Honey, Red Ginseng Tea and Shadows


Chris, the package arrived.  You did good.  None of the jars of honey broke in the mail.

Thanks for sending them home for us.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wouldn’t let them on our carry-on luggage.  We might mix the honey with bomb materials. (Who thinks this up?  Seriously, folks, couldn’t we just carry our honey home?)

Red ginseng tea

The chestnut honey (created by bees who fed on chestnut blossoms) and the Red Ginseng tea were gifts of Christopher’s future in-laws from South Korea. 

I am so appreciative of these gifts.  Honey and Red Ginseng Tea from Korea!  Seunghye’s mom explained to me (through her daughter):  “Ginseng is a very good tea for energy.” 

When you Google “Korean Red Ginseg tea” you discover that it increases physical and mental stamina, improves circulatory system function to help adjust blood pressure and lower cholesterol, helps prevent cancer development and at least a half-dozen other health benefits.


It’s a good day.  The substitute mail-delivery lady walked the box to the house with kind words of greeting.  The box wasn’t broken and honey didn’t lie in sticky puddles everywhere.  (Although the edge of the box was crushed.)  Chris did a good job packing the breakable jars.

Sitting down now with a cup of tea and preparing for our township’s annual meeting budget report.  Sounds exciting, yes?  Nothing like an ordinary spring day in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with gifts from the larger world…

P.S.  Please forgive–I am two days behind in replying to comments.  Revenues and expenditures have hijacked the blogger and are insisting payment.  Sorry!  Will catch up soon.

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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33 Responses to Honey, Red Ginseng Tea and Shadows

  1. holessence says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhh, you’re gifts are wonderful! Those are the kind of things that I like — not “stuff” that you have to dust and walk around — but something useful and delicious that can be consumed and create a beautiful memory afterward. Ahhhhhhhhhh

  2. I’ve seen what those packages can go through! Your son MUST have done a good job packing them up!! We’re going through budget preparations for the next fiscal year for our city…. doesn’t look good…

    • Kathy says:

      I called him yesterday to tell him that the honey made it. He said he had been thinking he should have wrapped it better. But I think he did a darn good job. The edge of the box was even crushed. Oh, you’re in the budgeting world, too? Do you like budgeting? Sometimes I think it’s the most marvelous jigsaw puzzle. Except when the pieces don’t fit…which is happening more & more these days in municipalities.

  3. Pour me one too Kathy! I am thirsty! Love, S

  4. Sybil says:

    Not just impressed by the packaging but by what it must have cost to mail !

    Nevertheless, honey from Korea, how wonderful !

    Sounds like you need that physical and mental stamina right now in your life.

    Best wishes from the far east — of Canada that is.

    Eastern Passage, NS

    • Kathy says:

      It cost about $13-14 to mail, yikes! (It was mailed from San Diego, not South Korea.) I am so impressed with the gifts. Wishing you a wonderful day in Nova Scotia. Hoping spring is arriving and that you get a walk on the beach soon.

  5. barb says:

    A splendid and thoughtful gift from the future in laws. You need to start using a bunch of honey – maybe bake some baklava!

    • Kathy says:

      Mmmm…baklava! What a good idea. We haven’t had baklava in ages. Three pints of honey! I can’t get over the image of those bees buzzing around chestnut trees. I have a love affair with chestnut trees. Although haven’t lived around them since my childhood hometown in lower Michigan.

  6. john says:

    You have the best of all worlds, you are truly blessed. The only thing that could improve your life is a pair of lifetime airline passes.

    • Kathy says:

      John, do you have any clout with the Big Guy in the sky? A pair of lifetime airline passes! YESSSS! I can live without new clothes, fancy house, fancy car. But I cannot live without these amazing airplane trips everywhere to visit precious family!

  7. Susan Derozier says:

    Can’t help thinking “I want some!” Honey looks beautiful and the tea sounds like just what I need. Enjoy!

    • Kathy says:

      Susan, I’m going to Marquette today to help celebrate my friend Bertha’s 60th birthday, and then tomorrow night is our township meeting, but would you like to come over Thursday for a cup of tea with honey? See you then!

  8. What? You can’t carry honey onto an airplane with you? That’s ridiculous! I’m glad you were able to mail it… AND it arrived safely!

    • Kathy says:

      Micheala, it’s true. No honey in carryon bags. Terrorist threat. Christopher tried carrying on some thimbleberry jam once. The TSA caught him. We guiltily carried the thimbeberry jam home and ate it–no, no, I mean shipped it in the mail to him!

  9. Colleen says:

    The color of your honey is beautiful……what a lovely gift!

    • Kathy says:

      Colleen, I carried that honey outside on the deck just so it’s amber color might shine along with the sunshine. It was a lovely gift, indeed.

  10. Ellen says:

    What a lovely post!

  11. jeffstroud says:


    At first I could not imagine why you were getting Honey through the mail! Now I know, wonderful gift! and as Laurie suggest much more useful then “stuff” !
    I was just reading about Ginseng in Dr. Andrew Weil 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, he also recommends ginseng to people who have low vitality or weakness due to chronic illness or old age. He does warn that Asian ginseng may “raise blood pressure, as well as cause irritability and insomnia.
    This blog as caused me to go on a research journey, according to what I found, Chestnut Honey is the highest in mineral content!
    So this gift box was chosen for healing and health benefits!!!


    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, thank you for sharing more information about Ginseng. Will have to see what health benefits the tea offers. Also fascinating that chestnut honey is the highest in mineral content. What a wealth of healthy gifts! So appreciate your stopping by.

  12. Seunghye says:

    Chris has done a very good job packing that honey. And I am very glad that you like those gifts.
    I would like to add that honey is organic chest nut honey straight from a farmer in Korea.
    Have a wonderful day!

    • Kathy says:

      Seunghye, I was so happy to see that you stopped by the blog~~and your comment! Thank you so much. These gifts from your parents were so wonderful and thoughtful. I didn’t remember or realize the honey was organic! That makes it extra-special…

  13. Robin says:

    The honey looks delicious. And the tea sounds fascinating. I’m going to have to check it out. Such wonderful gifts! I’m glad they arrived safely and intact.

  14. Reggie says:

    I’ll join everyone else in saying – that honey looks divine! I loooove honey! Do you know that “To collect a pound of honey (half a kilo) a bee might have to fly a distance equivalent to twice round the world. This is likely to involve more than 10,000 flower visits on perhaps 500 foraging trips.” (British Beekepers Organisation) Isn’t that incredible? Sooo much work for half a kilo of honey!

    • Kathy says:

      Twice around the world, Reggie? 10,000 flower visits? It is incredible! The magic and miraculous lives of bees…let’s hope they continue to prosper and create honey for our children and their children and their children’s children.

  15. Barbara Rodgers says:

    What a meaningful gift! My father has a chestnut tree outside his bedroom window. He found it as a tiny sapling in Pennsylvania and brought it home with him many long years ago. It’s as tall as the two story house now. When it blooms the scent is so delicate and sweet! No wonder the bees love to make honey out of its nectar…

    • Kathy says:

      How wonderful to contemplate that your father transplanted this tiny sapling and it grew to bloom and scent his days and nights with wonder. It humbles us, doesn’t it, the power of nature?

      • Barbara Rodgers says:

        Yes, it sure does. Nature’s power to teach and inspire us with its wonder never ceases to astonish me!

  16. Marianne says:

    Thanks for the info on red ginseng tea, Kathy. I’ll have to keep it in my memory for the next trip to the health food store. On second thought, maybe I should write it down.

    • Kathy says:

      If it were me–I’d write it down! 🙂 (I always write everything down.) I had a cup of the tea first thing this morning. It was good. It tastes kind of sweet…but I don’t know know why. (Can’t read the Korean words.) There isn’t a sugar aftertaste, but it still tastes sweet. One of life’s mysteries, indeed.

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