Is Mother Nature Going Through Something?

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We made it to Friday with everyone alive. And still hot. It’s supposed to storm tomorrow and Sunday and I could not be more thankful to Mother Nature. And Karma. But seriously Mother Nature, what is with this weather? Record highs in the east, although I don’t think you can call 95 high. A few years back we had like two months of over 100-degree weather and I loved it. The chickens did not however and ended up just laying eggs in their little swimming pool. Maybe Mother Nature is going through menopause.

Our little budgie, Arya is settling in. Yesterday afternoon she was just jibber-jabbering away. She’s not skittish at all and is eating well. Tomorrow her new habitat will be ready and she’ll be upgrading.

So tonight is Multi-Cultural Night at school. We will be greeting and directing parents and giving out passports to the kids. And I just found out yesterday the kids are doing a bake sale/ cakewalk and we are supposed to bring something baked from our culture. I don’t have the time or will to bake anything so I’m picking up some Macarons from Ingrid’s and calling it a day. They’re French. Make do.

The doctor’s appointment went well.  He is down another 10 pounds and the doctor complimented him on his great leg muscle tone. When they removed the tumor from his thigh, they moved a lot of nerves around and now he’s having nerve pain there. They offered a shot into his thigh and he declined. So there is some salve that says right on the tube that you shouldn’t use it with blood thinners, so that’s out the window. Today we are looking at the CBD options.

While it’s still under 80 outside I’m lacing up for a run. With my neighbor lady from Boston. She was a nun. Now she is not. She’s in her late 70’s and will take the bus 10 miles away to walk back. She is ripped! She stopped by to see Arya this morning and suggested we do the neighborhood run today. Please God, don’t let me be shown up by a 70-year-old!

Enjoy your Friday, whether it’s football, happy hour or just Netflix and wine!

xx P

It’s below 80 so bring on the Pumpkin Spice Latte’!

Apparently, we had a cold front move in overnight. 72 degrees when I woke up. Maybe we’ll just skip to Spring. Dire warnings of temps dropping into the low 60’s and massive rain this weekend have me skeptical about the weather guy’s sources. It’s not raining and it’s not cool.

But I woke up wanting a Pumpkin Spice Latte. So I grabbed the trusty tin of Harney & Sons Tea and did a half hot water and a half Coconut Milk and then sprinkled a bit pumpkin pie spices on top. I also added a teaspoon of Coconut Sugar. If you haven’t seen Coconut Sugar then find some. It is very low on the glycemic index, it has nothing but ground coconuts. And it’s brown and tastes exactly like sugar. In baking, I use it for regular sugar. Once in a while, I want something a little sweet and this stuff is brilliant!

Arya was still a bit timid yesterday. Or she doesn’t like me. But this morning I brought her in my room and she is just flitting all over and playing with her toys so I guess she is settling in. We even shared quinoa last night. And an apple.

It’s off to the doctor’s office today to check on Tommy’s former tumor. I think he’s having neuropathy pain, but we’ll go pay thousands of dollars to hear the hunky Dr. Beau say it.

Enjoy the day, if you see Fall, send it our way!

xx P

 

The Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen Cookbook and African Autumn Tea

Wednesday! Almost to the week-end. This morning’s tea is brought to us by Harney & Sons Teas. African Autumn is a caffeine-free herbal. It’s part of their Historical Palaces Teas. Red Bush, hibiscus, orange peel, cranberry and orange flavors.

The color is a deep burgundy and it is a mellow and comforting tea. I love it.

This book came to my house just the other day. I was skeptical. I don’t like recipes with a ton of ingredients. I like my food to be just-food. And this book is full of food. With a lot of herbs and spices. No fake meat, or complicated things to add. Just good food that my tummy can tolerate and digest. So this one is a keeper.

On a totally different note…does anyone else have a blast talking to their elder parents? My momma is 81. Talking to her on the phone is funny as heck! This morning I was crying on her shoulder about someone being verbally mean to me and her answer was to go to the wedding and object. Do it! She said. I’m like, uh, no. I’ll just pretend they are dead. That’s my usual go-to.  So after her advice, she began telling me about the cook. She’s putting too much mayonnaise in the sandwiches. It’s seeping out of the sandwich. It’s unappetizing. She’s already told her once and now she just isn’t going to buy mayonnaise. Also, she just received a pair of pants made by Martha Stewart from QVC.

I had no idea Martha was making pants now! But she is. And they come in 00. She gave all of her ‘fat’ clothes away to the lady down the block who is on the small side. Everyone else on her block is huge to hear her tell it!  Honestly, I didn’t know pants came in 00. Why not just shop in the kids’ section?? So that has been my morning so far. I laughed for a solid 20 minutes. And then she says, ‘I have to go lie down now, send some cookies.’.

I hope your day is full of tea and cookies and laughter. Sometimes it really is the best medicine.

xx P

 

 

Okay, Now You Can Get Out The Pumpkin Spice.

Welcome back October! Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t quite caught up to the season.

Today I woke up with no tummy pain or anxiety. I was able to eat some solid food yesterday. Although that baby cereal is pretty yummy!

Monday Tommy brought home a budgie!

   The poor little thing was trying to drink from the pool and he rescued her. The vet said she is young and in good health. So now we have a baby in the house! We put her temporary cage in the office and let her watch Planet Earth on Netflix last night and Tommy talked to her all night! We looked up plans for making a large home for her and I researched her diet.

Feed Your Parrot Right. See this infographic on general proportions of food to feed your tropical parrot or pet bird. You might be surprised.   Except for the pellets, she and I have the same diet! Finally, someone, I can eat with.

This morning I brought her into the living room while I worked and she loves that Netflix show. Then Tommy called and he was on speaker and she was going bonkers trying to find him. Yep, another bird in love with him. At least she can’t follow him around like a lovesick cow! Our chicken Vicki had to have assistance with her first egg delivery and Tommy put on gloves and did an assisted birth. Now she thinks they are a couple.

I am off for a run and then to make some pumpkin bread and muffins, because I have 2 cases of pumpkin and need the room in my pantry!

Have a great day!

xx P

2019 Spring Golden Tip Lapsang Souchong

Happy Sunday Morning! The lovely folks at CraftedLeaf Tea sent me so many lovely teas to try and this one was Saturday afternoon tea. This tea was picked in the Spring of 2019 in Wuyl mountain, Yunnan Province, China. Grown at an altitude of 1200m.

Taste: Strong flavor of logan, dark chocolate, and floral aroma. It has a nice rich, mellow feel and a slight caramel flavor. Not as smoky as some I have had and it has 40% of the caffeine in 1 cup of coffee.

The leaf to bud ratio is 1: 1. Even after multiple steeps, it was still not bitter. The quality was the same on all 4 steepings.

It’s odd to describe a tea as smooth and rich in your mouth, but this is about as good as it gets in the quality department.

Saturday we did enormous amounts of laundry. Why? Because our condensate line for the HVAC system leaked into our coat closet. So OU Boy headed to the cleaners and I had the quilts. It was a pain.

CBD products and marijuana are legal in Oklahoma and OU Boy’s doctor gave him a license, so we stopped by here to check out things. I can’t go in because I don’t have a card and won’t be getting one. I’m sitting in the SUV, one other car in the lot and a black SUV pulls up 3 parking spaces away. He got out, looked around, made a phone call and begin unloading the back of the SUV. When I turned around again, he had on a U.S. Marshall’s vest and had a lot of weapons. Then two more pulled in and began doing the same thing. I sank down in the seat and called OU Boy and let him know the Feds were here. I was on speaker and the man inside said, “It’s fine. They can’t come in here”. Turns out they were staging for a warrant they had to serve. So that took a year off my life.

Also on Saturday, a new law went into effect. It is no longer illegal for women to go topless in Oklahoma. Seriously? That’s what y’all are working on at the capitol? What about the homeless situation, the mental health situation? Or the fact we are the fattest state out there. This is the state I discovered women don’t wear bras. That is disgusting enough but I do not want to see anyone’s boobs but my own. But then I was raised right.

On the flare-up, the baby food thing was a godsend! I don’t know why babies make such faces and spit the stuff out. It was quite good. So thanks for that tip!

What do you think about women going topless driving down the road?

xx P

Celestial Seasoning’s Vermont Maple Ginger Tea and Shopping

The last Friday of September and it’s not only still hot but the wind is trying to blow Texas all the way to Kansas!

Yesterday I drank this tea all day. It was just that good. I did drop one drop of Maple Syrup in there and what a treat that was!

First, thank you all for your suggestions and good thoughts. This was probably the worst flare-up I’ve had. At one point I wasn’t sure if I had a kidney stone or if this was just another Crohn’s thing.  It is a vicious circle of pain which leads to anxiety and can quickly become depression. Last night I ate solid food. It stayed down.

My energy level is way up and except for a small amount of bloating, I’m doing better.

    I think it looks like a cute little baby bump. This was yesterday and today it’s pretty much back to normal. Steroids are a bitch for bloating and other nasty side effects, but they work.

The funny (odd) thing about Gastro diseases is one day a certain food is okay for you and the next you’re doubled over in pain. It’s all trial and error. Food becomes the enemy. Once a day I have my Spinach/Kale/Parsley/Pineapple/Wild Blueberry Smoothie with some Spirulina, Chia Seeds and Moringa Powder, maybe some fresh ginger. My doctor had me add a half teaspoon of Coconut Oil to the mix to help me digest it better. So I know I’m getting my nutrients. Now that Fall is here (somewhere) things will be easier because I can digest the heck out of some root veg and squash soups. Parsnip-Apple Soup is my favorite.

Totally out of the blue, but do y’all know about Brad’s Deals? Every morning in my email I get a list of the best deals ever! Secret type deals. Today’s was Cheryl’s assortment of gourmet Halloween cookies. Shipping included it was $10.85! They are so good and gorgeous as well, so I ordered enough to ship to my mom and Miss Evangeline as well as some for a photoshoot! They also right now have the Amazon Fire Bundle that sells for around $170.00 for $45. Heck yeah, I ordered two of those! Christmas is coming. I have been ordering from them for a long time and I have never once been disappointed. I found my mom a Kate Spade handbag for 75% off. No, I don’t work for them, but here is the link. Guard it. Click Here 

Find something good today! And thank you all for being you!

xx P

 

The Crohn’s Fairy brings the Anxiety Fairy to Tea.

Good Thursday Morning Y’all! Yes, I’m here. Again. While I love my book blog, it is mostly for work and I don’t feel as comfortable writing personal things there. Here, I don’t need a filter.

So, what’s been going on? Well not only did the Crohn’s Fairy pop by but she brought her nasty sister, the Anxiety Fairy. They go hand in hand. Last Monday I had a doctor’s appointment and was told if I lost another pound I would be in the hospital with a feeding tube. Since my last year-long flare when I looked like a malnourished child, I’ve been vigilant about my diet, exercise, and stress management. Running is my drug of choice and it helps stress and makes me feel strong. But little did I know that there was a bomb ticking somewhere else that would impact my health in a big way.

Someone I have loved and respected for a lot of years suddenly called me on the phone and proceeded to verbally attack me over something I had not done. I didn’t even understand what she was talking about and I’m not sure she did either. OU Boy heard the call and was in shock. Was she on drugs? Having a mental breakdown? WTF?

And just like that, I can’t eat. My anxiety is at level 10 and that one pound went quickly. My main goal was to be able to make it to the book festival with Scott Pelley. I did that and came straight home and couldn’t move for days. Crohn’s flares leave you unable to even lift your arm, much less eat.

What happened? I said, Screw this shit, this bitch isn’t worth dying for! So I ran. And ran and felt better and ate broth and drank copious amounts of herbal teas. And blocked her on every outlet I have. Sure, words are free, but the way you use them will cost you. I thought it would be so much more difficult than it was to just chop off the toxic crap, but it wasn’t at all. Much like Trump said yesterday, that to him Pelosi was no longer the speaker of the house, I said, you are no longer in my world.

This morning I brought all the Fall teas to the front of the cabinet, even though it was in the 90’s yesterday. And every night it rains so it’s humid and hot. It makes it hard to get in the Fall mood. But my that Vermont Maple herbal tea this morning made me want to wear boots.

Thanks for listening!

xxP

HELLO, SEPTEMBER, YOU’RE EARLY!

As Hurricane Dorian tears through the Bahamas and heads for Florida, I’m happy to say my family knows what to do and is doing it. We had another mass shooting yesterday. As of today, at least in Oklahoma, any fool can get a gun and carry it into Target, and anywhere else you want. No Conceal and Carry Permit needed. Just grab your shotgun and hop over to your kids’ school and hope the teacher isn’t having a bad day.

I don’t understand why you need an Ar weapon or even a deer rifle in McDonald’s. This has disaster written all over it. I’m also extremely ticked off at the orange Cheeto in the oval office. I just heard him say, ” This storm is ‘uge, I don’t think I’ve ever heard that term Catagory 5.” You stupid idiot! The only reason I am in Oklahoma is that a CATAGORY 5 HURRICANE NAMED KATRINA destroyed our home and everything we owned. Remember how you trashed Bush for his non-response??? Please let this be the last straw for you and your crime boss family.

I woke up this morning with a message from Starbucks that PS is back. I’m not using the word even. Fall is Sept. 21st. It is almost 100 degrees today. It is still summer. Stop jumping the gun Starbucks.

WE spent the entire day floating in the pool in utter silence. It was totally relaxing!

So yeah, still summer, Susi, no putting up the damn Christmas Tree!!!

xx P

SAYING GOODBYE TO AUGUST IS HARD

Well, folks, it’s the last day of August. I believe we have lived it to the fullest. No rain this morning and I am sipping the last of my Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea. Waiting patiently on the Publisher’s Clearinghouse guys to get here with my giant check and some flowers.

This has been a crazy week of storms, living more than 24 hours without phones, electricity, and the internet. But we made it through. It took a lot of strong tea, a bit of crying and the Anxiety Fairy bringing her snotty little self over with an overnight bag!

With all of the storm nonsense, I forgot about the man with one leg. So, here is how that went down.  I was happily floating in the pool, trying to chill when I heard a man’s voice. I look up and there is an older gentleman speaking to me. I said hello, welcomed him to our little community and he proceeded to tell me why he moved here. Buckle up.

The Man:  I’m newly single after 50 years of marriage.

Me: Oh, I’m sorry. ( Me thinking the woman is dead)

The Man: Yep, last month was our 50th wedding anniversary and I asked her what she wanted and she said A Divorce. So now I’m looking for a new soulmate to live out my days with.

Me: 50 years? And now she wants out? Wow, that’s a lot of time to put in and not finish it.

The Man: She’s a bitch. After she said that I left. Gave her the house and everything.

Me: That’s rough.

The Man: I used to work in the stock market. Graduated from OU.

Me: That sounds interesting. I wouldn’t lead with the OU thing. I’m SEC.

The Man: That water sure looks good. Maybe I’ll take off my prosthetic leg and sit a bit. I’m blind in my right eye too so are there steps?

Me: Total Silence.  In my head: Holy Shitballs, Batman! Do I have some magnet on my head that says Tell me your story???

The Man: Well, I’d better be on my walk. I would love for you to stop by and have a cocktail or dinner sometime.

Me: (In a small squeaky voice) Okay…..

I told OU Boy as soon as he got home and he just shook his head. Now I’m thinking of setting the guy up with my neighbor who is single and closer to death than me. Or maybe not, I really like her and she brings me macarons from Ganache and homegrown tomatoes. Anyway, guys, you may want to wait for the ink to dry on the divorce papers before stalking a new soulmate.

Have a happy Saturday! It’s Football Time! And be safe if you are in the path of Dorian. Most of my family is on that path, so you know what to do.

xx P

WE HAVE POWER!!!

Wednesday and the sun is shining! All I hear are chainsaws, mowers, and cussing.

We finally got our power turned on last night. I am quite sure it had nothing to do with the power people staying at our hotel. Trust me I have no shame asking for a favor! We still don’t have hot water though. A pump went out somewhere. But at least I can make tea!

I absolutely hate staying at hotels. I always feel claustrophobic. Instead of sitting in my room I grabbed my Starbucks from the lobby and decided to fish out the chairs from the pool and re-arrange their furniture so it flowed better. It was a lot of outdoor furniture but it felt good to do something. At one point there were over 100,000 people with no power. Not the Cracker Barrel! Nope, they were open and hotel shuttles were dropping people off there all day.

I got in a great workout in their gym, which is fabulous. I took a nice long bubble bath and just as I had settled in with a book my phone beeped. The power at your house is back on. I was out of that tub so fast! Packed my stuff and went home. No hot water is just fine with me a day. From now on I’m keeping a GO bag in the car!

There are still a lot of people, businesses and traffic lights that don’t have power and may not for a few days. But we are grateful to be safe and home. Well, except for OU Boy who had to take a cold shower this morning. Thanks for the good thoughts y’all.

xxP