I think I may have hurt Andy's feelings today, but I couldn't go on living a lie.
I wasn't rude, I didn't shout, neither did I call him a name. I was just honest.
I've written before about my dislike of rudeness dressed up as 'telling it like it is'. I prefer to spare people's feelings if I can, but sometimes you just have to come out and say it.
Andy and I were having another discussion about the science of making tea. Don't get me wrong, it's not a major topic of conversation chez Calico, but I'm a little fussy when it comes to hot beverages. I commented that he doesn't always draw fresh water each time he boils the kettle. He said that his tea can't be that bad as I don't complain. I told him that was true, but also that I have to pour some of the tea he makes me down the sink as it is undrinkable.
I know. What a horrid thing for me to say.
He'll get over it, of course, but I'm not expecting many hot drinks to be made for me for a while.
So, how do I like my tea (just in case you're brave enough)?
- Use only new, fresh water in the kettle
- Pour boiling water onto the tea bag
- Let it brew for a few minutes
- Add a tiny drop of skimmed milk
See - I'm not that fussy, after all. I'm NOT!
I wrote this post ages ago, but hadn't published it because it's a bit, well, grumpy. Today I was having a chat with Michelle from The American Resident and she admitted that she doesn't like making tea for people. When they're as fussy as I am, frankly I'm not surprised. I seldom accept a cup of tea if I'm at a friend's house because I start to twitch if they don't pour the water the second the kettle boils (they never do). If they put too much milk in my tea I want to cry. It's safe to say that if I go to your house I will ask for coffee (and then flinch as you pour the water the second the kettle boils). Hey, T from Mummy Barrow, you of the tea linky, how do you make tea?