T for Tonic

Some days I come home with a bit of a headace. Being an introvert, I do at times feel the strain of suddenly being surrounded by people all day, after 15 years plodding along by myself. I find that one medicine for this is to sit down and draw some really friendly faces. When I had made a few sketches of the wonderful Phil Harding, I watched some episodes of Time Team. After that, I felt right as rain. πŸ˜€



20151101_202539In a real panic (which is rare), I will reach for a hefty G&T, but the best and oftenest thing I do with tonic, is to mix it with orange juice. In England, this is called a “St Clements” and we learned about it from an episode of “InspectorΒ Morse“. You’d think some G on top of that would be twice as good, but it does not work at all. G should be kept separate from orange, I think. With this little piece of experience/opinion, I link up this lovely Tuesday to the T Party at Bleubeard & Elisabeth’s. Happy T-Day!


18 thoughts on “T for Tonic”

  1. Creating your wonderful sketches must indeed be a healing balm.
    I think that blogging is a perfect place for us introverts.
    We can visit when we like and slip away easily too πŸ™‚
    When we were in Oxford, UK we visited a hotel with a bar named after Inspector Morse and had a special glass of bubbly that had orange bitters, vanilla and something else added. Oh sorry you got me going about Morse.
    We just learned recently that Tonic has magnesium in it which is good for preventing leg cramps.
    Oh and Vodka goes nicely with orange juice.
    Now you’ve made me thirsty Viktoria.
    Happy T Day…Take Care oxo

    1. If I pass the anatomy/physiology exam, it should call for champagne – if I could drink it (dem sulfites) πŸ™ . IΒ΄ll just have to do a happy-dance instead! πŸ™‚

  2. I have been meaning to drop by every day for about a week, but have many problems I’ve had to deal with. In fact, I just got my keyboard fixed this morning, but my mouse is still not working. These troublesome events have caused me to miss your most recent posts, and for that I apologize.

    I’m not one to drink alcoholic beverages, so I’ll stick to the OJ and tonic, please. I’ll sit and watch you sketch and color those gorgeous pieces, like the ones you shared today.

    I swear I’m going to miss you for T, so I hope you’ll drop in as time permits. Thanks for joining us this week for T Stands For Tuesday. I’ll be by later to catch up on what I’ve missed, too.

  3. I LOVE your faces!!
    Your drink sounds very interesting, even though I rarely drink juice, this would be one I would try.
    Thanks for visiting me this week.
    Happy T-day

  4. Somehow I missed that drink on Inspector Morse, but I love the show! and I love your sketches!! really brilliant…and I understand about needing time alone to just draw and release tension. Puts things in perspective for me, and it’s about doing what you enjoy! happy T day!

  5. I also find that making art has a calming effect on me. I remember that when I was a student, if I began feeling nervous about an upcoming test, I would spend a little time drawing or painting, and then I’d feel a bit better.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog today. It’s strange, but there is not any pumpkin in pumpkin spice tea. Instead, it has the same spices that would go into a pumpkin pie: cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. It smells so good!

    I think that the birds in my embroidery are robins. But it’s difficult to be sure, because they are so “cartoony.” πŸ™‚

    Happy T Day!

  6. Well i have never had a gin and tonic… πŸ™‚ But i’am glad you are feeling better…. I too consider myself an introvert and can totally relate. Happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  7. That is Phil Harding to a Tee! Well done you! Spot-on!
    As for the G and orange… uhrg! I totally agree with you. The two don’t go together. But what does go well with orange is: chocolate!
    Have a good week,
    Thanks for visiting,

    1. Thank you, portraits are hard! (And he had such a funny expression in the second one, which I adored. Fancy him just a little… πŸ˜‰ ) Yes, orange and chocolate is great together. As is orange and Campari.

  8. You have amazing drawing skill! I get an instant migraine from tonic water…which is a real bummer since I love gin! It’s gin and club soda for me. Or orange juice…that is pretty tasty as well.

    You asked about overwintering…that really is how I say it…I’m not sure if that is the proper terminology…I think so. Sometimes I wonder about the way I say things though since my parents spoke Norwegian as their 1st language. Never much to me though…they kept it as their secret language to each other.

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