Do you have lots of odds & ends in your blog Drafts?
I cleared most of mine out a while ago, but this morning, having gotten up earlier than usual, I went through the remainders and found a painting I'd saved this summer after I finally read some Betsy–Tacy books.
I always thought I should read the B&T books because their author, Maud Hart Lovelace, grew up south of here, in Mankato, Minnesota, and as an adult moved to Minneapolis. She wrote about her childhood in the B-T books for her daughter.
|Delos and Maud Hart Lovelace with daughter Merion, ca. 1931, via MN Historical Society|
It's surprising how captivating it can be to read about two little girls whose adventures in the first book, titled Betsy-Tacy, include sitting on a bench with a sandwich. They also visit a new neighbor, who serves them cambric tea. My mother used to make cambric tea, but she called it tea-kettle tea: it's tea, milk, and sugar... without the tea, so it's pale white, like cambric fabric (in the painting I'd saved > > > but no info about it...).
My mother also added a little zest of orange peel.
I loved the B-T books when the girls are little and the books are illustrated by Lois Lensky (I don't care for the new American Girl-style illustrations). When Betsy goes to high school and the illustrator changes, I lost interest.