Category Archives: Pieces of Me

Pieces of Me: Tea!

“Tea! That’s all I needed. A good cup of tea. A superheated infusion of free radicals and tannin. Just the thing for heating the synapses.” — the Tenth Doctor

Why exactly the doctor refers to tea as containing free radicals – I really don’t know. Perhaps his brain was still regenerating 😮 Moving on then – Tea! I love tea! I used to drink coffee everyday, throwing in the occasional cup of bagged green tea from time to time, Eventually, I started replacing my evening coffee with green tea. Sometime towards the end of 2012 I thought I’d see about loose leaf tea. several teapots and 400+ different teas later, I’m still learning more about wonderful Camellia Sinensis and coffee has taken the back seat. Yes, I have tried over 400 different teas. I keep them all logged in a spreadsheet so that I don’t lose track of what I like or don’t like (good tea is too expensive to accidentally repurchase a nope) I don’t drink herbal tea often, but I like peppermint, bamboo, and hibiscus teas sometimes. I don’t like chamomile at all, which is sad since it’s in so many herbal tea blends. I’m also not a huge fan of “dessert teas” (heavily flavored teas from places such as Teavana, Della Terra, or David’s Tea), but there are exceptions. I love window-shopping for pretty tea-wares, but I try to keep my own collection small and practical (I don’t have enough space to collect too much stuff). Here are some of my tea-wares:

Glass Teapot

Glass Teapot

tea-for-one set

tea-for-one set

12oz glass teapot

12oz glass teapot

teacups and strainers

teacups and strainers

Yixing clay pot

Yixing clay pot

My favorite mug

My favorite mug

Kyusu

Kyusu

Gaiwan and tea cup

Gaiwan and tea cup

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Pieces of Me: Piano

My husband got a piano for me in 2010 and I began taking lessons for the first time then. I have had three piano recitals and a couple of hiatuses from practicing since (school and time constraints), but I am studying with a teacher again and have another recital planned for November.

Here are a couple of pictures of me with my piano (^^) :

ShelleyPiano2 ShelleyPiano1

Peace out  /|\^..^/|\

Pieces of Me: My Bestie

Let me introduce you to my bestie! (^^)

Photos of Winter

More photos of Winter

His name is Winter and my husband, Eric, got him for me for our first Christmas. Winter is almost 10 years old and he has been my bestie all this time. He is with me almost all the time. Eric gets a little weirded out sometimes when my cat stares at me for too long or exhibits other worship-like behaviors. I think he’s just jealous that none of our pets love him as much as Winter loves me :p In fact, I believe all of our fur babies love me best, lol. I’m pretty sure the cat Eric had before he married me has switched affiliations – although she tends to be a bit of a loner most of the time.

Winter has a game he likes to play with Eric. He likes to pretend that he doesn’t like him. This involves hissing, getting tense whenever Eric walks by, making weird meows at him, etc. But it’s really all a game. He likes to creep by Eric slowly to get his attention. He will wait mid-creep or repeat the process if Eric doesn’t notice him. Then, as soon as Eric acknowledges his presence, Winter warbles a long and weird sort meow at him, as if he is annoyed for being noticed. He will be friendly with Eric from time to time if there is food involved.

I love my kitty ❤

Best Christmas present ever 🙂

Pieces of Me

I’ve decided to dedicate a category of my blog to interests, talents, and aspects of my personality that don’t fit neatly into my other categories. These will often, but not always, be short posts. Little “pieces of me” that make up the whole and that I think (or hope!) will be of interest to others.

Magick From Scratch

Breaking down mystical practice and crafting new ritual tech from primary source texts.

The Spiritual Naturalist Society

Happiness through Compassion, Reason, and Practice

The Sciencey Pagan

Living as a Naturalistic Pagan

wildseed within

Fieldnotes of an everyday animist and Pagan UU

The Allergic Pagan

You have built castles in the air. Now put the foundations under them.

Shauna Aura Knight

Author, Seeker, Community Builder, Presenter

Atheopaganism

An Earth-honoring religious path rooted in science

Humanistic Paganism

A community of Humanistic and Naturalistic Pagans

Seolfor Cwylla Heorþ

The Silver Well Hearth

Nature is Sacred

Exploring Pagan Spirituality from an Anglo Saxon Druid Perspective

benebell wen

author + reader

Blut und Hexenkunst

All things Hexerei

Everyday Aspie

Relationships through the eyes of an autistic

Beth Wodandis Designs

Walk Your Path with Audacity

The Book Addict's Guide to MBTI:

Literary, Historical & Fictional MBTI

Terri's Airy Fairie World

Musings on Music, Tea, Gardening, Food & Life...

Grumpy Old Witchcraft

Cassandra Latham-Jones

Life With Sindelle

Rock hound. Tarot Reader. Nerdy goofball. Solitary Practitioner.

Jolene Dawe

Homophones are my weekness

Sarenth Odinsson's Blog

Exploring Myself and the Northern Shaman Path

The Ditzy Druid

Grey Catsidhe's Den

Kaðlín's Hearth

Musings of a New Heathen

Whispers of Yggdrasil

A personal journal to share my artistic works, to write about Norse shamanism and traditional paganism, European History, Archaeology, Runes, Working with the Gods and my personal experiences in Norse shamanic practices.