Enjoying One of the Last Sundays of Summer

Today was a great day. I’ve finally come to accept the fact that there will be no more sleeping in  for me in this life.  If I can sleep past 8 AM anymore, that is doing pretty good!  That being said, I’m able to get up and tackle my day in the morning.  We were ready and running errands and left the house shortly after 10 this morning.  ON A SUNDAY!  So after our errands were tackled and lunch in our bellies we came home where I did some work and supervised Tot playing in the yard.

I finally blew up the Hopper ball thingy she got for Christmas.  Watching her try to figure out to jump on it while staying on it was pretty entertaining.  Then, with a little help from Hubster we put the pedals back on her little bike.  We had removed those in June after I read some blogs about how much easier it is for kids to learn to ride a bike with the pedals removed so they learn to balance and “coast” and it’s not so hard for them to balance when the pedals are back on. The training wheels are off of course.  So she attempted to “ride” her bike like a big girl with her pedals and I’m quite proud of the progress she’s making.  Obviously, she isn’t a pro, but I think that the whole no-pedals: ditch-the-training wheels- thing really did help.  It’s so cute to see her get frustrated, think about giving up, but push through and try again.  Also major bonus points to Hubster when he did his Dad thing holding her steady while she pedaled!


After wearing ourselves out, I watered my very dry garden. (Can it just please rain already?!)  Then we came inside and cleaned up and I made an awesome dinner that my husband actually looked forward to 🙂  Chicken Alfredo (I used those awesome twirly Cavatappi noodles and Tyson grilled chicken strips) and since I don’t do alfredo I had plain ol’ spaghetti sauce.  It was wonderful! Plus I have enough leftover that I don’t have to worry about what to pack for my work lunch tomorrow!

Tot’s in bed. My laundry is in the washer.  I found enough quiet time to sit down and bang out a blog and now it’s time for me to read my book!  I’ve finally made it to Book 6 of the Outlander series in my rereading adventure!  Now that I’ve finally bought my copy of  Written In My Own Hearts Blood I am so ready to be done rereading and start Book 8 🙂

I hope everyone else’s Sunday was just as wonderful!


The Republic of Tea: Ginger Peach


Upon opening The Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach Black Tea Full Leaf I definitely noticed the peachy fragrance.  I love peach so this was enjoyable for me.  It was a sweet smell that kind of reminded me of the sweetened Instant Nestea Iced Tea.  Upon brewing, it had more of a black tea fragrance and the peach wasn’t as noticeable and I wasn’t noticing any ginger.  Once brewed it was a nice full black tea with a hint of peach, maybe just a tiny bit of ginger.  I enjoyed this cup hot, but have had it iced since and I like it both ways.

20140721_113723[1]  The Republic of Tea online sells the Ginger Peach Black Full Leaf Tea

3.5 oz Tin   $10.00

3.5 oz refill  $9.50

Bulk 1 LB $37.00

Taster Tin .71 oz $4.50

The Republic of Tea’s website describes it:

Longevity Tea – This best-selling tea offers the sweet lushness of a fancy peach seasoned with the tingle of spicy ginger. Exceptional over ice. Voted Outstanding Beverage by the National Association of Specialty Food Trade. 


I enjoy this black tea and will definitely buy it again!






Republic of Tea : Blackberry Sage


Recently, while out to lunch at the delicious The Barn Restaurant in Smithville, Ohio I dropped into one of the little shops on site called The Oak Cupboard.  Among their great tea selection I was happy to see some The Republic of Tea flavors I’ve been itching to try!

The canister I bought had 50 unbleached tea bags in it.  The above picture shows the can and the teabags.  Upon opening the can there’s definitely a blackberry smell. The directions said to steep for 3-5 minutes and for this first cup I steeped for the minimum 3 minutes then added a tiny bit of sugar.  Once brewed, the smell is not as strong.  The flavor was a smooth black tea with hints of blackberry.  The more I sipped I think I may have picked up the sage notes.  Not sure since truthfully this is first I’ve had a sage tea.  * Honestly I was a little afraid I wouldn’t like the tea because I do NOT like the smell of fresh sage.  Maybe it loses the pungent aroma when dried? *


Overall I found it a relaxing blend, not a strong black blend like the black teas I’m used to drinking so I won’t be using this as my morning wake up cup.  Since my first cup I have had it iced and I actually prefer it as an iced tea, and I double the tea bags when doing so as the canister recommends.

The Republic of Tea’s website describes the tea as follows:

“Tea For Wisdom – An enchanting blend of black tea, fruit and herbs. Finest quality tea leaves mingle with sweet, fragrant blackberries and cool, soothing white sage. The mild, head-clearing character of the white sage herb contributes to a wise tea mind.”

Blackberry Sage tea sells on The Republic of Tea website (here)   at time of post:

Tin-50 Tea Bags  $9.50

Bulk 250 Tea Bags $38.00

Refill-50 Tea Bags $9.00

Traveller-6 Tea Bags $3.99

** The Oak Cupboard sold the Tin of 50 Tea Bags for $9.99.  Seeing as how I had it immediately and didn’t have to pay shipping,  I’m OK with that 🙂  **



Beautiful Blooms

Barbara Mitchell DayLily

I recently planted a Barbara Mitchell day lily in the front yard next to the telephone pole.  The other day it bloomed for the first time!  So far I’m pleased with this addition to the front yard, and can’t wait for it to fill out and I’ll be able to enjoy many more blooms years down the road.  Bonus: It is apparently a rebloomer so it should shoot off some more blooms late summer!

A Tank Top It Will Be

After months of not even picking up a hook, I finally started a crochet project today!  I was inspired to try something completely new.  I’ve made blankets, scarves, hats, even booties but I’ve never made articles of clothing I can actually wear!  I’ve had a tear off sheet from a craft store of a Caron Simply Soft cami pattern since I began crocheting several years ago.  Finally today I began to work on that pattern!  Now I decided to use some worsted weight yarn I have in my stash instead of running off to the craft store for wonderful Caron Simply Soft.  I figured I’d use this one as a test cami and if I like it after I’m done then I’ll go splurge on the Caron yarn in my color choice.

So far so good.  I’ve made the net section of the front and back.  The pattern said to do this for 9 inches, and when it’s stretched flat it is 9 inches tall but it looks longer in the pattern’s picture… not sure if it’s the weight of the edging added at the bottom that I don’t have yet, or the difference in the yarn.  Guess we’ll find out when it’s finished!



Even if this tank top doesn’t work out, I’ve at least crossed the threshold into something new and I’m already thinking up how the next tank top should be and what yarn and color I’d use.  I do love a comfy tank top in the summer 🙂

OH!  You can try your hand at the Caron Floral Cami pattern here.  Let me know if you have made this tank, or how it goes if you take on this project!

Garden Update

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The view from each end of my garden today, June 14, 2014. It’s looking pretty good! I’ve even had my first salad fresh from the garden just the other day… granted it lacked fresh tomatoes.  You’ll notice in spots on the South end of my garden I’ve put down some thick newspaper between rows.  It’s to hold in the moisture and keep out those blasted weeds!  So far it seems to be working great YAY LESS WEEDING!!