A lot of comfort

I photographed this antique postcard in September, 2013, at the Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC, The Museum's "Steeped in Time: Tea and Traditions" exhibit runs through August 2015.

I photographed this antique postcard in September, 2013,
at the Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC,
The Museum’s “Steeped in Time: Tea and Traditions” exhibit runs through August 2015.

“The most trying hours in life are between four o’clock and the evening meal. A cup of tea at this time adds a lot of comfort and happiness.”Royal S. Copeland

I don’t know about you, but I agree with Copeland that late afternoon is the most difficult time of the day.  By four p.m., I’ve usually dealt with at least one frustrating situation during the day, and maybe several more are still unresolved.  The dinner hour is creeping up and I may not be finished with everything else I hoped to accomplish before then.  As if to add insult to injury, the phone and/or doorbell starts to ring with junk calls and sales people who hope to catch us at home.  GET ME OUT OF HERE!  A cup of tea sounds like just the ticket.

For you, the most trying hours may be at a different time of day, and you may find more solace in coffee, a quick snack or a few minutes with the newspaper or favorite music.  Or perhaps stealing outdoors for some uninterrupted quiet would be a welcome relief.

I’ve read time management experts who suggest planning schedules with our daily low points in mind, avoiding those tasks that are likely to be difficult during the hours we aren’t at our best.  I’ll add, with Copeland, that we might want to put a short break on our to-do list for that time each day.  It might not always be possible to excuse ourselves from the stress when things are worst, but it’s a worthy goal.  I hereby grant you permission to schedule a 15 minute break for whatever time you can manage and most need it.

What simple but special treat can you give yourself to look forward to today?

One year ago today:

Any tea

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.



  1. Good morning, Julia! We are getting past sun-tea season here, and a cup of hot tea sounds very good!

    • I agree!

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