Friday, June 23, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 23

Irish Breakfast tea as it is almost breakfast time in Ireland. 😉
 Pairs delightfully with the biscuits, chocolate, and a magic bar. Irish Breakfast has been a favorite my entire life. What more can I say, except I love it? More, please!

Juxtaposed June - day 22

Today's delightful cup is loose leaf Jasmine Pearl Green Tea. A lovely calming tea after a long but wonderful day! My best friend is home!!!! And she surprised me by visiting me at work! I bawled my eyes out, needless to say. Then in the evening 2 softball teams came for ice cream which was crazy. All in all, a great day and a great cup of tea!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 21

Blueberry Lemon tea is from my childhood. 
 If you haven't noticed, I enjoy a lot of black teas. As far as tea goes, the Eastern Shore Tea Co. is a great one! They don't have it at the moment, but they also have a Key Lime one that is fantastic. 
 All in all, a great tea to take me on a relaxing journey to end my day's journeys to the Binghamton area and back.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 20

Lady Grey tea and Star Trek! A good way to celebrate the last season of The Next Generation! Accompanied with it is a piece of strawberry rhubarb pie!

 I love both Lady Grey tea as well as Earl Grey but I am saving Earl Grey to enjoy with Captain Jean-Luc Picard!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 19

Today's cup of tea is Yorkshire Gold. A blend of the 3 leaf origins from 10 tea gardens in the world. I had it a long time ago, and decided to buy a bag again. It was pairs perfectly with a good book! In my case, "My Italian Bulldozer" by Alexander McCall Smith. 😊

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 18

One of my top five favorite teas! African Autumn Red Bush tea! I think of watching Jane Eyre with a pot of tea at my side when I drink it. I made a pot for myself to enjoy tonight after a family movie night. We watched "The Slipper and the Rose", which is a Cinderella story. A nice night indeed!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 17

I love the quality of Twinings tea. 
English Breakfast tea! A delightful black tea, although usually Irish breakfast is my favorite. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 16

I haven't done any white tea so here is today's! Rishi's white organic peach blossom tea! The white tea is "infused with peach, tangerine, and aromatic blossoms". All in all, a delightful loose leaf!

Post Script - this mug came from the Genesee Country Museum 😊

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 15

Today's cup of tea is actually just chrysanthemum blossoms! It had a light flavor, and was quite delicious. I have my "Little Mole" mug from childhood. It is from the Czech Republic where my aunt is from. 😊

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 14

Harney & Sons Blueberry Green! I got this at work for mom recently and it is sooooo good! It is a green tea with lemongrass, blueberry pieces, cornflowers, and natural flavors. A lovely rejuvenating cup of tea!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 13

Uno, chess, a trumpet soloist on the record player, and a simple cup of hot black tea to round it off! We usually have Red Rose in our tea canister but today we had Salada. The mug is from the RMSC, Rochester Museum and Science Center. We love this mug! 

On every Salada tea bag, it has a quote. I remember Great Grandma reading them to us if she came across a good one. Today's says:

"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." - William Arthur Ward

Monday, June 12, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 12

A delicious Harney and Sons Iced Green tea today! Icy cold for a crazy hot day!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 11

"With a single sip the cloud of busy mind is made to pass and the light of life breaks through to show us what we have concealed from a ourselves all along." - The Minister of Leaves 

This Blackberry Sage is a family favorite. It is a black tea with natural sage and blackberry flavors, hence the name. I had it hot to end my day, while my family had it iced throughout. Definitely a delicious choice for any occasion!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 10

Russian Spiced Tea, another tea from Naomi! The spices sounded particularly delicious today! 😊 It is also a good day for iced tea, so Dad started some.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love War and Peace! 😊 Which of course was written by Leo Tolstoy. The side of the box talks about him a little bit.

"What Tolstoy novel would be complete without a little tea?
In 1689 Russia and China signed a treaty making peace and defining their borders. Soon tea began to arrive in European Russia by camel caravan, traveling 11,000 miles from China. Usually taking 16 weeks, the larger caravans ranged from 200-300 camels. Outpaced by the opening of the Suez canal in 1869, with the completion of the Trans-Siberian Railroad in 1900 the camel caravans virtually disappeared overnight. Tea survived the revolutions of 1917, and is still a popular drink in Russia today."

Friday, June 9, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 9

Today's cup is a delightful Ginger Peach. My throat is sore from allergies this morning, so a hot cup of tea sounded perfect! I've never had this tea before, but I always enjoy "The Republic of Tea". 😊 According to the tin, this particular tea was voted an "Outstanding Beverage" at the "International Fancy Food Show"! Aren't we prestigious this morning?😉

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Juxtaposed June - day 8

Today we have an herbal tea! "Christmas in Paris" is a herbal tea with cocoa shells, peppermint, lavender, chocolate, and vanilla. I like to send tea with my letters to people and this is one of my friends' favorites. 😊 A delightful cup after a long day at work!

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Juxtaposed June - Day 7

Lemongrass tea always makes me think of Jane Eyre. We has a similar tea when I was younger that I remember enjoying while watching one of the movies. When my friend gave it to me, I was excited! I have been slowly savouring it. Thanks girlie!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Juxtaposed June - Day 6

A lovely cup of lavender sencha with my fiancé! We enjoyed it while we watched Herbie goes to Monte Carlo. Lavender is a good way to relax in the evening. I've had a lot of green tea the past couple days so I shall have to have a cup of white or black tea tomorrow. 😊

Monday, June 5, 2017

Juxtaposed June - Day 5

Today I have two cups of tea! When we went to Dunkin Donuts there was a mix up in our order so we ended up with a delightful sencha matcha hot green tea, and our favorite iced tea! Im very happy with my tea! Definitely will order it on purpose sometime. 😊

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Juxtaposed June - Day 4

Today's cup of tea is a simple cup of tea! Just a plain English Teatime to end my night. ☺ I wanted Earl Grey to enjoy with my Star Trek episode, but not so late at night so hence the quiet cuppa!❤

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Juxtaposed June - Day 3

A delicious loose leaf oolong to start my day! Today I had "Ti Guan Yin". Im always a sucker for oolong. The flavor fills your mouth and warms you to your toes! It is such a delightful cup, I think I will have a second.

"The best days are when the only problem is to decide on a cup of tea or coffee."

Friday, June 2, 2017

Juxtaposed June - Day 2

Today's cup of tea is a loose green tea called "Tomo Sencha". It's a grassy tea, with a light flavor. Definitely a refreshing cup! Nothing compares to a cup of loose leaf tea!!!!😍

"But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea." - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Juxtaposed June - Day 1

I sorta vanished after March, so I figured I would post in June! "What should I post?" I thought to myself. Tea! Everyday I shall share a cup of tea with you, a different one each day, and my opinion on it. Today is a tea I received for my 18th birthday from a good friend. It is called "Novel Tea" and each one has a book quote on it. This one has the following:

"...what is the use of the book," thought Alice, "without pictures and conversations?" ~ Lewis Carroll

😊 see you tomorrow!

Friday, March 31, 2017

March Musings - Day 31

I couldn't decide how to wrap up my March Musings, but I finally did.

Today, John was the best. He came and helped out with some things, took me to run an errand, got slightly lost on an adventure on a very back road home, took care of me and made dinner so I could go to work and clean our ice cream machine, where he then waited for me so he could take me home. ❤ If all that isn't love, I don't know what is. I am so thankful for having him around when I need encouragement or a hug or a hand. ❤ So to end this March Musings, I just want to say how much I appreciate this sweet fiancé of mine!!!!❤

Thank you, Sweetheart! I love you!!!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

March Musings - Day 30

Food is important. Like really important. I usually do a pretty good job at eating 3 balanced meals a day with a snack here or there. This evening though, I was nauseous. I ate a good breakfast and lunch like always, but a lack of dinner (even though it wasn't even late yet....this was at 5:30-6 oclock!) make me feel terrible! (Thankfully I have a super sweet fiance who I am slowly getting addicted to Panera ;) hehehe!)

It got me thinking about my new Bible. I have a great one for reference, but for reading and learning, I needed a new one. If I go without reading, I get spiritually nauseous and can't think straight. Yet if I read God's word, and rely on it for getting though the day, I will feel much better! I'm thankful for my new Bible, and am quite excited to use it!!

March Musings - Day 29

One of my favorite things to do is discover what someone likes, and send a splurged gift to them every once in a while. For example, I discovered recently that John likes 3 Musketeers, so whenever he isn't around, I get one to surprise him when I see him next. Or if I discover a friend loves letters, I'll make sure to write them frequently. Or if a friend loves tea, I make sure to send them some every now and then. Well, I'm super excited today because I found out about a book one of my friends likes, so I decided to get them to add it to their collection! Ahhhh I hope they like it!

March Musings - Day 28

When a cute little curly-haired girl comes in and asks to go on a walk to see the sunset on a cloudy night, don't resist.

You may find a rabbit hole, and get chased by the imaginary rabbit. The imaginary dog will smell it and come chasing you too! 

Or you may be a detective sneaking around on tip toe around the town!

Or maybe you'll find a mountain to climb, and when you reach the top you get blown away by the wind!

Or you might even get attacked by a sneaky bush! 

No, never ignore a chance to go see the sunset on a cloudy day! Especially when a cute curly-haired girl goes with you! 😊

March Musings - Day 27

Today my manager pulled me aside, and asked if I would like to help run ice cream. Of course, I said yes! So now I have a little kingdom to help run with sprinkles and sugar and spice and everything nice. 😉 I'm excited to go on this hot fudge and soft serve adventure!

Monday, March 27, 2017

March Musings - Day 26

Rest. Quiet my soul and rest. That's what I did today. After the hustle and bustle of a busy month, I rested. Its hard for me to rest well. Usually I get guilted and stressed by my to do list, or try but don't rest well because of worry. One of the most important, and subsequently hardest, things to remember is this: Jesus rested. He withdrew to quiet places and rested, by doing so was able to serve those around him more effectively. What a good example for us when we are tired out. It is a lesson I am currently working through. And to be honest, it is hard. But yet I've noticed it never ceases to work well as after I stop and break, I get more done in the long run than if I tried to do it we Im tired. I encourage you to try this next time you get bogged down with life. God is our strength and our shield!

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

March Musings - Day 25

The more I think about Saturday the more I think of how important and awesome friends are. I truly am so blessed to have such amazing friends to surround myself with. Especially my fiance, She is such an encouragement to me whenever I need it. Today me and a few of my guy friends got together with my fiance Moriah and had just an awesome time. From just chatting to playing games we enjoyed each others company and man was it refreshing!

You know during times that I get a bunch of people together it reminds me how important friends are in life. True you could try to get through life alone but it is so much easier when you have others to help you and keep you going.

Also as i think more about it having a close group of friends around you is a great way to get stuff out. I know how obnoxious it is to hold in thoughts and emotions and having some close friends around to vent or talk to is such an incredible feeling. Especially if you have someone as close as a girlfriend or boyfriend then it seems almost sweeter in a way.

By, John Schairer

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March Musings - Day 24

I went and saw this in theaters with John and Mom! Ahhhh I loved it! It was the first movie John and I have ever seen in a movie theater together! <3 What a good one to mark that occasion with! The showing we were going to see ended up being sold out, so we went to the late showing of it. We walked around downtown for a bit, and enjoyed the evening! It was chilly but beautiful out! <3 What a wonderful evening!

March Musings - Day 23

Things that make me smile:

Dressing up like a train conductor, and enjoying my storytime kids' fun with the wooden train tracks!

A perfect cup of tea to enjoy in the evening sun before all the snow melts!

A cup I need! ;~)

A cuddly cat companion!

Seeing Charlie become Mrs Charlie, a mother! XD

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March Musings - Day 22


the textures and patterns of a skirt for a little girl

the afternoon light polishing pottery

the bakery case reflecting goodies you might not notice

a kitty's purrfect contentment

the geometry of shapes

the grooves and wear of a hardwood floor

(P.s. she got the polka dot one!)

March Musings - Day 21

"Why do you have a watch on your ankle?" has been the question I've gotten the past couple days.

Well, here's the answer:

I was having trouble remembering to pray. I wanted to pray, I needed to pray, but it never came to mind. So I put a watch on my ankle to remind me to:

"Watch for a time to pray!"

So whenever I feel it rubbing my ankle, or I brush up against it with my other foot, I pray for whatever comes to mind first. Or even say thank you for whatever comes to mind first! So far it's worked well, and it's definitely a good reminder to look for the times in which I can pray for those I care about, or even those I wouldn't normally pray for depending where I am.

Maybe you might want to try wearing a watch on your ankle?

March Musings - Day 20

I'm going to do something completely unlike myself and rave today about this app. I got it within the past couple weeks and I've enjoyed it so much! It's gotten me to think about verses I know well, and it's gotten me to think about verses I've never noticed before! It's great to read quick before work in the morning or late at night before bed. If you've been looking for a good devotional, the "Morning and Evening" devotional by Spurgeon comes highly recommended! (And there is the app with it for those who are technologically inclined!)

March Musings - Day 19

Another dancing season is done,
we made sure to have a lot of fun,
and while we became more skilled at our craft,
we also talked and plenty laughed.

Jigs and reels and ceilis too,
dancing together like glue,
learning quirks and treble steps,
sometimes it took a lot of pep (and prep!).

Bribing my teacher with Almond Joy,
dancing with both girl and boy,
we brought down the house with shows,
and with pride, my teacher glows! <3

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Musings - Day 18

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I want to highlight two things:

- Nancy is a wonderful owner! I was worn out and not feeling the greatest, and she sent me home from work. She looks out for the employees and cares about each one! Very proud to work for her!

- Please read the wonderful article that was written up about Bailiwick! She was featured in the Syracuse Woman Magazine! 

I love my job! <3