Mister Tea’s ‘The Night Before Christmas’

‘Twas a fortnight before Christmas, and all through the house All the creatures are stirring… even the mouse.  The teas were all sitting on shelves with great care, Waiting for orders that soon would be there. The dogs were excited, and playing with toys, While we laughed at the antics Continue Reading →

Chronic Illness Part 2: The Daily Grind of Pain

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Heavy Content

Note:  This post is about chronic pain from my perspective and written through my experience with it.  I know that this will not cover everyone’s experience.  Additionally, there should definitely be content warnings.  Chronic life involves everything from PTSD to depression to tremendous anxiety to… Chronic pain isn’t a single Continue Reading →

Introduction to Intensive Ingredients 5: Hard Candy

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series The Making of Things

Flavoured cocoas were difficult. Initially, we experimented with ground whole herb.  In some cases, like cinnamon, this works.  In most others, it does not. The flavour is there, but the texture leaves a bit to be desired. So we started casting about for other options.  We have a couple that Continue Reading →

Chronic Illness as a Caregiver: Don’t Burn the Whole Candle

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Heavy Content

  Being a caregiver for someone with a chronic illness sucks. There, I said it. Watching someone you know and love live in constant pain, or watching them slip away from themselves and who they’ve always been is a battle in and of itself. Nothing can prepare you for watching Continue Reading →

Desert Sage Natural Spring 2018 Giveaway

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Giveaways, Sales, Events

  If you are familiar with Desert Sage Natural and our work, you are aware that I create a lot of teas. Possibly too many teas. At least when considered from a storage perspective. For each new blend, we create a loose tea sample, a teabag sample, a single teabag, Continue Reading →

Chronic Illness: Lacking a Manual (Part 1)

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Heavy Content

Chronic illness is hard. Strangely enough, that is actually something that needs to be said. In the first world we are trained to expect answers.  Honestly, I think that this training is part of why chronic illness is so hard to deal with – both by the people living with Continue Reading →

12/23/17: Maintenance and Paperwork, Holidays, and the Love of Dogs

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

Life, Our Universe, and Pets: Things continue to be a bit of a mess here. At least as far as my physical condition.  There have been a few things that we had to do that had a pretty steep cost, and recovery from pushing myself that far beyond what I Continue Reading →

Our World of Tea (Update Post 11/29/17)

This entry is part 15 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

We dropped off the update radar for a bit due to a combination of health issues and the intense effort a young puppy requires. I’d forgotten just how much time and energy is required when a dog is young.  Raubahn is amazing, and I love him, and I am very Continue Reading →

“Girls Just Wanna Have Naps” (with apologies to Cyndi Lauper)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Altered Song Lyrics

Mister Tea and I start rewriting songs for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes it is Chronic Life connected (Here Comes the Pain Again is a favorite inside my head), sometimes it is for a tea (Pie of the Tiger), sometimes it is just because we are a bit odd. Recently Continue Reading →

“Pie of the Tiger” (with apologies to Survivor)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Altered Song Lyrics

Warning:  I had really hoped that the original lyrics would have engraven themselves deeply enough into my mind that Mister Tea’s parody would not supplant them.  I was wrong.  Sometimes the two versions run at the same time.  Madness. Rising up, back on the plate Took my time, did my Continue Reading →