Friday, 18 April 2008

Pitter Patter Raindrops

April seems to be a rainy month so far, in atmosphere as well as weather. Normally I quite enjoy a rainy day, as my previous posts will show, but last night, and today, the raindrops are not just outside, they are tears as well. I had a phone call last night to say that one of my Aunts had died that morning. She was in hospital, but not with anything life threatening, when a heart attack took her.

I am sipping the hottest cup of tea I could make in the hope it will shift my headache, which seems to pound in time to the click-click of the computer keyboard. Tea is a good balm for sore spirits, it warms and revives.

I did a little crafting last night, which I also find restorative. When I asked for a cup of tea after a meal at a noodle bar a month or so ago, they told me they only had jasmine tea. A friend mentioned that it is hard for her to find places that do decaffeinated tea, which she drinks because she is pregnant. It seems to me that it would be a good thing to have a little stash of tea bags in my handbag. But what to put them in- a little plastic bag? A piece of kitchen roll? Or a fabulous little felt purse, decorated with a felt tea cup, ric-rac and blanket stitch. No contest really!

I sat at my writing desk and toyed with a design on squared paper, then got out all my felts and embroidery threads, lengths of ric-rac and ribbon. It was so much fun to pick colours and sit and snip and stitch. I am thinking of making a few more tea-bags and perhaps offering them up here on my blog.... as well as tea cups and tea pots, I think they would look pretty with felt flowers, or maybe decorated initials.

Tonight I am going to knit on my socks for a little while, on a part that is not too complicated, because the rhythm soothes my mind. More tea, a hot bath and to bed, I think.

I can hear the pittering of rain again, tapping away on my window pane. It make me feel kind of cosy to be sitting inside- that cosy feeling is one of my favourite things about rainy days. They are just perfect for puttering about.....I am working on a list of ideas for lovely things to do on such days.

If it is raining where you are, I hope you have a deliciously frilly or scrumptiously pretty umbrella to shelter under.


Anonymous said...

Dear Mimi,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Aunt. It is never easy to lose a loved one, is it?
I will be thinking of you and your Family.
Blessings, Kathy L

Nita in South Carolina said...

I am very sorry to hear about your aunt.

I understand about carrying tea with you. I went on a trip with my children and our church youth group, and we were away two nights. I didn't take any "just in case" tea bags or coffee with me, and was quite disappointed at the choices - nasty hotel coffee or incredibly overpriced (and not very good) Starbucks. I'll never leave home again without some emergency tea!

Nita in South Carolina

Moonroot said...

I'm sorry to hear about your aunt.
The sun is out today, I hope you are feeling a bit better.