Friday, January 18, 2013

Focusing on Life :: Cuppa Tea

Sally asked us this week for our Focusing on Life challenge to think about when the last time was that we took a few moments to ourselves? Something that you do without feeling guilty, to recharge just a little. 

I had to think about it. Most of the things that came to mind involved my kids. And as much as I love being with my kids, that isn't always 'me time' exactly. 

The more I thought about it the more I realized that there is one time each week that is for me. Where I sort of half listen, and get into my own 'zone.' That is Saturday morning, with a cuppa tea and perusing my favorite blogs. I put on the kettle and make a pot of my favorite tea: which happens to be Russian Caravan. This flavor actually originates from China in the 19th century. The camel caravans for the transcontinental tea trade would make passage through the cold dry climate of Mongolia and Siberia as a sea voyage through the tropical seas would ruin the flavor of the tea. As the caravan made it's way the tea would be unloaded nightly and take on the smoky taste of the campfires. It isn't a flavor for everyone, but I LOVE it.

So when my kids come tapping on Saturday morning .... unless there is bleeding involved or some other type of mishap ... they wait for me to finish at least one cup of tea in my favorite mug. And then, the doctor is in.

Quick addition to this post. Kashmira asked what was on the cup, and its meaning. The word is Suomalainen which means to be Finnish, in Finn. The word Suomi is Finland in Finn, which is what it originates from. I bought this mug in my hometown where the local population is roughly 70% Scandinavian, of which most are Finns.

54 comments:

Tanya said...

I love your tea cup. I also love my tea in the mornings (and evenings). There is something about a nice steaming cup. Wonderful photo.

LoriF said...

Oh, Cynthia, we are girls of the same heart...I am a mug ADDICT and a tea granny as well...this sounds like heaven! Great photo!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Mmm tea.. Me time is when I'm totally engrossed in some craft project -- not for a customer, or the kids -- but just because.

Kashmira said...

As always, there is some new knowledge I gained here! Who would even associate tea with Russia?
Very sweet post, Cynthia :)

Kashmira said...

And oh, cute mug! What does it say and what does that mean?

Beti Horvath said...

I like your use of the film sprocket frame on your simple, yet evocative picture. Enjoy your tea!

kimmykats said...

Cynthia I love my visits with you...I always learn a wonderful tidbit of information. Here is to you enjoying tomorrow morning!

Stacie said...

Sounds lovely...and love the processing you did on this photo...as well as the new tea suggestion!! Sounds like I would love it too!!! Have a wonderful week...

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a lovely mug! Enjoy your tea moment in the morning. =)

Annette said...

That's a cool mug and very interesting tidbit about the tea. I'm a tea gal too!

Jane said...

Russian Caravan sounds so exotic :) I am a big believer in taking time for ourselves. My children are all grown up now, so it's a lot easier for me than it used to be, but I think you just have to make the time - even when they are little. I know it helped me stay sane (well, sort of, lol!)

Duni said...

What a great mug - did you buy it in Finland? And very interesting story about that tea!
My "me time" is usually Sunday mornings :)

Claire said...

tea is a fascinating subject, isn't it? hope you enjoyed it especially this morning :)
[no. 13 this week]

13 said...

I'm a tea lifer, currently enjoying a jasmine pearl and earl grey brew

Laura Twiford said...

I am a tea lover as well. I buy loose oolong tea leaves from a chinese restaurant locally and brew it in an old fashioned percolator to extract every drop! I will have to check that link to Russian Caravan, sounds intriguing, the story behind it is wonderful! I love the photo and the framing you gave it.

Regina said...

Great post, thanks for the link to Peets tea Shop as well.

Patti Van said...

Beautiful picture! I am a coffee drinker, but have recently tried to incorporate tea. Thanks for the link for the "new flavor"! Enjoy your Saturday morning!

Lorelei said...

sounds tasty! Surfing blogs on a saturday morning - wow thats exactly what I'm doing right now!

Lesley said...

Sounds absolutely blissful Cynthia and I do so love the little cultural snippets that come with your blog posts - so enriching.

maryharding said...

thank you for sharing your tea lore. sounds so deliciously warm and full of adventure. A great weekly ritual, your cup of tea.

Sally Russick said...

Cynthia, I always look forward to your posts, I love that you give the most interesting "backstory" to what you are posting about! Glad you get to zone out for awhile!
Love your mug!

Alice said...

What a great way to take time for yourself--catching up on blogs and drinking your favorite tea. I loved reading how the tea got its flavor while making its way on the transcontinental tea trade route.

Donna Bradley said...

I love your photo, and the mug! Sitting down with a nice cup of tea would be perfect for me time. It was wonderful reading the story behind your tea.

Katherines Corner said...

its important to find time for yourself. Great post love the teacup too. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

Shel said...

Love your post today and how you take time each week w/your tea and blogs (same here!!) and that the kidlets know to wait till you're finished! Love the photo and I'm glad you told us about the mug,...and the tea, too. I found that very interesting and now want to try a cup myself!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Love your photo of the mug and its meaning! Thanks for sharing that bit of history on tea trade - never knew that!

Alicia said...

I was reading through the posts and stopped laughing at Kashmira's question about associating tea with Russians. For me - tea is Russian and English (which, of course - really means China and India) and my mom's herbal blends.
I thought about the tea moment - but that's not really 'me time', as our son took into seeping tea once in a while with mom. We have matching sets of cups (gorgeously hand-painted with cherry blossoms) and containers of mostly green and white teas with various flavours. It really expanded in a small 'tea ritual' =)
Love your post - and the pieces of knowledge you share for us to learn.

Meeling said...

So important to take morning cup of tea or coffee and get your batteries recharged!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

It's wonderful that you take some time for yourself. My kids are big now, so it's very easy to do so. But even when they were little, I made sure to do something that was just for me. We all need a little 'me' time.

Memories for Life said...

I'm the same way, I love relaxing, reading blogs and enjoying a cuppa :) (mine's coffee)

Marlene Cupo said...

That tea sounds delicious, and you are so well versed in its history. Can tell you love doing research. Enjoy!

Stepha said...

Tea sounds delightful! I should start getting up before the children and I may get some time to my self. For coffee/tea.. Beautiful picture!

Miss Val's Creations said...

After clicking on the Peet's link I am intrigued by this tea and will have to look for it! Jim likes unique teas as well so I bet we would enjoy it too! Me time is difficult to come by but is really is important for our sanity!!! Luckily your kids respect your tea time. :)

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

My mom was a huge drinker of tea and I never really was fond of it until recently. I must admit that I do love alone time now with a cup of Tea. Great story of the caravan voyage of that tea!

Rose said...

It is so important to get that "me" time! We're huge fans of tea over here, too.

Lola said...

I know very little about the teas I drink beyond their yummy factor, so I really enjoyed the history behind your favorite tea and your beautiful mug! I hope your morning "me time" today was perfect.

Tracy Statler said...

Oooh a smoky taste in tea. It sounds like something I would like! My kids know to follow a similar rule for me in the morning with my one cup of strong coffee. I start my tea drinking in the afternoon or evening. Thanks for sharing!

Tracy

Sandi Volpe said...

Very cool picture and story, I am a tea drinker as well, but usually in the afternoon.

Becky Pancake said...

I also am a tea drinker. I have green tea in the afternoon most days.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
Oh I love a good cup of tea. I am so glad that you get to enjoy at least one cup of tea on Saturday mornings before the world comes crashing in.
I enjoyed learning the history behind your favorite tea.
Therese

Magic Love Crow said...

Your tea sounds very interesting! I would love to try it! I love tea!! Something very soothing about it ;o) Have a great day ;o)

BeadedTail said...

Makes me want a cuppa tea! I'm home alone most of the time but every day about 9am I make a cuppa tea and feel rejuvenated even with work waiting to be done.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Wonderful! I had this great mug, gift from a neighbor when I was very young. I always used it. When I moved out my mum went to give it to me and I said, no it should stay here. It's always special that my dad brings after dinner coffee to me in MY mug, everytime without fail. (It totally looks like it belongs to a 7 year old too lol). Sounds like you've got clever kiddos to let you enjoy

Carla Cee said...

i love tea! great story!!

Emakaye said...

I love the tea story. And your Saturday morning ritual. Sitting with a cup of tea is my thing too.
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Kathleen Lange Klik said...

That is also how I spend my mornings. I just have a fur baby, as you can see on my post, so I have a bit more time to spare. Of course coffee would be in my cup!

Claudia Aguilar said...

I love what you wrote on your last paragraph it certainly made me giggle!

I have a hard time finding time for myself. But right now as I read blogs my kiddos are eating leftover cake and ice cream sandwiches from Sophia's Birthday celebration...it's Sunday right?

Hope you are enjoying your weekend~

Holly said...

There's just something so soothing about a nice cup of tea! I love how you've captured that with your great photo.

Introverted Art said...

I am all about my coffee, when I lived in England I tried the tea, but just couldn't get into it.

Additionsstyle said...

What a lovely way to start your Saturday!
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

TesoriTrovati said...

Ooh Tea! I don't drink enough of it. I got a new K-cup coffee maker. I like that I can have one cup at a time. I will have to find some more exotic teas to have on hand as it makes hot water in a flash. Thanks for sharing! Yet another overlooked idea for treating myself! Enjoy the day. Erin

Karen Williams said...

What a lovely ritual and a lovely story!

Thanks for sharing the history of your tea, I found myself imagining a night by the campfire surrounded by bales of tea.

My Life Under the Bus said...

I love that you said "as long as no one is bleeding"...spoken like a true mom! I savor my coffee and tes everyday it is the act of taking time for yourself and giving yourself a breather.

CraftyHope said...

Sounds like a really yummy way to start the weekend. . .except for the bleeding. That's not so great.

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