Well, I just thought I'd tell you about my babysitting day last week.
It was a few minutes past nine a.m., and the two sweet little cutie pie munchkins arrived with their parents. Well, the last time I watched them for a couple of hours everything went smooth as silk........... a piece of cake.........no problem ! They told me that they'd be gone a couple of hours, and I said sure, fine, ok ! So, the parents first informed me that the 3 year old male child had gotten into everything all morning long, but I didn't think much about it..........well, he was good as gold the last time I watched him for just two hours, but I did kinda notice the parents had these frantic looks on their faces as they told me this. I reached for the sweet little ten month old baby boy and he had the hiccups really bad. It was kinda cute and I laughed. I was left with the instructions that the baby would need another bottle at around 9:30 or so, and that under no circumstances let the 3 year watch Scooby Doo, and since I'm not a big fan of Scooby anyway, there was no problem there ! It seems the 3 year old had night terrors from watching the Scooby cartoon, so that was out of his daily agenda. Well, the baby had his bottle on time and had gotten rid of the hiccups before that and got changed and all and was playing happily with his toys. There was a big bag of toys deposited with the boys. I noticed that all the toys now-a-days blink off and on bright colors, and let off ear piercing sounds, sing songs or tell stories or even dance, and are chocked full of educational information all over them. Does a 10 month old need to speak a foreign language when he needs to learn English first ? Whatever happened to the old days when our toys never blinked flashing lights or made any sounds, didn't discuss educational stuff with us, or did song and dance routines. Whatever happened to imagination and when a toy was just an ordinary simple toy ! Well, that's a whole other subject there !
The first tea seeds were brought to Japan by the Buddhist priest Yeisei. He wanted to introduce Japan to the religious meditative experience that tea provided. He is known as the "Father of Tea in Japan." Because of this early association , tea in Japan always has remained aligned with Zen Buddhism. Tea usage spread rapidly from the royal court and monasteries to other segments of society in Japan. Tea was actually elevated to an art form which created the Japanese Tea Ceremony ("Cha-no-yu-" or "the hot water for tea." The tea ceremony was a complex art form. The tea ceremony requires years of training and practice. However, the whole of this art form, as to what it consists of, is nothing more than the preparation and serving of a cup of tea. What is of most importance in this art form is that it is performed in the most perfect, polite, graceful, and charming manner possible.
In 800 A. D. Lu Yu wrote the first conclusive book on the subject of tea in China. Lu Yu was an orphan that was raised by scholarly Buddist monks in one of China's finest monasteries. The discipline that he was given during his priestly training made him a skilled observer. Drawing from his vast knowledge through his memory of observed events, he codified the various methods of tea cultivation and preparation in ancient China. His work clearly showed the Zen Buddist philosophy to which he had been influenced by as a child growing up in the Buddist monastery. It was this form of tea service that Zen Buddist missionaries later in time would introduce to imperial Japan.
The legend of tea begins with Shen Nung, an early Chinese emperor who ruled over 5,000 years ago. Shen Nung was a very skilled scientist and was very health conscious. As he was boiling water one day (he boiled as a hygienic precaution) a gust of wind came by and blew some leaves from a nearby bush into his pot of water. And because he was a scientist, he observed that the water turned a brownish color and that it must have meant that something chemical happened to the water. He decided to try it and after found it very satisfying, therefore tea became a beverage. The history of tea was literally started by accident.
Jan 13, 2010 | 6:47 PM PST
Hi everyone ! I haven't been on here for awhile due to computer problems, and hopefully now, my computer will stay virus free for awhile ! I really missed everyone here on GG ! Today was my anniversary~~~~~~I've been with my redneck, here in Kentucky, since January 13th of 1994, and we still love each other, and hope we have many more years together ! I'm going to try to catch up on reading of all the blogs I missed which could take awhile.........well, at least, I'll try to catch up ! I never got to say Merry Christmas or Happy New Year to all of you........kinda late, but hope you had a wonderful Merry Christmas filled with love and that you have a great New Year full of many happy memories to come. Take care, mitzi