Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Best Antidepressant Just Might Be You!

A glimpse into my china hutch.
















Hi All,

To pass the time during our severe weather tonight, I went to Joyce Meyer's website and watched Part 1 of her program episode "Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Gone?" It's excellent, and I'm hoping Part 2 will be, also. (I plan to watch it tomorrow; I did a Cedar Cove marathon yesterday on Netflix and I'm getting screen-weary!)

She mentions that depression has to be fought on many different levels. She also says something like: "The more you do, the more you're able to do. The less you do, the less you're able to do." (That's just common sense, but we need to be reminded sometimes.)

And she talks about letting go of "dead" things: works, thoughts, and people that are impeding our progress. Just in case you're interested, here's the link.

It could be a blessing in the midst of the storm,
Bess

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rose Chintz Sisterhood: A Poll


I know of a few of you fine ladies who own Rose Chintz China by Johnson Bros. Of course, there's the lovely Sandi of Rose Chintz Cottage, the lovely Susan Branch, and now the lovely Mona of Wsprsweetly of Cottages. (Links are to their blogs, not a specific post.)


But I know there are many more who own a little or a lot of Rose Chintz. Or maybe you would like to acquire some someday, or are an admirer of the pattern. So let's take a poll! If you fit any of these categories, you're part of the Rose Chintz Sisterhood, so please let us know that you are- in the comments below. If you know of others, would you please ask them to stop by and leave a comment? 


Just doing this for fun, and because I think you're all awesome! So how about it? Are you part of the Rose Chintz Sisterhood

With love and prayers for many blessings,
Bess
PS: Of course, there are many, many other-- just as beautiful-- sisterhoods! :O)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Peace Be With You



Conversation at teatime should be tranquil, I think. Not the time for world problems or controversial issues, but a time to rest the spirit, remember pleasant things. Everyone needs such a time, and tea goes well with it.
(From The Best of Stillmeadow - A Treasury of Country Living by Gladys Taber)

With heat indices well over 100 degrees, we keep the shades pulled and the thermal drapes closed tight. The kitties and their people are eager for it to cool down so that we can look out the windows again. A little fresh air through an open window or two would be heavenly as well. Anyway, that's why I'm resorting to cropping old photos. Hopefully it will soon cool down, the sunshine will begin to stream into my south windows, and I'll do new photo shoots. That's the plan, anyway. :O)

Michelle by Royal Doulton

"When you have given your best to the day,
you can enter day's end with a mind at peace."

Yes, but I think we have to first tell ourselves: "I've given my best today. Whatever shape things are in, I place it all in God's Hands. He'll take care of everything as He wills. My mind can be at peace, and now I can rest."

Let go and let God,
Bess

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After All These Years ...


I finally found it! The Spiegel ad in Victoria that had my EIT teapot. I knew it was there somewhere, but since over the years I've reread my Victorias rather haphazardly, I'd never come across it. This year, however, I've been perusing them in order ... and there it was in the August 1998 issue.


Silly me. I know I'm making a big deal over nothing! But it's one of those things that "I could almost swear to," but could never prove. And it confirms my memory that my mother bought me the tea set from Spiegel. I figure, then, that she gave it to me Christmas 1998. Unless ... it turns up in another ad in a future issue.  :O) Oh well!


Here are some close-ups from photos I've taken since I began my blog. (I have a total of eight place settings.) And I promise I won't share this set again for a long while!



The dessert plate
The saucer


One more. What a difference sunlight makes!


My photos (cropped) were taken from my Summer post and my Spring post/photo shoot.

If you've never properly treated yourself to a tea for one,
I urge you to issue an invitation to yourself today.
Take out your favorite cup and saucer;
lovingly choose your best-loved teapot and water pitcher;
choose an agreeable span of time;
breathe deeply and look forward to your own company. 
(from Alexandra Stoddard's Tea Celebrations-The Way to Serenity)



Take time to pamper yourself this week. You deserve to!
Bess

Sunday, August 17, 2014

How Mrs. Tim Gets Through Life

"EIT English Ironstone-Made in England"
(Yikes! The shelf is rough, very aged wood; I will have to take a whisk broom to it!) 



























I'm not too far into Mrs. Tim Carries On by D.E. Stevenson, but I have already come across a quote to share. Mrs. Tim Christie's husband has gone to France toward the beginning of WWII. Her good friend, Grace, is about to give birth and is lamenting bringing a child into the world when the world "is in this terrible condition." Written in diary style, Mrs. Tim writes:

... I realise (sic) that she must be comforted, so I proceed to explain my own particular method of 'carrying on'. None of us could bear the war if we allowed ourselves to brood upon the wickedness of it and the misery it has entailed, so the only thing to do is not to allow oneself to think about it seriously, but just to skitter about on the surface of life like a waterbeetle. In this way one can carry on and do one's bit and remain moderately cheerful.

Grace says, 'That seems rather a cowardly way of bearing things.'

I agree that it may be cowardly, but it is the only way for me. It would do no good if I were to think seriously about the war, and it would do me a lot of harm; and I add that my family would suffer if I became a raving lunatic.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Some people would think we all ought to be involved in and shoulder the burdens of everything going on in the world today. After all, as Edmund Burke said: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." 

But as for me, I think I am more responsible for how I affect my own "sphere of influence." I don't think I'm appointed to take on the burdens of the whole world. So I do what I can to be helpful to those in my sphere. And I pray for them and for those and the situations that aren't in my sphere. But as with Mrs. Tim, I won't do anyone any good if I make myself a miserable, incapacitated, worried wreck.

But, as we all know, sometimes we utter "famous last words," and there are exceptions and varying degrees to all that affects us. Let's just do the best we can.


Where the mind goes, the man follows.
Joyce Meyer

And let's not fill our wagons with so many rocks we can't carry our originally-assigned loads!*

May God bless you and yours with a safe, healthy, and happy week,
Bess
*There is a wonderful story in the book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver re allowing too many rocks (burdens/chores/concerns) to be placed in our wagon and making it so we can't deliver our original load.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Full of Cool & Refreshing Moments

A girl's gotta have some chocolate! 

That's what I hope the upcoming week will be for you and yours.

The discomposure of spirits, which this extraordinary visit [from Lady Catherine] threw Elizabeth into, could not be easily overcome; nor could she for many hours learn to think of it less than incessantly. 
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I was having one of those mornings myself, but once I determinedly turned to more positive occupation (I vacuumed and swept floors, and dusted), my spirits are much more composed!

Such a beautiful and calming color.

Hoping that any discomposure of your spirits this week is extremely short-lived!
Bess

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Chintz Teacup


Happy Thursday, and thanks to all of you who stop by and to those who leave comments. I am grateful for your kindness!

When I had my plates and Victorias out the other day, I also took this teacup from my cupboard (which requires a ladder to reach). It has no markings on the bottom of either the cup or saucer, but it's rather sweet. It also has a flaw on the cup that you can probably pick out, but that's just how it goes! There's not much if anything, except Him, that's perfect or stays perfect, and we can make ourselves very unhappy if we expect perfection. (Just my two cents.)




I think I'll have a cup of tea in this teacup before I put it away. Anymore, I rarely drink hot tea during the summer months. Guess that's a little odd, but then it does make hot tea seem extra special when the weather cools off.

Tea is a daily companion that never fails us. It warms when we - or the world - feel cold, gives strength when we're weary, and lends delicious grace notes to our gatherings. From the first cheery chortle of the kettle at dawn, to the fragrance of an evening cup as the house quiets and we turn to our reading, tea can be counted on to smooth and save the day. (From The Pleasures of Tea by The Editors of Victoria Magazine, 1999; see my post here for more on drinking tea)

With the flash.

The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one's life ...
Psalm 19:7  HCSB

Wishing you a weekend that's just your cup of tea!
Bess

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Handpainted Plates & August Victorias


I don't have a lot of handpainted china, but today I'm sharing four plates that I inherited. Three are from Bavaria and one is Nippon. (I am disappointed in the lighting. As I have said, I don't really get good light in my house over the summer months. I had a lamp on next to them. Maybe that was a mistake?)



I sat them on old August issues of Victoria magazine. So many of the covers in the early to mid-1990s were especially exquisite and beautiful. 








Alas, this one has become discolored.







... be not careless of the good looks that nature has given to you, take care in dressing yourself and attending to personal neatness, that you may ever appear at your best ... Seek goodness and purity first, then strive to keep the body in harmony with the beauty of the heart. Take time to make yourself presentable, but do not use the time before your glass that should be given to loving service. Let your chief charm be of heart and spirit, not of face and form. Seek the true beauty which lasts even into old age. (from Beautiful Girlhood by Mabel Hale)




Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.
Psalm 90:17  KJV

Linking up with Kathy for A Return to Loveliness

Wishing you a lovely August in all respects,
Bess