If we were having coffee this week, I’d probably offer to make it. Given that I invested far too much in every coffee-making system out there over the past few months—searching for the Mother of all coffee experiences—it only seems fitting you benefit from my failed experiments.
So, with your sustainable coffee in hand—brewed in the most old-school stainless steel percolator out there (Yes! That was the best brew, believe it or not.), here we go . . .
As you take your first bite of the lemon lavender tea cake I made this morning, I’d probably laugh and say it’s amazing it got made at all.
I went on Pinterest to find the right plant for a bare spot in my garden, really. And, as usual, before you know it I was redecorating my master bath, learning how to refinish my wooden window sills, planning the accoutrements for the second wedding I swear I’ll never have, planning a month’s worth of Sunday dinners, and finding just the right outfit in case I’m ever invited to tea with the Queen. Wow. A girl just wants to fill a bare spot and pretty soon, she has rearchitected her life. A little Pinterest is a dangerous thing. If you asked for the recipe, I’d politely demur. Because what I really want you to do is try another recipe so we can expand our lavender options—a good one just happening to come recently from my blogger friend, Susan. Her Apricot, Walnut & Lavender Cake sounds delicious. Coffee and cake is on you next time, friend.
I’d tell you that I know a lot of people feeling the need to celebrate right about now, and it’s absolutely lovely. Whether it’s an antidote to the nastiness emanating from a certain white house in the States or just something in the air, I’m not sure. And I really don’t care. I’m just enjoying the fact that so many of my friends create their own joyful celebrations, instead of playing the victim and waiting for it to be done for them. I recently attended a wonderful al fresco dinner party hosted by a friend having a Big Birthday. She hired a personal chef and the four-course meal—as well as the company—was delightful. She had me at the beet and goat cheese salad. A few years ago, I attended the birthday party of another friend who hired a DJ, hung a disco ball, cleared the furniture out of the family room, and partied the night away. Both of these ladies know how to celebrate their sweet selves and I love that.
When you asked (as you always do) what “weird” New Agey thing I’m into now, I’d tell you I’m chugging kombucha as a work-around to my sluggish thyroid. It seems to help kickstart my digestive system. Stay tuned. And of course, I’m dying to try goat yoga.
It’s becoming all the rage here in the States—and while most of my friends are politely declining (something silly about chewed hair and holes in their shirts), I’m going to commune with Billy and Nanny sometime soon while getting my zen on. They’re trying to talk me into dance classes with alpacas, but sheesh. I mean a girl has limits.
And finally, I’d tell you a new coffee shop opened in town. It employs people trying to get a new lease on life—escaping human trafficking and the like. They sell all sorts of products—from purses to lip balm—that benefit people trying for a second chance. I’ve been trying to buy my coffee there or at another business in town that gives ex-cons a job because so few are willing to take a chance on them. All of this goes along with my quest to buy natural, sustainable, fair trade everything. I know I’m just one person and my monthly shopping budget is definitely not setting the world afire, but my choices matter. Because I know there are plenty more me’s out there. And together, we really do change the world one choice at a time. If we’re going to spend, why not help someone out when we do? Companies like Global Girlfriend, started by the friend of a friend, matter. I’m trying as best I can to support them.
Then, I’d say I have talked far too much and really want to know what’s going on in your corner of the world. Please do share in the comments below—big or small, connection matters. And of course, have another lavender lemon tea cake. Life is just too short not to.