Early Friday morning we awoke to the doorbell chiming. Chris donned his pants and found a kindly female dog walker standing there with two of my handbags and their remaining contents. In my post dream, partial panicked state I over heard the fact that she has found my possession strewn across a neighbours front lawn.
We soon discovered that we had been robbed and slept undisturbed through the entire event. In a frantic state we did a quick sweep of the house. Computers, check. Wedding rings, check. Guitars, check. Back door wide open, check.
I felt sick. And in hindsight, the gigantic cup of coffee probably didn't help.
However we were unbelievably lucky. Thanks to the lovely lady out early walking her dog, I managed to get all the contents back, in tack, sans $50. That's it.
The funny thing is the handbags and the contents were worth more than the cash. I even have all of my bank cards. We had items of value in plain sight and proximity, and all they wanted was cash.
Kids out on a dare? Junkies after quick cash? Who knows.
That night my nerves were frayed. Stomach churning, jumping at every sound. Even with a Valium I didn't sleep a wink. The only thing to calm my nausea was a fresh ginger tea.
There are many varieties of ginger tea out on the market. One of my favourites is a dried ginger lemongrass blend. But I think the best way to drink ginger tea, is with fresh young ginger, bruised and sliced and steeped in hot water. That's it.
Ginger has been commonly used in early medicine as a way to calm nausea in early pregnancy. It's is widely thought throughout south East Asian countries to assist with muscle and joint pains, headaches, to calm the stomach and nerves, and to prevent colds and flus. Although many independent studies have been inconclusive, I have always found fresh ginger to ease nausea, boost my mood and I suspect my immune system, along soothing a sore throat.
In winter and when I'm teaching, I often carry a hot Keep Cup of the tea. I even took fresh sliced ginger on a Perth to Sydney flight and asked a flight attendant to fill up my reusable coffee cup cup with hot water. Voila, ginger tea!
What a magnificent rhizome!