Story About Looking No Further Than What’s Around You

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Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

If, for some reason, you were not feeling as much love as you’d like. Or the world outside seemed too cold and filled with too much bad news on TV, I got a feel-good story to share with you all!!

First of, I’d like to take the time to thank you all for always being there for me and being so supportive of my blog. Thank you all so very much! You know I do appreciate it more than anything!  I also appreciate your being there for me as I went through a series of ups and downs. But I learned so much and, again, I got you all to be thankful for! 🙂

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New Project on Post a Book!

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Hello everyone,

I’d like to use this wonderful opportunity to thank all my wonderful followers/likers/rebloggers/bloggers. Thank you also for checking out my blog! 🙂

In case you haven’t heard this already, I am currently very excited as I am working on a new project – a book, actually – in which I co-author more stories posted on Post A Book.

Please check us out and enjoy them.

Once again, thank you all so much and have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

Teacup Talk

(also @teacup_talk on Twitter)

 

Story About How a Holiday Saved My Life

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Hello everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed your Halloween Night!

I woke up yesterday and started my day like any other ordinary day, actually.

But, before we go even further, let’s flash back to a few days ago, when I arrived home, feeling exhausted as though all the energy had completely drained out from my body and wondered how a day went by so fast yet so slowly at the same time since I was also stuck in the worst traffic. Ever.

Just when I was occupied with those thoughts, a friend of mine greeted me warmly and we chatted up a little.

Suddenly, he looked up to the sky and pointed More

Story About Trying Out Heart Attack For Fun

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Hello everyone,

Recently I had to watch over a group of the neighbors’ kids.

Normally, you would think that this is not a bad job, as long as you are not watching over a group of toddlers.

Wrong.

I had a group of lovely and well-behaved children, ranging from third graders to eighth graders.

“So, what’s the problem?” you wonder.

Well, the problem was to keep them all entertained at the same time.

“Easy,” you say. “Just hand them each a tablet or something and download something appropriate for their age groups. That’ll keep them occupied for hours. Problem solved! Mission accomplished!”

Yes. If only it were that simple.

Unfortunately, the weather played a prank on us. As soon as the adults dropped them off, a storm arrived unexpectedly and there was a power outage throughout the town.

I groaned and sighed, along with the kids. It appeared that this was going to be a long day.

Since the children just finished their meals, and they were all staring at me with those you-might-as-well-kill-me-now-because-my-Ipad-is-dead kind of look, I knew I had to think of something fast. More

Will You Accept My Proposal.. to Get Challenged and Be Inspired? :)

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Hello everyone,

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and I would like to share some love by first thanking everyone on the blogosphere who are very supportive of me and what I do. I appreciate you from the bottom of my <3! I am also very grateful for my family and friends who love me for who I am and everyone in my life who had helped me and been kind to me (and this includes the lovely and friendly folks I see everywhere who make me smile on my bad days. 🙂 )

I normally don’t do this, but I would also like to share some love by tagging everyone who may be interested in answering this challenge. I love quotes and I am going to try it out once because it looks like so much fun! 😀

OK, first of all, please know that I love all the quotes many of you posted on your blogs! 🙂 They’ve inspired me every day!! So, I am really having a hard time picking out favorites because they all sound so good! Right now, though, (and given the mood I am in) I would like to share the following quotes with you. I hope you like them too and that they inspire you as well! :)

So…

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and get ready to be inspired!!!

Sincerely,

Teacup Talk

(also @teacup_talk on Twitter)

P.S. Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂 May you spread some love during this special holiday and receive plenty more in return!! 🙂

Thank You WordPress for Crunching My Numbers!

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Hello everyone,

I am so delighted to receive the annual report from WordPress today and would like to thank you lovely folks again for being there for me! 🙂

Thank You WP1

Also, thank you so much, WordPress, and the wonderful staff who put together this beautiful report! I love the fireworks accompanied by the Happy New Year message! 🙂  I appreciate that very much!

Thank You WP2

Of course, this gives me another wonderful opportunity to give a big shout-out to all you amazing folks! 🙂 I really appreciate all the beautiful followers who came from all over the world (83 countries?!! I wish I could visit them all!) 🙂 More

New Tab on Teacup Talk and My Most Sincere Thank Yous!

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Hello everyone,

I’d like to use this wonderful opportunity to thank all of my amazing followers/likers/rebloggers/bloggers on Teacup Talk and those of you who check out Post A Book ! The great news is that I’ve finally gotten the new tab right and it’s now up and running! It’s called Awards and Thank Yous! Right there you can also discover new blogs and amazing bloggers who inspire me every day. : )

As always, I cannot stress enough how grateful I am of your support and how much I appreciate your checking out my blogs. It makes my day when I know that people enjoy what I write. I also want to give a big shout out to all the wonderful people who’ve been there with me since the very beginning of Teacup Talk and then show support on Post A Book. Honestly, without you, Mark and his friends may not have the courage to go on. : )

Please head over to my new tab Awards and Thank Yous! and check it out (they are in no particular order)!

Thank you all so much! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

Teacup Talk

(also @teacup_talk on Twitter)

Story about Strawberry Bon-Bons

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Hello everyone,

One of my favorite types of candy is the strawberry bon-bons, the type of hard candy with soft filling and a fresh strawberry flavor.

When I was little, I used to collect the strawberry sachet wraps. I loved the design of those wraps, and when I finished eating those candies, I loved the smell of strawberry scent that lingered on the wraps.

I still love strawberry bon-bons to this day, but that’s not the only reason why I do. Every time I saw those delicacies, I thought about my very first trick-or-treating experience without my parents and how special the strawberry bon-bons had become to me.

I was in fifth grade and my parents had finally agreed to let me go trick-or-treating with my friends. So down the streets we ran, each of us trying to fill up our own goodie bag faster than the others. We ran past a small housing community, but something caught my attention.

I found myself running back and standing outside a house with a small, plastic jack-o-lantern that hung beside the doorway.

“Come on,” urged my friends. “You are not going to get much from this one. Let’s go where most kids go!”

I considered it briefly, but looking at the bright orange lantern before me and the darkness surrounding the rest of community, I rapped loudly on the door, ignoring my friends’ protests. More

Story about Face Jug

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Hello everyone,

My nephew showed me a pot he made in the school today. I praised him for his artisanship and it seemed as though I have made his day.

Suddenly, I remembered a face jug I molded in fifth grade.

Did you know that “face jugs” or “ugly jugs” are crafts originated from the mountain of North Georgia and Western North Carolina? It is believed that people used to make those jugs to ward off evil spirits.

I guess you could say the term fits my jug very well. It was “ugly,” all right.

But it wasn’t supposed to be hideous at all. If my memory serves me right, it was supposed to be a gift to my history teacher who loved pottery collection.

The first little accident occurred after I left my jug in the firing room to dry.  This explained why my jug had a face with its mouth skewed and drooped terribly to the side. Obviously someone from another class was jealous of my artwork and had touched it before it dried.

The second little accident happened when I forgot to check the label before I added the colorants to the clay. As it turns out, the colors on the pottery changed after it had been fired up. This explained why I couldn’t recognize it at first when my art teacher waved an ugly and darkish blue jug in the air.

“Come and get your jug,” she said.

“It’s not mine,” I answered after a brief glance.

She wasn’t convinced. She turned to the bottom of the jug. “It IS yours,” she confirmed. “It has your name carved on the bottom.”

I could feel my cheeks burning as I pushed through the laughing crowd to claim my jug.

Upon a closer look, it looked more hideous than I’d thought. In addition to the freakish blue color on the face, its mouth had a pair of bloodied lips. I nearly passed out with embarrassment. More

Story about a Boy, a Grandfather, and a Horse

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Hello everyone,

Have you ever had a feeling that, no matter what you do, someone will always say something about it?

I sure have.

The story I am about to share with you helps me feel better whenever that happens. I hope it does the same for you.

Once upon a time, a boy and his grandfather were traveling together on a long journey.

The elderly man became tired easily so he rode on the back of an old mare while the boy traveled on foot.

By noon, they came upon the first village.

“Look at that poor thing!” a villager cried, pointing at the boy who carried a heavy trunk twice of his size. “That’s child abuse!”

The other villagers murmured in agreement and soon a crowd of people gathered. They glared accusingly at the grandfather.

As soon as the boy and the grandfather passed the village, the grandfather got off the mare and insisted the boy to ride on it.

They came upon another village.

Once again, people were upset. They saw an elderly man carrying a huge trunk on his bony shoulder.

“Elderly abuse!” a passersby exclaimed loudly, attracting more villagers’ attention.

Finally leaving the second village behind, the boy quickly asked his grandfather to join him on the horse.

They arrived at the third village. More

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