Monday, November 5, 2012

A time to gain (Tuesday Tea)

Today I feel like a glutton with my early morning chiminea fire removing that early morning chill.  I'm also drinking coffee and eating warm cookies, something, even over a week after Sandy hit the US shores, our East Coast neighbors may still struggle to get.  How is it I can lead such a normal, almost nondescript low-budget life, and still feel I'm living in luxury.


As daylight breaks, I feel the warmth of the fire, and prepare to drink my coffee kept hot by the mug cover,  I think how even a cup of hot coffee may be beyond the reach of those living in New York or stranded on the Jersey shore this morning.


Add to that some homemade Snicker-doodle cookies I made early this morning, and my life couldn't be any more different from the hurricane survivors if I tried.  The idea of fresh, clean water to make hot freshly ground coffee must sound like heaven to many of the survivors.


Of course, using a lot of 1/2 and 1/2 is pure decadence.


I plan to make a few backgrounds using CitraSolv and postcards, although the wind might stall my plan.  I have always used turpentine for this technique, but my dear friend Halle of Halle's Hobbies sent this bottle to me for my birthday a year ago, and I'm finally getting around to using it.  Incidentally, Halle's is one of those blogs I can't leave comments on, so I hope she stops by.


And finally, as the wind picks up, I realize I won't be making art outside today because it's everything I can do to keep the smoke from consuming my back patio.  Oh well, I'm so blessed, anyway.  A little smoke with my coffee and cookies can't possibly be a bad thing.


This is Day 6 of AEDM.  Will you join us for Tea Tuesday today?  It isn't important what you are drinking, as long as you want to join in!



11 thoughtful remarks:

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I think smoky cookies might be quite nice... I made smoked tea flavoured cookies once... and the fire as the day breaks would be lovely...xx

Patty said...

Looks like it was a lovely day.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Looks like my coffee I just poured...I'm with you on the half and half it's my indulgence too. It's really cold this morning only 30 and so many are still without heat and lights. I think of this while I crank up my wood stove! my sons' girl who lives in Hoboken is here for a week, no power and no way to get to work in NYC. Luckily she can work anywhere with a phone and computer. Others are not so lucky. Enjoy your cookies, I will be curious to see your citrasolve experiments. xox

Dawn said...

What a thoughtful and thought-provoking post my lovely, mmmmm fresh coffee, can smell it now!!
Huge hugs x x x x

Lisa Graham Art said...

Being rich is all in the attitude and it seems you are a very rich woman. :)

Caterina Giglio said...

it is an amazing contrast isn't it, that we can be living such normal lives... makes me feel eternally grateful... nice stopping by your place for tea and gratitude.. xx

~*~Patty S said...

So easy to take our comfy everyday lives for granted when so many do without on a daily basis.
Your Snickerdoodles sure look yummy. That is a fav cookie to bake at our house too.
Citrasolv is definitely an outdoor project. I had to keep some new Nat'l Geo pages in the shed for about a week to air out after they were completed recently.
Heading off to cast my vote.
Happy T Tuesday to you E
oxo

Carolyn Dube said...

Tea and cookies sounds great- I need to heat up some water! I can't wait to see what you do with the Citrasolv! I have only used it on National Geographics- and loved it. I need to experiment away and see how it works with other magazines.

sandee said...

It's amazing all the little things that we take for granted. I love the saying that "there are people who would be happy with what you have"...I think about that all the time and give thanks for what I do have.
waving hi from the the hills of North Carolina :)

Kathryn - Collage Diva said...

Warm cookies and coffee ... two of my favorite pleasures.

Maron said...

snickerdoodles bring back memories of my daughter in grade school. Once she took them in her lunch and shared them with a friend. The next day the friend's Mom called for the recipe because her daughter couldn't stop talking about them. I directed her to the Betty Crocker Cook Book! Great post...