Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

So it’s happy birthday to me today. I’m sitting in our new office (Daughter’s bedroom swapped to old office last weekend), the kids have gone to school, Husband is still in bed. He said on the phone yesterday ‘I saw your blog. We don’t have to do anything; you can write if you want. I can bring you cups of tea all day.’

Gosh, it’s almost worth it.

Husband is a lovely man, but he’s really crap in the tea department. He says it’s because I’m impossible. I’m not; I’ve just got specific standards when it comes to tea. (Water must be boiling, tea must be brewed for 4-6 minutes and then not drowned with milk; simple eh? The mug’s got to be the right one, but that’s not difficult, is it? He could always refer back to my mug post if he’s confused.)

He said ‘if that’s your idea of a lovely birthday: my making you tea all day…’ But do you suppose he thinks he’ll get away without making me tea for the other 364 days?

He’s always trying to rush the tea, but if he thinks you can just brew inadequately and then add milk to make the colour right, he’s very much mistaken. I can tell the opacity of the liquid is wrong. And the taste of course, that’s not right either. Nothing makes him huff and puff more than when I tell him I’m timing the tea he’s making me. Gosh, that does make me sound a bit of a tea fascist, doesn’t it?

But the idea of having him (good naturedly – because Oh Yes, I’d hold him to making tea with a smile on his face!) making tea at my command, really does appeal.

Perhaps I could have a little bell that I ring when I fancy tea …

21 comments:

Angie said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear JJ, Happy Birthday to you!

Now get that bell ringing for your perfect cuppa served with cheer. :)

liz fenwick said...

Have a wonderful day filled with millions of words and an endless stream of dodgy cups of tea :-)

B said...

Have a great birthday and enjoy your tea! :)

Lane said...

Happy Birthday JJ!

Enjoy your day:-)

Debs said...

Hope you have a very happy birthday today and that the tea is up to scratch.

I have to admit that I'm the same and usually would rather make it myself.x

Leigh said...

Oh, you're not a fascist at all. Tea has to be perfect. I'm sure you've read what the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has to say on this subject.

I tend to get tea that is overbrewed. "It's improving..." he says, and goes off to do something else for twenty minutes. But at least he makes it...

Happy Birthday, JJ! Hope you're enjoying it!

Leatherdykeuk said...

Happy birthday!

I have a little bell I ring when I want tea.

Pat Posner said...

Happy Birthday, JJ. Have a lovely day.

Caroline said...

Have a perfect day honey x

Ange said...

Happy Birthday!

SueG said...

Have a great day, and enjoy your tea and anything else you can get! xo

Sarah*G* said...

Happy Birthday to you lovely lady!

Paige said...

Happy Birthday!

It's only right that you want your tea done the way you like it! Don't feel bad about demanding tea that way. ;)

Karen said...

A special tea-ringing bell sounds like a grand idea! Have a wonderful birthday :o)

SpiralSkies said...

Hope it was the bestest, perfectly brewed birthday ever.

X

L-Plate Author said...

What a lovely apt post JJ.

Happy Birthday Chick xx

sheepish said...

Hope you have had a lovely day, with as much tea as your heart desires and much much more I am sure.
Nearly couldn't send this due to almost impossible word verif, the eyesight must be going !!!!!

JJ said...

Thank you all so much for making my birthday such a lovely day. Your birthday wishes have been lovely to receive throught the day (and night). Thank you, JJx

Yvonne said...

Happy belated birthday JJ! Sorry I missed your post the first time around but I was tucked up in bed with a cold. Just catching up now!

marmiteandtea said...

Happy "belated" Birthday. Hope you had a lovely day and got lots of perfectly made cups of tea - it is an art!

JJ said...

Yvonne and Marmite, no worries for being late. It's like having an extended birthday. Thank you for your good wishes.