Tea time!

Posted on July 31, 2013


tea and accessories

I’ve been reading a lot about happiness and what makes some people happy and others not. It’s all about how you view your circumstances. I also believe that things happen for a reason.

So I have been having some stomach issues, which meant I have to eat a very bland diet. This also meant no coffee. Ack! When one gets up at 4 am, one definitely needs something to get going. I could choose to be really annoyed about this, but I chose instead to find an alternative. Tea!

I’ll admit it, I dislike the taste of green tea. I know it’s supposed to be so healthy for you, blah, blah, blah. But it’s antioxidant, super-duper powers are only good if you don’t add anything to it. So much for disguising the taste with cream and sugar. I can’t face yucky green tea at 4 am.

Enter Upton Tea Imports. My dear brother-in-law, who is my husband Ken’s identical twin, introduced us to the real joy of tea. This company has every imaginable type of tea.

Ken and I had a blast figuring out what to order.

Here’s what came for us:

upton tea order

We ordered:
(these are all loose leaf teas)

Green Rooibos –Β from South Africa
Masala Chai – black tea with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves from India
Peach with Flowers – black tea with marigold flowers and peach flavor from Germany.

As a nice surprise, we also got a sample of:

Shou Mei White tea – from China.

It was as though we took a trip around the world!

Upton Tea Imports provided a wonderful experience from the start. They personify tea! We ordered on a Friday and our order arrived on Monday. The tea came beautifully packaged in thick silver bags. It was even personalized with our names!

We also got a thick tea catalog and some tea strainers so we could make our tea. It was like having Christmas in July!

tea catalog and strainer

To top it off we’ll be using a French press to make the tea.

french press for tea

The things I have learned from this experience:

1. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

There is always an alternative. Instead of coffee, which I have lost my taste for, I’ve now become a tea fan.

2. Caffeine isn’t what gets me up and going in the morning.

I do need a little bit, even though I’m a morning person and I love getting up early to exercise. But, I think it’s more the act of drinking a delicious beverage in the morning that wakes me up, not the caffeine.

I made the mistake of having an iced coffee when out with my Mom. BIG mistake. I felt jittery all day and didn’t sleep well. I felt as though my nervous system was all out of whack.

3. Slow down and enjoy life.

I used to stumble out of bed at 4 am, drag myself downstairs and put the coffee (made the day before) into the microwave, anxiously waiting for it to heat up so I could drink it and wake up.

Now, I enjoy every step of making tea. I decide which tea to try that day; it’s so much fun to have a few choices. I carefully scoop out a bit of the tea for the strainer. You really got to go slow with this, or you’ll end up with tea all over the floor!

I savour the tea. Once you’ve tried real tea, you’ll never go back to Lipton’s.

4. Learn to relax more.

The other day was one of those days, very stressful. I came home, saw the Upton Tea catalog sitting on the counter and decided to spend some time perusing it. I got lost in imagining a tea plantation in India or Ceylon. I have no idea where Ceylon is, but it sure sounds exotic, doesn’t it?

I made a mental note to look up where Ceylon is located and to learn more about the different types of teas. I love learning new things. It’s relaxing and energizing at the same time.

After spending a half hour with the tea catalog, I was completely relaxed.Β  I’m busy planning what I’ll order next.

So what about you? How do you enjoy life?

Photos are courtesy of Ken Loderick.