Just Keep Swimming

Well, our CT "Time for Tea" was a smaller gathering this time around, but hey, that can be cozy too. Speaking of which, I forgot to initially mention that Alex and I had our very own Summer Tea Party for neighbours and alike the other week. I'm pretty sure our guests had a good time and it certainly put me in the mood for my own artistic contribution for that theme! (If you're at all interested to see how it turned out, you might like popping over to our couple's blog.)

Onto Father's Day: mine was just wonderful. We all went out to a lovely restaurant I've not been to before, compliments of the kids! My fave part? Just being there together, laughing and enjoying that closeness. Their cards too always make me cry. (Yes I'm such a mush.) Good times anyway...and good food! While I'm not terribly a sea-foodie, this place served the most incredible entrees. It truly was fantastic.

With all that said, it occurred to me that, hey, we've never done a CT theme on FISH so how about we do that now? Of course, yours could be in the ocean, not necessarily on a plate! Perhaps, they're even jellyfish instead? Hmm.... the possibilities are as varied as these delightful fish above. Enjoy.

See you back here, July 5th. Maybe one of you might cook up some fish for the 4th? Now, that would be novel.


Yesterday, after a tiring day at work, I met a friend at a newly opened bakery café. After ordering his stout made from the new microbrewery across the way, the cashier asked what I was having. To her apparent astonishment, I informed her that actually I don't like the taste or smell of beer! Amused, Mike piped in, "Well, he doesn't like camping or being out in the summer sun either!" Her cheeky reply? "Why are you in Colorado then?!" I had to chuckle, but it's true that this town has more microbreweries per capita than anywhere else in America, competing for that mantle with about one or two other places in the States. It goes without saying that if someone invites you out, invariably the rote suggestion is yet another bar or brewery. (It's akin to how one always hears the obligatory Lynyrd Skynyrd here.) We are a college town too which certainly doesn't help there either.

Whenever hearing such expectations, quietly a part of me kind of deflates inside. It's not that I terribly mind others enjoying beer (within moderation), mind you, rather, it's the seeming lack of imagination, or perhaps more so, variety of social suggestions! (After all, I never automatically assume everyone is going to be gung-ho to come do tea or coffee with me, for example.) Surely, there are some other people more akin to another culture, as it were, as the propensity of coffee shops around here also suggests? But yes, I do understand that for many there's nothing like "a cold one," especially when it's hot outside like it was today (95 F/35 C). In that case though, I'd far prefer cold water or coffee on ice, thank you! :) 

With all that said, do you ever feel like just putting your feet up, stopping for a while and taking a break or perhaps a more reflective muse... but with most likely a cuppa in hand instead? Well, now you can illustrate that with our new theme, TIME FOR TEA (or COFFEE)! There are so many ways one can depict this. Let's raise our mugs to creativity then and explore this idea further. The fun will be coming back here on Tuesday, June 21st, to see how just how we do that. :) 

Breathe in, sip from your imagination, savour, and enjoy.