What happened to the cold front? And Guinness!

Thursday! Sunny and bright. David Payne is still going on and on about that cold front that was coming in last night. It’s 76 degrees. I am feeling pink today. Going to take advantage of this nice weather to go on a run today. I tried yesterday, but that dang bird!

I went to PetSmart and spoke with the vet. About food, treats, toys, getting a friend. So I buy the Millet, some toys with strings, and a food processor as three times a week she needs finely chopped mix of fruit and veg. I don’t know what millet is. But I think it’s like catnip for birds. I took a video of her eating it and she looked like a crackhead! And then proceeded to tweet loudly at me for an hour. I did walk to the vet and to some shops so I guess that’s exercise. Still looking for some jumpers/sweaters. I am so picky but I did get lucky and found 2 puffer vests for running and 2 comfy sweaters. I tried on a turtleneck and almost choked to death. Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but the lady had to come to check on me.

I did manage to make a batch of Butternut Squash Sweet Potato and Apple Soup with my new Immersion Blender. So when OU Boy got home we went and got more squash and apples. Then decided to go to the Irish Pub near us.

They are an authentic Irish Pub and make the simplest food taste amazing. The Lamb Stew is served with chunks of Irish Soda Bread and Brown Bread to sop up all of that delicious gravy. OU Boy had the Galway Fish and Chips and we split a Guinness. The lady on the harp was very talented and we went home stuffed. I don’t know why I was looking so grim here. Probably watching the soccer game on the television. We love to try local places and this is one of our favorites.

This weekend should be interesting. My sisters in Denver, South Dakota and North Dakota are about to be knee-deep in the white stuff. Those poor girls in the Dakotas haven’t even had a summer yet!

Enjoy your Thursday!  There’s a book giveaway on my book blog. What kind of food should we try next? I’ve never tried Thai!?

xx P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEKEND SHENANIGANS! AND PIE!

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Another hot and humid Monday with more over 100-degree heat. Today’s cuppa is brought to us by Octavia Teas. It is an Earl Grey Lavender. On this one, I’m going to have to say I didn’t care for it. It was strong and I didn’t detect the lavender. Not worth the caffeine. But I’m sure someone else will love it. What did I love?

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This Nitro Cold Brew with Almond Milk from Starbucks! Smooth as my Uncle Junior. I grabbed it on the way to the Farmer’s Market at OSU. What did I find there?

There was live music, lots of people grabbing those first peaches and tomatoes. We bought some of everything! Including a whole peach pie. We got a ton of pickling cucumbers and okra and did this!

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Made Dill Pickles and Pickled Okra! Turns out I am that kind of person! These weekends off are turning us into different people. I mean you have to get up early for this stuff! But I was so inspired by the beautiful produce I had to do something.

Afterwards, we hit up the Antique Fair. And what did we see? Lots of things I wanted!

A rare 1800’s Tea Bin. It is large! And the inside smells like tea. Cute little tea set for the grands. A lovely rose tablecloth that went beautifully with the vase of roses the same color from the day before!

My momma and my sister are fluent in shorthand. A skill I never once thought of attaining. It looked a lot like when I was learning Farsi. And the best, a 1939 edition of Gone With The Wind. Enough to make a Georgia girl swoon!

All that shopping and adventuring made us hungry so we made a Watermelon Mint and Feta Salad with some Harney and Sons Blueberry Green Tea!

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Then we got Wedding Mail! One of the shirts I ordered for the #BrideTribe. Even little Charli got one. The mugs are for our morning coffee on the big day!

And it looks like OU Boy has turned into a butterfly! He’s lost a lot of weight and is sticking to his healthy eating habits. Now he loves shopping.

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We also finished watching Dead Like Me on Prime. I can’t believe I never saw that! Saw Jim Gaffigan and hung at the pool. I talked to my sister a lot trying to co-ordinate winter vacations in Curacao.

Now it’s Monday and back to work, we go. Back to school, we go. This weekend stuff I could get used to!

Enjoy and what did you do this weekend?

xx P

Saying Goodbye to Lu

This morning we received a call from Aunt Gayle that it was time. The kitties we always watch have been together for 15 years and Lu had cancer. This morning she was dying. Painfully.

My wonderful hubby and I dropped everything and ran around the corner. Tommy took her to Nichols Hills Veterinary and I kept Aunt Gayle busy at home. Tommy held her and they hooked her up to an i.v. and he was with her when she took her last breath. The staff was so kind and compassionate and for that I am grateful.

Neither Gayle or I could have done that. We’ve lost too much, too quickly. But Tommy did. He cried all the way there and we’ve all been a bit weepy especially since we are allergic to cats!

So, to my Daddy in Heaven….I’m sending you and Mr. Louis a new friend. Her name is Lu and I know y’all will take care of her.

Poor Smokey, her cat husband, was so subdued and sad all day. Tomorrow will be soon enough for us to remove all of her things and wash all the bedding, as Aunt Gayle flys to Washington tomorrow to watch one of the nieces’ graduate.

That’s all I’ve got today. It’s a sad day.

xx P

A Spot of Tea and a Funny Tale

Thursday and I am still in bed. With a lot of Tummy tea and an ice pack on my head.

Still no super hero abilities. This is my little bit of screen time today. Checking in to see if everyone has better weather than we do. Enough with the rain already!

I do have one funny story. My Momma is living totally out of her element right now. After my Daddy passed, we all knew he wanted to be buried with his entire family in Bottineau, North Dakota. So my Momma moved up there too since I have a sister living there. It is a tiny town that I spent all of my summers out at the farm. So yesterday I called the local florist to have some flowers sent to my Momma.

Me: Hello I would like to order an arrangement for my Momma

Her: (Imagine a Norwegian accent) Okay then, and her name?

Me: Barbara

Her: Patty? Is that you?

Me: Uh, yes.

Her: Oh my goodness how’s your eye? Don’t you worry about a thing, I’ll get over to Barbs tomorrow morning with something really cheery.

Me: Ok thanks. Who is this?

Her: Cathy Olson from the farm.

Me: Hi Cathy! How are you? It’s good to hear your voice

Her: You just go back to bed now. Take care of that head!

That is how small the town is. I never gave an address even. And sure enough my Momma sent me a text and a picture of the flowers this morning.

I love these people!

xx P

Feeling Rather Dotty Today

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Sipping on some Harney & Sons Bartlett Pear Loose Leaf Tea this morning. It has lovely little bits of dried pear that are so yummy.

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I just did not sleep well last night. Woke up with a headache and now I’m calmly sipping and writing while my Russian neighbor may be really pissed at her son or someone is trying to kill her. Either way I’m watching through the drapes. I have never seen a grown man be so dramatic before. So not a hit man I’m guessing.

I have been looking at vacation spots for August. In June I’m going to New Orleans and boarding a cruise ship. Hey, Jamaica, I’m coming back….  All by myself. Yes. I am going on a cruise by myself. I love cruises. Out on the open water and doing nothing but eat, sleep,tan. Heaven.

I’ve been working on painting a polka dot teapot. There is just something so cheery about polka dots. I’m obsessed, mildly.

Have yourself a great Thursday!

xx P

Drama, Clorox, and a Crime Board….

Time to slow it down and have a cuppa and a sit. Spring is slinging pollen all over the state and I am fairly sure it is a personal vendetta. I swear you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one of those fluffy white trees! So obviously I’ve been slurping hot tea and blowing my nose. I went out to lunch and the lovely server made me hot tea. They don’t even serve it but she made me some. I love her now.

Do you ever have one of those miserable days where you are just fed up with the world? I know I can’t be the only one. I’m tired of the Trump drama. I’m tired of listening to stupid people. I’m about to start handing out bottles of Dramamine in hopes that people keep their drama contained. Just keep that to yourself. It’s good no matter where drama shows up. Boats, planes, cars. My drama is mine.

I had 3 items to find today. Clorox, a new White Board, and toilet paper. So far I have none of those items. Staples had a white board the size of a sheet of paper and didn’t understand what I was looking for. They are dead to me now. Office Depot on-line knew what it was. A Crime Board, double-sided. Office Depot gets me. I ordered it and just because I was feeling shitty I ordered new bedding. All white. And maybe some tea.

My boys are on the golf course. This is Tommy’s first time out on the course since his surgery on his hip/leg so we shall see how far they get. I couldn’t go because allergies. My eye is way to important to risk pushing my pressure up. And since he’s probably reading this at the course….cheese grits….

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Get outside if you can!

xx P

Friday Advice From The Flamingo

It’s Friday! Week one of Spring Break is over. Tomorrow baseball season begins. Tomorrow is when they get their gear and have a giant party on the lawn. I will be home baking bread and cookies and muffins. Everyone has disappeared. No, there is 1 lonely cookie in the cookie jar.

The first couple of days Thing One and Thing Two went to Dallas to spend some time with Grandpa Bob so there was a 24 hour period where we had to calm down and go to bed at a decent hour. Different rules and all. So yesterday Thing One was in rare form. He ran all day. Everywhere. He refused to get dressed in anything but his Black Panther slippers, a Spiderman shirt and a pair of shorts. And yes, I took him shopping in this outfit. There are battles that are not worth fighting. And as soon as we got home he stripped and was happy. The rest of us were not so we plopped him into a bubble bath and gave him some toys and closed the door.

This morning he was dressed and wanted Leprechaun cereal. Lucky Charms. I know they are going through a growth spurt, but man can they eat! They are like cows, grazing all day, pouring way too much tea in the cup and requesting a bread sandwich. Yes, that is 2 pieces of bread. TaDa!

He was also told not to pick on his sister….yeah that lasted 10 minutes. Finally I had them both on the sofa snuggled in watching the last 2 chapters of Stranger Things 2. Then he just punched her. I told him I was going to have to tell his Daddy that because he had specifically told him not to do that. His reply? “Oh, Granma, just don’t bring it up.””:I’m sorry, what?”  “Just lie.”  “No, sorry I’m not lying to your father.” “Do you not know how?” God save us all!  

Then my sister called and they were her problem. They grilled her on breakfast food.

Now I’m going to soak in a hot bubble bath and remember how to be an adult.

xx P

THESE WINDS ARE NOT SWEEPING! SEE YOU SOON KANSAS!

Happy Saturday! The sun is shining brightly and the wind gusts are at 60 mph! I may end up in Kansas today. Having a quick working lunch and a pot of tea and then I’m putting stones in my pockets and walking across to the market.

I’ve already popped red beans in the slow cooker so dinner is done. Tommy took the rest of the birthday cake to work today, so that demon is gone. The day before I had made my Lemon Lust Loaf ( which is just my Lemon Lust Cupcake Recipe) and he took that to work and the GM wouldn’t share and denied any knowledge of said loaf. She did offer to marry me though. It’s a really lemony and light sponge.

Today I am sick to death of news and slimy old men and hookers. Geez people have some self-respect! Do these men ever think of their families and the damage they do? But then I look at said old, orange men and think, well….if I was married to them I wouldn’t be sleeping with them. Sorry ladies of the night. My sister posted a thing on FB about Melania being so classy and I couldn’t help but send her the woman’s entire nude porn shoot. So it’s best if I just go about my crafting and shut up.

Enjoy the day or just ignore it!

xx P

SOFT PINKS AND LAMBS EAR GREENS

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Friday! We made it! Although Spring and Winter need to get together and figure out who’s leaving and who’s staying! It is cold and gloomy outside still. But I’m getting ready for Spring.

I love the softness of this pink. Along with the faded green of Lamb’s Ear. I’m making a wreath and a few other things to go in a Spring Tableau. Along with Peonies and Cabbage Roses, I’m hoping for success. It will be a craft weekend, as it is supposed to rain and be cold.

The birthday boy was delighted with his cake and had two pieces. It was darn good. We did nothing special at all except eat cake and snuggle on the sofa. He thanks everyone for their birthday wishes.

I thought I would share Corbin’s Winter Ball.

   There is a video of them bowing and dancing but I won’t embarrass him further. These two are great friends. He has a crush on the girl from the ice cream shop this summer, but is way too shy to ask her to dance!

I hope you have something fun planned for this weekend. Stay warm and think Spring thoughts!

xx P