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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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“I invoke the *Principle of 45/15” Ms Theresa yelled at the top of her lungs as we were finishing up with breakfast.
“So what the hell does THAT mean”, you ask.
The Principle of 45/15 means that we’re actually working today: 45 min of actual work, 15 minute break. Then another 45/15, etc.
So far all the house plants are watered, & one of them was ‘groomed’ a little. The kitchen is clean, the sunroom & kitchen are swept & mopped. The blankets from my bed are being washed.
We’ve been listening to Bach all the while, as I find his music to be energizing, & drinking this wonderful tea during my breaks. little terri got a little over-exuberant, as she often does, & put a lot of leaf in our teeny tiny 4 oz teapot, so even with very short steepings this has been a potent brew!

little terri is also trying an experiment today: she filled the 1 Qt crockpot with vanilla almond milk & added Chai. We’ll check it during out next break to see if it’s ready. We’re thinking a long steep in the crock on low might turn out to be an awesome thing.
Hopefully it won’t be an epic fail….


I quite like this principle of 45/15. Perhaps I might follow suit :P.

Terri HarpLady

I came up with it years ago, & when I ‘invoke’ it, I get a lot done. It also helps me to get started actually doing something on a day like today, where it would be easy to just goof off :)
Something about setting a timer helps me to stay on task. Even one hour of 45/15 can result in me getting some things done!

Terri HarpLady

My sister, Ms Whatsit, & I have been known to invoke 45/15 together, & then spend the 15 on the phone gabbing. I should give her a call this afternoon, as one of my ‘rewards’.

carol who

I love the 45/15. When I had leg surgery a few years ago, my doctor made me walk for to minutes every hour. I’ve been doing that for weight loss besides my 3 miles with my friend. It seems to be paying off since I lost 4 1/4 pounds in the last 2 weeks. Maybe… 30/20/10? 30 min. cleaning// 20 min. break/ 10 min. walking. ??? maybe overly ambitious? But would give me 20 min. tea time with a good book.

Terri HarpLady

Carol, you & I must be birds of a feather, lol. I’ve been known to take a 5 min walk every hour, in an effort to keep my metabolism up. It usually involves going up & down the stairs, in a variety of patterns: 1st to 2nd floor, down to 1st, to 3rd, down to basement, to 2nd, to basement to 3rd, then a cool down min of walking in circles on the 1st floor. In alternate hours, turn on music & dance like there’s no tomorrow!

Terri HarpLady

I started doing 45/15 because that’s how I work at gigs!

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I enjoyed a cup of this while fixing my breakfast. I’ve reviewed it several times, so there isn’t much more to say except that it’s a beautiful & tasty cup of tea!

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This has been one of those teas that I consider hoard-worthy, & so I have a couple of different versions of it, & it even warrants a special tin! This is the last cup of a batch from last year, maybe last spring? I can’t remember for sure, & that is before I started labeling the packages with a date as they come in.
No matter…
The original Zhu Rong I fell in love with was deeply chocolatey, like a dark fancy unsweetened chocolate bar from some exotic location, with a snazzy wrapper, & it costs way more than you want to spend, but you know that you are going to save it for an extremely special occasion, that you’re going to let every square melt in your mouth, & it’s so worth it.
This may be the last cup of that tea. Or not. Teas do change from season to season. There is more or less rain, or the grower may do a little something different with the leaf. I’m sure there are many variables, so I have packages from Summer & from Fall. I’ll probably order a few oz of the current offering as well, although I’ve noticed that the description of the tea has changed considerably. I meant to save this last cup’s worth, so that I could compare them all, but instead I’m just enjoying it for what it is, & it is good.


Do you prefer Spring or Fall harvest for Yunnan black?


Ah yes, this tea. I feel in love with the second version of it. First one was nice and smokey as well.

Terri HarpLady

Boychik, I’ve never compared them, to be honest.
BTW, your package arrived on Saturday! :)


Yay! The reason I’m asking I saw some discussion that fall harvest produces richer blacks. I dunno

Terri HarpLady

The newer package I’m opening is from last summer I think, so when I get near the bottom of it, I’ll open the fall package & try to compare them, if I remember! hahaha
It might be awhile…

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I made this at Tony’s to enjoy in my bubble bath.
It’s one of his favorites, & although I don’t drink it often, I guess today is the day.
It’s main feature is a bright & juicy orange, with a touch of bergamot, & a lingering grapefruit finish. It’s a little on the acidic side for my tastes, but definitely bright & cheery. The base is earthy, & almost shu puerh-like, so although I’m no expert, I’d say it’s yunnan.
Note to self: send a sample of the to ks


This sounds lovely to bathe in ;) Uh, I mean with.


in…. with…. don’t matter as long as the temperature’s right. =0)

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys!

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After allowing this cup to steep, I breathed in the steam coming off the cup.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I have no idea which harvest this is, but probably from a year ago. I went through a phase of stockpiling this tea, & really, I should probably drink it every day for awhile, because I have plenty.
Obsessive compulsive? Yeah, but the other reason I collected it was so that I could do comparisons on the various harvests, over the course of a year or so. I realize different harvests are going to be nuanced differently, due to various factors, so one of these days maybe I’ll open a series of bags, to sample & compare them. Or else I’ll just have enough LB to drink for the rest of my life.
This one? Unsweetened cocoa with a beany backdrop. Yeah, I like it, although some harvests have been beanier than others, & those have been my least favorite (but I have no idea which ones they were).

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I got my 2 sons to help me string a fence across my yard, so that Trouble the dog can’t poop & dig in my garden anymore. It’s nothing fancy. We used cheap fencing that I already had, & I made a gate out of a section of fence, some wire, & a bamboo post. Like everything in my garden, it will probably be temporary, but then again, maybe not. I posted 2 pics on my FB.

Now I’m relaxing at Tony’s, enjoying this tea, & watching Cardinals baseball. Unfortunately, it looks like Pittsburgh will win this one :(

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It might be a little late in the evening for me to drinking an assam, but I wanted something satisfying to go with my dinner, & this one fits the bill. Bold, rich, savory, & malty, even a little bitter, but it’s a bitterness that I really enjoy. Perfect with dinner.

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drank GABA Black by Mandala Tea
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I’ve claimed sipdowns of this tea twice! First I drank a Sample Sil had provided, then I received another sample from Garret. And then Sil sent me some more!
Not like it’s a problem, or anything, because it is a tasty cup, & I enjoyed a whole pot of it today with my lunch. See previous reviews for further comments, because I know I’m not really doing this tea justice today.

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Although this isn’t the original sichuan caravan, I still enjoy it.


strange as reading the tea name the Doors song Spanish Caravan appears …although they are typically not the same caravans !

Terri HarpLady

Nope, but it’s close enough!! :)

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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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