Tuesday Tea Time and Letters!
I just got a box of "seconds" from an apple orchard. Yesterday I spent the day in the kitchen making apple pie filling to freeze. The whole house smelled of the wonderful aroma of cinnamon and tart apples. But with all of that standing ... my sore feet were asking for a bit of a break, and so the kettle went on! Spiced Apple Cider tea seemed to fit the bill. Today, with the lingering memories of apple fragrances, the same tea will be my tea of choice.
And you know ,of course, that it is not healthy to take tea alone. It is always best to invite a guest. Mr. Tea was just "hanging around" so he naturally was invited.
We have very autumn-ish weather happening here in central Virginia. Temperatures are cool and the promise of rain is inevitable. This is definitely "snuggle down with a book" sort of day. What book are you reading right now? Currently, I am still reading The Jane Austen Guide To Life, and still enjoying it. Now, I realize that all great readers are not necessarily letter writers, but I believe there might be a strong correlation for this: All great letter writers are usually bibliophiles!
I find that reading seems to inspire me for letter writing. I'm not sure if it is the dialog, vocabulary, or just the remarkable descriptions in so much good literature that keeps me reaching for my pen and paper. But I certainly notice the beneficial effect of reading and writing. I have plenty of correspondence to catch up with and am currently working on an organizational system to keep me from slipping into epistolary debt. Not really being able to relate to Jane Austen's being a lady of leisure, I find that trying to just keep order in all areas of my life quite a challenge.
But back to this dreary, chilly, rainy day (outwardly). Inside is warm and dry and inviting for my spot of tea, a few pages of a good read, and always...letters. And Autumn colors lend themselves to cheerful, delightful mail! So find that stash of goodness and put them to use.