Cinnamon Orange

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Tea of the Day: Cinnamon Orange by Market Spice

Description: Our signature MarketSpice cinnamon-orange tea in an 8oz cellophane package. This unique spicy, naturally sweet flavor has become world famous, originating in the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle.

Dry tea smells strongly of cinnamon with a citrus undertone

Liquor is an orangey chestnut brown in the cup

Steeped tea is a bit more orangey in scent. The tea itself is sweet and spicy with the orange coming out smoothly in the finish. The tea needs no sugar and would be fantastic cold as well as hot.

Tea Rating: 5/5


An image brought to mind by this song


♪Well I have been searching all of my days, all of my days..♪

This wasn’t supposed to happen.

I’m not supposed to be driving this road like this, our song playing on repeat on the radio, while I sing along, my voice alone carrying us through

And I have been trying to find what’s been in my mind, as the days keep turning into night…

This was supposed to be us together, our second honeymoon, first vacation just us since the kids grew up

..well, I have been standing quietly in the shade, all of my days, watching the sky breaking on the promise that we made…♪

But this is how it is. You were taken from me, by a twist of fate we never would have been prepared for, even if we could have foreseen it.

…I cried aloud, I shook my hands…” What am I doing here, all of these days?”…

I know you’re with me, in some ways, as I look down at my wedding band that flashes as I drum on the steering wheel. You’re in my heart as it beats, and all of my shiniest memories

…Now I see clearly, it’s you I’m looking for, all of my days. Soon I’ll smile, I know I’ll feel this loneliness no more, all of my days…♫

So I drive, with your urn in the seat beside me, scattering ashes and memories as I go. At this point all I can hope is that if I ever make it back home, I’ll somehow be alright.

…As the days keep turning into night, and even breathing feels alright. Yes, even breathing feels alright..


 

No, I don’t know why my brain turned a love song into something sad. Trust me, I wish it hadn’t because it was something like a gut punch in the feels. Not exactly the way I wanted my day yesterday to end. Even so, I hope that writing it down makes it so it can be appreciated for the beauty of it, if nothing else.

Lavender Sencha

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Tea of the Day: Lavender Sencha Green tea by The American Tea Room

Description: Deep green Japanese sencha leaves are accented with tiny pink and violet lavender blossoms in a blend that is at once fresh and classic. The brew is a springy yellow green with assertive aromas of lavender and the ocean, and a soft peppery undertone. A full lavender flavor fills the palate, and then gracefully reveals notes of lime zest, ocean air and cloves. The finish speaks of flowers, steamed young greens and lemon.

Dry tea smells as you would expect, like lavender, with a touch of savory bite behind it

Liquor is a lovely clear golden green color in the cup. Think “spring green”

Steeped tea is very similar to the dry although to me it smells a touch sharper. In taste, however it is lightly floral, with a nice full flavor of lavender at first, followed by something smooth and peppy. It makes me think of citrus, but more subtle, almost like it was flavored with a touch of dried citrus jest.

Adding a little sugar to me makes it taste like and edible bouquet; flowery and sweet with a savoryness that really ties it together. All in all, a very relaxing and tasty tea.

Tea Rating: 5/5


Today a response to the Daily Post’s prompt Natural (warning, it’s not a poem/creative post, it’s some thoughtful prose the prompt brought to mind)


This is going to be a little bit of a rant, so you’re totally welcome to quit reading here. I’m sure tomorrow will be more positive all around

What’s with the insistence that “natural” is synonymous with “good”?  Natural might be good in some cases, like with plant sugar easier for the body to process than modified sugars or artificial sweeteners, but it’s not a perfect system. If you put a whole bunch of sugar in your tea, it’s still not going to be healthy for you, no matter how natural the sugar used. Too much is still too much.

The same kind of thing goes for herbal remedies. I’m not against it per se, and do swear by certain teas being good for some issues–like mint or ginger for upset stomach, licorice for sore throat, echinacea to help fight getting sick in the first place and so on. However there’s a lot of “natural remedies” being touted to work miracles. I mostly see that kind of thing when it comes to weight loss and while some things do help with energy levels and such, it’s not always safe to add a bunch of extra vitamins or extracts to your diet, no matter what the source. Some substances interfere or interact with medications, and every medicine, human manufactured or not, has the potential to have side effects.

Getting away from food, it can be argued that behavior that is natural isn’t always right. The teenage kid down the street may have the nature-given urge to want to put his dick in anything and everything that he can…but that does not meant that it’s a smart idea or the right thing to do, depending on the situation. Some behaviors that come naturally developed when the world was a very different place and have not gone away, but have no place in the here and now.

I also have a problem with “you’re a natural” as a compliment for someone in relation to something they do, like write, or draw, or sing, or run, and so on. I’ve always taken it as meaning that the person makes it look easy or that is seems second nature to them, which on the face of it is a nice thing to hear. But even for someone who has natural aptitude for something, there is usually still work involved. Sometimes, I would argue, even more because when they reach a point where the drawing won’t come out right or the dance step eludes them, they have to both push past the normal block but also the one that says there’s something wrong with them since it’s not working the way it always had. Saying “you’re a natural”  doesn’t convey understanding or respect of the work it still takes.

Citrus Kiss

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Tea of the Day: Citrus Kiss by Good Earth

Description: You don’t have to kiss a lot of green frogs to get the lift you’re looking for. Citrus Kiss™ brings lemongrass and citrus flavors together to brighten up top notch green tea for an amazingly good taste invigoration. Kiss your new go-to green tea hello!

Dry tea smells light, sweet and lemony, with a lovely background of sweetness

Liquor is a super clear golden yellow in the cup

Steeped tea smells a bit sweeter than the dry, and tastes sweeter than I would have expected. It needs no sugar, and is very pleasant in flavor. Light and sweet without being overwhelming whatsoever.

Tea Rating: 5/5


Since I enjoyed writing from a prompt yesterday, doing so again.

Today’s prompt: Mountain


Do not worry about the mountain.

Worry instead, if you must worry at all, about the ground beneath your feet, the air you’re breathing, the flowers on the roadside.

If you’re going it alone, enjoy the solitude. Keep your eyes open, though, because there is likely someone you know tackling this journey, this mountain, as well.

If you have company as you move up your mountain, understand that while you may be walking together, the steps you walk are not exactly the same. It is ok to feel better, or worse or notice different things or remember things differently that your companion.

Your mountain is not about someone else.

If you’re trudging along and someone zips by you, do not worry. They are not better than you, or smarter, or any other such thing. They are on their own journey, and your mountain may not be such for anyone else.

You’re going to encounter situations where you are moving with ease and come across people who are not. Remember to be compassionate at these times. Remember what your mountain was like, or even is like and treat them as though they were you, in another time or another life. Walk with them for a time, if they’d like. Offer your experiences if they seem receptive, or just a should and understanding if they’d rather not talk.

In the end, this mountain is not the end of your life, and (if we’re all honest here) not the last you will climb, perhaps not even the largest.

So, do not worry about the mountain. Worry about the steps you are taking, and the mountain will worry about itself.

Ginger Green

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Tea of the Day: Ginger Green by Tazo Tea

Description: Smooth green tea takes root in the fiery depths of ginger, yet runs lithely through the lemongrass. It pauses only to pluck the juiciest of pears from bowed branches (and to thank you for inviting us in to warm up your daydreams).

Dry tea smells sweet and tang-spicy

Liquor is a dark golden yellow in the cup

Steeped tea smells very similar to the dry, just a bit richer. The tea itself is not a strongly ginger flavored as it smells, which to me is a little disappointing. I do like the depth the pear flavor adds to the tea, however.

Tea rating: 3/5


Today I’m feeling quiet yet inspired, so I thought I’d try out writing in response to the Daily Post Prompt: Transformation.


Transformation

 

Seen by most as a

huge

dramatic

event

 

This is,

after all,

part of the definition.

 

But what of how it is internally?

A caterpillar does not because a butterfly in one breath,

and no “overnight sensation” really became one in a single night.

 

The truth is this: transformation is work.

It’s hours and days and weeks of steps and changes

some bigger than others,

that eventually become something big

 

In the end,

a “transformation”

is only a “transformation”

to those it is not happening to.

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

Rooibos Cinnamon

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Tea of the day: Rooibos cinnamon by Summit Spice and Tea

Description: This spicy blend is slightly sweet with cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of clove

Sells like cinnamon!

Liquor is a slightly murky reddish brown in the cup

Very strong cinnamon flavor, but adding sugar brings out the ginger and clove

Tea Rating: 3/5


Today, just some musings sparked by a thought I had earlier today, my mind running off on its own, like it sometimes likes to do


Take my hand

You might as well,

you already took my heart.

And I know you trust me:

it’s in your eyes,

in all the things, large and small,

that you share with me every day,

and in the way you relax,

body leaning towards me,

when we’re together

So,

take my hand.

We’re in this together,

might as well make it side by side


“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

Lavender-Tulsi

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Tea of the Day: Lavender-Tulsi

Description: A soothing organic tea blends leaves from the tulsi plant, which has been revered in India for more than 5,000 years for its healing properties. Gentle lavender adds its special aroma to create a tea that fosters a sense of calmness and serenity

Has a sharp, herby smell, nose tingly with a hint of mintyness

Steeped tea smells the same

Liquor is a clear chestnut brown in the cup

Herby yet light in flavor, sweet aftertaste. Adding sugar makes the flavor a little stronger, but adds astringency to the aftertaste. Better without sugar

Tea Rating: 3.5/5


Today, the image in my head is of an old witch teaching a young one, just starting to notice that the world is not as simple as her young mind would have it be


I slept in last nights clothes and tomorrow’s dreams/ but they’re not quite what they seem,” the little girl sang as she skipped around her teacher’s house, her long twin braids swinging back and forth behind her, leaving shimmering trails in the air

“Nothin’ ever is, child”

She heard the voice, and stopped short. There was no one in sight and no sound of another person, just the bees and the birds that so loved Mrs Mera’s garden. It was the best garden in town, a riot of colors mixed with practicality, since Mrs Mera grew fruits and vegetables right alongside the most beautiful flowers you could imagine. Mrs Mera was also the wisest witch in the city, and anytime she took in a new student, the whole community sat up and took notice

The little girl, Mina, only knew that she had always loved the garden, and had been learning how to grow one of her own from Mrs. Mera as long as she could remember. It was only recently that her lessons had taken a more serious turn

Right now, she was feeling slightly alarmed, wondering if this was a test

“What do you mean?” She asked, sitting down on the wooden bench at the entrance to the garden, hands crossed in her lap, head swiveling around, trying to figure out how she could her Mrs Mera but not see her.

“Your mind tries to make the world around you make sense, makes you miss things that are right in front of you” Mrs Mera said, from the bench right next to Mina

Mina squeaked and jumped, and only Mrs. Mera’s quick reflexes saved Mina from falling off the bench into the dirt.


I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tea-lover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water“. ~George Orwell, “A Nice Cup of Tea,” Evening Standard, 12 January 1946