As soon as I pour the hot water over the tea bag I grab my mug and place the tea cozy over the pot. For those of you who don't know what a tea cozy is- Americans, I am talking to you!- it is basically a cover to place over your teapot so your tea stays piping hot. Two summers ago I hand knit and felted a cozy for my teapot, which shows just how close we are since I only knit for very dear friends.
It might not seem like this would be a problem, and I am sure you are wondering what I could possibly be deluded about. After all, drinking tea has many health benefits, so I should be feeling good about this morning/mid-morning/afternoon ritual of mine, right?
This is where the situation gets a bit sticky. Quite literally. You see, I like to put honey in my tea. Lots of honey. And while I know honey can be healthy, I am pretty sure this would only hold true if one kept to a reasonable level of consumption. While Rebekah was still living at home I could pretend I was coming in under that bar because she would occasionally put honey in her tea too. I must be pretty good at pretending, because after she moved out I was actually shocked to see that it hadn't slowed the rapid dwindling of the honey jar at all. I was confronted with the unavoidable truth of the matter and decided to take action.
It is a beautiful glass, and watching the green tea leaves float inside the glass chamber is mesmerizing. My honey consumption has come to a screeching halt, and I feel quite virtuous. It's all good except for a few small details. I don't like green tea nearly as much as black. I miss my morning ritual. I miss that sweetness mixed with the slightly sharp and bitter taste of the strong British tea. I miss my mug, my cozy and my lime green teapot. So you can imagine the anticipation I am feeling about my upcoming trip to visit a dear friend in Seattle next week. This would be the same friend who originally introduced me to the pleasures of a decent cup of English tea. And in the interests of being a polite house guest I fully intend to drink what I am served.