Summer means a lot to me. I know it means so many things to many different people, from all different walks of life.
For me it takes me back to when there were no worries. As a kid my biggest dilemma in the summer was whether I go to summer camp, or stay at home and do nothing, and daydream. As time has gone by, I find myself in a similar situation. I’m not sure how many of you may be going through your own trials and tribulations.
Not all of this is bad. It’s a time of rebirth, reawakening, and rejuvenation. Perhaps it’s a time to reflect. Where do we go from here? As much time has passed there’s still so much left to look explore, look forward to, and to accomplish.
When preparing (or not) or contemplating what tea stories to elaborate on (and some to leave unsaid), I tend to make it more dramatic and complicated than it has any right to be. For me, or for any of us who enjoy writing, it’s a personal thing.
Memories are so beautiful, and so many are meant to be kept to ourselves, and those close friends and family that we shared them with. To that I say, some are so amazing, that it’s best to write them or say that out loud, so for where we can capture or recreate details and memories that otherwise we’d forget.
This takes us back to before the long holiday weekend, yet a weekend of companionship, conversation, and doing as much relaxing and being in nothingness as possible. Nothingness is a good thing in this instance.
I love going to friends’ house and enjoying a day and night in (often more times than a night out now) and knowing that the night has already been made, and there’s no worries or cares of the outside world.
We had plenty of snacks, treats, vino (more on that here), and some of my favorite animal friends and the freshest are there is. Just what everyone can use, in times of joy or otherwise.
I couldn’t think of a better place to continue the story of one of favorite entities in general, The Spice & Tea Exchange.
Here’s the link to shop online, their store locations, contact information, and my past stories on their incredible teas.
I want to thank Denise from the Annapolis, MD location for all of her assistance and support.
For the Summer, for National Iced Tea Month (even though this was in May, but I don’t think anyone is going to write me a demerit), and most of all for you and me, I’m honored to discuss their most recent releases and limited time teas, the Blue Raspberry Crush, and the Get Up & Goji.
Both have endearing names, and have endearing qualities that have stuck with me as I write this. That can only mean I will keep loving these teas more and more over time.
Just the colors on the Blue Raspberry are going to win you over. When it looks this good, I can only hope that the scents and tastes will mirror what you see at first sight.
That’s exactly right.
I only wish I added lemon to see the changing of colors. I’ll have to revisit this again later in the Summer. Thankfully there’s so much left…
I think it’s only fitting that my friend prepared this tea hot, but we made it iced and served in the most perfect of glasses.
This tea was shared among so many other food and drink, but it never got lost in the shuffle. It was a day and night of indulgence, celebration, peace, and all the emotions in between and book ending.
The Get Up & Goji was for the next day. And after everything has settled, this was the perfect sip for a rebirth, and to get the day going. Once again, iced or hot, you can’t go right or wrong. There’s no right or wrong. It’s all just so magnificent.
I’m constantly exhausted lately, so this tea,with the sun shining the way it did, felt like someone or something was watching me, looking out for me, and telling me everything was going to be ok. You can substitute ‘me’ for ‘us’ or with ‘you’, and it all applies.
I don’t recall the sun ever looking so beautiful in my entire life. I don’t think that was an accident.
The company of my friends, and these amazing dogs I’ve had such a history with, made these two days so perfect.
This is why you share these stories, or at least write them out to yourself in diary or however form you like. You realize the little things or those big things. And those big things are whatever you want them to be.
It’s all important. And with that said, I still left details out (some on purpose), because while stories are meant to be shared, parts of it are not easy to share, just yet, if at all.
And some are just meant for you, for me, and for anyone you want it to be.
I’m so grateful the teas of one of my favorite shoppes, Spice & Tea Exchange, were featured at this vulnerable and emotional moment in time.
It’s good to be back…