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Funny story: I wear black for my gigs, & my favorite black blouse is too big now, so I have to wear one of those strappy undershirts with the lace inset to avoid showing a very low cut cleavage. So this morning I had all my black on, but didn’t put the blouse on right away, because I ate a little breakfast before I left. While my breakfast was cooking, I loaded the harp, wearing this classy velour jacket (frog buttons) over the undershirt. To make a long story short, I got to the gig, unloaded, tuned up, went to the restroom, & looking in the mirror, I realized I forgot to put my shirt on! Luckily I was still wearing the velour thing, which ended up being my shirt for the funeral. It looks fine, but is kind of heavy & it’s VERY warm, especially after I’ve been moving my arms a lot. Live & learn?

Meanwhile, for my last tea of the day, & a sipdown, although I don’t actually get to count it because I somehow never put it on my list, I’m having this tasty Rooibos Chai!

TeaKlutz

Haha! One time I got to an orchestra concert, then realized the black top I was wearing was actually a pajama top.

Terri HarpLady

So glad to hear that I’m not alone! I think this is the first time I forgot to put my shirt on, but I’ve forgotten to change to black shoes before, & a few other mishaps. I always figure I’m sitting behind a big harp, so nobody will notice these things, right? :D

Angrboda

A colleague’s husband once went to work without any trousers on. They have horses so he’d been in the stable that morning, was running late and just quickly shed his stable trousers and left. He didn’t realise what had happened until he got there and was about to get out of the car. His colleagues (and we, when the story was told to us later) got a good laugh when he had to explain why he had been seen arriving and immediately leaving again. It was in autumn, so how he managed to get all the way to work without wondering why his legs were cold is anybody’s guess. :)

Terri HarpLady

hahahaha! :D

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Delicious!
I haven’t drank this many flavored teas in one day in awhile. I forget how tasty some of these are, this one included! I feel happy!

Amariel

It’s one of my faves, for sure!

Stephanie

This is a great one :)

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It is always my goal to drink a cup of every tea in my collection every month. It used to happen, LOL, but I have not succeeded in a long time now, probably at least a year. It won’t happen this month either, because I have too many teas!
So far this month I’ve drank 73 out of 313 (current total, although I started the month at 330). The month is 2/3 over, & I haven’t even drank cups of 1/3 of my teas. To be fair, there are several teas that I’ve drank more than once also. I’ve also been on a serious black tea binge for a long time, even though I enjoy all kinds of teas.

This is one that I do love, but haven’t drank for awhile. The watermelon taste is so awesome, & this is one of those teas that I have to sweeten. It’s like drinking watermelon juice!

Anna

That’s an incredibly impressive strategy and definitely one that’ll help you not forget about a specific blend.

Terri HarpLady

If only I could follow it successfully.
I blame my steep sister, Sil, :D

Sil

I don’t know WHAT you’re talking about….

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Finally, a sipdown!
This one is from a box Sil sent to me quite some time back. I actually drank a whole pot of it, just so I could get a sipdown out of it, cuz Sil liked to send me ridiculous sized tea samples sometimes. I sweetened the last cup, and as I predicted in a previous post, it was transformed from a white grapefruit to a pink grapefruit.

Cavocorax

I’ve done that – just cup after cup just to empty that last little bit! :P Glad you enjoyed it.

Sil

bwaahahahahaha

Amariel

It’s actually pretty good, but too light for me this time of year.

Terri HarpLady

I imagine this would be fabulous over ice, with a chunk of pink grapefruit floating in it!

Amariel

Yes, or with grapefruit juice ice cubes. I’ll probably pick some up for the summer.

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Upon my return home for the funeral, I was feeling very teaprived, & this one seemed the only suitable choice, to continue the theme of the day, & the week, actually, now that I think about it.

Note to self: Next year spend all of St. Patrick’s Day drinking & comparing Irish Breakfast blend, you silly lass!

Anna

Teaprivation is the worst.

Stephanie

lol I love these new words :)

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This morning I had to leave the house by 7:30 to go set up for a funeral. To be more specific, an Irish Catholic funeral. I know the sister of the guy who passed away, she owns a winery that I was suppose to play at this past sunday night for an annual St. Pat’s dinner & concert that I do every year. She cancelled the event because her niece was getting married in St. Louis on saturday. Sadly, her brother, who was well known & loved in the Irish community in St. Louis, passed away at the wedding reception, a very tragic & sad tale.

I used to play in a traditional Irish band, so I provided an hour of music for the visitation, & sang the Parting Glass right before the Mass started, as they were closing the casket. He had set aside funds for a full on celebration, with a Wake, etc.

In honor of this event, I made a cup of this Irish Breakfast before I left the house this morning, but I barely got to drink any of it, as it stayed hot for too long. After I was done playing, I slipped out to the car & polished it off, even though it was cold by then. Still delicious.

keychange

Wow—he died at the reception. That’s so unfortunate on so many levels. And the parting glass is a lovely and fitting song.

Veronica

So sad. I think it is sweet that you picked a tea to honor the moment.

__Morgana__

Very sad. :-(

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I might be the official steepster slacker, at least for now. I’m so behind on posts, & on readings posts, so this post will be an attempt to catch up, Hahaha.
I haven’t posted anything for a day or two, so here’s a summary of the teas I’ve been drinking:
Double Knit Blend – A & D
Tiger Assam – A & D
Pumpkin Milkshake – Butiki
Two Tigers – Devotea
Champagne & Rose cream – Butiki
OK…I think that covers yesterday, & possibly the day before…I can’t remember for sure. There may have been a few others, but these are the ones whose packages were piled on the corner of my desk to remind me to comment on them. Now they are put away.

As for the Black Lotus, I have been tea-deprived today, which I will comment on in my next post, but let’s just say I really really needed something, & this one did the trick. It’s funny, because sometimes this tea seems so bright to me, & even today, looking at the leaf, a part of me was moaning, “That’s a lot of darjeeling!”.
LOL, I can’t always drink this one in the morning, but it was perfect with lunch. I needed a real pick me up, & this did the trick!

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My 2nd cup of this tea, this time I prepared it in the same way I’ve been preparing Chai (thank you, Robert Godden), simmered gently in a mix of canned coconut milk & vanilla almond milk. So decadent, so delicious. While I was simmering I was mixing up this recipe for Coconut Chia Pudding:
http://slimpalate.com/coconut-chia-pudding-with-roasted-butternut-and-honey/
(I dare you to look at the pics…OMG)
Mine will be served (mostly to myself) with an optional drizzle of maple syrup, & a strong cup of some black tea, tomorrow morning for breakfast.
I went ahead and roasted the squash tonight, along with toasting the coconut flakes. To be honest, I love squash roasted this way, & it was everything I could do to keep from just nomming down the whole pan tonight. I did exercise restraint, but allowed myself a few delicious bites, then I put it away & drank my tea.
This delicious & decadent cup of tea.

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I’ve drank this one quite a few times lately, & I’ll probably run out of it in no time. What a lovely end of the day kind of tea!

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I shared a pot of this one with my student that loves smokey teas. It is much lighter on the smoke that some Lapsang types, but really nicely done.

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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!

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St. Louis, MO

Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

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