A nice cup of tea.

Holy cow, we made it.

We moved in.

We live on top of a mountain, now.

And now? Settling in with a nice cup of tea.

My favorite tea is from Harney & Sons and is their Russian Country blend. It’s a substantial cup that manages to be delicately, delightfully smoky. Kind of like the mountain right now. The Rim Fire is still only 80% contained but pushing back up towards wilderness and granite and not so much towards houses anymore. There are fewer firemen on our side of things, though I’m told they will have crews out here until the first snow. “The first snow.” People up here say that like, you know, it just snows like a normal thing that you can expect, like a train or the mail, which I guess it does. There’s going to be a first snow and then a second snow and a third, until it’s all snow. That’s usually the thing they say before they eye my little red Honda and say, “You have a 4wd, right?” and we say, “Uh. No. We’re working on it.” and they say, “Good. Because, you know, you’ll get a LOT of snow up there.”

You know. A lot of snow. Like you get, like a normal thing.

Our boxes are slowly becoming a stack of broken down cardboard, and the house is slowly taking on a new life, pieces of our previous lives mixing up to make something entirely new.

Seems like a good time to stop and make a cup of tea.




The view up here is lovely and it is quiet, and maybe the kind of place that makes you realize that you haven’t really sat down and stopped and enjoyed a cup of tea in a long long time. Oh sure you’ve had a cup of tea, but your mind has been racing on to the next thing and you haven’t really Been Here Now in any kind of meaningful way. Maybe not in years.

One of the lovely things about a nice cup of tea, of course, is that it can make the world slow down a little bit, if you let it.



Even the social scene is changing and bringing new friends who are happy to stop by for a drink and a chat.

Life on the mountain is good and a little bit smoky.

Kind of like a nice cup of tea.

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4 Responses to A nice cup of tea.

  1. So glad you are happy and doing well. ❤ How are the kitties liking the new place?

  2. Holly says:

    So happy to see you’re settling in and having that cup of tea, apple, and cheese. There is much to be said for the Blessed Quiet and how it encourages us to focus. Really focus just on what we are feeling, thinking, reading, tasting, etc.

  3. My mom and I took a weekend road trip through this area back when I was in high school. We were headed from Bodie up to Tuolomne Meadows, but it was shut down for a similar fire. We ended up going up and around and cutting across. If I remember correctly, it was the Sonora scenic highway (49) over to Angels Camp and Twain Harte. The drive was a strain on the transmission, but probably the most beautiful stretch of road I’ve ever driven. Lucky you to wake up to that everyday 🙂

  4. I’m so glad for the opportunity to catch up with you and hear about your absolutely lovely-sounding new place! It sounds absolutely idyllic. I’ll think of you tomorrow morning with MY cuppa tea sitting and enjoying.

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