My mom is modeling the beautiful Spring day and the lovely flowers. This picture was taken May 2nd and the roses are lovely. The hydrangea are budding and the rhododendron are blooming. The weather has been lovely this week except for the wind. We are in for a big storm this weekend so I wanted to share the lovely flowers before they were tormented by the storm. If only Spring could last!
Today, February 24th 2017 was a perfect 74 degree day for mom’s birthday party. I had a tea party for her. We started with champagne. Chamber music was provided by Jim Ressegger.
We had cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, chicken salad , deviled eggs, scones, clotted creme, lemon curd, strawberry jam, cherry cheese cakes, Amaretto Cake, pickles and olives and hot tea. It was a feast and there were no diets today. After a chocolate birthday cake, Mom got a year’s worth of Chick filet gift cards and could not be happier. Here are the pictures for you to enjoy.
It is the year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar. One of my vendors sent me a lovely Chinese calendar which I have displayed proudly and of course my new Mahjong card is also marked with the year of the Rooster. I am looking forward to all good things this year. I copied the following internet explaination about the year of the Rooster. Enjoy!
“According to the Chinese calendar, we are entering the Year of the Rooster in 2017. Here are five things to know about the zodiac sign:
Each year, the Chinese calendar assigns an animal from a rotating zodiac of 12 animals. The 12 animals cycle through rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey. Apart from 2017, the Year of the Rooster includes the years 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2029.
2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with one of five elements as well as an animal, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, set the astrology for the year. This year is a fire year, and so those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters. The last Fire Rooster Year was 1957.
Famous Roosters include Beyoncé, Bob Marley, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston. Famous Fire Roosters include Stephen Fry, Steve Buscemi and Hans Zimmer.
Roosters are characterized as observant and hardworking. Active and talkative, Roosters tend to enjoy social events and being in the center of attention, according to Chinese astrology. They also typically enjoy sports, according to traits set by the astrology.
2017 is set to be unlucky for Roosters, according to Chinese astrology, because being in the year of one’s birth sign does not bode well. Chinese astrology dictates that Roosters will have to monitor their money and health extra carefully. However, when it comes to love, Roosters truly in love are advised to get married. Those in dead-end relationships should consider breaking up, according to the astrology.”
The Tea Party idea all started when I visited a friend of mine and she had a beautiful teapot collection. I said wouldn’t it be nice to have a luncheon tea for my mom’s 95th birthday party! The idea was born and I have been planning ever since. I started a tea party Pinterest folder to hold the ideas I find.
The day to have the tea was a given so I planned the invitation first. I will invite 12 including my mom and me. I asked everyone to wear the Sunday best and explained it was an adult only occasion. Yes, we will serve alcohol. I picked a champagne cooler to make everyone feel good right away.
The food is almost as important as the tea. My friends and I have decided on cream cheese, dill, lemon and cucumber sandwiches. I am also going to have chicken salad. A friend is making a birthday cake to celebrate 95 years. Along with various nuts, chocolates, mints, pickles, olives, cheeses I think we will have a nice lunch. Everyone will be seated at the decorated table.
The tea I am going to serve will be 100% natural orange pekoe and pekoe cut black tea. I will pour hot tea. Each person can flavor with sugar and cream and lemon. Guests will also have 2-3 tea choices to brew. The picture shows the organdy bags that hold the flavored tea that has been decorated as favors for each guest.
After we serve the cake and sing Happy Birthday, I though we would move to the living room to open presents and play a few games. I have a special door prize for a few lucky guests. I am going to make some pocket tea carriers for the purse similar to those on my blog. If I am lucky I will have my friend play his viola too.
The party will be fun and something mom can remember.
In late October 2016 Joan Hook passed away. Joan was a great quilter, a great sewer, wonderful past employee and friend. She will be missed. She shared many of her skills and crafts with the community and was always a cheery face at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Joan always tried hard to please. I remember her making a sample cow doll for me in the shop and I can hear her now, laughing about how awful the pattern was, but she put her best efforts forward. Joan visited us often and taught many quilters in the area. I will miss you Joan.
I am writing this article with a heavy heart…my brother who was only 11 months younger than me, died of a massive heart attack on Saturday August 13th at 6:30pm. I am still in shock. Sharing this is helpful to me, I hope you do not mind. Thinking of his life and all the memories is wonderful. Sharing the information makes the passing more real, although I still can not wrap my head around it and would give anything to make it not so. Gerald and I grew up together like twins. I can not believe he is gone. I will miss him greatly. He was someone who was always there, he looked out over us. That is what he was doing today, helping people.
My brother Gerald was called Jerry by his friends, he was a husband to Sue, a father to Michael and Laura, and a grandfather to Nolan. My brother Jim, my mom and I will think of him with love everyday. He was part of me.
If you knew Gerald, give me a shout out. His services will be in Easton at St. Peter and Paul , Sunday August 28th at 2:00 pm. Here is a link.
Here are some photos of Gerald from my computer.
Here is a link to the tribute to Gerald from Davis, Bowen and Friedel
There are several new sewing projects posted on Sew4Fun.com. I really liked the neck pillow and the Christmas in July star ornament. I have posted links to them on my project page. Look toward the bottom of the list for the neck pillow link. I am definitely making these as Christmas gifts. First I am making one for me.
I recently posted pictures from past Summer and family vacations at my Gallery page. The good, bad and the ugly is all there. See pictures of me at the beach as a little girl with my brother and mom. Look, I was topless. I think my dad was taking the picture. Those were the days. Everyone who grew up on Delmarva enjoyed fun in the sun. Now we have so many tourist I wait till the Fall or Spring to dip my toes. Hope you are having a great Summer.
Learn to use your new Singer Futura at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD, With “one on one” instruction. Choose a one day or 2 day session. Learn how to use the embroidery software to it’s fullest.
Finally we have the sun and hot weather. Delmarva has 17 days straight of rain and drizzle for May 2016. It was hard to get excited about planting flowers and working in the yard. This last week our rhododendron finally bloomed. It is one of my mom’s favorite. Here she is admiring the blooms.