Mona's Word of the Day – Tea
According to legend, a Chinese emperor discovered tea as he was walking through his garden. It was a cold morning, so he carried a mug of hot water to sip as he admired the plants and rocks and water that made up his surroundings. A gust of wind blew a handful of tea leaves into his cup. As he studied their dance on the water, they brewed. The emperor found the smell irresistible, and took a sip.
O and I have amassed a collection of coffee and tea mugs over the years; the vast majority hand-made, some from Ireland, one from a friend in Africa. When friends come over, they choose a mug, and it becomes 'their' mug while they are here. There isn't much overlapping, which I find interesting. My pantry is stocked with 32 varieties of tea. There isn't much overlapping there, either.
I've been drinking nothing but Yogi Echinacea Tea for the past week. Along with two aspirin, It's the only relief I've had from this head cold.
Lil Hux stopped by one day with a friend she used to work with in Estes Park. C is from Canterbury and was in the country visiting old friends. We went to an Italian restaurant, stuffed ourselves with pasta salad, down a couple bottles of good red wine, and came back here, where C demonstrated the proper way to make a pot of tea. To thank her for the lesson, I drove her to the airport. We talked the whole way. It was like finding an old friend. That Christmas, she sent me a huge care package of tea and chocolate digestives, and excellent Cadbury candy. I still make tea they way C showed me, but it never quite matches up to hers.
Go look at Gary's Pottery. I drool over the teapots with the little bunnies and elephants. I love this guy's stuff.