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?
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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!

cup of tea

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

 

 

Photo Challenge: Dense Is Sometimes A Good Thing

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Dense. The word dense makes me think of the woods I love to camp and hike in.

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Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV

boulders

Dense boulders in the Allegheny National Forest, NY

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A dense waterfall at Letchworth State Park, NY

Past photo challenges:

Scenes From Atop

Anticipation

Let’s Hear It For Tiny!