It is Positively Frigid! The Audacity!

The kettle is getting a workout this morning. Winter has had the audacity to send her cousin Frigid Temperatures to Oklahoma. Thank the gods for tea! Otherwise this could get ugly!

Yesterday was cold and overnight the temps took a nosedive into the low teens. Yes, I understand what the North is going through and I don’t care. You chose to live there. But this is our first day off in a long time and I wanted to do something out-of-doors. Nope. It’s tea and a book with some fuzzy socks thrown in.

Yesterday I made a huge batch of stew so we have soups and stews to warm our insides but I don’t care if the house is on fire I’m not going out until it’s at least 50 again. I’m calling it Hibernation. I am positive it will warm up in a snap. (keep repeating). Much like a bear, I have stocked up on food, found a comfy and warm spot, and in a few months I’ll pop out well rested and ready to roll. Of course I’ll pop out for Mardi Gras. Although this year Mardi Gras is on Tuesday and Ash Wednesday is the next day, the beginning of Lent for us Catholics. So you better pig out on that Valentine candy quick before the season of fasting begins!

Enough rambling for today. I need more tea!

xx Patricia      Stay Warm. Stay Inside. Stay Positive!

A New Barn and Silo! With A Side of Gratitude!

Great selection to choose a perfect cup of tea,

Things have most certainly been wacky around the country this week! Here we are edging towards 50 degrees and our friends and family in the deep south are in snow while the Northeast gets a bomb blizzard!

So it just fit with the wackiness of things when OU Boy came home last night with a truck full of stuff from the grandparents storage. All of my fellow lovers of free junk we can re-finish or paint or turn into other things will understand my giddiness. There was an old Marine trunk full of woodworking tools, paint brushes, hand carved crochet hooks with indentations for my fingers even! Material that just so happened to match my living room decor perfectly! Black and White Herringbone with Red trim. Enough craft supplies to keep my babies busy for years!

And then I unwrapped this….    After some digging on-line I found out it is from The Barnyard Collection by J.S.Nicol made in Sri Lanka. The little barn is a cookie jar and the silo is a Teapot!!!! Cuteness overload.

There was also 6 sets of luggage which was never used and a lot of blankets which we donated today. One huge box contained nothing but gift bags, tissue paper and bows! One was full of picture frames and gorgeous antique mirrors, even a lovely dresser tray for my combs and such and lots of candy dishes. Since OU Boy is quitting smoking I’m filling those with mints at home and some for his office.

Next time it will be shoes. She is cleaning out entire rooms of shoes that have never seen the light of day and we are the same size. So all in all it was a kick ass day! Our 2018 is starting off with a bang.

How are things where you are? Snow? No snow?  It’s almost tea time so I’m going to brew up some nice Earl Grey from Harney and Sons in my new Silo Teapot!

xx Patricia

And Life Goes On…

Today I'd like to sit and sip. Forget the world a little bit. Ignore the things I have to do. And just enjoy a cup or two.

This morning was looking pretty misty and gloomy but now the clouds have lifted and it is bright and sunny. I’m sipping a lovely Oolong loose leaf pot of tea at the moment and as always it is perfect.

It is always difficult when family is ill during Christmas. OU Boy’s Uncle is just in his sixties and was moved to hospice. One of his co-workers had a stroke this morning at work and it just seems wrong to be jolly and happy when so many of our family members and friends are seriously hurting. Every time his phone beeps we jump. Since this is the exact same hospice room his mother died in, it has been very difficult for him to even go there.

We had our Christmas vacation planned and now we are just in limbo, because it just seems wrong. Our home is a solemn one today. Even the kiddos are subdued. This afternoon we are going to paint the salt dough ornaments they made Sunday and listen to Christmas music.

Today my heart goes out to all of you who are hurting or ill or going through rough times.  Remember, when you’re going through hell, keep going. No need to set up shop there!

xx Patricia  Be Kind. Be Nice.

Thankful, Grateful and Blessed!

Good Sunday Morning to you all! It is chilly out this morning. I know this because I stuck my hand outside. I’m warming up with the Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea today. Along with the smell coming from our diffuser ( a combo of Clove,Cassia,Orange Essential Oils) and the smell of the tea,it’s rather cozy in here.

At the unholy hour of 5 a.m. I woke up thinking I heard a baby. So I got up to investigate and decided instead of walking back to my side of the bed, I would just hop on and roll over. I rolled right off the bed, smacking my ear and shoulder on the night stand, which weighs a lot! A two person job to move that sucker. So I was awake. Which is not a good thing today.

With tomorrow being surgery day the Anxiety Fairy has moved in. Not just hanging about, but I mean brought a U-Haul and moved right on in. The other fairies don’t like her, but right now she’s calling the shots. I figure the only way to silence her is to bring out the Cleaning Fairy and some Halestorm.

I just heard the church bells ringing for early services and realized I’ve never been up this time of day on a Sunday. They are really quite calming.

Have a really great Sunday!

xx Patricia

Happy Thanksgiving America!

Lavender Tea Cup (Mary Lake Thompson)

If you haven’t tried the Lavender and Chamomile from Harney & Sons, you should. So calming and soothing to both the mind and the body.

Most people are losing their ever-loving minds at the grocery store. As I was sitting in my office this morning I overheard a lady on the phone to her mother telling her she had been to 3 stores and no one has any ham. Was there some type of run on ham? Or did she just not want to drive anywhere else?

For us tomorrow isn’t a big deal. There will be no cooking in my kitchen. There will just be me and a salad. And lots of books I need to get through. We will be out at the farm on Saturday for feast day. With families spread all over the globe now, it’s getting harder and harder to carve out time when everyone can be in the same place.

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving Day or whatever it is you celebrate!

Trying Out Some Japanese Sencha from Harney & Sons

Japanese Sencha, Box of 20 Individually Wrapped Sachets

Our Sencha is a very fine one, and can be found in many homes in Tokyo. It is a very approachable green tea, and a fine choice for everyday. Try (and travel with) our box of 20 individually wrapped tea sachets. Each wrapped sachet brews a 12 oz cup of tea.

The Kaburagi family has sold to Americans for over 110 years. They are well-known in Tokyo and throughout Japan as a pre-eminent supplier of tea. They supply this pleasant Sencha from central Shizuoka. To keep the price somewhat reasonable, we choose teas from the middle of the season. John Harney drank this tea everyday for over 10 years. He valued the pleasant flavor and the antioxidants.
The leaves from this tea are a medium lime green color. Since this is a traditional sencha (futsumushi) the leaves are more identifiable than in the deep steamed (fukamushi).
The liquor is a medium green, not as intense as the Ichiban. The green is a truer green than the Bancha, which tends more towards yellow.
Our Japanese Sencha has pleasant spinachy notes, with slight roast flavors that are similar to toasted bread.

There you have the stats. I’m glad I tried this one as a sample before I bought it. Unfortunately that spinach taste with toasty taste did not encourage me to finish the pot. Rarely do I not like a tea that Mr. Harney has chosen, but this one just wasn’t for me.

Next….Lavender Chamomile!

 

We Can Dream Together and Have a Cup of Tea….and Cupcakes!

It’s Monday. Again. I am in desperate need of some sunshine so I made my own. I’m enjoying my cup of Paris Tea this morning.

It’s that time of year when Holiday party invitations along with Save The Date cards are pouring in. My go to Hostess gift is usually wine. It’s lazy, I know. So I’m determined to be better this year. In my mission to turn everyone I meet into a tea lover, I decided to order the Harney & Sons  gift boxes. They are lovely little black boxes filled with 20 individual sachets of several of their teas. At $7.95, plus a code it was an excellent buy. Plus they always have free shipping and are very prompt on delivery.

For closer friends and family I’m doing all things tea as well, but with a Fleur de Lis tea strainer, a small pot of honey, a tea-spoon with tea stamped on it that I purchased at Beau-Coup and six different packets of teas, and a lovely cup. And Walker Shortbread comes in a small packet with two shortbreads in it so that will go in as well. Some fancy ribbon skills and we are done.

All I needed was something to put on the tea shaped cards and I found this:

I really miss your presence 
I like to hear your views 
I wish that we could visit 
And catch up on the news. 

Since we can’t do that often 
The one thing that I can see is 
We can dream together 
And have a cup of tea. 

Cute!   Most places that you order tea from also offer samples. Individual sachets of any tea. Some are free, some are a couple of dollars, but you get to try it before you buy a larger quantity. Now, if you order from Harney, they always toss a few samples in your box.

Since for some reason I can never toss containers I have ended up with multiple glass containers used for centerpieces for weddings. They are perfect to stuff full of good tea stuff, but so is a nice fat cup from the Dollar Tree!

xx Patricia   Have a peaceful Monday.

Knocking on Winter’s Door This Morning

It got cold in a quick hurry yesterday. And this morning started out in the high 30’s or so. Whatever, it is cold! Today’s tea is the Harney & Sons Pumpkin Spice. I added a shake or   two of Pumpkin Pie Spices into the warmed and frothed Almond Milk and got this really good latte’.

Honestly I wasn’t sure if the addition of the milk would overwhelm the tea, as it is a light tea, but nope it warmed all the way to the tips of my toes. So that one is a big yes for me.

Not much exciting going on here. Still working on the SAT test book and trying my son’s patience. This morning he butt called me and I’m hearing what sounds like him on a run in leaves. So I’m yelling into the phone,” Are you okay? Are you in danger? Have you been kidnapped and need to be rescued? Hello???” All I got was a text saying ” Sorry Mom, no worries”.

Does it seem like I’m procrastinating? Yeah, I have to clean out the fridge today. I have a tendency to put things in there and forget them. Best to get it over with. I should probably light a Lady of Guadalupe candle first. I think she’s the saint of disgusting things.

Stay Warm. Stay Safe. Take care of yourself and enjoy a cup of tea! Or clean your fridge, the candles are at the market.

xx Patricia

It was a dark and gloomy day….

Good Morning! I am not at all sure what is going on outside. It’s cold. But it’s also drizzling and gray. Gloomy, which makes for perfect tea and reading day.

I seriously needed this day of rain and gloom. I may have overextended myself on some books and I do not need the distraction of the sun or children playing outside. I need to read this stuff. I’m going to be in bed with a book and this lovely Earl Grey London Fog Latte’ that I made myself! My mouth is very happy.

Yesterday I was reading. In the tub, but you should always just assume that’s where I am. And no, the door bell didn’t ring but the phone did. It was the nurse scheduling my pre-op tests and measurements. 3 weeks. And I had to get out of the tub and tip toe into the kitchen where the big calendar lives to check dates. However I had not opened any  drapes or blinds so no one got their boxers in a wad.

After the call I got a bit anxious. I guess because it went from “We’ll call you with the date”, to “It’s a go and here’s your date.” I’ll admit I shed a few tears and then reminded myself that my surgeon is top in the country and I trust him 100%. Then I realized I need to refresh my summer tan before I climb on the operating table. I mean if I must have people ogle me while I’m snoring I need to be on top of my game. I can just imagine the conversation. ” Wow, that is one complicated eye surgery!” ” Yes it is Doctor Smart, but she sure does have a great tan and pedicure!”.

So for 3 weeks I can stress and work myself up and do damage to my body with the stress or I can ignore it the way I do most things. Yep, let’s try number 2.

Tonight cousin Emberly, who is also seven, is holding a fundraiser for families in Houston and her mommy Aunt Jessie has made enormous amounts of Grandma Laura’s famous Butter Cookies, which I ordered 6 dozen of. Those yummy nuggets of deliciousness will go into the freezer for over the holidays when company stops by and look! (gasp) homemade cookies!

  My Earl Grey London Fog Latte’ and my mutant eyeball gum. Courtesy of Harney & Sons Victorian London Fog.

xx Patricia    Have a peaceful Friday and enjoy some tea and cookies!

Hello November! Would You Like Some Tea? It’s Heavenly…

Good Morning Y’all! Waking up to a brand shiny new month is always exciting. Clean slates and all that. A beginning to what ever you desire. The sun is shining brightly this morning. It’s 48 degrees now but should be in the seventies.

I hope everyone made it through the night and no one is in a sugar coma. We never even had a kid knock on our door. So now all of that eyeball gum is mine.

    Pictures of  the seven-year old and the five-year old. Yes he is on the right. I’ll let you guess who he is.

The five-year old started Pre-K Monday. And the world wept. Okay, not the world but it was a sad day in Cowanville. No more babies. Now I’ll be reduced to smelling other people’s babies and deeply sighing.

 

Earl Grey  Have some nice Earl Grey today. It really is heavenly!

xx Patricia

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