A Tribute to a Kindred Spirit

~Doris McFall~ 
 October 28, 1926 – May 8, 2011

I had always noticed Doris in church…she was this beautiful, classy woman who attended our Sunday School Class. One day after church, a family invited us over for dinner, and Doris was also one of the special guests. It was here that I learned about this classy woman’s career as a former boutique/dress owner from Spencer, Iowa…yes, even at 80, she dressed so lovely!!

Our family ended up moving 35 minutes south of Des Moines, so we began attending church in our little town...so I kinda lost touch with Doris. One day, Spenser and I had done a program for a Quester gathering; afterwards, up came this beautiful dressed woman…it was Doris. It was fun to reconnect; she was so excited about our tearoom!

In the Fall of 2009, I received a phone call from Doris letting me know she would be moving to a retirement center near her son in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She was looking for a good home for her lovely hats and wanted us to come take a look; she thought they’d be perfect for the tearoom. At this time, Don was unemployed, so extra funds were hard to come by. I tried my best to gently let her know I wasn’t in the position to purchase her hats right now. Well, from her past sales experience she graciously said, “Well, don’t worry about that right now…why don’t you come and take a peek.” So, Spenser and I agreed…at the last minute, before we left, we thought it would be fun to pack up a mini tea party in a basket. We had some spreads leftover from a previous tea and as we approached town, we made a stop at the store and picked up a few other pretties for our party.

You can only imagine our surprise when we opened the door to her apartment to find all kinds of tea “things!” It was breathtaking…here we were, kindred, tea party friends! Doris LOVED the surprise tea party and thought everything was so delicious…of course, I don’t think she would have said anything if it hadn’t been…she was much too gracious for that.  (We blogged about our visit here in Cup of Cheer)

We had such a wonderful day…she told us all about her career and how she taught fashion merchandise at the local college and how she later opened up her own boutique in Spencer, Iowa. (We liked the ‘Spencer’ connection – even though the town is not spelled the same way Miss Spenser spells her name!) When it came time to view the hats…she was like a mother with her children, so proud of them, and just as I had guessed, they were all so lovely! Again, her business experience came out when she began to barter with us…”How about we exchange my hats for you hosting a tea party for me and my friends.” She was really set on her hats finding a good home…

It was our honor and privilege to host that tea party for her last June…it was such a special day, I think she smiled the entire time, little did we know, this would be the last time we would see her. The Greek meaning of her name is ‘gift/bounty.’ I cannot think of a better character trait than that…she blessed Miss Spenser and I abundantly with the gift of her friendship and her lovely hats. Her legacy lives on here at the tearoom as others have an opportunity to enjoy and wear her lovely hats. I am sure that Doris smiles down from Heaven knowing her hats are lovingly cared for.

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Teacup Thursday: Johnson Brothers and a Teacozy

As many of your already know, Johnson Brothers, is one of our favorite china companies! We joke that mom can spot a Johnson Brother pattern from miles away! Haa-haa!
This is one of my favorites as I love the color brown! This set is actually a birthday present my mom bought for herself (smile) last year for her 49th Birthday!

"Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on." ~Billy Connolly
It was proven true yesterday morning… the two younger guys, Zachary and Grayson, were having fun trying this tea cozy on. With the large Pompom on top I’m sure it was just too tempting not to try it on!!

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As the saying goes…

Happy Birthday Grayson!!

Happy Birthday Grayson!!

After months of waiting (according to Grayson) it's finally here!
He turns 10 today!

Here's a picture of his yummy birthday cake... chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting on the sides and middle; topped with peanut butter frosting and mini reeses peanut butter candies!!

Happy Birthday Grayson!!!

Teacup Thursday: To Succeed

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and love much,
to win the respect of intelligent persons,
and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others;
to give one’s self;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm
and sung with exultation;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived --
this is, to have succeeded.

May you find peace and rest this Teacup Thursday...

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Teacup Thrusday: Liberty

Happy Teacup Thursday! Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!

Today I’m sharing our Liberty Teacup by Johnson Brothers. It has a picture of Paul Revere’s midnight ride!
“Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,….
…Through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.”
~Excerpt from Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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