Silver’s Tea Party – A Monthly Tea Sharing Event

Hello, and good day! Welcome to my May Tea Party! Much like the weekend coffee sharing event from Part-Time Monster, my monthly tea party is where I like to catch up with friends, old and new! This is also a way for me to introduce you to some great new blogs and people that I have virtually met along the way! In addition, I want to share my great love of tea, and all things TEA!

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of Wendy Anne Darling’s company. She only lives a couple hours north of us so she came down and spent the weekend. Really, I think all we did was eat and talk about writing! The fun part was that Wendy was ready for a change on her blog. I was excited to help her brainstorm! Check out her new blog here at She is calling it, The Dragon’s Lair ~ A Magical Menagerie. She has some great fantasy in store for all of us!

I bribed Wendy to drink tea with me by serving chocolate chip cookies… not really! I made her a chocolate cake! 😀

I have been so busy this month that I almost did not find time to tell you about all the wonderful events that happened or are going to happen this month. Memorial Day is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to talk about the approaching summer, barbecuing, and all the fun times ahead.

First, as a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, I would like to remember and honor all the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country. This is a debt we must all pay forward by honoring them on Memorial Day. Fly your flags to honor those who died to preserve your personal freedoms.

Ignore the hyperbole of the political climate in America right now. These brave men and women deserve our respect!

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My Rocky Mountain PBS station/website shares what Memorial Day is all about:

The History of Memorial Day

“Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.

During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.”


Since we last got together in April (click HERE to see what we did last month) I have joyfully finished the first draft of my novel, The Swamp Fairy. Here is a brief synopsis of what you can expect to find in my novel:

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a Ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative.

Aunt Magnolia becomes Abby’s guardian and together they claim an ancient inheritance of land that has been in Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Abby wears her mother’s most sacred possession – a stone pendant in the shape of a heart forged from a giant mystical stone found on the very swamp land that Abby now owns.

However, Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, has other ideas. He wants Abby’s land for himself and he is willing to stop at nothing to own that land.

All Abby wants is to be part of a family again and to learn to ride horses with her two new friends, Savanna, and Blake.

The swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets and Abby is summoned by a primeval nymph who teaches her that her true destiny is to protect the primeval nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

I am so excited to share the stories the nymphs have been whispering to me. There are much more to come and wait until next month… Our next tea party will be on June 24th, National Fairy Day!

I know I have been sharing with you all how much fun it has been to create a back and front garden at our Colorado house. I have worked hard and can’t wait until the warm temperatures are finally here. Yes, it is still cool for the most part. When you live 6000 ft. up in elevation summer can take a while.

Veggies are planted and I am excited to see the abundance that will flow forth from these sheep troughs. Now, if we can keep the thunderstorms and hail in check, I will be happy.

How about you? What have you been up to in the month of May?

My friend and author, Barbara Venkataraman, is here to talk to us about HOMOPHONES (according to the Encarta Dictionary a homophone is: a word that is pronounced in the same way as one or more other words but is different in meaning and sometimes spelling, as are “hair” and “hare.”)

Yes, that’s right! Mrs. Grammar Person is back!

Mrs. Grammar Person’s Ode to Homophones

When I give my assent, it means I concur, but my rapid ascent means I fly like a bird. (I just love homophones, don’t you?)

compliment you when I say something kind, like your meal, is superb and complements the wine. (Unless, of course, your food is talking to your wine, then you’ve had too much to drink.)

News that is current is fresh and brand new, but if I give you a currant, I have a raisin for you. (Warm cinnamon buns with raisins—yum!)

cursor is the arrow on your computer screen, a curser likes swearing to say what he means. (He won’t be invited to my tea party, I assure you.)

When you’re discreet, there are no news releases, but when you’re discrete, you’ve gone all to pieces. (Try to keep it together, either way.)

If you need help, you should elicit advice; but for something illicit, you should always think twice. (Or maybe thrice…)

flair is a talent you can boast about, but when tempers flare, you’d better watch out. (Some people do have a flair for drama.)

hanger will keep your clothes wrinkle-free; a hangar is where your airplane should be. (At least that’s where I keep mine.)

hearty meal is filling and good, but a hardy lumberjack can chop lots of wood. (He’ll be ready for that hearty meal.)

When something is humorous, you’re having a ball, but injure your humerus and it’s not funny at all. (I’d rather laugh than cry, wouldn’t you?)

When you incite trouble, you’re said to foment, but have an insight and it’s a eureka moment. (A nice thought bubble beats causing trouble)

Someone who knits makes something cozy and nice, but someone with nits is infested with lice. (Heavens! I feel itchy just thinking about it.)

maze made of maize is hard to navigate, but maize on a cob means there’s corn on your plate. (Pass the butter, please.)

medal of honor is something you win, but meddle (the verb) means you like to butt in. (I only meddle when grammar is at stake.)

wave of my hand says ‘good-bye my friend’, but I wouldn’t waive a chance to visit again. (Adieu, mon Ami!)

Author, Barbara Venkataraman

Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”; “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the “Indie Book of the Day” award.

Her popular Jamie Quinn Mystery Series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo,” “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” “Peril in the Park,” and just released, “Engaged in Danger”–the fourth Jamie Quinn mystery!

Follow Barbara on her blog, “A Trip to the Mobius Strip,” Thank you, Barbara. I love all the word play! Did you know that I belong to an active writing community here on WordPress? It is simply amazing all the creativity that goes on around here.


I had several more friends publish books this month or the last couple of months. How exciting! Many congratulations to all of you! ❤

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha, from her blog, A Cooking Pot, and Twisted Tales, just released a book of poetry called, Out of the Silent Breath. You can find it on Amazon here.

My dear friend, Annette Rochelle Aben (click the link to visit her blog) released a book of Haiku in March. Somehow I missed this and had to add it since Haiku is one of my favorite forms of poetry! It is called, A Haiku Perspective 2016. This book can also be found on Amazon here.

One of my favorite “romance authors,” P.C. Zick (click the link to visit her blog) just released a new book called, Unshod. This is a collection of short stories with a western theme. You can find this book on Amazon here. The book is currently listed as FREE for Kindle!

Another author I really enjoy, C. S. Boyack, just released a new book called The Playground. Caution! The Playground is only suitable for mature readers, due to violence and mature themes. It sounds like a creepy suspense thriller that you won’t want to put down! You can purchase this book on Amazon, here. His blog is called Entertaining Stories at

I try to subscribe to Amazon alerts on all the authors I have reviewed. If you would like to be included in my monthly tea party, please contact me and I will be glad to add you!

With summer just around the corner, it is soon going to be too warm to drink hot tea all day. That is where iced tea comes in. In the Southern United States, “sweet tea,” is a daily drink all year round. I have been told that you must be from the south to make the best sweet tea!

Of course, my favorite iced tea is:

Just one of these babies and you will sleep for a week! LOL! Seriously…

Anyway, I believe there is much that goes into the making of a good iced tea. I like to make “sun tea.” I use a clean glass pitcher, fill it with cold water, add the tea bags of my choice, and set it in the HOT Colorado sun! It makes a superb tea, and when you add some stevia you will quench your thirst in no time!

Although, I have tried this same method using cold water and tea bags in the fridge and it tasted just as good. It all depends on what you are looking for and how much time you have.

Are you looking for an A+ ICED TEA?

The first step is to decide what appeals to you taste-wise. My husband loves sun tea made from Lipton Tea Bags. For me, it always ends up too strong. I prefer using some of the herbal blends. If you have a strainer basket, loose tea makes an excellent beverage. It seems stronger than the bags so make sure you experiment first to find what you like best.

Check out to find “The Tea Lovers Way to Make the Best Cold Brew Iced Tea.”

That’s it for the glorious month of May. Remember to do what you love and I will see you next month for our special fairy celebration!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. More of a coffee man, myself, but I do drink some tea. Apart from Barry’s tea, an Irish branded, regular breakfast tea, I get vacuum packed tea from some Chinese friends and I’ve recently taken to rooibos tea, from South Africa.

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    1. I love tea. I drink green tea, British PG Tips, and I love red roobios tea. There is nothing better than a great cup of tea. ☕️📚💖

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  2. Lovely post Colleen thank you and for Barbara’s clever explanation of words and correct usage. We’re 6000 ft asl here in Johannesburg South Africa so it’s winter right now. In summer time I make my own iced tea – some herbal teas soaked in boiling water, strain, honey, let cool, top up with iced water and whatever is to hand eg mint, orange slices … delicious and refreshing. I see Dermott above gets rooibos from SA – it’s a big thing here ….

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    1. Living in high elevations is great fun. It affects are cooking too! Your iced tea sounds wonderful! I love roobios tea. Another one with great flavor is chai tea. I enjoy a cup of tea each day. I make it a special time so I can savor the great flavored. 📚☕️💖


  3. Lovely Memorial Day tribute, Colleen. I enjoyed having tea with you. I’m sure you will love the delicious results of your home grown vegetables!
    And I’m all for a Long Island iced tea. Ummmmm. Mega hugs!

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    1. LOL, Teagan! I do make a mean batch of Long Island Ice Teas! Thanks for stopping by to share a cup or glass with me. I do want to talk to you about copyrights. I know nothing about them. I know what they are but not how to obtain one. Happy Sunday, friend! 🍹🍹💗📚

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      1. I’m no expert by any means, Colleen, but I’m happy to discuss with you. If you know how to pull my yahoo email out of the “guts” of your blog, feel free to email.
        It’s not really hard as long as you take your time /be patient with yourself. Their “language” is the hard part. A “Deposit” is your book/story’s electronic file.

        * Set up your free account here
        * (After dozens of tries, I’ve yet to find the the password reminder or change part of the site (that they claim to have). So I have to wait and get it via email. Usually doesn’t take long though.)
        * The site walks you through the process, but what you need might not be on the part of the page that you expect — again the patience. Read the whole page before you “jump.”
        * On the left sidebar, you can navigate if you need to back up and change or check something.
        * They do have email helpdesk, which usually responds after about a business day.
        * It has taken about 3 months to get the certificate each time I’ve applied.
        * Again (for me) the key points: Be patient & pay attention. Remember their “language” is totally their own, likely not yours. So if you get confused look closely at their wording.
        That’s all I can think to tell you. Feel free to remove this long comment.
        Good luck and hugs.
        * Have your credit card ready (although it does allow other form of payment)

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        1. Teagan! Thank you so much for the information! I greatly appreciate it! In fact, I think I will do a post and include your information! I will link back to you. Great information! Thanks again! ❤️❤️❤️

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          1. Of course, Teagan. I am going to say I asked your opinion. This is really important information. Thanks again. You are wonderful! 💖

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          1. Oh, that would be excellent. I will write it up tomorrow and email you. 😍


  4. I do hope you don’t vote me off the tea-party. I must confess I’ve been drinking coffee while I’ve been enjoying your hospitality!

    I never enjoyed the tea I was given, growing up in England; I know, I know! How can I be British and not love tea? Tea in my mum’s house didn’t taste like anything except sugar, my mum’s mum made it so strong the teaspoon stood up in it, and dad’s mum added e-vap (evaporated milk from a can), that had the effect of turning my mouth inside out – can’t you just imagine it?

    Once in a while, though, I got to try some different teas over the years, and was quite partial to “Tea – Earl Grey – Hot!” and I was also introduced to Lapsang Souchong, a really interesting tea with a smoky flavor that made me feel as if I was drinking a cup of bonfire night. I know – sounds weird – but I liked it. I think my taste buds have mutated.

    The very best thing about tea, as far as I was concerned, was McVitie’s Chocolate Digestive biscuits. It was very cold waking up in the winter in our house. Dad used to bring us girls a cup of hot tea and a McVitie’s to help us wake up. I loved dipping my biscuit in the tea until the chocolate started to melt and then nibbling delectable mouthfuls of crumbs and melted English milk chocolate.

    The tea would always end up cold and taken back to the kitchen, full of floating biscuit crumbs. Then, the three of us would scramble out of bed and dress, as quickly as we could, around the tiny one-bar, electric heater.

    *Sigh!* Those were the days!

    BTW: I think I am in love with Mrs. Grammar Person!

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    1. LOL! I loved tea and really starting drinking it when I lived in the UK. I loved McVitie’s biscuits! I can get those on Peterson AFB! I will have some when you visit next. The Lapsang Souchong tea sounds amazing! Mrs. Grammar Person is cool! Barbara is a sweet lady! ❤️ Hugs to you Wendy.

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  5. Thanks for bringing me along to the party! Have to say, that Long Island Iced Teas were a particular favorite of mine, back in the day. Chocolate cake or chocolate chips cookies? I have had more than my share and perhaps the shares of several hundred others’. What fun, you always throw a grand party, girl. And, while I have your attention, thank you, for your service. Most appreciated and greatly respected. ❤

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  6. Thank you for inviting me to your very interesting Tea Party. I am a tea drinker. My favorite is Twinning’s English and Irish breakfast tea.
    Thank you for your service to our country. In my book you are considered a hero just as all who served. My brother Augie was also in the Air Force, serving during the Vietnam war. Many of my family members served our country starting from the WWI, right up to the current day. One of my nephew’s is still serving and has been deployed several times. Memorial Day is a day to honor all of the fallen who gave their life for freedom and peace. I am humbled by the brave men and women that help keep me free.
    Loved the tea party and will be visiting again. :o)


    1. Patricia! How very nice to meet you! I come from a long line of service members… my grandfather in the Army during WWI, My father in the Navy during WWII and Korea, my brother in the army during Vietnam, and my husband in the Air Force during Vietnam. Two of our daughters also served. I am so happy that you stopped by. You wrote such beautiful heartfelt words. I look forward to seeing you again! ❤


  7. Wow! so much going on. Thanks for the tea recipes – I particularly fancy the Long Island Iced Tea – and I’ve always wondered exactly what ‘sweet tea’ was as I’ve often seen it mentioned.

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  8. Thank you so much for the tea party, I love them. I have followed your friend`s blog as it sounds wonderful and as for the book mentions, I would love if you could mention our fantasy writers new anthology “Betrayals of Another Kind.” It is out on amazon now. It would be very appreciated thank you.

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  9. Hi Colleen, glad to see your garden is set. I’m loving the idea of sheep troughs. Very cool. Thanks for sharing the Civil War origin of Memorial Day. I once read that it was a group of freed slaves that first made the gesture to honor fallen Union soldiers with a parade and monuments. Fascinating.

    p.s. I was surprised that Southern Living didn’t give away the real secret of Sweet Tea. You add the sugar to the boiling water before inserting tea…makes it so much smoother. I had to give up all that sugar…but my husband still drinks it. ☺☺

    Enjoy your holiday at 6000 ft. 💕

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    1. Hi, Van. I love the historic origins of holidays. Always fascinating to see how our elders thought. That is really cool about the freed slaves celebrating the Union victory! I can’t drink sweet tea either. Stevia is my friend! LOL. We never drank it with sugar. I just can’t drink it that way either but my husband still does. Happy Memorial Day weekend! ❤️

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    1. Oh, my goodness! Thank you so much! What a sweet thing to say. I always hope I come across like that! I can’t believe it is almost June. Thanks for coming by! 💖💖💖


  10. Ah, you are a woman of my heart with all your tea love. You just gave me an idea for some drinks in this years summer :-). I love your story and can’t wait to read. It sounds so exciting.

    I have mainly been occupied with the German poetry project #frapalymo ( and I merged my two blogs “The Bee Writes…” and “Just Fooling Around with Bee”. That just happened last week so I will recycle some old posts as well as doing a foody blog hop in June. And then, of course, I keep “Mindful Monday” going over at “A Spirit of Healing” (

    I hope you are going to have a wonderful June and that your veg beds bring you an abundance. Take good care of yourself!


    1. Bee, that sounds wonderful! You have surely been keeping busy. I love that you are writing poetry in German. How cool is that? I am going to try and do a once a month Mindful Monday Healthy Living Post starting in June. That way I can keep myself in line and feel accountable again. After finishing my first draft of the Swamp Fairy, I decided to take a couple weeks off and just have fun blogging again. With the temperatures starting to warm up I want to spend more time outside. I am stuck inside during the winter and that is when I will concentrate on my books. Thanks for keeping Mindful Monday alive. I hope to visit more regularly. Happy June, tomorrow! ❤ P.S. Let me know when you publish your poetry book and I will feature you on my tea! ❤

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      1. I actually translated the prompts and wrote the poetry in English. But I am very tempted to write in German again. I miss my mother tongue sometimes :-).

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        1. I am always amazed at my bi-lingual friends. Some days I can barely think in English let alone another language! Bravo. That is fabulous! ❤

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