Wednesday, January 17, 2018


It's been a few days since I've posted, so I just wanted to let you know all's well in Michigan.  Life's been busy preparing for three presentations occurring on the heels of each other.

This Sunday [21st] I'll be at Shore Pointe Assisted Living for their monthly tea and program. It will be about New Year's traditions and customs in our country and around the world. I've learned tidbits I didn't know about the Crystal Ball Drop in Times Square, the Rose Parade, and that New Year's resolutions began with the Babylonians as early as 2600 B.C.  I hope they did a better job keeping theirs, because the average American abandons their New Year's resolution within six weeks of making it! 

As with any holiday, food plays a major role on New Year's Day.   The Chinese New Year is coming up on February 16th [lunar new year], and the most popular food to accompany the celebration will be oranges and tangerines.  Their orange/gold color represents wealth and good luck. I'm sure lots of tea will be consumed too since China is the birthplace of tea, and the country is the largest producer of tea in the world.

Did you know that China also invented fireworks which many countries use to welcome in a new year?  Fireworks are a central part of their celebration because they believe the noise will scare off evil spirits and misfortune.  For Americans, fireworks are festive.

What treat will I take to the residents this month?  I thought fortune cookies and Brach's candy orange slices would be fun.  I bought the fortune cookies at an Oriental Market today.

On another subject, my two pairs of Honey Bear HotSox arrived from E-bay, and in my search to find them I came across another tea-themed pattern to purchase.  I seem to be on a sock craze lately, but they sure feel good on these cold, wintry days.


  1. Orange slices and fortune cookies are the perfect accompaniment for your presentation! And your new socks are very cute. Enjoy!

  2. Love the socks. I always look for tea theme socks when I am out and find printed socks.

  3. I forgot to mention, I changed primary care doctor’s and he has a bowl of fortune cookies on the counter. At first I thought maybe it might of been for the holidays but while I was there this week, saw a couple boxes. It was nice to have one. Maybe a new trend instead of candy. Doctors office don’t usually have candy set out. This was a nice surprise.

  4. Wonderful post and great blog. I have been reading some interesting blogs over the last year and finally ventured into starting one of my own. Found this latest post of yours very informative. You live in Michigan as do I and wondered if the Shore Pointe Assisted Living you mentioned is in St. Clair Shores? If so, I grew up in the area and know the facility well. Am looking forward to reading more of your posts.


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