Friday, September 28, 2012

Bon Voyage Traveling Teapot!

Tuesday night I packed up The Traveling Teapot
with the new Marmalady's Cozy,
the Canadian Beaver,
the Key to the City of Berea,
amazing Passport created by Mary Jane and Carl,
a few other items passed along in a ziploc bag
and a few special items for Andrea. 

At breakfast on Wednesday, AJ wished the teapot "Bon Voyage"
and, off to the USPS local post office we went.
Customs paperwork was filled out
and postage was paid. (yikes!)
Andrea, it is your turn to host The Traveling Teapot.
We are all anxious to read your adventures here soon. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Corvette Test Drive

Did you know the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant
is located just off I-65 in Bowling Green, KY? 
That's right, Bowling Green is just 60 miles north of Nashville and 110 miles south of Louisville.
You can tour the Corvette plant and/or visit the National Corvette Museum.
And, best of all, you can test drive the 2013 Corvette above. 

The Traveling Teapot rested on the Corvette bench above
and visited the Corvette ladies room below. 
Oh, my!   

The Traveling Teapot has many fond memories from our 426 mile round trip
from Berea to Nashville, TN and Bowling Green, KY 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Traveling to Nashville, TN

The Traveling Teapot went to Nashville, TN to
attend the Academy of Country Music Honors Awards
at the historic Ryman Auditorium with Mary and me.
What an honor to have a photo of the teapot with Minnie Pearl and Roy Acuff.
Yes, we had permission for this special behind-the-security-line photo-op.

After a little shopping in the Ryman Gift Shop,
we strolled by the Honky-Tonks on Broadway.
                           Notice how the "World Famous" Tooties Orchid Lounge and the teapot colors match.

And, the reason for our visit, The Academy of Country Music Honors Awards Show at the Ryman.
The Traveling Teapot just insisted on a photo with the red carpet. 

Visit my Friendship Tea Blog for more photos of this special event.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Little Tea Time at the Farm

 The Traveling Teapot went out to the farm on Saturday for a little
rest and relaxation prior to scheduled  travels.  
The guys went out to the front pond to fish while the
girls sat on the porch in the rocking chairs
enjoying the beautiful view and the cool breeze. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Celebrating World's Alzheimer's Day

 Friday, September 21st was World's Alzheimer's Day.
Patty, Lynn, Mary and I gathered for a pot luck brunch tea around my dining room table
to celebrate our Alzheimer's Journeys. 
We shared four different pots of tea through The Traveling Teapot.
Years ago, Mary and I began supporting each other through
our mother's AD.  I invited Lynn to join us as her mother's journey progressed.
Later, I invited Patty to join us during her dad's AD.
My friendship with these ladies spans a total of over 130 years. 
We are sisters through this Alzheimer's Journey. 

 Patty (above)
 Lynn (above)
Mary (above)
and Linda (me) below

The month of September, World Alzheimer's Month,
is the perfect month for me to host the
"purple" teapot. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum

is located at exit 62 and I-75 in Renfro Valley, KY,
just 14 miles south of my home. 

 The Traveling Teapot, Mary and I stopped for a visit on Wednesday.  
founded by John Lair in 1939, is Kentucky's Country Music Capital.
It has been the home of the Renfro Valley Gatherin' Radio Show since 1943.
The Hall of Fame and Museum honors all Kentucky musicians,
not just country music. 
The Traveling Teapot had the honor of having its photo taken
sitting on Rosemary Clooney's piano. 
(with permission, of course)

 If you are a faithful reader of my blog
you know that my friend Mary is a fanatic  loyal
Dwight Yoakam fan. 
I have attended 2 concerts with her.
Dwight's display is, of course,  her favorite at the museum. 
If everything goes according to schedule,
I will accompany Mary on a few more "Dwight adventures"
in the near future. 
Sounds like a future blog post, doesn't it? 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lunch at the Bluebird Cafe, Stanford KY

 Mary, The Traveling Teapot, and I drove to Stanford, KY
 to meet three friends for lunch at the Bluebird Cafe.   
 I ordered the Fried Green Tomato BLT with homemade chips.
The sandwich includes fried green tomatoes, a Parmesan pesto aioli, arugula, Marksberry Farm Bacon, and is served on a homemade buttermilk roll.
Mary's Pear Salad on the left was topped with bleu cheese, spiced walnuts,
and served with roasted pear vinaigrette. 
The teapot made its way to the dessert counter where it
insisted we bring home a couple of the chocolate peanut butter
cupcakes topped with peanut butter espresso frosting (not shown). 

It was a fun day out with the ladies!  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sharing Tea on Mondays

Cristina cleans our house on Mondays.
We always share a pot of tea and something to eat in my kitchen.
This week she brought scones from Berea Coffee and Tea.
Last week, she picked up lunch at her family's Mexican Restaurant.  
She and her family, including husband and four children,
 are very special to our family.
I honestly don't know what I would have done without her help the last two years
because of my shoulder injuries.   
When I learned The Traveling Teapot was coming to our home,
I knew I wanted to share it with Cristina.  

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tea and Toast

 The Traveling Teapot is in University of Kentucky Wildcat Country! 
Go Big Blue!
Too bad the teapot isn't visiting during basketball season!
Most folks around here are UK basketball fanatics!
The above UK toaster would be the perfect gift for several of our friends! 
These photos were taken at our local Cracker Barrel Restaurant Country Store.
The top photo reminds me of the quote
"Bread and Water Can So Easily Be Toast and Tea." 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Visit With The Colonel

 Do you recognize Colonel Sanders with The Traveling Teapot?
Today Wanda, Mary K, and I attended a DAR district meeting and lunch
in Barbourville in southeastern KY. 
On the return trip, while passing through Corbin, we stopped at the
original 1940's Harland Sanders Cafe
where Kentucky Fried Chicken got its start. 
The Sanders Cafe has been restored,
features the original kitchen and dining room,
 is a museum, and a KFC restaurant.
When I travel internationally and tell folks I live in Kentucky,
their immediate reaction is "Kentucky Fried Chicken!"

 It was fun for the Traveling Teapot to see a little bit
of Kentucky history! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A New Tea Cozy

 Thanks to Marilyn, fellow ATAA member,
April host of The Traveling Teapot,
and owner of Marmaladys
for providing a beautiful new tea cozy
to help protect our special teapot while she is traveling around the world. 
Every girl loves to get a new frock,
 including this special gal! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

If you are a reader of my blog, Friendship Tea, you know
We have a variety of working crafts people working in shops around town.
A good place to begin your visit of Berea is the Kentucky Artisan Center,
located at Exit 77 just off I-75.

 This 25,000 square-foot facility, built of Kentucky limestone,
features special exhibits and shopping of a wide variety of crafts all made in Kentucky.
 The Traveling Teapot and I stopped for a quick visit.
While looking around the beautiful shop,
she spotted found a Kentucky pottery teapot and they made fast friends! 
 Yes, the folk art motorcycle looks fun,
but its not for a fragile teapot
which must be kept safe for more travels. 

 In the photos below, we are in the Center's Travel Information area.
The star on the map shows where Berea is located in the state of Kentucky. 
There are so many beautiful places we want to visit in Kentucky
before the plum teapot departs for it's next destination.