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
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

  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"

"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

Friday, October 27, 2017

An Unusual Cup of Perilla Tea

   Today was a beautiful fall day, one of the last before forecasted stormy days.
So I pulled up some spent plants and weeds, and trimmed some shrubs. 
But before I discarded the perilla plants, I decided I wanted to keep a 
few leaves and try it. I'd read it was used in Oriental cooking, and for soups and salads,
and that it had many health benefits too. It tastes a bit like basil, mint and cinnamon.
 I brewed some tea with a handful of leaves, and thinly sliced a few leaves to garnish
 the chicken-avocado salad Emilie and I had for lunch.

Perilla tea

Perilla leaves thinly-sliced atop our salad
slivers of perilla leaf garnish 

Easy-to-grow perilla .Some say " it will grow between 2 cigarette butts in a sidewalk crack"
It's a pretty burgundy foliage plant, in the mint family. It is also called Beefsteak Plant,
It's bug resistant,and grows in hot sun, where coleus doesn't thrive.
   Some depise it, say it's invasive and toxic to cattle and horses.
Others love it grown as an annual as a pretty foliage with other flowers.
Click here to learn more
It received both good and bad reviews on this blog: Dave's Garden 
Perilla Frutescens

It would be nice if it helped me with my sinus infection, 
I'm getting tired of Dayquil and Theraflu! 
 I like learning about plants that others don't appreciate
. Like the Bittersweet I wrote about a few years back.

After supper I like to take the kids for a nature walk.
 We like crunching along in the fall leaves and and 
checking out the neighbor's Halloween decorations.

I promise I didn't eat these, although my friend harvests shelf mushrooms.
I just can't positively identify them and don't want to poison myself.

Some fungi

A goblin  on a tree

Emilie likes to help cook and bake.
Her  Mama bought these slice-and bake refrigerator cookies at Aldi.

Would you eat unusual plants you found? 
I guess I'm a bit of a hippie. But I love finding natural cures and free food  in nature. 

 Love, Linda

Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    But of course, every month is for me. Having breast cancer  has changed me so much. I love deeper, feel everything stronger, appreciate life more every day, care more about everything. Cancer has made me more determined, more stubborn. I know God has kept me here to do important work, and that I have a purpose.  I am watched carefully by a few doctors and other medical people- oncologist, breast surgeon, radiologist, endocrinologist, diagnostic imaging center, nurse daughter. I think about it every day. I pray it won't come back,  I pray I use each  day for good, that I am making a difference. I wore pink every day this whole month, I read updates on cancer research, status of Joan Lunden and other celebs with breast cancer.   I talked about it a lot, hoping to share information and  show gratitude.  I reflected on the goodness of the people who have helped me, and I tried to be an encourager to others around me.

     I keep really busy with the grandkids, and it's very good for me to be with them a lot. I spend 3-4 days a week with them.
    Also I love working with my vintage "Junque"- displaying, selling it, I think work is very good therapy- tremendous amount of exercise -physical and mental.  So I continue running my online store, my booth at the Antiques Co-op. 
     I still have a few  Selective Residential Services clients I  run errands, clean or paint for,  and  I go to car shows and sell car literature with Ted.
 No time to mope around! Doing lots of jugglin!

   I have to thank the amazing people who've been working with me for 3 years, to make me well.
To beat cancer,  it really requires a team approach.  My team goes above medical treatment, by always making me feel they really care, keeping a close watch on me!
  Here's some of my favorite support team members! I love these ladies!
Super encouraging physical therapist, Michele, who helped me with
 lymphedema, and post-surgical therapy, me, and my very resourceful 
nurse-navigator Randy,who advocates for me, and makes everything go

Thank you to my doctors and many other  professionals-nurses
and technicians who've worked so diligently to help me beat cancer.  

My beautiful breast surgeon, who's brilliant, skillful and so caring!.
She has recently left me to go practice in Florida, and I miss her terribly.

 My  wonderful oncologist, who managed my chemo 
 always listens and helps me stay well.

I am so thankful for my dedicated loving family, and my supportive 
friends, for count less ways they love me, help me, lift me, nurture me
entertain me, enrich my life, and are always there for me.

Thank you, my dear ones, for all your love and support!

  Just for fun, here's some  of my pink stuff, from my Etsy shop,
 because I love vintage style.  I like old things, with a story to tell.
 Unique, and often made better, and less expensive than new things! 
 It's good for the environment to recycle, reuse, re-purpose.
Buy Vintage and support small business!

pink owl pin

pink sequin posy pin

Vintage Vera scarf

50's speckled pink pottery planter 

I support myself selling vintage,  adding new stuff , trying to keep the listings up above 1000 items, so stop by my shop and see if there's a few vintage treasures you like!
I have so much to do, my boyfriend says, "You need 2 lifetimes to get done all the stuff you want to accomplish".  but I just do the best I can..

    Please get your mammograms and pay attention to your body. If something doesn't feel right, get it checked out. Nothing is too small to tell your doctor about.  I waited too long, and my lump  grew fast and I was "lucky" it didn't become stage 4 and spread somewhere else.  I know that it was God's grace and healing power that has kept me alive, made me well. I am so grateful for each day.

                                                               Love, Linda