I'm very sorry that I've taken such a long absence from my journal. I've been a bit under the weather, which has delayed several orders (sorry!) as well as cut back on my time to do anything except sleep! I couldn't even sit up for any length period of time without feeling queasy (sp?).
I'm still a bit weak, but stronger than I was yesterday.
I'm going to be making some changes to my website (and business) over the next few weeks, so those are things to be watching out for on the tea horizon.
Other than that, I just need to CATCH UP on everything! Thanks for reading!
Monday, April 25, 2005
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Well, I wasn't able to get to posting a journal entry yesterday, it was a hectic day... I only got to indulge in 2 cups of tea! (My normal daily tea intake is about 6 - 8 cups)
This morning, I made up for yesterday's abstinence by starting my day with my Strawberry tea with a small scoop of creamed honey. I generally use creamed honey as my sweetener because it's not nearly as messy as regular honey. I rarely add milk or cream to my teas, unless I'm feeling in the mood for it or I'm having a breakfast blend, but I almost always sweeten my tea. I'm sure that purists would scoff at the idea... but I've found that -- especially with the flavored teas -- the sweetener tends to bring out the flavors a little better than drinking the tea without embellishment.
This morning's post is going to be a bit short, because I do have a few things I need to get started this morning. I hope to be able to take a moment or two to add to the journal tonight. Until then... take care, and remember... take time to enjoy tea ~ it's something that makes life worthwhile!
Monday, April 18, 2005
Well, here I am again! Sometimes it seems the time passes by so quickly, as was the case for this weekend. I can't believe how quickly it flew on past me!
So, it's Monday, and that means processing the orders that I received over the weekend. I've had such a huge demand for my sample packs (note: I'm not complaining! I'm thrilled), that I've had to temporarily remove the sample packs from my website, as I don't have enough sample bags at this point to fill any new orders. (sorry!) However, I'll be placing an order for more, and will be getting them in next week... then it will be back to business as usual.
There will be a new improvement to the way I handle samples. Rather than pre-filling the two T-Sacs with enough tea for a cup each and selling this as a sample, I'll be measuring out enough loose tea into smaller, foil lined bags (which are better for tea storage). This will eliminate the "pre-filled" T-Sac, so I will also include a small package of T-Sacs for the customer to use when they steep my samples.
I think that this will be a better way to handle my samples, I know it will eliminate much of the bulkiness that is associated with my samples at the current time (makes it more of a challenge to ship with the bulky packaging).
So what tea are you sipping today? I'm indulging in a cup of Orange Grove this morning. I love the fresh, bright taste of this tea. I must admit that when I first started drinking teas, I was rather "turned off" by the grassy nature of the green teas. I liked it alright in small "doses" -- like if I were to visit an Asian restaurant, I would always partake of the green tea, it just seemed like the thing to do! But, as far as brewing the green tea myself, I didn't really care for it.
I think that this was due to two factors:
- I didn't know the proper way to brew tea back then. I didn't know that the water should be slightly cooler for green tea and that you shouldn't steep as long as you would black teas. Since learning otherwise, I have come to appreciate even the more earthy notes in green teas.
- I hadn't tried flavored green teas, I had tried only dragonwell and bancha without embellishment, and I wasn't very fond of either. I have since grown to appreciate some unfettered green teas, such as Sencha and Genmai-cha (which some would consider an embellished tea due to the brown rice addition).
Since my disaster days with green tea, I've grown to become rather fond of green teas, especially those in my collection. My favorite often changes from one to the next... right now, my favorite has been the potpourri tea, which I'll no doubt enjoy a little later today.
Art... I actually was able to get creative yesterday. It took some doing... normally, I'm itching to get into my goodies and start playing right away! But over the past couple of days, I've just not had much of an inclination. I think that part of it stems from the guilt I've felt over one particular swap that I had to bow out of, much to my own personal disappointment. I feel terrible about this, because I don't like committing to something and then not being able to deliver the goods.
In my own defense, I will only say that I just couldn't find the inspiration to create this series. I thought I'd really enjoy it, but, I just couldn't get with it, and find what I needed inside to create this collection. I feel like I did the right thing, to contact the hostess before the due date, rather than keep her waiting for my cards that weren't going to arrive.
Oh well, I'm not going to continue to dwell on this. It will only depress me.
LOL I was looking for a way to neatly and discreetly slide my friend Aileen's name into that discussion about art, but I failed miserably. So, I'll just be overt about it. She owns Outside The Margins and it was her blog that inspired me to get my blog. So you have her to thank (or blame) for this.
OK... so I'm going to log off now -- gotta get those orders filled! Thanks for reading!
Sunday, April 17, 2005
I am procrastinating again. I should be working on something creative. How do you avoid procrastination? Is there some trick that I've put off learning?
It's pouring outside right now... it was sunny what seems a few moments ago, and all the sudden I hear this pounding on the window... I look toward the window, and it's pouring down rain. I've failed to notice that the light has gotten considerably dimmer around me.
I love that it's gotten cooler, because it means that I can indulge in hot tea a bit longer. I love my teas iced too, but, there is just something so rewardingly comforting about a hot cup of tea. Plus... I have my favorite mug, which is one of those mugs that has a replica of a painting printed on it... mine has Van Gogh's Starry Night on it. I love this painting. It's not exactly an "iced tea" drinking vessel.
Today, I continue my passion with my potpourri tea... the smell of this tea, both before brewing and after, is just so captivating. I love it.
I finally have a member to my group too! ha! Now we are a group of three... me, myself and my new member, which is someone completely separate from myself. Really, she is. Unless I'm more disturbed than I realize, which is a possibility, although, I think that this being an example of my sickness is unlikely. Unless I've taken to mailing myself blank puzzle pieces to alter. That would be really weird.
By the way, I've started working on the puzzle piece. In case you're wondering.
OK... so I think I might just sign off now, and go create something... the last 2 ATCs that I've completed I've been less than thrilled with, so I may just need to scrap those. which makes me sad. Usually, when I do something that makes me feel dissatisfied, I'm usually able to embellish upon that dissatisfaction and bring the piece in a different direction that I am happy with... but that is just not the case with these two. Oh well.
Look at me, still typing. Hopeless procrastination. Hopeless.
So, I'm really going now.
Well, this blog thing is new to me, I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing, or even if I'm going to be able to make it work on my site! But it sounds like fun, so I figured I'd give it a try.
I've never really kept a tea journal before, although I'm told that this is something that I'm supposed to do. What exactly do people write in a tea journal? Do they write about their tea experiences? If so... I am wishing that I had this blog back when I was working on my Masterpiece Chai to come up with the recipe, because I think that would have been interesting to have logged.
In this blog, I also plan on keeping my art journal. Of course, that will be a lot less "tidy" because my art is so rarely organized. I would like it to be, I would like to be able to call upon my muse and just create exactly what it is that I want to create, when I want it created. With the swaps I'm involved in, there are deadlines, of course... so it would be nice to capture that inspiration whenever I would like to. Unfortunately, it seems that as deadlines loom near, I get less and less inspired to work on the things that I actually NEED to, but instead, become completely hypnotized by something completely different. Maybe with this blog, it will help me become inspired, or maybe it will just cause me frustration. Either way, it will provoke emotion, which is not a bad thing, in moderation.
Maybe I will eventually start another blog for my art. That seems like a lot of work though... so maybe not.
This will also probably serve as my blog about my 'zine-ette, that yes... I am still working on. I now foresee a early fall, possibly August? release for it. If you want to join that yahoo! group, you can do so with this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EccentricPastiche Please keep in mind that this is a group in it's infancy, so there are no members, except for me and myself... I haven't yet publicized this group, I figured I'd do that sometime closer to the actual print date. I'd hate to get members that were chomping at the bit for something that isn't ready to go yet.
So, as you can see, this is a multi-purpose blog. Feel free to comment on my musings as you feel you must. Let me know what you think about me, my tea, my art, or whatever! Tell me what tea you're sipping! (I'm currently enjoying a cup of Earl Grey Cream, it's a great eye opener in the morning... not only the caffeine, but the smell of this tea is just so amazing that it makes my eyes want to open and live for the day instead of wishing I were still dreaming!)