Hello Friday, Please Be Nice. Love,Tea.

It is Friday! And the sun is shining and it isn’t very cold out so I’m calling this a great day. It’s also our new day off. So while OU Boy languishes in bed, I’m up having my cup of tea. This morning I have some lovely Ahmad Lemon Ginger, as I woke up with a sore throat.

This has been a week of extreme opposites. Our good friend who was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer is not doing well,which breaks our hearts, especially OU Boy as he is a father to him, so there have been a lot of tears and sadness.

On the other extreme my aunt told me my cousin and his wife are moving here! And I am so excited about that. My aunt is only 3 months older than me so it’s weird to call her aunt, but I love to remind her!

My mom is home and doing well, my sister leaves tomorrow and I think Momma will be okay with her walker and my other sister checking in on her.

Today I have to finish a book, check in on a grandpa, and find a cupcake.

xx Patricia Be Nice!

 

Where There Is Tea, There Is Hope

Well this morning has started out with a 6 degree reading on the thermometer! It just seems so wrong for it to be so cold and yet the sun is advertising something else entirely!

Today’s tea is brought to you by the lovely folks at Taylor’s of Harrogate. A rich and full-bodied Scottish Breakfast Tea with a splash of milk. I’ve been meaning to ask y’all about the milk thing. I know the debate will forever rage on adding it to the cup first or after you pour tea. I don’t care. But I do care if it’s cold. I heat my milk separately and then add the tea. And I only add milk to full, black teas. What’s your way?

I have an appointment with my Corneal Surgeon tomorrow and I expected that darn Anxiety Fairy to pop up this morning, as I like to worry in advance, but so far it’s just the Frozen Fairy. I have been a bit anxious over the past 3 weeks when my doctor went to Korea for the holidays. Korea. I grilled him like the CIA before he left.
“Will you be able to get back?”, ” Are you sure?” “Can you let me know you got home all right?”  He knows I’m nuts, but he is also a fellow tea lover so I can’t wait to hear what new teas he tried.

I’m also hoping for good news about the next surgery. As at the moment I have no lens in my eye at all. Just a lot of really bright light….sort of like the one people see on the way out of this life. So hopefully they will have figured out a way to put one in there.

OU Boy decided to make a cake about 9 p.m. last night. Just the cake. No icing. Is it even called cake if there isn’t icing? I’m not complaining because at least he isn’t smoking! Doing really well with that. So what if he wants to make cake at bedtime. We’re weird and we own it.

xx Patricia   Have a great Tuesday! Have a cup of tea and some cake!

A Change of Plans Led To More Fun!

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What a cute vintage poem!  Since I just woke up I am actually sipping some coffee this morning. It was a long night.

We were headed to the Thunder vs. Portland game downtown at the Peake. Found a great parking spot right on the riverwalk which is really pretty. And this is as far as we got!

Half way down the stairs it got dark. I still can’t see well in the dark so the Anxiety Fairy was flitting all over with her snarky, look on the dark side self. I panicked. I was just unable to see the depth of the stairs and so we went back to the car and I called the kids to see if they wanted to use our tickets. They said Yes! So we met at their house downtown to watch the grands.

On the way we passed the OKC Memorial for the victims of the bombing. Each chair is lit up and it is a very solemn place.

We had a wild night with Corbin and Charli Ava. Throw in 2 large dogs and a black cat and chaos quickly ensues. We had no idea how to work their television and neither did the kids, so OU Boy pulled up the game on his phone and lo and behold it was Kiss Cam time! And the kids started squealing when their parents popped up on the screen. It was really comical. With Oh Gross! being the sentiment.

  

As you can see we also built a fort out of Lincoln Logs and Corbin kindly placed benches around for the bears.

They were in bed asleep when the kids came home and they were so excited. We visited way later than any of us should have since everyone had to be up at the crack of dawn. Except me. OU Boy called me at 10:30 this morning and I told him I had just woken up and he told me what I could do as well as what the horse I rode in on could do. Tsk, Tsk….

So here you go! This is what you look like after a night out. Do not freak out. I will comb my hair and get dressed and maybe put on make up.

 

   xx Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White milk glass condiment tray I but together with vintage little spoons!

Planning A Tea Party Without Losing Your Mind

Planning a little girl’s Tea Party doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg along with your sanity! Here at the Pirate Nation we are planning a simple, pink tea party for a young lady.

No, I’m not spending hours in the kitchen. These are all simple to do. I even found a picture on Pinterest breaking down the Naked Cakes, as I call them, Get yourself a Sara Lee Pound Cake and slice it into 3 equal lengths and then just choose a round or as they did in the picture, a decorated cookie cutter and pop some out. Squeeze a bit of icing and plop on a flower.

What could be easier than Rice Krispie Treats? Just dunk them in some melted candy dots in pink. Same with the pretzels. Easy, as well as eatable! Kids don’t care about fancy, they like simple things and you’ll only work yourself up into a snit paying $4/cupcake when they only eat the icing. And a simple heart-shaped Strawberry Jam tea sandwich will be a hit.

As for decor, Boas are cheap at the party store and tutus are easy to make and you can customize your colors.

I like the pink tea tins and I have a few…or maybe more, but we like using a Red Rooibos Tea as it gets pink. Nothing is as cute as tiny baby food jars, painted and topped with tiny crowns and full of jelly beans. Great favors. And the paper straws are a must. I snap them up any time I see them. I have been known to design a tea around a straw. Think Flamingo!

My little miss Charli Ava loves those straws so much I have taken to hiding them!

Have yourself a little tea party with your favorite girls! I promise they will love it!

xx Patricia

And So The Adventure Begins! Hello 2018!

Hello January! Hello New Year! A day of new beginnings. A fresh start. A Do Over if you will.

The time of year we decide who we are going to be this year. A time of re-invention. An opportunity to look back at what worked and what didn’t. At who was there for you and who needs to go.

What habits are holding you back from your full potential? Smoking? Drinking? Cheating on you exams or your partner? Well this is the day to get back on track. Stop abusing your body, your friends and your brain!

Stop blaming every one else for the mess in your life. Own it and fix it.

My personal shortcomings are allowing anxiety to even cross my doorstep! Along with my fear of commitment, to people that is, not books or tea. I am deeply committed to those as well as my Corneal Surgeon, who better be back from Korea!

My personal cause this year is Health. Mental and Physical. I am putting my foot down on any thing that jeopardizes either of those. Keep a journal. Every day. At the end of the year you can look back and see what worked and what did not. It’s very helpful.

I have made some amazing friends here in Blogland and have learned so much about other cultures, foods, and of course books and tea. I always learn something new, or find someone with the same weird sense of humor. Even if I don’t agree all the time, I like hearing the opposite side.

Be Nice. Be Kind. Be the best version of you that you can be!

Much Love for 2018!   xx  Patricia

And Life Goes On…

Today I'd like to sit and sip. Forget the world a little bit. Ignore the things I have to do. And just enjoy a cup or two.

This morning was looking pretty misty and gloomy but now the clouds have lifted and it is bright and sunny. I’m sipping a lovely Oolong loose leaf pot of tea at the moment and as always it is perfect.

It is always difficult when family is ill during Christmas. OU Boy’s Uncle is just in his sixties and was moved to hospice. One of his co-workers had a stroke this morning at work and it just seems wrong to be jolly and happy when so many of our family members and friends are seriously hurting. Every time his phone beeps we jump. Since this is the exact same hospice room his mother died in, it has been very difficult for him to even go there.

We had our Christmas vacation planned and now we are just in limbo, because it just seems wrong. Our home is a solemn one today. Even the kiddos are subdued. This afternoon we are going to paint the salt dough ornaments they made Sunday and listen to Christmas music.

Today my heart goes out to all of you who are hurting or ill or going through rough times.  Remember, when you’re going through hell, keep going. No need to set up shop there!

xx Patricia  Be Kind. Be Nice.

It’s An Orange Christmas Tree…

Good Morning! Sitting at the Dean McGee Eye Institute waiting on my doctor. I was having the hardest time understanding why these trees are blue and orange until someone let me know that DMEI is a big supporter of the OKC Thunder basketball team and these are their colors.

Now normally I am not in favor of using pumpkin colors on trees, but they were very pretty.

Pressure is good on my eye so he discontinued the antibiotic drops and the pressure drops and now I am down to just the steroid drops.

My doctor is leaving in a couple of weeks to go to Korea. The South one, to see his mother. I expressed my concern about him getting back but he seems okay with it.

The Anxiety Fairy saw an opening there but I’m going to shut that down quickly. I have enough to worry about without worrying needlessly.

xx Patricia    Enjoy Your Tuesday!  I am off to the library!

Sometimes You Just Need A Do-Over~

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It’s 4:00 in the afternoon and I’m having my first cup of tea. *Gasp*  And I’m having it in the bed. It’s so cozy I’m just going to stay here.

This was another wake up at the ass crack of dawn days. It’s been 18 months now since I’ve pretty much moved in to the Eye Institute and I’m getting…….. no that’s not right, I am full-blown over it. On the floor crying not because Jimbo Fisher is going to Texas A&M, oh no, I’m just over the entire eye thingy. I’ll have to deal with Jimbo later.

As I was sitting in the waiting area I struck up a conversation (no surprise) with an older lady who asked if this was my first time there. That right there is called an opening. All of the mess from the past months just flooded out of my mouth and when I was done I asked why she was here. Well turns out we share a surgeon. She had a corneal transplant 2 years ago and still has stitches in. And she has Macular Degeneration in the other eye.  And guess what, folks? She is still driving! Can’t see a damn thing she says but that doesn’t stop her.  OU Boy figured out which car in the parking lot was hers.

I was hoping for something today. Maybe take away the eye drops that make you feel like you are in college again and just smoked a joint and are staring at the wall for hours. Just like that. Including dry mouth! But not the munchies. I asked Dr. D if he knew what that stuff does and he’s like…Uh yeah. Bad news, still on 3 different drops but less often. Now that the lens is gone my eyes don’t quite match up yet and he told me to just cover the lens on my glasses for the left eye with tape or gorilla tape and then OU Boy jumped in with black electrical tape!  Like no one in public would take a second look at that. Men.

So here I sit depressed and fed up. With the eye, with Jimbo, with the entire state of Texas (except for the part that is really just South Oklahoma), with Net Neutrality, Budgets, Bitcoins and Winter.  Thank the Gods for y’all out there doing interesting things and sharing them. And of course to all my writers who allow me to escape into worlds without those things!

I’m thinking that if I just go to sleep, I can have a do-over and all will be well.

xx Patricia   It’s Friday! Good Night!

Have Tea. Send Cookies. And Books, yeah, Books.

Trying out one of the Holiday Teas from Celestial Seasonings, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. 

I wasn’t really impressed with the smell right out of the box. But after brewing there was a lovely and delicate aroma of sugar cookies. Not that overwhelming artificial ingredients smell, just a light sugar cookie smell and a lovely naturally sweet taste. Absolutely perfect for dunking a holiday sugar cookie in.

Yesterday was the last day I had OU Boy to boss around and do things for me so I needed to grab a few things from the market that I could mange to make myself. The first one did not have a very good selection of tea, although I did meet a lovely older gentleman who had spent a lot of time in the UK and we compared notes and I gave him advice on Rooibos for his wife.

So it was on to Wal-Mart to brave the crowd. I didn’t buy anything here but wanted to show you these pictures of the tea/coffee aisle.

Yes that is a bunch of tea. But the best part to me was how much was gone! People are buying tea now and the stores are responding to the demand. That is very encouraging. Then we went to Target where they had a lovely sale on Tazo Tea. So I stocked up on some of those and some holiday teas. In line the two people in front of me were also only buying tea! So all in all, I bought 2 cans of soup and lots of tea. That’s it.

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xx Patricia

Busy Staring At The Wall….With Tea

Everyone have their cup? Some nice Gingerbread or Spiced Cider tea and maybe a snack and the cold melts away. At least in your tummy. Outside, well, you need to take that up with Mother Nature!

Yesterday was pretty miserable. I won’t lie. I hurt, I was scared and just emotional. And the good Dr. Davis added antibiotic drops to the steroid drops and then tossed in pressure drops as my pressure yesterday morning was very high. Normal pressure is between 12 and 22.  Mine was 38. These lovely drops come in a teeny tiny bottle and cost almost $200! So this is how our day went yesterday.

OU Boy calls me from the pharmacy to let me know how much this thing cost. I tell him to hold on and called the doctor. His nurse said she would leave a coupon at the front for him to pick up. He drove back downtown and picked up the coupon. Drives back to the pharmacy and this particular drop is valuable as oxygen and they don’t accept the coupon. I tell him to hang tight and call the doctor back. In the meantime OU Boy messages me he is coming home. The doctor calls back in the next minute and says he has a new bottle and it will be waiting at the front desk. So back downtown he went.

Needless to say it was a circus. Then we get the drops and look at the insert. Don’t. Just don’t do that. It said NO Marijuana, NO Alcohol, NO…..What? When did they start putting weed on the Don’t take and drive warning?!  I just couldn’t figure that out. Then I figured out these may be eye drops but after about an hour all of a sudden your mouth is dry, you are sitting still staring at the wall, and feel like you just had a shot of Tequila. Now I get it.

This morning the pain was much better and the eye isn’t red. It just looks like I have a black eye.  In order to read I have to cover the eye cup, but that’s a small thing.

Hope you are all having a productive and kind Wednesday. Be Nice and have some tea!

xx Patricia