The above image was taken outside my window.
Well two weeks ago in the greater De Pere area we got over two feet of snow. The largest snowfall for April and largest snowstorm to hit the city in 130 years. Not too long afterward we started getting Spring-like temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s. The Saturday of the snowstorm I went to the Annual Girl Scout Leadership Conference. I was to have two tea parties and teach the ladies some etiquette. My first class was supposed to be full, actually overfull and the other class a smaller one. I was supposed to have 21 and 7 in each class. My personal cap was 20, but I was fine with 21. Well, this was in midst of the storm of the century (literally), so I believe I ended up with only 8 people attending.
What can you do? Not much. Sometimes the second worst snowfall recorded in De Pere happens mid-April. The irony of the situation is in the midst of the storm I noticed two years prior I was collecting ramps and had declared ramp season. Below is a picture of a cardboard box with a saucer with raisins and sesame seeds with a robin I made for the poor robins. Many robins I heard died in this freakish blizzard. I did not see dead robins, just heard from friends there were some robin deaths. Hardly any snow left on the ground today, just some of the huge piles of snow or areas in the shade. Last weekend it was so warm you could wear shorts, which was kinda funny because there were still huge piles of snow around.
Tina Dettman-Bielefeldt interviewed me last week for this article. I really appreciate the time she took and I really think she got the heart of my business. Minor inaccuracies like the potential partnership with another friend in Madison was before I opened my teahouse in Milwaukee, but I see that as a minor thing. Things are picking up in my business and hopefully continue. We shall see. I do not want to seem too presumptuous.
I am in a Charleston theme, so here are some of my long pictures of historic old Charleston, SC from a tree (the second tree) is totally in the road, to some slate sidewalks, some ironwork, and the statue of Washington in Washington Park.
This time my post will be pictures taken in historic Charleston, SC. Everything from Broad St, Meeting St, Washington Park, Marion Park, and the campus College of Charleston. These are the long photos and Thursday will be the tall photos. It was such a lovely old city to walk around. My pictures of rainbow row and the slave market that is now a park were lost.
Happy New Year! Hope 2018 is a good year for you.
Saturday, December 30, 2017, I went to my great aunts funeral. She died December 22, 2017, and was 99 years old. It was not a surprise when she died. She was ready to die. She mistakenly believed she was 100 years old. Nobody wanted to correct her, so they had a 100-year birthday party a year early. She earned that respect. Lorraine was a very generous and was very independent lady. She had a bad car accident when she was 94 years old and that is what slowed her down. Before the accident, she was still shoveling her own snow, gardening, and driving.
Another weekend and another tea event. This was also a very successful event. I sold out of 5 teas. It has been a mainly pleasant experience doing these different events. I have been doing one a week since Nov. 18th, have one this weekend, and two the week afterward. No plans yet for anymore, but will see if I can get one a month or two. December 2nd event was Christmas at the Rail Yard and originally was supposed to be a juried art show, but became a quality art and artisan crafted event. It was nice to hear that the other vendors did well too.
I have more gift baskets online and some more teas soon. So many new things happening lately.
White Tea May Protect Against Neurodegeneration
This post will only be minimally tea related. I hope everyone is able to be with family and/or friends today. I hope you eat a little too much. Today is a day to forget about diets, you can always renew your diet Friday. Today is the day to enjoy with the people you care about the most.
I have a 20% off sale going on now and until December 2nd, 2017 on Etsy. I hope you wait until either Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday to order because today I will not process any order (this is actually scheduled so I may not even use the internet).
Speaking of Small Business Saturday, I will be in Portage, WI 309 Dewitt Street
Portage WI 53901 from 10 am to 4 pm. If you are in the area, stop by and shop.
On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, I am proud to be a part of the #GivingTuesday. I will donate a soup for 6 people for the Friends of the Community Gardens. I will either show the winner how to make 1 of the 3 soups choices or make that soup for you and deliver it. I believe everyone should have access to healthy food. Community gardens allow people to have a garden for a very low cost. Please donate to this worthy cause.
My adventures with this website. Had the lovely marketing company Autumn Hill Creative create my lovely website. Will be adding more things to the web store in Gifts – Tea Time Store. The catering is something that will happen eventually, but not my focus yet.
Thank you for visiting my website and blog!
While the website was going through the tweaks and being designed. I was doing a few events. Here are some photos from the events
Audubon Days Pop-Up Shops in Mayville, WI
A Craft and Vendor Fair in Appleton photo credit below goes to Christine Beltran for the Community Benefit Tree
And two in Milwaukee: one was for the Special Education program called Autumn Artisan Fair
the other was Grace Fine Art and Craft Festival
P.S. I just noticed that the pictures for each event alternate from horizontal to vertical.