Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Emperor of China sent it to me

Yesterday, Martha came over with a bottomless bag of goodies. But goodies or not, there is nothing like a real-time arty friend, with whom you can talk, show, trade, and have this tea. I knew we would become fast friends because she doesn't take anything in her brew, and I never have milk in the house! OK, also because I adore her art. And anyway, she is one of the nicest people I've met in a long time.

I put the little knob into a big mug of hot water, and it looked like this: First it sank to the bottom, then very slowly unfurled as we watched it. Then I took out the flower, and we drank the tea. Along with Martha's cashews and her daughter's biscotti. (She also brought a bagful of shortbread "stars"; later that night, I popped one in my mouth before I put them in the fridge.....oh, I almost fainted with pleasure, so I ate two more...)
We went through piles of fabrics, hers and mine, and I got a wealth of information -- Martha, you know so much more than me! about transparencies, printing them, where to get them right here in TO, gave each other trading cards, and talked about life (you know, the usual). And just when I thought the bag could hold no more, out came this huge bundle of wallpaper samples. I'm telling you, at that point I called her Mary Poppins!
A la prochaine, Martha!


  1. Colette

    I am SO happy you have a new arty friend you can catch up with!

    My heart is full thinking of you exchanging art, drinking (wonderful)tea. I know you would have been salivating over Martha's fabric and wallpaper samples.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time together.

    And those shortbread stars sound magnificent!!

  2. What a lovely, thoughtful friend! Sounds like a wonderful time.

  3. Sounds like heaven!

    .."so I ate two more." ahahha this made me giggle out loud.

    And that napkin? cutting it up? I can't imagine.

  4. Only 2 more! hee hee! I feel as though i were right there enjoying each little surprize with you!

  5. That is some beautiful tea! Oh, how nice to share it with a friend and an arty one at that! It sounds as if you had a perfect day.


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