I keep saying my kids have been giving me a hard time lately. But I am not really sure that's true. Is it them giving me a hard time, or me having less patience? I'm not excited about doing crafts with them, not excited about trick or treating, not excited to let them help me cook, not excited to play "shopkeeper" or whatever role they want me to play in their made up games. I've been a not so fantastic mom lately, and they deserve better.
They really, really do. My kids are bright, imaginative and they crack me up. So I am giving myself a slap in the face. Smack! Snap the heck out of it. I mean Halloween is Friday people! Can you say Snickers! and Tootsie Rolls! and Lollipops! and hopefully 100Grands and Rolos!!!!!! All I have to do is dress my kids up and follow them around the neighborhood and they collect CANDY. It's not just the upcoming candy windfall, I have so many things to be happy about and thankful for. I mean just look at those faces.
So I am starting a regular feature here in the Candy Cane Forest. I call it "Sunday's Simple Pleasures." Every Sunday I'll bring you something that makes me happy. I know today is Monday, and most of you will probably read this on Tuesday. But whatever... it will usually be on Sunday.
This week I give you my little green teapot.
Every morning I boil some water and fill my little teapot with these tea leaves from the Indian grocery.
I let it steep for a few minutes then pour myself a cup with a splash of half and half. Regular milk is an OK substitute, but half and half is my guilty pleasure. I love to feel the hot, ceramic mug in my hands and that first, creamy sip is heaven. Sometimes I only manage a couple of sips before it gets cold. Sometimes I have time to reheat it, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I have just a half a cup, sometimes I have three. I could probably survive without my morning cup of tea, but I very rarely go without it.
So simple and yet my lovely little green teapot is as essential to my morning routine as brushing my teeth. It makes me happy.