Thinned with some boiling water, that extra strong tea was just right! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Thinned with some boiling water, that extra strong tea was just right! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Tea goes with most things, but I’m not so sure that includes our weather alert radio. Having recently moved to a part of the U.S. where wind storms and tornadoes are as common as sunny days in Florida, hubby and I thought a weather alert radio was a pretty good idea. And then that tea disaster happened. But first, a bit of background info.

A weather alert radio is a receiver for weather alerts — obviously! Great idea, right? Well, yes and no. You can set your weather alert radio to flash, emit a loud warning sound, or both. We are set for both, so maybe the issue that came up was of our own doing. When NOAA issues a weather alert for our area, that radio kicks in, giving us a warning to grab some essentials (which we keep ready at hand) and head to our storm room under the house (essential in this part of the country).

Here’s the problem: that loud warning sound is … well … loud! So much so that when it went off while I was in the process of pouring that boiling water from the tea kettle into the teapot for the steep, I jumped, spilling that scalding hot water everywhere, including my leg, and dropped the (thankfully) metal tea kettle, spilling more water in the process. Half the water was in the teapot, steeping the tea leaves, and the other half was on the floor, in the tea kettle, and on my reddened and stinging leg. Sigh!

The question here for us tea folks is what to do when you only have some of the water ready for the steep and need to heat more. In our case, we let the tea in the teapot steep and then did what samovar owners do — we poured some of the extra strong tea into our cups, added some newly boiled water plus the milk and sweetener we use, and enjoyed. So nice to have a recovery plan.

By the way, it turned out that the weather alert was for a fairly wide area and didn’t really impact us, so we were able to enjoy our tea in peace, relatively speaking. Plus, a nice soak in cold water helped my leg recover good as new. And now we know how loud that alert is.

Oh, and for those of you worried about that poor little tea kettle, he’s fine and managed to escape being dented. He was back on the job right away (what a trooper!) to boil more water to add to that super strong tea.

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