Once again it is National Hot Tea Month, one of the many reasons January is awesome (my birthday on the 21st is another!) Two years ago I listed George Orwell’s rules for making hot tea in my blog, so here’s a link in case you are into tradition: http://writrteachr.blogspot.com/2015/01/hot-tea-month.html
Just as Orwell had a ritual, I, too have a ritual when it comes to tea and writing. I usually never sit down to work without a cup of tea. Although I like to keep a kettle on my stove (just for looks) I usually microwave a cup of water for two minutes, and add one tea bag. Orwell would not approve.
When it comes to the tea vs. coffee debate, I believe my dog, Nanna, also would fall on the side of tea. For some reason, she thinks when I open a tea bag, it’s time for a treat. I believe this has to do with the fact that when we got her as a rescue, whoever had her before us must’ve kept her treats in a canister like the one where I keep my tea bags. From the first day she came home with us and I opened the canister for a tea bag, she came to the edge of the kitchen, sat up straight and proper like a good dog, and looked at me with those big brown eyes as if I was supposed to know what to do.
At first I said “What?” She didn’t answer, so I wasn’t sure what to do, but the next time I said “Treat?” And she wagged her tail so I took that as a “Yes, Please,” and gave her a treat and now she has me trained properly so that every time I make a cup of tea, she is there, waiting.
I am celebrating National Hot Tea Month as I write this because I am sipping on a cup of hot tea while Nanna is napping in her crate after a nice doggy treat.
What rituals do you use when it comes to writing, tea (or coffee), and pets?