Did I mention that we finally found an apartment? We did, and it was worth the wait. It's a cozy apartment with warm afternoon light and a clunky, steaming boiler that sounds like a locomotive crashing through the night. I love it.
The first week or so, we were without a working stove, which left us in a sort of limbo: Mostly moved in, but still unable to boil and sputter and do the kitchen-dance. This week, we're lucky enough to have a stove that's clean and bright and free of gas leaks (always a plus).
And so, this morning, I made myself some tea. Okay, I'll admit that it wasn't actually tea because we don't have any tea right now. We're in transition, you see. But it felt like tea, because I heated the water in the kettle, chopped up some spicy, juicy ginger and steeped it in a tea ball.
As a caffeine-free and refreshing alternative to tea, I often just pour myself hot water to sip on cold days. People look at me quizzically, but I don't mind. Other days, I like to add something else for my taste buds. Today it was ginger, but I also enjoy adding a tablespoon of Bragg Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. Lemon or lime is always nice. Once I start growing some roots here, I may even have an herb garden from which I could snip some fresh mint or lemon verbena. After all, there aren't any rules. I like to play.
So to all of you returning from holiday travels, welcome home. I hope you had a safe and happy season, and that you find a soul-nourishing way of bidding this year goodbye and greeting the next.