drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I am up late working on the kitchen re-do. There is a pantry closet in the kitchen that first held a washing machine and water heater. We moved the water heater out years ago and used that side for food storage. Recently, we got an idea of how to move the washer so the dryer, which has been in the outside storage room, can be beside it. The closet is now becoming our bread center, where I have a stainless steel table, my buckets of wheat beneath, and several appliances on top. I am removing the closet doors and painting the inside of this closet that has been a utility closet for over fifty years. Can you say grungy? And I am also painting the new cabinets we installed over where my new washer and dryer will sit when they are delivered Friday.

And I have to finish all this because Monday I have to pick up the election materials and set up our polling place and Tuesday I will have to work a fifteen to sixteen hour day for the election. Wednesday is free other than schooling youngest, but Thursday has an orthodontist appointment, two students coming, and writers group at my house. But right now my house is a WRECK with everything from the closet and cabinets scattered everywhere, which is where it will have to stay until the paint dries and cures.

I needed something really soothing and elegant tasting to make me feel better. I usually go for a jasmine tea at a time like this, but I needed to take a break and then get going again, so I really wanted a black tea.

And this is the one. It is perfectly what I needed right now, I am drinking out of my Old Country Roses breakfast cup so it will cool faster because I am so hot from working. The cranberry gives the fruity sweetness but the almond really makes this blend. I really think I love this more than Cranberry Autumn. It is such a comforting and cozy cup of tea. I was relieved to see that I still have plenty of leaf since I restocked it last winter. It is sooo good.

fleurdelily

sounds like a lot of work, but it’s going to be really nice when it’s done!

ashmanra

Thanks! I think we will be mad at ourselves for not doing it long ago. I told my hubby I just don’t enjoy hauling big baskets of heavy, wet clothing down the five steps out back to get to the dryer or the clothesline. I am really excited to have them both inside and side by side! We have blocked the view of the utility area with a huge old arch oanel door we found at The Re-Store.

fleurdelily

just in time for winter, too.

ashmanra

Whee! So true! You are very good at finding the bright side of things! Plus the new HE washer will get the clothes almost dry, so they won’t be so heavy if I do hang them out, but in winter we often hang them in front of the wood stove anyway to dry while we sleep! I think I will be using the dryer a lot more now, but it will take less energy since ours is so very old. The new one will be more efficient and the clothes will be dryer to start with!

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fleurdelily

sounds like a lot of work, but it’s going to be really nice when it’s done!

ashmanra

Thanks! I think we will be mad at ourselves for not doing it long ago. I told my hubby I just don’t enjoy hauling big baskets of heavy, wet clothing down the five steps out back to get to the dryer or the clothesline. I am really excited to have them both inside and side by side! We have blocked the view of the utility area with a huge old arch oanel door we found at The Re-Store.

fleurdelily

just in time for winter, too.

ashmanra

Whee! So true! You are very good at finding the bright side of things! Plus the new HE washer will get the clothes almost dry, so they won’t be so heavy if I do hang them out, but in winter we often hang them in front of the wood stove anyway to dry while we sleep! I think I will be using the dryer a lot more now, but it will take less energy since ours is so very old. The new one will be more efficient and the clothes will be dryer to start with!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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