How to celebrate Father’s Day Without Dad

There are so many great, fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day with your Dad and be grateful for all the years you have together. However, if you’re like me you’ve lost your father way before you were ready, so this post is for you.

Ways to celebrate Father’s Day without your dad:

  • Send balloons Heavenward. Write messages on helium balloons and send them skyward as a fun form of Father’s Day airmail. At night-time, releasing Chinese lanterns are very moving and beautiful. Just be sure you have plenty of room to avoid starting fires.  Chinese Lanterns
  • Do what Dad loved to do. Maybe you and your dad went to the ball games together or loved to sit in a boat and drown a can of worms. Whatever it was, do it again. Invite a friend or take the family along and relive old memories of Dad. fishing in boat
  • Honor Dad and his favorite charity or organization. Make a donation of money or your time to a worthy cause. Send the Zem Zem Club a check because their motorcycle riders were Dad’s favorite in the annual parade. Volunteer an afternoon at the local soup kitchen because Dad always remembered those who were less fortunate. Whatever the idea or value, you can find a way to assist others in honor of your dad.  volunteer symbol
  • Share photo albums. It can be very therapeutic gazing through old photos. Kids love to see parents and grandparents as kids. Or make a collage scrapbook page of your favorite dad memories and post it on the refrigerator door for all to enjoy. photo ablum
  • Make your dad’s favorite meal or dessert. Invite everyone over to enjoy dad’s favorite chili-cheese dogs, triple cheese pizza or Cajun chicken fried steaks. Relive memories while eating crumbly topped apple pie, chocolate chip cake or oatmeal raisin cookies.  chili dog

I hope I’ve given you some good ideas to enjoy Father’s Day even if your father has passed away.

Is there something you or your family do that isn’t in this post? I’d love to hear about it.

Father's Day

 

Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Reasons Cats Are Better Than Dogs

I agree with all of these plus some. What can you add to the list?

The Phil Factor

Last week I gave dogs and the dog people their due in the worlds oldest debate.  This week it’s the cats turn. Don’t worry, I have no plans to continue comparing animals.

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10. Cattitude: You’ve got to respect their aloofness. They’re not all needy like dogs. If you’re gone 5 minutes, a dog acts like you’ve returned from the Bataan Death March while your cat just checks his watch and goes back to sleep.

9. Pooping indoors: When it’s cold and snowy and my dog has got to go at 6 a.m. I have to take her out. My cat on the other hand is even more stealthy about his bowel movements than I am. Cats are the ultimate Poop at Home People.  Some cats can even poop on a toilet.

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8.  Cats are never sick: My cat has been to the vet two times in three years. My…

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7 Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday so start planning now!

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7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day:

  • Browse through family albums. Young kids love to see photos of their parents as kids and older kids will be thoroughly embarrassed with their own baby pictures 🙂  And all kids enjoy looking at old pictures of grandmas and grandpas when they were young.  photo album
  • Make some scrapbook pages. Use photos or mementos from activities of the past year. Children can express what “mom” means to them with stamps, stickers and markers.
  • Read some books about mothers. Cuddle up with your small ones and read about other moms and their young ones. My family always loved Are You My Mother by Dr. Seuss.
  • Get outdoors. Go on a picnic, hike through a state park, take a bike ride or go to the beach. Spending time together and outdoors will make lasting memories to scrapbook about next year.
  • Honor your own mother and grandmother. Enjoy a light lunch together or a massage at the spa. If your mother or grandmother has passed away, you can write a message on a balloon and release it or plant a tree or flowering bush in their honor.  balloons in the sky
  • Help other mothers. Donate any slightly used children’s items to your neighborhood thrift store to help other mothers struggling to support their families.
  • And don’t forget yourself. Be sure to reserve a little time for yourself. Take a luxurious bath without interruption, chat with a friend, take a nice nap, whatever will serve to recharge your batteries in order to survive until another mother’s day 🙂

 

I wish all the mothers out there a wonderful and happy Mother’s Day!

Be sure to tell me how you like to spend Mother’s Day.

Wanderlust Through Books

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Wanderlust. I love to travel although I do not get to do it as much as I’d like, due to life obligations, money and time:( So, I travel through the books I read.

This week I’ve traveled all the way back to 17th Century Japan with Laura Joh Rowland’s novel, The Perfumed Sleeve.

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From Publishers Weekly

In Rowland’s ninth absorbing historical set in 17th-century Japan (after 2003’s The Dragon King’s Palace), Sano Ichiro, the shogun’s special criminal investigator, must once again navigate treacherous political waters to solve a puzzling murder. Sano finds himself retained by a corpse when the valet of one of the country’s leading figures, councilman Makino Narisada, delivers a posthumous request from his master. Narisada asks Sano to examine the circumstances of his own death. At first it seems that the elderly official succumbed to natural causes, but several clues point to foul play. While the initial suspects from the victim’s household all appear to be harboring guilty knowledge, the detective’s task is rapidly complicated when the two leading political rivals battling to succeed the shogun accuse each other of the murder and pressure Sano to slant his pursuit accordingly. The shadow of events from The Dragon King’s Palace hangs heavily over the two main supporting characters, Sano’s wife and his chief assistant, driving them to take perilous risks; nonetheless, this is an accessible entry point to the series for newcomers. Deftly combining a classic whodunit with vivid period detail, Rowland raises the stakes for her next book with an unexpected twist at the end that promises to present her dogged but fallible hero with even more difficulties in the future.
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I really enjoy this mystery series and it helps feed my wanderlust.
Do you like to travel through books?

Spring, a Time To Recycle

Both Earth Day and the Daily Post’s Photo Challenge put me in the mood to talk about recycling, re-purposing and reused.

If you stop and think about it, just about everything can be recycled, re-purposed and reused.

  • Old bed sheets can be cut up for cleaning and garage rags.
  • Used tea bags can deodorize sneakers and boots. (For more uses see 5 Uses for Used Tea Bags )
  • The brown paper used as packing in delivery boxes can be turned into wrapping paper that kids can color on or a free toy cats can play with for days.

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    What looks like droplets to Quinn’s face is from the sun through the window blinds.

  • Empty milk jugs and pop bottles can be made into bird feeders.
  • Donate gently used items to your local thrift stores for others to reuse. The picture you’ve had hanging in your entryway for the last decade can be donated and exchanged for a picture that hung in someone else’s entryway for the same decade. It doesn’t have to be brand new, just new to you 🙂

The Internet and especially Pinterest is a great source for finding DIY projects from recycled articles.

Check out my Recycle & Reuse board on Pinterest.com.

Here are some more boards I follow:

Recycle Repurpose

Repurpose & Recycle

Here are a couple good websites I’ve used:

Bored Panda

HGTV

DIY & Crafts

So tell me what you have recycled or re-purposed?

Each time you think before throwing something away can make a difference to the earth.

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Tea In Smoothies – Who’d a Thunk It?

I love tea!

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Rooibos Tea

I love smoothies!

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Almond milk, banana, avocado, blueberry smoothie

So why not combine the two. Tea in smoothies.

Some of tea’s best benefits:

  • Teas are loaded with antioxidants
  • Less caffeine than coffee
  • May help you lose weight
  • Boost your immune system
  • May help fight off cancer

Some of the fruit smoothie’s best benefits:

  • Loaded with vitamins and minerals
  • Give you fiber
  • Added antioxidants
  • Boost your immune system
  • May help fight off cancer

So it looks to be a perfect marriage.

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Here are some sites to get ideas & recipes for Iced Tea Smoothies:

5 Best Iced Tea Smoothies For Weight Loss

Black Tea Smoothies For a Hot Summer Morning

6 Best Ever Iced Tea Smoothies For Summer

 

Have you ever tried iced tea in your smoothie? If you have, or try any of these recipes, be sure to let me know what you think.

Other posts about tea:

Tea + Books + Tea Shop Mysteries

What Could Be Better Than Cats With Your Tea?

Tea is For Beauty – Inside and Out

Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony