Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Tuesday Afternoon Tea: A Cozy Gathering With Friends - Week One

Good Tuesday afternoon, my friends, and welcome to our first Tuesday Afternoon Tea: A Cozy Gathering With Friends.  After an extended Halloween celebration that lasted all weekend and the start of putting up our Christmas decorations yesterday, which always takes twice as long as expected, I am ready to sit for a bit and visit with you!

Our Tea Time topics for discussion today are;

Getting To Know You  *  Pumpkins  * Falling Leaves and Fading Lights

But before we begin, let me tell you about my tea cup, the tea I'm enjoying today and my tea time treat.

The cup and plate I've chosen today I call my "breakfast dishes".  I picked up this sweet set of four plates, four sauces and four cups at a thrift store many years ago, and for some time my girls and I used them for our weekly tea times, which just happened to be on Tuesday afternoons. The sweet basket weave and lovely fruit, it's just the most precious little set and every time I used it I'm filled with such lovely memories.

As for my tea and tea time treat, today I chose one of my personal favorites, Craving Crusher from The Spice and Tea Exchange. It's a wonderful blend of peppermint, hibiscus and licorice, it has a wonderful aromatic flavor and the most beautiful color. The Spice and Tea Exchange has been my go-to source for all my favorite tea blends for several years now. I've never purchased anything from them that I haven't loved. In fact I just noticed a blend that sounds absolutely wonderful, Masala Chili Chai Tea! I think I may have to order some!

And for my tea-time treat, today I'm enjoying Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins. Just three ingredients, so easy and actually quite tasty.  I wasn't sure about the pumpkin chocolate combination at first, but they are really very good!  If you're interested in making them yourself you'll find the recipe below.

Getting To Know You
When I was in elementary school every morning we would have what was called, "The Morning Announcements". Our Principal would greet us over a speaker in our classroom, always followed by The Pledge of Allegiance, and then a poem would be read or a song played. Students were encouraged to submit a poem or a song as a suggestion, and if yours was picked you were then assigned a day to bring it in. I once suggested the song Here Comes Santa Claus from my favorite Christmas album and was so excited on the day I heard it playing from the speaker and to hear my name spoken as the student who had shared it. 

But every year on the first day of school they always played the same song, Getting to Know You, from the musical the King and I, and I've loved it ever since. I even played it on the first day of school in our little homeschool for several years just for the sweet nostalgia. It's been years since I've actually watched the movie, but seeing Deborah Kerr (her voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon in this scene), reminded me that I should set aside some time to try to watch it. My favorite adaptation is one from 1999 with Jodie Foster, Anna and the King which contains one of my favorite songs, and favorite quotes.

"It is always surprising how small a part of life is taken up by meaningful moments. 
Most often they are over before they start, although they cast a light on the future 
and make the person who originated them unforgettable."

But it is the lyrics from the song "Getting To Know You" that are so fitting for this, our first Tuesday Afternoon Tea time! 

Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you 
Getting to like you 
Getting to hope you like me 

Getting to know you 
Putting it my way 
But nicely 
You are precisely 
My cup of tea

And that truly is my wish as we spend time together over the next eight weeks, taking tea and engaging in conversation, and so with this post I thought I would begin by telling you five things about me.

1. I was born and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and lived there for the first forty years of my life. We moved to Virginia in 2001 when my husband opened Barnes & Noble and we've been here ever since. I still love Texas, but Virginia is truly my home.

I want to go back to the old hometown,
To a little white house all trimmed in brown.
To walk down the road where redbud sway,
And sit neath the oaks where I used to play.

I want to see folks who I used to know,
I want to go places where I used to go.
I want to go down to the big dripping spring,
And sit on the moss where I used to sing.

I want to go back to the little church house,
Where I used to go in my starched up blouse.
Where the preacher would smile and kindly say,
"My boy, I'm glad you came today!"

I want to go back to the old hometown,
To a little white house all trimmed in brown.
To walk down the road where redbud sway,
And sit neath the oaks where I used to play.

AUTUMN 1979 

2. I was left handed until I began first grade when I was forced to begin using my right hand.  Because of that for many years I had equal use of both hands, but as I've aged I've lost much of that, although I often still eat and with my left hand.

3. My favorite colors are green, red and black, and they infiltrate every area of my life, from my home to my blog and even my wardrobe.

4. I am a HUGE Peanuts fan and have been all of my life. A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted in December of 1965 when I was four years old, so it makes sense, really, I literally grew up with them! Snoopy and Rerun Van Pelt are my favorite characters, although when I was little I really like Freida, because of her "naturally curly hair", I could relate!

5. It's probably not too surprising that Christmas is my favorite holiday. And since red and green are my favorite colors, I live in a perpetual state of Christmas.  I've been putting my tree up earlier and earlier each year and this year broke my previous record of November 1.  I just needed it a little sooner this year. Until now I've just had the lights on, but this week I'll start slowly bringing the other decorations out. I love Thanksgiving, too, and we don't overlook it, it's all just one big celebration with my birthday thrown in the mix as well.

I'm not really big on pumpkin, to be honest, and it seems to flavor just about everything this time of year! But the chocolate pumpkin muffins I made for my tea time treat are so good! You'll find the recipe, here. If you enjoy the flavors of pumpkin, here are a few other recipes that might even make a pumpkin lover out of me.

The autumn equinox has passed, the last day when for half a year the days were longer than the night, and this coming Sunday, November 7, we will turn our clocks one hour back and darkness, will come earlier.  The Scandinavians believe that The Autumn Equinox is the perfect balance of Koto, the Finnish word for home, and Lempi, which means love. As the days grow shorter many of us natrually seek the warmth of home and the company of loved ones. Our relationship with light changes, too, in summer we dance in the light of the midnight sun, in winter we seek candlelight, light our fireplaces and hang strands of twinkle lights around our home. The fading light is a celebration of what has been and what is to come, a tribute to our love for home. I think this poem, which I found in and old Ideals Autumn magazine, expresses the changes that happen this time of year so beautifully!

Autumn Night

When days and nights near equal lengths,
And warm day winds lie down to die,
The waxing moon begins to paint,
Its orange-gold across the sky.

The bottom lands grow powder gray,
With mists that travel in the night,
And birds cry out against the chill,
Which starts the migratory flight.

The rail fence staggers with a load,
Of clutching vines in purple capes,
The chill night air is keenly sweet,
And fragrant with wild frosty grapes.

As night slips on her mystic gown,
And all the woodsy things creep forth,
For in the blue-black sky above,
The dipper lies low in the north.

As dark pines lift green fingers up,
To turn on all the silver lights,
The loveliness of plum-ripe days,
It changed to autumn's bracing nights.

And now my friends, I hope you have enjoyed your time here today, and that you'll join me in the conversation.  Remember everyone who participates will be entered in a drawing for a COZY WINTER WELLNESS KIT which I'll send out mid-January.  You'll find all the details here.  If you can't join me this week, I hope to see you next Tuesday, when our tea time topics will be;

First Frost * Cranberries * Autumn Apothecary and Self Care


e l i z a b e t h ♥ said...

This was such a lovely, autumnal post! I especially loved the poems you shared… I’m going to write them down in my commonplace book.

Here’s my post for this week’s teatime: http://ponderingsfromtheinglenook.blogspot.com/2021/11/a-cozy-teatime-pumpkin-falling-leaves.html?m=1

Looking forward to next week, too! Thank you for hosting such a fun, seasonal event!

Kimberly Lottman said...

Oh Elizabeth, I left a comment at your blog, but wanted to thank you here, as well, for joining in! Your post is absolute perfection and I hope others will pay you a visit, as well. Kindred spirits here, my friend! <3