Showing posts with label cold. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cold. Show all posts

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Good Fences || Bonus Post and Link Up

Here's a quick bonus post since I didn't post in Tuesday and I thought it was quite fitting for the freezing cold air hitting the Eastern US.

These are some pictures of my old backyard after an ice storm in 2008. Everything looked like it was coated in glass! It was so beautiful but SO cold!

I hope the bird who had previously made this his home flew very far south!

Branches of the willow tree snapped under the weight of the ice but the old picket fence held up well.

Every thing was coated in ice. The roof, the clothesline, and each picket of the fence.



If you'd like to join in the Good Fences Series visit Theresa's blog, Run*A*Round Ranch Report

Friday, September 12, 2014

Making Tea

A few years ago I used to have a blog about tea. We had an abundance of tea in one of the kitchen cabinets in a wide variety of flavors. I would make a cup of tea and then give a short review on it. I did some research on each tea I tried like where it originated, how it would traditionally be served, and the way the leaves were cut, etc. Needless to say, I got tired of drinking tea pretty quickly and found out that I can't stand berry flavored herbal tea. Blech!

 This post isn't about that though. This post is just an observation on the very basics of making tea.

You've made a cup of tea before, right? Maybe you're drinking one while reading this post. It's September 12th. Perhaps that's still a little early for tea drinking weather. At any rate, when the weather gets chilly nothing can top a warm cup of tea.

My heating method of choice is the microwave. I bought a mini kettle last year with the intention of boiling water on the stove top for my tea, but I was never patient enough for that. If I'm in a rush I'll put the teabag in before I put the water in the microwave and if I time I'll heat the water first and then watch the tea seep out of the bag as it brews to perfection.

Then you wait.

If I had to wait for water to boil, then for tea to cool, I probably will have gotten some milk and cookies in the meantime and not be thirsty anymore. But, here's the catch with waiting for tea to cool.

Tea only has a peak drinking time of about 10 minutes. This 10 minutes is never completely enjoyed because you can never catch a few of those elusive moments of temperature perfection either because you sipped to soon and then feel, but don't taste, the slightly cooler tea washing over your tongue only moments later or, you got too into a movie, conversation, work, etc. that you missed the final moment when the last few sips of your tea could have been thoroughly enjoyed and you could feel it's warmth radiate to your fingers and toes. Instead you get a bitter mouthful of cold watered down flavor of cow pasture.

So many things have peaks; foliage, songs, careers, life all of which should be through enjoyed.

I never any good at writing conclusions to English compositions and I'm just rambling now anyway. I hope you enjoyed the somewhat satirical post about making tea.

Please, if you're a tea drinker, let me know your favorite kind of tea! I still like to try new flavors now and then. My favorite is Trader Joe's Ginger Pear White Tea.

This is sassafras tea. Homemade from boiling tree roots picked from the yard.




Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Cold...

So, Friday was pretty busy then on Saturday when I intended posting the final installment of the von Trapp series I caught a cold. My colds are always like the month of March. In like a lion out like a lamb. 

For the past few days I've been dealing with a sore throat, headaches, congestion, dizzyness, a low fever, and I've used 5 boxes of tissues so far! My voice is just about non-existent. I should be starting be on the mend now, By now you may have guessed that there won't be any post tomorrow either. I plan on getting back on schedule this Friday, July 4th. Check back then for a post that will include a little more enthusiasm than this one. *cough, sniffle*


Here are a couple of little paintings I did last week. If you follow my instagram you may have already seen these. They're part of a bigger project I think. Still rolling that idea around in my mind but there hasn't been much room to roll it lately with all this congestion.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Crochoughing and Kneezing

This making up words business is a little silly. I admit, I am no Roald Dahl. It's stemming from a lack of ideas for titles and basically combining what has happened the past seven days into just a couple of words without saying "I've had a Cold."

Over the weekend, mostly, I had a cold. I put away the gargantuafghan with the very last row about 1/4 of the way done and pulled out my rather large amounts of leftover yarn from the NASCAR blanket  to make this: (excuse the lovely yellow hue)



I had pinned a picture of a newborn in a similar hat to remind myself to make one at some point for my nephew because 1) it's cute, and 2) his dad has a strange obsession with Oreos and Cookie Monster. It seemed like every time I checked my Pinterest there was a notification that someone liked or repinned that picture. I ended up with about 50 reminders to crochet that hat! 

In my ever growing yarn stash I also had some crochet thread that had been thrown into a drawer under my bed for quite some time because it was just too frustrating to work with. I found a pattern I wanted to make and finally sat down determined to make it work and to start using up the thread. Here is a link to that pattern:  February's Valentine Pattern
And a picture my finished product:



I love working on small projects when I have a cold because I at least have some feeling of accomplishment for the day when I've finished them!! I'm still feeling a just little blah,  but definitely on the getting better side of the cold now!!