Date: 16 January 2016. DIY Bigelow Teas ( and engine swap update)
As many know I'm a real tea aficionado. I am also
a boater on a budget. As much as I enjoy a spot of Bigelow's
Earl Grey and
Constant Comment teas the
wallet is a mite thin of late. Three engines in two years will do
that to a gal. Fortunately I have a solution that is inexpensive and
easy to do.
Number One and most important of all: My
My Kubota's name is Betsy. I'm a
awaiting the final few items to be 100% on the go. I know I lack a
fuel return line. We cannot find one. Apparently the Beast (gasoline
monster) didn't have that. Nor can we locate the one for the BOB
Volvo. I don't understand. From reading I thought all diesels had
fuel return lines.
In any event, that plus hooking up
my throttle and shift cables is left to do. Also I'll need a wired
shut off switch. Betsy starts, runs beautifully, and, well, were it
not for the little bits remaining I'd be taking my boat out this
The Kidlet is in town and gosh,
I'd have loved to take her for a ride in Seaweed... Maybe next time.
She returns to town in February so I'm praying hard!
I love drinking tea. Usually I'm a tea drinker all
summer and a coffee or chocolate coffee drinker in the wintertime.
[See the article
Flavored Coffees (economical versions)
for details.] This year I've been sticking with tea. The Bigelow
brand is my favorite however with the amount of tea I enjoy it got
That's when I pulled on my
thinking cap and thought about how to spend less and not give up a
pleasure. This is what I came up with.
If you read the package of the Earl Grey is says it's made with
"real oil of bergamot" so I went to Amazon. Pull out your wallets
boaters because we're going to spend a bit in the short term to reap
benefits in the future. For those of us who enjoy tea here's how
I've done it and the three Essential Oils ordered.
Please note these are marketed
They are not medicines, not for internal use, etc.
Oil does not mix with water so
this is my method. Your mileage may vary.
Also please note these essential
oils are are not certified for consumption. Please weigh the benefits versus possible problems.
Make your own decision if Essential Oils are good for you. In other words: if you
have a bad reaction it's not my fault.
Select the essential oil of your choice. Open said bottle. Put the
drip gizmo thingy against your teabag. Tip upside down and right
side up quickly. This is what you'll see:
The drop does spread a bit as it soaks into the teabag. I have not
tried using the oils with my metal tea ball.
When I discover an item that makes my life better I
want and extra set aside in ship's stores. These are inexpensive
so that's a bonus for me. That's why I went back to Amazon
today. While ordering duplicates of what I know I like I found a
couple more that sure tempt me. They are:
Sweet Orange 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 10 ml
I would also like to find
an essential oil that replicates Mint Tea made by Lipton. A friend
("Hi Cheryl") gave me a teabag to try and I liked it.
The Bigelow Spearmint tea
is not the same. I am definitely not a spearmint person.
Please let me know if you
have found an essential oil that offers a mild mint flavor. I
want just a hint, not to be hit over the head by it.
Juniper Berry 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil- 10 ml
That's it from Seaweed until tomorrow. I'm
sitting back sipping my tea and grateful for the warmth a cup brings
me. It is getting nippy here though nothing like my cyber-pal Pam.
Her high is predicted to be minus five degrees today. Brrr. Poor
Stay warm folks and if you'd like
a spot of tea on a budget try those listed above. The links are
affiliate ones, meaning if you buy Amazon sends me a small
percentage of the amount spent. It costs you nothing. Last month
folks who used my links added $36.62 to my bank account. Thanks so
much. I appreciate that.
Have you any favorite teas? What flavors are the ones
Do you have any secrets for making mint tea? Please share.
In the Bilges,
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