Z – The End of the 2020 Blog Challenge: The Glories of Tea With Stepheny

Tea – Washington Duke Inn – July 2012


“Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. And there are many things that don’t really end, anyway, they just begin again in a new way…”
C. JoyBell 

I’ve loved having tea with you. I hope it was worth your while to read about the glories of tea. Even though the #Challenge is over, many things in my life of writing, reading, and gardening go on. I  confess that the Sweet Tea of the South is what I run on.  I lift a glass on this beautiful Spring day in North Carolina to you and yours. I invite you to follow this blog you’ve been reading that contains book reviews and reflections of mine about a myriad of related things. IF you have an interest in architecture, preservation, restoration, and repurposing, visit me at Mainstreetrocky mount.com where I spend a lot of time these days. The reason I keep delaying the final edit of a third novel, A Garden of Sweet Disorder.  I will leave you with a few images of our time together this April. Thank you for keeping me company.

In a small village in Finland lives the world-famous artist-illustrator Inge Löök. Inge Look – pseudonym of the artist, real name Ingeborg Lievonen. “I would like people to stop sometimes and not rush headlong so that they can be satisfied with what they have.” It seems to me that one of the holy truths of life is life at the moment. So that the value of the current second is remembered. ”

As a child, Inge lived with her family in Helsinki. Next to them lived two elderly women, who later became the prototype of the real “Finnish old woman” (Aunties series). The artist admits that although the fictional characters look very much like her ex-neighbors, they are much more fun!  I do think these wonderful illustrations look like us having our tea.















About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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11 Responses to Z – The End of the 2020 Blog Challenge: The Glories of Tea With Stepheny

  1. johnvic8 says:

    Congratulations on completion of your A-Z challenge for April 2020. Most interesting and beautifully crafted. Thank you, my dear friend.

  2. eschudel says:

    Congratulations – I loved reading all your tea posts…very fun!

  3. Liam says:

    Congratulations on completing your A to Z Challenge! It was very well done.

  4. Congratulations on completing another A to Z Challenge! You might enjoy some posts on my blog,which didn’t enter the challenge this year. https://sueswordsandpictures.wordpress.com

  5. scr4pl80 says:

    Congrats, Stepheny! I have enjoyed having tea with you this month!

  6. Anne Nydam says:

    Hooray for completing the A-Z! I enjoyed your theme. *clinks teacup*
    (Click the Blog link on the second row) : Z is for Zany

  7. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. I enjoyed everything tea with you this month and so did my daughter 🙂 Thank you for sharing 🙂

  8. noelleg44 says:

    Congratulations, Stepheny! How nice to celebrate your A-Z with a cuppa. I am looking forward to that third book! Get a move on, girl!

  9. Congratulations on finishing your A to Z! I love tea so I’ll have to go back and dive in to your earlier posts. Thank you!

  10. Frédérique says:

    Oh, looks great! I just came today to your blog, I have 25 other posts to read ;))

  11. Eli Pacheco says:

    I’m late to the party, but it looks like you had a blast in the A to Z Challenge! Glad I finally made it by, and I look forward to reading you (I just subscribed!)

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