THE SICK AND THE STUBBORN

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Grab a cup! Plenty of Irish Breakfast Tea with honey and lemon today. Yesterday I finally had a normal temperature. Yeah! The flu is gone. It started raining in the night sometime and was still going strong when I woke up. It was 50 degrees then and it is 28 now. Sleet, freezing on the roads and a lot of sirens outside today.

Today I woke up and couldn’t even walk a straight line. I felt like the ball in a pinball machine. I was so dizzy it was making me sick. Of course I called my eye doctor, who denied any responsibility for this, but did remind me I have low blood pressure and low blood sugar and maybe I should think about eating regularly and staying hydrated better. I told him my ears hurt and my throat hurts, and he suggested I stop hanging out with sick people. Smart Ass.

I finished the huge book I was reading. What a thrill ride that was! Now we are moving on to Lynn Cahoon’s ‘Who Moved My Goat Cheese’  a cozy mystery. Lynn is one of my favorite Cozy Authors.

OU Boy has called twice this morning to tell me to not get out of bed. But if there is one word to describe me it would definitely be “Does not follow directions well”. 

xx Love from the sick and stubborn

TAZO APRICOT VANILLA CREME White TEA…

Oh my what a gloomy Monday it is here. It rained overnight and the clouds are still hanging gray overhead.

We had to be at the OU Medical early this morning for OU Boy’s stress test. He couldn’t have his beloved sweet tea for 24 hours before. So I got him some Adult coloring books and markers and stuff to take his mind off of that. For a guy who goes through over a gallon a day it was tough!

I’ve been on the hunt for new teas for a few days now. This was a surprise and a very nice one at that.  Tazo Apricot Vanilla Creme. This would be a lovely tea to have with toast and apricot jam, or an apricot tart. It smells so nice. The apricot hits you in the nose right away and the vanilla is a smooth ribbon running throughout and it all comes together with the white tea beautifully. Perfect for Spring and Summer, I can see using this iced as well. Or you could make this lovely Vanilla infused naked cake….no words…

vanilla naked layer cake... so pretty! x

Lately I’ve been feeling the need to shake things up a bit. I went on an adventure Saturday to the country, poking around for unique locations. Stepping out of my comfort zone. Then on a whim I decided I wanted to be a brunette, so yeah, that happened and the stylist cut a bunch of layers into it so now I’ve got curls all over my face, but we’ll see how I like it. I love playing with hair color. Unfortunately for some reason mine never takes. In a few weeks it will just wash down the drain and we’ll be back to blonde.

I hope everyone had a restful weekend and maybe some of you are off today, so have a good one!

xx Patricia

Have Some Tea, It Will Get Better

Well we made it to Friday. Today I’m using my coupons to re-stock the tea stash. Who knows what I’ll find! It’s like a treasure hunt. And it is supposed to be in the 80’s again today. Now if the wind would stop blowing it would be perfect!

I’m just going to tell you that it has not been a perfect week. Not even close, although my flu symptoms are doing better. It’s been one of those weeks where you thought your life was going one way, but then you find out it was all just a lie. So today I am sad. Endings are hard and messy and sad. I have high standards and I refuse to lower them for any person.

Thanks for listening. I’ll be okay. Just not today.

I feel broken inside and I just can't believe I'll ever feel any differently. I don't know how to heal myself. I try but just when I think I'm getting somewhere, it disappears like sand through my fingers. Will I ever feel whole again? Life has worn me down so much, I just don't know anymore. What keeps me going? I truly don't know Xx ❤❤

xx Patricia

 

Tea with Jane Austen by Pen Volger

Enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake with one of the world’s favorite novelists

Inspired by the novels and letters of Jane Austen, this collection of cakes, bakes, and pastries is based on authentic recipes from the Regency era, which have been fully updated for modern-day cooks. In Jane Austen’s day, tea and cakes were usually served after dinner, or to evening guests, but these rolls, buns, tarts, and biscuits will be equally welcome at breakfast, with mid-morning coffee, or for an English afternoon tea. Recipes featured in the book include: English Muffins, based on the muffins served with after-dinner tea in “Pride and Prejudice”; Buttered Apple Tart as offered by Mr. Woodhouse to Miss Bates in “Emma”; and Jumbles, inspired by the cookies enjoyed by Fanny in “Mansfield Park”. From Plum Cake and Gingerbread to Ratafia Cakes and Sally Lunns “Tea with Jane Austen” has all the recipes you need to create the finest tea time treats, and the original recipes are given alongside, so you can compare them and appreciate modern time-savers such as dried yeast, and electric mixers all the more!

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Someone who knows me well sent me this lovely book. Full of delicious recipes for tea with or without Jane Austen. While I may not be a fan of her writing, I am a fan of this book!

Lovely pictures, stories and letters along with recipes which have been modernized which makes them very easy to prepare. I love this little book and I can see an entire tea with this theme! A great Book Club theme as well.

I hope this Thursday is treating you well. As I sit here sipping a huge mug of English Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s this morning, I noticed the weather button popped up with a high of 80 today. And I finally think I’m ready to get back out there and start running again. At least I’m going to try. It’s been a year since my first corneal surgery and I still have 11 stitches and probably have one more surgery, but I really feel the need to be out in nature, so we shall see.

xx Patricia

To All Of My Loves…XXOO

Happy Valentine’s Day to us all! Especially to these three munchkins! I love you all to the moon and back.

When you have the right person in your life, everyday is Valentine’s Day! Or Love Day as we call it!

 

   And a big Happy Birthday to the best Valentine I ever received! Shawn Patrick, you are practically perfect in every way! And I love you!

xx Patricia

HAPPY MARDI GRAS, Y’ALL!!!

Oh, Mardi Gras Season! Today all the big parades will roll well into the night. Beads, cups, plush toys and more will be tossed to kids and drunks alike, yelling, “Throw Me Something,Mister!” Today there is no open container law, and the more outrageous your float and your attire, the better!

Next week we will begin planning next year’s events. Balls, parties, fund-raisers, hiring of choreographers to whip us into shape for the balls our krewes will host.

And at midnight, the poor sanitation guys will be out in force with their little scoopers to clean all that mess up. Until next year.

We here at the Krewe of Hera are all still dragging with this flu. The past couple of days have just been a haze of juice, snot, fevers and whining. I’m the one whining. Corbin is the one who is fascinated all of a sudden with digging in his nose like there’s gold in there. I have talked until I’m blue in the face about this, but apparently boys are just gross. I say this after watching him pick a booger and wipe it on the wall! I thought Charli Ava and I were going to throw up!

Luckily OU Boy was home yesterday to help wrangle the sickly. I asked him to run to the store and pick up some more caps for the boy’s cap gun. He came back with that plus two nerf guns and an extra 30 foam darts. Which Corbin proceeded to shoot us all with. After he licked the tops. Thanks, babe. By last night everyone had fever, but nothing over 99 so let’s hope going back to school doesn’t make things worse.

Have yourself a drink for Mardi Gras! And in keeping with the Tea Theme, I’ll have a Long Island Ice Tea. Or a Hurricane. Or a shot!

xx Patricia cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde, New Orleans, Louisiana #CoffeeTime

Wrapping Up Our Week With The Plague

Good Sunday Morning to everyone! I’m sipping on this new STASH tea. Meyer Lemon. It isn’t a regular strong lemon taste. It’s a delicate, light and lovely tea. Meyer Lemons aren’t quite as tart so this is a wonderful afternoon sipping tea. Highly recommend it.

So yesterday the Flu Demon came back for a second try. Temps are back at 101 plus. But I am filling my body with nutritious soups and teas. I found this really great Vegan Protein Broth that is made with just soy milk, veggies, beans and just great protein filled love! I am loving it for simple soups with just veggies tossed in and maybe some quinoa or barley.

My days of shopping for a rustic wedding proved quite successful! What do you think of this look?

           

Shopping is iffy. Either you find what you want but you aren’t paying through the nose for stuff, or you get lucky and find everything on sale! After spending a long time at this place, we headed to our favorite place for other stuff. And lo and behold they had a great sale! I found a Dolce and Gabbana Cashmere pashmina in a beautiful Spring green for 90 percent off and the cutest pair of olive-green shoes, and even some olive green Nike’s for OU Boy.

      

I absolutely adore these shoes. I may have worn them with my jammies all day yesterday, but they are so cute and I even found a sweet little skirt to wear with them. They are Penny loves Kenny and are comfy too.

Today the munchkins are drawing and cutting and eating Valentine chocolate for breakfast. Corbin got a tummy ache and thought he had eaten too much but it turned out he just had to poop. You know you are a parent/grandparent when the first thing you say is ‘Do you think you need to poo?”.

Oh well, no school tomorrow so our teachers can march on the Capitol as they haven’t had a raise in over 10 years, so lord only knows what we will get up to.

Have yourself a great day and have a bit of fun and tea!

xx Patricia

 

Hello Friday! We’ve Been Looking For You!

It has been a crazy, busy day of appointments and looking for new teas in a different city!

This is one I found. I knew that Bigelow was coming out with their Bigelow Benefits line, and I had already picked up one and then I saw this one. Cinnamon and Blackberry Herbal with cinnamon, dandelion leaves and root, lemongrass, blackberry,raspberry, hibiscus, blueberry leaves, fennel, rose hips, apple, elderberry and blackberry leaves. Everything but the kitchen sink is in this balancing tea.

The top notes are definitely the cinnamon and lemongrass with the other flavors hitting your tongue with tiny explosions of flavor. I love it. The aroma was strong out of the individually sealed sachet and increased on brewing. Yeah Bigelow!

Everyone doing well this Friday? It is shorts and flip-flop weather today and it feels wonderful after being sick with the flu for the past 10 days.

Tomorrow I’ll have some pictures to show you of the home decor warehouse I’ve been at. I called OU Boy and told him not to wait for me, I was never leaving this place. He understood completely.

XX Patricia

 

A Chilly Morning With Earl Grey

Enjoying a nice cup of Earl Grey this chilly morning. We were supposed to get freezing drizzle and snow or some form of wet last night, but nope. Still sunny, still dry.

It’s been a week since the plague descended on us and I still haven’t managed to get my fever under 99.5. But I think I’m on the mend. OU Boy, not so much. But then he doesn’t listen and eats crap and won’t take his meds. So on the one hand I don’t feel sorry for him but on the other, he is still going to work everyday and I should cut him some slack for that, but seriously don’t expect me to feel sorry for you if you won’t help yourself heal. I am not that person.

In case anyone was wondering….the above picture perfectly shows what I expect to show up at my door on Galentine Day! We tried calling it V-Day, but Corbin said vagina and we all dissolved into 5-year-old hysterics, so now it’s Galentine Day.

My little munchkins will be here Saturday and I can’t wait! The markers and paints are at the ready and who knows what will happen!

Now I shall go back to bed and read. I’m reading a cookbook. Kind of like Science Fiction…it’s cool, but it’s not going to happen!

xx Patricia

It’s A Fairy Valentine Tea Party!

Sick or not the Valentine Teas need planning. Our theme is A Fairy Valentine. And it isn’t at all difficult to pull together!

The heart cut-out banner is simply shabby chic scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. The pixie dust necklaces are tiny bottles from a party supply store filled with glitter. Pixie Sticks are always a favorite and using candy bracelets or necklaces as napkin rings is adorable. The Dollar Tree has wands and fairy wings, so this one is pretty much good to go. Using the Passion Tea from Tazo will give us a lovely pink color and don’t forget sugar cubes. We love those tiny sugar cubes! Buy a bunch of plain cake donuts, dip them in pink candy melts and sprinkle with coarse sugar glitter. This tea is for 7-year-old girls/boys and we have a thumbs up from their leader.

It’s simple as can be but the memories are priceless! And don’t forget to leave a bit of sweets for the fairies!

Let your imagination go wild! Enjoy your day and have some Tea!

cupofmetea  xx Patricia