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

IT’S WINTER, WITCHES!

That title could probably be my hashtag if I had one. Waking up to 20 degree weather was a shocker! I had to put my big girl socks on. So I am snuggled up on the sofa with a nice cup of English Breakfast Tea and the last book in the trilogy of Katherine Arden’s fabulous tales. The first was The Bear and the Nightingale, followed by The Girl in the Tower and now The Winter Witch.

We did get our tree up and mostly decorated. We are still debating on a tree topper.

In weird news today I am looking out my office window across the street where there is a long fence. In front of the fence all the way down are 3 transformers and 1 other transformer looking box. On all of them sits 1 big pumpkin and 2 smaller ones. They just appeared overnight and I have no explanation for them.

Is it a message? Is it that pumpkin cult from before? Who did this? And why has no one touched them? I have questions people. Should I rescue them? Is this some Stephen King shite?

In not weird news I won a Laura Child’s book! Thank you to Katiescottage! Y’all should check out her beautiful blog.

Y’all stay warm and pray for the pumpkins.

xx P

We’re All Mad Here!

Blue Monday. Since I was having Harney and Sons Yellow and Blue Tea this morning. It’s a lovely blend of Chamomile and Lavender with Cornflowers. It’s caffeine free and very calming. And since I am seeing my therapist in a couple of hours I needed calm.

Not so much from the visit, it’s the people in the waiting room. They seem to want to talk before they go in. A warm up I guess of what they are paying someone to hear them talk about.

The weather is still weird. Shorts one day and all the clothes you own the next. But none of the dreaded snow they keep predicting. We just had the one day of snow. If you blinked you missed it.

The stress of waiting for Tommy’s surgery is making me a bit snippy. I was outside yesterday when a neighbor commented that she loved the Menorah in my window. And then she said, ‘ I didn’t know you were Jewish.’ To which I said,” Well deep down and going all the way back, aren’t we all really?” I’m fairly sure she won’t talk to me again. Sarcasm is running rampant. And it isn’t even a menorah. It’s a candelabra set a friend gave us and it is beautiful and blue and was made by the company that originally made toilets. During the big war they didn’t have as much demand for those so until the war was over they made beautiful oval commode bowls and these double candle holders.

So I have to go cook now. Tommy can barely walk and this is seriously impacting my food delivery system. And my grocery shopping. I did cook a turkey Friday. I didn’t actually touch it or anything. I went and found my neighbor and he pulled out the icky bits and all I had to do was put in the oven. I wasn’t sure about the ‘neck’. I almost threw up when that came out. But Tommy was impressed and ate it and isn’t dead, so now I’m a gourmet cook.

Monday Love! xx P

Laughing Through Our Tears

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This is a phrase I have been repeating since Friday. Tiny miracles. That is all I’m asking for. Just one.

We were at the clinic before 8 a.m. this morning. The good doctor is setting up surgeons and test times so we can deal with this as soon as possible. What is this?

Friday OU Boy started having really awful pain in his left leg and shortness of breath. Well if you have been here long enough you know that my former husband died of a pulmonary embolism. Panic ensued and we headed for the hospital. After they did an ultrasound of the entire leg and then a body CT with contrast we found out a few things.

One, his esophagus is thickening and he will need a procedure to address and biopsy that. Two, he had an area of shading in his lungs that looked like early pleurisy. Three, he had a mass the size of a tennis ball on his left thigh. This is a man who can tolerate pain more than any person I know, so if he is crying, it is bad.

This morning our doctor told us it may take a few days as it is a holiday this week and we will need Vascular and Neurosurgeon at least plus they want a more detailed MRI. So we don’t know anything until we get in there. There have been copious amounts of tea slurped, bouts of unexpected sobbing, and little sleep. Thank goodness the meds they gave him now are putting him out! But he is scared. I am scared. Hell, the doctors want to know how a 39-year-old man has 5 heart attacks, a CABG, and 5 stents. Plus this other crap now. This may explain his recent weight loss.

Yesterday when I had my Superfoods Smoothie I gave him a small glass. He said he’ll have another please today. I am determined to drag him over the health line kicking and screaming if I have to. I’ve already made two soups full of nutrients.

We have been binge watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix because it allows us to laugh and cry. And that’s life. There’s laughter and there are tears. Together they form a life. So if I’m not here everyday it’s because I am making sure this man is my top priority.

Now I think it’s time for a nap. Have a lovely Thanksgiving. I still have to buy a pie. Count your blessings and know we are thankful for all of you!

xx P

 

Today’s Mood….Tired With a Touch of Anxiety

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So far Monday has been a multiple cups of strong tea day. It was 20 degrees outside and cold!

This has been a week-end. And because it has been a pretty bad one which included a trip to the ER, a lot of tears and hopefully soon some answers.

I am trying to keep that darn anxiety fairy quiet and calmly digest what our next move should be so OU Boy and I posted up on the sofas and watched Netflix. He was doped up on pain meds and I was randomly bursting into tears so watching Grace and Frankie was good. We cried, we laughed and went to bed very early as we had not slept the night before.

So, for a bit I may not be here as much. My first job is this man I love and I’m determined to fix him. All good wishes and prayers are welcome and appreciated.

xx P

TAZO CHAI PUMPKIN SPICE and SISTERS OF THE FIRE

It is 18 degrees. Yep, all that mess we begged Denver to keep to itself came east and it is cold. Not a mess, very little snow. Like an eighth of an inch or so but this cold and wind is leaving us wanting something hot with a little spice kick!

Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice is perfect. I love cardamom and that along with all the other chai warming spices are just what the weather calls for! I give it a well done!

I have to finish this book, which is the second in a world I love. So that is it for now, Off to the land of warm blankets, hot tea and a nice warm husband to curl up with!

xx P

It’s Cold. The End. My Winter Poem.

Surely you jest, Amazon Fire. It can not be 26 degrees outside. Re-booting did not change the answer. Which is so switch and bait of Mother Nature since the sun is blinding!

Since one of my favorite things to say is,”There’s a tea for that!”, I headed to the tea cupboard and Pumpkin Spice jumped right up like a Know it all kid in the third grade. Actually this Harney and Sons tea is the perfect tea to make you feel all warm and cozy inside. Especially if you are having Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars with them. Oooy, Gooey goodness makes my mouth water. And of course I used tea as the liquid. OU Boy sure was eating them last night so I’m guessing they are delicious as he is picky about food.

This time I made the Butternut Squash Soup with a different pear and one honey crisp apple. It is still delicious. I also made stuffed Acorn Squash. Stuffed with herbs,tri-color quinoa and just a bit of vegetable stock to make it stick. It was really good. Especially after I drizzled a half teaspoon of pure maple syrup over it!

What is with this sudden rash of kitchen witchery? Well I am trying to get OU Boy in shape for our Aruba trip. Now he actually started on his own, cutting down to less than a gallon of Mississippi Sweet Tea per day. And steering away from the white bread and Mayo. He’s lost almost 30 pounds. So I’m trying to make it easier on him by giving him healthy versions of things he likes. Also I hide things. And tell him we’re out. I’ve learned that if I have something made when he gets here, he doesn’t go for the quick fix. A couple of sandwiches and anything ending in ‘os’. Doritos, Cheetos,Fritos, and you get the picture.

It may be chilly outside but inside Bing Crosby is warming me up with White Christmas. As I wish my sisters were here so we could do the big Sisters number! We used to force our small children to sit on the couch and listen to us perform. They hate that movie now.

I hope you are safe and warm where you are today.

xx P

Cranberry Muffins and Tea…so good.

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The only thing saving the depression of waking up to 34 degrees is the bright sunshine. Which should be false advertising. It didn’t help that OU Boy left for the airport around 3 a.m. He’s like my own personal heater and when he goes I suddenly have to go to the bathroom. I did get back to sleep but it didn’t include a dream and the one I was having was pretty good.

What the heck does one do at that ungodly time of day? Well, I decided to do some experimenting in the kitchen. The challenge was to use a complimentary tea as the liquid in the recipe. First up, I had a new bag of fresh cranberries and some lovely oranges and that just screamed MUFFINS! This recipe doesn’t call for water but milk. So I heated the milk and steeped the Cranberry Tea from Harney and Sons in that and then used it to give it a richer flavor. As I am elbow deep in batter, my Russian neighbor, Sonja, came over needing some help with her Uber app. She doesn’t know how to use it yet and her son wasn’t home. She speaks little English so basically I did it for her and then wrote the return instructions on a Post-It.

When I returned the Cranberry tin to its spot, I saw the Pumpkin Spice. I’ll tell you about that tomorrow. Think pumpkins, chocolate and spices…

I tinkered around with a new SuperFoods Smoothie also. Spinach,Kale, an Orange,Hemp Seeds, a dash of Spirulina and Maca along with a handful of Cranberries. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus it was good. It’s going in the book for sure.

My Butternut Squash is cooked and cooling and the pears are ready to make more soup. So dinner is pretty much done. Good thing as we have Multi-Cultural Night at school at 6 tonight.

I have found a way to reduce my stress level over all of this Trump idiocy. Christmas Music. Yes, the sister who shames her sisters for listening to that crap before December is now a believer. It really calms me down and kept me from tweeting maybe the plane could  just disappear on its way to France with Trump on it.

I think a nap is in order now. And Lynn Cahoon’s new book Slay in Character. Too funny!

xx P

Kindergarten Woes and a London Fog

Oh Thursday….really? 40 is the best you can do today? And with rain? It isn’t winter yet Mother Nature. I am not ready for socks and layers and coats. Especially coats. But this morning I made myself an Earl Grey London Fog and warmed the cockles of my heart. I have no idea where the cockles are but I’m feeling very Wuthering Heights today.

They ( No, I don’t know who they is) say that man plans and God laughs. That was yesterday. The minute I finished work and was looking forward to reading and doing some yoga the phone rang. I looked and saw it was my son. Long story short, Papa got to pick up Corbin from school. I love how excited he gets when he sees his Papa at the gate. The pure joy on their faces as Corbin throws himself into his Papa’s arms shouting to everyone, “Look! It’s my Papa!” Although now we are so well know that if another child sees us first they all start yelling, “Look it’s Corbin’s Papa/Gramma”.

He grabbed my tablet as soon as he deposited his belongings on the floor. Got right down to playing Temple Run 2. Until….I looked at his daily report. Mr. Perfect got in trouble for laughing and playing in the bathroom. Now I’m conflicted because I am at the school a lot and no adult accompanies any of the Kindergarten classes to the bathroom. They just go on their own and I don’t like that. Seriously if you find 3 of your besties in the bathroom it’s something to shout about! So sorry but this goes in the non punishment category. He knows he made the wrong choice and it’s Kindergarten for cripes sakes.

Had to take him shopping at the market where he met another little girl and they proceeded to want everything in the store. He got socks. And crackers. Miss Charli had a wonderful time at the Philharmonic and told us all about the bass. She goes to a special class after school that is a more in-depth look at critical thinking, science and math so she had a full day yesterday and was tired.

I am trying the Butternut Squash Soup With Pear again today. I think the pears we found just weren’t flavorful enough, so I’m trying some different ones. I swear I could eat this soup every day.

Stay warm out there and be kind. Lord knows we need some kindness right now.

xx P

Cozy Into a Comfy Chair with a Cuppa

Wednesday, you are my favorite day of the week. The silence in my home is like a warm blanket, allowing my brain to shut up for a bit.

I hope you all got out and did your civic duty yesterday. OKC Public Schools were out all day so our teachers could go vote. Charli Ava and I went and stood in line with all of our neighbors. Not to brag, but they were impressed I brought a child to learn about her civic responsibilities and how hard we fought to be able to vote. She was the star of the hour we stayed in line. Behind us was the young pilot for the Thunder basketball team and apparently he is a popular guy. About five 80 year olds were all getting their picture taken with him because he is in their book club!!!! Sign me up now please!

We then went with OU Boy down south to vote. Corbin wasn’t up for a lesson in anything and defo wasn’t going into the Baptist Church, but did get a trip to the cemetery which he loves.

As a treat we took them to Whataburger for lunch. If you don’t have one of those you are missing out! While they don’t have anything I can eat or drink, our little ones love their chocolate shakes and fries.

While we unfortunately elected the wrong man for Governor, in the RED state of Oklahoma we took 14 places from men including one from Steve Russell who was so far up Trump’s bum he couldn’t get out. Now we have the lovely Kendra replacing him. All our judges are women and I am so happy about that.

I had ordered this Fortnite hooded coat about a month ago and it came yesterday. I tried it on and Charli said, “If you had a crossbow you would look just like my character in the game.” Me, ” There’s a game?” It would seem so.

Achieve the ideal style match and refined look with our all-purpose Fortnite Hoodie. This asymmetric hoodie is made of premium comfortable, breathable fabric. Its long sleeve makes you warm and comfy and slightly stretchable material gives you an effortless wearing experience.

Have a peaceful and warm day and take some time for tea! And shopping!

xx P