I just ordered my Cuppa Geek Advent Calendar! It is only my second ever advent calendar, the first one having been a David’s Tea one that was a gift from my daughter a few years ago.
We had two days that really felt like fall and we enjoyed using the fireplace. Now we are back to needing a shower every time we walk the dog. This evening has been fairly cool, though, and I decided to sit outside with a throw over my lap and rock.Beside me is a beautiful white pigeon that my husband found in the road yesterday. It think it ran into a car. One eye is squinched but looking better and the wing on that side droops. It seems pretty happy, though, and is eating and drinking as it recovers. We hope to release it within the week.
Also in our little backyard are rabbits – not the usual Eastern Cottontails but some European domestic rabbits that escaped quite a while ago from a neighbor who was trying to raise them but gave up after several cat attacks. My backyard is full of pines and dogwoods so hawks can’t swoop here and cats don’t really come because I have a dog.
A black rabbit with a white heart shape on its right shoulder lives here pretty much full time, and was joined by a white rabbit with black spots. The white rabbit let me pick him up today. The others will take food from us but don’t like to be petted or held. They have been hanging around since spring and all the neighbors help look after them. Organic spring mix, apples, timothy hay, rabbit yogurt drops, carrots, strawberry tops…all kinds of goodies. There are frantic texts when someone doesn’t see “their” rabbit for a day or two. (We lost Bun Jovi to a cat attack six weeks ago. He is buried with dignity and a headstone of sorts across the street.)
With this menagerie about, I carried out my tea and two vanilla cream Speculoos sandwich cookies. May I say this was a WINNING combination? Because this was a WINNING combination.
I bit the lightly spiced cookie and then took a sip of tea – pure heaven. At first, I mainly tasted cardamom and cinnamon but the ginger warmth grows very pleasantly as you sip and sip.
I had to go for a third steep and it is really nice. Plenty of flavor remains. I will be sad to see this go and may have to re-order. I used to drink tea at night instead of tisanes, but I am really enjoying these caffeine free relaxing options. I look forward to them, instead of “settle” for them so I can sleep.