Snowver…..I’m so over snow…..
February 22, 2011

The woodpile, from my window....sigh...

Yeah,  the snow was pretty falling last night, and lovely and pristine white when I woke up…then I thought about all my compatriots at WBAL who had to be in to work at 3:30 am…or earlier…to go on the air at 4:30. Youza. That must have been some interesting driving, made better only by the fact that there’s almost no one else on the roads at that time.

I started to go outside to bring in another load of wood….this is our secondary woodpile, the first cord of wood(and the closer to the house cord)having been used up maybe a month ago. But the secondary pile is further…and you have to trek through more snow to get there and back….so I just shrugged and made a cup of tea.

One of the producers here who has an early morning call, and lives on Charles Street, said he has never seen Charles(a major thoroughfare) as bad as it was this morning….even in the blizzards last year. I couldn’t figure that out….is the city saving some money by not putting out the plows? Dunno. Luckily the sun is out doing its job….and with warmer temps on the way this week, the meltoff should be rapid. But I’m “snowver“….so over snow. Done. Kaput. Ready for spring. Ready for this….

Smith Lake living....

or this…..

Iced tea on the porch...

or this….

Donna on the beach....

Yeah, that’s the one…


It’s Friday people!! And I’m kicking caffeine…really.
August 28, 2009

Goodbye my love, my French Roast....thank goodness Zekes makes it in decaf...

Goodbye my love, my French Roast....thank goodness Zeke's makes it in decaf...

Yes, and this particular Friday is starting off with no coffee…, ummmm…let me restate that. No coffee that really means anything to me today, as in ….no caffeine. Did you hear me? I said NO CAFFEINE!!! That means by this afternoon, perhaps earlier, I will feel as though my forehead was in a vise, that keeps tightening, tightening….yeah. I’m really looking forward to that. And if this afternoon on 11 News at Five, I look like I’m thinking about a cup of coffee from Zeke’s in Baltimore, it’s because I am. Thank goodness they make a French Roast in decaf.


Why on earth have I decided to go cold turkey on caffeine? Because my doctor told me to. Simple as that. I was having some not happy feelings in my chest, like feeling my heart beat too fast, which if you’ve never experienced, is not a good feeling. More like a bad feeling.  So the verdict…no coffee, no tea, no alcohol…and the coup de grace…no chocolate.(sound of crickets)

Come on!! I stared at him in disbelief….many of  the little things that make life enjoyable? You just slice them out of my life? Why not just reach inside and… take another little piece of my heart, now baby…oh, sorry, that was Janis Joplin. Anyway, I offered weakly, “I have cut back on caffeine…this morning I only had a half a cup of coffee.…”. He stared at with a look that said , “oh, you little ignoramus, you just don’t get it, do you?” And then actually said, out loud, “I didn’t say cut back, I said NO caffeine.” I don”t smoke thank God, because I’m sure he would have snatched that too, if I did.

So, this morning, without any urgency at all because what difference does it make,  I brewed some decaffeinated coffee. That’s a sad thing. I’ll have some deffeinated tea mid-afternoon(but will be gobbling Tylenol for the headache no doubt). I won’t eat any chocolate, even though I make a mean dark chocolate sauce that is so fabulous over vanilla ice cream.  I won’t have any wine even though it is Friday night people!!! I have a big pitcher of decaffeinated iced tea in the frig instead. Yegads. There it is …my sad  little tale of woe. I know, count my blessings, you’ll get over the coffee thing, things could be much worse . All this I know, but I’m allowing myself one day of wallowing in self pity. OK, maybe half a day. And then I’ll move on to my caffeine free existence. Sigh. Have a good weekend, play nice, and come home safe.

Unbottle your tea!!Time to bag it up….
August 13, 2009

Unbottle your tea!!

Unbottle your tea!!

I got an email from Salada Tea today, trying to sell an interview with one of their spokespeople about their new “Unbottle Your Tea” campaign…about how it’s better for you healthwise and better for the environment if you stop buying bottled teas, and start making your own.

Hey, I grew up making a pitcher of iced tea a day…. no supper in ‘bama was complete without a big pitcher of iced tea on the table.  That was always someone’s chore for dinner…making the tea and filling the glasses with ice. And while we didn’t realize we were being green, (we called it being thrifty) it was also my or my sister’s  job to trudge out to the vegetable garden to throw the tea grounds into it…composting even in childhood. And let’s face it…making your own tea, is honestly dirt cheap, where buying a bottle(or really big bottle) is anything but. A bottle of tea costs at least a buck….and quite often more. Buy a box of 20 tea bags for…oh, let’s say $3.00…you can have a cup of hot tea(or add ice in the summer ) , and your tea now costs about 15 cents a serving. Big difference.

My tea makings...I love white tea, and I reuse the cups....

My tea makings...I love white tea, and I reuse the cups....

And think of all the containers you won’t have to recycle( I don’t even want to thinkabout you putting them in the trash, because I won’t like you anymore). And Salada says you get 90 % more antioxidants in tea you make yourself from a tea bag….Prevention Magazine did a test(here’s the link to an interesting article)…and while you do get antioxidants from bottled teas and even powered teas…you get the biggest amounts from tea bags brewed the old-fashioned way in hot water. So bag it up, tea-lovers….and make your own, get healthy and save some coin.