Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lost in the Fifties

          I just attended Lead East. This is a super big 50's party, we attend every year!
























 It 'is an incredible weekend of music, dancing,  old cars, fifties fashions, doo wop, karaoke,  and reuniting with friends.  Wow, it is so special, we just don't want it to end! 

If you ever get the chance to come, you'll have a blast!
   Lead East , every Labor Day weekend  in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Lots more details and pictures on Facebook!

It's  like a trip back in time!  When things were simpler, when the country was full of hope, and didn't have a drug abuse epidemic, cell phones,  and racial tensions.

 Love, Linda

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Peachy Keen Birthday!




                      I just turned 64!
              My daughter bought me this shirt, when I told her that's my theme song this year!

Miss Emilie, my birthday flowers, and some lucious, juicy peaches



  We've been enjoying fresh juicy Jersey peaches. 
We doubled the recipe,
and it was a big hit!
 We love baking in Julie's big kitchen
 and the children join in too.
And we made peach popsicles,
with  4 peaches, 2 cups Greek yogurt and
a drizzle of agave syrup, just whirl in the blender.
you can leave the skin on, and freeze for about 6 hours.
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Cinnamon is so good with peaches!
I wanted to preserve some, but we shared, and ate so many out of hand, so they're all gone!

    I had a peachy-keen birthday!   I'm  so blessed!


Love, Linda 




Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Happy Law Day! May Day!

 


  I just told Miss Emilie that you're supposed to put       
common violet
 Voilet sororia
little baskets of flowers on neighbor's doors
on May Day,  but nobody does that anymore.
The last time I did it was for my elderly friend next door.
 Last fall I lost my dear Doris.
 I guess I'm old-fashioned, but I love those little customs.

 Today, we will take a walk and try to find some
 wildflowers, and make a small bouquet for Mommy.
There are some violets blooming and we can make
candied violets for our cupcakes.
 These are New Jersey's state flower and they come up
  wild in our lawns each spring.
 Learn more  about violets on my blogpost,
"Spring-New Life and Beauty", March 29, 2012





  Did you know that May 1 
       is also Law Day?

It was first established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958,
 "to celebrate the role of law in our society, and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession." 




 Here's my favorite lawyer, my daughter Amy!
 She is also celebrating a birthday, this week. 
Rutgers Law School Graduation 2014

Amy,  on swearing-in day, as a New Jersey Lawyer



I love to cut some pussy willows and other flowering branches to bring inside 
and force them. We rooted these, and will plant them today!

Ours cuttings are well-rooted and leafing-out!
Read more about Pussy Willows here

   

I had so much fun telling Miss Emilie stories and poems all about pussy willows, 
and how we could get some trees, by rooting them. 

Pussy Willow Legend


    Later we'll go get some plants for the 2 urns on the front porch.
    It's finally warming up,  and time to garden!
   Emily wants to start work on our fairy garden, and plant some zinnia seeds.
    She's an eager helper!  I'm so happy that spring is finally here, because
 Mommy started working the night shift and is sleeping 
    so we have to get outdoors more!
      Emilie is turning 4 this week, and she loves to have tea parties with Grandma!









Guess what!  Happy news!  I am now a great-grandma!
 Baby Johnny has arrived!
 My son , who just celebrated his birthday in Heaven, is now a grandpa!
 I'm sure he's looking down, smiling and so proud!
Baby Johnny, our newest family member
March 27, 2018


                               Emilie and Tommy love their new baby 2nd cousin !



                                        Happy May Day! 
                                                               
                                  I'm going out to play now!
                                               Love, Linda

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

7 years blogging!

Happy Blog-Anniversary to me!


love blogging and visiting all kinds of blogs, but mine has been stagnant
for a while.  On my anniversary,  it's the perfect time to get going again. 
            Often called "lucky 7", seven "means you're literally winning in life".
            On the internet I read, "You're on the right path, keep going forward 
             in the direction you're heading. 
 So, onward and upward! 
This is my mother!
   I started the blog on Mother's 80th birthday,
with my baby grandson on my lap. He's
 now a smart 2nd-grader with a sweet little
3-year old sister, and I'm still their granny-nanny!
  She's celebrating her 87th birthday now
It's wonderful that I still have her, after a couple
 difficult years. She's getting older and has some
 health issues and "wear and tear".
    But she's had a marvelous birthday with
 lots of family visits, parties, luncheons,
showers of  love, cards and gifts.
She looks great, and knows how loved she is! 
   I told you, when I was little, I thought she was
 Betty Crocker,  the lady on the cake mix box! 
I wrote about that in January 2013.





  I'm thankful for a loving mother, who loves the 
Lord and is a great encouragement to me! 
We still sing,"Does Jesus Care" together every day!

 So here are some pretty teacups and pots! 
 See more interesting posts  about tea on my facebook page,
Vintage Treasures by Grandmalay .
I've been celebrating all month with tea parties with Miss Emilie, my darling 3 year old granddaughter. I am daily featuring different cups and teas. Lots of fun tea facts and quotes!
 I hope you enjoy my selection. Some are for sale in my online Etsy shop .
Some are just my own personal favorites.

$22.00, plus shipping,  you may order in comments

Some things I learned about tea this month
  •  4 major types of tea, black, green and white tea,  are all from the same plant,
  • the way the leaves are treated, processed makes the  different types of teas 
  •  Charleston Tea Plantation, S.C. is the only place tea is grown in the continental U.S. ( the on mainland, some tea is grown in Hawaii)
  • Darjeeling is the "Champagne of tea"

Tea (n.)   a hug in a mug

Little teatime snack in my kitchen. 
chocolate almond spread on croissants
Love  my Christmas angel from DIL Anne,
 she now stays in my kitchen all year long!


 I love my red and white kitchen


 my red and white transferware,


English Chippendale, Johnson  Bros.,  Made in England


I have a whole set of these pretty dishes,  I love using it
 around Christmas and Valentine's Day, especially .


Brown transferware, by Johnson Bros. too.
I love using these dishes in the fall, they're mix-and matched.
 I  just made my daddy his favorite- Peanut Butter Cookies
and I had to sample them before I shipped them . 

cute  altered tea cup wall hanging
 comes ready to hang. www.etsy.com/listing/573828854

heart cup in my Etsy shop
www.etsy.com/listing/57387712
I love tea and thee!


Julie's antique Wedgewood blue transferware teacup
It was her great grandmother's


My little sweetheart, Miss Emilie having a tea party with me


 Pink chintz tea cup, and a delicious strawberry tea!

Royal Victoria
 www.etsy.com/listing/225410710

  Debbie Mumm
$9.99, plus shipping


$22.00, plus shipping

Royal Taunton
Today I'd like to sit and sip,
Forget about the world a bit,
Ignore the things I have to do
And just enjoy a cup or two.
-Author Unknown

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" Tea is liquid wisdom"
       -Terri Guillemets




"A cup of tea is a cup of peace"
                            -SoshitsaSenXV


"Life is like a cup of tea, 
to be filled to the brim 
and enjoyed with friends"


So have a cup of soothing tea with me and Mother!


 Love, Linda