Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Of course one reason I enjoyed them so much is that they're southern, yet I have a feeling the memories of home, family, community and growing up will resonate with readers no matter where they are from. The first short story, "The Jesus Shoes" by Sandra Chastain, recalls a memorable session of Vacation Bible School. Her memories took me back to Mrs. Jenny Newbern's VBS class where I sang "Onward Christian Soldiers" and learned to make crafts out of popsicle sticks and dry macaroni pieces, beginner craft skills which have served me well in life.
My favorite story in the book was the last one, "Sweet Tea" by Debra Dixon, which tells of a snooty northern visitor who belittles her southern hosts and gets, shall we say, a little something special in her dinner beverage. I won't spoil the surprise in case some of you decide to read this book, but I have always loved watching an "uppity" person get her comeuppance. In my experience, snobs come in all shapes and sizes and certainly from all regions of the country, including mine, but snobbery is simply a sign of bad character no matter where the person's from. The simple life lessons shared in this book were just plain fun to read, and now I'm looking forward to reading the follow-up to this book. Are you a fan of short stories?
Monday, September 22, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Rosemary's Sampler blog earlier this week and yes, I coveted her tissues. I admit it. She had said her sister found them at a local dollar store, and I assumed it was some exotic dollar store (is there such a thing?) that we don't have here in Georgia. When I saw this familiar design for just a dollar, it made me so happy I almost cried into my box of tissues!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I have enjoyed reading their blog (found here) and discovered all sorts of useful information, including a guide to germinating camellia sinensis seeds (it's here).
The USLTG project I am most interested in is their support of the tea mapping project at the University of North Carolina. This project will create maps of the mean annual precipitation, soil pH and temperature for tea plantations in the continental U.S. as well as a map of tea plantations in Hawaii. If you'd like to read more about the project, click here. I look forward to learning more about U.S. tea growing efforts thanks to this great new resource!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
here.) Those would have been perfect for sending her home with some samples! Instead, I grabbed some of my handy make-your-own teabags and popped two samples in the mail, storing each blend in a different plastic bag.