I’m not usually awake this early. I worked at my desk last night until 1:00am, answering emails & cleaning out my email boxes, a task that was long overdue (& still not complete). Then I did a few pages of Cryptograms to try to shut my brain down from thinking. Somehow it didn’t work, & I tossed & turned all night, having conversations in my head, to do lists, & other BS. I finally gave up & got out of bed at 5:45, a rising time that is unheard of in my life! I was hungry, & irritable from brain activity. So I got up & made breakfast: Fried apples with cinnamon & fried pork with cabbage. Both of my sons also got up & breakfast was served in shallow bowls, it a yin/yang sort of presentation. It was good.

Now I’m having tea. I love the way this tea foams on top every time I brew it. I’ve reviewed it before, & it’s definitely on my top 10 list of teas right now. I find myself rotating through several different black teas, & today it is this one. Richly Malty, deeply satisfying with a dark chocolate undertone & a peppery quality, this is a savoring tea, perfect for the morning. I feel like I’m getting away with something!

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!


St. Louis, MO



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