Secrets to Love: Respect


While reading through one of her favorite books, Miss Meredith Sweetpea came across a section titled: Secrets to love: Respect. She’d like to share those words with you here, in hopes that all might glean a bit of insight into making your love life a little sweeter.

Secrets to Love: Respect

Excerpted from Living Romantically Every Day, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

I think that in order to love someone, you must first respect him [or her] and that respect must be tended to for the duration of the relationship. A romantic partnership is a relationship  between equals — I believe it ‘s virtually impossible to have a successful relationship, let alone a romantic one, with someone you don’t’ respect as an equal. Respect is a form of honoring a person and his individuality, and it’s so important that it’s part of the traditional wedding vows (“love and honor”).

Be attentive when you listen

Respect means holding your partner in a position of high regard and showing that you believe he is genuinely worthy. An important one is to be wholly attentive when you listen. If he’s telling you  a story, don’t interrupt. When he’s done, ask him, “Then what happened?” or “I think the part about X was so interesting. What do you think?”

Respect your partner’s ideas and opinions

Don’t expect the two of you to agree on everything. Agree to disagree about certain issues. As long as you agree on core values, such as how to raise your family, there’s a lot of room to debate everything else. Continue reading

The Butler’s Guide to Living Like Downton Abbey | Meredith Sweetpea | Books

image-of-the-butler's-guide-to-running-the-home-by-Stanley-Ager-and-Fiona-St.AubynMiss Meredith Sweetpea is quite enamored with Downton Abbey (along with many, many other people) and was delighted to find a new book titled “The Butler’s Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces,” by Stanley Ager and Fiona St. Aubyn (Clarkson Potter Publishers, New York).

Relating to the popular British PBS series, the forward is written by Alastair Bruce OBE, historical advisor to Downton Abbey.

The Butler’s Guide shares butler Stanley Ager’s “skills acquired during his career, which was a sort of ‘calling’ dedicated in his own words, to ‘the three most important qualities for running a home [which] are punctuality, organization, cleanliness.  If you master these, everything else should fall into place,'” writes Bruce.

The book is written with co-author Fiona St. Aubyn, the granddaughter of Ager’s last employer, the third Lord St. Levan.

Just Like Downton Abbey

Ager became one of the few in his profession to actually record what he knew Continue reading

Have a Dickens of a Victorian Christmas | Victorian Holidays | Meredith Sweetpea


A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

What’s more beloved at Christmastime than A Christmas Carol by English author Charles Dickens.  We all are familiar with that story, but do you know the story behind the story?

A Christmas Carol was first published as a serial, telling the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his supernatural visits by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. It was an instant and popular success.

Written in the Victorian Era

The book was written and published in Britain’s Victorian Era, a period where old Christmas traditions were Continue reading

Tea With Friends: a Literary Tea Party | Tea Parties


Author Elizabeth Knight

Not all too long ago, Miss Meredith Sweetpea had the honor of meeting in person Miss Elizabeth Knight, author of books like Tea with Friends. Miss Elizabeth was a charming woman, and shared her passion for tea and tea parties with our group.

What’s nice about Tea With Friends, is that it takes the reader month by month through a year of ideas o how to have tea with friends.  Following is an excerpt from that book that would be perfect for a Fall tea party.  Warm tea, crackling fire, and good company. What could be better.

image-of-books-and-tea-cupSetting the Scene for Your Literary Tea Party

A living room, book-lined study, or library with comfortable seating is the idea setting for your literary tea.

For a Centerpiece

In the eighteenth century, bookish society ladies who attempted to Continue reading

Chinese Teas | Tea History

image of book Tea & Crumpets

Order Tea & Crumpets today

Miss Meredith Sweetpea has taken quite a liking to her new find–Chinese Oolong Tea.  Therefore, she thought it might be interesting to learn a little more about Chinese teas in general, and share it with all of you.

Chinese Teas

Here is an excerpt from Tea & Crumpets: Recipes & Rituals from European Tearooms & Cafes, by Margaret M. Johnson, a book that delightfully offers a history of tea, along with mouth-watering recipes.

“China remains famous for its Continue reading

Writing a Love Letter | Gracious Living

Keep your love letters and read them over and over again.

Whatever happened to the good old-fashioned love letter? Meredith Sweetpea  remembers finding sets of love letters from her grandparents tied up with a satin ribbon. How delightful it was to read about their early courtship days in the early 1900s.

Today, with email and text messages, I believe the essential charm of receiving a hand-written love letter is lost. With a letter, the reader can hold and touch something that the other person held, which creates Continue reading

Should I Stack the Dirty Dishes in a Restaurant? | Manners & Etiquette

Miss Meredith Sweetpea encountered a manners dilemma the other day when dining out in a restaurant when her dining companion proceeded to stack the dirty plates and push them to the edge of the table following the meal.

When you stack your dirty plates, are you helping the waitstaff or committing a manners infraction?

Miss Manners Weighs In on Plate Stacking

According to Judith Martin, “Miss Manners” herself, it is bad manners to Continue reading

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