My Mr. Rogers “Happy” Cup

I loved “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” when I was a child. It was my all-time favorite (it even earned a mention in the “past” scene just after Chapter Four in Moose Tracks on the Road to Heaven).

imageThis past summer I was thrilled to find this mug in the gift shop of a theater where my younger daughter was attending a week-long “Broadway Professionals” program. There was a wide variety of eclectic gifts and items, including several mugs and bobble heads.┬á I also picked up a “Shakespeare Love Quotes” mug to go with my “day job”. ­čÖé

imageimageimageOkay, so here’s what’s especially awesome about this mug. When you add hot water, Mr. Rogers changes into his yellow sweater!

It’s just like in the TV program, when he’d get inside his house and┬áchange his shoes and jacket for sneakers and a sweater.

imageAnd there are quite a few of his sayings and quotes all around the mug, too.

It just makes me happy…much in the same way the┬álate┬áMr. Rogers always did.

He still does, whenever I get to see something where he is featured.

There is this article, “46 Things I Learned by Making Mr. Rogers and Me”. It’s well worth a look┬á(it also contains links to other articles, videos, and photos that are wonderful too). It’s┬áby Benjamin Wagner, a young MTV producer who, with his brother, premiered a documentary called Mr. Rogers and Me in 2011.

And like this video, where he received an award, but still managed to turn the spotlight away from himself to make us think and feel, and potentially leave us better people because of it.

What a wonderful legacy to leave behind.

Any other Mr. Rogers fans out there?

Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors Take Warning…

imageIt was a gorgeous sky as the sun came up, while I was pulling out of the driveway this morning.

imageAt a stop sign a little farther along the road to work, the sky was still beautiful.

It’s gray and rainy now and is supposed to be so for several days┬á– so it looks like the old adage was true!

Perfect for reading and a nice cup of tea. I can’t indulge now, but hopefully I’ll be able to grab 20 minutes sometime later today.

I hope you, too, have a great day wherever you are and in whatever weather. Happy Wednesday!

Happiness on a Cool Autumn Morning

As I’ve shared before, I love autumn in Upstate New York. It’s been my favorite time of year for as long as I can remember.

imageToday, “Happiness” is the cooler morning air and the chance to use the cinnamon and clove stuffed teacup rest my mother gave me as a gift, to hold my oversized autumn mug filled with a double dose of steaming, honey-sweetened “Pumpkin Spice Chai” Tazo Tea.image

The simple pleasures mean so much in a busy, time-driven┬álife, and this is one of my favorite ways to just stop for a minute and breathe. ÔŁĄ

What are some of yours? Please share in the comments (I’m always looking for new ways to decompress for a few minutes!)

Happy Friday, everyone!

Tea Wisdom

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From my tea today – Good Earth’s “Sweet and Spicy”, which is one of my favorites at this time of year, for its lovely cinnamon-sweet warmth.

I love my dog, and, in the words of my sister-in-law, who helped me organize my pantry cupboards a few years ago, I “have more tea than all of China” because I enjoy it so much, it’s true.

But I also love my husband and wouldn’t┬áhave thought to┬ámake this kind of comparison.

What do you think?

Blustery!

imageThis picture was taken yesterday afternoon at my house, looking out of the dining room window.  It was a blustery, windy afternoon, and my Thanksgiving flag was flapping crazily .

Blustery.

I love that word, whether it’s applied to late autumn, winter, or spring. It implies the kind of outside atmosphere that inspires my imagination and makes me think of being warm and snug in the house, with a steaming cup of tea, or a fragrant supper bubbling on the stove.

Nice and cozy (which is another word I love, but I’ll save that for another blog post)! ­čÖé

Do you like these kinds of days?