The Anxiety Fairy makes an appearance!

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Good Wednesday Morning! It is already hot here so I’m drinking a cold brew from Harney & Sons. Blueberry Green. It smells so yummy! This morning I’m feeling fairly zen.

Our first weekend off was great. Saturday it rained all day and we watched Netflix and Prime shows with breaks for tea and naps!  Sunday we hung out in the pool. Then Monday came along. It was weird not to have him home. What did happen on Monday? I did a good deed. Said good deed came back to snack on my ass! My neighbor had a young lady (27) staying with her for reasons that turned out to be false. This young lady gives the rest of us a bad name. Crying wolf over abuse and rape when it was nothing of the kind.  She asked if she could call her attorney on my cell. Never have I done this but we all fell for her sob story. Around midnight I began receiving texts from a guy asking her to return his truck. I called said guy and boy did I get an earful!

The next day I had over $150 of charges to my debit card and spent hours on the phone with Chase Bank and the police. She didn’t steal my card, she used my phone and ordered herself an Uber from my mobile app. I was furious. Long story short, she is in jail and my money is back in my account. So….boundaries. I have them for a reason. I’m a sucker for a sob story. I should have run her background before letting her use my phone. My poor neighbor was horrified as well. See the girl had first asked if I had any books she could read. Well of course I do. I loaned her a book that doesn’t come out until October. Once I found out what she had done I marched over there loaded for bear. Retrieved my book and went home. And watched from my kitchen window while she was arrested. She did scream, ” I’m going to kill that bitch” and at that point, they added another charge.

Tommy just shook his head. “Why? Why can’t you stop getting involved with people you can’t save?” Because she asked for a book! So now I’m only allowed to go to the pool and the front porch. And my Russian neighbors’ house. That’s fine.

And now it’s Wednesday. Hot and humid. Around 100 today.  I just checked and all of my boundaries are in place and the Anxiety Fairy is happily puttering around up there waiting for the Shenanigans Fairy to show up!

xx P

A Winning Tea, A Won Book, and Crohn’s

Thursday’s offering is Harney and Sons Peaches and Ginger with a really good Cozy Mystery Tale by Miranda James which I won over at Katiescottagebooks so go over and check out her latest giveaways!

This is such a lovely tea. A soft peach aroma with a back note of ginger. Not overpowering in the least. And you can’t beat it for upset tummies! And around here that is a constant.

I was having a conversation yesterday with my Crohn’s support group. It was my turn to tell my story so I decided to share it with all of you. I was first diagnosed with Celiac. It’s a simple blood test. I tried to not eat things I couldn’t digest but it was hard when no one eats the way you do. By October of 2013, I was getting worse every day. Pain and stress were an everyday thing. Until December 1st came around. The last straw for me was my boss asking me to lie and backdate a legal document. Instead, I resigned immediately.

It was right before Christmas when I woke up vomiting blood and in hideous pain. After a quick surgery, I had to start over with friendly food and no stress. The first week all I could digest was small pieces of banana. One banana over 3 days. This caused me to lose weight very fast. I am 5 foot 11 inches. I weighed around 85 pounds. I was wearing a size O with two or three pairs of leggings under my jeans. I could count my ribs. It was scary and my hair started to fall out, which wasn’t that bad since I had enough for 3 people, but the folks vacuuming it up hated it! So I started my own way of eating. I introduce a small amount and if it doesn’t make me ill I will put it in the rotation. After a few years on steroids, I was able to get to a healthy weight for me. I will always be tall and skinny, it is in our DNA. I decided then that I don’t care about what diet anyone is on. I don’t care what workout you do. I do what works for me. That means in the morning I drink a half a cup of warm water with apple cider vinegar to keep my body in an alkaline state. I follow that with tea and almond milk. Around 2 in the afternoon I have a SuperFood Smoothie that I make. It’s always a little different but I know I am getting the nutrients I need. It’s simple, a handful of spinach and baby kale, some Spirulina, some ginger, half of an avocado and a handful of frozen fruit. Some days I add a whole lemon and some parsley. I do not eat white food. I do not eat sugar. I eat fish occasionally and a boiled egg twice a week. This program has allowed me to keep weight on and avoid flares. Unless there is nutritional value in it, I don’t eat it.

It’s especially difficult when you live with a meat and potatoes person. Even though the said person has enough of his own health issues he needed to deal with. Finally, however, OU Boy came around to the non-white foods and no meat lifestyle. He started getting compliments and so he joined my workout. His cardiologist told him he had never looked better and if he kept it up he could go off the blood pressure meds! He has kept it up and working out together is lots of fun. He even drinks the smoothies.

And that is what I do. No fad, quick weight-loss crap for me. I don’t need to lose weight or get in shape so I would appreciate all of those “coaches” on IG leaving me alone. I’m not a joiner and I don’t believe in Multi-level Marketing schemes. So don’t @ me!

Peace

xx P

Summoning Aquaman and a trip to the Pokey!

Friday!  I hope you all had a good holiday yesterday. I never left the house. We had a sleepover with the kids Saturday and Sunday morning a little boy woke me up at the break of dawn.

Why? Because Stranger Things 3 came out yesterday on Netflix and we sat in our jammies and binge-watched until late last night. We only paused for tea and bathroom breaks. I did hear the part of the trump speech where he said we rammed the ramparts and stormed the airports in the War of 1812. WTF?

Day two of the trip I was up early and Tommy and I headed for the beach to watch the dolphins and the turtles. Tommy is not a sea person. None of these people were sea people. By day 2 they had been to the Urgent Care with second-degree burns. There was a trip to the Turtle Sanctuary to watch them release the turtles and then off to the Pirate Ship! These were my people. Aunt Gayle and I tried summoning Aquaman but got dolphins instead.

It was amazing and I drank 7 daiquiris that day. More than I drink in 7 years, but they sold it by the gallon just like home and I needed it for this group. Later we hung with the rest of the Pirate Nation for adult fun. Somewhere in our racing golf carts on the beach, Tommy lost his wallet. With my bank card in it. As soon as we realized it was gone Tommy went on a wild hunt at the beach. Then, my phone rang and it was the local police. A local had turned in the wallet before we knew it was gone! With everything in it! We were amazed and had to go to the police station to pick it up. Tommy wanted to know how they got my phone number from his wallet? Forever a mystery love. The cops, there were two. The station was tiny. We were having a fine time with law enforcement until Tommy says, “Boomer Sooner”. If you are from Texas then you bitterly hate OU and vice versa. They immediately threw up the Hook ’em Horns sign and before we got locked up I claimed the SEC. I wasn’t going down with that particular ship!

Stay tuned for Day 3 where we all play Cards Against Humanity. Sober as a judge I won my first time playing. And sometime in the early morning hours, I threaten to remove someone’s testicles.

Have a nice day y’all!

xx P

On The First Day of Vacay: WACO

I’m back! And alive. Relatively unscathed. Never have I ever wanted or needed to go to Waco, Texas. And yet here we are. Tommy and I checked in at the hotel and headed to The Silos to see Chip and Joanna Gaines and all things Magnolia.

A tip: Leave your car at the hotel and Uber there. Traffic is a nightmare with a 4-year road construction project as well as no parking and lots of tour buses. I talked to the locals and while we may like the Gaines family, the locals are not thrilled.

The first stop was the Bakery. I got 2 of each. We had Peach Cobbler with a graham cracker bottom, Lemon Lavender, Strawberry Lemonade and Chocolate. That peach cobbler was amazing. I did not share it. I hid them in my cooler. And when the cousins who brought their tiny terrorists were ready for bed, I gave every one of their children who were running the halls a cupcake! At 10 p.m.  And we laughed and laughed!

With all of the road work, it was a nightmare! I did love the Texas shaped waffles which we fixed for said children with lots of syrup.

Stay tuned for the part where I have to go to the jailhouse!

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

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

 

Beautiful Passion Tea and Our Secret Obsession

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Good Morning! Wednesday brings with it more severe storm warnings beginning this afternoon and through tomorrow. But before all of the hoopla, let’s talk about this tea!

Passion by Tazo. Tart rose hips and citrusy lemongrass along with the lovely hibiscus flower and licorice root, orange peel and cinnamon. First. It’s pink! The longer it steeps the pinker it gets. I love this tart/sweet infusion. And it’s pink. Pair it with some mini macarons and tea becomes elevated to something lush!

We didn’t make it home until around 8 a.m. yesterday. It was a long and windy night.  After we tossed our gear in the truck we headed to our spot. You have to have a spot.

          

The best spot is by the airport at the entrance to I-40, running east and west. This is I-40 when it was closed down because it was under water. The video will give you an idea of our night!

Yep, we are obsessed with storms. I am normally terrified of heights, but the exhilaration outweighs the fear!

We were very lucky. There were so many tornadoes and water rescues. Praying tonight will be easy!

Enjoy your Wednesday and stay dry!

xx P

Jim Cantore is in Town! Here We Go!

Monday the 20th of May is not a good date for Oklahomans. One of our worst and deadliest tornadoes took place on this date. Many people died. On the Gulf Coast, we used to joke about Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel. We would ride out any hurricane unless Jim Cantore showed up. When he shows up things get real. He is in Moore right now. So we are a bit anxious.

Last night I started receiving texts. Schools all over the Metro are closed today and my doctor called and canceled my appointment for today. Businesses are closing early. Tommy is normally off today but not everyone has daycare today so he’s at Hyatt bringing up cases of flashlights and making sure everyone knows what to do. The poor out of town people are a bit panicked. We’ve already had one small hail storm.  So today is going to be interesting.

So my sister and I had our DNA testing done. One through MyHeritage.com and one through 23andMe. They said the exact same thing. We’ve always known who our people are. You can’t live in Charleston and not know your people. We knew two of our ancestors signed The Constitution but didn’t know one also signed the Declaration of Independence! I can’t say that any of them were saints. They were all well-known planters with strict slave rules. Not too proud of that one. Everyone else we knew about.

The breakdown was:  55.9% French, 32% UK (Scotland, Ireland, England) and 12.1% Scandinavian. The breakdown explains a lot. Like why when I get really mad I start speaking French with a very southern accent. I do speak it but rarely do. The Scandinavian part is Norway. Vestre. It looks like I have a good shot at moving to France if shit goes down in the U.S. In the UK we were in Leeds, Dundee, and County Cork. Walshes.

I’m going to make sure we have all of our storm supplies ready and then I’ll read a book.

Stay Safe Everyone in Tornado Alley today!

xx P

Tommy Saves The Day Again!

Sunday morning with no rain. It should be here tomorrow as we have been warned a million times that tomorrow is a severe threat day. But today, not so much. We had rain all day yesterday. It was a dark and gloomy day. But I was fine for a few reasons.

One, I love a gloomy day when I’m reading. Add some fresh from the oven bread and fig preserves alongside a cup of Earl Grey Tea. As you can see I finished painting my kitchen table and chairs and am 90% done with the breakfront. If I could everything in my house would be white. It’s a blank canvas so it can be whatever you want it to be with accessories.

Yesterday just as I was fed up with the painting, Tommy popped in to save me! With a quick shower and a change of clothes, I was ready. We headed up north to Quail Springs and checked in with Marshall’s, coming out with a few new outfits and the coffee I like. Then on to Ganache Patisserie. If you have never been, you really must!  I was on the lookout for Passionfruit Macarons. I have a tea today and the tea is Passion Flower Tea. Tommy picked out a dark chocolate tart and I picked a chocolate croissant.

Dinner was a spur of the moment decision. I am trying to be more spontaneous. We ended up at Cowboy Chicken. All they serve is rotisserie chicken in a lot of ways.

We sat at the bar so we could watch them cook. That is so not true! We sat there because I am always cold and this spot was so warm! It was interesting watching the guy stab these poor chickens with what looked like a Viking sword. 4 on a stick. I had the Monterey Salad, which was great. Tommy had the BBQ chicken with baked mac and cheese. It was delicious too.

On other exciting news, we got our DNA testing back. Since we already knew our history on both sides, as my uncle had written a few books on them and of course in the South you better know who your people are! I did have one surprise though and I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow!

Enjoy your Sunday and Game of Thrones!

xx P