Right now, it's still damp and cold, especially in the mornings. Right now it's just above freezing and foggy up high (my weather app tells me it's foggy in the Valley too). Though when you go outside, beneath the chill you can feel a bit of the warmth the Earth has soaked up. Spring really is here.
So, the rule for the first person up is to relight the fire and start the tea. At this time of year, the house gets too hot even with the little fire going over night so we stuff the stove up but if it goes out, it goes out. Because I have a tea addiction, my firt priority is to get the kettle (the electric one) on so it's heating while I get the fire going.
As soon as the fire is going, the second kettle goes on. It takes a while to heat up on the stove (from the stove being cold - it's not that slow when the stove is hot).
And yes, we are very particular about the tea making here. The steps are as follows:
1) Pot is warmed - either on the stove or by boiling water (or preferably both because you do need to start with a warmed, rinsed pot).
2) Tea is measured out -the appropriate amount and type to the pot and time of day. For me, a breakfast tea and a lightly heaping Tablespoon do the trick.
3) Boiling water is poured over the tea into the warmed pot.
4) Steeps for about five minutes.
5) Poured into the cup (I'm trying to get out of the 'milk first' habit).
6) Milk added.
Next on the list is tending to the counter dwellers. First, I rinse my pea sprouts. It's the first time I've ever made them and I'm assured they're delicious.
They soaked for 12 hours before being drained and rinsed. Now they're in a jar (as you can see) where they're damp but not soaking. Over the next three or so days, I'm hoping to see some shoots show up.
The other counter dweller is my sourdough starter. It's a super fancy combination of things: flour and water. Seriously. I've been reading all of these things about all of this fancy to-ing and fro-ing people are doing to get a starter. Take about a 1/2 cup of flour (I started with rye) and a 1/2 cup of water. Stir it up and leave it overnight. Each day add another 1/4 cup of flour and a 1/4 cup of water and stir it. You will have a great starter in no time. I'll do more of a post about sourdough in the near future. But now, I have stuff to get done.