My Teas Arrived!!!

It seems like ages ago that I ordered teas from Adagio. Probably sheer bad luck on my part that I ordered stuff just as the east coast was being hammered by a huge snowstorm, wreaking all sorts of havoc on transportation and shipping routes.

Anyhow, a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far, away…) I ordered a bunch of free tea samplers from Adagio. We’re talking almost 10(!) years ago. Back at Christmas, my parents received some tea from Older Bro, and Baby Bro’s fiance was also given tea. Since everyone in my family seems to have a hard-on for Teavana, I decided to check them out.

Conveniently, it was the Boxing Day/Week period for shopping, and I flitted about online to see what was on offer. I picked up one chai blend (which I am rather wishy-washy about, at the moment) and a brand new cast iron tea pot. I’ve been seriously coveting a cast iron teapot for ages and the one I ended up with happened to be 50% off, so it was kind of a done deal at that point ;)

Fast forward a bit, and I was flitting around online again for more options for tea and at that point re-discovered Adagio… and their FANDOM BLENDS! *SQUEE!*


Honestly? I think Adagio is rather brilliant to come up with a concept that involves tea lovers, fandoms and in the case of the tea blends I purchased: Fandom Artwork!

All the teas I purchased happen to be their more popular blends from the Fandom line, created by artist Cara McGee. I really like her drawing style, and currently am enjoying her tea blending skills; something I can’t imagine is an easy skill to acquire.

Here’s the list of teas I ended up getting from both the BBC Sherlock Sampler, as well as the three extra blends I chose, just because.

Sherlock Sampler

Sherlock: blended with assam melody, lapsang souchong, black tea, natural spice flavour, cinnamon bark, orange peels, ginger root, cloves, cardamom. Teas: lapsang souchong, assam melody, oriental spice. (See below for my thoughts on this blend!)

Lestrade: blended with gunpowder, pu erh dante, black tea, natural hazelnut flavour. Teas: gunpowder, pu erh dante, hazelnut

Mrs. Hudson: blended with assam melody, black tea, natural almond flavour. Teas: assam melody, almond

John Watson: blended with assam melody tea, ceylon sonata tea, green tea, black tea, cinnamon bark, natural cinnamon flavour, orange peels, natural bergamot flavour, blue cornflowers. Teas: irish breakfast, cinnamon, earl grey green

Molly Hooper: blended with chamomile, snowbud, rose hips, hibiscus, apple pieces, natural wild cherry flavour, dried cherries. Teas: chamomile, dewy cherry, snowbud

Mycroft: blended with black tea, rooibos tea, cinnamon bark, ginger root, cloves, orange peels, cardamom, natural chocolate flavour, dark chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, natural vanilla flavour, natural creme flavour. Teas: chocolate chip, rooibos vanilla chai, cream.
Extra Tea Blends

Moriarty: blended with black tea, ginger root, cloves, cardamom, natural ginger flavour, natural cinnamon flavour, cinnamon bark. Teas: ginger, masala chai

The Woman: blended with honeybush tea, lapsang souchong, rose hips, hibiscus, natural vanilla flavour, apple pieces, natural wild cherry flavour, dried cherries. Teas: honeybush vanilla, dewy cherry, lapsang souchong

Doctor Who Tardis: blended with black tea, orange peels, natural bergamot flavour, blue cornflowers, natural blackberry flavour, natural vanilla flavour, blackberry leaves. Teas: earl grey bravo, blackberry, vanilla.

My thoughts on Sherlock, the tea.

Honestly, when you first smell the tea: it’s smoky as fuck.
When I was discussing the characteristics of Sherlock with a friend, she noted, “I have to admit that smoky isn’t a descriptor I am attracted to in my tea.” — and neither am I. If you’ve never smelled lapsang souchong, it‘s really shocking at first. It totally reminds me of campfire, but it’s almost too smoky at first — like forest fire smoke.
The thing is, once you get past the smoky, and the tea gets brewed to the proper strength, when you drink it (I highly recommend milk and a bit of sugar by the way), you get only a nice subtle smoke flavour; like the more cozy feeling of campfire I mentioned, again. With the addition of milk and a touch of sugar, there’s a really nice smoothness that balances everything out.
Now, possibly because I tend to use less tea leaves than most people recommend using, I could only just barely taste the orange peel and the spices. I found they were both only subtle at best. I don’t know how I would feel if the spices were more noticeable, but I have a feeling it would taste too much like a chai at that point versus a really intriguing cup of smoky tea that totally brings to mind memories of old & stuffy Chinese junk shops, or the house of elderly relatives…

Be warned: the smoky becomes a lot more prominent & noticeable when your cup of tea gets cold!

Rest in Peace.

Thank you, Everyone, for your messages of condolence and well wishes for The Hubbs, MIL & the rest of the Clan on the passing of his father.

They are all dealing as best they can during this sad time.

I wish I could do more to help ease the pain & heartache, as all I am able to do at this time is provide dinner to make sure there is at least one hot & nourishing meal every night in hopes it offers that little bit of comfort.

So HawtDoc and I had a chat…

CT Scan from last week showed that there’s been no real change in the amount of permanent lung damage, but there are signs of inflammation going on.

Next week he’s going to be filling in all the paperwork to get oxygen coverage from (at the very least) Alberta Government, plus: he’s wants to book me in for a whole shwack of new baseline tests to be done before Christmas; mainly for the oxygen coverage to be accepted, but also because he was toying with the idea of putting me on 2 weeks of Prednisone to see if my breathing improves. If not, then we move forward to the Rituxan, but he’s still feeling hesitant & unsure as to whether Rituxan Treatment is a good idea for me.
As a side note: if we don’t opt for the Prednisone route, we could try changing my Imuran to Cellcept but he has noticed that 30% of his patients have unpleasant GI side effects (yippee diarrhea :P ) and tummy upset.
*sigh* Nothing is easy with SALLY, is it?

Oh Kumiko…

I can’t believe this. My poor sammich! 

I honestly never imagined Kumiko being a sandwich cat. 

Who knew, Kumiko liked peanutbutter and honey sandwiches on top of really enjoying soft squishy bread and marshmallows!?!? 

Turns out we have cats with all sorts of crazy food preferences.

As a sidenote: I’m so disappointed she actually licked it! I really didn’t think she would do more than give it a couple of polite sniffs, then move on — I was really enjoying my sammich and was looking forward to the last two bites!  *pout!*


Guess who has their favourite Easy Pulse back?!?

 OMG SO HAPPY!!! 2lbs of excess equipment weight is finally gone! :D 

As a side note: the Respiratory Therapist (henceforth called Resp Therapist-L) that visits every 6mos for assessments did a quick & dirty 6 minute room air walk test on me to see if she can finally get me government oxygen funding coverage.  


I am pleased(?!?) to say that I “failed” the quick & dirty test, so I’m off to do the official testing at PLC in a few weeks. As a bit of back story to the whole funding thing: it’s only been very recently that the pre-requisites for getting government funding had changed. 

I didn’t know, but apparently RespTher-L tried applying in the past but because they use BMI as one of the criteria pre-reqs (again didn’t know) she couldn’t get me past the first application step. 

Problem is: BMI is a generally useless indicator for complicated situations like mine and the application process doesn’t take into account things like steroid-water weight, so they denied the applications right off the bat. 

RespTherapist-L also mentioned she’s got a couple of backup plans in her head to try, should I still be declined for the government funding (OMG the hoops and shit!!! >_<;;;): 

  1. She is going to have Nurse-G contact the other patient oxygen funding group(??) to see if she can get us assistance through them.
  2. In the worst case scenario if THAT doesn’t pan out, RTL will try asking her supervisor at the Oxygen Company if they would be able to consider reducing my monthly oxygen bill payments since we’ve been a customer with them for 5-ish years now and TheHubbs’ new job no longer includes oxygen coverage in their benefits plan. 

Cross your fingers for me so we can finally get government assistance to help pay for my oxygen.

The Teal Pumpkin Project

I like this project idea!

Through a friend of a friend’s Facebook post comments, I found out about The Teal Pumpkin Project, a campaign that Food Allergy Canada is proudly supporting. 

Through this international initiative, families are encouraged to place a teal-coloured pumpkin in front of their home to show they have non-food treats available for children with food allergies and other kids for whom candy is not an option. Its aim is to create a safer and happier Halloween for all!

For TheHubbs and I, Halloween is fun and if we can offer non-allergic reaction-inducing treats for kids to enjoy long after they’re done their trick’or’treating rounds for the evening, then I’m totally keen ^_^ 

Of course for me, this totally means I get to add to our existing cute, silly, and not scary* Halloween decorations! I’m most excited about adding to our “reuseable” pumpkin collection this year by having a teal one and a new non-food treat bowl specifically for the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Hopefully I will remember to make a couple of the Non-Food Treats Available signs to be posted at the front of the drive for parents & kids with allergies to see; so if they would prefer to partake in our other offerings, then at least the signs will be visible enough for them to ask about them.

This is gonna be an awesome Halloween tradition for us ^_^

* Note about our generally not scary Halloween decorations — I, personally, do not like being scared. I am not a fan of haunted houses, horror movies, zombie shows, blood & gore and the more typically adult-oriented Halloween themes. 

We live in a neighbourhood where there are still a fair number of trick’or’treaters consisting of babies, toddlers, and young children. We choose to decorate our house as non-threatening as possible specifically for the younger children because honestly: I like cute and Halloween decorations can still be “traditional” and not scary at the same time.

We did it, Canada! We did it!

Dear Justin Trudeau, 
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada | Parti libéral du Canada

Many Congratulations! ^_^


I’m no longer filled with heartache for our country.

I’m all vibrating with hopeful optimism and happiness after last night’s election. 

We did it, Canada! We did it! But don’t stop now, we’ve only just begun.

Here’s where we take a deep breath and take a fresh step forward in hopes that our country uses the opportunity to once again become True North Strong and Free.