Arm Update: At 148 days I was officially released by both my orthopedist and physical therapist. I am still doing PT on my own for about 45 minutes a day, but the improvement is amazing. The real game changer was when my doctor prescribed trigger point microcurrent stimulation (like acupuncture with electricity instead of needles). I was totally sure that it was hocus pocus, especially since all I heard was buzzing and I felt absolutely nothing. But I was wrong. I can raise my arm to do the physical therapy which makes life easier and the pain has decreased to a dull ache. After the second session I was able to sleep for eleven hours straight. My therapist did a total of six sessions and I feel like a new woman.
It's a warm, humid summer in Northern Ohio and dreams of iced tea run through my brain. I had an elaborate way to keep my supply going and it was a little challenging with one arm. I would heat 8 cups of water to boiling in my microwave, measure adequate teaspoons of loose tea into strainers, retrieve water (this was the tricky part), submerge the strainers, brew the tea and pour it into a collection of 16 ounce glass bottles with lids I have accumulated over the years (think Snapple). It would take 3 go rounds with the water, strainers and bottles to fill them all and I would be good for a few days. My family called it "making mom's moonshine".
Then, because the internet knows more about you than you do yourself, this advertisement from the Harney and Sons Fine Teas popped up. And once you click on it once, it just keeps a poppin'.
Well, since all I can really do in this heat, sheltered at home, is play on the internet and spend money, I finally pulled the trigger. I was pretty excited when it arrived!
The reviews made it sound easy and it was. You measure about 7 teaspoons of loose tea (or two large iced tea bags) and place in the glass pitcher. Add 3 cups of boiling water and let the tea steep. I think the directions say 5 minutes, but I leave it at least 10 minutes. I am using up all my various loose teas in the backs of my cupboards. This one is "pecan tart" which I received as a gift.
The stopper/lid has a built in strainer! The hardest choice to make with the purchase was the color of the top. I chose the aqua. The lid is not dishwasher safe.
Fill the pitcher with cold water. And don't judge the snowflake tablecloth.
And place in the refrigerator. The pitcher is as tall as a gallon of milk, so you will need to find a place to squeeze it in.
The strainer works perfectly and the tea is so clear. I did realize that my aqua lid matches the Dollar Tree glasses I bought in February when I did my early pandemic shopping, so after this they will be my new iced tea glasses. EWWW - trust me - what looks like insects are actually the tea leaves. This was the only photo I have.
I received no compensation from Harney and Sons; it was a total fluke I saw the ad pop up. Two sample teas were included with the pitcher, but I haven't tried them yet. I also added a sampler in a really cool tea box to qualify for free shipping and I haven't opened that yet because I haven't decided if it will be a gift or I will just keep it for myself!
Actually I am considering another pitcher so that I don't run out of tea while the glass pitcher is in the dishwasher. I think this pitcher would make a marvelous gift, too.