Tea for Two and Chocolate, Too!

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

Afternoon tea with chocolate in the sun room is one of our favorite ways to take a break on the weekends. We love seeing who will come to the feeders and bird bath while we catch up and relax. Today, when we got up from the table for a moment, Samantha decided to move in. These chairs are among her favorite perches for napping and for bird and squirrel watching. I think she missed seeing this squirrel!

How many doubles do you see?

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Gallery of a Day of Finding YELLOW

Nature and marketing – it is amazing how much YELLOW is used by both! Breakfast and a trip to Lowe’s and Tractor Supply with my husband. Yellow flowers, lemon, and eggs and then….yellow everywhere at both stores :-).

This was an interesting project. I have never before used color as the common theme in a series of photos. I chose yellow in protest of Christmas being pushed at the stores before we’ve enjoyed my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.

In pursuit of YELLOW, I examined products that I usually walk right by, and then became aware of how the mix of colors and shapes on the shelves work together to draw attention. I’m sure there is a sound scientific basis for why certain colors are next to each other, which height shelf an item is on, why some things hang, some are stacked, some are in rows, etc. As these stores cater to men, is YELLOW a color that attracts a man’s eye? My husband can spot a display of DeWalt tools at the far end of any store we are in! Whatever the reason, YELLOW was everywhere!

Thyme for Parsley, Sage & Rosemary

I love combining different herbs into teas that suit what my body or my soul needs at that moment. These four herbs are at the top of my favorites list and enhance my ability to muse.

Teas are a gentle way to help your mind and body function at their best. Herbal teas complement rather than being a substitute for medical care, a doctor’s prescription, or for healthy living. DISCLAIMER: Always talk to your medical professional about what you are considering using before starting to make sure there won’t be issues with any medications you are taking or other health issues.

Usually, I pick these herbs fresh from my container garden just before brewing. There is nothing that can compare to the scent the herbs emit when I roll them between my palms to break them up before brewing! Dried herbs work just as well and are easy to brew in a tea ball. The total amount of dried herbs per cup should be one teaspoon. Double the amount for fresh herbs. Truthfully, I just eyeball the amount of fresh herbs, rinse them, break them up, toss them in a mug, cover with just boiled water, and brew.

An excellent resource for learning about herb teas is “20,000 Secrets of Tea” by Victoria Zak. The information below is from her book as well as other resources.

Parsley, also known as the “green goddess,” cleanses your system and helps keep allergies at bay.

Sage is the herb of “wisdom and longevity.” It is antiaging and improves vitality and the ability to think clearly.

Rosemary symbolizes “love and remembrance” and helps your heart and mind work better and improves memory and concentration.

Thyme is an herbal antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibiotic. It keeps you healthy and able to do the things that are important to you.

Any of these herbs make great teas by themselves, and are awesome when two are combined.

I like to use a half rosemary and half sage combination before bed. When I feel like I’m starting to come down with something, I mix parsley leaves and thyme, also half and half. For both of these teas, the flavors combine beautifully and I don’t

Herbal teas are wonderful both for solitary, meditative moments and for sharing with friends. Brew a cup and enjoy!

Tea Time!

Tea Time is when I take a cup of whatever type of tea (black, green, white, herbal) I’m craving, go out in our sunroom, and relax and just be or reflect on whatever is important at the moment.  There is something about tea and enjoying the flowers, the curls of the river birch bark rippling in the breeze, the deer, squirrels, and birds that re-centers and re-energizes me.

I’m in my sixties and am amazed at the new directions my life is taking.  My photography, writing, career, relationships are all moving in new directions.  My priorities are different.  Some have become more important and others I am letting go of. My roles in life are changing.   I am still a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, have a career I love, and am involved in my community.  I am also a caregiver, have lost a parent and peers, work harder to stay healthy, enjoy different things, worry about transitioning into retirement, and on and on.

Why am I here? Why a public blog?  I want to connect with others moving thru their sixties, to share, explore, and grow together.  Caregiving, loss, retirement, new interests, staying healthy, new hobbies, new careers, giving back, spirituality, creativity, fun, and so many other facets of life need to be explored.

Please join me for a cup of tea and time for musing!