Yesterday was another home-bound day, and even though I enjoy the cozy indoors, I must admit I'm starting to get cabin fever [but not enough to go outside just yet!].
Below are two photos I took from inside my house. That's hubby snow blowing our driveway. It was a frigid -02 degrees F with a windchill of -15 degrees F. The phrase "Baby it's cold outside" is an understatement! Temps are supposed to start warming up to 23 degrees F on Thursday - a heatwave!
The second photo was taken from the family room door wall. You can see the depth of the snow piled up on the patio table and A/C unit. Doesn't Mother Nature know that Christmas is past, and we don't want snow now?!
I think my tea and blogging friend, LaDonna, from Gracious Hospitality blog should receive honorable mention for being the longest blogger of those I follow. She began blogging in 2005! Below is her blog banner. She is also the moderator of a tea e-group, Afternoon Tea Across America, that I belong to.
In 2008 she hosted a 10-week Hospital-i-Tea blog-a-thon. I wasn't blogging then, but wasn't that a great idea, and I liked her creative topics:
- Decor-a-Tea/Incorporating tea into home decor
- Litera-Tea/Sharing tea in literature
- Teacup-a-Story/Favorite teacup and story
- Stitches-for-Tea/Stitching for the tea table
- The Sweet-and-Savory-of-Yummy/Sharing a tea recipe
- Dressed-to-a-Tea/Dressing for Afternoon Tea
- Crazy-for-Teapots/Sharing teapots
- Favorite Tea Rooms
- Creative Afternoon Tea table settings
- The White, Green, Black and Herb of Tea
I thought tea "bags" was one of her categories, but it was a creative post of Linda J's. It got me thinking about my tea bags/totes and I gathered mine together for today's post. Do you have a tea bag collection?
My first tea bag came from Magnolia & Ivy when I attended their tea room conference in March 2002. It was made in Sri Lanka - how fitting is that!
My second tea bag was given at the American Tea Society conference in October 2002. I blogged about it here.
When I attended the Take Me 2 Tea Expo in March 2003 [now called World Tea Expo] I received my most durable tea bag.
In November 2004 I attended Southern Lady's Celebration, "A Weekend of Tea and Roses" and got a nice tote. I also bought a tea-themed evening bag at one of the boutiques that was hand-painted by Phyllis Hoffman DePiano's mother. The price was $30.
I previously blogged about my teapot purses here, so I won't include them in this post.
A tea friend made the personalized tea bag below.
My son got me this tea bag at a tea shop while visiting Alaska.
Below a souvenir tea bag from the Charleston Tea Plantation. They use "green" bags instead of paper ones.
Two "green" tea bags that I purchased at TJ Maxx and Trader Joes.
So there you have it. I guess I'm a tea bag lady!