Category Archives: Summer

Everything around us seems to be growing, and we do our best to stay cool. Iced tea is a big part and in the South it’s sweet tea, both being part of that Summer Fun. Take tea along to the beach, on vacation, and yes even with you on that tractor out in the fields.

Labor Day Weekend and Tea

Labor Day, always on the first day of September, is for many of you humans the unofficial end of Summer. According to the calendar, though, you have about 2.5 weeks left. Either way, it is a time for a last hurrah before that Fall nip is in the air. So, lovely tea drinking humans, make the most of it with tea. TOOOT! Continue reading Labor Day Weekend and Tea

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Cozy Ramblings #1

A cozy mindset is when we best reflect on various aspects of life. Sit back, relax, and join in with us by reading through our ramblings resulting from letting our minds wander, and feel free to share some of your thoughts in the comments below.

 Winding Down Summer – Our front porch is open, not screened, so using it in the hot days of Summer is tricky. If we go out early in the morning or wait until the twilight of the evening when temperatures are more tolerable, we have to deal with pesky bugs who know that trick, too. But as Summer is winding down and therefore some relatively cooler and less humid days are upon us, we can dare to get cozy in our chairs on the front porch and enjoy the birds flitting about, wave to neighbors walking (or jogging) by, and listen to distant sounds of traffic in our small town (yes, we have a stoplight or two).

Front porches can be more like a room, whether they are screened in or not.

Solar Eclipse Madness – A total solar eclipse path went across the U.S. on August 21st this year. Preparations for viewing started slowly a few months prior and reached a fever pitch on the day before, with people scrambling to buy special glasses for viewing the event safely. Some folks set up cameras (equipped with special lenses so they didn’t burn out the delicate electronics) and captured that great moment photographically. A guy from Minnesota traveled to Chapman, Nebraska, to see the full eclipse and photograph it. Here they are (as seen on his Facebook page) in an animated gif to let you experience the eclipse for yourself in a safe and lasting way

An amateur photographer traveled to Chapman, Nebraska, for these wonderful photos of the solar eclipse 2017!

 

Good Books for Cozy Moments – A few good books will help you feel cozy. The elements we feel will qualify a book for such an occasion: an interesting plot, good writing that is clear with a minimum of typos, characters that you can care about (if a total louse gets drowned in a pond, you probably won’t care much), and an ending that satisfies (for a mystery such a those by Dorothy Sayers, that means not being predictable yet being believable and in line with the clues in the book).

We found this book in the box of books someone had donated to the local library. A true gem! Sayers is a favorite author of ours for mysteries.

What are your thoughts on being cozy? Let us know in the comments!

© 2017-2021 The Cozy Couple photos and text

Enjoying Tea on a Cloudy Summer Day

Hey, tea loving humans, Summer time is here in the Northern Hemisphere. That usually means days filled with plenty of sunshine — great weather for enjoying a tall, cold glass of chilled (iced) tea. However, we do get our share of cloudy days where heat and humidity collide in a dramatic display — sudden, intense downpours accompanied by theatrical thunder and lightning. Other times these clouds just hang over the area casting a damper on everyone’s mood. Not in our house, though. Continue reading Enjoying Tea on a Cloudy Summer Day

Turning a Cloudy Summer Day Into Cozy

Cozy TeaSummer usually means days filled with plenty of sunshine — great weather for enjoying a tall, cold glass of chilled (iced) tea. However, there are cloudy days where heat and humidity collide in a dramatic display — sudden, intense downpours accompanied by theatrical thunder and lightning. Other times these clouds just hang over the area casting a damper on everyone’s mood. Not in our house, though. Continue reading Turning a Cloudy Summer Day Into Cozy

Recipes for Sweet TEAcicles

Summer is on a roll, and even though kids are heading back to school, Summer has more than a month left, according to the calendar. So plenty of time to enjoy this delicious and healthy cooling treat! Continue reading Recipes for Sweet TEAcicles

How to Relish the Last Hurrahs of Summer with Tea

Some parts of the U.S. have seen unseasonably cool temperatures. And too much rain. And flooding. With such events going on, some of us are prompted to relish the last hurrahs of Summer with some suitable tea moments. Your fave little teapot is here to show you how. Continue reading How to Relish the Last Hurrahs of Summer with Tea

4th of July Fireworks at Tea Time (and a couple of recipes)!

The 4th of July is a celebration of Independence, with fireworks and wiener roasts and marshmallows and chocolate bars melted into s’mores. Don’t forget the parades and concerts. But the best (okay, so I’m a little prejudiced here, being a teapot and all) is a 4th of July tea time while enjoying it all. TOOOT! Continue reading 4th of July Fireworks at Tea Time (and a couple of recipes)!

Summer Solstice and Tea

Woohoo! It’s Summer Solstice time once again! Even though the unofficial start of Summer is the Memorial Day Weekend, this is the official start – the day that marks the longest day and shortest night here in the Northern hemisphere (and the reverse for the Southern hemisphere). So, how does this affect your tea drinking, if at all? Two words: iced tea. TOOOT! Continue reading Summer Solstice and Tea