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#WeekendCoffeeShare Editing Possessions

August 7, 2017 1 Comment

 

stone

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If we were having coffee this weekend I would invite you to sit back and overlook the chaos going on in the house. I am in the middle of moving my furniture for a more practical and useful arrangement. I am also still editing all kinds of items for give away. I have a small haul to take to Goodwill tomorrow. I have been lucky in that some of my friends have desired some of the things I no longer cared to keep. This happy situation was enhanced by our city brush and bulky pick-up of larger items curbside. I made good use of it. We could already achieve the goal of parking both of our cars in the garage now if we had to do it. Since there is still much shifting, moving and arranging to do, it is easier with just one car in there.

Some shelves and storage units that had fallen into uses that did not really suit their original design are being moved to places in the house that make much more sense. When I complete the overhaul and elimination I think our space will be much more enjoyable. I know I will be able to find things more easily when I need them. I already can.  My office is one of the spots in need of a tidy and clearing.  I always feel good and am more productive when my office is clean and free of clutter.  I am hoping the muse will move in and inspire like crazy once the office is spic and span.  She has been okay lately, but nothing to write home about..I have done a little fiction and some poetry.  I did not post every day last week, but such is life.  I am leaning more toward poetry this year, and I like the trend.  I used to be so factual all the time.

Every week has a different feeling and rhythm.  I am settling into my job and my new car. It is still perfect weather for my friend and I to work out in my condo pool 3 times a week from 5-7 am.  Soon the water will cool down and in September we will have to move to the jacuzzi.  This is my favorite time of year.  The summer is fading, but it is still raining a little.  The plants are green, and some of the washes are still running.  All in all, this has been a healthy rainy season. We had no big destructive storms, but received a good amount of rain in a steady manner.

I am listening to a course on Audible on the history of human gastronomic evolution.  It is fascinating.  I am learning so many new ways to look at cultures by understanding how food defines civilizations and times in history.  We are still constantly evolving, although some might say our food is devolving in America today. I am also listening to Penny Marshall’s autobiography read in her own voice.  It is a great story, but the voice of LaVerne telling about youth in the Bronx is also a real treat.  It is called My Mother Was Nuts.  I highly recommend it even though I have not finished it.

It looks like our hostess Diana has taken a weekend break.  She has a new full time teaching job and must need to organize herself.  I am sending this on Monday morning, so all the rules have been set aside for the week.  Thanks for sharing coffee and your news.  Please catch up with the rest of the gang on twitter under #weekendcoffeeshare.

#WeekendCoffeeShare Lazy Muse Edition

July 30, 2017 6 Comments

reflection in my pool

If we were having coffee this weekend I would invite you to sip a long glass of iced tea or coffee. The weather is muggy and the ground is muddy. My ambition is active in starts and fits.  Last weekend was extremely successful in the possession purge department.  I unloaded a big car, loads of fabric, twofold funky floor cleaning machines, and about 300 pounds of glassware.  We went to the used book store with our DVD’s, but only a small portion were accepted for trade.  The initial phase was exciting because as items left the house, more was revealed that needs to go.  I did uncover space in the garage and in some cabinets in the house, but I am not even 10% into the work that I need to do.  It is exhilarating to see the empty space appear.  It will be even more exciting to clear out the barn and sell the lot across the street.  The financial reward will be more than worth the effort. I will perceiver.

With all the extra emphasis on physical things, my muse decided to be lazy and fickle.  I wrote very little this week while I settle into my work and commute schedule.  I made some excuses about all the “work” I have to do. I admit that this is pure malarkey.  My commute is an easy 20 minute straight shot, and my work is fun.  Plenty of people go to school full-time and work full-time and get graduate degrees.  Surely I can work a tiny part-time job while purging my possessions and still find time to write.  I am putting this muse’s nose to the grindstone in the coming weeks. It is better to write something, even if it is not my best work, than to skip too many days.  How do you handle your productivity issues?  Does your muse just lounge around and refuse to work?  Today I am working a shift on Sunday so I can take a full day off for my facial tomorrow.  Ms Muse should realize she is living in a very privileged and pampered being, and be more grateful.  If I discipline her she just leaves.  I can usually squeeze a poem out of her as she exits, but there is no telling when she plans to return. She is a lot like me.

While I fill your iced tea glass, tell me how your life and writing are going.  I hope you are feeling more productive than I am now.  Are you looking forward to the next season (back to school for some) or treading water?  I love summer because I spend so much time in the pool.  I don’t really mind the heat because I have a pool at my condo village I can use 24 hours a day.  I am very fond of moonlight dips.  The water cools off in the middle of September, ending the nighttime enjoyment.  Until then I can be found in the deep end, thinking deep thoughts, teaching the muse to swim.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare Downsize Edition

July 22, 2017 15 Comments

big car, mini car

big car, mini car

If we were having coffee at my house this weekend I would serve you iced tea while trying to convince you to take some of my extra artful objects home with you.  I am either giving away or selling as much of my superfluous (high quality) junk as possible.  On close examination, I find most of it has become useless and redundant.  All of the closets and cabinets in my condo contain gear I do not use.  I own a small barn on a lot across the street which is full of things that nobody has seen in years.  It is time for me to take an inventory, make appropriate adjustments, and sell the real estate I own across the street. Once I made the decision it was easy for me to sell my big 4 wheel drive Beemer which is all wrong for my lifestyle now.  I bought a tiny, darling and sporty Mini Cooper that zips around town.  It is perfect for my current needs.  I don’t need to become a total minimalist, I just need to carve away the excess from my burden of ownership so that it makes sense today.

The big car is going to be sold to a friend for his son who will take it to college.  I made wonderful use of the car.  It has served me well, but I am happy to let it go.  It will be a safe and functional vehicle for a college student in Utah.  Maybe he will use the 4 wheel drive.  After the BMW leaves for Salt Lake City my partner will be able to fit his Mustang into our two car garage.  The lot across the street has only been serving as a parking place for his car, and a place to store things we don’t really need.  We enjoy the fruit we grow over there, but I pay property taxes that are higher than developed land just to have an urban orchard. I can let that go easily. The next owner will enjoy the fruit…and pay the taxes.

We will have to move our firewood storage to the small backyard of the condo, but this is not a terrible sacrifice.  We will acquire wood in smaller amounts and when we want to feed the fire it will be right outside the back door instead of across the street.  Once I started the chain of events I started to feel very liberated. I can accomplish the give-away/shift in possessions with little effort.  The money from the sale of the land will support me for years, so it will be well worth the effort.  I will list it right away in hopes of selling it before property taxes are due in October.  That would be dreamy.  A property tax bill for less than half my current one would be a fabulous way to end 2017.

If we were drinking iced tea I would tell you the monsoon here continues.  My rain collection barrel is overflowing.  It has been raining every day, but no damaging flooding has taken place.  Fires in the forests are contained.  My writing is on schedule, more or less.  I skipped my fiction post for Friday yesterday in the excitement of trying to get rid of all my possessions.  I have enjoyed writing the memoirs, and will continue on Mondays with that theme.  I just found a picture in a book that sparked a story idea for next week.  What is key for me is keeping the memoir short and time specific.  Maybe someday I can expand that range through practice.  I also want to “cross over” to historical fiction eventually.  How has your muse been treating you lately? Have you been productive?  Creative?  Ingenious?  In my own case the muse is feeling sluggish and lazy from all the humidity.  She is around, but kind of flat.  I hope yours has been lively and helpful.

 

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#WeekendCoffeeShare Monsoon Edition

July 15, 2017 7 Comments

Sonoran Desert

Sonoran Desert

When it rains it pours in the desert. We finally have our summer rainy season. If we were having coffee this weekend in Tucson you would notice the uptick in humidity, and the relief all the flora is now expressing. The long dry spell is broken. This annual event is met with great rejoicing here, no matter when it arrives. We would all burn in hell without our summer rain. Have a seat, relax, and tell me about your week.  We are still up to our ears in dates, so help yourself.  For tea, we have every flavor you can imagine.  I can serve it up on ice to keep you cool for our chat.  What’ll ya have today?  I am guzzling white strawberry iced tea..makes me remember spring, when it was not so hot.

If we were having coffee I would tell you about the ironic timing of events in the last week of my life.  First I crashed the back of my car and sent it to the shop for repair.  This incident kicked off a virtual cascade of related reactions.  This is the first insurance claim on a car I have made other than a cracked windshield.  I know the insurance company will raise my rates, and I have been thinking that my car no longer suits my lifestyle.  With my new job I now have a commute and it would be better to have a more efficient smaller vehicle (for which I will also pay lower insurance premiums).  I visited the Prius dealer and picked out my salesman.  He is extremely cool, from Senegal.  He claims to be able to dance better than all the West Africans in France…we shall see about that!! Moustapha and I will be cooking up the perfect deal for my new vehicle and image. I will be sure to show it to you all when it happens.  There is much to study before I make this move.

I had scheduled a light treatment at my dermatologists office before I crashed the car.  The treatment to remove precancerous spots from my face requires that I spend a few days in total darkness to recover.  I had changed my work schedule accommodate what I call the vampire days.  If you have to have your car repaired anyhow it is the perfect time to stay home in the dark.  I had a great time yesterday getting rid of things.  I have decided that along with my car and a layer of skin on my face I will shed everything I own that no longer thrills me.  This process will take some time, but I am determined to finish the job.  I feel liberated already by making these decisions.

I was distracted by real life enough to skip two days of writing this week.  I started to write a memoir on Monday because the alliteration just works. I wrote a short piece about my father and fishing ( because alliteration rules) I skipped #TeaTuesday because we had a very long meeting plus training at the grow.  A doctor presented both an hour of basic cannabis training, required by the state for those of us who hold the dispensary agent license, and a more advanced lecture for the whole staff.  Both hours were jam packed with information.  The doctor was a good presenter with plenty of science to back everything he said.  This job is the bomb. I shot some good footage for #WeedWednesday but did not get the post written this week.  Lucky for me nobody really suffers if I skip some days.  I only disappoint myself.

Since I discovered that alliteration is such a great way to create an editorial calendar I decided to write fiction of Friday. I chose a familiar real character from my youth and made up a story about her life.  I don’t think it qualifies as historical fiction, but I did make a start, so I am pleased with the idea.  I know it is corny but #SelfCareSunday, #MemoirMonday, #TeaTuesday, #WeedWednesday, and #FictionFriday make me very happy.  I write either fiction or poetry on Thursdays because I enjoy Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompts.  Do you follow a writing schedule or do you just let it flow?

What are you working on now?  I think many of you have inspired me to attempt fiction, and I thank you for that.  What kind of subjects do you like to cover?  Where do you get story ideas?  What remedies do your employ for writers’ block?  I am curious about your process. Let me pour you another glass of tea and listen. Tell me your news.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare A Date With Dates

July 8, 2017 3 Comments

dessert from the desert

dessert from the desert

20 pounds of dates

20 pounds of dates

If we were having coffee this weekend in Tucson, I would try to cool you off and ask you to join in a rain dance before you go.  Our wildfires are very hard to control with no rain, so things are out of hand here in Arizona.  I know the weather is warm all over this summer, but we are truly surrounded by a burning ring of fire. We went out early this morning to a produce distribution near our home.  Our produce haul this week includes a 20 pound box of fresh dates.  They are beautiful.  Please help yourself to some while I pour you some iced tea. I will be studying Pinterest for date recipes to try that do not include baking…it is too hot for that. Sit back and tell me how your week and your writing has gone.  Is your muse treating you well?

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am really enjoying that Audible subscription I purchased.  I am tearing through the books, and loving the podcasts.  I may disable myself from true reading with my own eyes, but I think it is super fun to have a great voice read to me.  It is the perfect companion for my job.  I continue to learn more every time I go to work.  Yesterday I learned exactly where the big mesquite tree branch is in the parking lot.  I was leaving work, obviously kind of distracted, and backed right into said tree branch.  I had a long way to drive home with a shattered rear window, and later discovered body damage on the door that will require repair.  I had to stay calm while hoping my window would not drop out on the road behind me in severe heat. I made it into my garage, had some exchange with the insurance company, then slept on it.

Of course I wish I had not damaged my car, but I always ask “Compared to what?” I did not hurt anyone else or anyone else’s car.  I do have insurance coverage to repair the damage.  I reflected on the central messages of my most recent audio books…I decided this accident was the flash of reality I needed to sell this car and get a much smaller more efficient model. I can save money on my insurance premiums by purchasing a small car, so I am going shopping for a Prius.  I think it will be fun, and will suit my present lifestyle much better.  I am not in a big rush.  I have to get my car fixed in order to trade it in. This turns out to be some kind of turning point that will not require a dark night of the soul, just a car purchase. That is why it is an excellent idea to listen to Buddhist philosophy before you smash your rear window.  Since one never knows when one may smash a window, it is always good to listen to the Buddha.  The same might be said of death. Nothing is more valuable than equanimity.

How is your writing?  I am still enjoying tea reviews and weed Wednesday.  I shot some footage yesterday to use next Wednesday that I think will turn out well. My short fiction this week was again kind of gloomy and dystopian. The memoir book has been very helpful to me as a guide to creating fiction.  I have not written much of it, and have not thought about character development and story arc, etc.  Like my poetry, I have miles to go before I create my masterpiece, but I find the journey interesting and stimulating.

Speaking of stimulating, have some more iced tea.  I have Peppermint Butler brewed for a cool zing and a caffeine buzz. It pairs well with the dates.  If you know any simple, bacon free (I am a vegetarian), date recipes please let me know.  I think I might attempt date chutney, but I am low on ideas beyond that.

Please stay hydrated during your visit to our hellish weather. Visit our hostess, Emily, at Nerd In The Brain to stay in touch with this digital party.  Share your own post, drink some coffee, and let us know what is happening in your life.

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Since this is a digital and moveable feast, next weekend we will converge in New Orleans at the blog of our original coffee share hostess, ParttimeMonster.   We do this through the magic of the internet.  Thanks for stopping in today.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare Memoir Moments

July 1, 2017 8 Comments

raw borscht on ice

raw borscht on ice

If we were having coffee this weekend I would invite you to drink iced tea while enjoying the last of my three blooming jasmine varieties. The yard is again scented with that sweet jasmine flavor that carries well in a breeze. You will want to observe it from the front window while we chat because the heat out there is harsh. Sit back and relax in the air conditioning while I pour your favorite iced tea. I also have two kinds of raw fermented borscht for you, which restores your electrolytes and adds probiotics to your diet. It is like a floating salad suspended in beet juice and kvass.  It cools you and helps you keep balance in the heat.  I also think it is yummy, but you can decide for yourself.  The cucumber and dill will remind you of pickle juice.

If we were having iced tea this week I would tell you I decided to join Audible for a year because the subscription was discounted heavily.  For $100 a year I have access to books and podcasts that make my new job a dream.  I can do my job and listen to books without distraction.  It is a wonderful two birds with one stone situation.  I finished the book on biological biodiversity, then knocked off a book about writing by Jeff Goins, and have started The Power of Memoir, by Linda Joy Meyers.  This book is inspirational to me because I have studied my  family history for years, and written a few very short poems about the ancestors (who were poets themselves).  I have wanted to write historical fiction, but never attempted it.  Ms Meyers lays out all the steps needed to write a riveting memoir, some of which I have done, like the genealogy research.  I was inspired by the book to use my grandmother as the subject this week of my short fiction in response to Sue Vincent’s Thursday prompt. I think I can apply what I am leaning from this generous and well written instruction to my own writing.  It can unlock many stories for my future. I recommend the book to all writers, even if you do not plan to write a memoir.  She covers technique we all need to remember.

The Power of Memoir

The Power of Memoir

I began my weekly #WeedWednesday feature with a post in the lab at the grow where I work.  The short, warm up, educational piece was well received by readers.  It is fun and easy to do, and it informs me as well as the audience.  There is so much advancement in the science of medical marijuana that I will have much material to cover on this subject. I plan to interview the experts about the plant varieties and all the ways we process the plant to create various therapies.  There are new developments all the time, so I doubt that I will ever run out of material for that segment.

How did you spend the week?  Have you made progress with your writing, or with your life? Have another glass of tea and fill me in on the details.

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Thanks for joining me today for tea and borscht.  Stay cool, and preserve what you still have of your political cool.  It looks like it will be needed for a long time in the US.  Wishing all the sentient beings everywhere independence and time to savor it.  Please visit our hostess, Emily, from Nerd in the Brain for more coffee and news.  Read, write, comment, or just drink lots of digital coffee with us every weekend.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare Elevation

June 24, 2017 8 Comments

soda pop crash

soda pop crash

soda on the road

soda on the road

Globe, AZ

Globe, AZ

If we were having coffee this morning I would have to serve you motel breakfast….I am on my third cup of coffee because I had to come to the lobby to make contact with the WiFi this morning. I don’t bother with the food at motel breakfast because powdered eggs and Danish pastry is not my style. In a couple of hours we will proceed to the Show Low, AZ farmer’s market when it opens at 9 am. I will find some tasty cuisine that suits my vegetarian fresh food habit.

Motel Coffee Today

Motel Coffee Today

We left the heat in Tucson for a couple of days of relief.  The drive up here included two detours/delays caused by traffic accidents.  In Oracle, AZ the road had been blocked to clear a crash, so we had to drive around the incident.  The route took us through San Manuel. a deserted town that used to have an underground copper mine.  These copper towns belong to the companies, so when the mine closes, the entire town closes.  It is eerie to see the remains of what was once a center of industry.  I was particularly struck by the “country club”, an 18 hole golf course that has been abandoned for about 10 years.  Large dying trees and expanses of dust where there once were golf greens are a strange echo of the past.  There is still an airport in San Manuel, which only existed so copper executives could fly in and out of the place.  From that ghost town the winding roads we traveled took us through several copper mining towns with open pit mines still in operation. These isolated towns owned completely by copper companies are the present day versions of Tombstone and Bisbee.  The abundance and wealth produced in them does not tarry very long in that place.  Miners do dangerous hard work and have to live in a town where the company owns the only place they can even buy groceries.

When we started to leave Globe, AZ we were advised that the road to Show Low, our destination, had been closed to clear a crash.  We decided to drive back to town and discover Globe rather than get stuck in a line of cars waiting for a wreck to be cleared.  That was extra fun.  We cruised the neighborhoods on our way to the old downtown.  I loved the old homes and the old downtown is in good shape.  There are chain restaurants and stores on the main hi way, but individual shops, galleries and eateries are thriving in the downtown.  We ate a really good lunch at a Mexican restaurant, and lingered trying to wait out the problem on the road.  It was a good call because we did have to wait about 20 minutes at the site of two semis that were scattered on the road and the mountain.  It was not clear how it happened, but both large trucks were full of soda pop, which has been collected.  We saw the giant tow truck pull the overturned semi back onto the road.  The crew was expert, and still had hours of work ahead of them when they let our lane of cars drive through to Show Low. I was happy I had neither been in the soda pop truck or the cars stuck in the beginning of this wreck.  Compared to what..right? A few minutes delay on a day with no plans is not a big deal.

We will drive to Snowflake, AZ later this morning to discover a new part of the White Mountains.  The lavender festival awaits.  I have read that the area contains sinkholes and unusual geological shapes.  The sinkholes have been use by Native Americans as well as the Mormons for amphitheaters.  The Petrified Forrest is close, but I refuse to go back down in elevation because the heat actually followed us up here.  All the days last week and next week have been and will be a high of 85, which is dreamy .  However, both of our days up here the temperature will reach 97….There is air conditioning, and we will use it.  We are still very pleased to get out of Tucson and see all the amazing geology and botany on this drive. It is gorgeous, if a little bit too hot.

If we were having coffee at the Best Western Pony Paint Motel in Show Low, AZ, I would invite you to come along with us today.  If you are too busy to tag along I will update you next weekend about the events of this weekend. My writing is going well.  I am really enjoying the tea review posts more than I expected.  I now have infinite material for my Tuesday posts.  I will never run out of teas.  I am listening to a book Bread, Wine, Chocolate, The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, which is fascinating.  I am being influenced heavily by what I am learning about our lack of biodiversity.  I recommend it to anyone who eats or drinks. We all have a part to play in saving biodiversity on earth.  Some of us do it by careful consumption of the foods we want to save.  The author’s detailed and accurate descriptions of flavors have inspired me to expand both my vocabulary and my sensitivity.  This is helpful in developing my tea language.  I am enjoying it.

Bread, Wine, Chocolate

Bread, Wine, Chocolate

If we are having motel coffee this morning I would promise a much more gourmet selection of digital beverages next week.  Coffee is one of the subjects covered in this book.  If you are a real coffee lover you might like to learn more about it by reading ( or listening to ) Simran Sethi’s discoveries, who traveled all over the world to research this book.

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Thanks for joining me this morning.  Please visit our hostess, Emily, at Nerd in the Brain, for the full shebang.  Visit with writers for around the world and keep up with our movable feast here. Join the party every weekend on twitter using the hashtag #WeekendCoffeeShare.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare Cannabis And Lavender

June 17, 2017 11 Comments

Red Rock Lavender Farm

Red Rock Lavender Farm

If we were having coffee this weekend I would offer you a large helping of iced tea. The heat is scorching with no end in sight. The heat draws the moisture up from the south to create our monsoon season, but so far there is a tragic lack of moisture. We are baking in the desert. Stay in the air conditioned comfort and drink loads of tea to stay hydrated during your visit. I will send you off on your trip home with fresh watermelon juice, which I find is the most cooling beverage in the world. Relax and tell me about your week. Did your writing go well? How about life?

If we were guzzling iced tea together I would tell you how much fun I am having at my new job. I am now licensed as a dispensary agent by the state of Arizona. I work at a medical marijuana grow harvesting and trimming weed. I only work 12 hours a week in that capacity, but I am developing new ways to serve the patients. I want to create a cannabis catering department as well as an excursion department. I am new at this business, but have lots of experience in the travel industry. I believe the patients are a perfect group of people to put on a party bus for short trips.

The best part of my job is getting to know all my new colleagues. They know a lot about cannabis, but I have miles to go before I will understand all the various new concentrates being made, and the various strains being cultivated.  I learn every time I go to work for my four hour shifts.  It is surprising to me how much finesse is required to trim buds.  Each variety has different qualities and must be handled differently.  It takes focus, but we can still chat and listen to music as we work.  The people with whom I work are very good natured (as you might expect).  I plan to feature short educational segments on  Wednesdays, #WeedWednesdays, featuring our expert grower.  There is endless information as well as interest in this subject.

Cannabis

Cannabis

Big Farma

Big Farma

 

If we were on our third glass of iced tea by now I would tell you about our plan to escape to the White Mountains of Arizona next weekend.  We are going to a lavender festival near the town of Snowflake.  Just saying the word Snowflake is pretty exciting when it is 115 outside.  We will drive up on Friday and stay in Show Low, AZ.  On Saturday we will attend the Lavender Festival at Red Rock Farms.  This event promises to be the exact opposite of burning up in the heat.  We will romp through the fields of lavender on a pick your own adventure, then attend cooking demos and wine tastings at the farm.  I can’t wait!!!! Saturday night we will check in to an historical bed and breakfast downtown Snowflake, which I will also like a lot. We have to drive home on Sunday, but we can linger in the mountains on the way back. We need to make the most of our “cool down” because the following week will be a furnace down here.

Thanks for joining me today.  Use sunscreen on the way to your vehicle.  You would not believe how quickly you can be burned to a crisp. Please visit our hostess Emily at Nerd in the Brain for more coffee shares.  This movable feast takes place every weekend.  Join us to read, comment, or submit your own digital beverage post.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare Iced Tea Day

June 10, 2017 3 Comments

If we were having coffee today I would urge you to celebrate National Iced Tea Day with me. I know the national days can really be a bit much, but this one is a winner. I have so many iced teas from which you can choose. I personally am very hung up on White Strawberry alternating that with Peppermint Butler iced tea. I love the refreshing zip of each of these. The white strawberry has a fruity and light taste that is good to guzzle on hot days like this. The Peppermint Butler has real candy canes in the mix, so it delivers a wonderful minty punch that feels like a cool (brief) breeze. Please have a seat while I prepare a couple of unbreakable pitchers of iced tea to take with us to the pool.

black passionfruit sun tea

black passionfruit sun tea

We are meeting again this week in the pool at my condo village.  The sun is scorching and the pavement will burn your feet, so take a dip to chill yourself before we drink tea and exchange stories.  I want to hear about your writing projects and your life.  I hope both are going well.  I know some of you are working on novels and longer works of fiction.  I also tip my hat to those of you who write micro fiction, which is mighty hard to do well.  I try it a bit in response to Sue Vincent’s weekly photo prompt.  This week I wrote a poetic verse that did not rhyme, but once again touched on dystopia and doom.  There is a pattern, and it has nothing to do with Sue’s pictures.  I do notice some others with depressing responses, so maybe it is a way to deal with our world politics.  On a lighter note, I am having a good time writing weekly tea reviews, which are completely apolitical. In fact, I think tea and coffee parties are a wonderful way to take a break from the current situation while just savoring the moment.  My Tuesdays are dedicated to tea and all the wonders and benefits of drinking it, until further notice.  I include the offer from Adagio above in case you want to chill your belly and chill your emotions at the same time.  Camomile is a sedative and calming tea, being offered free with any purchase made today.

I will skip world politics, since it is being covered everywhere.  I just want to say the Mike Bloomberg has proven to be my hero, which I would not have suspected.  His personal financial support for the Paris Accord makes a fabulous point….We CAN do it.  I think people will step up all over the world in response to repression of science, so maybe it is not the worst thing to have these obstructionist crazies on board.  They expose the terrible status quo. I remain optimistic.

Here in Tucson I am making salsa today with the fresh produce haul I procured this morning. I am roasting tomatoes and Poblano chiles for use all week.  The house and the back yard smell like chiles, which does stimulate my appetite.  When we return from the pool let me make you a couple of tacos with this smoky goodness.  I like to roast the veggies and use them in many ways later in the week. I have been on a vichyssoise kick, and have found all kinds of cold creamy potato soups.  So far I have done  them with asparagus, and with corn, and a classic potato slightly flavored with one jalapeño.  The variations are endless, so I am experimenting with all kinds. I think the Poblano will be a great addition. All of them are broth, potatoes, leeks, heavy cream, and something.  It is hard to ruin, and easy to serve.  I took corn vichyssoise soup shots to my colleagues at work this week. It was very popular. I will tell you more about my new job next week, since I have been rattling on for a while here.

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Thanks for stopping for some iced tea and sympathy this weekend.  I appreciate Emily for hosting this movable feast each weekend at her blog, Nerd in the Brain. Please join us for digital beverages and a chat.  

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#WeekendCoffeeShare Gourmet Staycation In Tucson

May 28, 2017 3 Comments

If we were having coffee this week in Tucson I would point out to you how dead the city is now. Obviously people leave to escape the heat. The snowbirds, the students, and everyone who can afford to go elsewhere for the summer have left the city. The businesses cut hours and do what they can to stay in business when their regular customers are basically all gone. If you were here now I would recommend you spend the night in a resort for less than half the winter rate, or dine at one of our fancier restaurants offering a summer special. For those of us who stay all year, this is a time to take advantage of the off peak bargains and less crowded streets.  Everything is air conditioned, so you will not melt.

Please sit down and let me pour you some iced tea from the extensive collection. I have place an order for new teas, arriving any day, so I am taking inventory of all the teas I need to use in the order they were purchased. I have so many flavors, but this is a basic pleasure in our lives, as well as a healthy way to consume herbs and water. I get really excited about the prospect of new teas I have not tried. Next week my collection will have expanded to about 40 choices. I am drinking a honey bush mango with a fruity taste. What is your favorite kind of tea? I probably have it on hand.  I hope you like the Allman Brothers Band.  I am playing a tribute until further notice.  I will turn down the volume because I want to listen to your stories.  What is happening in your life and writing this week? I had an average writing week.  I took one day off (yesterday) and produced nothing of great note.  I wrote anther tea review, and am starting to like that segment.  Are you trying any new ideas in your writing?

We enjoyed a superb brunch downtown yesterday in the spirit of off-peak excursions. We went to the Coronet, a restaurant we really enjoy but seldom frequent. We like the decor in a restored historical property. The service is always excellent, but with fewer customers it is even better now. The real reason we go is for the innovative menu and bar choices. Yesterday’s brunch was a perfect example.  Bob loved his eggs Florentine with gravlax.  I had a wonderful dish of poached eggs over grits served with black beans. Bob’s Bloody Mary had fabulous garnishes, including a picked tomatillo.  That is the item I plan to knock off and use at home.  I had never thought of doing that, but am a huge fan of the tomatillo, a green fruit that is NOT a tomato. We not only had the restaurant almost to ourselves, but the entire 4th Avenue shopping district was empty.  We spent some time in a used book store, where I managed to buy just a single book.  On the way home we stopped for ice cream at our favorite parlor, The Screamery.  We each had full punch cards for a free scoop.  We loved our dessert then took home a pint of blueberry cheesecake.  All in all, it was a superb little holiday with all the gourmet trimmings.  I am in the minority but I honestly love summer in Tucson.  The hot ghost town suits me perfectly. You may want to jump in the pool before you head out.  Stay hydrated.  Take an iced tea with you.  By any measure it is hot outside. You may want to stop and get some ice cream.

book shopping

book shopping

ice cream

ice cream

This movable digital beverage drinking party is hosted each week by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.  Please join writers from around the world for a chat and a digital drink each weekend. Read, write, comment and share.

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