2967 Tasting Notes
I am home.
I really enjoyed seeing my folks, & for the first few days, it appeared that I was going to get by without mishaps, & maybe I would decide that FL was not so bad a place after all.
Then in the middle of day 3, my allergies returned, in spite of zyrtek, nettles tea, & all my other efforts, & my folks got to watch me decline into darkness, until by the time I went home Tuesday, I was pretty damn sick. I hate that! But it was better than last year, & all of my other visits to them, when I became sick from allergies within an hour of arrival.
Thank you zyrtek, my rare pharmaceutical friend, although you were only a temporary help, at least there was that.
As it stands, I am still recuperating, because for me allergies are a total body experience. I’m drinking my herbs, sipping stock, breathing my essential oils, sucking warm salt water up into my sinuses, sipping cultured brine, resting, eating spicy food, etc. I managed to perk up yesterday when my friend came, & last night Tony took us out for Thai food. I couldn’t taste mine, but the spices were wonderful! In fact, I’m eating Tony’s leftovers for breakfast, & I think I’m starting to maybe taste a little bit of sweet & Umami! That’s a start!
Next up: Hot steamy lavender bath…
Then: A visit to the local Salt Spa, a Russian style salt room with a machine that filled the air with tiny tiny salt particles. You relax in there for 45 minutes, breathing in that air & listening to soft music. It’s wonderful for all kinds of ailments, especially asthma & allergies. I wish I could have gone everyday since I got home, they are only 3 minutes from my house, but they were closed for vacation.
My oldest friend, who I’ve known since I was 10, came for a visit yesterday!! The awesome thing is, no matter how long we’re apart & no matter how rare our visits, every time we get together it’s like I just saw her yesterday! We’re always into so many of the same things, & it was a wonderful day. She loves tea, so I served her LB & she loved it, so I gave her some to take home :)
I think she might join steepster…
I’m happy to report that I brought a thermometer with me, because when I pulled this one out of the bag, I realized that the recommended temp is 165! I have 2 samples of this, I think one is from Sil & this one is from Stephanie. So although this is a sip down for the tea I brought with me, it’s not a real sip down, because I have more at home.
I’m sad to report that the zyrtec I’ve been taking only really worked for the first couple of days of my visit, & each day I feel worse, so today I totally feel like crap. However, the silver lining is that last year (& every time I come to visit) I started feeling like that almost immediately after leaving the airport, & so the experiment has basically been a success, because I’m going home to my usual allergens tomorrow & I probably won’t even notice them upon re-entry.
Although you might not want to trust my taste buds, what I’m getting from this is lightly steamed green beans, with a creamy mouth-feel, and a lingering thick tongue sensation.
Another BBBB tea, this one from Sil.
It’s funny, I’m just not into taiwanese teas as much as I was. I know I’ve said it before, there is this one taste, that I can’t quite place. It reminds me of coriander a little, & a little sour….I dunno. Anyway, it is, of course, in this tea as well, & although it’s not bad, it’s also not really all that appealing to me.
I’m off to run errands with mom, & BTW, today is my Mom & Dad’s 62nd wedding Anniversary!
Another tea from Sil, which I believe came from Cavocorax originally.
This is my sweetened tea of the day, & it really is nice. I’m tempted to mix in some almond milk & a frozen banana in the blender, for an eggnog type drink, & if I’d thought of that before I drank half the cup of tea, I probably would have done it ;)
Another sip down, leaving me at 374.