Do You Like Your Tea Loosey Goosey?

Tea is consumed in about 80% of all U.S. households, either hot or iced. I personally love both hot and iced tea, but this post is not about the temperature of the tea you drink, rather the form of your tea. Tea comes in loose leaf style or packed in handy little tea bags.

tea cup

tea pot

 

Which form do you use? Loosey goosey or handy-dandy tea bags? Whatever’s in the cupboard at the time?

Turns out there are benefits to using loose tea over tea bags:

  • Vitamins, Antioxidants & Minerals Broken and crushed tea leaves packaged into tea bags have already lost most of their goodness before you even dunk them into the water. Steeping whole leaf tea allows the water to flow through the whole leaf extracting the valuable vitamins, minerals, essential oils, antioxidants, flavors and aromas.
  • Flavors Generally, standard tea bags are mixed of lower grade teas from around the world so the flavors remain basically the same year after year. However, loose teas are generally more specialized teas from specific areas of the world. These teas vary in aromas and flavors from season to season.
  • Freshness Good quality loose tea will be fresher than the standard tea bags stocked on the grocery store shelves for months if not years.

Whatever you use, tea can be very nutritious, calming and delicious. I prefer green, white and red teas over the black teas. How about you? Which teas do you enjoy?

Check out my other posts about tea:

5 Uses For Used Tea Bags

What Could Be Better Than Cats With Your Tea

Tea is For Beauty-Inside and Out

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LIFE STORY

Aimee’s blog is an inspirational blog about how to live well with mental health issues. Aimee is a good friend and I am constantly amazed at her strength and talents. I use her tips to help deal with my anxieties. Be sure to check it out.

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  Humans are talented. Most of us have many creative talents. Some can sew, some can paint, some can knit, some can quilt, and some can write. These talents can be used to help relieve symptoms of mental illness. You can also use your talents to help spread the word about mental illness, and, in the case of writing, you can tell the world your story, you can encourage others, inspire others, and teach others.

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   I find it helpful to show how telling your story can reach others and also heal your inner pain. If you are not a writer, find other ways to share your stories, like drawing, but it’s important to show the world what mental illness is about: We are humans who happen to have an illness of the mind.

   This weekend was my writers’ group picnic. We were given words to create a short…

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We’ve Discovered Eno River State Park!

After spending the first two days of Labor Day weekend working around in the yard of our new house, I wanted to have a picnic on Labor Day. Being new to the area, I browsed around on the Internet for parks and lakes nearby. There were a handful to choose from but I was surprised that the main one (and probably the biggest one) I wanted to visit was closed for the holiday.

Closed sign

What? A park and lake closed on one of the biggest holidays of the summer?

This is the first I’ve encountered this set back. I don’t know if they’ve always done this or if it is something new due to budget restraints.

Oh well, it all turned out great because we went to my next choice and had a great time.

Eno River State Park is just outside of Durham, North Carolina.

Eno River State Park

Sorry this is a little blurry. I took it on the drive by.

Eno River State Park has thirty miles of hiking trails, picnic facilities, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and back country camping.

It was a gorgeous day, sunny and warm. We ate our picnic of pasta salad and chips & dip while people watching. I love to people watch. Occupational hazard I guess, being a writer 🙂 Then we hiked down to the Eno River.

Eno River

There were a lot of kids and dogs enjoying the water, but I try not to take photos with people who might not want to be photographed. This photo was taken a little farther down the river.

swinging bridge

There was a great swinging bridge that crossed the river. I love these types of bridges. They’re like an amusement park ride when you’re trying to walk on a surface that is moving. This bridge received a lot of traffic and it was funny watching people’s reactions.

swinging bridge

Here’s my husband posing for the camera.

hurricane sign

This sign is posted on one of the supports for the swinging bridge. If you can’t read it, it says that the river had risen to the bottom of the sign during Hurricane Fran on Sept 6, 1996. Now, look at how high the sign is…

Hurricane sign

You can see these guys walking under the bridge and the sign is at least another 6 or 7 feet higher! Whew!

All in all, a wonderful Labor Day in the woods.

Do you like swinging bridges or not? Let me know…

Here’s a few more of my North Carolina posts:

The Thrill of a New House

Bonsai Expo at Duke Gardens

Relax At The Zoo To Help Conquer Stress

What Do The Mountains Say To You?

The Thrill Of A New House

Moving. Definitely not something to take lightly. All the preparation. The stress…

Purchasing and scrounging around at stores for enough boxes to pack all the things you think you can’t live without.

Living in and out of boxes until everything is packed up.

living out of boxes

Arranging the move with a moving company. Securing cats for moving day and trying not to traumatize them.

Dealing with the mixed feelings of leaving your previous residence.

Arriving at your new home and being overwhelmed by all your stuff and boxes. How is all this going to fit?? Why did I bring so much??

boxes to unpack

Although the cats see the move as a new jungle adventure.

cat on a mattress

But then, as you begin to work your way through the mountain of boxes…something happens.

It begins to feel like a home. Your home.

You hang up curtains in the living room. Set out a few houseplants to bring life into the rooms and hang a Welcome sign on your front door.

living room

cow bell

This cow bell hung on the front porch railing of our last house for 20+ years. As soon as we hung it on our new front porch, it felt like home.

bird feeder

Things turn exciting and fun, decorating your new home. Of course, if you’ve down-sized like us, you have to sift through all your  ‘things’ and decide what you’re keeping and what you’re donating.

It can also be fun to pick some new things for the house, to start a new chapter in your life.

We still have boxes and too much stuff, but I’m right where I want to be and am thrilled with my new house.

house

What were your experiences moving into a new place? Did you hate it or love it? Would you do it again?

Feng Shui – Intuitive Predictions August 2017

Have you ever considered Feng Shui? Want to feel more relaxed at home? Want to have less stress? Read the following suggestions for August and let me know what you think.

Feng Shui Steps

Download your A4 printable version 2017 August predictions

predictions aout 2017LIFE PATH, CAREER – Elephant
As solid and majestic as the elephant stepping in the bush, you too are walking in the right direction, the one that you choose. Your choices, you make them yourselves – never give your decision power away! To remember this, save a photo of an elephant onto your computer or phone screen for this month.

LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS – Drum
Tensions in your couple or partnership? Fed up with celibacy? Play the drum or any instrument made with skin. Beat that drum and at the same time repeat the positive mantra that you created, that corresponds to your wish list and that only involves yourself (nobody else).

RESPECT, FAMILY, HEALTH, PAST – Good cells
Your change of attitude now allows the goods cells to multiply inside your body. And yes, you’ll have to shift attitude for this to…

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Photo Challenge: Air Plant Collage

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is collage.  I was reminded of our trip to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University. On the wall just outside the Doris Duke Center was a beautiful collage of air plants.

air ferns

 

We went to the gardens to view the Triangle Bonsai Society Expo inside the Doris Duke Center building. To see photos, click Bonsai.

To see my last photo challenge post, click Bridges.