The photos above are from Christmas' past, when I was living and growing up in NY. The past few years I always seem to get hit with a little case of home sickness, that comes out of no where, around this time. Well I suppose by now I know it's coming, but that doesn't change it.
Today my mom, dad, two brothers, their wives and my niece and nephew are celebrating Christmas. My brother and his family are leaving for Japan early tomorrow morning, his wife is from Japan he lived there for over 5 years. But today they are all together and I'm not there. I wanted to go back east but tickets were SO expensive this year.
They'll call later probably, but they will be distracted, lots of people talking in the background behind them and I'll feel left out. The thing about growing up in the Northeast and then moving to California- it never really feels like Christmas here. It's much too warm and sunny. Maybe it would be different if I had kids. I don't think so though. I was actually happy the last couple weeks because it got into the 40s at night and in the morning. What's wrong with me? I hated the cold when I lived there and now I am hoping for it. It doesn't help that they show NYC so much on TV and say it's the best place to be this time of year.
Oh well, I'll just have to drown my sorrows in some carob cookies (a wonderful chocolate aggie subsitute I made up without processed sugar or butter) and maple syrup sweetened gingerbread cookies and raw food nut milk eggnog. Ok maybe I do belong in California..
Soon the holidays will be over and I'll be off to NY in mid January. I got tickets to the Martha Stewart show!! I am so excited. I am going to go with my mum. I hope it doesn't snow that day...
Yesterday Sasha was feeling extra needy for some reason. I picked her up and put her on my lap when I was on the computer and she actually fell asleep there..Not all that easy to work with a 42lb dog on your lap. After about 15 minutes, when my arm felt like it was just about to fall off from holding her back paws up, I had to let her down.
Later, when I was on the couch, she came back for more cuddling.. one smooshy dog face here :
There is nothing like a hot cup of tea, it must be very hot too- barely hot will not do at all. I enjoy many different types of tea, usually without ricemilk or sugar, although sometimes I like black tea with a touch of ricemilk and agave nectar.
I love Celestial Seasonings Special occasion tea that comes out around the holidays. Last year I think I had a pumpkin pie black tea, it was a sad day when I finished my last bag. I just got this one- Candy Cane Lane that I love. It's not just peppermint tasting, it also has vanilla, chicory and carob, that seems to give it more body and depth of flavor. It's great also because it has green tea but it's decaf so I can drink it anytime of day or night.
I want to try the sugar cookie but I am not positive it is gluten free and I have to eat/drink gluten free.
I checked out there site and was happy to see they are an Ethical Trade company. They are located in beautiful boulder, CO.
Some quotes about tea:
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the
world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the
future. ~Thich Nat Hahn
Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. ~Alice Walker
Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things. ~Saki
If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. ~Japanese Proverb
In the words of our host in Ireland, " make yourself at home and pour yourself a hot cuppa"