It is winter. It is winter and I want to work on a little boat. It is winter and I want to work on a little boat, and where possible I want to ‘buy local’. And the first thing I want to buy local is a heater, but the only portable electric heater made in Canada I can find is not for sale in Canada.

Even the OEM website only sells to US postal codes in US dollars.

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Steeping time is probably a reasonable proxy for focus.

A clear glass cup of strong black tea.
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The last several pots have been forgotten on the counter, steeping, for upwards of a half hour as I research and try to get my break-through on this configuration conundrum.

Another proxy may be that I still drink it.

Non-coffee update

So I am more than three months into this no-coffee lifestyle. I am beginning to get the hang of it. Eight ounces of tea leaves (what the heck is up with selling leaves by the ounce, anyway? 225 g) will keep me caffeinated for a month. The small tea pot makes just enough to fill the large latté cup with room for a splash of cream. 3-4 of those a day keep me going.