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My big tree came down today and it looked like the first phase of Spring cleaning.

One thing leads to another.

Then the wreath and garland came down from the mantle, the mantle got a good scrubbing…and the Pacific Northwest, Native American Art (which I love) got a cleaning before going back up.

The floor, carpet, side table with mini tree in the dining room were changed back into their former configuration before the Holidays,but with a scrub.

The tea’s I ‘could’ have had today, new tea’s that I got from some kind Steepster friends for Christmas and New Year’s, need my full attention. I’ll devote a day to each one next week (maybe sooner).

Before beginning my tasks this morning, when I rummaged around in my cupboard pushing packets aside looking for a bolt of lightning to strike me with inspiration,…I brilliantly picked this tea for a couple of reasons. It’s tasty (no brainer) and it reminds me of days gone by (sigh).
This tea is very romantic.
I was feeling nostalgic with delightful memories of Christmas’s past.
My Dad’s WWII Navy trunk (called a boot) has stored my best ornaments since 1967 including some from the 1920’s. It’s one of my treasures.

Some of the ornaments were created by my Grandmother (born in 1901) out of walnut halves…made into little beds with a tiny baby sleeping in it.
My mother made Victorian Lace ornaments with empty spools of thread. Red Glass Bells from my mother’s childhood are carefully wrapped in tissue. These are my treasures along with ornaments made by my children and myself which are wrapped and stored carefully in Dad’s old trunk.

Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black Tea has the black tea base that I’ve loved from the first time I sipped it, so rich with chocolate.
The floral, citrus bergamot adds elegance and a slight briskness.

Tea is able to help us pause with our memories if we take the time, and this tea was the perfect choice for me today. Cleaning up from the Holidays, remembering the past.

Kashyap

as a child of the Alaskan sea and having traveled from village to village in Inuit, Haida, Tlingit smiles and warmth…I hope that in your cup of gleaming tea the shadow of the raven flashes a mercurial eye and blesses your year ahead

Bonnie

The only place I want to revisit anywhere on earth and stay awhile is Sitka. Over my fireplace are 3 pieces from Fairbanks where my mother-in-law lived. Raven, Man flanked by 2 Dogs (which is family) then Fox.

Donna A

I’m identifying with your comment about memories. I’m thinking about the fun times raising our 3 kids who are almost grown, and away at school now. We put our 20 year old daughter on a plane to New Zealand. She will spend her next 3 months in NZ, Australia and Fiji, doing study abroad as part of a program at her college, Georgia Institute of Technology. The pictures I’ve seen of the places she’ll visit seem amazing! I’m excited for my kids, but nostalgic for the past. Tea is a comfort for me right now.

Bonnie

At the time my last moved out I was single and caring for my ailing parents. Within 2 years mom,dad and grandma passed away and I really was alone and dove into depression.God never left me even though I felt numb. Big changes in how we define ourselves can be difficult.When my caregiver days were over I found a needy person which was a mistake. Now,I’ve learned to be happy alone with a cup of tea! Take time for things that you enjoy! I love my good memories!

Kashyap

I know many who live in Sitka and its blend of Russian and Tlingit is magnificent along with the amazing town center and the lush surroundings…truly a magical place and worthy of a place to settle and revisit

Bonnie

Sitka feels Holy.

Donna A

Bonnie, how great that you knew God never left you when you were at such a low point in you life. Agree with your last two sentences. Now I’ll have to put Sitka on my bucket list.

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Kashyap

as a child of the Alaskan sea and having traveled from village to village in Inuit, Haida, Tlingit smiles and warmth…I hope that in your cup of gleaming tea the shadow of the raven flashes a mercurial eye and blesses your year ahead

Bonnie

The only place I want to revisit anywhere on earth and stay awhile is Sitka. Over my fireplace are 3 pieces from Fairbanks where my mother-in-law lived. Raven, Man flanked by 2 Dogs (which is family) then Fox.

Donna A

I’m identifying with your comment about memories. I’m thinking about the fun times raising our 3 kids who are almost grown, and away at school now. We put our 20 year old daughter on a plane to New Zealand. She will spend her next 3 months in NZ, Australia and Fiji, doing study abroad as part of a program at her college, Georgia Institute of Technology. The pictures I’ve seen of the places she’ll visit seem amazing! I’m excited for my kids, but nostalgic for the past. Tea is a comfort for me right now.

Bonnie

At the time my last moved out I was single and caring for my ailing parents. Within 2 years mom,dad and grandma passed away and I really was alone and dove into depression.God never left me even though I felt numb. Big changes in how we define ourselves can be difficult.When my caregiver days were over I found a needy person which was a mistake. Now,I’ve learned to be happy alone with a cup of tea! Take time for things that you enjoy! I love my good memories!

Kashyap

I know many who live in Sitka and its blend of Russian and Tlingit is magnificent along with the amazing town center and the lush surroundings…truly a magical place and worthy of a place to settle and revisit

Bonnie

Sitka feels Holy.

Donna A

Bonnie, how great that you knew God never left you when you were at such a low point in you life. Agree with your last two sentences. Now I’ll have to put Sitka on my bucket list.

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Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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