Beth Siegalkoff

It’s Iced Tea Day. Say hello to summer and celebrate this delicious and refreshing holiday by treating yourself to a big glass of iced tea. I am drinking a glass as I type.

Love just a plain unsweetened black tea with enough ice to keep it cold and sometimes a slice of lemon. I make it in a half-gallon glass canning jar with hot water and four tea bags – let it sit until it cools, remove the tea bags before placing in the refrigerator.

I have used green tea bags, passionfruit tea bags, whatever sounds good at the time. But plain black tea is my favorite.

Some people like to add fruit or sweetened tea.

When we were in the military and stationed in Georgia and Texas, tea came to the table sweetened. We had to be sure to ask for it to be unsweetened.

Some countries, however, have their special version of iced tea. In Brazil, it’s made with Yerba Mate (holly type plant; the leaves add antioxidants, nutrients and caffeine to the tea), while in Taiwan it is usually served with milk or condensed milk and tapioca pearls. In some parts of the world, iced tea is made by steeping the tea in water for a longer time at a lower temperature instead of boiling the tea with water. Usually, this is done by placing the tea in the sun to steep and is known as sun tea.

Did you know tea is the second most popular beverage consumed in the world? Water is number one.

However you drink your iced tea, why not invite a friend or two and toast the day with a glass. Of course, remember to keep social distancing in mind.

Speaking of social distancing, I am so glad Sacramento and San Joaquin counties are opening up, especially barbers, hair salons, gyms, etc. It feels like we are almost back to normal, sort of.

Spacing, hand sanitizer and masks are still hard to get use to, but I think they are the new normal for now.

I believe masks are the key when six feet isn’t possible. Wearing masks helps us all from spreading droplets. This virus is sneaky, and you may never know if you are a host, carrying the virus without having any symptoms. Better safe than sorry by wearing a mask to keep your droplets, germs, spray to yourself when six feet social distancing isn’t possible.

You know, we are all going to have memories of this pandemic. Whether it is having the virus or knowing someone who did. Stay-at-home orders by the government, job loss, distance learning for the children, a parade to celebrate graduation, masks, virtual church, standing in line to enter a store, and paper product hoarders – these are some of the memories we will carry with us.

Father’s Day is in 11 days. Fortunately, restaurants and parks are open – and campgrounds are too; hopefully you have reservations. If you have some novel ideas how to treat the dads, let me know and I will pass it along. I would tell you what we are doing but then it wouldn’t be a surprise for the dads of our family.

OK, so I may be jumping the gun a bit, but I have started decorating for Independence Day. Actually, I am just adding to the Memorial Day décor. Yes, I decorate for Memorial Day. May is my birthday month and decorations are a must. So I’m adding red, white and blue lights, tablecloths and pillows, fireworks decor and such. I love the 4th of July. I love fireworks and it is part of that “getting back to normal” routine we all need right now.

There are 198 shopping days until Christmas and two months until school is supposed to start.

Flower of the Day – Nemesia and recipe of the day – Dill Weed Dip

Dates to remember:

Sunday, June 14 – Flag Day

Sunday, June 21 – Father’s Day

Sunday, June 21 – Summer Solstice – longest day of the year

Saturday, July 4 – Independence Day

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.