Tea for what ails you

June 8, 2014

Who gets sick in June? After surviving the coldest winter on record with nary a sniffle, I'm sick now? When it's close to 80 out, and the farmers' market is beckoning? Really?

Usually, a little zinc therapy does the trick. The minute I feel a little tickle in my throat, I start on the zinc and those germs do a 180.

Unfortunately, I had to pull out the big guns this time . . .

I've found that the original Werther's hard candies are the best for soothing a sore throat, and this Zevia ginger ale is a nice alternative to Vernor's. It is zero calorie, but made with stevia, an all-natural sweetener. If you're not familiar with Vernor's, it was an original, made-in-Michigan ginger ale that was our go-to when I was growing up and anyone was sick. 

But, of course, a big cuppa is the most comforting thing when you're sick. And who better to be with you when you're in need of comfort but Pooh?

I usually prefer black teas, but a soothing herbal with some honey is called for today.

Perfect Peach with a perfect peach . . . 

Isn't it funny . . . How a bear likes hunny?

Three cheers for my husband who did laundry, went to the grocery store, did some yard work, and made dinner. Meanwhile, I camped out here . . . 

I really can't complain.

Linking with these lovely parties . . . 


  1. Oh my word, Deborah - I am so sorry you have a "summer" cold. You absolutely sure it isn't severe allergies you've developed?

    I had no idea Vernor's originated in Michigan - that's NEAT! (I originated in MI too!) LOL

    I am praying for your quick recovery! I like you are pampering yourself, and your hubs is earning his wings. Hugs. GET WELL SOON!

  2. Summer colds are supposed to be worse than the curse of a winter one! I hope you are feeling better soon Deborah. I think that the unprocessed honey I have in my tea each afternoon is one of the reasons I rarely get a cold any more. (fingers crossed) Thank heavens for a hubby that pitched in and has allowed you to recuperate on the couch.

  3. You poor thing. Now off to bed and stay there for three complete days. I am quite certain you chose your husband well and he is completely capable of running the household and looking after you. The world will not fall down in three days and you need complete rest for a good recovery. A nice long extension lead for the TV and your laptop. A pile of your favourite DVDs. Some light reading material, aka cozy mysteries. Fruit. Some sort of anti-inflammatories to help you fight the germs. Maybe some nail polish and some face masks. Maybe some eye creams or foot creams. Rest. Rest. Rest.

  4. I so hope that you will be feeling better soon. Both my hubby and I had colds several weeks ago and i can not remember the last time my hubby had a cold!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind comments on my post about blogging. You have to do what works for you and when it works for you. Be true to yourself!! That is what really matters!!


  5. Oh my goodness, a little cup of tea with Pooh made me smile. Get well soon.


  6. Thank you so much Deborah for dropping by my blog:))) I always love to meet new people :)

    Sorry to hear that you are unwell - whenever I am sick I always reach for that cup of tea, it seems to make you feel better. It is winter here, so getting sick in June is not at all unusual for us!! But I can remember getting the flu in December on year - it was a really hot week and I was really hot with fever and that wasn't the best combination. Love the flowers on your tray - that helps any illness:))

    Get well soon.

  7. Being sick when the weather outside beckons you to play is crummy. I think you have hit on the best way to ease your discomfort though, and like you, tea is my go to medicine when I get the cold or the flu. I hope you're feeling better today.

  8. Sounds like you and I have been under the weather with the same thing. What's up with that?? Even though my sore throat is gone, I'm still not back to "normal." Hope you're feeling better soon!!
    Mary Alice

  9. Hi Deborah, So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment on my blog and new following. I am a new follower here too and so enjoyed my visit. Sure hope you get to feeling better real soon. Summer colds are the worse!! Tea really does help and yours looks so delicious!
    It is a small world. I am originally from Dearborn, Michigan born and raised. We moved with job transfers and for the last 18 years living in North Texas and West Texas for 7 before this and other moves. We are here to stay now and love it. Most of our family still live in Michigan and we get back as often as we can.

    Hope you feel better. Take care.

  10. Dearest Deborah,
    Hope these treats did the trick for you!
    One never knows what triggers an ailment and nice weather is no different from winter time.
    A good cup of tea is always so soothing and it does life us up!
    Hugs to you,

  11. So sorry you are ill during this lovely time of year. The post is precious with great ideas for soothing your throat. The darling pooh cup and saucers is what a person needs for a pick me up. Hope you feel better soon!


  12. Oh, feel better soon, Deborah! Tea and honey are a wonderful remedy for helping one to better better. I'm glad your hubby helped you out with some chores. I love Pooh and the cup is adorable! Hope you have a lovely day sipping tea and taking it easy. Thank you for joining me for tea.


  13. Hi Deborah, I do hope that you feel better soon. Husbands are the best when we are not feeling well. Rest up this week and take care.

  14. Oh dear Deborah...I feel your pain. It's allergies for me. But your setting looks like a perfect recovery in the making! Love your darling teacup! So glad you have support and comfort, and get better quickly! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  15. Deborah, that is not fair to get ill just as the weather gets so nice. I am happy you have support, comfort and Tea!!! Take it easy while you can! Get better soon.

  16. Awww hope you feel better soon, Deborah! I am very familiar with Vernor's. My Dad grew up in St. Clair and he always loved it. My late beloved hubby loved it, too. Your tea looks comforting and just peachy!! Take care. xo

  17. Summer colds are really the worst sort of insult, aren't they? I hope yours passes quickly - but in the meantime, drink plenty of that tea and rest on that cosy-looking couch.

  18. Hello. I was glad you stopped in to visit me! Maybe we can add each other on our sidebars? As then when we post a new post we can comment and get in the flow! I am a lover all of things beautiful myself. My blog is a devotional encouraging kind. I would love to encourage you as you journey through this life!
    I am going to Michigan in a few weeks as we have family there! I do hope you feel better soon!!
    Blessings, Miss Roxy

  19. A summer cold has to be horrible. Sure hope you are beginning to feel better. I love your Pooh cup -- using it would make me feel better! Happy Tea Day!

  20. Oh goodness...I am so sorry you're not feeling well but it looks like you know how to take care of you; well done! Praying you're on the mend and will soon be totally well, Deborah. I've got special cups/mugs I use for different time and events. Unfortunately, a lot of them are packed right now but will be a nice surprise when unpacked.

  21. Hello Deb! Looks like you have everything you need for an afternoon of rest. Love the sweet Pooh cup and saucer- so charming. I rarely drink soda and had not head of Zevia drinks. Nice that there is an alternative to artificial sweeteners for those who don't take sugar. I keep stevia in the house for guests! Feel better soon :)

  22. What a pretty place to be if your not feeling well. Your teacup is so cute and just using it must make you smile! Praying you will soon fell better!
    Hugs, Nancy

  23. Hi, Deborah: sorry to hear you are under the weather. You've got the right cures going on: just rest, watch some old movies and hydrate! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  24. Aw, I hope you're feeling better! A cup of peachy goodness with honey (I'm sure Pooh approves) sounds like just the thing. The cup and saucer is so cute! Get well soon :).

  25. Bless your heart! went through the same thing a couple weeks back! I too believe in the zink remedy! It's really no fun when it is so beautiful outdoors - your post touched many! I will be featuring your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness,

  26. Sorry you've been under the weather! I hate colds, and you are SO right, that they come (inexplicably) in the warmer weather. What's with that? Glad you have so many good remedies. I personally go for nightly, large doses of Nyquil (or the knock-off brand). Then I sleep, and then I seem to get well.


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