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.

hike in the woods

Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV

boulders

Dense boulders in the Allegheny National Forest, NY

waterfall

A dense waterfall at Letchworth State Park, NY

Past photo challenges:

Scenes From Atop

Anticipation

Let’s Hear It For Tiny!

 

Tea + Books = Tea Shop Mysteries

Do you enjoy a warm cup of tea?

cup of tea

Rooibos Tea

Do you enjoy reading books of mystery and romance?

book with lilacs

Then you would enjoy reading Laura Child’s Tea Shop Mystery Series.

Death by Darjeeling by Laura Child

Click here to buy

This book series has Theodosia Browning, former advertising executive now owns the Charleston’s Indigo Tea Shop.  Theo and the Indigo Tea Shop staff of Drayton,master tea taster, and Haley, college student baker, solve local mysteries. Theo also has an adopted dog, appropriately named Earl Grey, and Jory Davis,  a lawyer and  sexy love interest.

There are currently 18 books in this series and Laura Child also writes a scrapbook mystery series and the Cackleberry Club mystery series. Check out her website for all her books.

I highly recommend the books, along with a cup of tea and a pet by your side 🙂 Have you read one?

 

Two Warm Hearts For Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day my husband and I gave each other two warm hearts – nestled inside two soft, furry bodies with twitchy ears and little noses. That’s right, we gave each other the wonderful gift of adopting two sweet kittens.

This is Quinn…she’s a bundle of energy with a loving purr and the most beautiful soft, gray and white coat.

light gray kitten

light gray kitten

This is Harley…she is the less brave of the two, with white feet and a more tortoiseshell coat. You have to wait for her to come to you but once she does she will shower you with love.

tabby kitten

tabby kitten

Their names are separated parts of the word Harlequin. Harley and Quinn. Cute, huh?

Have you rescued/adopted any pets?

Wishing everyone a love-filled Valentine’s Day!

Photo Challenge: Solitude

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is all about solitude, enjoying time alone. I not only enjoy my times of solitude, I need solitude to stay sane. To me, everyday life responsibilities are like riding a roller coaster and sometimes you just want a break from it all and get off to recharge your batteries. My times of solitude let me do just that.

boulders

I love being in the woods, the more remote the better. It’s like you’ve stepped into a different world. Time slows, you breath deeper and you treasure every minute.

camper

We love to go camping at the state parks. They tend to be more wooded, with more spacious sites than the private campgrounds. Some of our best camping trips were when the park was less crowded. You could pretend all the woods belonged to you and civilization was miles away.

Any other camping-lovers out there? Campers are some of the nicest people we’ve ever met.

Miss my last weekly photo challenge? Click Photo Challenge: Graceful

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is coming up on Saturday, January 28th. Get out your chopsticks and green tea to celebrate a tradition centuries old.

Chinese Lion Dance

Chinese Lion Dance

Some facts about the Chinese New Year Festival:

  • The date of the celebration (which could last up to a week) changes each year but it always falls between January 21st and February 20th. The date is determined by the Chinese Lunar calendar.
  • Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries besides China, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, the Philippines, Macau, Malaysia, etc.
  • Chinese New Year has the world’s biggest annual fireworks display to scare away evil spirits. China invented fireworks in the 7th Century and now produces about 90% of the world’s fireworks. fireworks
  • Some no-no’s of the festival include washing your hair or clothes, in the fear that you will wash away good luck, and sweeping your house because you might sweep away wealth. Any washing, sweeping, cooking and cleaning are done before the festival to start the new year out at your best.

Chinese fish lanterns

So decorate with red and yellow lanterns, eat some Chinese food and watch a Jackie Chan martial arts movie to entice a little good luck and wealth your way for 2017.

Jackie Chan

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! (Be sure to let me know which martial arts movie you watch)

 

If you are interested in Feng Shui, check out these posts: Feng Shui Intuitive Collage and Ten Feng Shui Tips for Love and Romance

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge involves what we see as graceful. To me, one of the most graceful forms is water. Water that laps at the shore from lakes and oceans. Water that trips over the stones in a creek bed. Water that flows over cliffs as a waterfall.

creek

Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Ohiopyle State Park, PA

My sons climbing up under the falls at Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Letchworth State Park, NY

Letchworth State Park, NY

Lake Erie, PA

Lake Erie, PA

Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls, NY

There is so much in nature that is graceful. Be sure to take time to enjoy it.