Spice

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Tea of the day: Pu-Erh Spice by Adagio Teas

Description: Pleasantly perky spices add warmth and sweetness to the mellow mineral notes of Pu-Erh. Sweet cinnamon and anise with tingly ginger liven up the palate while soothing the soul. A great companion for a chilly day.

Dry tea smells like orange and spice with an earthy, almost musky undertone

Liquor is a dark orange-red-brown in the cup

Steeped tea has a much lighter scent than the dry. The orange and spice sort of fades into the background leaving the earthy flavor in the foreground. Lightly sweet on its own and easy to drink. Adding sugar brings out the orange flavor. As the tea cools the flavor gets more rich, almost chocolatey, as I’ve noticed is often the case with Pu-Erh teas.

Tea Rating: 4/5


Today, a post on the prompt “Breakthrough


Hindsight

In hindsight,

this life has been full,

so full.

Full of joy, and wonder,

and moments of breakthrough.

 

Some are large–

(finally) graduating

learning (the first time) that there is life after a broken heart

riding a bike without training wheels for the first time

 

Some are small–

living in a place you’re happy to invite people to

first time cooking a big holiday dinner on your own

figuring out how to dance so you don’t have to  be a wallflower all the time

 

Stand back and look,

and they’re stars against the backdrop of your life,

making beautiful constellations across time.

 

The only downside?

You can’t see your breakthroughs

in the moment,

as they happen.

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Caramel Toffee

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Tea of the Day: Scottish Caramel Toffee by the Whistling Kettle

Description: The earthiness of pu-erh fuses with caramel for a sweetly decadent finish

Dry tea smells of caramel and rich earthiness. Think salted caramel mocha but with tea

Liquor is a dark caramel brown in the cup

Steeped tea smells like something dark and earthy, almost like a mushroom, followed by sweet toffee and caramel.

The tea tastes earthy as well, but the sweet is closer tied, the two flavors mingling. Adding sugar marries them even closer, a perfect match

Tea Rating: 4.75/5


Quiet Days

Most days,

I am a force to be reckoned with,

bright and energetic,

impossible to ignore.

 

Some days,

very few,  but some,

I crave solitude.

Music without words,

and solo walks.

 

 

On those days,

I recharge,

Drawing energy from the world,

without interference from human voices,

even my own


Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.” Paul Johannes Tillich

 

Northern Serenity

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Tea of the Day: Northern Serenity by Sipping Streams

Description: Take a sip of this amazing tisane while slipping away with your favorite book. Northern Serenity is a soothing herbal blend that has a unique taste. With the blend of chocolate bits & nibs, rooibos, mint, vanilla, everyone will enjoy it’s taste and health benefits.

At first, the dry tea smells like something you would use as a rub for poultry, herby and slightly sharp. Then the mint and vanilla start to come through

Liquor is a lovely pinkish brown in the cup

Steeped tea smells most strongly of mint, followed by something a bit more earthy

Tea without sugar is minty and then sweet with vanilla and the earthiness of cocoa

With sugar, the vanilla and rooibos flavors come out more and the mint and cocoa mingle together in a pleasant aftertaste

Tea Rating:4/5


Lucky

A realization came to me, one early morning

as you looked at me,

with eyes full of awe:

you don’t know how lucky

I

am

You can’t see my past,

the longing to belong,

the bouts of loneliness,

the fierce determination that things would get better

All you know of me–

aside from my stories,

blurred by time

and edited by choice,

Is that I am here,

and that when you’re happy

I’m happy

But truly,

my Love,

I’m the lucky one

to have your support,

and your trust

to be the cause of your laughter

and the source of your smiles

I

am the lucky one


I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.
― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Myer Lemon

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Tea of the day: Myer Lemon by Stash tea

Description: An artfully crafted blend of rose-hips, lemongrass, orange peel, hibiscus, myer lemon oil and safflower. Myer lemons are a blend of lemons and mandarin oranges, so they give this tea  burst of lemon flavor without the pucker. Gives the tea a juicy lemon flavor and fragrant aroma

Dry tea smells lemony and sweet, something like a lemon square

Liquor is a golden orange-yellow in the cup

Very lemony and sweet in flavor. Adding sugar allows more of the other flavors to come into play. Very soothing and uplifting

Tea Rating: 3.5/5


Fall

If I fall,

if I can’t be strong,

if I’m fragile and jagged,

broken pieces sticking out in every direction,

will you still be there?

Will you hold me close,

tight enough that I won’t lose myself?

Will you carry me,

when I’ve reached my limit and even breathing hurts?

For you, I’d do anything,

push past my limits,

exceed my own expectations,

just to be by your side.

I’ll fight the world for you

if that’s what I need to do

But,

I can’t always be strong.

Will you still be there

if

I

fall?


Just some thoughts I’m sure we’ve all had when we love someone.

We always want those that we love to see the best of us, just as we see the best of them. But sometimes this makes us wonder if they’ll still be there when we’re not at our best.

That’s what love is all about, of course, for better or for worse…but we’re human and so, we worry.

For me, it’s not doubt in others, but doubt that I’ll always be worth it. Something I’m working on, and writing it out helps.


We accept the love we think we deserve.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Fusion Green & White

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Tea of the Day: Fusion Green and White Tea by Stash Tea

Description: Unique blend of rare white tea and top quality green tea. Mutan white is blended with green tea from Japan, China and India. The resulting tea is pale gold in the cup with a delicate, smooth flavor.

Dry tea smells sweet and light but a bit sharp. The steeped tea has a similar smell

Liqour is a lovely clear golden color in the cup

Before sugar, tea has a tart-sweet flavor. Adding sugar makes the tea pop, sweet and tart mingling and making a very refreshing tea

Tea Rating: 3.5/5


“Old Habits”

Once, I apologized too much

Somewhere along the way I taught myself that the best way to get through life was to say

“I’m sorry”

For every one of the feelings I’ve ever had

Every raw moment, every tear, every outburst,

even every impossibly loud laugh

Like all that mattered is how quiet I could make myself

It was a wasted effort

The feelings still rose up,

fought their way out,

battering through every barrier I dared erect against them

This left me tired beyond measure

and alone,

though the reason why I did such things was to fit in

Now, I understand the value of the rawness

I use the experience to relate to others

to show that pain can be felt without blocking out the joy

and that such honesty brings two friendship

rather than false comfort

I still apologize sometimes,

when a rush of emotion catches me off guard

Old habits die hard.


Having picked some tea, he drank it,
Then he sprouted wings,
And flew to a fairy mansion,
To escape the emptiness of the world….
~Chiao Jen

A better experience

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No tea today, just some exciting (for me) news

Today in the mail I received a programmable electric kettle that I had had my eye on for a while

It is the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfectTemp Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle

This is exciting news for me because it has specific temperature settings so that when I am making tea I can be assured that I am steeping my teas in water that is at the right heat, rather than guesstimating as I have been

I am really looking forward to a more precise tea experience, and am considering re-trying some of the teas I did not like so much somewhere down the line to see if the temperature at which the tea was steeped might have been part of the problem,

I will also probably be posting a product review for this in the near(ish) future

Happy Tea Time!


Nothing Compares

It’s been my great luck

in this short life

To see great beauty

and wonders

Firey sunsets,

delicate sunrises,

mountain vistas,

and vast expanses of ocean

I’ve seen a hummingbird in flight,

and dangled over a sheer drop

So many things have taken my breath away

With all that I’ve seen

(and will see)

There is one thing above all others

that makes my world fall away:

The look in your eyes

when your heart is so full

That even

“I Love You”

Is not enough

Strawberry Green

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Tea of the day: Strawberry Green by the Whistling Kettle

Description: A fresh and smooth flavor with strawberry goodness.

Smells like it sounds like it would: sweet strawberry with grassy undertones

Liquor is a very light yellow in the cup

Smells like strawberry still, with a more savory undertone than the dry leaf

Before sugar, light and sweet-savory, the flavors blend to make a more tart blend than the smell would suggest—something like strawberries while they are still young and small

Adding sugar makes it taste more like fully ripe berries

Tea Rating: 4/5

 


Carry on

We are small, yet enormous;

A galaxy’s number of atoms collected together,

lighting up the world around us in ways we can’t know

Brain and body send and receive messages faster than light;

our very thoughts would defy physics if they could be touched

Each one of us is a miracle,

a stunning collection of defied odds

And yet, and yet…

we often think of ourselves as insignificant.

 

Stop a moment,

take in our amazing reality,

starstuff rearranged into something new,

something that can change the shape of worlds

We don’t exist just to fall into dust

Chin up, sweetheart.

Keep the beacon of your mind lit up

Carry on, carry on