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Let’s try tea.

If we were having coffee tea, I would share with you that I had mentioned to our coffee share friend, Gary, when the snows where still fresh on the ground that I was going to try tea for a few coffee shares. So here we are.

The loose leaf is a blend of browns: sandy brown, reddish-brown, tan, mocha, and a dark brown. There is even a muted white shade mixed in. The shapes vary from tiny rock sugar to small twigs, dried rolled leaves, and mini tan chocolate chips. The mixture smells chocolatey. It fascinates me how the clear water slowly shifts into a translucent tint with the brightest pocket of colour sitting below and around the tea bag. The water has an oily sheen sitting on the surface. The flavour is subtle, too subtle for me to describe. I do note an oily like substance in the sip. None of it is unpleasant. It’s more like warm water with an after taste of s’mores. This morning’s tea is a Pu’erh s’mores chai.

If we were having coffee tea, I would share with you that I have finished editing (for now) with a sigh of relief. It has been an intense month of finishing up edits on The Ember Stone. It has been so time consuming that I haven’t had a chance to do any reading for fun and not much writing either. I had been averaging writing a chapter a week in January and February, but I stopped for March edits. So, now I will be going back to creating book 2. My hope is to have a rough manuscript before the summer. On the topic of writing, I had a chance to participate in the Carrot Ranch Literary Community 99 word story challenge this week. The prompt was disappearance. My post can be viewed: here.

If we were having coffee tea, I would share my link to my letter A and letter B post for this year’s A to Z challenge. 100 word descriptive posts.

If we were having coffee tea, I would share that my older son and I painted his room this week. He picked his colour. He wanted black, but I wasn’t really into painting his room black. So, we compromised and I bought him black curtains. He picked a shade of blue that I was worried would be too dark, but it actually looks beautiful on his walls much to his horror and my delight! I was nervous putting a paint brush in his hand. I had visions of paint spills on the carpet. He painted the trim once and part of a light socket when he first put the brush on the wall. It wiped off and he was off to the races. Now my younger son is asking to paint. He would like a green room and to do the work himself… We shall see.

If we were having coffee tea, I would share with you that I started a new puzzle. It’s a 2000-piece puzzle Aimee Stewart Family Vacation. My puzzle dilemma is that I like the 2000-pieces but I can’t find a puzzle board to store it on while I work on it. The biggest board I have been able to find is for 1500-piece puzzles. The family isn’t happy when I take over the coffee table in the family room until the puzzle is complete. Anyway, no picture of it to share this week but maybe next week or the week after depending on how many evenings I commit to it.

If we were having coffee tea, I would pass you the coffee pot and the tea pot. Then I would ask about your week?

By Shari Marshall – 2022

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie the Explorer. I hope you have a chance to join us for a virtual cup. Coffee share #62.

19 thoughts on “Let’s try tea.

  1. Congrats on finishing your edits. I enjoyed your 99 word story. It’s always interesting when we let our kiddos make choices with their rooms. When my girls were young and we moved into our home, they painted their room in bright colors and painted bright circles on the walls. I’ve never done a 2000 piece puzzle. We just bought one for our friend who happens to live with us. He has been using a large cardboard box that he cut. I just looked up that puzzle. It looks hard. The one we bought our friend was called Buffalo Games-Vintage World Map. It looks so cool, I might want to try doing it when he’s done.

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    1. I have my eye on a couple map puzzles, they might be Buffalo games. I was thinking that I might cut a box, but I am worried the pieces won’t stay on it. I would like something with a lip. Thanks for stopping in Kirstin.


  2. A beautiful blue bedroom – sounds nice, even if it wasn’t quite the color your older son was hoping for (my sister let one of my nieces paint her room black – it stayed that way long after she had outgrown that stage…lol). Cool that you are done editing! For now…. Do you have a release date yet?
    I hope your weekend is going well 🙂

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    1. I think most kids go through a black phase, but painting the walls black scares me because it would be so very hard to cover over when the phase wears off. Your sister is a brave mom!

      Release date is projected for June 8. Getting close…

      Thanks for stopping in Trent.

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      1. I am getting ready to put out a book of short stories, most likely June time frame. I’m thinking perhaps a little over a week after yours (don’t want to step on your toes), like maybe the 20th.

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  3. Hi Shari,
    You reminded me, not of painting our kids’ rooms (we’ve managed to avoid this) but right after my marriage to her 19 year old sister, my new 12 year old DIL wanted her room painted. It was well known that this is what I did to work my way through college, so who else would you call? Of course, I agreed. She and my FIL picked the paint and color with some guidance from me, I picked up some supplies and showed up one Saturday in some grungy clothes and found her ready to roll (pun intended). We made it all the way to the last half of the last wall before she couldn’t bear the self-control anymore and ran the roller up my bare arm. Oddly – hostilities broke out and the room got the worst of things. In other news, I found out she looked adorable all grudged out with highlights of lavender – everywhere . . .
    Count your blessings my friend. Your son’s room could have gone more like this. . .

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    1. It’s funny that you should mention that adventure Gary because as my son and I were painting we were chatting. I shared a story with him about being about his age and helping an Aunt paint the house she just moved into. The end result was that she painted me. When I got home to my Grandmother’s place (I walked), she wouldn’t let me in because I was such a mess. I was very unimpressed with the temperature of the lawn hose!


  4. I’m with you on the black paint, that would not fly but am thankful my kids never asked or wanted to paint their rooms. It’s so exciting your release date will be here soon for your book, that’s so awesome. Thanks for the tea, and I hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. Congratulations on finishing up your editing! That must feel *really nice 🙂 I’m intrigued by your son’s blue room! Blue is such a fun/funny color to paint as it’s hard to know how it might really look until it’s up and dry! I’m glad to hear you like it, though. Best of luck with your puzzle! We live in a small house with the only surface big enough for puzzles is our dining table so…we don’t do puzzles often. Not big ones at least. I look forward to seeing your puzzle photos in the near future and will live vicariously through you for the time being 😉

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    1. Well, he had paint chips on his wall for a couple weeks and he would check them in the daylight and then at night. It was a bit of a process to narrow it down. As for the puzzle, I have a puzzle board for my 1000 piece puzzles so I can pack it off the table when I am not working on it and that has been real good which is why I wish I could find something similar for the 2000 piece puzzles.

      Well, thanks for stopping in Melis. Have a great week.

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