Thursday, August 26, 2010

High Tea Anyone?

A little back ground....

1662 - The British started their tea drinking in 1662, when King Charles II's wife, Queen Catherine made tea very popular among the wealthier classes of society. Soon, tea replaced ale as the national drink, as everyone tried to mimic high society. Tea drinking remains as a popular activity in England up to this day, as the English are particularly known for their afternoon tea (taken in the late afternoon with scones, pastries and cakes capped by a cup or two of tea).

I am hosting a "High Tea" for our Blessed Rider's Chapter Ladies. I'm so excited! It promises to be a wonderful time. I've set the date and begun my research.

I got the idea when I purchased 4 beautiful vintage tea cups with saucers and serving plates at an estate sale last week. ( See the picture? Aren't they lovely? I fell in love when I saw them.)
Then it became obvious that I should plan one when we attended the CMA State Rally and what do you think? The ladies served us a beautiful tea at 3:00 pm that Saturday. It was great! We all had a chance to get together and chat with other ladies from different chapters as well as getting to know our sisters in our own.

So, this blog will be "host" to my thoughts and ideas for the upcoming event! Now, those that know me will be amused at this "High Tea" theme as I'm so not a girly, girl. But, hey, there's always room for change, right?


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rule Violation? Just a tiny one.....

I did it. I violated my own rule. Last blog post I told you I was going to start in the Master Bedroom and begin to declutter drawers and cabinets. Well, I did that, it felt wonderful!

This afternoon when I returned home from work, I found myself searching for a USB cord that would fit my Palm Treo Pro so that I could download a precious photo of my nephew that I'd received from my brother. In my laundry room, I have no clue as to why it's there, is a three drawer stacking organizer. In the bottom drawer is all sorts of cords, USB thingy's that come with electronic stuff, extension cords and such. It was such a tangle that I couldn't find anything let alone the type of cord I was searching for, and before I knew it, I'd gone to my office and grabbed the rubber band pouch, taken every cord out, wrapped it and banded it. I also threw into a recycle box seventeen chargers and car chargers for Nextel phones, mystery screws, and power cords to electronic items long gone.

Now, I know I said to limit the process to one a day, but before I knew it I'd "decluttered" and organized the remaining two drawers and returned it to the laundry room! Sigh.......I'm so bad. NOT! That felt wonderful and I ain't lying!

Last year I was a participant on a forum in a "Declutter Challenge". We were asked to keep up with the weight of the items we moved out and on. I finished the year out at 632 pounds of stuff!

I've decided to do that with this challenge! It makes it fun to keep up with and gives me motivation. So, I'm up to Sixteen pounds! Man those cords are heavy! I'm finding it interesting that after last years challenge, I still can find so much that needs to move on. Oh well, more fun to come! Won't you join me?


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Playing Catch-Up

Hello Beloved Reader!

I have been away from my blog for entirely too long. I apologise for the silence. My only explanation is that life got in the way.....again.

I realize that I am not alone in this problem. Things that we love to do, such as blogging in my case, often get shoved into a corner when things get hectic. Now however, life is quieting down some and I can get back to it.

This "Playing Catch-Up" is so often the case for me. You too? I recently had several ladies in my home for a CMA Ladies Mission Day. The entire week before that Saturday morning arrived, I scrambled to get my home back into some semblance of order. I spent the entire morning terrified that someone would open a drawer or closed door and be crushed by falling debris or impaled by an object ejected from the drawer by spring action!

This morning, while reading an email from a favorite website, I got a marvelous idea. I am going to make a pledge to myself to take one drawer or cabinet, in the case of a double cabinet I'll split it into halves, and clean it out. This will be a one a day challenge. I am going to be ruthless! I will not keep it, the "it" is whatever is in the location chosen, unless it has an immediate purpose or has been used within the last 3 months.

I shall begin, as I usually do, in the furthest room away from the favorite entryway. Beginning in my case will be in the Master Bathroom. Even as I type this, I'm planning on beginning as soon as I finish. I am excited about this as I feel that it will help me in getting that "cleared out" feeling that I do love so.

Won't you join me in this challenge? I don't think it will be a difficult one, as a matter of fact, I think it will be more of a challenge not to start and keep going rather than limit it to one drawer or cabinet a day.

Feel free to come here and comment, leaving your accomplishments and let us celebrate your victory with you.

Good luck with your challenge!