Lexi feels it’s the BEST of TIMES!

Around the campfire recently, we talked about how happy our dog Lexi is with Covid-19.  She gets more walks and gets to hang out with us all day.

The conversation reminded me of the famous Charles Dickens quote:

It was the BEST of times, it was the WORST of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

What Dickens is suggesting is that it is our mindset that determines if it is the best or worst of times.  Consider…

Yes we can feel it is the WORST of times:

  • Feeling alone and or isolated
  • Stress eating
  • Eating when bored
  • Hard to stay active

Then again, we can also feel it is the BEST of times:

  • Having extra time to destress
  • Fewer barriers to eating slower and savoring the experience
  • Easier to find the time to get more sleep
  • Able to cook and eat healthy versus eating high calorie meals out

This week I’m focusing on it being the BEST of times by celebrating the good and the amazing Lexi. 

NOTE:  I’m partial to Charles Dickens – his writing, his challenges, his entrepreneurship.  He also visited Cincinnati and even stayed at the house of famous whiskey maker Edmund Dexter (our Old Dexter brand is named after Edmund). A Tale of Two cities was published in 1859 – just three years before Jerry Thomas published America’s first Cocktail Book. 

To celebrate Edmund Dexter and to bring some joy to your world, here’s a a fun twist on the Tiki Bar classic the Painkiller using Old Dexter Easy Drinking Whiskey. 


2 oz Old Dexter Whiskey

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1 oz Orange Juice

1 oz Coconut Cream (we prefer the Coco REAL brand)

Shake all ingredients with ice cubes then strain into a glass. Sprinkle some nutmeg on top before serving.