Hello February! Chapter Two

It is a bit late in the day for me. Not feeling up to snuff today. Sipping on some Sugar Plum Fairy pink tea, welcoming in February. While it says rain and clouds on the weather app, the glaring sun and warm temperatures are saying something else. I know because the sprinkler system doesn’t come on unless it’s over 54 degrees and it came on today.

So everyone we know has this ‘flu’ thingy. And this morning I woke up with a sore throat and a headache along with a sensitive tummy. So I made some Turmeric Tea and filled the bath with Lavender Epsom Salts and proceeded to try to exorcise whatever demon has taken up residence in my body. Said body was highly offended at the intrusion of a germ. I mean for cripe’s sake, all I eat are fruits and vegetables and good for you stuff. But tiny terrorists at the school don’t care. They freely spread their little germs to all who enter the Kindergarten domain.

We are a firm go for next Friday, with pre-op on Thursday. I am a bit peeved that the patient told his aunt she could come and sit with me during the surgery. More than a bit. I was planning on finishing up the new Citizenship Study Guide and now I will have to make small talk. I despise small talk.

I am now off to go moan and groan to my sister. I’m quite sure she will be sympathetic as she is living it up at the beach! Love you MJ!

Have a great week-end and please stay warm all of you in the polar vortex. Read a book or watch a movie, just do some self-care and stay warm!

xx P

KINDNESS, IT’S SO GANGSTER!

It’s Monday! Some Mellow Yellow here today. Warm Turmeric Tea and all is right with the world. Except this wind. It’s one of those days when I need rocks in my pockets or I’ll end up in Missouri. But the fat yellow sun is shining and of course I had a thought about that.

They say that Chicago is the windiest place, but I disagree. I’ve been to Chicago many times and I’ve seen some wicked wind, but here in Oklahoma its unrelenting. I hate it. Your hair is in your face sticking to your lip gloss. Your grocery cart goes flying across the lot. It’s even worse if you live out at the farm. Dust will always be in your house.

But no matter, that big old sun is still shining! High in the sky doing its job not caring what the other elements are doing. I’m so trying to take that attitude. All day and night we hear of the shutdown and the utter chaos in our part of the world and we can not let that affect our job! Our job is to lift the broken, love the unloveable, care for the sick and poor and keep on shining. Being kind isn’t the same as agreeing with someone. You don’t have to agree to be kind. And if you just toss that stuff all over then at the end of the day you can be proud of yourself and not have to go take a shower to wash off the ugly.

We went to the market this morning. Tommy was not happy but he took a nap and is okay now. Nothing but good and healthy food in the house. I think he’s planning a secret mission to The Garage ( our fave burger joint) as soon as I head for the office! But so far he’s done well. He’s drinking Turmeric Tea and had a cup of English Breakfast this morning. He even ate the salmon patties I made last night. He has never eaten salmon!!

Have yourself a good day and evening. And remember sometimes being kind just means keeping our mouths shut.

xx P

So Thankful For Friday!

Friday is here and again a gorgeous and sunny 60 degree day! Don’t know where all that snow is. I’ve been walking outside barefoot and soaking up the sun. It’s amazing what a good sunny day will do for your mental health. Reminds me of a good cup of tea.

I’m not sure what got into me today. I was up early and proceeded to scrub every inch of my house and cupboards. I decided it was time to take all of my tea out and see what I needed and what I did not. The entire time I’m thinking, I may have a problem here. I counted 64 tins/boxes. I had to start stacking them behind each other. So no more tea for a bit, although I did just use the last Tazo Zen. Now it’s all neat and ready for an invasion of thirsty tea slugging Pirates.

I may have a problem

Let’s see how long it stays this neat. I cleaned out the dishwasher, the microwave, did the floors, the bath and then popped over to the neighbor’s house for some good Chai and a chat. And if that wasn’t enough the new Southern Living was in the mail, so it’s a good day so far.

I spent an hour on the phone with my sister who leaves for Miami tomorrow and then on to Curacao for the winter. In April we are going home to Mississippi to see family and eat a lot of good food.

Tommy had his blood pressure meds changed and now has to drink tons of water a day. Doctor’s orders. No more sweet tea or soda. You would have thought they were going to neuter him or something the way he carried on. He drank one glass of water and declared that was the first time he had ever drank a whole glass. Ye Gods, Man! So he’s taking his health seriously and I am so thankful for that. I mean, I married a younger man so he could eventually take care of me and that has NOT worked out. One step at a time he will get there.

Enjoy your Friday! Grace and Frankie returns tonight on Netflix so I’m a happy camper.

xx P

Hot Apple Spice Tea and a New Cozy!

Good Monday! Cold but sunny here finally. First let’s talk about this tea. It is Hot Apple Spice loose leaf tea from Harney & Sons. A gift from the lovely Cynthia. Since I was reading Kirsten Weiss’s new book coming on the 26th of February and it has a lot of pie in it, this was the perfect tea. It tastes and smells like the best apple pie ever. It’s naturally sweet and is full of warming,happy spices. I love it.

Pie Hard is a cozy mystery to be released next month and I loved it. If you haven’t read any of Kirsten’s books, you should. She is really good at writing cozy mysteries.

Last year Tommy bought me these little footed cups. For Christmas he gave me a matching teapot. It’s just the right size for 2 people to share tea.

Well, it finally happened to me. Someone sent me a picture of their privates. I was so shocked I immediately forwarded it to Cynthia, who wondered if I had been hacked, and my sister who wondered if I recognized it. No. Didn’t even look at it that close. Poor Cynthia, I’m so sorry! I was in shock that someone would have the audacity to send me a picture of their penis. And that is what it said. ‘My Penis”. I reported him and blocked him. I told Tommy and he said he didn’t know what to make of that but he knew the ladies at work get them a lot. I never thought I would. In hindsight I should have told him I have guns bigger than that, but then I didn’t want to have anything to do with that. I’ll take spam all day, but please do not send me pictures of your lower regions. My momma would have died on the spot.

In other thrilling news, I finished watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. I can only watch it when Tommy is gone because he doesn’t like scary movies. He watched the episode where the ghost appears in the car and almost fell off the sofa. Good news on the Netflix front Grace and Frankie is back this Friday! And I am loving this Britbox thing!

 

Happy News, Sad News But Great Tea!

timefortea

Good Morning! It’s Wednesday and I have the house to myself. I had to drink some herbal tea this morning. It’s my own blend and it helps my tummy. It feels like there is always something going on.

Yesterday I had an appointment with Dr. D at the Eye Institute. At 1 p.m. and we didn’t get home until after 4! My pressure in my eye was 38. So for hours I had to sit in the special chair, take a pill and drink tons of water and have drops put in every 10 minutes. And then Dr. D said, “Hey did Lisa tell you I’m moving?” Um, noooooo. Where to? ” Oh, New Mexico, in 2 weeks.” I was gobsmacked. For almost 3 years now he’s been there for me and done all of my surgeries and I am attached. Tommy asked if we were moving to New Mexico too. That’s a solid no. But he is leaving me in good hands with Valerie, who has also been there since the beginning. For the first time since June of 2016 I am off steroids. Just pressure drops for a week or so and my antibiotic drops. I go on those for a week after they remove a stitch, which they did yesterday. Just one. Now I only have 10.

I did good on the vision test and can now start wearing RGP lenses. The hard contacts. As usual I looked like someone had punched me in the eye yesterday and all night, but today things look much better. So that’s good news. And I’ll take that.

A quick shout out to Cynthia for sending me the tea! It was waiting yesterday and it was much appreciated! You know I love you! xx

P

 

Good Sunday Morning!

Good Morning! Feeling a bit pink today. I woke up with the most peaceful feeling and I’m running with it! I have a confession to make. I have been doing this weird thing for a week now and I have to say, I love it. If you would have told me I would love it I would have told you to be gone.

Every morning I make my English Breakfast Tea, which is half unsweetened Almond Milk and half tea. Then I plop a half teaspoon of Kerry Gold Butter in there. Yes, I said butter. Real butter and I only use Kerry Gold from Ireland. I stir it up and add a dash of cinnamon and it is smooth and delicious. It sounds gross, but it is not. I even did it with coffee and I love it. Mainly because my tummy loves it.

Tommy’s mass is getting larger but we do have a date with the surgeon this week and I have an eye appointment. The eye appointment I am so looking forward to. After almost 3 years of dealing with the contact lens infection and the transplant and multiple other surgeries I have become dependent on my Corneal Surgeon. And I haven’t seen him in 4 months! That’s a good thing and a bad thing. So we shall see what this year brings for the eye. I’m hoping just the one other surgery and maybe all 11 stitches out.

I dug dip. And I mean deep to find information on the referral surgeon. He received his medical degree at a dental school. Seriously?? But I can’t find anything at all about references or reviews. He’s from Saudi Arabia and other than that he doesn’t seem to exist.

We are actually doing better in the anxiety department. Maybe because we are doing a lot to keep our minds off of this. So far today I have washed all of my windows inside and out, because you know it’s 62 today. I have dinner in the slow cooker. I cleaned all of my ceiling fans, which is dumb because I do it every Monday anyway. I cleaned out the fridge, which was easy as it’s mostly full of wine, Prosecco, milk and tea. And I turned in all of my work that wasn’t due until February! I finished working out already which I am really proud of.

Thank you my dear friend Cynthia for sending me tea! You know just what to do to calm me down. And I appreciate it. My sister cares, but she’s still leaving for Curacao in a few days for the winter and will be busy lying around on the beach with a book and not turning her phone on.

That’s our Sunday so far. How’s yours going?

xx P

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!

Rainy Day Supplies

I woke up to thunder, lightening and rain. It’s still going on. I thought I could get so much done, but no.

First let’s talk about the last of the holiday teas. Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. It smells and tastes like a sugar cookie. And it’s herbal and has no caffeine! I don’t have any sugar cookies to dunk because Tommy and the tiny terrorists ate them all. Every single one.

This has been a wild few days for us. To make it easier on Tommy and his leg I decided we would not go to midnight mass but to the 4:30 Mass. We arrived at 4 p.m. and had to park 3/4 of a mile away and walk. Now the church is only a mile from the house. I had not realized this was also the Children’s Choir service. There were over 300 people in the Atrium! And the inside of the church was packed as well. But very pretty and the priest said we had so many flowers he felt like Clark Griswold.

Christmas at Christ the King

A few interesting things happened at service. The couple in front of us had their 4 teen-aged children who were better behaved than their parents who had obviously hit the egg nog early as they giggled and kissed and transferred gum from their mouths. Even the kids were giving them the side eye. Then their was the lovely fellow right in front of me who had on a Jimmy Buffett shirt and I had to look at Santa and his reindeer with a surf board in the sled and a naked hula girl by his side. So many questions I wanted to ask…. The children sang beautifully and all of the elected officials behaved and were sober.

Christmas Eve continued with Tommy constantly telling me to go to another room. He was doing Santa stuff. We had to run all over OKC just to find out my favorite patisserie was closed so we went to our second favorite because I’d rather pay someone to cook for me than mess up my kitchen.

We did brunch. Not a ham or a turkey or a pot to wash even. We had a lovely Florentine Quiche, a Cranberry Brie En Croute, Toast and Caviar, Hanky Pankies, which are like crack, Cinnabons and a lot of Prosecco, and Mimosas. The kids had their special cookies with cocoa and Tommy and Corbin played with his new drone which almost ended up in the pool. The rest of us quietly watched White Christmas and got sleepy.

The kids know us so well, they gave us a great restaurant gift card to all of our favorite places on Lake Hefner where we run. Tommy gave me a new teapot and a huge mirror. The mirror was a huge hit. Between me and the kids we are some pretty vain creatures. At least know I won’t have to stand on the bed to see my bottom half in a mirror! I gave Tommy the drone and when everyone left we stayed in our jammies and watched Netflix. If you haven’t seen The Derry Girls, it is hilarious.

Just now my neighbor, who had been to Ganache  Patisserie  this morning, brought over this! From the chef when he heard I was heartbroken he was closed. Good people.

And now it’s 3 in the afternoon and it’s still raining and I’m still in my pajamas.

I hope everyone had the exact type of day you wished for. Ours was very low-key and laid back. We had limited everyone to 3 gifts each and with Tommy hobbling around and worried still about our test results it was just what we needed. Time to just snuggle on the sofa and laugh and eat more cheese.

Now let’s get ready for Mardi Gras!

xx P

CELESTIAL SEASONINGS HOLIDAY TEAS

Holiday Teas are back with a free travel tin inside 😊

Happy Monday Morning!  I hope you all had a relaxing week-end. I spent it cleaning and re-arranging furniture. Something I do when I feel I don’t have control of a situation. Clean and re-arrange until my mind is clearer.

The MRI is tomorrow. We had misunderstood how anxious the surgeon was to get this taken care of until his office called and wanted to know why it wasn’t done yet. So we may be having a hospital Christmas.

Last night we had to run to the market and as usual I was lolly gagging down the tea aisle. Just as I told Tommy that I doubted they would have my new favorite Candy Cane Lane lo and behold there right in front of me in a special display were all of the above. I hit the holiday tea jackpot! And y’all each one contains a traveling tin for multiple bags of tea! I was so happy I threw in a bottle of Prosecco!

I already had the Sugar Cookie, but you never know, so I got another. I am a dunker. Give me tea or coffee and cookies and I will dunk the heck out of those suckers! The cute tiny gingerbread house is one of a few I bought for the kids. I actually made one from a kit and in the process got so frustrated I got out the hot glue gun and glued that sucker together. I’m not eating it so why not? It looks like something a half blind person (Moi) would make so I stuck it on top of the fridge. I was going to do two of them but after all that mess the other one went in the kids gifts! Let their mom handle that.

I posted this on FB yesterday hoping to get some help with a tree topper. I did not get any help so I’m thinking of using Corbin’s beanie baby angel bear.  If you have any edgier ideas please share!

Thank you all so much for the good wishes and prayers. They are much appreciated!

xx P

TIME TO STOCK UP FOR THE WINTER STORM…OR NOT

Afternoon Y’all. I hope you are all safe and warm. The weather man says we have a really big winter storm headed our way this weekend. I’m always doubtful of that as Mother Nature and I have worked out a deal concerning cold wet stuff and I’m confident she will honor that.

In the continuing saga of the pumpkins….they are all gone! Day before yesterday the two big ones disappeared and that left one small one on one transformer and 2 small ones on the other. And all day I have watched over them to the point Tommy told me he wouldn’t be surprised if he came home and I had knit them some sweaters. And just when I thought oh crap, I’m just going to go get them and bring them inside,  just like that they were gone. In like less than a minute! I swear I ran to the bathroom came back and POOF gone. I feel awful now. Thank goodness they weren’t babies or puppies. I have a feeling my neighbor is doing this to me. He knows I love a good mystery.

I spent the entire day yesterday watching the Bush funeral. I don’t care what anyone’s opinion is about the man. If you weren’t old enough to vote at that time than hush. But we knew this man. One of my friends from high school was in his security detail and was there yesterday. The younger Bush we met when we lived in Dallas. We would go to the Rangers games and there would be George and Laura and the girls with their picnic basket sitting right across the aisle. It was fun and they were all lovely and fun to be with.. I don’t care what your politics are, they were a close and loving family so I sobbed all day.

We have a new coffee shop down the road and everyday they post the most delicious cupcakes and slices of rich, decadent cakes and I am seriously struggling to stay away from there. So we will look at some pretty pictures and pretend we ate them.

Stay safe. Stay warm. Be Kind. Eat the damn cupcake!

xx P