Pandemic 2020: A Needed Pause

This entry is part 6 of 1 in the series Giveaways, Sales, Events

For a variety of reasons, some attached to the pandemic, some to my own chronic illnesses, we are going to need to shut down for a bit. This will not be a permanent thing, though I cannot tell you exactly how long it will last.  Current plan is for two Continue Reading →

Tea in the Time of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

This entry is part 7 of 6 in the series Heavy Content

For weeks I’ve been inundated with emails from companies we work with on a variety of levels, from the people we get herbs from, the people we get pens from, some of the places we acquire tea, banks, insurance companies, payment processing… …all trying to reassure. In some cases I Continue Reading →

#365Inks: An Introduction

Twitter has been a fairly neat place for me, overall. Discovering the chronic illness community there was wonderful, stumbling into a corner of science twitter was glorious, book twitter is another happy place, pen and ink twitter tempts me sorely, crafting twitter keeps me engaged, and D&D twitter was the Continue Reading →

Dire Straits (not the band)

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Heavy Content

**EDIT 11/12/19** Catastrophe averted. And we are ever so grateful. If you follow us on Twitter, you may already have seen that Mister Tea and I are currently attempting to avert a catastrophe. I’ve read a couple of articles and Twitter threads in recent months about how being poor has Continue Reading →

April 6th 2019 (Twitter Thread on Disability and Consent)

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Heavy Content

CW: Disability, Consent, Ableism, PTSD A thread I read yesterday got me to thinking about my interactions with people in the outside world – especially on the bad days. Specifically, to the different ways people respond to various mobility aids and my particular flavour of broken. See, there are good Continue Reading →

Back from the Mostly Dead (I Survived the Winter Plague)

As we sort of dropped off the map for January – other than a somewhat wibbley-intermittently-feverish presence on Twitter – I thought an explanation might be warranted. It all started with our holiday rush last year.  Which began sometime in early October. It was pretty impressive. And I enjoyed every Continue Reading →

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 6 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 3 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 6 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 →