Monday, November 9, 2009

peaceful moment at end of day


(photo montage by Carol Jessop)
a cup of tea tonight



a fire in the chiminea this afternoon



later a walk down to the woods past the glowing chiminea



(photo by David Grewcock)
the hoot of the owl in the moonlight to his friend



the blooming Christmas cactus as a centerpiece



("Seven Metals, Singing Bowls of Tibet" by Benjamin Iobst)
the chiming resonance of the singing bowls in the background



the pets nestling down in the quiet



("The Breakfast Room" by Pierre Bonnard)
the tranquil, aromatic cup of tea



quiet, calm time

Recipe from Aromatherapy by Valerie Gennari Cooksley, R.N.:
"Tea for Two"
2 tsp rose petals
1 tsp spearmint herb
1 tsp licorice root (ground)
1 tsp hawthorn herb
a pinch of the following:
coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg
vanilla or ginger honey to taste
Bring three cups of water to a boil.
Place the herbs in the hot water and simmer on low for three minutes.
Remove from the heat and steep for five minutes.
Strain and drink.
(I substitute any missing herbs with drops of Young Living Essential Oils.)

23 comments:

  1. Oh Margaret, how lovely! Just what I needed at the end of a very tiring and trying day. Thank you!

    Hugs,
    Angela

    ReplyDelete
  2. ah, margaret, you surely know how to create just the right mood. i am so relaxed after reading this my fingers are flopping on the keyboard!

    and i see my beloved twinkly twin angela above my comment. icing on the comforting cake.

    xoxo
    kj

    ReplyDelete
  3. could I please come and snuggle up with you and the pets?

    ReplyDelete
  4. That tea sounds lovely...my current favourite is Moroccan Mint...

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm sipping white tea with chai and wishing I was nestled around your fire. Very appealing!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. WOW MARGARET THIS SOUNDS SO DELICIOUS I WILL TRY IT. lets all cozy in for winter. IT IS COLD BUT SOOO WARM IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS!
    AND YOUR photos are so WARM. thank you, because this is my favorite time of year. YOU ARE A DEAR! love DI

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Angela! Thank you! And I hope you're taking care of yourself. You're a doer! xxox
    ======
    Hi kj! You two are twins! Constantly doing! Well I've saved some tea! xxox
    ======
    Hi Friko! You are most welcome! And please bring Benno so he can relax with Daisy! (Don't they look like brother and sister?) xxox
    ======
    Hi Saj! Moroccan Mint sounds wildy exotic! But I'm saving the creme de menthe for you! xxox
    ======
    Hi Bonnie! White chai! Perfect for the dark months! I wish this were real, and we were all having a cozy tea party together! xxox
    ======
    Hi Diana! Your abode is so cozy for the season, too! It's lovely to have these heartwarming soirees together to look forward to this winter! xxox

    ReplyDelete
  8. We prepare some questions for sharing something other bloggers in the world,Would you join us with this game.
    I will be glad if you join us :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ah, the recipe for a very romantic and peaceful evening.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Welcoming, warm, glowing, relaxing, peaceful, full of love. Thus it is to be in Margaret's presence.

    BTW: Bonnard is one of my absolute faves.

    ReplyDelete
  11. That tea recipe looks delicious. Of course I always make alert and caffinated as strong as coffee kind of tea. Maybe that's why your blog is so soothing. You are drinking that wonderful potion.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Very nice indeed. Thanks for the tranquil times. Hope all is going well and you are smiling

    ReplyDelete
  13. A beautiful and calming post, Margaret! Love, Peace & Blessings, dear friend!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Barry! Thank you for visiting! Yes, winter is a good time to hunker down and relax. It's fun trying to find ways to create that coziness. Imagine what all those snow birds who "fly" to Florida are missing!
    ======
    Hi Lynne! What a lovely thing to say! It makes me want to live up to it! I do try to do things that are self-soothing when I can. and Bonnard is a fave fauve of mine, too! :) xxox
    ======
    Hi Sharon! So that's your secret to creating so much art and doing so much! Starbucks! and three (or two?) cats urging you on! I heard a quote once about a cat-owner who felt he was always walking through mud puddles pulling his pantlegs up--so true! They're always underfoot! xxox
    ======
    Hi Owen! If we only had more leisure time, there are so many lovely respites to be had.
    ======
    Hi Blues! Good to see you! Is it wintry there yet? I've been enjoying your music.
    ======
    Hi Marion! I love to find bits and pieces where I can that are comforting and pleasant. We'll need it in the dark days ahead! xxox

    ReplyDelete
  15. Very nice! It's so refreshing to take a moment to breathe and absorb the miracle of the present moment. Exhale.

    ReplyDelete
  16. No winter yet it's been way to warm so far. Glad to hear you enjoy the tunes. Going well here I am still training for work ad start full time for real next tuesday. Take great care Mags and Thanks again.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Yes, a really peaceful end of the day! Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  18. dear ms. margaret, i haven't forgotten that i will teach you how to play. do you ever roll down hills now? that is a good start.

    but i will tell you more soon.

    sincerely,
    e.r.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi Dan~ yes, it is, but the preparations are most of the fun part! Like Thanksgiving dinner. I sent you the Native American info tonight. Let me know what you think!
    ======
    Hi Blues~ I'm so excited for you with the new job! How's training going so far? Well, you're the best and will do well.
    ======
    Hi Gry~ I see you're really getting the wintry weather! All the more reason to relax inside! xxox
    ======
    Hi Emily! Thanks for your answer! I'm not really good or practiced at rolling down hills, but I can try! And let me know the info for the suffering people in Africa. You are in the same time zone as I am, so that means you've been asleep for a long time. Ask Miss Karen for a carrot in the morning! Good night! Sweet dreams! xxox

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow...serenity! I loved this post Margaret, especially the pets nestling! So adorable!!
    :) Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi Rain! Thanks! A quiet moment. Don't you love to cuddle up with the pets, too? They are so relaxing. xxox

    ReplyDelete