Where There Is Tea, There Is Hope

Well this morning has started out with a 6 degree reading on the thermometer! It just seems so wrong for it to be so cold and yet the sun is advertising something else entirely!

Today’s tea is brought to you by the lovely folks at Taylor’s of Harrogate. A rich and full-bodied Scottish Breakfast Tea with a splash of milk. I’ve been meaning to ask y’all about the milk thing. I know the debate will forever rage on adding it to the cup first or after you pour tea. I don’t care. But I do care if it’s cold. I heat my milk separately and then add the tea. And I only add milk to full, black teas. What’s your way?

I have an appointment with my Corneal Surgeon tomorrow and I expected that darn Anxiety Fairy to pop up this morning, as I like to worry in advance, but so far it’s just the Frozen Fairy. I have been a bit anxious over the past 3 weeks when my doctor went to Korea for the holidays. Korea. I grilled him like the CIA before he left.
“Will you be able to get back?”, ” Are you sure?” “Can you let me know you got home all right?”  He knows I’m nuts, but he is also a fellow tea lover so I can’t wait to hear what new teas he tried.

I’m also hoping for good news about the next surgery. As at the moment I have no lens in my eye at all. Just a lot of really bright light….sort of like the one people see on the way out of this life. So hopefully they will have figured out a way to put one in there.

OU Boy decided to make a cake about 9 p.m. last night. Just the cake. No icing. Is it even called cake if there isn’t icing? I’m not complaining because at least he isn’t smoking! Doing really well with that. So what if he wants to make cake at bedtime. We’re weird and we own it.

xx Patricia   Have a great Tuesday! Have a cup of tea and some cake!

Good Saturday! I Cooked! That is All.


This is most definitely a Do Not Go Outside day. It’s cold and there are icicles on the overhang.  This is the first Saturday we have had off together in 3 years, not counting me sitting in ICU somewhere with OU Boy and his heart.

Apparently I am not used to it. He tried to come back to bed this morning and it seems as if I told him No, I’m not going to! So he went and laid on the sofa. I am pretty sure I meant I wasn’t getting up to go anywhere, but I felt bad so I made a full on breakfast.

Huge mugs of Irish Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s, omelets, hash browns, and sausage balls. And I cleaned up my own mess. I think OU Boy is in shock as he left quickly after that. So this is going to take some getting used to.

I’m fairly sure he is headed out to the farm and will return with a truckload of shit I don’t need but still want to see! Personally I am going to my reading nook and finish the 4 books I have due on Monday. And by nook I mean the bathtub. By now you should know that.

What do you have planned for the week-end? Something exciting? Enjoy yourself and Be Nice to your Spouse. This breakfast thing will get me out of any trouble for like a month!!

xx Patricia

What The Heck Is The Difference?

Everyone set for New Year’s Eve? I started our with a strong cup of Scottish Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s of Harrogate, who are one of my favorite Tea Sellers!

A visitor to my tea room asked me Exactly what is the difference between English, Irish, and Scottish Breakfast Teas? Aren’t they all the same? Well, let’s find out.

First, what is a breakfast tea?  Breakfast Teas are black tea blends intended to accompany a hearty, rich morning meal, or as the English say a fry-up. Because they are so strong and robust they do well with milk. Also a higher caffeine level.

English Breakfast Tea would originally have been a China black tea. Jump ahead to the end of the 19th century and tea was beginning to be produced in Sri Lanka. You started to have a stronger Ceylon component in English breakfast tea.

Irish Breakfast Tea has a strong Assam component which gives it a more robust, malty flavor and reddish color. There is a theory that the use of tea was growing in popularity in Ireland at the same time that the British East India Company was producing tea in Assam.

Scottish Breakfast Tea tends to be the heartiest of the bunch, possibly due to Scotland’s soft water. Back in the day teas were blended specifically for the water conditions in the areas in which they were marketed and consumed.

Important to note that at no time has there been a standard formula for any of these blends. One’s English breakfast could be another companies Irish breakfast. So it really is a matter of personal taste and preference.

Personally I like the Irish and Scottish blends in the winter and the English blends in the spring and summer. I don’t know why. But with a glug of Almond Milk they are all warming and comforting in the cold.

Happy New Year y’all!  Grab the Prosecco and let’s go!

xx Patricia










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Taylor’s of Harrogate Tea Haul

I hope you all survived what ever holiday you subscribe to! I think pretty much every tea Taylor’s makes is now on my tea shelf. I really like this company because of their participation in the Ethical Tea Partnership and the Rainforest Alliance.

I hated to even open them they are so pretty, but open one I did! Yesterday we tried the Scottish Breakfast Tea, as I am Scottish, and it was a really smooth and hearty with a splash of Almond Milk. I enjoyed it a lot. Multiple times.

Tommy picked up our dinner at the club. Seriously, did anyone think I was cooking? And it was delicious. And clean up was a breeze. We watched White Christmas and then went back to bed. Then we ate and went back to bed. We watched a couple of BB games and went back to bed. And not one nap was had. I’ll leave you to ponder that one!

With everything going on it was just the day we needed and we loved every minute of it!

xx Patricia

Finally, It’s Going Down!

Good Tuesday Morning to Y’all! A whole lot of Chamomile drinking went on last night. I used up all of my lovely Taylor’s Chamomile. It is my favorite brand of chamomile tea. Very clean and soothing.

And yes, my little heart needed soothing. Yesterday, as I said I had to have some wonky tests and measurements on my eye. They would strap you in and count to five and Boom brightest white light I have ever seen. At first I thought it was The Light, but no, just an ordinary torture device. Just when I thought it was over Dr. D. says, ” Hey let’s dilate your eyes too, just to see behind a little better. So then I couldn’t see crap and I looked like an Emo character or a crackhead, my pupils were huge! And everything hurt. Then we had a conversation.

Dr. D: How about we do this on Monday, the 27th so you have a week to get off the steroid drops?

Me: I’m free tonight, how about you?

Dr. D: (hilarious laughter)

Me: Seriously, I can come on Sunday even.

Dr. D: No. Monday when my operating team is here. Oh, yeah, did I tell you my cousin and I were wrestling and he choked me out until I broke a vessel in my eye. I even tapped out 3 times.

Me: Maybe he thought you were applauding.

Dr. D: So slow down on the steroid drops and after surgery we will discontinue them. If we do it before it might be angry and I  don’t want to operate if it’s angry.

Me: Seriously? Now I’m thinking there is a sentient being in there.

So next Monday I go in for surgery to remove the cataract that is like the size of the Sta-puffed marshmallow man. It formed due to the steroids I have been taking for 17 months. Not unusual with steroids. And no we will not be using lasers. I still have 11 stitches and a mans cornea on my eyeball and lasers tend to suck the cataract out so we’ll be doing this the old-fashioned way. I was promised the good anesthesia.

I’m sure a lot of you have had your eyes dilated and know what a pain it is. When I came home I walked into a lot of walls and a t.v. and I cried. A lot. And took a Xanax. So until Monday, I will be babying that eye and trying not to worry.

Have a great day today! OU Boy is gone to do manly turkey day things with his bestie. They are frying multiple turkeys and doing the prep today. We do Cajun style and make our own sauce to inject and then he covers it with something. I don’t know, I don’t eat meat.

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BOO-Teaful Tea Pots for Halloween~

This mornings tea is brought to us by Taylor’s of Harrogate Chamomile. We seem to be having tummy upsets today so I thought it prudent to stick with a mild yet flavorful tea!

Don’t you just love these Halloween inspired tea pots? I love people with imagination and a sense of whimsy.

Well folks, it got cold. Not anywhere near the freeze that was predicted and it really is only cold at night. I had an absolutely horrible wake up call this morning. Someone was dying in my bathroom. Not the best way to wake up! Poor OU Boy was throwing up for what seemed like hours. Probably due to those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups he downed last night along with two Nathan’s chili dogs. And when he throws up even neighbors know about it. This man makes more noise tossing his cookies than I did in labor. And that was bad. At one point my husband even asked me if I could keep it down. Yeah….he didn’t last long.

Everyone is getting ready for trick or treating. Signs are up in neighborhoods letting the little mongsters know that at 8 p.m. you better have your fill and be moving on.

I see there are quite a few churches doing the trunk or treat which I suppose is better than having little Susi knocking on doors asking for candy. As you have probably figured out by the above puking BF, we have no more candy. I do have a lovely bottle of Merlot in the cooler though, but bring your own glass.

This is my Friday so I’m going to be lazy all day. Not really…you know I’ll be reading.

xx Patricia  Here’s a little something the five-year old will love.

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Talking Darjeeling Tea Today Darling


Darjeeling, from the foothills of the Himalayas, is one of India’s most famous tea-growing regions and now is the time for First Flush!

Darjeeling itself is a rather small region between India’s borders with Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.  Tea leaves have been thriving her since the 1800’s.

In Darjeeling tea is still harvested by hand, with two leaves and a bud as standard.  It’s nickname as “the world’s greatest tea” is accurate!

First Flush Darjeeling is a pale gold with a hint of green and floral and grassy notes. Second Flush is a little coppery and mellow and fruity in taste

Autumnal Flush is an auburn with smoky spicy hints.


My favorites in the Darjeeling Teas are Taylors of Harrogate and Harney & Sons. One loose leaf and one sachet for travels.

Try some now while Harney & Sons are having a great sale!

xx Patricia    1491953595091