THE COLOR OF THE EVOLVED SOUL

Happily sipping some Royal Wedding Tea from Harney & Sons this morning. Another day in the 80’s and then some severe weather in a few days. Our storm chasers are at the gate waiting for the signal to play find the tornado.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, if a bit windy, and we laid out in the sunshine with our uber white legs and listened to the 60’s channel. It was peaceful and so nice. The tiny terrorists went with their Daddy on a hike. Or as we call it a treasure hunt. So everyone got to spend time outside and we are all better for it.

If you are like me and don’t particularly like sugar, that STASH Meyer Lemon tea is a big winner in the iced category. I made a pitcher and it was really good unsweetened.

Last night I finished reading a book that made me feel angry. Described as a laugh out loud version of The Help, I did not have one laugh. I had many uncomfortable moments and a lot of racism and the end the horrible woman said Oh I’m so sorry, and the black lady said Oh it’s okay. No, it’s not okay and I wrote a rather scathing review. With a note to the publisher. This is a first for me. But if you are not from Mississippi but are writing about it, do your research. Don’t put a shiny dress on it and call it something it isn’t. It was insulting and I was glad to see this morning that at least 5 other people had emailed me saying how insulted they felt as well.

Happy Monday! Make it a great one with a nice cuppa and a nap! I am off to do errands that must be done. People want to eat and all. Thanks for listening to my little rant this morning. I would wake up OU Boy but he’s tired of hearing me talk.

xx Patricia….being quiet….lol

Happy Earth Day~ Give a Shit!

Happy Earth Day! A day to celebrate the earth is one of those things that make me happy. I am passionate about this planet and the damage we have already inflicted upon it. When tea terraces are being plowed under for more lucrative businesses, I am appalled and upset.

I’ve always been a tree hugger you could say. And my children and my grandson are also passionate about not sucking the life blood out of the earth. About the ocean and the land. How can any rational person believe we can continue to suck oil out of the ground without consequences. Now we are having earthquakes weekly in Oklahoma. From fracking.

As a country we pride ourselves on being number one. But that is a lie. We aren’t even close to the countries that actually give a damn about the planet our children are inheriting from us. We have the sun on a regular basis and the amount of wind this state alone generates is enough to power a lot of states.

As Corbin would say, “Stop throwing trash on the ground and in the water! It’s just rude.”

I don’t really care if you believe in climate change or not. It is not necessary for you to believe in something for it to be true. Tell me this past winter hasn’t been insane and unpredictable!

So for the love of my tea leaves get involved. There is one earth and we are all in it together!

xx The Entire Pirate Nation  IMG_20170422_080324_185

THE ANSWER TO THE “WHAT DO YOU EAT” QUESTION

It’s Friday Y’all! There is a rumor going around that we may have rain tomorrow! Keep your fingers crossed.

I was sitting here yesterday sipping my Darjeeling and reading blogs when someone asked me “What exactly do you eat?” So I got out the trusty camera and took a picture of a pretty normal day of eating for me.

Breakfast is always oatmeal. Porridge, slow cooked oats. Then I get creative with what I have on hand. My favorite is to toss a handful of blueberries into the water when it begins to boil and cook the berries and the oatmeal together. A drizzle of honey and my mouth is in heaven. Somedays I toss in banana and almond butter.

Lunch is almost always a salad of different greens and veggies of all kinds and a handful of fruit on top. I personally don’t use a dressing. I like just the taste of the food.

Dinner is more of those vegetables roasted in the oven with a tiny bit of olive oil and some Herbes de Provence, a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper. The kitchen smells heavenly. Sometimes I serve them over Bulgar or Polenta.

Mainly I listen to my body tell me what it needs today. For snacks, there are celery and carrots with Hummus that you can make yourself for a fraction of the store made. And it tastes better. If I’m not drinking tea, I drink water. I love water. We have well water and it is so good. For a treat I drink La Croix flavored water with no sugars. I don’t eat for my mouth but for my body.

OU Boy eats take out. Almost daily. We are a house divided by food and football teams! He drinks like a gallon of sweet tea a day. Wait until he hits 40 next year and we’ll see how that goes!

 

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it’s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck-deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner–all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.

This is the 19th book in this series and I have read them all. For the characters, the setting and of course the tea and recipes! It’s like visiting with old friends.

The characters are still evolving and we have some new additions to the group. Drayton is even a bit looser in this one and we meet more of Haley’s family. Theodosia has a nice boyfriend and that is coming along nicely. We still have Tidwell, who I enjoy very much, but Detective Riley is more Theo’s cup of tea.

This one was also hilarious! Cat fights, and women behaving badly in public! Oh the horror in Charleston society.

Already waiting on the next one!  Great job.

I would like to take a minute to thank Cynthia  over at Making Peace With The Wrong Side of 40 for the really nice interview she did. Check out her blog. This lady is building a house! Not having a house built, building a house from scratch! She is inspiring and if I ever get voted off the island, I’m heading to her place! Fair Warning!

 

 

 

 

THANKFUL, GRATEFUL AND BLESSED

It’s Friday! I don’t know about you but I am so happy it is Friday. The teacher strike may be over or at least most of the teachers will go back on Monday. So after 2 weeks of Spring Break and 2 weeks of walkouts, these kids need to get back to school!

We finished the move last night. It was really hot out yesterday mixed with 40 plus mph winds. Which made things a little more difficult. I felt like Mary Poppins a few times. My duty was mainly to stay at the new place and tell people where to put things. And watch the 5 and 7-year-old. Today they are off to Dallas for the weekend to see Kendrick Lamar.

I didn’t sleep at all last night which explains why I’m on here so early. A new bed and new sounds mixed with forgetting my allergy meds led to no sleep. Hoping for a nap today. The winds are still horrible and wildfires have been burning like crazy to the north and south of us. So much damage and loss of property and livestock.

Now comes the task of unpacking stuff. So I’m going to go make a big pot of tea and either start that or fall asleep! Today we are truly thankful, grateful and feeling blessed.

Can’t wait to catch up with everyone’s blog!

xx Patricia

Our Cups Really Do Runneth Over!

Tea stop

I saw this picture and had to share! Is this not the coolest thing?

I’m finishing up packing up my office. Everything is ready and today we say good-bye to one adventure and dive in to a new one. The odd thing is I feel no anxiety whatsoever. I am happily giving up country life for right smack into the middle of the city. I can pretty much work from anywhere. As long there is a major airport close, so that won’t change.

For OU Boy it will be a lot different! Instead of a 45 minute drive to work, he can be there in 5 minutes, as the golf course is right across the street basically. The biggest draw for me is that instead of having to Uber everywhere, since the eye still isn’t at the driving stage, I can easily walk to Uptown Market, Barnes and Noble as well as Half-Price Books and Starbucks and pretty much everything. For me that is big. I’ve been dependent on other people for the past two years of the eye situation and now I will be independent.

Today I am off to look for a white sofa. And OU Boy is off to look for a not white sofa. This is going to get interesting!

Have a really good day and don’t forget to take time for tea!!

xx Patricia

STILL NO SCHOOL, BUT THERE’S TEA~

Sipping on some great Scottish Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s of Harrogate this morning as the sun is blasting my eyeballs through the window. We never got that severe weather the so-called weather man predicted.

I have yet to wear a coat this year. That’s a good thing. Actually I am procrastinating. Tommy put together boxes for me last night. And I need to fill them. I opened my summer closet and just stared. I don’t know where to begin. I need to weed some stuff out. But I won’t. I mean that jacket that matches my favorite pants could turn up again. Even though I know I left it in the hotel in Newport Beach like 7 years ago. But, it might!

I look in my closet and see memories. I still have the first Dooney and Bourke bag I bought at Macy’s years ago. It’s vintage now I guess, but I get a new one every Christmas. The only thing I am ready for if shit goes down is my portable file holder and a lovely Nine West travel bag full of nothing but swimsuits and wraps and lotions and a weapon or two. So if you invite me to the beach I can be standing outside in 5 minutes tops. Priorities!

The Anxiety Fairy has snuck in and now that it is moving week, I’m a little anxious. And I don’t understand why. This was my decision, it is what I want. It’s just change and change makes me anxious, well not change itself, I love change, it’s the changing part I hate. The process. So I’m going to finish my tea and just do it!

xx Patricia…moving to the city

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY JANE!

Good Sunday Morning to you all! Obviously it is April now, the first day! As well as April Fool’s Day and my sister’s birthday!

And yes, her name is Mary Jane. And today she is celebrating her birthday with her new granddaughter in the warm part of the country. Hopefully when she returns to the frozen tundra of South Dakota all the snow will be gone and she can get her garden planted.

She is my partner in crime and when she smiles her eyes twinkle. She is beautiful and has finally found the love of her life, which makes her even more beautiful!

We have had some fabulous adventures and some epic fights when we were kids and swinging music stands at each other, but no matter what I will always have her back.

I hope you are having a peaceful and happy birthday. Stuff yourself with seafood and think of me! I love you.

xx Patricia

infuse: Herbal teas to cleanse, nourish and heal by Paula Grainger and Karen Sullivan

Lost your zest for life? Feeling tired and sluggish? Need a health boost?

Reach for a soothing cup of herbal tea and harness the extraordinary power of nature’s most potent healing ingredients. With more than 70 expertly formulated recipes for tasty, soothing, caffeine-free infusions, tea tips to help you get the most from your brew, and a comprehensive directory of herbal ingredients and their active properties and benefits, you can blend, brew and sip your way to wellbeing.

I am always looking for new herbals and this book has everything one would want to make themselves a cup of healing herbal caffeine-free tea.

From Bladder Bliss to Sweet Sleep, there is something for every ailment. It’s a really lovely book and the recipes may look daunting but the ingredients are easily found at bulk herb shops or on-line. I go to the San Francisco Herb Co. My local herbal store also carries their brand.

I’m sipping on a green ginger at the moment because I ate a burrito at 10 p.m. last night and woke up feeling like my stomach had staged a revolt, so I’m trying to calm that sucker down before date night tonight.

Try out the book and see what you think of it. It should be at your local library so you can try before you buy!

Enjoy your Saturday what ever you are celebrating this week-end.

xx Patricia

 

A CUP OF TEA, A BOOK, AND RAIN…Bliss!

Ah, the smell of the earth when it rains. It started raining yesterday afternoon and let up sometime early this morning. With a cup of Earl Grey and not one but two cozy mysteries lined up, it’s the perfect day to snuggle in your hoodie and sip and read.

A lot of really good cozies from Kensington and Crooked Lane Books came out today so congratulations to Y’all!’

Have y’all been watching that little genius show with Neil Patrick Harris? I mean these 9 year olds are doing college level math in their heads! After a half hour of watching this I turned to Tommy and said, “Oh my gosh, our kids are slackers!”. Then I turned on Steve Harvey and the show he hosts and there is a 8-year-old girl singing like an opera singer. Yep, slackers, everyone!

Even though two of them have the voices of angels. One knows every Beatles song by heart and has since she was about 3! The other one wants to be Taylor Swift but is easily distracted by shiny objects. And of course Corbin who is a straight up genius and will happily pontificate on any subject you may think you know!

Seriously I love my little slackers. They play every sport imaginable. They have great dance moves. They love the planet and don’t eat dead animals or litter ( that was for Corbin). And I want them to enjoy every minute of childhood. It goes by so quickly. I love that they actually try things before they decide they do or do not like them. I love their imaginations and shared love of knock knock jokes. They have good manners, they are good students and I feel secure leaving my world to them someday. And as for the math geniuses…well I was in Finance for many years and not once since being an adult has anyone ever asked me the square root of anything! How about you?

Hope your Tuesday is going well! Make time for a cup of tea and heck, let’s toss in a biscuit or two!

xx Patricia