I got a book from the library when it was so hot - Icebox Pies by Lauren Chattman. It came out in 2002, so it's probably not in bookstores, but Amazon and Kindle have it. I could have made a crust, but I didn't. I can't say the store bought ones are super, but at least I don't have to turn on the oven, and it's very nice to be able to quickly make something, stick it in the icebox and then eat it.
It's cool enough for hot tea again today. Upton's this time, a very simple tea - China Black, Flowery Orange Pekoe. The dry leaves are a pleasant mix of brown and black, finely cut, and smell like a very nice, almost flowery, good quality pipe tobacco. I brewed it for 4 minutes. The brewing aroma was rich and fresh, with a hint of dark cherry, again with some pipe tobacco. The liqueur is fairly dark. The flavor is a fairly standard dark tea, but there are hints of sweetness - the cherry?, a little hint of metallic, maybe a bit of toast. I tried it with some cream as well, which brought out all of that. In fact, I think it is better with some cream, more interesting..
There is an entire family of blue jays lined up on the feeder pole by my window, giving me the evil eye - no suet. Ah well, you're very greedy and must wait until tomorrow. Today, Monday and Wednesday are evil vet days. Two of the critters accept their fate, two are horrendous. Sarah is because she is afraid and Bertie is because someone is daring to interfere in his life. They are so embarrassing. Fortunately, our vet is the nicest man in the world and is very understanding.