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Tuesdays With Norwood, Re-Steeped: Teas of Indonesia & Teas of Africa

We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes “Teas of Indonesia” and “Teas of Africa”. We have added a link to the end of each one to take you to the next if you would like to read them as a sequence, or you can choose which you want to peruse below. Enjoy! Teas of Indonesia Tea growing got off to one false start after another in the Dutch East Indies, present-day Indonesia, where it had been a...
Tags: Tea, Indonesia, Africa, Kenya, Archives, Malawi, East Africa, Sumatra, James Norwood Pratt, Re-steeped, Generic License


10 Easy Pieces: Neutral Area Rugs Under $1,000

I’ve been in the market for a good area rug for years. In fact, I’ve never owned one. I’ve always been lucky with good-enough wood flooring to sit with my indecision—and without a living room rug. The trouble is: area rugs are expensive. It’s a massive commitment, taking up 9 by 12 feet in a room and costing thousands of dollars. If you’re looking to spend under $1k on an area rug, but would still like one fairly well made and neutral in tone, here is our list of favorites. Above: The Stoense L...
Tags: Books, Budget, Ikea, 10 Easy Pieces, Rugs, Room Board, Living Rooms, Serena Lily Above, Luke Irwin, Ferm Living Above, Product Discoveries, ABC Carpet Home Contemporary Wool Rug, Blake Handwoven Jute Rug, Ferm Living 's Shade Loop Rug


Neither Snow, nor Cold, nor Wind, nor Rain

Tranzend’s Ultra Coat is a garment whose time has come. Made of the exclusively upcycled materials of recycled plastic (65%) and used coffee grounds (35%), it’s a handsome all-purpose jacket that regulates heat to work equally well in any climate. Ultra Coat is simultaneously water-resistant and breathable. Moisture produced by the sky stays out (both snow and rain), while moisture produced by your body easily evaporates. What’s more, the coffee grounds used in its manufacture ...
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, Green, Upcycling, Breathable Coat, Do-it-all Coat, Re-used Coffee Grounds, Recycled Bottles, Ultra Coat, Versatile Coat, Water-resistant Coat


Mind Games part 2

  I think maybe this post should've could've been over at Thought Catching (Patchwork in Perspective, part 1)  But I think it just needed to be here, for now, before I begin again over there.  Today, and for the last few days actually, my thoughts have been about thinking. About changing my mind actually. I am going to talk, just  test, for talking here, in this new place. Practice. Let's give it a try... Your browser does not support the audio element. alternative au...
Tags: Crafts, Audio, Season, Transformation, Alignment, Layers, Feel Free, Suns, Symbols, Moons, How It Might Happen, Soul-o, Becoming more or less, continuing aka Just Going, Considering/reconsidering, Dream/thought Catching


Daily Gun deals: Riton Optics RT-R Mod 3 3X Magnifier…just $110.00 – 33% OFF

Riton Optics RT-R Mod 3 3X Magnifier Deal USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Rainier Arms has a sale on the Riton Optics Rt-R Mod 3 3X Magnifier for just $110.00 at a closeout price. This is a great way to add a magnifier to your existing rifle optics. Read our recent review or the Riton Optics Rt-R Mod 3 3X Magnifier here and you can compare prices here or here. Riton Optics Rt-R Mod 3 3X Magnifier is the perfect companion for our RRD or RMD red dots sights or sitting behind any number of other red dot...
Tags: Usa, Guns, Gear, RITON Optics, Daily Gun Deals, Ammoland com Rainier Arms, Riton Optics RT, Riton Optics RT R Mod, AmmoLand News Team


[DEFEXPO 2020] New Series of Sniper and Assault Rifles from SSS Defense

After you’ve been to dozens of defense expos all around the globe, you don’t really expect to see anything new and exciting. The time when “big reveals” of new products were done at exhibitions are almost gone, there is the internet for that. And DEFEXPO was no exception until I walked into a booth of SSS […] Read More … The post [DEFEXPO 2020] New Series of Sniper and Assault Rifles from SSS Defense appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Defense, Daily News, Indian Army, Rifles, Bolt Action, Indian Defense Procurement Soap Opera, DEFEXPO 2020, SSS Defense


Save 25% Off Blemished Aero Precision AR Lowers

Save 25% Off Blemished Aero Precision AR Lowers USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- While inventory last Aero Precision has a 25% off sale on blemished AR Lowers with some as cheap as $65.00. Take a look while they still have the inventory. You might find a bargain to finish your current rifle build. Save 25% Off Blemished Aero Precision AR Lowers About Aero Precision Aero Precision is known for two things: superior engineering & machining, and the ability to get the customer what they need when they n...
Tags: Guns, Aero, Aero Precision, Firearm News, Daily Gun Deals, Aero Precision AR Lowers USA AmmoLand


Court Sides With SCI In Dismissing Legal Challenge To LA Black Bear Delisting

Court Sides With Safari Club International In Dismissing Legal Challenge To Delisting Of The Louisiana Black Bear. Louisiana Black Bear Washington, DC –  -(AmmoLand.com)- A U.S. federal district court in Washington, D.C. has dismissed a case challenging the removal of the Louisiana black bear from the federal threatened and endangered species list. Plaintiffs sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) over the 2016 delisting, and Safari Club International (SCI) successfully intervened t...
Tags: Guns, Washington, US, Esa, United States, Louisiana, North America, Wildlife Service, Wildlife Service USFWS, Black Bears, USFWS, SCI, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Atchafalaya Basin, Conservation News, Safari Club International


Easy Upgrades: Good-Looking, Affordable Fixtures to Swap In, From Linea Lighting

One of the most impactful—and often overlooked—ways to change up the look of a room? With lighting. Sure, you could paint the walls or buy a new rug. But swapping a drab, overlooked light fixture for a design-forward upgrade—or a downright statement piece—can tie a space together, add subtle sophistication, or create a new focal point. Whether you own or even rent, a simple lighting swap (with the help of an electrician where needed) can transform the feel of a whole room. And it doesn’t have to...
Tags: Books, Usa, Lighting, Sponsored Post, Linea, Ceiling Lights, Hanging Lights, Industrial Lighting, Wall Lights, Product Discoveries, Linea Lighting, Chicago Linea, Effimero Wall Lights, Effimero


Maketoys MTRM-08 Despotron 44% OFF with FREE Evil Leader Throne!

Maketoys MTRM-08 Despotron is part of their Re:Mastered series and stands 9.25" tall in robot mode. Despotron is approximately Masterpiece scaled and includes alternate face plates and his fusion cannon. Included with Despotron is a FREE Evil Leader Throne that is approximately masterpiece scaled and goes well with Transformers Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron, Despotron or other bad guys that are approximately Masterpiece scaled.
Tags: Toys, Despotron


Tea on the Sea – Part 2

To recap our hero’s adventure, start with Tea on the Sea – Part 1 It seems a bit obsessive, but I often bring a secret stash of tea and a tiny travel tea set when I’m on the road. This time, I had tried with all my strength to not let my tea addiction show, but I could endure it no longer. Staggering, I made my way through the unending labyrinth of identical hallways back to my cabin. I got on my hands and knees and reached under the bed where I had carelessly shoved my backpack. Wit...
Tags: Travel, Tea, Mexico, Adventure, Cruise, Epic, Tulum, Costa Maya, Honduras Belize, Rou Gui


The One Rifle I’d Want For The Rest Of My Life

Last year, I wrote an article about what handgun I would choose if I could only own one handgun and had to get rid of everything else. Typically, this will be a conversation I have with like-minded shooters at dinner and then we will debate the rest of dinner about our choices. Deciding on a […] Read More … The post The One Rifle I’d Want For The Rest Of My Life appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Editorial, Rifles, 308, 6.5 Creedmoor, Ar-10, Vortex Razor, Schmidt and Bender, AR Patterned, One Rifle


The Pink In Her Cheeks

Love is in the air with this romantic floral mani. [Author: Lacquered Lawyer]
Tags: Crafts, Lacquered Lawyer


Misleading Headlines Demonizes Virginia Gun Owners

Misleading Headlines Demonizes Virginia Gun Owners Richmond, VA –-(Ammoland.com)- Lobby Day in Virginia was a great success. Through the pressure of thousands of gun owners taking to the streets of Richmond, we were able to sway some Democrats to vote against the Virginia assault weapons ban (HB 961). State Senator Chap Petersen confirmed to Fox News that Lobby Day and other second amendment activist activities directly lead to the defeat of the flawed bill. Gun owners throughout the Commonwe...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Virginia, Ap, Fbi, Fox News, Associated Press, John, Richmond, Commonwealth, Independent, Nra, Capitol, Northern Virginia, John Crump, Gun Rights News


Quote of the day - Not Real Socialism Edition

I just recently had a "discussion" with someone on FB on the topic of "democratic socialism."  He indignantly left the conversation when I posted this cartoon: But that's not the QotD.  This explanation - in its entirety - by Larry Corriea is:I keep seeing this idiotic thing where "socialism" is used as a synonym for "government". So if you like fire departments or roads, you're a socialist...BULLSHIT. These people drive me insane.Government and its many programs all existed before Karl Marx. S...
Tags: Politics, Guns, US, Dnc, Philosophy, Denmark, Qotd, Bernie, Chris Matthews, Kevin, James Carville, Bernie Bros, Larry Corriea


Fantasy Stevens, Francis: Claimed! (1920); v1, 18 Feb 2020

Francis Stevens (Gertrude Barrows Bennett (1884 -1948) was a pioneer of dark fantasy. This is a typical short novel, some 42,000 words, which brings in both the God Poseidon, and the lost city of Atlantis. Text source is University of Adelaide via Wayback Machine. I have reinstated italics, and created a cover using a detail from thecover of the issue of Argosy magazine in which the first serial instalment appeared. Attached Thumbnails   ...
Tags: Books, ePub Books, Argosy, Francis Stevens, Stevens Francis, Francis Stevens Gertrude Barrows Bennett, University of Adelaide via Wayback Machine


The Numbers Don’t Lie

On the weekend, I was feeling pretty good about the blanket situation. I’d completed the centre, picked up the stitches all the way around it, worked the first garter border, the ring lace, the second garter border, the first big border, the third garter border and was just a few rounds away from finishing the second big border. That just left the final garter border and that’s just eight rounds, and I’d be staring the edging.  Sure, the edging takes a while to knit, a million years or so, but i...
Tags: Crafts, Uncategorized, Sam, Elliot


The Power of What if? How Imagination Guides Us Toward Deeper Love for our Neighbors

Loving your neighbor as yourself would be easy if your neighbors were all people you understood, people you agreed with, people like you. But we don’t – we live in a broken world, so how do we love well in all the division? Lauren Casper believes the key to loving others is in embracing the lost art of empathy, stepping into other people’s shoes and asking what if?—what if it were my child? What if it were me? Lauren unpacks the importance of empathy, and how to cultivate it, in her book, Lovin...
Tags: Books, Hope, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Humility, Jesus, Tamir Rice, Christ, Huffington Post, Lauren, Thomas Nelson, Lauren Casper, Broken World


Steal This Look: A Characterful Bedroom in Veracruz, Mexico

A while back we profiled Maison Couturier, a 19th-century estate turned hotel in San Rafael, Veracruz. We’re still drawn to the bedrooms; you too? Here are some ideas for re-creating the look. Above: The estate is made up of limewashed walls and original brick floors. The mix of vintage decor is a nod to the French immigrants who built the estate in 1833. Photograph courtesy of Maison Couturier. Above: A bedroom features a wrought iron bed in white and a vintage pendant light against a backdro...
Tags: Books, London, Etsy, Mexico, Paris, Bulgaria, Mexican, Benjamin Moore, Veracruz, Beds, Walnut, Merci, Bedrooms, Tom Dixon, Houston Street, Christopher Howe


Toy Fair 2020 - Super Shogun Transformers Optimus Prime Coming From Super7

ReAction Figures are only the Beginning – ReAction Figures continue to lead the way, but look for an expanded line of Supersize figures and an incredible range of toys and products from Super7 in 2020. It begins with this month’s awesome Super Shogun Transformers Optimus Prime PreOrder, a massive 24’’ collector’s figure paying homage to Super7’s very first domestic toy release back in 2010.
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This Is How To Find A Bit Of Whimsy With Bigelow Tea

Calling all gift givers and purveyors of fine things… Bigelow Tea has just what you need! A tea chest, of course (we have many tea chests actually!)! But, first, how about some history on tea chests? Did you know one of the tea chests thrown overboard during the Boston Tea Party in 1773 still exists today, thanks to a Boston teenager named John Robinson who found it washed ashore the morning after? The Robinson family diligently preserved it for centuries until it was donated to the Bo...
Tags: Tea, Facebook, Twitter, Washington, Boston, Robinson, Earl Grey, John Robinson, Boston Tea Party, Bigelow, Bigelow Tea, Boston Tea Party Ships Museum, American Revolution Museum, Black Teas Green Tea


FIRST LOOK - Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 From VIZ Media

Some of us have been waiting since 2002 when Million Publishing released the first collection of Manga (comics) and Transformers art that was featured in TV Magazine from 1986 through 1991 in the massive 640 page "Transformers The Comic - Manga Compendium". The compendium brought together the Japanese only story lines including the debut series "Fight! Super Robot Life Transformers", that was their Generation 1, as well as the other lines mostly known by the toys Taraka made such as Transformers...
Tags: Toys, Taraka, VIZ Media


Flame Toys Kuro Kara Kuri #04 Optimus Prime In-Hand Transformers Images Gallery and Video

The Flame Toys Kuro Kara Kuri #04 Optimus Prime has been a long time coming, but appears to be well worth the wait judging from these in-hand images from @BLeitoys. This figure is so highly detailed and articulated, it is easy for forget it doesn't transform. Those who don't mind the intended posturing, will be amazed what this 8-inch tall figure can do with the wonderful axe and sword weapons that have been captured so nicely by @BLeitoys.
Tags: Toys, Optimus, Kuro Kara Kuri


Put on your happy face!

Laddy has that perfect Sheltie smile, Kathy. :) Sheltie Nation - Largest Community of Sheltie Lovers on the Net!
Tags: Crafts, The Sheltie Smile, Laddy




Gun Deals: 3 Pack of Beretta 92FS Magazine 9mm 15Rds $75.00 FREE S&H

3 Pack of Beretta 92FS Magazine 9mm 15Rds Deal 2 USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Beretta has a sale running on Beretta 92FS Magazine for 9mm in 15 round size where you can get three for a flat $75.00 with FREE shipping. That is $29.00 each, buying three gets the cart price high enough for free shipping. Check their magazine page for more bargains while the sale lasts. Replacement or spare magazines for your 92FS. Available in 15 round capacity. Fits: 92S – 92SB – 92F – 92FS – 92A1 – M9 – M9A1 – 90-Tw...
Tags: Guns, Gear, Vermont, Beretta, Ammunition News, Daily Gun Deals, Daily Deals Magazines, AmmoLand News Team, Pack of Beretta 92FS Magazine, USA Ammoland com Beretta, Stock 92 Steel


BBTS Exclusive BotCon Beyond The Convention: Ultimate Product Guide Volume 1 Book, T-Shirt, Pin Set

This special "1994" edition of BotCon Beyond The Convention: The Ultimate Product Guide, is only available at BigBadToyStore! The 144-page, softcover book has an exclusive cover featuring Generation 2 Breakdown and is limited to only 300 copies. Preorder now for $74.99 at the following link - bigbadtoystore.
Tags: Toys


Blackwater Announces 9mm Contractor Grade Ammunition

Blackwater Announces 9mm Contractor Grade Ammunition U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Blackwater Worldwide is proud to announce their Contractor Grade 124 grain 9mm ammunition is now available and shipping to the civilian market. Manufactured in the Blackwater Ammunition facility based in Concord NC, Contractor Grade 9mm is designed to deliver maximum reliability and terminal performance in all weapon platforms. Contractor Grade is a +P 124 grain 9mm, that features a lightweight split case with a nic...
Tags: Guns, Fbi, United States, Blackwater, Blackwater Worldwide, Ammunition News, Concord NC, Blackwater Ammunition, Concord NC Contractor Grade, Blackwater Contractor Ammo Calibers


Best of Black Floral

I wore the best little black floral dress when I was wandering around Palm Springs, that style of fabric is a favorite. I was reminded how many black floral pieces I have in my closet including jackets, tops, and shoes! Black floral is my jam when it comes to what I wear but there’s a great selection of modern black florals in home decor too. Floral and botanical patterns always feel fresh in spring and summer, the light backgrounds are lovely, but the black background gives a floral a moodier f...
Tags: Crafts, Palm Springs


Rosetta: Mexico City’s Most Beautiful Restaurant?

Spotted on our designer friend Victoria Kirk‘s Instagram: Rosetta in Mexico City, the prettiest restaurant we’ve seen in a while. Owner Elena Reygadas studied in New York and London before returning home to open Rosetta in 2010; since then, she’s earned a place on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, she was named Latin America’s Best Female Chef in 2014, and—the ultimate accolade—Alice Waters blurbed her new cookbook. “The restaurant is in a beautiful old colonial building,” Victoria says, “and...
Tags: Books, New York, London, Uncategorized, Vogue, Mexico City, Rosetta, New Orleans, Victoria, Latin America, Best Restaurants, Williamsburg, Alice Waters, Colonia Roma, Victoria Kirk, Elena Reygadas



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