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Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon   14 comments

March 23 – March 29

Share tea from the perspective of literature. Post a tea quote, a verse or poem, or story. Tell about a favorite tea book. This would be a good time to share how you use tea to encourage others. Do you minister to others by sending them tea themed cards to friends and shut-ins? Or another way you use ‘tea’ to share joy with others? I know some of you do — so tell your story!

March 16 – March 22

Share a picture of your favorite teacup and saucer; describe it and tell it’s history (or make up a story about it’s past). Why is it meaningful to you? This would be a good place to share about the details of your teacup collection if you have one.

Since I am a little behind on this blog-a-thon, this will be two posts in one to catch up! 


I have a very eclectic teacup collection.  This is one of my favorite “single” teacups.  I found it at Goodwill and just love the flowers on it. It is bone china from England and it was screaming “buy me!”.  So I did.

The Litera-Tea that I would like to share is my Tea at Glenbrooke – A Quiet Place Where Souls are Refreshed by Robin Jones Gunn.  I enjoyed her Glenbrooke novel series and this was such a nice end to the series.  It is filled with quotes, stories, recipes and tea trivia. A lovely read indeed!

Tea is very relaxing for me.  I make sure I have plenty of different flavors and blends at work and at home.  My husband even enjoys green tea at work in the late afternoon rather than coffee.  I do enjoy my morning cup of coffee, but after that, I could have tea the rest of the day.  I don’t drink tea out of that lovely teacup and saucer above though.  This is what I drink my tea in at home…


That is my bone china mug made in England.  I bought that lovely item at Butchart Gardens.  Now that’s a cup of tea!

Head on over to Gracious Hospitality for more Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon posts.

Posted March 23, 2008 by Lana G! in Books, Fellowship, Flowers, Meme, Tea Party

Spring Reading Thing 2008   2 comments

YIPPEE!  Spring Reading Thing starts in 2 weeks (March 20th)!  Spread the word and check out Callapidder Days for all the details! Oh time to think about what I am going to read this spring!

Posted March 6, 2008 by Lana G! in Books, Challenge, Reading, Spring, Spring Reading Thing!

Woman to Woman – Book Review   8 comments

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Woman to Woman is hosting a book report today. You are to choose any book that falls into the category of either Fiction or Mystery and write a report to share it. So read, report and recommend a book that you have read within the past 3 months.

 I just finishded The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart:


This story is about an 11-year old orphan Reynie Muldoon who responds to an advertisement recruiting “gifted children looking for special opportunities.” Reynie is one of four children who are recruited and trained by Mr. Benedict to travel to an isolated school where children are being trained by an evil man who wants to rule the world.  These children must work together and use what they learned, their talents and abilities to thwart the evil man’s plans.

The story is for children 10 and older.  I enjoyed it and I am way older than that!  It is well written and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat.  I would highly recommend this book.  Great ending!

To see more book reviews go to Seeds in My Garden and My Many Colored Days.

Posted October 9, 2007 by Lana G! in Book Review, Books, Woman to Woman

Get Out of That Pit   9 comments


I just finished Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore.  I must confess that this is the first book I have read by Beth Moore.  She has a way with words and stories that drive a point home.  I enjoy her writing style. (Forget the fact that I also really like her hairstyle and will be asking my hairdresser/great friend if it would work for me! What do ya think Christi?)

This book is exactly what the subtitle says it is:  Straight Talk about God’s Deliverance.  I found the book to be refreshing, encouraging and down right in your face about tough issues.  She speaks truth and doesn’t apologize for it.  She doesn’t mix punches, so be prepared.  She uses lots of scripture – Love it!  She uses examples from her own life, which give her the credibility and permission, in my opinion, to “testify” and share a scriptural solution for pit dwellers (myself included).

Its like any addiction or affliction, if you are at a place where you want victory in your life, this book will help you and will encourage you.  If not, you will find something to dislike about this book.  Keep it on your shelf until your ready!

Beth Moore truly loves the Word of God and it excites her.  I want to be that excited about the Word of God.

I had so many favorite quotes from this book and it is really hard just to choose one.  So, I am choosing a quote that I think is the heart of why Beth wrote this book:

“Every one of us who authentically calls Jesus Lord has the right and power to be victorious.”

Can I get an AMEN!

Posted September 30, 2007 by Lana G! in Book Review, Books, Challenge, Faith, Life

Peace Like A River   5 comments

I just finished it! Marvelous. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The author has a way of drawing you into the story, so much so, that you feel like you are sitting along side each character.  You can see what they see; taste what they taste; and most definitely feel what they feel. 

Being that Ruben, the main character of this book, narrates the story, makes this book a success.  You laugh, cry, and feel awe inspired.  You feel the hair rise in terror on your neck.  You are thankful for every breath you are able to take!

My favorite character:  Swede!  I love her spunk and the way she writes!  She always had words!

Favorite quotes: 

“Here was the whole dizzying sky bowled up over us.  We were inside the sky.  It didn’t make the stars any closer, only clearer… Swede should’ve been there, she’d have had words.  She’d have know that orange to be volcanic or forgestruck or a pinprick between our blackened world and one the color of sunsets.  I thought of God making it all, picking up handfuls of whatever material…rolling it in His fingers like nubby wheat. The picture I had was of God taking these rough pellets by the handful and casting them gently, like a man planting.” (Page 224-225)

“Fair is whatever God wants to do.” (Page 294)

Run to your bookstore and pick this book up today! 


Posted September 28, 2007 by Lana G! in Book Review, Books, Challenge, Reading

Fall Reading Challenge   42 comments

The Fall Into Reading 2007 challenge is here!  Here is my reading list for Fall:

Non Fiction:

Get out of That Pit  by Beth Moore  Review Here

Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit’s Power by J. P. Moreland


Dearest Dorothy, If Not Now, When? by Charlene Baumbich

Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim, Book 1) by Jan Karon

Voyage of Slaves: A Tale From Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques

The following 5 books by Dorothy Sayers:

Gaudy Nights

Busman’s Honeymoon

The Five Red Herrings

Murder Must Advertise

 The Nine Tailors

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger  Review Here

Disclaimer!  This list is subject to change on a daily basis! 🙂

Just Added (See what I mean):

Candy Cane Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery) by Joanne Fluke

Magic and Other Misdemeanors (The Sisters Grimm, Book 5) by Michael Buckley

Head on over to Callapiddar Days to see all the other reading lists out there and join the fun!

Posted September 23, 2007 by Lana G! in Books, Challenge, Fall, Friends, Reading

An All American Tea Party!   16 comments

You Are Invited

In honor of 9/11, I would like to invite you today to my All American Tea Party!  This is a tea to remember, reflect and be thankful for America.  For those of you outside the USA, you are welcome as well. 


Thank you for stopping by today!

To see my Autumn Elegance Tea Party Click Autumn

Posted September 11, 2007 by Lana G! in Blog, Books, Entertainment, Fellowship, History, Tea Party