Hello, and good day! Welcome to my May Tea Party! Much like the weekend coffee sharing event from Part-Time Monster, my monthly tea party is where I like to catch up with friends, old and new! This is also a way for me to introduce you to some great new blogs and people that I have virtually met along the way! In addition, I want to share my great love of tea, and all things TEA!
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of Wendy Anne Darling’s company. She only lives a couple hours north of us so she came down and spent the weekend. Really, I think all we did was eat and talk about writing! The fun part was that Wendy was ready for a change on her blog. I was excited to help her brainstorm! Check out her new blog here at wendyannedarling.wordpress.com. She is calling it, The Dragon’s Lair ~ A Magical Menagerie. She has some great fantasy in store for all of us!
I bribed Wendy to drink tea with me by serving chocolate chip cookies… not really! I made her a chocolate cake! 😀
I have been so busy this month that I almost did not find time to tell you about all the wonderful events that happened or are going to happen this month. Memorial Day is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to talk about the approaching summer, barbecuing, and all the fun times ahead.
First, as a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, I would like to remember and honor all the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country. This is a debt we must all pay forward by honoring them on Memorial Day. Fly your flags to honor those who died to preserve your personal freedoms.
Ignore the hyperbole of the political climate in America right now. These brave men and women deserve our respect!
Image Credit: Facebook – Enlisted Nine Flight Company
My Rocky Mountain PBS station/website shares what Memorial Day is all about:
The History of Memorial Day
“Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.
During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.”
Since we last got together in April (click HERE to see what we did last month) I have joyfully finished the first draft of my novel, The Swamp Fairy. Here is a brief synopsis of what you can expect to find in my novel:
Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a Ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative.
Aunt Magnolia becomes Abby’s guardian and together they claim an ancient inheritance of land that has been in Abby’s mother’s family for generations.
Abby wears her mother’s most sacred possession – a stone pendant in the shape of a heart forged from a giant mystical stone found on the very swamp land that Abby now owns.
However, Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, has other ideas. He wants Abby’s land for himself and he is willing to stop at nothing to own that land.
All Abby wants is to be part of a family again and to learn to ride horses with her two new friends, Savanna, and Blake.
The swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets and Abby is summoned by a primeval nymph who teaches her that her true destiny is to protect the primeval nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.
Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?
I am so excited to share the stories the nymphs have been whispering to me. There are much more to come and wait until next month… Our next tea party will be on June 24th, National Fairy Day!
I know I have been sharing with you all how much fun it has been to create a back and front garden at our Colorado house. I have worked hard and can’t wait until the warm temperatures are finally here. Yes, it is still cool for the most part. When you live 6000 ft. up in elevation summer can take a while.
Veggies are planted and I am excited to see the abundance that will flow forth from these sheep troughs. Now, if we can keep the thunderstorms and hail in check, I will be happy.
How about you? What have you been up to in the month of May?
My friend and author, Barbara Venkataraman, is here to talk to us about HOMOPHONES (according to the Encarta Dictionary a homophone is: a word that is pronounced in the same way as one or more other words but is different in meaning and sometimes spelling, as are “hair” and “hare.”)
Yes, that’s right! Mrs. Grammar Person is back!
Mrs. Grammar Person’s Ode to Homophones
When I give my assent, it means I concur, but my rapid ascent means I fly like a bird. (I just love homophones, don’t you?)
I compliment you when I say something kind, like your meal, is superb and complements the wine. (Unless, of course, your food is talking to your wine, then you’ve had too much to drink.)
News that is current is fresh and brand new, but if I give you a currant, I have a raisin for you. (Warm cinnamon buns with raisins—yum!)
A cursor is the arrow on your computer screen, a curser likes swearing to say what he means. (He won’t be invited to my tea party, I assure you.)
When you’re discreet, there are no news releases, but when you’re discrete, you’ve gone all to pieces. (Try to keep it together, either way.)
If you need help, you should elicit advice; but for something illicit, you should always think twice. (Or maybe thrice…)
A flair is a talent you can boast about, but when tempers flare, you’d better watch out. (Some people do have a flair for drama.)
A hanger will keep your clothes wrinkle-free; a hangar is where your airplane should be. (At least that’s where I keep mine.)
A hearty meal is filling and good, but a hardy lumberjack can chop lots of wood. (He’ll be ready for that hearty meal.)
When something is humorous, you’re having a ball, but injure your humerus and it’s not funny at all. (I’d rather laugh than cry, wouldn’t you?)
When you incite trouble, you’re said to foment, but have an insight and it’s a eureka moment. (A nice thought bubble beats causing trouble)
Someone who knits makes something cozy and nice, but someone with nits is infested with lice. (Heavens! I feel itchy just thinking about it.)
A maze made of maize is hard to navigate, but maize on a cob means there’s corn on your plate. (Pass the butter, please.)
A medal of honor is something you win, but meddle (the verb) means you like to butt in. (I only meddle when grammar is at stake.)
A wave of my hand says ‘good-bye my friend’, but I wouldn’t waive a chance to visit again. (Adieu, mon Ami!)
Author, Barbara Venkataraman
Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.
She is the author of “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”; “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the “Indie Book of the Day” award.
Her popular Jamie Quinn Mystery Series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo,” “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” “Peril in the Park,” and just released, “Engaged in Danger”–the fourth Jamie Quinn mystery!
Follow Barbara on her blog, “A Trip to the Mobius Strip,” atbarbaravenkataraman.blogspot.com. Thank you, Barbara. I love all the word play! Did you know that I belong to an active writing community here on WordPress? It is simply amazing all the creativity that goes on around here.
I had several more friends publish books this month or the last couple of months. How exciting! Many congratulations to all of you! ❤
My dear friend, Annette Rochelle Aben (click the link to visit her blog) released a book of Haiku in March. Somehow I missed this and had to add it since Haiku is one of my favorite forms of poetry! It is called, A Haiku Perspective 2016. This book can also be found on Amazon here.
One of my favorite “romance authors,” P.C. Zick (click the link to visit her blog) just released a new book called, Unshod. This is a collection of short stories with a western theme. You can find this book on Amazon here. The book is currently listed as FREE for Kindle!
Another author I really enjoy, C. S. Boyack, just released a new book called The Playground. Caution! The Playground is only suitable for mature readers, due to violence and mature themes. It sounds like a creepy suspense thriller that you won’t want to put down! You can purchase this book on Amazon, here. His blog is called Entertaining Stories at coldhandboyak.wordpress.com.
I try to subscribe to Amazon alerts on all the authors I have reviewed. If you would like to be included in my monthly tea party, please contact me and I will be glad to add you!
With summer just around the corner, it is soon going to be too warm to drink hot tea all day. That is where iced tea comes in. In the Southern United States, “sweet tea,” is a daily drink all year round. I have been told that you must be from the south to make the best sweet tea!
Of course, my favorite iced tea is:
Just one of these babies and you will sleep for a week! LOL! Seriously…
Anyway, I believe there is much that goes into the making of a good iced tea. I like to make “sun tea.” I use a clean glass pitcher, fill it with cold water, add the tea bags of my choice, and set it in the HOT Colorado sun! It makes a superb tea, and when you add some stevia you will quench your thirst in no time!
Although, I have tried this same method using cold water and tea bags in the fridge and it tasted just as good. It all depends on what you are looking for and how much time you have.
Are you looking for an A+ ICED TEA?
The first step is to decide what appeals to you taste-wise. My husband loves sun tea made from Lipton Tea Bags. For me, it always ends up too strong. I prefer using some of the herbal blends. If you have a strainer basket, loose tea makes an excellent beverage. It seems stronger than the bags so make sure you experiment first to find what you like best.
Check out seriouseats.com to find “The Tea Lovers Way to Make the Best Cold Brew Iced Tea.”
That’s it for the glorious month of May. Remember to do what you love and I will see you next month for our special fairy celebration!
Thanks for stopping by,