Teatime With Pooka

Oolong tea gongfu style

Unwinding at the end of the day with an exceptionally nice oolong tea. Peaceful right?

Pooka wants some tea!

Intrigued by the sweet scent of the tea, Pooka decided to join me. Uninvited.

In gongfu tea there is a tradition of placing a clay figure on your tea tray. Oxen, frogs, fish – even little human figures. As you perform gonfu tea there is always excess water and tea that needs to be discarded. Some of this excess tea is poured over the tea. They call these sculptures tea pets.

Apparently Pooka is my tea pet.

It all worked out in the end, I put a watered down drop of tea in one of my cups for Pooka. Happy to be part of the goings-on, the cat sat with me quietly as I finished my tea.

By the way, the tea was incredible. I got is from Yunnan Sourcing in China and it is delicious. I am already saving up for my next order.

Happy and with a belly full of wonderful tea, I sat down to write this post. Pooka jumped up and trashed my desk. Torn paper, framed family pictures and writing implements went everywhere. Sigh. 

Hulu has a scary movie coming out called Perhaps I named my feline companion a bit too well . . .

I don’t know if anybody has noticed, but I managed to type this post! I don’t type as fast as I used to, but that will come in time. No obstacle is insurmountable. 

I have to take things slow, so I will continue working on the book in pencil. I have fallen in love with the feel of the writing implement scratching on paper, the scent of cedar and writing at my grandfather’s desk with Pooka on my lap. Chapter 14 is almost ready for prime time. I will be uploading it for our Patreon Sponsors soon.

Goodnight, and God bless.

What’s In A Name?

I was checking out my new favorite online tea shop today to see what was on sale and I ran across a tea with . . . well, let’s let’s just say that this tea has an unusual moniker.

I can’t even begin to imagine the conversations at the tea factory that lead them to choosing this name. . . 


I went to bed tired last night, but I had every intention of getting up early and getting back to work. We have a lot of irons in the fire, and there is a lot of work to do.

I woke up with a headache. Rather than trying to work through it like I usually do (something that always seems to make the headache worse!) I listened to my body for the first time in ages and went back to bed. I wound up sleeping all day. Pooka finally woke me up to feed her.

Surprising nobody, my headache was nearly gone.

Just a while ago I made myself some oolong tea and made some music entirely for my own enjoyment. After I post this I’ll creep downstairs for another epic leftover sandwich. I’ll go back to my  work schedule and vegetarianism tomorrow.

Tonight I’ll watch a goofy old horror movie wrapped up in blankets with my tortoiseshell calico companion content in the knowlege that I have heeded the advice of Lin Yutang:

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.


There are lots of good things about Thanksgiving, but the best thing about this wonderful holiday is raiding the kitchen and making a monstrously huge sandwich from the leftovers.

I am a vegetarian, but this year I decided to have a little bit of turkey at dinner. Since I already had meat today, I saw no reason to leave it out of my sandwich!

Everybody has his or her own personal preferences when it comes to a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich. I like to use really good bread, cranberry sauce, stuffing, turkey, a dash of mayo and pinch of salt and pepper .

It is sooo good!

Thank you for being part of our Thanksgiving this year. 2018 was been a year marked with loss, pain, grief and sorrow – but thanks to you and my wonderful family there has also been love and joy. 

God bless each and every one of you.