Tuesday, January 16, 2018

T Project - Ripe Puerh with Ginger

The flower is here just to cheer the day!

What can I say,
here is another tea that might take a couple tries
to get the amount and steeping time right.
But if you like ginger in your tea,
it will be worth it.
This is T Project's Ginger Puerh,
a small-batch, loose leaf ripe puerh black tea with ginger.
Perfect for a winter morning!

You can find it at T Project, here: https://www.tprojectshop.com/

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote


"If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you." - William Gladstone

Note: This cup and saucer are no longer in my possession.
They have gone to a low income retirement center;
so they also can enjoy tea times together when family
comes for visits.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ironing Day


Recently a friend said how much he likes to iron.
I was surprised first that it was a guy friend
and second that he liked to iron.
He even bought himself a new iron for Christmas.

Ironing Day

I do like ironing day, oh, quite the best
Of all the week-the tided calm, the peace
Of my small kitchen gives my heart new lease
Upon content.....with each clean garment pressed
And hung across the bars, I like to feel
A man, a little, fair-haired child will go
Immaculately clothed from this crisp row,
The happier for one short morning's zeal.

As under my swift iron, a pattern blooms
On table linen, worries are resolved-
With time for thought-to blessings, while in plumes
Of steam, problems fade, projects are evolved...
I may be tired, but still I thank the Lord,
When I am finished, for an ironing board.
~Kitchen Sonnets by Ethel Romig Fuller

 Do you iron?

I find it is time to meditate, dream, and think.
The two pictures are an indication of the things I like to iron.
Pillowcases and tablecloth's are my favorites,
but also I just love ironing my clothes and seeing the wrinkles disappear.
The wrinkles in my soul are soothed.

Happy Weekend, dear friends!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Self Care


 With the new year I once again think of "self care".
What do I need to do for myself.

Here is what I have thought of so far:

1. Develop regular sleep pattern
2. Eat regular, healthy meals
3. Exercise 
4. Take walks in nature
5. If needed, talk to a professional to work through life's difficulties
5. Laugh 
6. Create space for "Me Time" to read a book, sip a cup of tea,
a massage, or watch a movie that makes you smile 
 7. Spend time with friends

What can you add to the list?
What do you do for "self care"?
Do you find a secret retreat?
A place to put your feet up?




“Self care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.” — Parker Palmer 

Note: All pictures were taken today at the Kennedy School near my home. It is a place to retreat for awhile, to have something good to eat, watch a movie, enjoy the art, or soak in the soaking pool. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What a Difference a Steep Makes

 For Christmas I received several special gifts.
Imperial Tea Court, Imperial Keemun Hao Ya was sent to me by a friend.
It is considered a Tribute Tea or "gift tea" because of the extraordinary
quality of the tea. It is from Anhul's Qimen county in China where
keemun's are most often not produced anymore.
Most often I avoid keemun teas because I find them too black and bitter,
but I could tell this one was special just from the scent.
I tried it once and it was OK, but the information that came along
with it suggested trying to steep it a different way.
So I tried again. My normal 4 minute steep with one teaspoon
of tea per cup just wasn't working. The next time I steeped it 3 minutes
with one full teaspoon for a small 3 cup teapot.
What a difference it made and it was just right for a delicious
pot of tea. So glad I tried again.

Then my family knows I love books. Above you can see the two
books I received. Did they get it right?
Can't wait to take more walks in 2018.
The author, James Norwood Pratt, added a lovely note inside
The Romance of Tea.

On the plate was an after Christmas snack of the last bits of
Christmas stollen, mandarin, and cheese. My favorites!

Did you find some special, thoughtful gifts under your Christmas tree?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote

I pluck the petals that are wet with dew,
and drink my solitary cup with quiet.
When it is empty, pour myself another,
The Sun goes down and all of nature rests.
~T'ao Ch'ien, China 400CE


Today I start a new Monday series, Monday's Tea Quote.
I hope you enjoy them as we travel with tea through 2018.
Raising my cup to you dear friends, Marilyn

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sit in Silence


"So, if you are too tired to speak,
sit next to me,
because I, too, am fluent in silence."
~R. Arnold

Dream a little dream with me.
Sit and listen to the silence.
Then hand in hand we will walk along the edge of the sea.
We will soak up the memories and share our dreams.
For today the slate has been washed clean.
A new year has begun.
Take JOY, dear friends.
Listen to your heart.
And Notice what you Notice!