I may not be a great cook, my gardening abilities are limited at best and, for me, the letters DIY stand for destroy it yourself, but there's one thing I know I'm really good at. No surprise, as it's something I do several hundred times a week.
It's not tidying, as you would know only too well if you visited my home, or budgeting as our postman can vouch for, carting, as he does, the many questionable late night, online purchases up to my front door (pinking shears, a pom pom maker and pipe cleaners making up this morning's strange assortment).
No, the thing that I excel at is making a cup of tea.
It's not something I would have bragged about before as I was under the misapprehension that it was a fairly easy skill to master. But, after this week, when I watched an instructional video doing the rounds of an American mum and daughter duo, showing how to make the perfect cuppa, I've come to realise that what may seem like a very straightforward task to some, is the equivalent of brain surgery for others.
If you haven't witnessed this abomination for yourself, let me describe the process that this pair are advocating for making a brew.
First, they say, fill a cup halfway with water.
Rather than advocating the use of a kettle to heat the water, they recommend placing the cup in a microwave for one minute. Then the cup is filled the rest of the way with milk and a tea bag dropped into the lukewarm water. Several spoonfuls of sugar are then added and the result, as you'd expect, looks like a murky, dishwater coloured disaster. The video finishes with mum and daughter proudly showing off what they've created saying, '…and that's how you make hot tea'. Except as we all know, and as thousands of outraged people responded to say on social media, it's not.
It was so bad that I had to contact one of my best pals who lives out in San Francisco to question if this really was how Americans think you make tea. She told me that in her 15 years of living out there, she has never had a decent cuppa except for the ones she makes for herself. She thinks that the secret of her success and the failure of others come down to the fact that no one she knows out there has an electric kettle! Some people may heat their water on top of the cooker, but most use this microwave method and when it hasn't been properly boiled, the water just doesn't taste the same.
I know from my own brief amount of time spent across the Atlantic that discovering a nice cup of tea was as lengthy and unrequited a task as the search for the Holy Grail.
When I arrived and asked for tea, I was given a tall, cold glass of what looked like flat coke. My second attempt resulted in being offered a box of 'infusion' tea bags that smelled like a perfume counter. I switched to coffee for the duration of my stay.
The 'How To Make Hot Tea' video has been shared thousands of times online by people who, like myself, were horrified by what they had watched.
It's no secret that people here are obsessed with tea. We're one of the few parts of the world where coffee comes a very poor second in terms of popularity, with three times the amount of tea being quaffed every day.
Figures from last year show that the average soul drinks eight cups of the stuff every day. Personally, I've usually had that many by lunchtime.
But I don't know if we were truly, collectively horrified by this video because we're obsessed with tea or if it simply served as a welcome distraction from all the recent upsetting and unsettling news we've had to ingest daily.
Either way, you can take the nasty taste of this video out of your mouth as I did by making a proper brew, sitting back, relaxing and enjoying tea as it's meant to be.
We can have the debate about whether the milk or the tea goes into the cup first another day….