Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tea and Sympathy


Pictured here: The Barn. Home of Bee. It's exactly the kind of home I inhabit in my fantasies of life in the English countryside.


Well, who would have guessed that carrying on the way I do would lead to this.....



So I'm going to bed to watch British programs with a nice pot of tea. See, yesterday we received a package from Bee all the way from lovely Britain. Tea and sympathy, she said on the funny card.

I chuckled as the inhabitants of Golden Manor danced about begging for treats from across the pond. What's this? What's that?

You know I grew up in a small Ohio River town, the product of working class and poor yokels mostly from the Kentucky hills. Well yesterday with all the skitter and racket, I can tell you, Good People of the Internets, the hillbilly* doesn't fall far from the tree. You'd think The Spawn had never seen a delivery before. And the fact that the box said "Royal Mail" was almost too much to handle. British accents broke out like fancy hives.

Thank you, Bee, for the candies, biscuits and tea.
And for your words and your friendship. I am so grateful to know you.


Tea, biscuits, candies.
Oh, dear. I'm home alone with these treats today.
Whatever shall I do?


The biggest kid in the house enjoys the piglet candies.
Can you believe he set up elaborate math strategies and arm wrestling contests
to see who got to eat the Piglets?
He is a cruel man who must be stopped.
Um. I think that's the sick talking.
Sorry, MathMan.

My head is pounding. I'm ever so tired.
And the kettle is singing.
I must go.

Tea?

*Although someone might want to do a anthropological study on Jewish-hillbilly hybrids. I don't think there are too many of them around.

46 comments:

  1. After reading the previous posts only just now because I was drunk for a few days, and processing their content with the current one, I can see why Angle-land fell from its lofty perch as a world power, replaced by funny-talking upstarts from across the pond: lack of clown and midget porn.

    Enjoy your British limes!

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  2. Oh how I LOVED the Young Ones!!! Miss them.

    How wonderful for you, to have a package from across the pond! Wish I could "pop-round" and "tuck in" with you.

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  3. Mmmm looks like you have the makings for a decent day, but I hope you feel better.

    And I agree with MathMan, treats should be earned!

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  4. How cool is all that neat stuff?

    Mathman would make a great hillbilly, is that what your sayin? ;p

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  5. How neat.. nothing better when you are ailing then a warm bed and a hot cuppa.. enjoy them both..

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  6. What a fun gift.........enjoy...........tally ho!

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  7. Very nice. Blessings from over the pond eh? And I too am a hill billy but I don't do no British accents. Anyways, get a spot of tea, rest and get better.

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  8. I can never quite decide whether its a massive log house in the mountains, or an English cottage, or a villa overlooking the Mediterranian that I yearn for. All three? LOL. Greedy and cheeky am I!

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  9. I'm confused. Did you get sick from the Mianus/Uranus skit? Sorry to hear it.

    I'm glad you have tea and biscuits to help you back to civilization and health, or whichever of those whose lack has laid you up today.

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  10. Whenever I watched the Young One's I had a strong impulse to clean their house and pour bleach on everything. I could almost smell the testosterone filled sweat when I watched it( the closest I ever came to smellavision).

    What a very sweet,thoughtful and generous package. Really nice. Enjoy.

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  12. Feel better soon.... I'm sure the goodies will help, yes?!

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  13. Sounds like a nice cuppa is just what you need, Lisa. What a nice gift!

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  14. I'm new to your blog - been reading for a couple of months now. Can't remember how I ended up here - but I remember less everyday. (They tell you it's the placenta that delivers after the baby, but really it's a chunk of your brain. That's all I've got to explain it. Works for me.)
    Love what you write. Hope you feel better and get your fair share of the piglets.

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  15. That MathMan, with all his fancy book-larnin', stealing all the candies.

    Damn liberal elite!

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  16. dearest, feel better soon... how sweet to receive these lovelies from across the pond, where the best lovelies are...none of the skinny bitch stuff like here...such a relief...

    thank you for your sweet words to me, too. and please get better soon but wait til you enjoy all the tea and sympathy.

    xoxox

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  17. Enjoy your day abed darling. You deserve more than your fair share of piglets. I'm just sayin'.

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  18. Tea, bed, and treats! What better way to convalesce?

    Hope you're well soon.

    ;)

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  19. There's nothing like getting some swag, is there?

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  20. The British are so proper. I hope you held your pinkie up while drinking the tea.

    Hope your feeling better, too.

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  21. Your fam on the English countryside, mine on the Irish. Love them thatch roofs; green and efficient.

    Just got to become independently wealthy and get that kid off to college. With a scholarship, of course. Right. Sometimes I listen to myself talk and wonder why Manson was considered mad.

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  22. Hey, my peeps are yokels from Kentucky, too!

    Small woild.

    XO

    Anna

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  23. Hey, Lisa. I just stopped by to say hello. I have been so absent from the blogging world lately ...

    What a nice gift! I drink English tea every day -- I have to order it online.

    Love to you!

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  24. Even in this age of internets and instant global communication, there is nothing quite like the mysticism of a parcel, wrapped and addressed, then stamped in a foreign place, travelling across the globe and arriving at your door. It is a joy I never tire of!

    Do not get me started on the sweet allure of a Yorkie bar.

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  25. I see how it is! I guess I should have stayed home to care for you - so that I, my quirks, would remain off the internets.

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  26. In a way, you're the luckiest person I know. The only good things about being sick is staying out of work, the chance to catch up on quality TV or reading, Earl Grey, comfort food, a warm, comfy bed, solicitous family waiting on you hand and foot...

    Hell, there's a lot of good things about being sick. Move on over, Lisa, and warn Mathman that I snore.

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  27. Btw, wicked hot profile pic, Lisa. Wish it was bigger. Keep it for a while.

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  28. I'm a Jewish-Hillbilly hybrid. I think my biological father's family was from Tennessee. I prefer to believe it makes me versatile and adaptable. ;)

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  29. I come from a long line of Redneck hillbillies. You my dear are neither. A diamond in the rough maybe, but never a hillbilly. Hope you feel well soon. Regards to mathman and the spawn. Take good care.

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  30. I toast to your health with a little Earl Grey.

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  31. I just tried crumpets for the first time yesterday and they are fucking addictive.

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  32. Oh, and I wasn't looking properly at the photo of your husband and I thought to myself...."wow, that fella really has buck teeth, huh?"

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  33. So will you be sharing the cookies? Please?

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  34. Lisa: If you need a fix, check out www.myersofkeswick.com. They are a British grocery store in the Village. Every once in a while I go there and load up on sausage rolls, mini steak and kidney pies and pasties and bring them down to my brothers. They also sell tea, candies and grocery items. They ship.

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  35. I love tea time. I have a cup of tea every afternoon. That was very sweet of Bee to send you such a nice gift. It is so great to have friends.

    Have a nice Wednesday.

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  36. How super [jolly? :D] fun!

    And this is one genius sentence: "British accents broke out like fancy hives."

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  37. Mum loved the Young Ones, I think they're horrid - nasty, dirty and rude. Typical brits (and I can say that 'cause I'm british). As for the cottage in the UK - keep it as a dream Lisa - the UK isn't so pretty these days.

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  38. Why do you keep calling it a pond? I'm pretty sure it's an ocean. (To be fair I suck at geography.)

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  39. Speaking of hillbilly/Jewish hybrids, I can say that the Jews usually aren't known for their literacy deficiencies or bad dental hygiene.

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  40. Lisa! What a kind thank you.

    I must make one small correction, though. You have to say "sweets," not candies.

    When I was reading Diana Athill's biography, she mentioned that the oft-prescribed remedy for a crisis is a cup of "hot sweet tea." It is bracing -- like vodka, I suppose -- but it allows you to COPE somewhat better.

    Not only is it no longer January, but it is almost March. I hope things are looking up in Georgia.

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  41. Bee is so lovely - found her though you.
    A real english texan rose.

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  42. I hope you feel better today! :)

    And since you mentioned British TV, have you ever seen the British show "The IT Crowd"? It's soooo funny!! :) Check it out if you get a chance.

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  43. I am seriously craving those lemon biscuits now.
    Mathman can keep the candy piggies, but gimme those biscuits now, please.

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