Looking out my window.
It was so cold here yesterday that I only got to take a short little walk. It was 0*F when I went out to gather eggs at the coop and go walking. I was dressed for it and never felt cold except for my face. I wear a wool Buff neck gator which really helps, but you still have to see and the cold makes my eyes blink and blink to keep them from freezing. Going back to the house, I hung up my cold and wet things and decided to make a hot cup of green Kukicha tea and spend some time sitting in the sunny south-facing window with my embroidery. It really was a beautiful, clear day, but it was deceivingly cold. I sat on the floor because the sun was low and so I made my chair into a little table to set my things on. It was nice to feel the warm sun on my skin and to have the sun shining in my eyes. The light was terrific for embroidery.
About the tea....I've started leaving off my afternoon cup of coffee for tea. I really, really love coffee, but it gives me the jitters and if I drink it too late in the afternoon, I have trouble falling asleep. And I really do like my sleep. I picked up Blueberry Green Kukicha Tea at the health food store on a whim. I opened the tin and smelled it and was convinced I'd like it from aroma alone. And I was right! When I got home I steeped a cup and since I really didn't know what kukicha was, decided to Google it and see. Kukicha, also called twig tea, is a Japanese tea made of the stems and veins of the tea plant. It was considered "peasant tea" because the leaves were always the money-maker for their tea sales and not so much the stems and veins so tea growers kept those for their own tea making. As it turned out, the twig tea has an even greater nutritional value than the green tea leaves and a lovely, nutty, creamy taste. Add in the dried blueberries that my tea has and you've got a real winner. I'm also happy that I can steep the tea 2-3 times. It is said that Kukicha has 6 times more calcium per cup than a cup of milk, and not only that, it's loaded with minerals, has twice the vitamin C of an orange and contains A, E, and B vitamins. It is almost caffeine free since it has less than 90% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee. If you'd like to read about Kukicha's many health benefits, click here and here. I'm so glad I found this satisfying and nutritious dense beverage. I hope you try it.
Last night's low temperature here was -20* F and this morning we woke up to -14*, but it's warming up now already to 9* and climbing.