My green personali-tea

blogIMG_5827.jpgIf you happen to have a Facebook account, you will know what I’m talking about. Know those copious personality “tests” that show up on your newsfeed?

You know the ones – you answer some multiple choice questions and at the end of the quiz, it is determined you are a lily not a rose. Or what Harry Potter character you resemble. Or what kind of a house you would be happiest residing in.

Why we are so intrigued by these so-called personality tests, I do not know. Part of me wants to click on those sites believing they are most likely innocuous, but my logical brain tells me not to succumb to the lure. Most of the time they may seem harmless or just click bait, but then again they might be insidious.

So for the most part I refrain from clicking my mouse and opening up what could prove to be Pandora’s Box of computer chaos. After all, who wants to introduce a virus to your computer or get hacked? And just this past weekend, social media was all abuzz with hacking hoaxes and stories of data breaches on Facebook. 

But still those silly tests fascinate me. Now stay with me, as I segue into what seems like a different topic. I promise I’ll get to some kind of point.

Back in late summer, Papa and I took a little excursion away from home for a few days and Middle Daughter and Grandchild #1 accompanied us. We visited several sightseeing areas and fun places that a preschooler would enjoy as well.

One of those spots was the Turkey Hill Experience.

If you are not familiar with the Turkey Hill brand, it’s a tasty ice cream and they also produce really good ready-to-drink iced teas you can find in the refrigerated section of the supermarket.

The Turkey Hill Experience proved to be an entertaining place for both kids and adults as we learned about dairy milk and how ice cream is made through interactive exhibits. Another plus was getting free samples of ice cream and tasting different flavors of ice tea/beverages.

Ice cream. Iced tea. What could be better on a hot summer day?

Not much in my book, so I sampled the peanut butter ripple (yummy,  but my absolute favorite Turkey Hill ice cream is Trio’politan Mint Cookie, a carton with three flavors including vanilla ice cream with chocolate cookie swirl, dark chocolate ice cream, and mint ice cream with chocolate cookie pieces).

I am also a tea lover – hot tea, iced tea, doesn’t matter. I love it. So I made my way back several times to the drink dispensers and sampled all of the iced tea/fruit drink flavors provided that day: peach tea, sweet tea, lemon tea, unsweetened tea, raspberry tea, diet green tea mango, and watermelon lemonade.

I’m not a fan of diet drinks because I don’t like consuming artificial sweeteners. And if I could do so, I’d drink sweet tea every day but I need to watch my sugar consumption so most of the time I drink totally unsweetened tea.

But while sampling those nice, cold, flavored teas, I found myself returning to get more of the diet green tea mango. To me, it was the most delicious and thirst quenching one. I do enjoy drinking plain green tea, but the addition of the mango flavor truly won me over.

And according to the computerized “Personali-TEA” test I took at one of the kiosks, I am a green tea person. I found it amusingly appropriate because I had been guzzling the green tea mango prior to taking the “test.”

I tried to capture with my camera what the kiosk screen revealed, but the photo is not the best (see above). However, you get the idea. Here’s how it described my “personali-tea”:

“You are the center of a chaotic world, many are impressed by your Zen-like patience and mature wisdom, despite your youthful appearance. Careers that may offer a good fit include book critic, marriage counselor, and lighthouse keeper.”

Hmm…I had a good chuckle over it because sometimes I actually do feel like the center of a chaotic world (which involves a three-year-old at my house).

But I must confess that I struggled putting words on the keyboard to compose a post for today. So Zen-like patience? Not today.

And since I had to dig down deep for a subject I even felt like writing about, my so-called mature wisdom must have flown right out the window.

Perhaps I just need to imbibe in a refreshingly cold glass of iced tea. Either that or start looking into a career as a lighthouse keeper.

“Tea, tea, a wonderful drink, the more you have, the more you think. The more you think, the better you write, so let’s drink tea all day and night.” ~ Daniel Dalton


Ice cream for the soul

pexels-photo-618915.jpegA delicious bowl of ice cream on a hot summer evening places an exclamation point on an enjoyable day.

What is it about ice cream that soothes us and makes us feel like all is right with the world?

Hubby and I were blessed with both ice cream and an enjoyable day yesterday.  The first pleasant aspect of the day was when our son, who now lives in that state next door, arrived back at the homestead for the long holiday weekend.

After dinner, our house echoed with young people’s voices and enthusiasm as son’s newlywed friends, who just live a few miles down the highway from us, came to visit.  You can read about this young couple in an earlier post of mine called “The Glory of Love.”  There’s nothing sweeter than a young couple in love and they personify that warm, glowing emotion.

It was fun and entertaining to engage in conversation with them and our son. Topics of discussion ranged from new jobs to visits to foreign countries to tales of the boys’ memories growing up together and sharing good times here at our house, and lots of other subjects in between.  We capped the pleasant evening with bowls of delicious ice cream, including my favorite – mint chocolate  chip.

Today middle daughter drove up from the city on her day off to see her brother and spend the day with us.  The day didn’t deliver exciting adventures, on the other hand, it was just an ordinary day.   We ran some errands, visited the mall to upgrade some cell phones,  and ate some lunch together.   But it was a day spent together and that was the important part.

A friend called to chat today and when she heard that middle daughter was arriving for a visit with son, my friend remarked that it encouraged her that our grown children care about one another and spend time together enjoying each other’s company.

She said she hopes and prays her girls will be the same when they grow up.   I know they will because she and her husband are guiding their children in godly ways.

After we ended our conversation, it occurred to me that my friend couldn’t have given me a better complement than what she said about my “kids.”  I know hubby and I did the best we could as parents, but I give glory to our Lord God for the grounded adults our kids have become.   All three of our children love and serve Him and that makes all the difference.

It’s just like ice cream for my soul at the end of the day.