Tea Time Talk #32 – #TeaTimeTalk


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Good morning, friends. We’re another week closer to the end of 2019.  I’m looking forward to 2020.  I’ve always had better luck with even numbered years.  I’m hoping 2020 is going to be my year!  Won’t you join me for a cup of tea or coffee, sit a while, and tell me what your hopes and dreams are for next year?  🙂   If we were sipping tea and talking I would tell you: my week was a hectic one, but I finished what I needed to do, thanks to hubby & Lys helping out.  Most of you know I suffer from anxiety, and it was full bloom these past few weeks.  But I made it through, with only a slight meltdown.  I think I’ll pat myself on the back for that.  All I can say is PHEW!

If we were sipping tea and talking I would tell you: I decorated the house, but not like I used to.  No big tree.  Instead I have two smaller, fiber optic ones. My nativity was made by my son’s girlfriend, for my husband, who loves the minions.  I actually keep it out all year because it makes me smile.  I think it will make you smile, too!

If we were sipping tea and talking I would tell you: we got to walk Darty on Friday.  It was a cold, rainy day, and even Darty didn’t seem to like it.  He was much happier in the house.  We’ll be puppy sitting for an adorable puppy, Ellie, on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.  I can’t wait.  We’ve already had her here with us, and she’s a bundle of fluff!

Darty, after his treat 🙂

If we were sipping tea and talking I would tell you: the LuLaRoe launch was fun!  We have another round of it today, at 3PM.  If you’re interested, you can catch us live on Facebook on Monday night at 8PM EST.  The clothing is beautiful, and there are styles for the men, too!! Please join our group page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lularoedorindaduclos/ and you can register at https://dorindaduclos.lularoebless.com/CustomerRegistration  You’ll need to do that if you plan to purchase any items.  I hope you’ll give it a look.  I’ll bet you’ll fall in love!  ❤

If we were sipping tea and talking I would tell you: today is a special day at church.  It’s a memorial service for a beautiful woman who passed one year ago.  Gerry was a unique person, with so much love to give.  She was a blessing to all, and especially Alyssa.  She always told her she should be in fashion, and now she is.  So I know Gerry is watching over both of us.  It is also Fellowship Day, so we will be remembering Gerry during service and celebrating her during Fellowship.  I know it will be a very emotional day for her family, and all, who miss her dearly.

If we were sipping tea and talking I would tell you: if you missed it, the post featuring the photos from the Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor, can be viewed HERE.  Please enjoy!  It was beautifully decorated and very festive.  🙂


As for the week ahead:

If we were sipping tea, basking in the sun and talking I would tell you: after Monday, I will be slowing down a bit.  I need to remember to take care of me, too.  I hope you’ll all remember to take care of yourself, too.  ❤

If we were sipping tea, basking in the sun and talking I would tell you: Christmas is a mere 10 days away.  Tell me, did you make Santa’s naughty or nice list?  I think you made the nice list, especially if you’ve indulged me, and read this far!!

If we were sipping tea, basking in the sun and talking I would tell you: it’s off to church I go! Gerry, Fellowship & LuLaRoe!  A full day for sure!  Until next time, be well, and have a blessed week, my friends!  ❤

#FridayFantasy ~ How Shall I Dream? – #poetry #RDP


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How shall I dream
While the world awakens
Touched by sun’s luminous rays
Waterfalls flow, in misty white haze

How shall I dream
While the world is alive
Subtle soft breezes gather my cloth
Babbling brooks, covered with froth

How shall I Dream
While the world flourishes
Flora abounds, in delicate scents
Filling my senses, with lasting content

How shall I dream
While the world shows its beauty
Eyes open wide, like never before
Artistry captured, with gentle rapport


Ragtag Daily Prompt (yesterday’s) – Flourish

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Dare to Cling ~ #poetry challenge – #Tanka


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Colleen’s poetry challenge for this week is synonyms only!  Her two words are Give and Shake.  Check out Colleen’s blog to find which forms of poetry are acceptable for this challenge.  Have fun!

Written as a Tanka, my synonyms are Abandoning and Shudder.

As winter snow falls,

I shudder in the cold air,

Abandoning warmth.

Much like dear autumn’s last leaf,

Who dares to cling too tightly.


Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 157 #SynonymsOnly

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A Victorian Christmas at Ringwood Manor


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This past Sunday, we toured the Ringwood Manor. The manor is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. The pictures don’t do the displays justice, but I wanted to share our experience with you. It was absolutely gorgeous! There is info about the manor, following the photos, so please do scroll all the way through. Enjoy!

Ringwood Manor is a National Historic Landmark District, having historical importance spanning from Native American occupation through the early 20th century. The surrounding Ramapo Mountains’ rich magnetite iron deposits made the area a major iron supplier and became the home to a succession of ironmasters for over two hundred years. During the Gilded Age, Ringwood Manor became a large summer estate for partners Peter Cooper and Abram S. Hewitt and their families. In 1938, the house, its contents, and the surrounding property were donated by the family to the State of New Jersey as a museum and a state park. With original historical structures, gardens, and landscapes on 582 acres and extensive historical collections illustrative of family life, community, industry and culture, Ringwood Manor is a unique repository of American history. 

Today, Ringwood Manor is a central part of Ringwood State Park and administered by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry. (http://www.ringwoodmanor.org/)

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The Ocean Calls – #poetry – #WOTD


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The sound of the ocean calls

And its creatures gather

To hear the mighty roar

Softly playing within

Only a whisper, crashing

Among the white capped waves


Word of the Day Challenge – Ocean

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