Tea with Ainee Viewing some items from the Aveda brand, Alba Botanica and such

Tea with Ainee

ainee's row of teapots

Teatime with ainee presents Aveda and Kiehl skin care products that do the skin and body good. 

Tea Thoughts—while pondering what to do? How to be? Why things happened? Why must there be pain? It is good to know that cup of tea never falters’ to rendering that much needed release from despair and ponderance. Suffice to say; tea does the trick and often times more than just once.—unperfected

I completed a Beauty Care course this past year and when I received this diploma I had promised myself to find ways to include this in my blog somehow. As I find beauty products to do with tea or having tea as ingredients, I will make mention of this. Even if not to do specifically with tea; taking better care of ourselves, I think is of interest to us all.

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Aveda, combines art and science of pure flower and plant essences to give us the finest products.  http://www.aveda.com/

Aveda Comforting Tea image

Aveda Comforting Tea image

Aveda’s mission is to care for the world lived in from the products they make to the ways in which they give back to society. They strive to set example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty but all around the world.

There is an Aveda Salon in Leominster and I had frequented this shop a while back and I had viewed that they carried tea. I have since added some of the Aveda tea brand as a wish list of sort. They have this calming blend boxed in 20 teabag counts. This is something that I would one day like to try as it promises to be: A soothing caffeine-free herbal infusion- with licorice root and peppermint-calms you senses, promoting a sense of well-being.

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I like to deep clean my skin at all times; too much some might say. I use cleanser, toner and I mask ritualistically every few days. Of late the mask of choice is made by Alba Botanical:  www.AlbaBotanica.com

Alba Botanica Even Advanced, Deep Sea Facial Mask, 4 Ounce

About the Product

Alba Botanica Even Advanced Facial Mask

Alba Botanica Even Advanced Facial Mask

Powerful Marine Complex stimulates cell regeneration for a more balanced, uniform, even complexion

Rich mask with kaolin clay draws out dulling impurities and stimulates cell regeneration.

I like that this product is all natural and when applied on the skin it feels smooth and to remove it simply use a damp towel with warm water; it has a melting effect and leaves the skin dewy and plump. This is my go to mask when my skin feels tight and stressed.

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If money was not an issue, I might try some of these masks suggested by

blogger cup of Jo's recommends these masque for a healthier skin

blogger cup of Jo’s recommends these masque for a healthier skin

www.cupofjo.com  6 Face Masks That Really Deliver

 

 

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The World of Kiehls began as an old world apothecary and is today one of the finest sellers of skincare products around the world.  http://www.kiehls.com/

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Teas:

Laci Le Beau Super Dieter’s Tea Lemon Mint; whose motto is: Your diet is in the bag!

Supports weight loss efforts, help eliminate impurities and is naturally caffeine free

www.LaciLeBeau.com

Dieter's Tea Lemon Mint

It’s Tea Time with Laci’s Super Dieter’s Tea blend which is made of nature’s finest botanicals to create a tea with inspiring aromas and all natural ingredients.  This Lemon Mint Herbal tea combines spearmint with tangy orange, lemon and sweet papaya, licorice root and chrysanthemum with a touch of honeysuckle. They have also added senna leaf which helps cleanse the body of impurities and support weight loss efforts.

Directions: Pour 12 oz. boiling water over tea bag and let steep for 2 minutes. Do not over steep! Press tea bag and gently remove. Drink one 6 oz. cup after your evening meal, saving the rest for the following day after your evening meal (may be enjoyed hot or cold). Three or four days later you may increase the strength and flavor of your tea-if you wish-by brewing with 6 oz. of water. It is important not to have more than 1 cup in a 24 hour time frame.

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This tea is good for all that it is worth. It tastes absolutely like a regular cup of tea made with lemon and licorice. I tried this tea just once a day after my evening meal. I did not notice anything in particular different with this tea after trying it for a few days. For now it is in the cupboard with my other teas that are not used daily. I like the taste and would recommend it solely for its taste. I purchased this at a health food vitamin shop near where we do our grocery shopping. This is the brand that they housed for dieter’s tea.

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Tea’s cont’d:

Organic Matcha Green Tea; Cermonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Drink

www.greenfoods.com

my cup of matcha green tea this morning

my cup of matcha green tea this morning

Premium – Whole leaf – Nutritious; organically grown and hand-picked in its native Japan, their premium Matcha leaves are specifically cultivated for consistency in the greenest of color, softness in texture, mild flavor and sweet aroma. By using the entirety of each leaf, Matcha Green Tea contains 10 to 15 times the overall nutrients and 100 times more antioxidants compared to traditional green, white, black, rooibos and yerba mate teas.

This tea has three characteristics that are well sought after for wellness minded folks: High concentration of amino acid, L-theanine help to improve cognition and mood while reducing physical and mental stress. Alkaline & Detoxify with powerful and renowned catechin EGCG and chlorophyll help to alkalize and detoxify the blood. Strengthen & Protect potent antioxidants help to strengthen the immune system by protecting against free radicals.

Matcha Green Tea

Suggested use: Mix 5g (approximate 2 teaspoons) into 6 to 8oz. of cold or hot water to enjoy a delicious and nutritious beverage. You can make matcha latte, smoothie, iced tea, ice cream and pudding from this matcha green tea.

I have enjoyed it as a smoothie blend with fruits like banana and blueberries with one teaspoon of matcha mix in blender with ice and half bottle of water. I have also enjoyed simply with hot water stirred until frothy as my morning cup of tea.

my glass of Matcha smoothie

my glass of Matcha smoothie

I have not had matcha tea in a long while so when I first made this drink the tannins tingle my palette straight away; that ‘umami’ taste was certainly there in that first cup of tea I had. I find the more I enjoy the drink the less noticeable is the ‘umami’. This matcha when first tasted made me think of sea weeds because I certainly tasted saltiness and fish…kelp even. Again the more I have this drink the less is the memory of the ocean-saline taste and aroma. It is still very nice for a cup of good matcha ceremonial graded tea.

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Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum  http://www.blithewold.org/

This is one of those newsletters that I receive every so often and at times I do find something relevant to make mention of. I have toured the mansion and the gardens and found the grounds to be a true gem. I would love to be able take tea in the mansion but I don’t see the finance for this. I am happy to make mention of this event with the hope that it will be well attended and much success.


Valentine Teddy Bear Tea  
Sunday, February 14  11:00am – 1:00pm

Blithewold Teddy Bear Tea party image

Blithewold Teddy Bear Tea party image

Sweeten your family’s Valentine celebration at Blithewold Mansion! Bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal along to this special par-“tea” in the Mansion’s elegant dining room. Enjoy teddy bear treats and drink tea & cocoa from our dainty tea cups with your “beary” special friends! Play dress-up with your teddy bears, because after our delicious tea, each guest will have a photo session with their cuddly friend and enjoy a Valentine craft activity.

Advance registration is required. Limited seating, $22 Children, $32 Adult.

 

Daisy Doll Tea Party   Monday, February 15 (Presidents’ Day)  11:00am – 1:00pm

Blithewold Daisy Doll Tea Party

Blithewold Daisy Doll Tea Party

Blithewold Mansion cordially invites you to a special Daisy Doll tea party in honor of Marjorie Van Wickle Lyon’s collection of over 150 dolls from around the world! Guests are invited to bring their favorite doll for a special tea party. Attendees will view some of the dolls in Blithewold’s collection.  Enjoy tea, scones, tea sandwiches, and other dainty delights in the Mansion’s beautiful Dining Room. Guests will also make adorable clothespin dolls to take home and enjoy other fun surprises!  Advance registration is required. Limited seating, $22 Children, $32 Adult.

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Cutiques:  www.ecistores.com

Their motto is to: revolve your home. I found this shop last year and I wrote about the many tea items that they housed. I was happy to stop in again this year to have another look at this shop. I found more teapots, teacups and accessories; too many to make mention of. I did purchase this Distressed Tea Table to be used as holder for the plants that I wish to someday have.  Anyhow, during one of the many visits at this shop, this year, I took some images of their tea accessories area to share.

teatime signage and tea clock at Cutiques shop Leominster, MA

teatime signage and tea clock at Cutiques shop Leominster, MA

tea cups teapots shelf at Cutiques shop Leominster MA

tea cups teapots shelf at Cutiques shop Leominster MA

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Other tea images to share:

This image found on Facebook is lovely for teatime and good reading is all. Enjoy!

tea and reading a ghost story

tea and reading a ghost story

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Teawithainee continues to be at that crossroad with no fork in the road since it is a path not necessarily chosen but rather a place that one is idled at being. Sojourn onward I must with not much hope for success or kinship with surroundings.  I have opened myself to the world of tea folks and at times many doors were shut; shunned even for being a novice or how dare you…, Anyhow, I blended for myself the organic matcha tea that I mentioned of last as having, and I enjoyed it again as a smoothie with a pear added to some water and ice, all mixed in the blender and enjoyed tremendously after a short walk today. It was a reward of sort and to help up-lift the mood/spirit which is most frail. May your cup of tea, be made as liken only by you. Enjoy! 

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share a big cup of tea

share a big cup of tea

Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee shares: her sightings while attending Antique Show at Sturbridge, book review, and some new teas.

Tea with Ainee

ainee's row of teapots

Teatime with ainee spent a lovely part of this New Year’s day visiting the Sturbridge Antique show and viewed some lovely teapots to make mention of. I also want to share some newly discovered beauty products that use tea as part of the ingredients. And a review of the book: At Home With Madame Chic; this book was purchased last year and it is only now that I am taking the time to peruse of it, it is a lovely book with a whole section dedicated to Afternoon Tea. — and I hope to finish with my final coloring piece of that Celestial Seasonings Mint Magic hash tag contest that is long over; I am simply including the colors is all. Always, I am happy for those of you who continue to stop-on by for a read to find out what teawithainee has been up to.

“Meditation in the midst of activity is more superior than meditation done in stillness”—hakuin ekaku

Antique Show at Sturbridge  http://SturbridgeAntiqueShow.com

The New Year began for us with a visit to Sturbridge for their Antique Show where we got to view some lovely items. Some of them were indeed tea tins, tea pots and a samovar which I took great delight in seeing such a small vessel considering that it is quite large because it stores (water, tea kettle, confined heating and such) that to see this small made me wonder: how to carry and store tea in such a small replica of a samovar. I don’t think this was a replica as much it was to let us know of samovar.

littlest Samovar seen at Sturbridge Antique Show

littlest Samovar seen at Sturbridge Antique Show

Samovar were devised partly because Caravans could not transport fragile ceramics cups and pots from China; so they came up with an all-in-one urn; usually made of silver or bronze, with a pot on top for brewing the tea, a large urn below for holding the water, and a fire ring in the base. Traditionally, Russians make their tea extra strong and then diluted it with hot water from a samovar.

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We also viewed another fantastic find; in that it was a tea tin made by A.A. Vantine and Co. Vantine’s Tea box. This was truly a treat to bestow and I am sorry that I did not venture to see what the price of this tin was, perhaps it was affordable.

A.A. Vantine and Co. Vantine's Tea box seen while at Sturbridge Antique Show

On the side of the tin was this description: The Vantine Teas are distinguished for their fragrance, aroma, delicious flavor, and absolute purity. They comprised specifically selected brands and are put up in foil lined sealed boxes.  (A. A. Vantine and Co. 877 & 879 Broadway)

The Vantine Teas side view of tin box seen at Sturbridge Antique Show

The Vantine Teas side view of tin box seen at Sturbridge Antique Show

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We also viewed this small Sterling Tea pot circa 1811.

Sterling Tea Pot circa 1811 seen at Sturbridge Antique Show

Sterling Tea Pot circa 1811 seen at Sturbridge Antique Show

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Sephora  http://www.sephora.com/

Sephora’s unique, open-sell environment features an ever-increasing amount of classic and emerging brands across a broad range of product categories including skincare, color, fragrance, body, smile care, and hair care, in addition to Sephora’s own private label. Today, Sephora is not only the leading chain of perfume and cosmetics stores in France, but also a powerful beauty presence in countries around the world.

Fresh Black Tea Aged-Defying Face Cream and Serum sold at Sephora.com

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Cream

Fresh Black Tea age-delay cream

What it is: An age-delay face cream proven to visibly reduce fine lines and firm the skin*—and enriched with kombucha (black tea ferment) to help soften, smooth, and enhance luster.

 

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum

Fresh Black Tea age delay serum

What it is: A revolutionary, universal serum powered by Fresh’s proprietary black tea complex that has a corset-like effect on the skin for a more visibly defined and contoured look and reduced signs of visible aging.

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Vibrant Beauty  (http://www.vivrantbeauty.com/)

They are located in Harlem, NY; they are Harlem’s newest beauty retail experience with a vast selection of skincare, hair care and cosmetic products catering to women of all skin tones, nationalities and hair textures. I have been following their blog/shop since last year now; and I am taking the time to make mention of some of their products since it is composed of Green Tea.

Kale + Green Tea + Spinach + Vitamins!

Kale and green tea spinach vitamins age prevention cleanser from Vibrant Beauty

It’s non-drying to help balance your skin, and it removes daily dirt and toxins to keep your pores so fresh and so clean. They are also packed with antioxidant-rich kale, spinach and green tea to give you that fountain-of-youth glow. All that I mean is that this product might be something worth trying someday, had I the money.

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Book Review:

At Home with Madame Chic; Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life by Jennifer L. Scott

At Home with Madame Chic Jennifer L. Scott

I purchased this book several months nearing end of last year. I don’t normally open purchases straight away; I tend to simply put them aside and left to be forgotten about. I do this partly as way to be presently surprise when I do return and find them; almost like receiving a gift all over again.

The author Jennifer Scott went to France as an exchange student; meeting and living with Madame Chic, who took her under her wings and taught her a few things; innate life qualities and ritualistic of French women. What Ms. Scott learned during her years under the tutelage of Madame Chic remains with her years and years later. We are to learn that no matter how busy living gets, one can still have a happy, stylish, and fulfilling life at home.  This concept reminds me of another book title: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ or if you must, do it stylishly. One example is to cultivate your own stylish look; a signature style that is your best self at all times. Examples are wearing scarves, or red lipstick; specifically, it is a ten-item wardrobe that is wearable over and over again with a few changes and yet always wearing the same items but never twice in a row. Mentioned when it comes to stylishness is Chanel; and an American who exudes style while being a wife to a president, mother of two living in Camelot; and after the death of her husband found life/and career with purpose as book editor in New York city; I hope the name Jacqueline Kennedy is what comes to mind.

The book covers everything that one can imagine to make living more stylishly and simply well put together; doing chores, paying your bills, music for creating mood while in your home; lighting candles, a peaceful atmosphere all-round the home. This is accomplished by reinventing Madame Chic in California where Ms. Scott resides with her family.

Tea Mention:

book section on Afternoon Tea with At Home with Madame Chic

book section on Afternoon Tea with At Home with Madame Chic

A segment in the book is dedicated to Afternoon Tea reminding us of that delightful time of day: when you have a cup of tea while reading a good book or having a few friends over for tea and pleasantries.

We are given a list of the many teas available (black tea, green tea, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Chai, Lapsang Souchong and Oolong tea to name but a few choices) to keep stock of for afternoon refresh.

There are three variations of afternoon tea to choose from depending on formality that is being celebrated.

Casual Affair afternoon tea is simplest one of all; invite one or two friends over, put the kettle on, and have some cookies presented nicely on some plate or a simple cake like pound cake. It is lovely to have a friend or two over for tea and some sweets.

A Slightly more Formal Affair is to add a few sandwiches (cream cheese cucumber sandwiches, egg salad sandwich, watercress sandwich, or vegan tea sandwich) to the casual tea, making it a more substantial tea event.

A Formal Affair might include champagne with tea; cupcakes, and scones. Dress the table with a beautiful cloth and pick some flowers from your garden or a nearby florist. The idea is to delight in your presentation.

““““The book At Home with Madame Chic should be used as guide to entertaining and living well. I think it is a must have kind of a book to use as reference / inspiration and to share with others.

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Celestial Seasonings Mint Magic not yet colored in

Celestial Seasonings Mint Magic not yet colored in

I am ending this post with my final Celestial Seasonings tea hast tag coloring of Mint Magic. This hash tag contest is long over; in fact the latest contest is to purchase their teas with offering of a free lip balm in the tea box and to post an image of this balm on their website. I have not purchased their teas of late, anyhow, good luck.

Celestial Seasonings Mint Magic finished project

Celestial Seasonings Mint Magic finished project

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Teawithainee awakened to a new day, the sky is brightly blue with light clouds above and the wind bellowing reminding that it is indeed wintery despite how brightly the sun shone. I did purchase some new teas at end of last year and I am now opening some of the boxes and I am delighted with my purchases.

my cup of matcha green tea this morning

my cup of matcha green tea this morning

Today’s tea is an organic matcha green tea (Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Drink); I fixed for myself a small cup of this tea and have been enjoying it. I hope to share more of this experience in another post.

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee — Celestial Seasonings teas hash tag give away is over while the coloring continues…

Tea with Ainee

ainee's row of teapots

Teatime with ainee completed coloring Tension Tamer by Celestial Seasonings; this was another fun way to spend time at the library.

“Celestial Rainbow—Tea for thought; in coloring of the rainbow why not—since the doing is to stay within the line and not stray by way of casting shadows and relinquishing the thought.”—unperfected

Celestial Seasonings www.celestialseasonings.com/

Tension Tamer by Celestial Seasonings tea coloring finished piece while at Beaman Library

Tension Tamer by Celestial Seasonings tea coloring finished piece while at Beaman Library

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Teawithainee spent the day at the library coloring this Tension Tamer print from Celestial Seasonings. It was because of trying to do some of the coloring for a hash tag prize give-away that I received some coloring meditative book and a set of coloring pencils for Christmas.

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee Wishing everyone very happy holidays!

Tea with Ainee

ainee's row of teapots

Teatime with ainee finds this time of year to be unlike that of a holiday because it is so very warm outside.

“Tea and cookies—cookies are usually had with milk, yet tea is favored and why not. Madeleine’s were indeed made to be had with a lovely cup of tea; as well as Russian tea cookies. Mine are neither; they simply are crispy when bitten into with not a dunk-in that steaming cup of tea. So; a dunk and then a bite of delight.”—unperfected

It has been most mild in this part of the world and we are to reach highs of 60 degrees and higher still for the next days to come. I did chores around the house today and the dreadful laundry. It is not that I dislike doing the laundry but what I must go through in order to get it done.

The machines were available and I was thankful; yet I saw this very long and wide piece of pipe on the floor and somehow my mind registers this as meant for me to see it. Surely it is an illness on my part and that I am wrong with always perceiving that folks are all against me. It feels as such and for me it is true.

I ordered some teas and I feel this order /delivery made them leave the pipe for me to see or not. I tend to not see what is meant to be seen and I don’t pay attention to what I should.

Anyhow, once the laundry and house chores got done, I decided to bake some cookies. Although they are not very good, I am sharing them with my cup of tea with readers/viewers of this blog.

This household has no children and so Santa does not frequent this home. I did manage to purchase a small item for the husband; and out of the blue, another tea blogger from Maryland or such place viewed my tea blog and said they liked it. And they presented their spin on holiday teas with this pig snout cup, jarred candle and some nut crackers as display for their tea site. It seems odd.

I must remember that not everything is about me. What a blogger choose to present to the world is not meant solely as an insult to me. Perhaps I take offense where there is not to be any.

The cookies are crispy and crunchy; a little too well done but with a cup of milk or tea they might go down nicely. Or they resemble flat stones. Oh my…

chocolate chip cookies with my cup of green tea

chocolate chip cookies with my cup of green tea

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Teawithainee has been dispensing her tea woes for years now with not much success. I am simply mediocre in all that I attempt to do. I don’t mind this flaw. When growing up, we celebrated Christmas and I did not know of Kwanza as I am reminded that I should somehow partake of this. I like to think that a time to feel joy, happiness, or even sadness does not denote ethnicity or race. It is simply a time for caring and sharing.

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee with this Hastag Contest Giveaway by Celestial Seasonings

Tea with Ainee

ainee's row of teapots

Teatime with ainee found this coloring activity to be quite fun and without having a cup of tea, as yet for today.

“Celestial Rainbow—Tea for thoughts; in coloring of the rainbow why not—since the doing is to stay within the line and not stray.”—unperfected

It has been raining, at times heavy throughout the day; now it is dark and is still raining. A good day for being in-doors if don’t have to be outside and yet it is not cold outside. I checked emails and did some replies to emails with not much hope for a good reply/response to anything that I say and do. While reading and viewing of some Facebook activities, I found the page for Celestial Seasonings and they are having a contest or such…one is provided with coloring pages to download and to color them in and to post the finish piece with the wordings: #SipAndColorSweepstakes

Celestial Seasonings www.celestialseasonings.com/

I downloaded the pages and selected the ‘Sleepytime’ image to color and fill in as best as I can. I was fortunate to find some small colored markers and colored pencils and I tried to do a red with green Christmas theme within the Celestial Seasonings ‘Sleepytime’ print. I think it came out nice with what I had around the house.

Celestial Seasonings coloring download for hastag contest giveaway

Celestial Seasonings coloring download for hastag contest giveaway

I am grateful for this experience because I have wanted to purchase some adult coloring books for relieving of stress and to simply do something other than being on the computer all day long is all.

ainee's sleepytime finished coloring download for hastag sweeptake

ainee’s sleepytime finished coloring download for hastag sweeptake

ainee's finished sleepytime coloring with Celestial Seasoning magnet atop

ainee’s finished sleepytime coloring with Celestial Seasoning magnet atop

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Teawithainee found this simple task of coloring to be fun and exciting. At times it presented a challenge in trying to color within the lines because my eyesight is poor but I did manage to pull it off quite nicely in my humble opinion. I have not had a cup of tea today; I have been enjoying water with slices of lime in my cup. A sip at a time is my doing for this day.

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Joy train image with little figurine from Central Flags & Gifts

Joy train image with little figurine from Central Flags & Gifts

Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee — Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop, a reading

Tea with Ainee

ainee's row of teapots

Teatime with ainee reading of old reads and is happy to find some old Yogi Teas stashed about the cupboard.

 Tea stashed—this morning’s tea makes yesterday distant; and finding of an old tea stash brightens yet another, not so distant, morning all day long.”—unperfected

A quiet day at home and I did not go for a morning or afternoon walk; I did not even take the trash outside, I am simply staying in. I can see that it is windy with partly cloudy skies; at times the sun does peek through our window but now it is darkening, and grey skies.

I am trying to read more of Edith Wharton works and one other book that I had read in recent past: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edit by Otto Penzler

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edit by Otto Penzler

This is a compilation of short stories by different writers. A favorite of mine which is tedious today for some reason or other; is title: The Grift of the Magi by S.J. Rozan

I like the ending rhyming scheme as this seems atypical of my persona.

“The beatitude in his attitude— where’s your gratitude, dude? Give him some latitude. That’s a platitude. You’re a platypus. You’re an octopus.”

Tea Mention:

“He kept track of our collections, invited us over for drinks (or, in the case of total tee-totalers, tea), sent us little stories at Christmas; he never ignored his friends, and he never ignored me.”

“We entered the book-lined study in the back. Pastry and tea were arrayed on a tray. Outside the windows, snowflakes the color of Otto’s hair drifted gently down.”

“I took a teacup and a cupcake from the tea set and settled on the settee.”

“No,” I said. “Otto, don’t play cupid, it’s stupid.” I got up to leave, kissed him again. “Merry Christmas, darling, and thanks for the tea.”

“I sat. Gato was drinking rum and Gatorade, but the table held tea, too. I said, “How did you know Gato?”

“I sip my tea, “your place is…crowded,” I said.”

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My tea of choice on this day is Lemon Ginger by Yogi Tea

my cup of Lemon Ginger tea with lime Yogi Teas

my cup of Lemon Ginger tea with lime Yogi Teas

www.yogiproducts.com/

This tea is made with organic ginger and it is 100% natural.

Directions: to get the most out of every cup, bring water to boiling and steep for 5-10 minutes. For a stronger tea use 2 tea bags.

I am continuing along the line of easing occasional indigestion with this cup of tea today. I have not had Yogi Teas in a long while. I at times forget what I have in stock.

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Teawithainee enjoyed reading more of Edith Wharton and re-reading the book: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. I was happy to find an old familiar tea. It seems appropriate as I read of some old reads once again to have tea from a previous stash. Anyhow, the ginger with the lemon concoction is very nice when served hot with a slice of lime. It is a heady swirl of lemon-ginger with lime…tooting me to have yet another cup of tea.

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Beaman Library holiday items sale table and Christmas books display

Beaman Library holiday items sale table and Christmas books display

Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee– A purchase of Digestive Bitters by Urban Moonshine

Tea with Ainee

ainee's row of teapots

Teatime with ainee purchased one of Urban Moonshine’s products, finally after wanting of this for such a very long time.

 Lavish teahouse—ornately done: reflecting an era amidst ambiguities and embellished details; done extravagantly during the time of Gilded-Age and Splendor.” –unperfected

When we vacationed in Vermont last summer, I saw several stores carrying the Urban Moonshine brand and I have wanted to obtain some and finally I gave in and used some of my stash of funds on the Internet that I was saving for a bigger purchase and bought one of their bitters for digestive relief.

Urban Moonshine   https://www.urbanmoonshine.com/

Digestive Bitters by Urban Moonshine

Digestive Bitters by Urban Moonshine

At Urban Moonshine they believe that the root of good health is great digestion. Their bitters help to optimize digestive function and relieve gas, bloating, upset stomach and heartburn. Bitters also support healthy liver function and vibrant skin.

Suggested use: Take ¼ tsp. which is the equivalent of one full dropper up to 6 times a day.

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On my last visit to the library I impulsively selected some old reads by Edith Wharton whose famous home is The Mount at Lenox where we had frequented many times over the years. We have not been to any events held there of late so enjoying her writing is all that I can do at this time.

The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

This is the story of an unwed mother who gives up her daughter so that the child can join New York City’s fashionable society of the mid-1800s. Years later, on the eve of the girl’s wedding, “Aunt” Charlotte’s long-suppressed anguish surfaces.

About this book’s title: The Old Maid is the character name Charlotte Lovell: “You could always have told, everyone agreed afterward that Charlotte Lovell was meant to be an old maid.” Her lung disease had prevented her from marrying the love of her life, Joe Ralston. At least this is the excuse the matriarch Mrs. Delia Ralston gave the groom-to-be so that the marriage would not take place. In explanation as to why Charlotte had been sent away and returned sometime later; to hide the fact that she had been pregnant and bore an illegitimate child. It was explained in the end… “Charlotte was sent to live on a farm on the Hudson and she got to choose from her pauper children, the youngest and most pitiable, and to devote herself to its care. Charlotte lived to grow old and robust and middle-aged, energetic and even tyrannical. As she aged; she became more and more like the typical old maid: precise, methodical, absorbed in trifles, and attaching an exaggerated importance to the smallest social and domestic observances.”

Tea Mention:

“But after a two day’s resistance he had come round to his wife’s view, and now smiled contemptuously at the obstinacy of those who clung to a heavy mid-day meal and high tea.”

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Teawithainee enjoyed reading some of Edith Wharton work. Although the story of the Old Maid is not a favorite, it still made for good reading (the aunt who was really the mother, but the child would rather know her as aunt and favored the one presented as mother.) I am also happy to have purchased this Digestive Bitters and have enjoyed its flavor…how to describe the lingering taste on the palette; herbs like yellow dock, gentian root, dandelion root and fennel seed to name a few of this mixture. It is pungent and yet very mild for the stomach. It is nice to have relief of the occasional heartburn which can render one uncomfortable.

Green Tea Natural Source of Antioxidants store brand dollar tree

Green Tea Natural Source of Antioxidants store brand dollar tree

I exclaim often time enough of how I enjoy green tea; and when last I was at a Dollar Tree store, I purchased some of the store brand green tea; it is a box of 100 tea bags and I can simply pour boiling water over a tea bag. Steep 2 to 5 minutes, based on desired strength. Remove the tea bag and enjoy. I would buy this brand again.

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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