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 →

Introduction to Intensive Ingredients 4: Turmeric

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Making of Things

Turmeric is one of my favorite ingredients to work with. And not just because it looks so amusing in root form.  It triggers the imagination in a fun way.  Which is good when you need to deal with multiple pounds of it.  Random flickers of amusement help greatly when faced Continue Reading →

Rollercoaster Life: The Good, The Bad, and The Spoonie (04/11/2017)

This entry is part 14 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

Life, Our Universe, and Pets: To start with – an accidental coffee mishap this morning might make this a bit more scattershot than usual.  If so, I apologize. We keep two Keurigs in the house, as the single cup brewing helped a ton with our widely varying approaches to sleep. Continue Reading →

The Undying Cold, Medical Roulettes, and the Hope/Terror Balancing Act

This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

Life, Our Universe, and Pets: A lot has happened since the last time I managed an updates post. Frankly, I’m not quite sure where to start. Probably with the fact that the past months have been hard, on a number of different levels. We said goodbye to two of our Continue Reading →

The End (of 2016) – Summing up and Moving Forward

This entry is part 12 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

2016 was an interesting year.  And may have been the year that finally taught me that my approach to my own health has been broken for most of my life. I’m not particularly patient with myself, and I hate taking the time to properly rest or heal.  There’s always so Continue Reading →

Introduction to Intensive Ingredients 3: Vanilla

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The Making of Things

Given our supply issues with Vanilla this year, I thought it might interest you to know why Vanilla (in all its forms) is generally a very expensive spice, and the reasons why this year has been worse. (At least for us.) If you’ve only run into vanilla as a flavour Continue Reading →

Introduction to Intensive Ingredients 2: Lime

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series The Making of Things

Lime was one of our first troublesome ingredients.  Due to a lovely lady selling lemon/limeades and iced teas at our local farmer’s market, I had discovered that Lime and Thyme went together wonderfully. When you added in the possibility of the wordplay of ‘Thymey Limey’ – we really wanted to Continue Reading →