Sister and I like to have our morning tea on the front porch. She's a cup of sunshine herself; always happy and cheerful! It's a perfect spot to greet the day with the sun just rising over the mountain. We can't hear as many birds these days, I think most have already headed south for the winter.
This is one of the many reasons I love Idaho. We're cruising along in the early morning on our way to Boise, when up ahead we suddenly see these little bobbing bumps across the highway. We slow down to let the sheep finish crossing the road, Border Collies at their heels. I rolled the window down to get a couple quick photos.
Mom said she read it was supposed to freeze tonight. So, after we came back from Twin, Big Brother and I went out in the yard with a flashlight and clippers to save the last blooming flowers from freezing. We covered the raspberries with a tarp and clipped a whole armful of flowers. I was glad to be back inside, not much fun in the cold and dark. But, I was able to make two beautiful bouquets from our bounty.
I've been drinking this warm tea in the winter since I was little. We call it Spice Tea, but I've also heard it referred to as Russian Tea. If you make a big batch in the fall, you'll have enough to drink until daffodils start blooming! It also makes for nice holiday gifts. Here's the recipe: