Hello!  I am Angela, author of putonthekettle.com.

What does an unemployed Nurse Manager with a passion for tea do to pass time?   She starts a blog!!   It’s winter time in Ohio, ugggh!  The clouds have been dark and it has been pretty depressing.  There have been some silver linings though.  The best silver lining is that I have been able to spend a lot of time with my new grandson, Cash.  (Insert heart eyes here!) He is the sweetest and most perfect little guy! I have also been able to experiment with cooking and crafting and, I have also been able to spend a lot of time in honest reflection of my life and my career. I have had quite a few “aha moment”s. Some good, some not-so-good. It came to me that life isn’t just one journey. Life is made up of many episodic journeys, many occurring simultaneously. These bestow upon us a pocket full of lessons learned that will be available to us forever to guide us through the next leg of our journey. It also came to me that each of us has valuable lessons, stories and insight to share. So, I decided to take a leap and share mine through this blog.

My family has always been very important to me.  Growing up I was surrounded by a large extended family.  My cousins and I spent a lot of quality time together through our impressionable years.  We are still close today.   I was married in 1990 to Andy, whom my family and I lost in May of 2014 to liver cancer. We shared 24 amazing years together, raising my sons, from a previous marriage, and our daughter.  There were many, many good times and a few difficult periods.  Much to our surprise, we were solid through it all! My children, Brad (36), Nick (32), and Emma (26) have kept me going and they are my motivation for living.  I am most proud of the close relationships we share.  Three years ago, a close friend introduced me to a wonderful man, Nubby (pronounced Newbie) and he quickly won my heart.  We now have a home that we will soon be sharing with my parents, Andy and Maxine.  I know that I am fortunate to have such an amazing support system.  I have been blessed and I am grateful.

During my above-mentioned self-reflection, my first breakthrough was the discovering that there has been a constant companion at my side, tea.  Whether it is a cup of steaming elixir or a cool glass of an iced concoction, tea has provided me with constant comfort and reassurance that everything is going to be okay.  My relationship with tea began when I was very young and has become richer throughout my life.  (I’m sipping on my favorite brand right now, so warming on this less-than-30-degree day!)  That is why I have chosen putonthekettle.com as the title of my site.

It is my hope that by sharing some of my experiences, lessons, and life hacks, you will discover some tidbits to help you “ease on down the road” a little less anxious and a lot more confident that you can handle whatever comes your way.

I will be devoting posts to assorted life & living hacks, recipes, crafts, gardening, bird watching, and of course my affection for tea.  I will share insight into relationships, as well as take you through some of my current journeys in real time. There will be something for everyone! So put on the kettle, grab your favorite mug and choose your favorite tea; log on and sip along with me!



P.S. Don’t forget to share your feedback and comments to help this rookie blogger become more seasoned on this leg of my journey!