Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lanie Gets Ideas

Great Aunt Lanie's Garden

I'm always up for visiting a great looking garden. The other day I headed over to Great Aunt Lanie's new house and garden. It's smaller than her previous garden, but still gorgeous. Check it out!

White azaleas, so pretty. Ours at home are pink - also very pretty. The winter was really hard on a couple of our bushes. If we have to replace them maybe we can put in white. 
Can you see the pink lilies in the background?

I love these tall pink flowers. 
And the containers! Oh, the ideas for containers we could put around our house!

Lady Jem uses containers on her balcony to make it beautiful in the spring and summer. We joke about her balcony-ing instead of gardening.

Lanie has big, two toned irises around her house. 

Love the colors! The pale lavender and the rich purple - wow!

Do you have a favorite photo from this trip? Can't about a favorite flower?

Happy gardening!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Share Your Chair

Reader Request: Favorite chair?

Our Favorites

Haley, Kaya, Kirsten, Lanie, Melody

What is your favorite chair?
You know, the one you almost always choose.
Or where you go to read.
Melody and I tend to fight over this chair. 
Yeah! It's cool and comfy.
I love our flip chair because I can fold it up or lay it flat depending on my mood.
My favorite chair is this huge adirondack chair on the porch where I can listen to the birds and watch storms and breezes and people.
We just found this chair and I love it! The seat webbing needs to be replaced, but other than that it's super!

Your Turn!

Please, Share Your Chair

  • Take a picture with your favorite chair. 
  • Resize your photo to 540 pixels wide (You can do this at Picmonkey or your favorite photo editing site); and feel free to watermark while you are editing (photo by ___ for TTwMQ) 
  • Email your photo to by June 4, 2015 (It must be your own photo - please do not submit someone else's work as your own.).
  • Put FAVORITE CHAIR in the subject line of your email.
  • Include a description of your model and chair or caption for your photo in the email message. (Note: by submitting your photo and content to Tea Time with Melody Q you are granting us permission to use them on our website and social media accounts.)

Looking forward to seeing your photos!

Best wishes,

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day 2015 Part 2

Our Memorial Day

Haley, Kaya, Kirsten, Lanie, Melody, 2 or more


Each year the start and finish of the Memorial Day Parade changes.
This year it went right by our house.
We made sure we were out there.
Got a nice surprise too. Our friend Miss Lex was leading her horse as the tribute to honor fallen soldiers.
You know, the riderless horse with backward facing boots that follows the color guard. What an honor!
Her mom, Lady Brooke, was helping too.
This is a quiet parade. One that reminds us of those that gave a lot or all to serve our country. 
We responded in kind to the veterans in the parade - nodding or smiling and waving.
We didn't follow to the cemetery, but know there was a lovely presentation.

Post Parade

After the parade passed by Franz and Xyra started power washing the outside of the house.
We kept the animals entertained.
It was loud in the house.
But watched too. 
That was fun.
The porch is much brighter now.
When they finished we took the dogs outside.
They all needed a walk and some play time.
We stayed outside until dinner.
Hamburgers and baked potatoes and salad.

I know this post is US centric, but the UK had a bank holiday. Even if you didn't have a holiday this weekend, we'd love to know what you did yesterday? Or if you had a picnic this weekend?

Best wishes,

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Disappointing Discovery

We Need More Tea

Kaya, Melody, Xyra

Oh, no!
What is it, Mel?
This is our last Fashionista Tea Organic Creamy Earl Grey sachet.

Requesting Your Help

We really liked the organic creamy Earl Grey blend and would like to one of the other seven.
Help us choose the next blend in our collection.

How to Help

[Note: This is a poll not a giveaway.]

  • Go to the Fashionista Tea web site and take a look at the different blends. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite blend. Leave your comment no later than midnight June 1, 2015.
  • Enlist others to help as well by letting your friends know about our decision dilemma. Post on your own blog, in a forum, tweet about it, or share on Facebook and/or Google+.  [You can like us on Facebook, we are Tea Time with Melody Q.]

The blend with the most votes is the one we will try next. No purchase is required to participate in the poll.

Best wishes,

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl or Fashionista Tea. The future review is unsolicited and purely of our own volition. It will be posted in the second week of June.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review: Septimus Heap #2


By Angie Sage

We got this book from the local library! It's been well read...and well "loved" by the readers. I'm glad Kirsten put in the request for us.


Simon, Simon, Simon...please see the light. The second book in the Septimus Heap series did not disappoint. It was a real page turner. I didn't want to put it down and was always running short of reading time in school and at home. I do wish Jenna could see everything in the secret room. Looking forward to book 3.


Loving this series. Jenna is an awesome heroine. 
She's really learning how to stand up for herself and be strong. I think she will make a really good queen. Simon needs help. Stanley needs to be less fidgety, but I guess that goes along with being a rat.


Nicko is a wonderful brother. I'm glad Jenna and Septimus have him. This part of Septimus's story flew by. I can't believe how well the action moved along seamlessly. While I wish the Heaps listened to Jenna and Septimus in the beginning, if they had neither Jenna nor Septimus would have grown stronger. That's what they call literary devices for character development.


Shouldn't an ExtraOrdinary Wizard be on alert for all things and learning something every day? Ms. Python Shoes disappoints me with how she is oblivious to the Darke around her and how she brushes off Septimus's and Alther's warnings. She's a bit full of herself. I really liked how Septimus and Nicko worked together throughout this book. Spit Fyre is awesome and I can't wait to see where his story goes.


All of us were able to read this book before we needed to send it back to the library. Quite a feat. The writing was fluid and the action flowed along in such a way that none of us wanted to put the book down. There is more to this "city" than meets the eye. I think those tunnels will be visited again or we may be introduced to new ones.  Sleuth was cool. I'd like to have one, but a light one - if they exist.

Xyra's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Well, I was right to worry about Simon. But before I go too far into that part of the story...the second installment of the Septimus Heap series is really good. Well written, flowed well, with action and description to keep most readers happy (there is always someone you can't please).

In Flyte, Septimus and Jenna grew stronger in the knowledge of who they are and who they will be. Their relationship has gained an additional bond that I am very interested in seeing develop.

I was rather disappointed in the adults not believing Septimus and am glad he found a confidante in brother Nicko. I am also glad that the two of them stepped up to the challenge...well, that would be a spoiler.

The quest devise is quite prevalent in this book. There are ups and downs for everyone along the way. Very interesting action during the quest sequences.

Simon...I'd say "poor Simon" but he is bringing all his misfortune on himself. He kind of reminds me of a young Anikan Skywalker slowly morphing into Darth Vader. He is hard headed and hardhearted. Part of me hopes he can turn around and be re-accepted by his family.

The one character's name is quite unfortunate - Rupert Gringe. As this book was published in 2006, someone in the editorial staff should have persuaded the author to change it. Unless her intention was for readers to think of actor Rupert Grint every time they read the character's name (which is what I did).

I do not like DomDaniel and fear this is not the last we have seen of his bones.

I do like Sleuth, even though he is Darke.

Spit Fyre is a riot!

It was hard to put this book down. I'd start reading and the chapters would fly by, so would the time. I do think I will love this series.

Kid Lit Blog Hop #60

Maybe you have already read the Septimus Heap books. 
Check out the Kid Lit Blog Hop for more reading suggestions and reviews.

Happy reading!