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I had this one tonight. I still like it. I think I’ll leave it at the top of the pile so I can easily access it again. It snowed today. :(

The bursitis is still paining me. The seat cushion iwth the cut outs for my sit bones arrive. I think it helps, but I get sore from that too after a while. Per the docs instructions, I have gone from frozen peas on my butt to sitting on a heating pad. The heating pad seems to help a lot. trange, I thought the cold would be better. Any way, I’m still here, still drinking tea, and stil lwhining.

tea-sipper

Oh gosh, I wish the snow would stop for you already. :/

ashmanra

I wonder if alternating heat and cold would help? Are there any recommended exercises? My physical therapist says “motion is lotion!” Something like hula dance motions maybe? Praying your tush feels better!

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drank Moringa Mermaid by DAVIDsTEA
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It is 49 degrees out there today, and partly sunny. I am SO MUCH ready for spring. I went through my teas, looking for something spring-like. Found this one and made a cup. Very light in color and lilght inflavor, but pleasant for an afternoon cup.

I had a doctor visit over webEX. Like, online. Weird, huh? She believes my sore bottom is Ischial bursitis. That is bursitis of the sit bones. It is probably the result of too much sitting. Her treatment plans includes avoiding sitting, applying ice to the area and taking aspirin.

I work 10 hours a day. Sitting at the computer. When I’m not sorking, I am generally sitting and reading, knitting, spinning, sewing ,etc.

I ordered one of those extendable desk that you can work at standing. It won’t arrive for 10 days.

So, off to lie on the floor with a family sized bag of frozen peas on my bum. Excuse me

Roswell Strange

While I am very sympathetic to your situation and wish you a speedy recovery, I can’t help but admit this gave me a good chuckle.

Martin Bednář

Same as Roswell Strange. It must hurt and I feel bad laughing on you, but it’s funny to imagine someone laying with frozen peas on bum.

Tea itself? Nothing I would drink I guess.

Maddy Barone

I think it is important to find the humor in any situatiuon. The cats seemed fascinated by the peas and took turns trying to knock them off my bum. This is what I have been reduced to. A giant cat toy laying on the floor like a beached whale with a slippery bag of peas on my bum.

gmathis

More fun than a person should have to stand :) (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) Hope you’re feeling more comfortable soon!

Maddy Barone

LOL
I think it might be a little bit better already. But the doc said up to two weeks to see improvement so it mightbe all in my head.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Work today was a roller coaster. Well, not really. It started off rough, got better, and then plunged directly into Hades territory. We woln’t get paid overtime, since Friday we are closed. But there is no way I can get my work done in only 8 hours a day.

A day like this calls for an old favorite tea. Cranberry Pear always reminds me of the first time I tried it. It was at the David’s Tea in Polo Park in Winnipeg. A few friends and I had a little time to kill so we went to get tea. It was a lovely day with lovely friends I don’t see often enough. I bought a few teas, but Cranberry Pear was the best of them. I got 50 grams of it to take take back to the States, and once that was gone I bought it again and again. Now it’s a discontinued tea, unless David’s decides to bring it back. I am hoarding what I have left because I do not want it gone. THIS is the tea I reach for on “challenging” days.

Inkling

Hope today is a better day!

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drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
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I’ve had this for the past two nights. AFter a spell of lovely warm weather we had over 5 inches of snow and the temps dipped to 5 F last night. Good tea drinking weather. It’s sunny and warm-ish this afternoon (28F) but I may have another cup tonight.

I like this one. It is exactly what it says: sweet and spicy. Warming. a comfort when you are stuck inside not only because of the pandemic stay at home order, but also because of the weather.

ashmanra

Snow! Oh,dear! I hope you like snow! The warm sunshine is about all that is getting me through this stay at home order without becoming an insufferable hag! I hope you are well, and may sinshine brighten your days!

gmathis

I think this one tastes exactly like cinnamon red hots. Hope the thaw comes quickly!

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Today I finally made the switch from morning coffee to morning tea. At first I was going to brew a cup of North Winds, which is one of my favorite straight black teas, but I decided to try one of the straight blacks from my recent Tea Runners box. It is a Sri Lankan tea

I liked this one. A lot. It is very smooth. I didn’t get that faint bitter after taste that I sometimes get. I added 1 teaspoon of leaf to 10 ounces of 205 degree water and steeped for 4 minutes. along with one small lump of rock sugar (about the size of a pea) I can imagine this one iced. Pretty tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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EVERYONE in the office is now working from home. They got 1997 employees out the door with their equipment withing 2 days. Impressive, right? Most of them are back online and working. But now the questions have tripled. First, this is the first week we are using our new computer system. Second, not everyone can connect to the drive where we store our work. So, until they have the necessary drives installed, we all have to pick up the slack.

My stomach is in knots. I’m not so worried about COVID-19. I am a telecommuter introvert who stays in except for church, my writing group, my knitting groiup and my SCCA stuff. But ALL of that has been cancelled too, so the only place I now go is to the grocery store and the pharmacy. So I think I’m good. What is killing me is the overtime. This week was a surprisingly light week, only 52 hours.

I always start my day with coffee. But my tummy isn’t so happy with coffee. I am going to have to start drinking tea with caffeine. I have severla to choose from. Does tea ever bother your stomach?

tea-sipper

Stay safe. I wish grocery stores would all get those hand sanitizer stands that hospitals have because everyone has to go to the grocery store at some point. :/

ashmanra

Some tea bothers my stomach, especially tea from India. I can’t drink hardly any tea on an empty stomach. I need to have had food at least within the hour or two preceding the tea. Sometimes I go through spells where there is already irritation and it is worse. But usually I can stick with Chinese tea and do okay.

teapartyfortwo

Tea never bothers my stomach, neither does coffee. The store I work at shut down on Thursday but I didn’t go in all week. Wasn’t taking any chances. I have a 24 hour grocery store here which I’ve only had to go to once so far but I went at midnight so there was only 1 cashier, 1 stockboy and one other customer in the store. I’m an introvert too so I’m used to practicing social distancing!

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I have more of this one. I thought it was about gone, but there is enough for maybe 5 more cups. That’s nice, because this is a nice choice for a chilly evening. The weather has been amazingly spring-like for the last week, but last night was windy, so my aparmtent was cooler than usual. Perfect for a cup of tea. I drank about half the cup when my brother called. WE ended up tlaking for nearly an hour and I when I came back to this is was cold. I finished it, and realized that this would be a nice cold brew.

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The second tea I tried from my tearunners subscription box. To me, this one had no flavor. I carefully prepared it according to instructions. As it cooled a faint bitter note emerged. I don’t know if the flavorless bit is just me and my stupid anosmic nose. It might be. This one certainly sounded good. I’m a bit disappointed in the two teas I’ve tried so far. And I don’t want to be! I will try this one again another time. I generally do not add sweetner to my tea, but maybe I will try that next time. I still have two straight black teas to try so I’m not giving up on TeaRunners. Since I paid in advance for 6 months I can’t give up yet ;) But I think I’ll try an old favorite later tonight.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.

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