Three o'clock is the magic hour when I get to sit down with my lovely blue and white china mug and have me time. I mean tea time. But really me time. This is best accomplished when the kids are having rest time. I like to zone out while reading some good blogs or news stories, or maybe a few minutes of something I have on the DVR.
My morning tea is wonderful, but it takes place when the house is in full gear. The purpose is to wake myself up and go, go go! There are lots of times when I get to savor it, but sometimes I get distracted and forget about it until it's almost lukewarm. Then all I can do is gulp it down like some kind of uncivilized brute.
Now that Annabeth is in full out toddlerhood I need my afternoon tea time/me time/zone out time more than ever. Those moments are like an oasis in my day.
Unlike years past, my most pressing summer dilemma has nothing to do with my sunscreen giving me acne or my KP skin treatment removing my tan (whether real or fake). It's worse!
I'm not sure if y'all have noticed, but it's hotter than a mug outside. We are blessed and highly favored to enjoy air conditioning in our home, but it takes a lot of cash flow to keep the air cold in the late afternoons. At least here in southeast Texas. I've been having something akin to a hot flash a few minutes after my afternoon tea. Now I said this to a menopausal woman a few days ago and she said, "No, honey, you are just hot." I am laughing so hard right now. It feels like a hot flash! It's bad enough to send me to the medicine cabinet for some of my husband's Old Spice deodorant.
So do I give up my tea until the weather cools off? Last week I had an afternoon cherry limeade. But as soon as it was gone I heard my tea calling out to me. Then I resorted to a can of Dr. Pepper (the anniversary edition made with real sugar - so, so good!) Again, I couldn't live without my tea and I went right back to it.
Perhaps the answer to my dilemma would be reversing the order of my drinks. I'll let y'all know how it goes.
What is your summer dilemma?