Friday, June 30, 2017

Iced Tea and Shopping

I took my mom to get her hair done a couple of weeks ago, and after dropping her off I had a couple of hours of free time to spend doing whatever.  So, I decided to check out this new store that had opened a few miles up the road.  I had been in these stores before in our travels, so I was excited to see what this one had to offer.

I spent a long time wandering up and down the aisles looking at everything.  There were lots of attractive furniture arrangements, lovely throw pillows and candles, pretty dishes and linens, and everything for so much less than I would find in a department store. I got lots of decorating ideas.

As I was wandering around, I found this attractive little blue patterned pottery tray. It was the perfect size for these two serving dishes I picked up a while back.  I can use them together or apart.  Perfect!

Next, I noticed these fruit decorated boxes.  I was curious to see what was inside, and when I opened one up I discovered this sweet little teapot with matching cup.  So cute!  That came home with me as well.  I am really looking forward to using it in the future.

Of course, it's a little warm for pots of hot tea at the moment.  This time of year I'm more into iced tea in brightly colored summer cups.

This pitcher of tea was a mixture of Tetley British Blend Tea, decaffeinated of course, and Tangerine Orange Herbal Tea, delicious and so refreshing.  As it turned out, I didn't need to add any lemon.  Do you have a favorite tea combination?

That's my Raspberry Shortcake raspberry bush in the background.  I planted it in a pot last year.  This year it's covered in berries which are almost ready for picking.

I was so pleased at how it wintered over that I planted another one just a few days ago. Hopefully between the two bushes I will get lots of tasty raspberries for years to come.

So here I am kicking back and taking some time to bask in this gorgeous summer weather, iced tea in hand, taking in the view and listening to the soft musical sounds of the wind chimes.  Whether you are a city girl or a country girl I hope you are taking the time to enjoy these lazy summer days.  Blessings!



  1. Hello Gloria. I'm glad that you're enjoying more time to look around the stores and do some gardening. We're gathering early tomatoes and more strawberries. They're delicious. The weather is cooler and the showers are good for the garden. The little teapot and cup is well designed because the pot fits into the cup. When the weather was so hot and humid cool drinks were welcome. My favourite is a peach juice that is diluted in iced water. I shall enjoy watching the lawn tennis championships from Wimbledon and then we shall be taking our summer break. Every blessing to you and yours.

  2. Thant drink sounds very refreshing. Peach is one of my favorite flavors. I hope you have a wonderful summer break.

  3. Your finds are so lovely! Your raspberries look so healthy. Maybe I should put mine back in pots as they have not done much! Nancy

  4. These Raspberry shortcakes are more bush than vine and they have done very well in pots.

  5. So nice! what a fun store!! I love new things like that; great finds! yah for the garden you have!! have a blessed week!

  6. Thanks Elizabeth. I hope you will be healed enough to be out shopping yourself very soon.