Today I love happy teapots, which are tea pots that make people happy. I love that, although it has a leak in it, I have the old orange enamel, tinware teapot that my family used for years for our evening tea. I love that somewhere in my boxes of stuff there is a teapot that came from my last house and was the resident, stoneware teapot for 15 years there. I love that my partner’s aunt sent us a beautiful, rice pattern teapot, stocky and substantial and yet delicate in its own way. I love that there have been times in my life when I drank so much tea that people would never have guessed how much I love coffee. I love that even though I mostly drink coffee these days, there are times when only tea will do, like when we are eating out in Asian restaurants. I love that there are some types of tea I really love and some I can take or leave. I love that there is a robust strength and insistent gentleness to orange pekoe tea that takes me back to my childhood when granny would bring hot tea to picnics in sealer jars and there would be carefully packed china tea cups and it was just too delicious not to have some with the buttered rolls she would also bring with the homemade jam and the sweet smells of summer on the air.
Today I love that I’m almost done baking for the week. I love that tomorrow’s plan is to make pie to share with family on the weekend. I love that it has become so easy to just whip up a batch of pastry now that I have a full kitchen to work in, and so simple to just make a pie or two when I please. I love that my kitchen is warm and friendly and comfortable, yet still new and modern and convenient, we did a good job of designing it and putting it together. I love the cabinetry that we created with the help of our friend, Gary B. and I love how well it works for us and our kitchen gear storage.
Today I love cooler days that I find comfortable, though I also love the hot days that gently take me by the hand and lead me out to the end of our dock on the bay and shove me unapologetically into the water. I love that we have peaches in the house and I entertained the thought of making a peach pie for a few minutes until I realized that we would eat them all before I got around to doing that so I changed my mind and am planning on rhubarb custard pies and eating all the peaches. I love grilled peaches when we barbecue.
Today I love drinking coffee while I contemplate making tea, seems like a paradox I know, but it is the way of the world, two good things can exist in the same space time continuum and that is what I think of as wealth.