Monday, May 22, 2017

Watching The 'Grands' Perform

Last Friday [5/19] my hubby and I traveled to Chelsea, MI to watch our granddaughter, Isabella, perform in a musical.  It was actually a high school performance [Company C], but Izzy is in Jr. C and they performed one number in Shelter.

Our youngest son, Jeremy [and Izzy's dad], was the athletic director and assistant principal at Chelsea High School a few years back before he went to Skyline High School in Ann Arbor.

I liked the quote below as we came through the side entrance.

Saturday [5/20] was a dance recital for granddaughter, Brooke.  It was titled The Queen's Sapphire Jubilee, and was very British.   

~ The front and back covers of the program. ~

They even had a lady from England representing the queen.  She was wearing gloves and a hat, but I didn't see any purse! ;-)

There was a dance in honor of Beatrix Potter, and another called Getting Dressed for Tea.   I loved the Mary Poppins dance with the little girls.

~ Finale ~

~ Brooke ~

 Sharon, Brooke, and Steve.  Unfortunately there was no tea at the end of the recital! ;-)

When I got home I found a gift bag on my front porch from a very thoughtful lady. I had to share the framed picture of Shirley Temple with you.  Thanks, Barb F.   I love it!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Love Lucy

It seems I just finish research on a program for the assisted living facility or a Bible study for my ladies group, and it's time to begin researching new material for the next one.  The next Shore Pointe Assisted Living program is June 25th, and the theme will be I Love Lucy. How well I remember watching that program when I was a kid, and a good laugh was always guaranteed.   

In preparation for my upcoming program I ordered two books from Amazon.  One arrived last week and the other came in yesterday's mail.  I began reading the Lucy & Desi book in the doctor's waiting room on Tuesday, but now that Lucy's autobiography has arrived, I'll set it aside to read her book first.

Other than my two books, I don't have any props to display so I began searching the Internet. I found several cute teapots, and am considering purchasing one of them.  There were also salt and pepper shakers, cookie jars, and lots of dolls available.  

I also searched the Internet for photos of Lucy with a teacup in hand.

Below with her best friend, landlord, and 'partner in crime', Ethel Mertz [Vivian Vance].

When I assisted Cheryl at Tea by Three tearoom she did a "Chocolate with Lucy Valentine Tea" in 2006 that was lots of fun.  Notice the 1952 Season 2 Episode 4 called "Job Switching" photo on the tablescape where Cheryl used Kit Kat candy bars as easels.  The napkin rings were made with small Tootsie Rolls glued to pieces of ribbon and tied. She also had a chocolate fountain for guests to dip pieces of fresh fruit into.

In the episode Ricky and Fred were upset with Lucy and Ethel's spending, and suggested they go to work for a week while he and Fred reversed roles and stayed home.  Lucy and Ethel went to Acme Employment Agency who sent them to a local candy factory.  The two wreaked havoc as they attempted to wrap chocolates off a speeding conveyor belt.  In an attempt to keep up, they stuffed chocolates in their mouths, dresses and hats.  Do you remember the episode?  In the photo below the supervisor was yelling out the order to speed up the conveyor.

Below is another photo from Cheryl's chocolate tea.  She and the lady who did the program donned red wigs to imitate Lucy.  Cheryl is on the left and the program presenter is on the right. Her name was actually Lucy and she was a big fan of Lucille Ball.  She brought her collection of  I Love Lucy memorabilia as props for the program.  The I Love Lucy television series began in 1951.  Did you grow up watching it?  

Lucille Ball was born in 1911 and died in 1989 at 78 years of age from a ruptured aorta not long after open heart surgery.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In the Span of Two Days

Last Monday night [5/15] my hubby and I attended granddaughter Brooke's Honors Convocation at her high school for students with a 3.5 GPA and above.  It's hard to believe she is completing the 9th grade.

~ Proud Grandparents! ~

Daughter-in-law, Sharon, Brooke, and granddaughter, Brianna [who just completed her junior year at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN] are pictured below.  Our son, Steve, missed the photo because he was socializing with some of the other parents.

Yesterday was Bible Study at my home.  In Scripture it's often men who are credited for doing heroic things.  In Exodus Chapter 1 the Egyptian Pharaoh thought infant girls were so insignificant and non-threatening that he allowed them to live, but decreed all male babies be thrown into the Nile River to perish. Into this historic account are five courageous women who altered the course of history for the Israelites: midwives Shiphrah and Puah, Jochebed, Miriam, and Pharaoh's daughter.  Ladies, never underestimate what God can accomplish through YOU!

Our lunch after Bible study consisted of Velveety Mushroom Soup [from the Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook], Ham and Broccoli Quiche, and our tea was Harney & Son's Paris Blend.

Paris blend is a fruity black tea with vanilla and caramel flavors and a hint of lemony bergamot. It's delicious!

Dessert was a Butter Pecan Ice Cream Puff, with Sander's Hot Fudge topping.

After Bible study, I had a doctor's appointment.  In all my years of doctor's appointments for myself, my children, and my parents, I've never experienced a fire drill, but I did yesterday! The medical building is three stories with lab and x-ray in the basement, so you can imagine the amount of people who had to exit the building. Fortunately there were exits in the front, back, and on both sides of the building, so it was all accomplished fairly orderly.  I couldn't resist taking pictures of some of the fire trucks when they arrived.

We all patiently waited outside until we got word it was safe to re-enter the building. Fortunately there was no fire. Apparently someone was smoking in a smoke-free building which triggered the alarm system. At least it was a beautiful sunny afternoon to take an unanticipated outdoor break! Climbing three flights of stairs upon re-entry was proof to my cardiologist that I'm quite out of shape, and need to activate my Fitbit again! ;-)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Mother's Day has come and gone and only the happy memories remain.  My daughter, Lori, surprised me by coming to our church to worship on Sunday instead of going to her own church.

After church our entire family met at Sycamore Hills Golf Club for their Mother's Day Buffet, and happily hot tea was included in their beverage offerings.  I've coordinated at least three of our ladies' church teas at Sycamore Hills, and I like the venue a lot.  They were bustling with activity on Sunday, but it was very organized in shifts.  Our reservations were for 1:30 p.m.

~ Lori and Me ~

Steve, Sharon, Brooke and Sharon's mom are pictured below.  Brianna is home from college for the summer, but she had her tonsils out last Tuesday so she was still recuperating at home. 

~ Jeremy's family ~

I received beautiful cards from the kids and my hubby, but I have to post the one from Steve with the teacup. He said it just seemed to jump out at him screaming, "I'm the one!"  ;-)

After eating we went outside for one final photo.

I received some money for Mother's Day, and spent part of it today on E-bay. I have no intention of beginning a collection of presidential china [even though I loved what I saw at the tea last Saturday], but E-bay had the teacup in the pattern that Mary Todd Lincoln bought for the White House when her husband was in office.  I usually do a presidential program every February that includes Abraham Lincoln in some way, so I decided I should have the teacup. It is from Woodmere China Company, and the seller said it has never been used and is still in the original box with the certificate.

Jerry got me the three volume Shirley Temple Collection DVD's, so when I get some spare time I'm all set for a Shirley Temple movie marathon [the set contains 18 of her movies].

It was a very happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Tea Featuring Presidential China

Last Saturday [May 13], I drove a short distance to Dearborn, MI where I attended a Spring Tea hosted by the Presbyterian Women of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church.  

Susan Muldowney presented a program on Presidential China.

The tea was held in the Memorial Parlor and eight beautiful tables were set up by individual hostesses.  I only photographed six tables because the other two already had ladies seated at them, and I didn't want to interrupt.

This is the fifth year the ladies at Cherry Hill have being hosting their bi-annual teas, and they have grown in attendance with each tea.  Fifty-two ladies attended Saturday's tea, and they were at max capacity.  If they continue to grow they'll have to relocate to a different part of the building.

The table below was a special table set by a lady whose mother had just passed away at Easter, so the table was in memory of her, and was occupied by family members.

This is the table where my girlfriend and I were seated.

The program was first and the tea followed.  

Susan began by saying, "Hi, My name is Susan, and I am a collector." ;-)   She began collecting presidential china reproductions in 1991 while on a family vacation in Alexandria, Virginia.  

Not all of the presidential china was used in the White House.  Some were personal china patterns used by presidents, reproduced by Woodmere China Company [which went out of business in 2013].  

Susan showed us china patterns from 14 different presidents.  The first president who ordered presidential china was James Monroe.  

She told us a president has to be dead 85 years, and permission has to be obtained from living relatives before a pattern can be reproduced.  With that criteria, it takes a long time before their china pieces can be reproduced.

Most of the china from the early presidents was produced in France because our country wasn't producing porcelain yet.  Often times plain white china was ordered and then it was hand painted in New York.  Susan said First Lady Caroline Harrison [1832-1892] was an avid china painter and made china painting in the United States popular.

The china with the eagle in the center, was Lincoln's presidential china that Mary Todd Lincoln spent an exorbitant amount of money on.

I loved the tidbits of presidential and first lady history that Susan shared with us.

It was an excellent presentation which I enjoyed very much.

When I visited Washington D.C. in April 2015, I visited the National Museum of American History which contains a lovely White House China Display.   [Unfortunately we didn't get to visit the White House China Room.]  I photographed all the White House china that was displayed and you can view that post here.

The tea that followed Susan's presentation was lovely too.  In the photo below Sherry Brown was pouring our tea.   

There were four types of sandwiches:  Egg Salad, Chicken Salad, Cream Cheese and Olives, and Cucumber.

Followed by scones with jam and mock Devonshire Cream, and a yummy selection of desserts.

It was a delightful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Thank you, Sherry, for the privilege of attending.  

I will return to Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church on November 11th to present a program on Dining at J.L. Hudson's Department Store.