A cozy Sunday afternoon tea

May 31, 2015

It's cold and rainy here in Michigan this afternoon.

After church I had to put on a sweater and turn the heat back on!

Perfect afternoon for a spot of tea and some reading, curled up in my favorite comfy chair.

This teacup and pot just seem to exude coziness.

I found two little brown transferware bone dishes at our farmers' market yesterday. So versatile, I think. You can put rings in them when doing dishes, tea bags, a little snack . . . 

My book club is reading In the First Circle by Aleksandr Solzenitzyn. I've been reading for a week and am only a third of the way through. All these Russian names are confusing, and I have to keep consulting the list of characters. Russia under Stalin was not pretty.

Love this book light. We do not have great lighting in our family room, so this really helps. 

I'm also a week behind in my Bible reading. I'm doing a chronological plan this year. Not going to do this again. All OT, without any NT, for most of the year, is a little heavy-going.


Thank you all for your kind and encouraging comments about my plans to start getting my hair back to its natural color.

Here's another reason to stop the coloring . . . 

(Ignore those stripes!) Look at all the broken hair around my hairline. Hopefully, all this will grow back in as I stop coloring.

I am joining Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.


  1. The instant I saw your blog, I had a deep need to make a pot of tea :) haha -- so I am! It's steeping right now. GOOD for you, growing your natural hair color out. I don't color, curl, blow dry. Stylists who touch my hair tell me it is unusually healthy! :) I love bone dishes too. They are very handy, even if you never eat fish or have bones to put aside. They're so graceful. I've been out of town for a couple of weeks, but it's nice to pop back in and say hello now! I hope all is well with you.

  2. Be kinds to yourself....stop coloring your hair! It is the most liberating thing I've done in years. My hair feels so much healthier and easier to style. You'll be so glad you did this for yourself. Love that neat light, too and your pretty tea cup! Hugs, Diane

  3. Amazing that cool weather has returned to so many across the country. Your tea time looks gorgeous. I love the two dishes you found. That's a great light for reading also. We've had thunderstorms in GA this afternoon and tea tasted good to us, also. I think you look wonderful and that you will love the freedom of going silver. I am so happy that I made that decision a few years back. Wishing you a restful night.

  4. The bone dish is so sweet. The perfect size for many things. Love your tea-cup, too.

  5. Hi Deborah. Love your Victorian transferware crescent bone dishes! I have one at my bedside to hold my glasses at night. And the teacup is so cute! I haven't read Solghenitsyn since high school! But then, I was studying Russian, so I read a lot of Russian authors...can be very depressing...you'll need lots of cups of tea and chocolate!

  6. Dearest Deborah,
    What a lovely post; despite the cold weather or maybe just because of it?!
    Love your bone dish as it is just the right size and wow, some good Godiva chocolate with some berries...
    Yes, your hair will be grateful for getting a break from all those chemicals. My hair is still very dry from years of Prednisone but what was the alternative? Being paralyzed is no option.
    Sending you hugs with lots of sunshine!

  7. Beautiful teacup, somehow makes the tea more enjoyable when sipping from a nice cup. We have had rain too, so lots of tea drinking going on here too.

  8. I think you sent your cold air to Pennsylvania ! : ) 49 degrees here this morning. Still a nice respite after much heat...
    Pretty tea : )

  9. Tea and reading a book on a rainy Sunday sounds like a fun and relaxing day. Hope you have a nice day.

  10. I read a fascinating biography of Lenin years ago and had the same trouble keeping all the Russian names straight. Since glasnost, we have had tons of fabulous Russian/Eastern European opera singers at the Metropolitan Opera, and I have to make a concerted effort not only to learn how to pronounce their names correctly, but to remember them.

    Modern hair color formulas are far easier on the hair than when I was young. If your hair is breaking, perhaps there is something else going on -- hormones, nutrition, etc. Maybe worth looking into.

    Cheers, M-T

  11. We finally have sunny skies here, Deborah, and maybe you will, too. Your cottage scene teacup is a beauty and I love your sweet little brown transferware dish. I didn't know that TJ's carried Irish Breakfast tea. I will need to look for that next time that I go.

  12. There is a sort of comfort in a brown teapot :) I have 3 of them and just love their little brown bellies. I often pick up tiny dishes like your brown transfer ware ... so handy for sewing. We had a rainy weekend too, but I think it's supposed to improve (hopefully warmer?) tomorrow. Enjoy!

  13. It is cool here too, Deborah. Hopefully near the end of the week it will warm up. I LOVE, love your cottage teacup! And the little transferware dish is adorable. What a cute find. I wish I could get TJ here but they don't carry it on the Island. A blogger friend had sent me some a while back and it was so good. I like your rings, first thing I noticed when I looked at your photo. When it comes to your body and your hair, one has to do what makes you feel good about yourself. I applaud you. I have stripes too and Hubby loves them. I am a natural blonde so they blend in rather nicely. My hair stylist says I have very healthy hair so I guess I'll keep getting those stripes for a while yet. Thank you for joining me for tea this week and Happy June, my friend!


  14. It's a really comforting tea -- looks so warm and cozy and I adore your tea ware!

  15. Hi Deborah, What a lovely tea and accented with your gorgeous china pieces. Love your cottage cup and transferware is beautiful in any treasure.
    Your hair is gorgeous and the highlights are pretty. The new growth is a blessing!!
    Happy June!
    Blessings, CM

  16. That cold has reached to Nashville too! If I keep coming here I think I'm going to get up my nerve to try tea again, it's been years since I last tried it, but to sip out of a thin china cup would be a fine experience.

  17. Oh I can relate. The temperatures have changed drastically here in NJ too. Cold and very damp here since Sunday too. I have been coloring my hair for years. I am not sure if I will ever stop. I love your new small transferware dishes.

    Your Sunday sounds like the perfect day to me.

    Have a great week.


  18. I also love to curl up with a cup of tea during rainy days. I need to get one of those book lights!

  19. Hang in there with the return to natural coloring ! Seems so many women I know quickly rush to get their hair colored after only a few weeks of trying to allow the gray & white to grow in. Then I notice the women have skunk stripes quickly, the dyed hair looks unnatural in sun light and also shows their scalps brightly... but they put on brave smiles and again dye their thinning hair that contrasts starkly with their fading complexions , actually aging them more than they know. But it is hard sometimes to admit we are aging.

    Your tea time looks so inviting on a cold day , but the perfect accompaniment to reading the works of Solzhenitsyn ( sp ? ).

  20. Hi Deborah,
    What a pretty cozy Sunday afternoon tea. Love your teacup and I see you are still eating nutritiously. I have recently lost a little weight and now have been inspired to eat less. I am also a fake blonde and was wondering when to look more my age. How does your hubby feel about changing your hair colour? I think that my hubby will help me to decide when to go completely gray. It certainly will be cheaper and less time consuming. I go every six weeks for colour and a few times a year for streaks. Thank you for always sharing intimate details of your life. I really admire your honesty and you are Beautiful no matter what colour your hair is Dear Deborah! Blessings, Karen


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