Drama of all different types seems to be rampant in my life at the moment, not all of it mine. Some belongs to No. 1, some belongs to No. 2, some belongs to the workplace. My personal drama has mostly revolved around wildlife issues and car troubles. Raccoons have apparently torn parts of the roof off our house. Good thing we found out before the rain starts. The roof repair guy said we’d definitely have had leaks if we hadn’t found out about the raccoons.
We only found out about the raccoons, though, because of the rats. Our house is built on a hillside, so we have a rather large under house area — not a basement because it isn’t dug into the ground, but an area of that is below the flat floor of the first story. Some of this area is partially finished, and that’s where we have weights, a treadmill, etc. No. 1 was complaining about not being able to work out, and when asked why, he allowed as to how there was a dead rat in the workout room. We called the rodent control folks and they trapped another 3. Shudder. They have now patched up all the gaps where they think the rats were getting in, so there’s that. They also looked at the roof, et voila, raccoons.
The car issue has even more threads, so I’ll save that for my second cup of tea.
This tea has some of my favorite flavors in it: chocolate, hazelnut, almond, and orange. They’re all smellable in the dry leaf, and miraculously, also in the aroma of the steeped tea. You don’t have to chase them that much either — they sort of hand off the job of stepping to the fore like choreographed dance soloists. One comes forward, then recedes, then another comes forward. More like yearbook entries than a single class photo, really. The tea is a deep red, sort of a cranberry color when held up to light, and a dark orange brown when not.
The flavor is hitting the spot this morning. My only complaint is that the nuts and orange aren’t as strong in the flavor as in the aroma. But this isn’t much of a complaint, especially when I consider what it might do to the balance of the tea to pull any single lever more than it has been.
Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Orange