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The book is better than the movie (isn’t that always true?) but the movie is pretty good. I’m talking of course about Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts. The only way that the movie beats the book is that the movie has Javier Bardem in it. And the movie made me hungry in a way that the book never did: as soon as I got home I ordered a pizza, opened a bottle of wine, and listened to Neil Young’s Harvest Moon over and over.

And it got me thinking about eating, praying, and loving in August.

Eat:  My favorite tea time treat is…a home made angel food cake, all to myself.

Love:  I love my August garden:

I don’t want you to miss the BIRD in this picture. I think it’s a Black-eyed Susan Bird.

Pray:  I don’t pray…but I do give thanks for  the Great Spirit :

Today I sent my message to the Great Spirit: Please let me see what you are showing me.

(I say “Please” because when one is talking to the Great Spirit, I believe in being very polite.)  And BINGO, I found a fabulous Blue Jay feather in my yard. What I think The Great Spirit is saying, I’m showing you that you live in a wondrous world, yo.

It works every time. Asking for awareness works every time.

For instance, last evening I went for a walk to the local library . But,before I set out, I asked the Great Spirit : Please let me see something I haven’t seen before on this walk to the library which I’ve done about 500 times already.

This is what I saw, that I’d ever seen before:

Wouldn’t this look ADORABLE if there was a tiny mail box on the left?

So this is what the last hydrangea of 1020 looks like!

 

A family of cats, from the Other Side of Town.

 

Yep. A Bunny. Leading the Way.

Of course, there are many other ways to bring your measly little, sniveling busy busy whiner self closer to the Great Spirit than by taking a walk to the library. You can take a drive to the grocery store, or do a load of laundry.

I asked for names for my own tea, and the Great Spirit lent itself to all you clever people and gave me conniptions when it came time to pick a winner. So many great teas: Vanilla Purr (no, nothing is too twee for me) and Pathways Tea, Wanderer’s Reward(apostrophes don’t bother me at all!), Madagascar Sun Set Tea(surprisingly butterfly-like), Wander The World Tea, Done Roaming Tea, Zanzibar Fantasy (me, the sunrise, and Javier Bardem holding a tray of croissants), That Damn Tea, Oolong Island Iced Tea (which, by the way, I like so much I’d drink it hot, too), Bonnes Temps Tea…I want them all. But, there has to be only one winner…

…and the winner is :

Shelley. And her two teas: Restful Roamer and Tranquil Traveler.

Shelly, you are a visionary. I thank the Great Spirit that has brought you to my blog and given me these delightful teas.

8 comments to August Eat, August Pray, August Love

  • Deborah

    Will do. As soon as I get home tomorrow. As luck (or the Great Spirit) would have it, I finally got some photos of it the day before I left. The blue jays here (Stellar’s Jays) have black heads, too.

    Glad to hear about Eat, Pray, Love the movie. Haven’t seen it yet since I flew out the day it opened & I’m visiting my brother, who cannot be moved to take in a “chick flick”

  • Janet

    Congratulations, Shelley — excellent names for Vivian’s teas.

  • Nadine

    Congratulations Shelly!

  • Thanks for making me take another look at the black-eyed susans. I did not see that pretty yellow bird the first time. I, too, am looking forward to your illustrations of those teas.

  • Jacquelyn

    I swear the first time I looked I did not see a ginger cat curled under the hosta.
    So I am having Long Island ginger tea on ice!

  • Shelley

    Thank you so much! I’m honored that you chose my tea names, and I can’t wait to see the illustrations! Your description of what you’re thinking sent me off into a delicious fantasy and I know your drawings will be even better than my imagination!

    I’m so pleased that you liked my suggestions. I had a great time thinking about you, and your book, and your cats, and tea, and trying to come up with a fun name.

    I’ll send you an email to confirm my address.

    Thank you again,
    Shelley

  • emily m

    now I get it: Your angel food cake was baked in the wrong PAN. Very important that you bake in specified type pan, i.e., round, tube pan Iactually calledanangel food cake pan since the tube is wider at bottom than top and after cake is baked you have to inset it upside down over a bottle so that it is a little off tyhe counter for cooling.
    Try again.

  • Deb

    Gorgeous photos. I’m a firm believer that happiness is in the little things, which don’t seem so little when you start taking notice.

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