For today, we have the prompt of “warm” which is ironic because it’s gotten colder and colder here just before spring finally decides to show up next week. So I thought that a cup of tea was something that would bring a little bit of warmth to the day. Growing up in the States, one would see every British character in a television show suggesting a spot of tea as a cure for nearly anything in the world. Just found out that your husband has been cheating on you? How about a spot of tea? Lost all of your money to that horrible swindler that just came into town? Yep… a spot of tea will fix that as well. It was amazing to think that no matter how tragic a situation might be, it only took a bit of tea to set everything right again. But actually, though a warm cup of tea may not truly solve every problem in the world, it can go a really long way to making you feel a bit better during the cold last days of winter. So, yes, I think I will fancy a spot of tea this evening.
Philippe and I end each evening with a cup of herbal tea just before heading off to bed. It’s a lovely little ritual that marks the end of our evening. We found this really cool tall cylindrical glass container to brew it in at Teavana. That’s one of those stores for tea lovers where they sell a variety of loose teas .And after our experience there, we also came home with a tea ball and a special mixture of tea. Our advanced tastes that we suddenly gained that day lasted about a week and we were back to tossing in packets of Celestial Seasonings instead. It does the job wonderfully when you just want your frickin’ tea and don’t want to make a huge fuss about it. Alas, we didn’t become tea snobs after all. Though it does seem like a fun idea to mix your own loose tea concoctions. I’m sure those who managed it are experiencing something lovely that we aren’t, but honestly it’s just too much trouble for a daily sip of a warm drink.
But no matter what version of this beverage we try, as long as it tastes good it seems to have all the wonderful promised effects. It’s a lovely and comforting feeling to sip on a cup of warm tea each evening. The ready-to-go blend in a packet that I love most is hibiscus with a kick of peppermint and citrus, which is dubbed Red Zinger. Maybe I just love the name. But it just makes it super clear that you’re actually drinking something a touch exotic that’s so much more than warm water. Even the smell of the little packets makes me a little happier each time I reach into the box to grab one out. So, later tonight I’ll be firing up the tea kettle and enjoying a cup. It’s been a long day and I’m ready to relax. And if I learned anything at all from watching television all those years, I’ve learned that there’s really nothing else in the world that can solve the day’s problems like a spot of tea.
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