Thursday, October 25, 2012

Brown Betty


 Our oldest son, Brad, and his sweet wife April, gave me a lovely Brown Betty tea pot.  I have only used it once this week, but NEXT week when I have a break from school, I shall use it every day.  I can have tea at school, too.  It's snowy outside and I will make it a priority to swivel my chair around and gaze out the window as I sip my tea.  I MUST have quiet moments or I tend to lose my way.  How do you get your quiet?

 I've been enjoying the school day very much lately.  I feel sure it is because of this particular group of children.  They are one hundred percent lovable.  We're writing personal narratives.  I'm writing mine about the time my family was piling into the station wagon to go to church and we noticed that twenty cows were loose on the golf course.  If I can polish it up enough, I'll share it with you.  I hope you get to encounter children today.  On Tuesday, I drove over to Jenny's after work.  Samantha led me all over their house.  She wanted to play "sleepover" so she carried all her blankets down to the family room.  When I left, she played "sleepover" with her mommy.  So cute!  Little Lizzy is thriving!  She kicks and kicks.  She's a healthy little wiggle worm! On Saturday, I'll see seven of our grands at Brad's church harvest festival!  Woo hoo!
 Do you have happy feelings about fall?  Candle glow and hot tea pots?  Christmas music?  October has been busy for us and when we get back from Canada next week (we are going to be gone just few days and we aren't leaving for a few days yet) I think I will revel in the season.  The season is not that busy for us.  We stay home. We don't go to many parties or spend a lot of time shopping.  I like that.
Even though it is snowing, there are still mums at the grocery.  Here is a BIG bunch just for you! 
I have added the reply to comments feature on my blog and I have replied to each of you on my last post.  I love this new Blogger feature.  It's easier to be specific.
Take care today, good pilgrim.  Thank you for popping in here and reading my words and looking at my images.  I appreciate the kind attention.

49 comments:

Angela said...

I have a teapot like that too. They are THE best!! and I am just drinking a cuppa and sending happy thoughts your way. Blessings dear friend xx

Betty said...

oh I must look at the new blogger feature for replies, didn't know about that. I'm glad you're having some restful moments. I have been having the odd afternoon sleep and I get to cuddle up with my cat as well as next doors! will post a pic on my next post. I have lots of craft books at the moment to keep me sitting quietly. I am imagining snow - you must be wearing thick woollies! it is mild here in the UK but that's about to change in the next two days - I can't wait for frosty mornings. Betty x

Pom Pom said...

Hooray! I'm glad it is so British that you have one! that means I am British, too. Right? I remember when you told me about saying, "Shall I be Mother?" I love that, Angela!

Pom Pom said...

Oops! I should have capitalized that THAT.

Pom Pom said...

HI Betty! I am so glad that you are resting and healing!
Cats and naps go well together, I agree!
The weather is cold but not freezing. I WILL wear warmer clothes today.
Take care, sweet friend.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

This is just a "warm fuzzy" post..oh my snow! Tea...how comforting, and your kids this year, that is great...I am sure they are a reflection of their teacher.

New feature on blogger..oh my, I still can't get it all figured out!

A garden just outside Venice said...

Happy Thursday PomPom!!!
How sweet your new blog makeover!
Next week I'm taking a little break too, so looking forward to it, since I haven't still had any day off from work this (well, last) Summer.
Keep you warm and enjoy your mug of tea!
Michela x

A tale from toadstool house said...

Dear Pom Pom,I can hardly wait for next week... What a wonderful gift,the teapot,looks like it come just in time for snowy days...
I get My quiet time crafting away,lost in the moment,bliss.
I love all of those things about the season,candlelight,hot tea,christmas music,love it all.Enjoy your time next week,lots of love julieXxxx

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I have been drinking lots of blueberry tea lately, and it's quite wonderful! There's something very quiet and restful about drinking tea. I'm so glad you have wonderful students this year. I'm sure your wonderfulness as a teacher as a lot to do with it!

xofrances

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Thanks for the quote from C.S. Lewis..it is great, and so true!

Farm Girl said...

Lots of pretty things today. I have poured my coffee and I love sitting here while the house is quiet---still. Just a small window of time. Having my coffee with you.
I am the same way, if I don't have a bit of time during the day to be quiet and reflect then I get pretty sketchy. Especially when life keeps handing out challenges.
I love your brown Betty tea pot. I have my grandmother's. No telling how old hers is, one of the few things I received from her. I hope you stay bundled up and enjoy fall. It is very pretty here with the sky being bright blue. Only in October are the skies so blue with the chill in the air and the hint of wood smoke on the breeze.
Hugs from me to you my dear friend. I laughed and laughed about your beef brisket. I have done that too. :)

Lisa Richards said...

I like your idea of writing personal narratives. Your particular story reminded me of something that happened many years ago. I'll have to try to remember to write about it on my blog; a great place for narratives!

We usually have a small, quiet Christmas as well. One of our boys remarked some years back that it was kind of silly to stress over buying presents for everyone when our resources were limited, so we've cut back on that and enjoyed the other treasures of the season.

I have a test on Physical Assessments today. I'm kinda nervous, but I'm going to try to just take a deep breath and leave it in God's hands since I've done all I can to prepare. Your posts help me to see life in a cheerier light. Thanks for another uplifting post, Pom!

Enjoy your teapot! :)

TexWisGirl said...

i like your sweet little tea pot!

TexWisGirl said...

(did you know that you've got word verification AND comment moderation enabled?)

♥ Tina said...

A teapot made in Britain? Even we Brits find it hard to find things made here! Love it! :) Thanks for the warm and friendly post. xx (still wish you were my teacher) xxx

M.K. said...

Hi there! The Brown Betty is lovely -- so sturdy, warm, squat and useful. I love it! You KNOW how I feel about fall, so I won't wax eloquent here :) I hope you have a lovely time up North in the tundra - haha! I know what you mean about teaching being a comfort. With the right kids who aren't stressful, and material you love to teach, the routine of the classroom is VERY comforting, so predictable, a place you can be in a bit of control of. Sometimes I do miss that very much. My last classroom was truly a home away from home -- candles, music, etc. I even had a crackling-fireplace screen saver that I put up on my Smartboard :) The kids LOVED it too.
Enjoy your lovely snow, dear.

M.K. said...

Pom, can you tell me how to do the reply-to-comment thing? I went to my blogger dashboard, but couldn't find the place to "turn it on," and it's not on my blog comments itself. Help!

Pom Pom said...

I remember that you shared with me about your "fireplace" in the classroom and I've thought of it so often, MK!
For comment reply go to settings/comments/html for comment placement. You can't do a pop up window AND the reply. If you can, I haven't figured it out yet!

Pom Pom said...

You are so sweet! Hey, if I had been your teacher I would have been singing your praises! YOU are so brilliant and you are an amazing writer!

Pom Pom said...

Yes, TexWis. I know. Sorry! If I don't put on word verification I get spammed twenty times a day. I don't like having to delete and spam all those product advertising comments I get.

Pom Pom said...

Thank you! It's so sturdy!

Pom Pom said...

Oh, Lisa! God bless you as you study! You will make a wonderful nurse. You're so smart! I miss your posts though, art friend.
Hang in there! I'll mail your dolls as soon as I can catch my breath. LOVE!

Pom Pom said...

I KNEW you'd agree with me about the quiet, Kim! We like to read the same sweet books, too!
I still haven't gone to the grocery store and purchased a REAL brisket! I hope that my brain will sort itself out when I have a few days off!
Thank you for having your coffee with me! I'm on my lunch break right now, so time for tea!

Pom Pom said...

You're so sweet, Frances. Guess what we are reading in Reading Workshop? Chicken Boy! The kids like it. They are listening intently! I'm using the CD you sent.

Pom Pom said...

Hi Julie!
Next week will be great!
I tried to leave a comment on your blog and it told me I had conflicting edits. I'll try again. LOVE!

Pom Pom said...

Hooray for vacations, Michela! I look forward to your photos! (HUG)

Pom Pom said...

Yahoo! I love the British stickers and tags on my new tea pot! Thank you for visiting, Angela!

magsmcc said...

We strawberries approve very much of the teapot! Have a fabulous break- I am exhausted just reading all your energetic thoughts!

libbyquilter said...

when i was working and raising my daughter i used to get up before anyone else. i had to get up very early but i LOVED the deep sense of quiet and it was a chance for me to feel how renewed i was after a good nights rest. i enjoyed my morning tea at this time and it never tasted as good at any other time of the day~! i still think of those times even though it's been a long time since i had to try so hard to find the quiet.
now i'm able to relax into my stitching and creating each day and i find that is a good escape into the 'quiet' also.
of course, almost everything is better with a good cup of tea.

enjoy your upcoming week Pom Pom.
:-)
libbyQ

Pom Pom said...

I think it is so smart of moms when they get up early to soak in the good quiet before the darling angels' feet hit the floor! Oh, I do love tea and I wish I could drink some right now, but it keeps me awake at night. Tomorrow morning, for sure!
Oh, Libby Q! YOUR STITCHING is always wonderful! (BIG HUG)

wayside wanderer said...

Oh, I love your brown betty! Tea is so yummy when it is cold. I like it best in the afternoon. I am ready for a little r&r. Our homeschool co-op only meets for 2 more weeks and then we are off until Jan! Whoohoo!!!!

ann said...

I would like to read your students' narratives. I am sure they are funny and light hearted. I usually have my freshmen write narrative essays, but this year I didn't. They write sad stories. In light of the awful summer we had, the narratives would have been grim. I had decided last spring not to have that assignment and I am glad now that I didn't have read sad stories. Enjoy your time off.

melanie said...

I love the Brown Betty teapots, they are wonderful :) I hope you enjoy your pots of tea, don't forget to warm the pot before hand, and pop in an extra spoon of tea for the pot, lol :)
I hope you have a lovely weekend :) xxx

Vicki said...

Hi, Pompom, my friend,
Enjoy your nice cup of tea from that wonderful Brown Betty teapot!! I, too, have to have my quiet time. That is how I replenish my spirit. I am so glad you are enjoying your students. I am back to my tutoring job at the school I retired from. I love the children and hopefully, I am helping them with their studies. I especially love to help them with their reading. I want them so badly to love quality children's literature. I choose books that I love and in turn, my enthusiasm seems to be rubbing off on them!! Have the best of weekends and enjoy those sweet grandchildren. Vicki

Pom Pom said...

That's wonderful! I bet there are a lot more readers in the world because of you, Vicki!

Catherine said...

Well, all this replying business is going to keep you extra busy Pom! Sometimes the rest part for me is simply doing what I can & not doing it all & trying not to stress about not replying to everyone I'd like too even though I'm thinking about them & liking them : ) But then I'm the same with conversations in person..1/2 an hour, cup of tea & off I go, is perfect! I think I may also have butterfly genes. Your Brown Betty is very shiny still! What a thoughtful gift. I'm so glad that Lizzy is doing well. Snow!! that is most peculiar..it seems that you have just been eating watermelon!! I have just sent Fynn some of those...watermelon seeds. My they are expensive. Might pay to keep some seeds myself for next time. Much love GK x0x0x0x

Pom Pom said...

Oh, Catherine. You're so funny "thinking about them and liking them". I know just what you mean! Yes, our weather here in Colorado is wacky. We're to have warmer days this weekend. Much love back to you!

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

Another sweet post from your snowy side of the mountain. Today we are cleaning up leaves and cutting down mums.

I will look for the new feature on Blogger regarding comments...did not know about that.

Gumbo Lily said...

I love making tea in tea pots. That way you can pour yourself another cup or share with a friend or loved one. I, too, must have my little dose of quiet. I especially like to walk for my quiet fix.

Your sleep-over time sounds so fun. It reminds me of the day that my two Littles were here. They got a gob of pillows out and piled them under the skylight so we could watch the clouds go by on a cold day. Smart kids, aren't they? So glad Lizzy is doing so well.

Happy Fall!

Pom Pom said...

Hi Nancy! Bill's outside blowing the leaves into piles! There is still snow around, though! Yay for Colorado weather!

Pom Pom said...

Hi Jody! Smart kids, indeed! There's nothing like a house nest for dreaming and planning!
Thank you for your kind words. I got to hold Miss Lizzy last night. She is a lamb!

The Bok Flock said...

POm POm I am LOVING your illustrations! Love that header. So sweet. Teapots for me are a ritual...when in a hurry I'm a teabag in a mug chick. When relaxing with friends or a book, out the teapot must come.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

What a happy post! I always feel so uplifted when I visit you. And by the way, I am blessed with children encounters in my life too. I teach Children's Church on Sundays (today!), and I'm volunteering in the kindergarten class and subbing in elementary school again this year. Children keep me feeling young.

I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and letting me know what you do with your long winter evenings. I like your idea best of all, going to bed early and getting up early. I'm a morning person too and can get three times as much work done in the morning as I can in the evenings. I started with my new plan this morning. I was up by 5:30 a.m. (on a Sunday)! Wishing you a blessed Sunday, my friend. ~ Sherry

Pom Pom said...

Thanks, Sherry! Whenever I sign up for an evening commitment, I ask myself WHAT was I thinking? I like quiet evenings at home where the flannel sheets beckon! You're right when you say children keep us young (and humble!) It's a privilege to be in the presence of youth!
I hope you have a fantastic fall. Don't you love thinking about Thanksgiving!

Pom Pom said...

Well said, Mrs. Bok! The teapot slows me down to just the right pace! I shall have a pot of tea today and finish up a sweater! My header is a Grandma Moses painting. I've always been fascinated with her artwork! Thank you for visiting!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

P.S.
Dear, sweet Pom Pom, will you please tell me how to add the "Reply" feature to my blog? I've been on a search for instructions since reading your post. I followed the instructions I found for going into the HTML code and changing it that way but it didn't work for me. Any help would greatly appreciated!

Pom Pom said...

Sherry, go to settings/comments/comment placement/html
That should do it! Yay!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Oh, yay! I just learned from my publisher that they are repackaging three of my early books--Dovey Coe, Where I'd Like to Be, and Chicken Boy. I can't wait to see how they look. I like that boy holding a chicken on the cover of CB, so will probably miss him, but they want the books updated for the readers of today.

By the way, if you ever wanted me to Skype with your students, we could do that. Just let me know! xofrances

Brad M said...

I'm so glad you liked your new tea-pot. It practically jumped off of the shelf and begged to be owned by you! You are such a wonderful mother! And I love you!

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