HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME!

Wednesday! I’m still working on my mug of breakfast tea. It’s been a busy few days here. Storms almost every night, but nice days. The pool has been our place of residence.

Sunday we went to Incredible Pizza, which is Chuck E. Cheese on steroids. Roller coasters, bumper cars, go-carts, bowling, laser tag, mini-golf and lots more. We had spent the day cleaning out my closet and Charli put on a fashion show. When it was time to go to the pizza joint aka hell, she just wore my dress. We just took a zip tie and pinched the back straps together and she had a maxi dress. Corbin, on the other hand, wanted to wear his underwear. Instead, he wore shorts and a man bun. This wasn’t the hill I wanted to die on so whatever.

I went on a roller coaster for the first and last time. I screamed so loud the boys left mini-golf to check on us. We got spun and rolled and I kept seeing the same lady across from me and we just waved. Later I found out that was a mirror. Charli and I road raged a lady at go-carts. And my hips will never be the same after bumper cars. But bowling? I nailed that!

Monday Corbin came bounding in my room with his tablet and his underwear and stopped short. “What’s he doing in my spot?”. Tommy was off. And sick. All day. He has been eating my way. Clean and unprocessed, no bread or white food. He had pizza and ice cream and paid for it the next day. So we headed to the pool and ate strawberries and watermelon.

Recitals were held. Ballet and Hip Hop. Last ball game tonight and we are going to miss it. It’s also our cousins 18th birthday and she is here from Washington to go on vacation with us to Texas, so we are going to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner tonight.

Last evening Tommy and I went and had mani-pedis so our feet are pretty for vacay. Today he is going golfing and I have to work. I hope y’all had a fun weekend!

xx P

CHOCOLATE MINT ROOIBOS TEA AND A TALE

Friday Finally! Meet Octavia Tea’s Chocolate Mint. Caffeine-Free Rooibos. Chocolate and mint, yum. The Rooibos gives it a zip that I love and it’s similar to a Junior Mint. Very smooth. This one does contain milk/soy products so if you aren’t doing either, skip this one. It didn’t bother my tummy at all.

I love this clever book. It comes out in July and is a lot like mean girls club!

I have spent the entire morning going through closets trying to decide what to pack for vacation. I have two piles since I leave for another trip almost as soon as we return from Padre. Tommy called and I asked him how many outfits he was bringing. He said 3. Shorts, tee shirts and swimsuits. So far my list is:

6 swimsuits, 6 dresses, 6 pairs of shoes, workout clothes and shoes, 4 pairs of shorts and 4 tops, cover-ups for the beach, 2 purses, a blender, French Press, 25 types of tea and I still have to buy 2 pairs of sandals. Plus toiletries and potions. I’ll grocery shop when we get there. I’m just not sure what is in the house already so I’m thinking of bringing my own sheets too.  Tommy thinks we need to rent a van now. He’s funny.

Tonight we are having dinner with the kids as they have some news.  No one is dying and no one is pregnant, so I’m going to act very surprised when they tell me they are finally getting married! We let Corbin and Charli pick the restaurant which wasn’t the best idea as they chose S & B Burger Joint.

I hope your Friday is all that you want it to be!

xx P

The One Where We Go To The Ballpark and Come Home With a Black Eye!

Hello, you big yellow sun! How about we get together in a bit? I’m feeling in the pink today.

First, Momma solved the mystery. It was my brother who sent the Ensure. I so knew that. For Mother’s Day. I’m surprised he didn’t just send a coffin. He is the least sentimental person I know. Lawyers! But she was good with it. She likes the Strawberry ones.

Mr. Smokes is doing well. He was waiting at the door last night for his dinner and was purring happily. Then we had to drive to Wheeler Park for Charli Ava’s softball game, which they won!!!  Okay, so the other team didn’t have enough players to play or a coach. So we are still 3 and 0. Due to all of the rain, it’s been impossible to get everyone there but our team scrimmaged and part one was hilarious and part two was not.

Every time she gets on first she and the little boy are smiling and chatting. I told her to stop talking to him, but no.  So, he is playing first base and she hits a ground ball and he tags her out as she steps on base. I went into the dugout and she says, ” Why was I out?”

“Well, honey because he is not your friend. When you are on the field you have to ignore those boys because they are just trying to throw you off your game. During the game, they are the enemy.”  She wanted a challenge on the ruling. Her daddy told her to learn how to use her ‘girliness’ to her advantage. It’s a good thing she’s smart.

Corbin and I were sitting on the first bench of the bleachers when out of nowhere a ball brutally hit me in the face. In the eye. The eye with stitches in it. I had my sunglasses on and they were knocked off. It could have been worse. I have a black eye but hopefully no damage that I can tell. My son was upset because neither the kid or the parents apologized. This kid was throwing the ball in the bleachers! The parents just stood there looking at me. Being my child, Mike wasn’t letting it go and proceeded to make a speech about people not watching their children or teaching them accountability.

We have one more game to go to on Saturday and then I’m not going anywhere near balls!

Y’all have fun!

xx P

The Mysterious Case of the Amazon Box

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Thank you all for your kind and supportive words. Yesterday was hard. Lots of tears were shed and then we watched a show that gave us a good cleansing cry. Sometimes you just need that.

But my day was also hilarious. Weird, but true. In the morning I received a text from my Momma asking if I had sent her a case of Ensure from Amazon. There was no card or anything to say who sent it. I waited a bit until my 3 sisters all sent messages asking if I had done it because they had not. I called Momma last night and asked if she had solved the mystery yet. No. She said, ” I know it was you because it’s Strawberry and you know I don’t like the other two flavors.” I didn’t say yes or no.

My Momma is a tiny little thing. We have trouble keeping weight on in our family and she weighs 83 pounds and is trying to gain a few pounds to keep her doctor off of her back.  Did I send the Ensure? I have no idea! Things show up at my house and I have no idea if I ordered them or if someone wants a review. Or maybe I night shop, like Tommy sleep eats.  I will, however, take credit and bank some good daughter points.

Today I shall lie on my new float in the pool and read Harlan Coben. I will be as happy as a bird with a french fry!

xx P

Saying Goodbye to Lu

This morning we received a call from Aunt Gayle that it was time. The kitties we always watch have been together for 15 years and Lu had cancer. This morning she was dying. Painfully.

My wonderful hubby and I dropped everything and ran around the corner. Tommy took her to Nichols Hills Veterinary and I kept Aunt Gayle busy at home. Tommy held her and they hooked her up to an i.v. and he was with her when she took her last breath. The staff was so kind and compassionate and for that I am grateful.

Neither Gayle or I could have done that. We’ve lost too much, too quickly. But Tommy did. He cried all the way there and we’ve all been a bit weepy especially since we are allergic to cats!

So, to my Daddy in Heaven….I’m sending you and Mr. Louis a new friend. Her name is Lu and I know y’all will take care of her.

Poor Smokey, her cat husband, was so subdued and sad all day. Tomorrow will be soon enough for us to remove all of her things and wash all the bedding, as Aunt Gayle flys to Washington tomorrow to watch one of the nieces’ graduate.

That’s all I’ve got today. It’s a sad day.

xx P

Happy Birthday, Times Two!

Happy Birthday, Momma! A true Charleston girl doing her thing. She is definitely one of those southern ladies who are oh so polite and sweet but has a spine of pure steel. I learned all my favorite cuss words from her. I also learned that if you want stuff in this world, you need to get off your ass and work for them!

She raised four daughters and none of us have been in jail. The bar is kind of low on that side. Also, it’s rather high. My momma’s people have been here forever. They fought in the Revolutionary War, signed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, fought for the Confederacy, served in every war and I am proud of her and them.

So what is the best thing you can give your Momma on her birthday? This! Her first grandchild!

Happy Birthday, Bradley David! My momma was there when you were born and I swear that 36 hours of labor was her doing! Just so you could be her birthday baby. And spoiled rotten first grandchild.

I am so proud of this man! He is passionate about history, the Cubs, golf and his family. Plus he gave me this cutie pie next to him. I love him more than words can say.

Enjoy your weekend y’all!

A CUP OF TEA SOLVES EVERYTHING!

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Thursday literally started off with a BANG! Thunder, lightning, a bit of hail and the ear-splitting alarm on my phone going off telling me it’s flooding. I kind of noticed that when I saw the neighbors hanging petunias floating down the road.

My lovely little Charli and Corbin have dance recital on Saturday. This should be very interesting. I wasn’t sure if Corbin would want a bouquet afterward but thought I would ask so he wouldn’t be hurt. And yes! He wants that bouquet! A big one too.

Today I am staying right here and drinking tea and reading books. It’s so gloomy outside I should be watching all of the horror movies on Netflix, but alas, deadlines.

Going to make a nice pot of Chocolate Mint Tea and listen to the rhythm of the falling rain.  Also, anyone have any suggestions for red or navy sandals??

xx P

Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, Keeping The Anxiety Fairy at Bay!

Wednesday. So far no rain. For elevenses today I wanted this Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice. Tastes just like a Fireball. Not the liquor. The candy! I am full of cinnamony goodness at the moment. Cinnamon is a warming spice. Gets your blood going and this is the best one I own.

Yesterday morning we found out we slept through storms. We hauled all of our stuff outside to the pool. Music, water, books, the Do Not Disturb hats and parked ourselves there. 10 minutes later we decided we needed to run to the Hyatt as one of the ladies was leaving for another opportunity and we had a gift. As we pulled in some lovely Georgia ladies were leaving and gave us 4 padded bleacher seats! They were headed home after the Women’s College World Seris. UCLA took it this year but OU gave it their best shot. Then we thought we’d have a swim in their pool. Lasted 5 minutes. I don’t know where their wind comes from on that side of town but I got tired of tracking down my hat and shoes.

We evened out our tans and then one of us took a nap and one of us read 2 books.

I made an epic decision yesterday morning. Putting aside my anxiety and snobbery, I committed to going to Port Aransas the last week of June. I can do this. We called people and committed. Tommy can’t go so I’ll go with Aunt Gayle, who I am most comfortable with. We’ll be going in a family caravan so Tommy will take a picture as we leave for the orange man to show a caravan headed South to the border! LMAO

And now I must go linger in the bath for a couple of hours reading ‘A Ladie’s Guide To Gossip and Murder’ by Diane Freeman. Don’t you love the title?

xx P

 

Meet Octavia Teas! Chocolate Earl Grey!

Meet Octavia Teas!

Out of a genuine passion for premium, loose-leaf tea, Octavia Tea was founded in 2002 after our founder spent 2 years traveling around the world (through Europe, Asia, India, and Africa) and fell in love with the different types of tea along each stop in her journey.

From thick, mint tea in Northern Africa … steamy, rich, spiced tea in India … bright, grassy green tea in Japan … fragrant jasmine tea in China … sweet apple tea in Turkey … comforting red tea in South Africa … exotic yerba maté in Argentina … fruit and vanilla flavored teas in Europe … our founder was amazed by the quality, variety and importance tea has on different cultures around the world.

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Unable to purchase her favorite teas once back at home in Chicago (in a country that focuses on coffee where mass-produced tea bags are the standard), she began a small tea-importing hobby … that soon evolved into a full-time business.

Today, Octavia Tea imports and blends over 100 different teas, and the list is constantly evolving. Our main business is wholesale; we sell primarily to gourmet grocery stores, gift shops, spas, restaurants, tea shops and coffee shops around the country.

 

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A friend on IG recommended them to me. I have never had Chocolate Earl Grey before and was anxious to try it. These are all loose leaf tea, which I prefer. The loose tea looked and smelled very good. There is a very good quality black tea with an Italian Bergamot and that silky chocolate all blending together to form this unique and deliciously smooth tea.  I can’t wait to try all of them!

Tommy has never had a cream horn! How can you be 40 years old and never had the adventure of a cream horn? Biting into that flaky pastry to find a light, whipped cream and sticking your tongue all the way inside to scoop it out. I called my sister, and we agreed this was a travesty. Now, mind you said sister and I had no idea what a cream horn was either until we spent the summer after graduation in Colorado Springs. Next to a King’s Sooper with a bakery. So off we went to Uptown Bakery and they had these fancy ones in vanilla and chocolate dip. He is now a fellow member of the Cream Horn Cult.

Have a wonderful week! It didn’t rain last night so I think we are going to the lake.

xxP