We shall sit outside, shall we, on a wicker chair overlooking the lake on a still morning in late May. We shall don sweatshirts and baggy pants and sprawl contented as waves lap nearby.
Birds twitter and sing and a pair of male robins dance their territorial flutter of wings.
Are you cold? Would you like to wrap yourself in a blanket?
Shall we sip tea, you and I? What kind would you prefer? I have several bags of herbal ginger, peach, kukicha twig, chamomile, lavender mint, delicious peppermint, oh let me go check so you can examine the full assortment. Are you in a green tea mood? Here’s green tea with ginger, with peach, with mint, with jasmine. A bag of plain black tea to delight the palate? Or there’s coffee inside, hot and rich with maybe hazelnut cream, or some almond milk or a spoonful of honey to sweeten whatever ails you?
We’ll talk, shall we, about this and that. About what so-and-so said. About the fields of our spring days, the language of gardening or mowing or hanging laundry on the line. Or about our deepest spiritual longings. Or maybe we’ll simply sit quietly without saying much, simply breathing deep the morning air, watching the dew slowly dry on the green grass, lounging in an old wicker chair, two friends with the rich fullness of silence between them, never a sweeter morning to simply be.
GREAT idea, I just said so myself. Rain is imminent, a good day to climb back into the bed, maybe tea now and tea later, and some more tea after that!
Are you awake yet? I’ve had tea and then coffee. Sunshine here today and mosquitoes and wood ticks a’plenty.
Oh that sounds utterly delightful, Kathy. I’d love some lemon, ginger and honey tea, please; it’s good for warming you up on those slightly chilly and blustery days when the throat gets a bit scratchy. And how about a little plate of lemon-and-lavender cookies to nibble on, as we gaze out at the view and chat about this and that?
Lemon-and-lavender cookies sound so delicious, Reggie! And I do have lemon, ginger and honey for your tea. Will you bring the cookies? Pretty please?
Oh how wonderful!
I’ll ask Flat Kathy to help me bake some. As you may recall, she likes to bake her “Special Flat Kathy Lemony Biscuits”. I’m sure she’d love to do some baking.
She whispered to me last time that we should try adding a sprinkle of lavender blosoms and just a hint of sugar… She has a bit of a sweet tooth, I think.
Unfortunately, I suspect that they may not survive being mailed across the Atlantic. Alas…
Where IS that recipe for those Lemony Biscuits, Reggie? I am suddenly so very hungry and that sounds like the best treat in the whole world. (Curvy Kathy may have a bit of a sweet tooth, too…)
No tea for me, nor coffee; I must go forth and live one more day searching.
Of what are you searching, Linda, that you can not stop for coffee or tea?
I am searching for I know not what, however will know when I find same…your party sounded fun with lots of takers; but today there was a road I needed to travel…two friends have gone home, I know not why. I listen.
I am glad you listen, my friend. I am glad you search. But I am very sad about those two friends of yours who have gone home…
Thank you, my friend. Another cup?
Have you any green tea with lemon? That would be higher in alkaline, and we must balance our body’s PH you know, as we enjoy our visit, our chatter and the serenity of the waves lapping on the shoreline.
There is lemon in the frig, Carol. Already this morning I sipped water with lemon to assist with that balance, but here’s some for your tea. Let’s not go swimming, though. Much too cold yet with those icebergs STILL on the bays.
Thank you, Kathy, that was perfect. I agree, no swimming. Sweats are a much better choice.
Why are you not somewhere close by, Kathy? I so need to talk to someone right now.. tea? lovely. I wish universe could send someone with whom I could sit outside, talk this & that..or may be silent conversation? For now…. Good Night 😦
Sonali, you’re probably sleeping and dreaming by now. Perhaps in your dream you are sitting outside and sharing to your heart’s desire. I am sure you are.
You bring the tea; I’ll bring the bugspray. Then we can sit quietly as birds twitter and the frogs hum and the waves collapse, ever reaching for the sand.
Yes! I want to try that bug spray you recommended. I think the breeze from the lake will blow away most of the mosquitoes though. We can only hope…
I kinda hope not – that lake air is cold down here. I bet it’s frigid up there! Then again, I’m sure you’re bringing hot tea, so maybe it’ll be okay after all 🙂
Here’s a link to the same stuff we have. Looks like Repel has discontinued it though 😦
Thanks for the link, Ms. Heather! It’s now bookmarked and the next time I have an Amazon order, it’s a go. Maybe even sooner. Happy weekend! (I think I just said that to you on FB.) A little bird told me you were having guests. 🙂
I’m far from being in need of a blanket or hot tea. I’m brewing iced tea as I type this out. It’ll be in the 90’s from now until October for me. No way out of it this time (with my husband injured), as I usually take a break and go see family in Chicago. But, thanks for bringing me back to another time … a crisp day by the lake. BTW, I recently updated my blog with the latest.
Gosh, I wasn’t even thinking about some folks being too hot outside! Hey, we were commenting on each other’s blog posts at the same time. How synchronistic is that? Glad to provide you with a moment of virtual vacation, Lori.
What a wonderful virtual hostess. I am afraid though that the wicker chair might give way should I sit in it. I will pull over that nice maple Adirondack chair.
John, that is a cool sturdy Adirondack chair. Do pull it up! Are you a tea or coffee sort of guy? Gosh, it seems like I haven’t seen you in a long time.
Tea, green. Can’t get enough of the antioxidants. I guess our icebergs have been floating in different directions.
Wonder if those ‘bergs will still be there on June 1st??
If they are out of the bay by trout fest then everyone will be happy. Since I don’t fish if Mr. Johnston has our new flooring in by trout fest I’ll be happy as a c!am!
Sounds like the perfect morning. Sorry I missed it.
Aww, heck, since it was only virtual tea we can do it ANY morning! How ’bout tomorrow, Lisa? *grin*
Lovely, Kathy. And lovely Kathy. 🙂 I like almost any kind of tea there is so whatever is handy will do just fine.
Do you drink tea every day, Robin? I think I am a tea-a-holic. Although am not drinking tea right now. Drinking ginger kombucha. Do you like that? No need to answer my questions if you’re busy. I guess I’m imagining that you’re sitting next to me. 🙂
lol! I’m a tea-a-holic, too. I’m currently drinking rooibus tea, one of my favorites. I do like ginger kombucha. And almost anything else with ginger in it. I have been busy today getting ready to journey back to Ohio for a visit with our sons, their lovely wives, and our beautiful granddaughters, but now is a good time to sit, relax, have a cup of tea, and chat a bit. The house-sitter won’t be here until tomorrow night so I still have plenty of time to get things in order for her. 🙂
Enjoy your trip, Robin. That sounds fun! How nice that you have a house-sitter, too.
You make me feel like I am really there! And what a marvelous hostess you are. I love the photo too. This whole post is absolutely charming!
Why, thank you, Dor! I don’t do the hostess thing very much, so probably wouldn’t be that great in person. But it was a fun virtual tea party, wasn’t it?
Kathy, I’m trying this again…hopefully it’ll work this time.
I would love to sit beside you and enjoy the birds and lake views and comforting sounds of the northwoods. If it’s chilly, coffee with hazelnut cream would be very soothing. I drink iced green tea mixed with black tea, raspberry hibiscus tea and pomegranate tea during the summer. Visiting with you would be a wonderful blessing for me.
It worked, Brenda! I found your comment snuggled in my email this morning. Oh, yes, I do love a morning cup of coffee so we’ll have that with hazelnut cream. Would you like a biscuit or something? A cookie? Cake? I don’t always think about making sweets in advance, but it sounds like that would be good for our tea party, don’t you think?
Kathy…I’m so glad this finally came through! I enjoy my coffee in the morning all by itself. Sharing some with you would be the very best treat!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂 xoxo
Same to you, Brenda.
Thank you, Kathy 🙂
Say now, that all sounds delicious and inviting. Tea and coffee are so good but gee- no more for me. I hope one day maybe I can at least drink the decaf kind. The waves lapping at the shore are so relaxing. One of the best sounds in the world. Might even be heavenly, for all I know. 🙂
Perhaps you and I won’t drink tea, Yvonne. We’ll just sit and listen to those waves and we’ll only talk if the spirit inspires us–or if an animal walks by. Then I know you’ll have to share! *smile*
Yes, maam! “grins”
I could go for a spot of tea, a beautiful view, and conversation with a friend.
Excellent, Lunar. See you tomorrow morning! Or maybe find yourself a real-life friend. Perhaps you can watch the ducks. I love the animals on your farm.
Scoot your buns over a smidg Kathy, will ya? I’d love to while away the day sharing this view with you.
Oh I’m glad you came, Laurie! You can tell me more about Boise. I’d love to hear about all your new adventures.
Ah sipping tea in a wicker chair. It sounds so romantic. I have tried and tried to get myself into that sort of spirit, but alas, I will always be a lawn chair chic with a cup of coffee. Isn’t it good that the world is filled with different kinds of people. Enjoy that tea Kathy, it suits you, with that romantic looking wicker chair. By the way, romantic as in literature type not moon eyed and kissy sick. Ha!!
Lucinda, I have a confession to make. That is not MY wicker chair. I just thought it looked romantic and made up a tea story based around it. If we were here in the woods we’d be sitting on our deck (yes, I’ll make coffee) and we’ll be slapping mosquitoes and deciding whether it might be more enjoyable to sip inside.
Oh Kathy, how I would enjoy such a visit. If I could only get myself to be the traveler my husband would love. I keep telling him, he can find a traveler for his second wife. Yikes, what a thought.
Sounds great! I am always up for a cuppa. A a cup of tea outside, wrapped up in a blanket, is so nice.
Isn’t it lovely, Christine? So often I choose to stay inside when all it takes is a snuggly blanket to feel so content. Nice to see you! I must visit your blog again soon.
Earl Grey please. Or I might want to try the peach. I hear there’s still ice in the Lake. Seems a bit unfair to you. Hope your summer extends into October this year to compensate.
Ahhh, an Earl Grey fan! I wonder what our choices of tea/coffee say about us? Or our moods? That’s an interesting ponderance. Yep, still ice on our bays. I shared the coolest pic on FB yesterday that a friend took of an eagle sitting on an iceberg. Unfortunately, it looks like she removed it, so it’s disappeared. As the icebergs will be, hopefully before July 4th!
Sounds lovely, Kathy! I’m on my way over 😉
Coffee sounds wonderful, but so do several of your teas….hmm…decisions, decisions…
I know what you mean about those decisions, decisions, Michaela. So hard to decide!
Kathy, I’m so sorry to have missed having tea with you. There was definitely something wonderful in the air that day, along with the company and the view!
Colleen, it’s never too late to sit and share tea with a friend. Never, ever…and, who knows, it may be possible in the afterlife, too.
A cup of tea with a friend is one of life’s grandly simple pleasures. What an inviting picture!
I would love to share a cup of tea with you,Barbara.