Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Mad Quest for Muchness... and some tea too!

BLOG TECHS NOTE.  The Aunts would like me to make the introductions.  The following story is about the adventures of the Aunts, two older... err... eccentric (translate crazy) ladies who help to care for many (seriously...  many, many as in tons!) of cats.  This is their contribution to Ms Vanessa's Mad Tea Party blog party.  I don't think Vanessa really had any idea when she invited them what she was getting but then I am just the blog tech not a psychologist.  To put this story in context you may want to visit their party from last year, and also visit the web page of the charity they are a part of: The Lucky Few.

In the mean time the following is their story. please visit Ms Vanessa's Mad Tea Party blog party  to see other lovely parties (which I am sure will be far more... normal, but again not my place to comment).

Mean while back at the Aunt's house...

Aunt Thelma has been a bit down of late, without much enthusiasm or her old zest for life,
You see she and her gentleman friend of many years parted company recently.
Aunt Louise is worried about her friend."Kitties, we should do something to cheer her up."  "Maybe another tea party like we went to last year with Ms Vanessa and the Mad Catter."  "She so loved that party."

"You're kidding right!?"

"We heard about that party!  There was a wild crowd there!"
"No Thanks"

"I'm hiding"

"I was there and the food wasn't that good.   Stuff like scones and cookies...Phooey"

"Fine then I will do it my self!"

The Next Day...

Louise set up a lovely little tea for her friend and invited her out of the house to the garden, which took a bit of coaxing.

"Oh Louise... How beautiful and so thoughtful!"

"Look at all the lovely deserts, and such pretty flowers!"
"Thank you so much Louise...  I'm sorry I've been such a hum bug lately."  "I feel like I just don't know how to be me, like I'm a shadow of myself."  "I'm not much of anything these days...  it's as if I've lost muchness!" 

"I've been thinking a lot and I am beginning to see how I built my life around him, I've lived through him not beside him."  "It wasn't healthy how much I needed him."
 "The hole inside me is just so big Louise, what am I to do...?!"  

"Time, Sweet Thelma, time...  that will help, and tea of course!"
"You know they say tea sooths the savage soul... hmm maybe we should give some to the cats..."
"How did you know that tea would be just the thing Louise?"

"Oh... a furry friend and I thought it would be a good idea."
"Now come on Thelma,  have something to eat... lets have fun!"
"I even have your favorite... Lychee nuts!"
"Where ever did you find them Louise!"  
"Oh there's this great trader I know named Joe who gets the most wonderful things."
"Thank you so much Louise, you are such a good friend...  Yes, I believe I will have some goodies." "Look at these beautiful mushroom cakes..."

"No wait!  Thelma!...  where did that come from?  I didn't make..."

"Oh dear...  here we go again... " 
"Louise look at your eyes...  It is just like Sedona all over again!"

"Look at the table, and our clothes!"

"Look at all the deserts!"
"There is just so...  much!"
"Oh veerry good Thelma...  see... you are finding your 'muchness.'"

"And such beautiful fruit."

"Forget the fruit... look at these!"
"They're beautiful but I am not sure I would want to eat them... "Especially after what the mushroom cakes did."

"There are butterflies everywhere...  and mushrooms...big ones... and, and... flamingos!"
"Oh dear we don't actually have to play croquet with them do we?"
"I am simply horrible at getting the hedge hogs through the wickets..."

"Oh, let's eat!"
 "Yes, yes... these tarts look lovely!"

"These sugared strawberries are soooo good!"

"And so is this!"

"Oh!  The chocolate is divine!"  "Cupcakes, tarts, all my favorites!"

"Hey...  what's this?  There is a note here."

"The note reads...  To mend a broken heart and journey from sadness to joy...  One must truly abandon themselves to the blueness..."  "It has a cat's paw print as a signature..."

"What do you suppose that means?"
"I am already pretty blue these days, I am not sure if that is what they mean..."
"Look, a trail of...  blue butterflies..."

"It looks like we're supposed to follow it.  Through the gate... "
"...and into the orchard"
"Look, there are arrows pointing the way..."
 "curiouser and curiouser..."

"And what's this?"

"A torn queen of hearts cards... how sad and appropriate"

"Keep going..."

"Now towards the stream..."
"Oh my Goodness!!!!!"
"who... err... what is that?"

"Oh dear...  she's a touch frightening!"

"You don't suppose I'm to speak with her do you Louise?"
"Yes, I believe so Thelma..."
"But she's smoking a hookah Louise..., I mean really!"

"Um... pardon me, I have been told to abandon myself to the blueness...  you wouldn't know what that means would you?"
" Oh dear...  I am sorry to bother you..."



Now I'm told you silly girl your muchness has left town
You're hurt and sad
without any hope
and feeling very down.
Now you think
that I might help
your muchness not to hide.
When in truth
all I can do
is help you look inside.
Now if you think
that you are less
because you've lost his heart.
Then realize...
one not-so-wise
you were never whole to start!
Learn from your cats
and understand
you cannot come from lack.
You're whole and true
and lovely too
and only you can get "it" back.
Your cats are happy
and without need
sharing only in the present.
They understand
that they are whole
and doubt not for a second.
They gift you with their love you see
not do to want or need.
But only choose to be with you
because you're fun
So cocoon yourself
and dream and heal
because your so bereft.
Then break free
and realize
your muchness never left!
It's surly been here all along
just quiet for a time.
Once you see
you don't need He.
You'll be completely fine.
Now do go
you silly girl
my head is starting to nod.
You fretful humans
when will you learn
you're all so loved by God!

"Well now Louise, I think I am going to have to meditate on that."  "Lets get out of here and go back to the deserts... I mean tea".

"Wow...  that was sure... umm... different..."

"You can say that again Louise!"  "My eyes are watering from all that smoke."

"You know, maybe it's the sugar getting to me (or the smoke) but I think I understand what she meant."  "The cats don't need us, not at all." " They choose to be with us, they live in the moment and enjoy time with us but they are quite happy on their own too."  "And none of them are lacking in muchness, that's for sure! "  "Maybe I need to look at my need of Him and see what that says about me".

"Very wise Thelma...  I think you might be slaying your Jabberwocky."  "Now pass me those tarts!"


"Good gracious Thelma!  What ever are you doing?!!!"

"I am finding my muchness"
"Not in the manner of clothing it appears, please come down and at least put your hat on...!"
"Thelma you're completely mad you know, totally bonkers"
"Well... all the good people are Louise!"

When they went back for another cup of tea they found this...

The note says...
"Even though those dear to you sometimes leave.  They will always be a part of you.  
They have helped to make you who you are today.  
The precious time you've had together 
lasts forever in your heart, 
Always my love,
Mad Catter"

This story is very lovingly dedicated to Tiger, the one and only Mad Catter and all those dealing with loss of any kind...
You will find your muchness again.
c1994 - 5/25/2012


"Thank you for joining us while we told our rather long story."
"Well you know Thelma it is a rather large chapter in your life..."
"True, True Louise, and rather exciting don't you think?"  "Oh yes Thelma, I particularly loved the part with the hookah, have you ever tried one one of those...?" "We're wandering off the subject Louise."  "Lets tell these nice readers what they might be able to win as a thank you for sticking with us to the end."
"This isn't the end Thelma... it's just the beginning!"
"Oh very good Louise... I like that!"  "Yes, yes, the beginning of lots of fun and hope, and possibly another adventure?"
"You know I have always though of writing a book... and painting again... and maybe...

EDITOR'S NOTE, We'll leave the Aunts to their... um "wanderings"  and I will tell you what you could possibly win (Geeze they don't pay me enough for this!).  All you have to do is leave a comment and become a follower of this blog (I promise the Aunts do not make too many appearances, the blog is mostly about beautiful weddings and flowers and of course cats).
I will draw a name for each of the prizes from a hat (probably one of the Aunts as they do seem to be a bit magical) on August 10th and notify you by email.

Here are the prizes...

Prize Number 1   The Slay Your Inner Jabberwocky Self Help Kit
(must supply your own hookah)
Includes a journal with pictures from a faerie wedding (see below pictures)
Nag Champa and Rose incense
Liquid Amber oil
Indian Temple oil candle
bindies for your face
a fluorite crystal
a flower topped pen for your flowery prose

Prize Number 2   an oil burning lamp with Rose oil in a pretty gift bag.

If any of you kind readers would go so far to send a donation to The Lucky Few (think of the poor kitties living with the crazy Aunts!)
You will be eligible to win this...
Please make a minimum donation of $15.00, thank you

   A lovely silver shadow box necklace with photo of a floral arrangement of mine.


A lovely tea set for two.
Includes two vintage blue and white floral patterned tea cups
two vintage napkins
A new tin of loose Lapsang Souchong leaf tea from Taylors of Harrogate.

Thank you all for getting this far, quite a journey!!
Don't forget to check out all the other parties!
Click on the link to go back to Ms Vanessa's Mad Tea Party blog party.

May you always have a furry friend by your side and a cup of tea,

 The music is from the CD "Zaremaya" by Mujiba Cabugos and Lorin Grean
Both truly exceptional beings and tremendously talented! 


  1. Awesome party, hats and cats, dear ladies! Love all the pretty colors and the happy mushrooms at the party :)

  2. Tricia it's so wonderful seeing you having fun and finding your muchness with yet another gorgeous party.

    The aunts are fabulous!!!

  3. LOVED reading this post. Well done! Thank you for sharing.

  4. You ALWAYS create the most beautiful parties, Tricia. Thank you again for such a magical journey - this time through Wonderland. And what a generous giveaway, as well. And such a loving tribute to your sweet kitty. If you have time, I hope you might visit with me, too.
    Sincerely, Theresa :)
    Happy Mad Tea Party Day!

  5. Aw what a gorgeous mad tea party! I love the beautiful aunts and that blue lady is so mysterious and wise! Not to mention those heavenly kitties :)

    Please come visit my tea party to see my kitten Nico pretend to eat cake:

  6. A beautiful post, and such delicious yummies! What fun mushrooms. And a wonderful tribute to Tiger. Tickles to all the other kitties. Thanks so much for the adventure.


  7. So many yummy treats, and such a beautiful table-scape! Also, I love your purple dress/ robe - it's amazing!

  8. oh MON DIEU ! you kick my poor derriere...again!
    I couldn't wait for your story and you did NOT disappoint but make me shimmer with joy in reading more and more of your genius! You always have the BEST stories!
    I can so relate to your heartache, I lost my beloved of 20 years and its taking a while to feel that his love was not real, real love doesn't stop....and that I indeed needed to love myself in that space I gave to him. Most women need to learn this hard lesson and that the way we love so huge, we don't know when it is not returned. All that love you felt you lost was all yours to begin with, was all from you. Its more fun it seems to give ones heart away, but that is a recipe for a broken spirit.
    However, I'm in love with your kitties and with you and your friend Louise, and the shaman witch, and with that mad hat your kitty is wearing in the end! who knows he is looking too cutesy and is too dignified for that! lol what bratty deliciousness is that!! What do you do with all those sweets, do you actually eat them?? I wonder about all these mad parties, the sugar would drive you nuts alone wouldn't it?
    I love love love your story, and Tricia you are whole, and you are loved in your entirety and when you find your huge love for yourself you will start to breathe again. Until then I hold you in my heart with love and I will breathe for you and with you. You are not alone. many blessings, lady

  9. Fantastic post!! love all the snacks and the Mad Catter's Hat!
    Thanks for the invitation.

    Oh please won't you come visit soon!!

    Mad Tea Party and giveaway !!!♥-2012/

  10. What a wonderful adventure on your way to finding your muchness! I really enjoyed coming along with you! The tasty treats were amazing! I would be honored to win one of your amazing giveaways.
    I am also having a giveaway! Please join me.

  11. Wonderful tea party you have here. i would love to enter to win one of the prizes. Prize 1 or prize 2 is finne with me. Thank you for inviting me to your tea party!

  12. What a wonderful tea party in Wonderland! Such amazing decorations, I was spellbound! I am now following your blog, and here is a link to a very mad tea party of my own! xx

  13. I'm so sorry, I messed up that link to my mad tea party! Here is the real link, please disregard the one listed in my previous comment:

  14. Love the expression on the cat's face (third pic down), like "What is she up to now?"

    Give me a visit some time ~

  15. what a twist, I loved the moment the party changed and I couldnt stop flicking back and forth
    pure magic
    great advice
    perfectly decorated tale

    love your work Tricia

    from another kitty lover

  16. What an absolutely fun and wonderful party!! Those treats look delicious and I love all of the kitties :) Thank you for inviting me! ~Lauren

  17. Dear crazy cat give out some pretty good advice. Your handsome Tiger seems to have had a bit of catitude. Cherish your memories and hold them close to your heart.

  18. What an extraordinary party! I think we could all use a friend like Louise and a sage soul like the Mad Catter in our lives. :)

    Thanks you for having me over for tea, now I hope you'll come share a cup with me!

  19. Magical party! Please stop by mine if you can! :)

  20. Dear Auntie, The classic symptoms of depression are feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness, and you have a classic reason for feeling depressed. Your self esteem has taken quite a hit. I'm afraid the world is forcing you do what you should have done long ago, develop a self image that defines you in your own terms, as an autonomous being, sufficient unto yourself. Don't fall into the "what did I do wrong?" trap. Concentrate instead on what you did/do right. Remind yourself of your successes, of other's kind words and compliments, of the things you have done right, and do it frequently. See:
    I also find it helpful to remember that Fred Astaire is supposed to be such a great dancer, yet Ginger Rogers did the same dances he did, only she did them backwards and in high heels.

  21. Creative Goddess, you are divine xxx

  22. Seriously DIVINE!!!!!!! Seriously awesome!! Seriously, I so belong in there with you and your real muchnesssss!! Oh the costumes, the kitties! Loved the hooooooka, and the video! Toooo fabulous for words, just too fab.

    Tricia, that table, those treats, I am beside myself.

    Of course, they don't call you the most outrgaeous amazing magical party planner in the world, for nothin ;)

    You rock, beyond rock.

    Looooove the black hat veil and dress!!!

    Sign me up for some of that madnesssss!

    Happy Mad Tea Partying!

    ♥ Vanessa {a fanciful twist}

  23. Tricia, what a wonderful and enchanting tea party. My eyes feasted on all that beauty. My little boy was entranced by the lady of blue with the hooka when I played the video.
    The lady of blue is very wise and gave you great advice.
    I'm sorry to hear that the mad Catter has passed. I lost my beloved Mabel, as you know, so that is always tough to lose our furry friends.
    I'm a follower of your blog, of course. Both prizes are lovely.
    I'm wishing you a healed heart, my friend and one day when you a ready to meet an amazing man who surpasses your wildest dreams.

  24. ...i giggle into cupped hands! ~ weeeeeeeeeeeeeEeeeeh! ~ toO sweet! ~ and ~ waY cute! ~ blessed be! ~ dear kindred soul sisters! ~ and soul brothers!... ...xXx... ...Samantha...

  25. What an adventure! I was so charmed by the blueness you experienced at the waters edge, so clever and enchanting! Wont you join me for my party too?
    Have a magical day!

  26. What a wonderful tea party! I love it when they ate the mushroom tart and everything went mad after! thanks for sharing am a follower now!

  27. Oh Dearest Aunts,
    I always am inspired when visiting your wacky little adventures. Tea party is soooo very understated for you two. I know I am very close to Wonderland when visiting you. The Mad Catter is a charmer, and I am so happy to find that you have started to get your Muchness back. You are so much more Muchier that way. You both are beautiful wacky souls and my spirit is taken to such a happy place when I stop by. I will continue on my adventure, but can I leave you with one final question.
    " Can I come live at your house...Pleaseeee!"
    PS. The pictures were absolutely enchanting
    ***Please fall in for a Mad Spoonful of Tea***
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  28. This is such a great party! I had a wonderful time visiting!

  29. Awww, sorry to hear the news of the Mad Catter. Your party was such an adventure... I think you will find your muchness and become even muchier!

  30. Your special kitty faces made my day! The furry party guests are just the best aren't they!

    Thank you for sharing such an event - you went to so much trouble, I am so glad I got to glimpse into your fantastic world.

    Please do visit my tea party!!

    Lots of sugar and spice and everything nice.
    Queen Creative

  31. What a wonderful adventure, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute :)
    I hope to see you soon at my party too, everyone is invited :)
    Mad Madam Mel x

  32. WOW! Simply amazing tea party! And one I would very much like to be part of :o
    I will be coming back here for sure!
    But for now, I seem to be running awfully late for all these other tea parties so must dash....
    but do pop by

  33. First, let me say, I have been dragging my feet very indecisively about getting my hair cut. Now I want it to grow wild and free like the blue lady. I am well on my way.

    I adore the kitties and believe always in their wisdom.
    They can express so much with the tiniest of looks.

    I am glad the blueness has passed.
    And look forward to new adventures with you.

  34. Being sad is a difficult place and I'm so glad to see some spirit again. Very lovely settings and story. Love the Hooka! Also love that sacred heart necklace.

    Thank you your kind words and enjoying my tea party so much. Great fun.


  35. Oh, how great is this party. So glad you invited me, I can see all my Mad friends are here. Pour me a cup of tea and pass me a sweet or two. Let me sit here and listen to the tales you will weave. Great party, thanks for sharing. Drop by for tea. Kathy

  36. This was truly a magical, enchanting tea party! I love the Mad Catter! It was a treat to meet the Aunts!
    Thanks for having me

  37. Beautiful, beautiful tea Party. Thank you so much for inviting me.
    Please stop by my tea party too!

  38. Where do I begin? The kitties, mushroom cakes, gorgeous photos, magical tablescapes - the aunts!!!
    Just fabulous!
    hope you can stop by my parties!

  39. I had a most amazing time with the aunts today, although I am a bit saddened by the loss of their friend and cat. I hope that it won't be long before they get their muchness back. What a lovely story! :)

  40. That was lovely, I just love the cats!

  41. I had a wonderous time at your very fine Tea Party. It was so magical. The sweet treats were so very good and I loved the tea. I have a furry one sitting on my lap as I write to you. Your guests were so very nice. Thank you for inviting me. I would love to enter your giveaway. I will meditate about that. I hope that you will visit my party.

  42. What a sweet and beautiful tea party! Everything looked magical!

  43. "Louise look at your eyes... It is just like Sedona all over again!" OMG, when I read this part I nearly spilled my drink all over the keyboard! *LOL, Hysterical!!!* What a Great Mad Tea Party... and just what you need... I need a Good Mad Tea Party like that too... it's so tough when you're finding it hard to be you.

    Blessings and a Hug from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  44. I'm back, of course, because such a post as this deserves quite a few takes.....I'm loving it and the comments did so much.....much....see there! you HAVE your muchness!! OMG ! LOL you always did.....

  45. What a great tea party! I loved it all! If I ever lose my muchness I want to come visit you. : ) Thank you for inviting me!

  46. ha! I love all the wanderings. I'm sorry your Mad Catter has moved on to his next adventure though, so bittersweet. Please stop by my place as I have a giveaway too.....

  47. Oh my gosh! This absolutely spectacular. I love the canopy and the giant mushrooms!

  48. Good gracious! This was glorious and magical and so clever and witty! Thank you so much.The little film was an especially exotic touch. I had a lovely time. I'll definitely be a new follower!

  49. A Party Full of Muchness and is it really enough? I seem to want more! This was Ssooo very fun and creative and Beautiful. The time and energy that you must have invested in this, WOW! Thank you for sharing!

  50. Oh how I loved this post - here is to the friends that bring magic (and a cup of tea) to our lives and know when we need it most.
    Diana from San Francisco

  51. You're right sweet dear, it is time for you to spread your wings and flutter out of your cacoon. You are too bright, too beautiful and too special to have your wings clipped. Come back into the light of life and leave your burdens behind. I'm glad you found my trail of my kind to lead the way. I hope it helps in your journey to happiness. Remain kind and loving and you will again find your glow. I would love to win any of your treasures, but what I treasure most is seeing you smile. ~ Goddess of the Butterflies~ (a.k.a.-cindy)

  52. P.S. How on earth did you make that book, it's wonderful! We need a tutorial! Big Hugs-cindy

  53. What a magically mad tea party! All those scrumptious desserts-- cookies, cupcakes and mushroom cakes! Lovely table setting and photos. Thanks for sharing! ~Michelle

  54. Utterly delightful!! Please, please take it back - I want the Aunts around a lot. :)

  55. What a truly wonderous party! Those mushroom cakes were something else. The Mad Catter is very wise and gives good advice that we all can use.

  56. I truly most excellent tea party adventure. Queenie is so very sorry a heart has been broken but be assured that it will mend tho slowly but through and through with the help of a new life fully lived. Take very good care.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  57. What a truly INCREDIBLE post!!!! The tea party was sooo very entertaining!!!

    I do hope that your heart starts to heal... And heal quickly!!!!


  58. This was fun, Fun, FUN! I ADORE the aunts and their kitties! I'm so glad you are finding your muchness again - that part of this really resonated with me. I'm sorry I'm late, I think I followed the wrong white rabbit! Blessings!

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