I love tea. I always have. And I love tea of all different varieties. Loose leaf, in a bag, herbal, or caffeinated… it doesn’t really matter. I just love tea.
Over the years, I’ve had a couple of different stovetop tea kettles and I’ve always ended up with the same result. Whether it was an inexpensive kettle from a big box store or an ridiculously expensive kettle from a local retailer, the kettles always ended up with a bizarre odor in them that nauseated me.
I’m not sure what the odor I’ve experienced is, and it probably wouldn’t bother anyone else. In fact, my husband didn’t even notice it in the last stovetop kettle we owned. But I did, and I just couldn’t deal with it so I threw the kettle away.
Then I took to microwaving water in a mug. Microwaving water in a mug works fine, but it is really hard to regulate the temperature. I’ve always found that either the mug itself was too hot to hold, or the water was just scalding.
Trying to perfect my water microwaving, I started using a plastic measuring cup. That wasn’t the best idea. The plastic cup warped every time I microwaved it, and I couldn’t help but think of all the various chemicals that were seeping into the water.
And then I got an idea. I remembered an employer I had back in my college days and her nifty electric hot water kettle. She kept it on her desk ready to go for her afternoon tea.
I decided I needed one.
Three Weeks Ago
I had made the decision that I needed an electric hot water kettle.
I sat on that decision.
I reminded myself that I want to make intentional purchases. I don’t want to fill the house with items I don’t really need. I told myself to just continue microwaving the water, warped plastic measuring cup and all.
But I decided that the next time I was at the store, I would look at the electric kettles just to see what they were like.
Two Weeks Ago
I went to the store with my husband to pick up a few necessities. While there, I stopped in the kitchen appliance section and began looking at the electric hot water kettles.
I read the boxes.
I compared prices.
I compared styles.
I compared brand names.
One of the members of the gym I work at walked by and said hello. She told me that I “deserved the kettle.”
My husband agreed.
When she left, my husband put the kettle that I liked in our cart. I walked all over the store with it.
And then I asked him to put it back.
I told him that I would continue with the microwave and it would be fine.
And when I got home, I sat down and promptly exclaimed, “I should have bought the kettle!”
As I am typing this post, I am sipping hot tea. The tea was made with water from my new electric hot water kettle.
On Saturday, a full two weeks since I had been told I deserved it, I went back to the store and purchased the kettle.
The funniest thing happened… the same lady from my gym was there. I saw her while walking out with my purchase. I held up my shopping bag and proudly announced to her that, “I finally got my kettle!”
She laughed. I laughed. My husband told me that I am a frustrating person… we all laughed at that.
I guess I am a little frustrating, but I just wanted to be sure that I really – and I mean really – wanted the kettle. For many people it would have been a no-brainer. But I have spent way too much time downsizing my life to not give ample thought to purchases.
And that is how I tend to approach everything these days. I think about it. I debate it. I sit and wait for a while before spending the money. If the item is worth it, I eventually buy it. If it’s not worth it, I forget about it. In the case of the kettle, well…
I really like tea.