Dad would answer, “Yes, please” to that question.  What would you answer?  My friend, known as Peady online, posed that question the other day on Facebook and it got me thinking.  I think it’s pretty clear if you know me, that I do love coffee.  But, I do love a good cup of tea, too.

So, let’s start with coffee.  I never drank coffee until I was well into my twenties and it started off as a Sunday afternoon thing after a yummy meal with the Munroe’s and whatever crowd they had over after church.   I’d have a cup, sweeten to the hilt with brown sugar and laden with milk or cream.  Hardly even tasted like coffee, more like a milky, sweet hot beverage!  Then I started hanging out with Janice and her and Trevor would make the most delicious flavoured coffee, again with lots of sugar and cream.  How was one to refuse such a treat??

 

I think it was when I was home with baby Lena that the coffee drinking started in earnest.  I know had a coffee maker before that, but it barely ever got used….until then! Coffee with Catherine became a regular occurrence and thus my addiction was truly born.

Now, my day always starts with a pot of coffee, which for my coffee maker equals two mugs.  I like it hot, black and with some honey or brown sugar.  If I have to leave before the second cup gets consumed, I throw it in a travel mug and lug it along with me.  I’ll drink it on the drive or when I get to work.  A good travel mug is key.  Forget the pretty ones with silicone lids, give me a Contigo travel mug that I can throw in my bag on my way out the door with worrying about it spilling everywhere.

Tea or Coffee?

I mentioned I like brown sugar in my coffee.  Have you tried it?  I’m amazed by how few people know about this wonderfulness!  It’s just prefect!  I’ll settle for white sugar but brown sugar is by far my top pick!

Now, tea, well, the best tea is at Mom and Dad’s, hands down, not doubt about it.  I’m not sure, but I’m guessing the difference is the water.  Plus, that’s the tea I grew up on and continue to share with Mom and Dad, pretty sure that’s why it’s the best ever.  I’m not sure how old I was when I was allowed to drink tea.  But it was always super milky with a little sugar added {Okay, a lot of sugar if I added it…. }  I know I was quite young.  But, still, to this day, there is nothing better than a cup of tea at the farm.  We like our tea weak.  We joke about just waving the tea bag over the hot water, yep, about that weak.  Nowadays, I just drink my tea black with sugar or honey, not unlike my coffee.

Tea or coffee?

There is something special about sitting down with a friend over a hot cup of tea or coffee.  It’s an invitation to relax, share and connect.  It’s a time to slow down, take a deep breath and let go.  Wrap your hands around that warm mug, look into the eyes of your friend and ask, ‘How are you really doing?’  To me, having coffee or tea with someone is an invitation to a closer connection.  It’s about getting to know someone better.  Think about it, think about the people you invite over for coffee or make plans to get together with….is it just to pass time or to chat and connect?

And coffee at work is a whole other thing.  And I’ve never worked in a huge office building with loads of co-workers so I know nothing of the break room dynamic.  But, my experience is that ‘coffee’ at work can be a few different things.  First, it can be an escape….a chance for a change of scenery or just a chance to let your thoughts wander a little and enjoy a little comfort.  Secondly, it can be a ploy.  You can butter up your co-workers with the offer of a coffee run, it can be a peace offering after a difference of opinions, it can be common ground with someone you have little in common with.

Canada Day

So, where do I enjoy coffee? I love coffee at home, coffee with Catherine and of course, coffee with Janice.  Kristie’s husband, Ed, makes a mean cuppa, too.  If I’m in the New Glasgow area, coffee needs to come from Cafe Italia or the Coffee Bean, if I remember to have cash on me.  There’s a new coffee shop I want to try, King of Cups, too….I’ve been hearing good things!  In Truro, Aroma Maya, of course, and Noveltea!!  I miss getting downtown and popping in for a cup of something yummy!  On the road, you know you’ve got to hit a Tim Horton’s, and if I’m lucky enough to be in Tatamagouche, I’ll go for a Robin’s or treat from the Tipperary.….especially a butter tart – have you had one yet?!!?!  Best. Ever.   And a road trip to Cape Breton wouldn’t be complete with a stop at Dancing Goat!

Tea or Coffee?

I love drinking whatever hot beverage I’m enjoying out of a handmade pottery mug if I can.  I have quite a few mugs from Sara Bonnyman that I use all the time.  The mug I made at Thrown Together Pottery is also one of my favourites, as imperfect as it is….it is filled with character and good memories.  I’m not a dainty teacup drinker, although I can appreciate the beauty of teacups. But they don’t hold enough for me, too many trips back to the kitchen for a refill for this chick!

So, tell me – who do you enjoy your coffee with or a good cup of tea?  I’d love to hear all about it!

To be continued,

Lori

 

 

 

  • Allison - January 14, 2017 - 9:58 am

    I am a big lover of both! I got into Steeped Tea about 5 years ago, and have a whole cupboard full of bags of loose tea… even my two year old requests tea before bed (peach caramel rooibos; naturally caffeine-free and unsweetened, such a great alternative to juice). But I also work at the Pictou Lodge for six months of the year, where we make the very best coffee in the very best giant mugs, haha!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - January 16, 2017 - 7:33 am

      Coffee in giant mugs at Pictou Lodge sounds delightful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - January 14, 2017 - 1:19 pm

    Okay, okay. You wrote it, I’ll try it. Tomorrow when my husband makes his pot of coffee I’ll try a bit with brown sugar…but still make my pot of tea just in case 😉ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - January 16, 2017 - 7:33 am

      Let me know what you think!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sergio - January 14, 2017 - 11:08 pm

    Black coffee all the way but I do enjoy a latte or capuccino!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - January 16, 2017 - 7:59 am

      Thank you for providing us with tasty coffee!!!ReplyCancel

We, as humans, collect a lot of interesting things.  I was thinking about this a while back and a blog post started to form in my head.  I wanted to showcase some of the neat things to collect, but things with a vintage spin, this is me after all. And I wanted a neat way to list them so why not the alphabet?!?!  Fun, right?

ABC

A – Antlers, Aprons, Afghans

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B – Beach Glass, Brass, Bells, Bottles, Buoys, Bird Cages, Blankets, Bedding, Buttons, Brooches, Baskets, Books, Bird Houses

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– Cameras, Cutting Boards, Clocks, Cake Molds, Clothes Pins, Crocks, Cookie Cutters, Cameos, Chairs, Cloches, Cutlery, Compasses, Crates

D – Dice, Delft Blue, Dust Brooms, Dominos, Dinkies, Doorknobs, Doilies

ABC

E – Erasers, Enamelware, Egg Cups

– Feathers, Fans, Fiestaware, Flour Sifters, Fishing Reels, Flower Frogs, Flasks, Frames, Fabric

G -Graters, Game Boards, Globes, Glasses

ABC

H – Hangers, Handkerchiefs, Hatpins, Hay Rakes, Hats

I – Inkwells, Ironstone, Insulators, Irons

J – Jadite, Jars, Jewelry

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K – Keys

L – License Plates, Lunch Boxes, Luggage, Locks

M – Milk Glass, Mirrors, Marbles, Medals, Maps, Matches

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N – Nests

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O – Ornaments, Oars

P – Pie Birds, Plumb Bobs, Paint-by-Numbers, Pewter, Pottery, Pez Dispensers, Pyrex, Pins, Patches, Paint Brushes, Post Cards, Photographs

Q – Quilts

R – Rolling Pins, Rocks, Rulers, Radios

ABC

S – Silver, Silhouettes, Shot Glasses, Shaving Brushes, Scarves, Signs, Salt & Pepper Shakers, Stamps, Scissors, Shells, Sand Dollars, Snowglobes, Spools

T – Teacups, Teapots, Trays, Thimbles, Tin Toys, Typewriters, Trophies, Tea Towels, Thimbles

ABC

U– Utensils, Umbrellas

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V – Vases, Valentines, Violins

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W – Wooden Spoons, Watering Cans, Wooden Shoes, Whisks

X – X-rays

Y – Yard Sticks

Z – Zippers

There you go – just some of the cool things to collect!  If you have ideas of what else one could collect, please let me know, I’ll happily add it to the list!  I struggled with a few letters, could you tell….zippers was a bit of a stretch but…

I have to admit that this post makes my long for better weather and yard sales!  I love getting out and touring around, searching for more treasures!  The other fun thing was scrolling through all my pictures looking for images to add.  All these pictures are my own and collected from around our great province.  Antique stores, Ross Farms, our house, yard sales and a neat spot in the valley that I still haven’t gotten around to blogging about, I’m saving it for the next storm day!

Hope you enjoyed!

To be continued,

Lori

  • Alena Martin - January 11, 2017 - 9:59 am

    I collect old cameras (most owned by family), toys (some of my own childhood toys) and board games (again mostly from family)
    My grandmother collects bells, my aunt spoons,another aunt thimbles and another aunt mice.ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - January 11, 2017 - 9:59 am

      I need to add thimbles!! Collecting is fun!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Krista - January 11, 2017 - 10:23 am

    Lori! This might be my favourite blog post I’ve ever read on any blog ever. I’m so ga ga for vintage collectibles! Did I spy some Figgjo Flint Lotte dishes in the E picture? Are they egg cups?ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - January 11, 2017 - 6:27 pm

      Good eye!! Totally scored those egg cups at some antique store for dirt cheap and I love them!!! And thank you – that’s a HUGE compliment!!! :)ReplyCancel

It’s that time again.  Time to talk about what my Word of the Year is!

Warrior

This year, it is Warrior.  Might seem like a strange word to some, especially if they know how much of a non-fighter I am.  I steer away from confrontation every chance I get. So why would I pick a word like Warrior? Am I suddenly going to start fighting? Am I going to turn into a bully?  Will you see me screaming and yelling, throwing punches, trying to get my way?

No, not at all.  In fact, you may not even notice any difference at all.

Warrior for me this year is going to be about fighting for my family, my marriage, my health, my faith, my friends.  The world throws so much at us and it’s hard to fend off the bad and only allow in the good.  I’m going to prayerfully surround my loved ones.  I will stand tall in my fight, but honestly, it will be on my knees.  I am going to go to the One who will fight with me, who only wants the best for me, my family.  There is so much hurt and so much need in my circle of people that it pains me.  And in so many situations, there is nothing I can do….except pray.  Pray for healing, strength, peace and unity for my people.

Warrior

Now, to some, this might seem like a no-brainer.  But, for me, it was like a lightbulb went off this past year and I look back and see just how neglectful I had been in that area.  Thankfully, I have a friend, my pastor’s wife, who has been very good in supporting this and offering her guidance.  Yes, I’ve prayed for my family, my friends in the past, but not like I’m taking this on now.  I feel the need so strongly to bow before my God and plead with Him, thank Him and honour Him with and for my people.

warrior

Source: Pinterest

As far as my health goes, I know I need to make more time to take care of me.  I need to get out and run, go to the mountain or wake up earlier to have some time to work on me…. I need healthier choices for my family, I need better planned meals.  Nothing concrete, really, just the awareness that something has to give.  I’m not setting myself up for ‘Lose 25 lbs by the end of March’, that doesn’t work for me.  But making healthier choices across the board does.

When I had decided on my word, I messaged Catherine to see if she would do a watercolour for me with my word.  I saw some great ideas on Pinterest, of course.  But then I thought back over my previous ‘words’ and realized part of the process of making a word my own was the creative process of making the visual reminder.  So, I messaged a ‘never mind’ to Catherine and started thinking about what I could make.

Warrior

I used a bunch of things from my stash in the studio, one of the benefits of hoarding craft supplies.  Leather from an old cushion, a stick leftover from a Christmas center piece, chip board letters, grasscloth samples and some bits and bobs from my old scrapbooking stash, rounded out with a bunch of paint that I always have on hand.  I didn’t want it too fluffy or too cute, it may not be quite as hardcore as I wanted but it’ll do as my yearly reminder.  Currently it’s hung in our living room, who knows where it could end up by the end of 2017!

Warrior

Here’s a look back at my words from the past few years:

2016 was ‘Finding Joy’, read it HERE

2015 was ‘Settle’, read it HERE

2014 was ‘Create’, read it HERE

2013 was ‘Love’, read it HERE

I also have a few friends who wrote blog posts about their Word of the Year for 2017.  Christine of Wonkyeye Photography shares her thoughts on Mindfulness HERE and Colleen of Curtains are Open choose Courage which you can read about HERE.

I don’t set resolutions at the dawn of a new year. I pick a word and use it to assess and guide my choices….well, actually, I’m not sure how to even describe it.  The same would go for the selection process, either, I don’t know how to describe the selection, in fact, I would be inclined to say that the word sort of picks me.  So, yeah, I guess this may sound a little wacked….unless you do it, too, then it makes perfect sense!

So, tell me, do you have a Word of the Year for 2017? I’d love to hear all about it!

To be continued,

Lori

  • Alena Martin - January 9, 2017 - 8:41 am

    I haven’t pin pointed a word, but I love this concept (and your sign! its perfect) but I think fro me this year I am feeling the same way Christine is feeling, to be more mindful of time and even mindful about consumption, and what I bring into my home. this has been an on going process for me. one that I have picked at over the years. No longer buying just because I like it, buying with purpose in mind. I am to be more homemade this year coming. I bought to much at Christmas and didn’t create enough to give, the balance was off for me. I need to be more mindful of my time. how much of it is spent in front of a computer, how much of it is being given away, how much do I need to keep for myself and my family. I need to learn to say no, not all the time but sometimes I need to learn to say no, not right now my plate is full and I have nothing left to give. So Ya Christine’s post spoke to me. So did I just come up with my word? MindfulReplyCancel

    • Catherine moore - January 9, 2017 - 7:27 pm

      Beautiful concept with thoughtful honest choices.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Lyman - January 10, 2017 - 1:28 am

    I love this post and your sign turned out great! My word for the year is “grow” I’m working on growing my blog, personally, spiritually, so your post resonated with me! Happy new year, warrior!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - January 10, 2017 - 8:24 am

      I love it!! Thanks for sharing with me, Courtney!! I love what you are doing already so I can’t wait to see where you take things!!ReplyCancel

It’s fun to look back over the past year. 2016 sure had lots of fun projects for me.  And some unexpected treats, too!  I like to look back to see what my most popular posts have been….I honestly don’t follow my analytics very closely at all.  So I had to figure out how to find out that information first so I could share it with you!  Lol….so not techy!

So, are you curious?  Do you want to know what my top posts of 2016 have been?? Let’s start at the end and count up to the top post, shall we?

Elfie

10. Mother of the Year Award  Too funny that this one made the cut!!  Plus, you need to see what the girls did with this box to make it their own! #futureblogpost

Lena

9. Lena’s Bedroom Makeover { Part 1 & Part 2 }  I had my list written down on a notepad by my laptop and Lena saw it, and hoped for another room makeover….she’s her mother’s daughter to be sure!!

Christmas Crack

8. Christmas Crack – Tastiest Treat Ever   Apparently you guys agree!! #christmascrackforthewin

7. You are Enough  This post isn’t even from this year and yet here it is again, on my Top 10 list!  It still applies to so many of us so if you haven’t read this one, I think you should!

6. Changes

Jake

5. Jake’s Guest Post – Home Tour

dresser after

4. Walnut Dresser Makeover This is also my most pinned pin over on Pinterest, too.

silver

3. Tarnished No More

Great Village Home Tour

2. House Tour – Random Stranger Edition

And in first place…

cabinet

Cabinet Makeover

Honestly, I have to say my favourite project from 2016 was the Veranda!  I thought it would’ve ranked higher!  Maybe you guys need to come and hang out in it to fully appreciate it!  You can read about it HERE and HERE!

Well, thank you for hanging out over here at Farm Fresh over the past year.  Thank you to all of my friends and clients who have opened your doors to me and allowed me to work with you on making your home a more suitable space for you and your families.  This is an honour I don’t take lightly.

I look forward to what 2017 might bring this way!

To be continued,

Lori

 

 

  • Krista - January 4, 2017 - 9:13 am

    Great idea to do a ‘best of’ post! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - January 4, 2017 - 9:20 am

      Happy New Year, Krista! It’s fun to look back over the year!ReplyCancel

As 2016 comes to a close, I like to look back to see how my ‘Word of the Year’ has affected my life and helped my focus throughout the past year.  2016 was the year of ‘Finding Joy’ { You can read the post HERE }.  And when I set out, I had no idea….

Finding Joy 2016

2016 was a year of change and a year of adjusting.  It wasn’t bad, don’t get me wrong, we had lots of laughter, adventures and fun, too. Life is filled with lots of peaks and valleys, isn’t it? I’m glad my focus was joy, though.  In the midst of new routines and different schedules, it’s good to be able to take in the small details that surround you, to embrace them and dwell on those little things.

Of course, when the beginning of a new year rolls around, you have no idea what to expect and what life may throw your way.  And you pick your Word of the Year not knowing what the future holds, so sometimes the curve balls make it interesting.  When I selected ‘Finding Joy’, I didn’t know I would have to dig as deep as I did this past year to find it.  I rolled into 2016 fairly joyful.  But as the year progressed I had to dig deeper for it.  Life weighed me down.  I was busy, tired and stressed.  So, taking time to note the little details around me made my appreciate everything so much more and focus on the positive things.

Finding Joy

I had started the Facebook group, Finding Joy with Farm Fresh, and I am still thankful for that group.  Other people’s joy makes you appreciate your own and makes you aware of making a point to look for your own joy.  I loved seeing what brought joy into other people’s lives and connecting over our shared joy.  And I love that joy doesn’t have to be over big things, it can be small things like the swirl of frost on glass, the simple bloom of Spring, a note left by a loved one.

Sunflower

I think that regardless of what my word for 2017 is, I will still be ‘Finding Joy’ in the coming year.  I feel like it is an underlaying need/calling/purpose in my life right now.  So, I’ll continue the Facebook group, so feel free to join us and you can always use the #findingjoywithfarmfresh hashtag on social media, too.

So, here’s to 2016,  you helped us grow, mature and learn more about ourselves so thank you.  2017, we are ready to meet you head on, ready for whatever you may bring us.

And stay toned for what I’ve selected for 2017!!!

To be continued,

Lori