea and a cookie, what a sweetly humble start.
I am enjoying a cup of Earl Grey and your blog. Thank you for being here for us.
Terry

Scriptor Senex said...

I love the cup. Sqeuak, squeak (I'm usually an ickle mouse).

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Congratulations on Post of the Week, and also on that cup of tea.

Mental P Mama said...

Congrats on POTW;) And, I have some tea for you;)

Jo said...

I see you have a couple of travel books. Have you done much traveling? I would love to visit the Maine coast sometime. My family was there last year, and they went on to stay in New York for a few weeks. They loved New York.

Cheers,
Jo

The Japanese Redneck said...

Love that cup and saucer. Great picture as usual.

Daryl said...

I read the review of Memory Keeper's Daughter and decided it wasnt for me.

TWO days to go ... WOOT .. do you want a plain bagel or sesame or onion or .. ?

The Weaver of Grass said...

Oh Kate - hope that cup of tea soothed - and so glad you weren't actually eating dragonflies with your cup of tea! Did you know that here in UK dragonflies used to be called devil's darning needles?
As to the fracas in the car - I too forget to put petrol in the tank. We all have days like that - but i do remember lovely things you have said in the past about your husband and the way he often looks after you, cooks meals etc. I am sure tempers get frayed when these brain scans come round. Love to you from over here in Yorkshire.

Annie said...

Oh, I quite enjoyed that book...couldn't put it down (The Memory Keeper's Daughter)...but it is a little different, sad, dark. But still worth reading! Especially I think as it was based on a true story, if I am not mistaken?

Love the cuppa....and congrats on POTD...well done Kate!

skaz said...

kate i like you blog
http://livestorys.blogspot.com/

Egghead said...

A cup of tea and a cookie can soothe the heart. Oh and a good book. Congrats on the post of the week. You deserve it.

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