Friday, November 25, 2016

Shopping at Tea Haus and Thanksgiving Day

When we finished our Afternoon Tea at Tea Haus last Tuesday, we browsed their tea shop. I've been wanting a cast iron Japanese tetsubin teapot for a long time, and Tea Haus had them on sale, so I finally bought one.

It's a 40 oz. teapot with an enamel lining and removable stainless steel infusing basket. It has bold black waterbead styling - a Japanese aesthetic that symbolizes strength and beauty. It didn't come with a cast iron circular trivet, but I ordered on online from Art of Tea when I got home.

Linda purchased four or five teas from their large selection of loose-leaf teas.

From there we drove a short distance to a wonderful antique store called The Treasure Mart - three floors of jam-packed antique treasures.  I saw lots of things, but didn't make any purchases.  Linda found several treasures to bring home including two Shelley teacups.  

On Thanksgiving Day we made our way at noon to our son Steve's house where most of the family was assembling for dinner at 1:00 p.m.

Their house was decorated inside and out for Thanksgiving.

There were 13 of us for dinner.  Jeremy and family came later in the afternoon after a family gathering with Samantha's side of the family.

Aren't these cute chair covers?  They were at a table set for two.

After dinner there was football on TV, watching old reel-to-reel 8 mm films from when Lori and Steve were babies and toddlers [but the photo below is actually of Jerry when he was a baby], and home videos from Christmas of 1989 when Steve and Sharon got engaged, and Brandon and Tiffany were young].  What fun! After Jeremy and family arrived we played a few rounds of Catch Phrase, had dessert, and watched more football.

[Tiffany, Brianna, and Brooke]

[Lori, Brandon and girlfriend, Vanessa]

We came home around 8:30 p.m.  It was a wonderful day with family.  The only one missing was granddaughter, Marissa, who was home sick with the flu.

We were back home in time to watch the new PBS premier of Anne of Green Gables series.  It's a new adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's book published in 1908, and starred Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert and Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley.  She reminded us so much of our granddaughter Isabella, that I went online and ordered the DVD.

Now to prepare for my presentation on Sunday...

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