I’ve been drinking almost exclusively green and herbal teas for the last three weeks due to cold turned flu turned cold and lingering crud. No fancy oolongs or pu-erh for me until today. This is nice, smokey, roasty, sweet with a parchment-like quality. I did three short infusions, mostly offered at our kitchen shrine, but I got a few sips of each.

I’m a little shaken at the moment, my dad is going to be having quadruple bypass surgery sometime this week, they just did the analysis this morning, he did not have any sort of cardiac episode, just some tightness in the chest which led him to take a stress test and another test which showed some blockage, turns out its 80% in two areas. So he’s fine and in good spirits and hopefully it will all go smoothly, though he will have to rest for 4-6 weeks and not travel for his work. I’ve had two uncles who have had stints put in, my dad’s brother has had more than one heart attack, their father survived several though he had some very debilitating strokes, but I’m trying not to think about that as a possibility.

Any positive thoughts or prayers for our family would be appreciated, though no worrying please. Hope you and yours are all well.

Sil

oh no. All my happy, positive thoughts are yours for you and your family.

K S

^^Ditto

Indigobloom

Hugs and love going your way Autumn, and to the family

Kashyap

I am holding space in my head and heart for your father and I hope all goes well. As a person who had a cardiac ablation and who has had a family history of odd heart conditions, I deeply empathize and wish you and your family the best.

Butiki Teas

So sorry to hear that. I hope your father has a speedy recovery. Sending some positive thoughts your way.

Autumn Hearth

Thank you all. I’ll update when I know more.

ashmanra

Praying, and not worrying! It is actually so encouraging that they caught this before he had any sort of major episode! My doctor gave me quite a scare last year saying one of my tests showed that I had a congenital heart defect, but it hadn’t shown up in the test before and hasn’t shown up since, so….oh well! And oh yay! I hope everyone involved has peace and that the procedure goes grand!

Fjellrev

Positive thoughts to your family.

Autumn Hearth

Yes it is very good they caught it now. :)

mrmopar

Prayers your way!

Autumn Hearth

Successful quintuple bypass this morning/afternoon. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Kashyap

huzzah!!! heal, recover, and back to vibrating life!

TheTeaFairy

Sending good vibes you way Autumn… Glad to hear all went well :-)

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Sil

oh no. All my happy, positive thoughts are yours for you and your family.

K S

^^Ditto

Indigobloom

Hugs and love going your way Autumn, and to the family

Kashyap

I am holding space in my head and heart for your father and I hope all goes well. As a person who had a cardiac ablation and who has had a family history of odd heart conditions, I deeply empathize and wish you and your family the best.

Butiki Teas

So sorry to hear that. I hope your father has a speedy recovery. Sending some positive thoughts your way.

Autumn Hearth

Thank you all. I’ll update when I know more.

ashmanra

Praying, and not worrying! It is actually so encouraging that they caught this before he had any sort of major episode! My doctor gave me quite a scare last year saying one of my tests showed that I had a congenital heart defect, but it hadn’t shown up in the test before and hasn’t shown up since, so….oh well! And oh yay! I hope everyone involved has peace and that the procedure goes grand!

Fjellrev

Positive thoughts to your family.

Autumn Hearth

Yes it is very good they caught it now. :)

mrmopar

Prayers your way!

Autumn Hearth

Successful quintuple bypass this morning/afternoon. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Kashyap

huzzah!!! heal, recover, and back to vibrating life!

TheTeaFairy

Sending good vibes you way Autumn… Glad to hear all went well :-)

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Druid, artist, poet, mum, lover of tea, ritual and myth. I grew up on Celestial Seasons herbals but fell in love with straight loose leaf tea working at my local Teavana for a year. I am grateful for the introduction and the experience, but have moved on.

I see tea as an experience for the senses, I like to imagine tasting the land and the weather as well as the effect of sun, air, fire and the human hand. I have a soft spot for shu pu’er, yabao, scented oolongs, wuyi oolongs, taiwanese tea as well as smooth naturally sweet blacks, creamy greens and surprisingly complex whites.

I began ordering lots of samples from Upton to educate myself on different varieties of tea we didn’t have at work and have fallen head over heels for the unique offerings from Verdant Tea. I am learning things I like: buttery mouthfeel, surprising sweet or spice notes, woodiness, mineral notes, depth and complexity and things I don’t: astringency, dry and sour notes.

I collect tea tins and am in danger of collecting pots, though I am trying to restrain the urge due to current lack of space. I brew mostly in a glass infuser mug or a tea maker, only using cast-iron for company now (still need to get a gaiwan) and tend not to sweeten my teas unless they are British or fruity and iced, which is not often.

As far as ratings, I lack a definite system and haven’t been assigning numbers lately, wanting to spend multiple sessions with a tea first. I usually only log a tea once, unless it is a new harvest or I have significantly different observations, but will go back and edit or comment if I find something interesting or new.

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