My mother and I spent Friday morning and early afternoon last week, visiting the relatives who don't move anymore. They are in the same place all the time. It was a very overcast day with a chill wind from the west.
By the time we had catalogued everyone in the Monona City Cemetery whom we came to find, we were cold and hungry. We headed over to a local restaurant for lunch.
"Can I get you ladies something to drink?" the waitress asked.
"Hot tea!" was our unanimous reply. She returned with Lipton green tea and this mug teapot set up, one for each of us.
I have one of those. Mom gave it to me for Christmas many years ago.
I have never seen this set up used in a restaurant before. It's great. You fill the top with hot water and make a cup of tea in the mug and you easily have 3 cups right there. Of course, mom asked if I had used my mug/pot combo lately and she just laughed when I said, "Um...no, but at least I do use it."
Other restaurants should adopt this. It beats, hands down, those silly little metal pseudo-teapots with the flapping lid that never pour straight into the cup. I think they are designed to pour most of the hot water onto the table while missing the cup. I can see you shaking your head, "Oh yes!" Those should be melted down and used for soda cans.
And yes, the waitress was amused that I took a photo of the teapot.
Beverage: Scottish Blend tea.