Apologies for not posting more often so far this week. I have the flu, so my energy level is pretty much nil, and I've accomplished little besides sleeping, reading, and drinking many cups of hot tea. Of course one need not be ill to indulge in a nice cuppa, but it's during these times of discomfort when the soothing therapy of tea really hits home.
My typical comfort drink, mineral water, tastes awful right now. Not to mention how it hurts my sore throat. So, I'm staying hydrated with hot black coffee and this Winter Fruit Tea by Tea of Good Tidings, made with black tea leaves, juniper berries, orange peel, cranberries, cloves, rose petals, almonds, vanilla, black currants, blackberry leaves, and cardamom seeds. It's Christmas in a cup, more or less.
When I'm not feeling well, I find that it's the little things, the simple pleasures, that bring me the most joy. Like filling my tea ball with loose tea and watching while it steeps, inhaling the hot steam wafting off my mug as the tea blooms and gets stronger, knowing that I'll get stronger again, too. Soon, I hope. Until then, have some tea, really take a minute to enjoy it, and while you're at it, enjoy your health. You never fully appreciate it until it's gone.