Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tea in the Rainy Season




Unfortunately, I am affected greatly by the weather, especially lack of sunshine. This end of May and first of June has been marked by numerous thunderstorms. I have practiced gratitude for the lack of damaging and ferocious weather and for receiving the moisture we need so badly for crops and vegetation. However, add daily grind and family worries to today’s dark sky with humid air that felt as thick as syrup, and I felt pushed almost too far with darkness.
I have been lucky the last few mornings that the rain in the night had stopped and a wipe of the metal chairs and table gave me a place to have a moist but good tea time. I so need that first pot to start my day with routine that is calm and warming…sort of a warm up to the day!



This morning I had some new teas from Elmwood Inn. I had decided to stop buying new teas, just use old favorites until they alerted me to some special new items. Morning was right for Wild Cherry and by noon I brewed Bourbon! Now I am not a big drinker but I have read in books about characters pouring a shot of bourbon into their tea cup. Sounded ghastly to me. So I was pleasantly surprised when DH and I both liked this new tea.



It smells lovely, like the smoky insides of an oak barrel in a brewery. It is sweet…almost reminds me of butterscotch in some sips. The amber liquid is beautiful like polished brass. I know it is tea and not alcoholic, but it is a most unusual flavor. One more to try tomorrow is going to be Southern Pecan.

These few semi-dry hours in early morning allowed me to read outside. I have been scooting through a few books of various genres. While I don’t write on the deck, the time does allow me to begin to form some ideas. Soon I hope to return to the computer with a mind loaded with words to splat right down on the page!


Rain at 80% is in tomorrow’s forecast. But I can hang on another day at long as I have my tea pot and a book. Soon the sun will shine again!


10 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

I hear you. Light (and particularly its absence) and heat affect me.
I like the winter temperatures but get a tad sad when the days start late and close in early.
Tea and a book (or three) help a lot.
I hope the sun shines for you, and on you - soon.

Patricia A. Laster said...

Your posts now come up on my "blogger dashboard." Yay! Your writing is very vivid. And I like the information about where you've been published. I never thought of putting that information out. I may have to "copy." xoxo

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

I can relate to your need for sunshine! Also got a kick out of your Bourbon tea description; it sounds similar to the Lapsang souchong we like, which I just mentioned in my blog for 9 June. It's what I'll be drinking as soon as I get up.

Marylin Warner said...

Today was rainy, grey and very cool--we wore sweatshirts and hoodies most of the day!--so it was a perfect day for hot tea.
I love your teapots and pitchers, the multiple colorful uses!
Sun in coming, Claudia. You know that soon we'll be sweating and wishing for cool breezes.

Sioux said...

Claudia--I think you should write and submit a guest post to "The Muffin" about tea and writing for their "Friday Speak Out." Just a suggestion. ;)

I hope you have a great day today. (Your different teas sound quite tasty.)

Susan said...

Hello Dear Bookie...

Your new tea flavors sound good. I love butterscotch puddding so maybe I'd even like that tea! ha!

Take care and thanks so much for your faithful visits. Susan

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

The bourbon tea sounds good too me. On nights when I can't sleep a cup of chamomile with a shot of Jim Beam Whiskey with Honey (it is actually whiskey brewed sweet with honey in it) usually does the trick. :)

Rebecca said...

The older I get, the more difficult it is for me to handle the dark days...I haven't brought myself to enjoy tea yet, but coffee gets me going in the morning...I've finally regained my concentration powers enough to finish a couple of books. Since my hip surgery in March, it's been difficult. Were YOU the one who mentioned The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry? I sure enjoyed it...

Linda O'Connell said...

Your tea sounds delightful, as does your leisure reading time.

Lynn said...

It was sunny today here, so I hope it was there too. I've had out of town company (still do), and a nice tea on a back deck with no one around, sounds like heaven!