Andi Winter

Writer, Reader, Tea Drinker, Chrononaut

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Today’s haiku

dandelions in grassyellow sunny heads

sway with breeze in lush green grass

-time to start weeding

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cherry blossoms along riverpinks, limes, and yellows

emerge from branches and dirt

spring and life return

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woman frustrated with laptop computerpretty and shiny

but less functionality

ah, the march of tech


-On experiencing a new website backend.
Since when did folders and directories become passe?

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construction sitehigh-pitched whining

the floor pounding, walls shaking

-kids or construction?


-on renovations at the workplace

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cherry blossomsthe fluffy treetops

waver in the crisp spring breeze

cherry blossom snow


-view on a walk during lunch


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snowy maple tree
fluffy clouds of snow
weigh down the maple branches
-belated winter

-on a late February snowfall

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocketwatching on Youtube

Falcon Heavy rocket launch

took my breath away


-not quite the same as being at Kennedy Space Center
for a space shuttle launch, but still pretty damn cool

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steampunk airshipstaring at the wall

I see zombie trains, airships

guess I’m a writer

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blue sky with clouds“Rain!” the forecast said

light blue sky peeks through the clouds

forlorn umbrella

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Hatsugama 2018back at the tea space

meeting old friends and new friends

this moment is all


-on attending “Hatsugama”*



Hatsugama / 初釜 / boiling of the first kettle tea ceremony

Hatsugama first tea ceremony This meeting is seen as something very special. Hatsugama is the only time when the tea teacher him or herself prepares tea for all her students. In most cases this tea ceremony is a complete Chaji meeting with Kaiseki meal, Nakadachi breaks, and the whole ritual done the way it was learned during classes. It is impossible to teach the whole Chaji at once, therefor it is always broken up into practicing how to prepare Usucha, Koicha, and arranging the charcoal in Sumidemae. Only this time will the whole ritual be performed by the tea teacher with some help of his or her students. It is an opportunity to meet all the other students whom might be studying on different days and for the teacher to point out some of the details about the flow of a full Chaji meeting. Typical for this meeting is the festive mood, exquisite cuisine, and the curved braided willow branches hung in the alcove.


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