Fancy a spot of tea?

By Mir
March 22, 2012

Monkey is back to school again, leaving a trail of sodden, wadded up Kleenex behind him where he goes. (Dear Hippie School: I’m sorry. I’ll send in some hand sanitizer.) Chickadee is also at school—inbetween the doctors’ appointments—though today we have to go see an orthopedist because something is inexplicably wrong with her hip, and also possibly because an orthopedist may be the only specialist we haven’t seen this year yet. (HAHAHAHAHA HA HA haaaaaaa ha *sob*.)

Whether it’s shared germs or stress or the ridiculous level of pollen going on here right now, I’m feeling the strong urge to curl up in bed with some tea for… oh, let’s say a week. Wouldn’t that be nice? Sadly, I don’t think it’s going to happen.

But! I can have that cup of tea. And over at Off Our Chests I’m thinking about the power of an impromptu tea party, especially now when things feel kind of crummy. Feel free to come on over. Just, uh, maybe bring some Kleenex.


  1. Bob

    Oolong or Lapsang Souchong? Milk or lemon? sugar?

    cucumber and watercress sandwiches for me.

    tah, luv.

  2. Little Bird

    I’d like anything that might make this cold feel better.

  3. victoria

    In the past, Europeans used to go to northern areas for their health; if you ever want a change of air, there are 4 feet of snow on the ground in my area which you are welcome to come ‘enjoy.’ (Tour comes with free Lady Gray Tea)

  4. Aimee

    I think there should be a surprise gift once you’ve seen ALL the specialists. What would that gift be? Yes, a week in bed with tea sounds right.

    I hope EVERYONE feels better and now I’m off to read what you wrote at OOC.

  5. KarenB

    If you ever get into Atlanta, check out Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party. They do High Tea every day at 3:00.

  6. dad

    I think Ira was the one who impressed you with the importance of being fancy (extending the pinky on your cup holding hand) when sipping tea.
    I think I passed it on to your kids.

    OK, my legacy is complete.

  7. Zara

    I’ve reading your blog for years, but I very rarely comment. Have you and your family considered taking Chickadee to the Mayo Clinic? I believe they have comprehensive evaluations, conducted by a medical team, for hard to diagnose and treat individuals; the evaluation generally lasts for a week. I think it may be time to stop approaching this so piecemeal, with different appointments and problems with various professionals communicating with you and between themselves. As one of the very best and comprehensive hospitals, Mayo works very hard to make sure that everyone who needs their services can access (i.e., afford) their services, and they are very good about working with insurance. I hope you and your family consider this suggestion, if you haven’t already. I believe that Mayo in Rochester, MN, would be the best option to solve Chickadee’s mystery illness; I have first hand, extensive knowledge of the depths of their compassion and commitment to excellence. My very best wishes to you, and her.

  8. Daisy

    If you stop in WIsconsin on your way to Mayo, I’ll bring tea. Or coffee. Or gluten free vegetarian whatever.

  9. Holly from 300 Pounds Down

    Hope you don’t get what your baby had. But I’m glad he’s doing somewhat better!!

  10. Jenne

    OK, well, if you stop in Wisconsin on your way to Mayo, you’d better stop in Chicago too! Oooh, road trip! Yay! We can all plan a road trip for Mir, which will take her, Otto & the kids approximately 5 months to make it from Georgia to Minnesota! LOL

  11. katrine

    Tea!!!! it is just so amazingly comforting!!!! My go to FAV of all favs these days is the store Davids tea!! Not only are they so good, they have feel good little stories on the packaging, yay! and they deliver!! :) i fell in love when in canada, check it out !!

    Hope you feel better!!

    love K

  12. Little Bird

    I second what Jenne said at #10! You MUST stop in Chicago!!

  13. Yankee Rancher

    I just posted the most yummy soup recipe that always cures what ever ails me…My kids love it too! FEEL BETTER!!!

  14. Joan

    Maybe it’s random ad placements, but it’s totally ironic that Monkey’s cold is mentioned, and the ads were for Clorox disinfecting wipes. I kinda got a smile about that. oh well, at least pollen season is miserable but not contagious.

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