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October 28, 2020
random bits . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Can I tell you something?  Since I changed my comments to 'comment moderation, always' I sometimes forget to publish them to my blog.  Am I the only one?!?  Please tell me I'm not! LOL!

My son sent me this photo on Monday evening . . .
Frightening, no?  The tallest building (the Mazda Building) is where his company's suite of offices is.  He's been working remotely since March, so he's not there.  But they did have a group that was working onsite, and they were evacuated. I'm so glad they moved to Murrieta; before they made the move ...

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September 27, 2020
stitchin' along . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

One more stitchery finished . . .
I was really pleased with this simple stitchery! I finished it out like I've done several in the recent past.  I put it in a bamboo hoop, backed it with felt, and trimmed the rim out.  I took this one to work to enjoy!
Speaking of enjoying things at work, my special order of chai tea, by Samovar, finally arrived!  I enjoyed a nice cuppa Thursday afternoon, along with a shortbread cookie!
SEC football season started up today ... hip, hip, hooray!  Our church is having a Tailgate Party outside tomorrow after services.  
Todd made his ...

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September 20, 2020
pumpkins and acorns . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

So far, so good!  I headed out Thursday, along with some of the other Essential staff wives, for a retreat/conference in Dallas, Georgia; Cultivate 2020.

It was a LOT of fun!  I love road trips in and of themselves, but this retreat was really intended to pamper and encourage the participants and a great job was done of it!

I mean, wow!  Our lunch Friday was served in high—tea time—style! Each of us got our own tiered tray, that then went home with us. We went home with a ton of swag, including the gorgeous (and yummy ...

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September 16, 2020
happy wednesday . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I'm going to start with the big news, right off the bat . . .
One.  Hundred.  Days.  

Can you believe it?!?  How much stitching do you have to do in order to be ready for it? That's the million dollar question, isn't it?  LOL!

Late Sunday afternoon I finally sat down to stitch, but got distracted by a new TeaTime Holidays magazine . . .
Yeah, more Christmas! Though the first tea party they share is a Thanksgiving one! It justified having the pumpkin blondie with my mug of pumpkin spice tea.

I combated Monday work blues by 'fallifying" my office space ...

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August 6, 2020
Tea & Crumpets from Nestlings By Robin

IT'S HERE!
August brings 
September AQ magazines
to mailboxes all over:)
Soon to be found on 
shop shelves near you.
Within the pages you
will find my cheerful
Tea & Crumpets.

This piece was originally
done in a completely 
different colorway
and in the end we
went with brights!

Before I can order fabrics,
I have to do a test block...
Luckily I had some 
brights laying around 
to play with.

I know paper piecing intimidates
some of you but I would encourage
everyone to have another go at it.
Organization is KEY!
See all the tidy piles and I ...

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May 14, 2020
pandemic pass . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Evidently, that's just what I did.  Took a pass on blogging during the height of the pandemic. I have no good excuse for it, either!  Except how you know when you miss something one week ... and it makes it a little easier to miss it the next week ... until the week comes and it's hard to do it because you've missed so much?

Yeah.  That.

I *have* been busy (for the last seven plus weeks).  Lemme 'splain . . .

I made some masks (click here for the tutorial):

I made quilt tops and finished quilts:
(Temecula mini is finished ...

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February 5, 2020
a flimsy and some whimsey . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Is anyone else struggling with spammers (one in particular) of late?  I hate putting my comments on moderation, but I'm so tired of the spam, I had to go there for the time being. On a happier note, this is post 1,400!  Not that it means anything to anyone but me (and I've been blogging since 2003, which averages to 82 posts a year?!) ... perseverance!  LOL!

I finished my class flimsy . . .
I'm so in love with this.  The top finished out at a respectable 60" square.  It'll make a nice lap quilt.  I'm going ...

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February 1, 2020
Hot Tea Month in the Rear View Mirror from Hooked on Quilting

As has been said many times before this, all good things must come to an end, and so ends our National Hot Tea Month. I’m trying to wrap my mind around that realization actually. How could a whole month come and go, while I feel as if I’ve been left somewhere back at the end of December (actually more like May, but I kinda hate to admit that)? I truly do not like this winged time that I seem to be experiencing in the latter half my life.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about, and discovering, new ...

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January 30, 2020
A Tea That’s My Favourite Colour! from Hooked on Quilting

When looking for something new to try back before Christmas that was caffeine free, I ran across Indigo Punch from Harney & Sons. The photo on their website was as appealing as the description of the blend. Put a purple tea in front of me and it’s quite doubtful that I’ll resist it.
Pic-HS-Indigo Punch Loose
This tea is a blend of butterfly pea flower, fragrant apple pieces and rosehips, bright lemongrass, lemon peel, and vivid raspberry. A natural honey flavour has also been included in the blend, but that didn’t stop me from adding more honey to my cup of ...

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January 29, 2020
Lovely Friends, Lovely Tea from Hooked on Quilting

Aren’t friends wonderful?! I think so, and I’m very grateful to have some lovely friends who understand and indulge, some even facilitate, my passion for tea. Case in point – the tea I’m going to share with you today was a gift from a very dear friend, Beverly, who was actually my matron of honour when Rick and I married back in 1988.

Beverly has family in Florida and while on vacation picked up a couple of teas for me to try. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Knowing someone is thinking of you while ...

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January 28, 2020
A Coconut Nut Here… from Hooked on Quilting

I’ve not been drinking enough green tea lately. I used to have a cup first thing every morning, but once I started babysitting I stopped. Mainly, because I barely function at 5:30 a.m., so making and drinking tea at that too-early-for-me time just doesn’t happen. Only occasionally have I made green tea on a weekend morning because weekend mornings are for relaxing and having a good pot of breakfast tea.
Pic-HH-Green w Coconut
Sunday morning though found me trying a new-to-me green tea that I’d picked up at HomeGoods last week. While I’ve purchased other Heath & Heather ...

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January 26, 2020
A Bit of Luxury from Hooked on Quilting

If I were a betting kinda person, I’d bet that everyone likes a bit of luxury. Of Pic-MS Luxury Gold Frtcourse, while luxury is viewed differently by each individual, it usually makes one think of something that’s a cut above the normal – something that isn’t run of the mill – something that makes any given point in time feel more special than usual. With those parameters in mind, I can safely say that Marks & Spencer’s Luxury Gold tea definitely lives up to its name.

Sealed in a gold foil bag, the round teabags contain fairtrade Pic-MS Luxury Gold Pktstea picked from the best ...

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Not Mint for Me from Hooked on Quilting

In keeping with last year’s monthly review of Christmas teas on the 25th of the month, I would like to present Christmas in Paris by Stash Tea Co. This herbal tea contains cocoa shells, peppermint, lavender, natural chocolate flavour, and vanilla extract. While I don’t like the taste of mint, the promise of chocolate was enough to tempt me into trying this blend. I was very thankful that it only contains trace amounts of caffeine since I ended up drinking it at almost 8:00 p.m.

The teabags are individually wrapped, a plus in my opinion as ...

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January 24, 2020
Here We Go Again… from Hooked on Quilting

When I decide which tea I’m going to review I look to see if the site from which I ordered it still stocks it. That way it will be easy for you to purchase the tea brand/blend and try it for yourself. The tea I reviewed yesterday, Ringtons Kenyan Gold, wasn’t to be found on the site from which I had purchased it several times. It seems that I’m in the same boat with today’s tea choice, Yata Watte by Dilmah.

I purchased this tea at least twice that I can recall from teadog. It ...

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January 23, 2020
Good as Gold from Hooked on Quilting

Have you ever participated in a treasure hunt? Most of us have at one time or another. Sometimes they’re called scavenger hunts, but the end result is pretty much the same. You look for something that is valuable, and if you find it you win a prize. Hunting for treasure will be what I’ll be doing once I run out of Ringtons Kenyan Gold tea. I purchased this tea on several occasions from teadog. Unfortunately, Ringtons is no longer available on their site. What am I going to do when I run out?!WP-Kenyan Gold-TD

I’ve done a search ...

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January 20, 2020
Winter Tea from Hooked on Quilting

I reviewed a tea from Basilur on the 15th and mentioned that I did have other selections from this vendor to try and to review for you. One of my most recent purchases was a box of individually sealed teabags with the moniker Four Seasons on the box. Since I like to listen to the Four Seasons by Vivaldi I couldn’t pass up this box now could I? Absolutely not. It was a sign that this box of tea needed to come live at my house. While I would have loved for it to be in one of their ...

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I Do Love a Good Mystery from Hooked on Quilting

As mentioned before, I greatly enjoy reading mysteries. It has something to do with the need to have my brain in constant motion in order to keep myself from becoming bored. Yes, I do read the occasional romance novel, but they’re almost always so hokey and unrealistic that slogging through a whole one is quite an effort. No, give me a good who-dun-it, and I’m happy. What has this to do with tea, you’re wondering? Well, on one of my orders to Plum Deluxe I decided to add their Blender’s Choice option to my cart. I ...

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January 17, 2020
WP-500 Mile Chai Loose from Hooked on Quilting

As the weekend nears we sometimes need a bit of a boost to make it through Friday or WP-500 Mile Chaiaccomplish all that’s had to wait on getting done until Saturday. If you find yourself in that position, allow me to recommend 500 Mile Chai by The Tao of Tea. It is a wonderful Chai tea, high in caffeine and full of flavour. It’s one of the teas that I try to keep on hand at all times. When I run out, I buy more.

The story behind this tea is interesting. It is said to have come about because ...

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January 16, 2020
A Magical Night from Hooked on Quilting

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the month of January?! Have you been enjoying lots of hot tea, preferably varying varieties thereof? I must admit that it’s been somewhat of a challenge to carve out time each evening to make posts, but it’s also been nice to have an excuse to make a pot, or in tonight’s case a cup, of tea with the objective of it being different than the day before. You see, for all the varieties I have at my disposal, I tend to be a bit of a predictable drinker ...

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January 15, 2020
Spicy Chocolate Tea – Yum! from Hooked on Quilting

Many years ago I decided to take two years of French in high school. I would have taken a third year but my mom, who was a teacher, wanted me to graduate a year early, so I did. My choice to take French rather than Spanish or Latin was cut and dry as far as I was concerned back then. I had no desire to go to Mexico, and I wasn’t going to be in the medical profession, therefore neither Spanish nor Latin would do me any good (ah, the ignorance of youth). However, I had a great desire ...

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