there is something about seaside living that encourages sipping from large earthy mugs of warm beverages. during the warmer months, the urban-scape we moved away from almost a year ago compelled me to visit cafes for large doses of iced remedies packaged properly for a stroll upon blistering sidewalks during a speedy break for lunch with my dear amanda.
days are now spent working from a home office. from undressed windows, i eye the landscape of breezy reeds and the sparkling waves in the distance. please don’t turn away…i still am working and only watching the day pass by out there rather than partaking.
i also sip warmed coffee and tea all year round (well, all almost-a-year round) no matter the outside temperature. i savor the weight of a heavy cup held in hand (or if very lucky to not be otherwise occupied, held in the grasp of both hands) and beverage it’s touting that warms the cup as well as i from the inside out. i am simply soothed by the warmth. eases my mind. slows me down.
as the birds peck through our yard or delay flight for a rest upon the telephone wires or flutter a bath in a puddle evaporating in the sandy road, i punch away at my keyboard and take time with the beverage at hand. my day may be overly booked and my mind spinning with project management, but there’s something about this place that begs indulgence of the simplest moments spent by oneself. (especially when piper and kai are soon at my heels!)
as cardullo’s, my trusty shop for unique teas, is no longer a step away, i instead peruse the web shops for coffee and tea to stow away. you see, i now have a pantry. and, when one has a pantry it begs to be stocked with goods that entice the pulling of its snappy door and creaking open the hinged shelf to pluck cans or boxes or jars or tins from the somewhat secret shelves in the back where the good stuff should be kept. as i learned this year, when you have a beach house, you will have summer company. all summer. and, if you want something, well, tucked away for yourself, hidden shelves in the back of your pantry are just the spot for such things.
this tea will have a snug spot on one of those shelves…