Thursday, October 30, 2014

Worn and Loved

I know it isn't beautiful, but I love it.
It was found many years ago at an estate sale.
My adult children even took it to their house for awhile
and their cat did it in even more.
I put it out this summer for a garage sale, but really hoped
no one would buy it.
It sits in our garage sad and lonely.
I love the shape of it and know it has potential.
It would cost me much more that buying a new chair,
but I love it.
It dances in my head.
I know tea would taste better sitting here.
Dear chair, I am so sorry you have been sent to the garage.
I truly want to rescue you.
I am dreaming of the beautiful chair you could become.
What should I do?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Red is the new Black

Tea Time at Delights of the Heart.
Recently I have been drinking Dian Hong from Yunnan Province of China,
purchased at New Century Tea Gallery in Seattle.
I always considered Dian Hong and it's close relative, Yunnan Gold, to be a black tea.
They are both darker than an oolong or green tea and both a lovely smokiness to them.
Reading several articles recently they say that they are a red tea,
well this tea girl learns something new.
Now I know an orange pekoe is black and most often I don't find it as entertaining.
When I find someone that wants to change from coffee to tea I try to suggest
a hefty black tea for changing and they often like a nice puehr.
So when you select a black tea, what do you drink?
Is it truly black?
Since we have a festival celebration this week in Halloween,
what tea would best fit with the occasion?
Is red the new black?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Life's Road

Along life's road we find surprises around each turn.
Little serendipities that might change the direction we travel.
Maybe even big changes come along and we are suddenly
traveling to a different place.
A place unplanned, which may be full of emotions
such as pure terror or maybe, just maybe, pure delight.
Do you like surprises?
Do they terrify you?
I must say yes to both.
But what is the alternative?
To stay in one place, never to dream, never to be terrified,
never to be delighted;
now for me that would be met with great sadness.
So I dream, I learn, I travel down the road with trepidation
and I am happy sipping my tea along the way.

The photo was taken along the highway to Mt. Hood.
It was taken with my little vintage Brownie box camera.
Loving playing with different photography formats,
though I must say digital is certainly the easiest.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday's Quotes

"Death matters, at least sometimes."  Claire
"It's why a warrior doesna fear death so much.
He has the hope--sometimes the certainty--that his death will matter." Jamie
from Diana Gabaldon's book,Written in My Own Heart's Blood.

Just finished this book.
If you haven't read the Outlander series,
I recommend it.  I love losing myself in the 1700's
first in Scotland and later in other parts of the world.
It is like time travel for the mind.

Photo has nothing to do with quote, but for the fact that pickup is dead but beautiful!

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Gift

Would you accept a gift from this smiling face?
Well unintentionally a gift of a virus was given this past week.
I remember when my children were little and suddenly we often had colds.
That seems to be what is happening with round two.
Wiping his nose, washing hands, still we all got sick.
Thus I have not been inspired to write or take pictures much this week.
Hopefully by next week my head will be back to normal.

We are all on the mending side of things, but still the residue remains.

Planning on resting this weekend.

Happy weekend, dear friends!
Be well! and stay away from runny noses and drink lots of tea!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Colors of Autumn

 From the small trees in my neighborhood,
 To the pumpkin farm in the country,

Autumn has a glow about it,
Golden, Red, and Orange just shine everywhere I go.
 The light from the sky changes it's tone,
Black clouds threaten,
the Orange of the pumpkins just smile at me.
Savor the glow of Autumn delights.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Alishan High Mountain Tea

The photo was taken somewhere in Seattle, but the tea
I want to share is from Floating Leaves.

Alishan High Mountain Black tea was shared in a tea tasting a few months ago
and I loved it.  It took my travels to Seattle and a visit to Shuiwen at Floating Leaves
to finally purchase some of this yummy tea.
Taiwan is known for their beautiful oolong teas, but they are beginning
to come on the market with some wonderful black teas.
I must say this is now on my favorites list.
It is beautiful to look at, sniff, and taste.
A very unique flavor, not as smokey as other black teas but almost a fruitiness to it.
Definitely worth a try, check it out at
 The tea fields of Alishan, Taiwan.
 More tea at Alishan, but don't you just love those large clay pots?
We wanted to bring one home with us, but the best I could do was to bring home a photo.

If you love something very special in a black tea for sure check this tea out.
Happy Tuesday!