Beverage-induced Inspiration (for birzzzzy days)

“Make tea, not war.” Monty Python’s Flying Circus

This week it’s birizzzy freezing in many parts of North America. With cold temps seeping into our gratitude meters (sapping them of warmth) it may be hard to focus on things for which to be grateful. But there’s nothing quite like the instant warmth of a hot beverage that turns on the warm fuzzies inside us.

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”  G.K. Chesterton

On this last day of National Hot Tea month, make an excuse to have a cuppa (not that this avid tea groupie needs an excuse…)

Even better, have a BIG cuppa tea!

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”  Muriel Barbery

creative chai (Cure Coffeehouse, Norfolk, VA)

It’s cold. Adding sore throats into the wintry mix makes for making lots of hot beverages. (One day last week I made 7 pots of tea, mostly herbal, for sickie brother & sickie me.)

“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.” Chaim Potok

Speaking of happy things, it’s also National Hot Chocolate Day. Yes, it really exists on a beverage calendar somewhere. (I received an email yesterday about it.)

Dark hot chocolate made with cashew milk

An excuse to give up either-or scenarios for a ‘both-and’ kind of day (hot tea AND hot chocolate!)

Whatever your hot drinkie choice may be, here’s a little more beverage-induced inspiration to contemplate (sipping along, it’s a catchy song…)

(Email readers, you know the drill. Click to the Roses website to access YouTube video.)

“Tea in the morning, tea in the evening, tea at supper time,
You get tea when it’s raining, tea when it’s snowing.
Tea when the weather’s fine…
Whatever the situation whatever the race or creed,
Tea knows no segregation, no class nor pedigree
It knows no motivations, no sect or organization,
It knows no one religion, Nor political belief.

 Have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,
Halleluja, halleluja, halleluja, Rosie Lea”

Ray Davies, The Kinks, Have a Cuppa Tea

grace, peace & beverage-induced inspiration

Virginia : )

“Today I’d like to sit and sip,
Forget about the world a bit,
Ignore the things I have to do,
And just enjoy a cup or two.”
~Author Unknown

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14 Responses to Beverage-induced Inspiration (for birzzzzy days)

  1. TMH says:

    Great choices of quotes, as usual. PLUS the bonus tip about National Hot Chocolate Day! You are a font of information…and hot beverages.

    • Virginia says:

      Tim – Hot chocolate is good on any day (& can even be iced in summer!) Just like tea – altho we southerners drink our iced tea all year round. Cheers! 😋🍹☕️🍹😋

  2. Cindy Kranich says:

    Makes me want to go get a cup! 🍵

  3. Garfield Hug says:

    I heard about the cold polar vortex that is hitting parts of USA and wreaking cold havoc and hot summers in Australia. Scary and I hope you stay warmed up and you look like you are doing it right with coffee and teas. As always, I love your beautiful mugs and cups. You do have a nice collection and colorful too – great for moods of sadness and requiring much uplift.

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks GH – collecting artisan pottery & cups is something that brings me joy (& they often make nice gifts, too.) Makes sipping hot drinks more of a special treat. Our weather is completely schizophrenic- last week birizzy & past few days we opened our windows to spring like temps – but tomorrow it’s back to birizzy February temps. Blessings GH! 🌤🤗💨☕️💨🤗☀️

  4. There’s no doubt you’re an avid tea drinker. Hehe. I really love your varying unique selections of tea cups and mugs. They’re all so beautiful—I want them all!
    What’s your favourite tea of all time?
    Stay warm. Blessings to you.

    • Virginia says:

      Hey Sunshine, you ask hard ?s! Too many favorites, but I enjoy many Stash teas (have ordered from them for years, their loose leaf collection is amazing & affordable; its on my bucket list to visit their shop in Portland OR one day.) Stash Everest First Flush Nepalese is a fav, along with Harney & Sons Jane’s Garden green rose tea. I once had a pot of macadamia nut tea @ a tea cafe in Vienna that I’ve never forgotten. Their tea shop was closed & I was leaving Austria the next morning so could not acquire takeaway tea, but I have that tea memory as a takeaway! Beverage blessings! 🌟🌷🍵🌷🌟☕️☀️😋✨🍵✨

  5. says:

    Beautiful pictures, l’m a tea lover and l had to get a cup❤

    • Virginia says:

      Always a good excuse for tea – I make pots of green & black teas in the morning, then rooibos & herbal afternoons & evening. We also drink lots of iced tea (even in winter.) Cheers! 🍹✨🍵✨☕️✨🍹

  6. My Carmel says:

    Happy tea time! Enjoy! Blessings Virginia ❤

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