As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

gather. {teas}

Winner of the happy package is announced at the end of this post.

Lately I've been gathering our teas after a warm weather hiatus. From the tray atop the refrigerator, from the pantry shelves, from the cabinet above the coffee pot. Time again for a warm cuppa.

The Friendly Village cups and saucers also had a spring/summer break, but they are ready for service once again. 

We love the flavors (and the tins!) from The Republic of Tea. We also like the descriptions under the names. Who wouldn't want to sip a cup of "tea of conviviality"? :)

Uh oh. My Pumpkin Spice tin is empty! Time to order...

I have filled the pumpkin bowl with an assortment of tea bags.

It doesn't hurt to have a little something sweet alongside. A scone would be good, or a shortbread cookie, or a piece of warm, streusel-topped coffee cake. But a nibble of chocolate will do!

I am rather a latecomer to the world of tea drinking. My son once told me, "Mom, you like the idea of tea," which hit the nail soundly on the head. It just seemed so pleasant and cozy to sip on a cup of tea, but I didn't really like the taste. I was (am!) such a coffee girl. 

Over time, I learned to love it. I found flavors that I liked, and I discovered turbinado sugar and the "right" amount to sweeten my tea. My daughter Kati is a tea lover, and she brought me along into her tea world. (And I am still enamored with the idea of tea.)

I like a cup of tea with an afternoon read aloud, or after a walk, or on a chilly morning. When do you like yours?

Do you gather your tea supplies in the fall? Or do you drink hot tea year round? Or not at all?

Since Ben was sleeping over last night, I asked him to help me choose a happy package winner from the bowl. He asked if Crow could help him. :)

Congratulations to Happy@Home!! 

Send me an email ( with your postal address and I'll get your happy package on its way asap!

This is day 25 in the series gather.  Click ~here~ to see more.


  1. Congrats to the winner!

    I like coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon when it's cooler weather. Herbal teas for different things, sweetened with honey.

    Different flavored teas are good too.

    Now that it's getting cooler down here in s.e. FL I'm getting in the mood.

    Happy tea drinking ~ FlowerLady

  2. Congrats to the winner of your happy package, Cheryl! I am a tea drinker from way back. I really don't like coffee--I know it sounds unbelievable to all you coffee drinkers. I make a pot of tea in the morning and drink it all day. Even in the summer I make a pot and drink one cup of hot in the morning and over ice the rest of the day. Have great weekend. ♥

  3. Congratulations to Kim!
    I'm a tea drinker from waaaaay back. No coffee at all. And I drink it pretty much year round although not every day in the summer. I like a cup in the morning. Herbal teas in the evening. More tea if it's chilly out. Tea while hiking or boating. yep. Tea's my beverage of choice.

  4. Hot tea first thing in the morning!
    Lovely photos; what a wonderful thing to have your 2 daughters at home to enjoy those same things as you do.

  5. Congratulations to the lucky winner! I enjoy tea all year long. Even during the heat of the summer, I will occasionally fix a cup or two in the afternoon. And in the winter, I fix it almost every day! I am a confirmed coffee drinker too, but I grew up in a tea drinking family (Irish mother).

  6. Mmm...those flavors sound delicious! I like Harney & Son's African Autumn, and all the herbals from Paromi Tea. I'm a strictly herbal caffeine at all. And I like it on a cold winter day, either with breakfast or mid-afternoon to chase the chill away. And this summer I found I liked the Paromi teas made as sun tea, and used to sweeten up (naturally) a glass of ice water.
    Congrats to the winner!

  7. How exciting to discover that I am the lucky winner of your happy package! Now that makes me very happy :)
    I am presently out of town and the internet access is horrible at the hotel. I will be home tomorrow and will send you an e-mail with my address then.
    Thank you.

  8. Darling little assistant! I too love the idea of tea more than actually drinking tea. Lol. My granddaughter is a connoisseur of tea and works in a tea shop. She has tried to convert me. :-) I do keep Irish tea, Yorkshire tea, and English Breakfast tea in the pantry, just in case I ever feel so moved.

  9. Look at that happy assistant! Love it. I do love the idea of tea, too. I'm more of a special occasion tea drinker...


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