T minus 15


It is now the fourth time I am trying to post a blog today…and it is already tomorrow!!!!  Three times now, my wonderful, top notch literary work has disappeared into the emailsphere cyberspace.

Had a bitter sweet time today at work.  Met two new customers that just found me and had returning customers.  The Manfra Sisters, otherwise known as “The Tea Card Queens” were in for their tea and goodbyes.  They first came in by chance in the early days when they saw my sign.  They are tea enthusiast.  By about their second visit I had established an index card system for my guests to record their tea choices and opinions.  This system allowed them to either make sure they got the same tea next time or tried a different one.  The Manfra Sisters, Bonnie and Diane, took this to another level.  Not only did they record their choice of tea, they analyzed the flavor and then began creating their own blends.  The blend that bears the name “Manfra Blend” is a combination of Creme au caramel, a rooibos, and Lapsang Souchon Butterfly #1, a black tea.  They took copious notes and rated their creations from starter tea to refined, advanced tea flavor.  They would sit for hours lingering over their cups, basking in the pleasures of relaxation.  They were not able to come in often; Bonnie lives in New Jersey.  And according to Bonnie, when she wasn’t visiting The Baron York, she was talking about it in New Jersey.

In other news, I booked another reservation for the Titanic dinner, met with the costume lady for Melea’s Red Queen in Alice, booked a catering job, talked with two people about Premier Design Jewelry parties, checked out a publisher for the cookbook, typed in the cookbook, did a short workout (shoulder still hurt), did Bible reading, made hugs and kisses and photographed them (as seen in previous blog), talked with someone about Take Shape for Life, made a grocery run, won a $50 gift card on a  credit card!!! Praise God! Answered the phone a lot…..packed up two file cabinets, priced new retail, read some of Looking Deeply into Tea, a devotional book by a tea expert and some of Tea and Business Etiquette by Dorothea Johnson.  I’m sure I’m leaving out something.  But I want to post this before it disappears!

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About deairby

From a small Mississippi town and have lived my adult life in the south. I am the wife of Tom Irby since 1974, mother of 8, grandmother of 8, lover of Truth, previous owner of The Baron York Tea Room Cafe and Gift Shop (7 years), cookbook writer, moderator of the Small Business forum on Social Media Examiner, enjoy life and all the adventure God brings my way.
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One Response to T minus 15

  1. Paula Covington says:

    hi dea..i’m glad a found your blog. I had hoped to visit your tea room but I will just have to find your gift store. By the way, I would love to order a cookbook !
    Love ya, paula

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