Don’t You Want To Build A Snowman?

Still no snow! I’m beginning to think the weather man is in cahoots with the bread company. They keep promising, but it’s still going to be 60 degrees today. I don’t love snow. At. All. But we love us some snow people. Or maybe just marshmallows.

Yesterday I finally tried the Golden Milk Latte, made with Almond Milk and Turmeric. It was really good actually. I think I’ll keep it in the rotation.

I’m going to be taking a break from the blog for a bit. I’ll still have the book blog however and will still keep up with y’all’s shenanigans. We had the surgeons visit yesterday. And we spent the rest of the day clinging to each other and crying. Tommy took a pain pill and slept and I seriously sat and stared at the wall with my mind blank. We knew there was a mass on his thigh. We did not however know that there was a huge one on his pelvis. So the next few weeks will be tests for the Ortho doctor and praying for good news with the surgery. With everything up in the air I can’t commit to much for now.

Now that we have had a day to absorb this, we really aren’t saying much to our families. I’m sure none of them read this blog. We are not going to speak something bad in to existence, we are not going to be negative. We are each others greatest strength and the scars we have prove we showed up for life. We fought and we won. We will win again. In the meantime….I weave strong shining threads into a patchwork of magic…it comforts us as we wait for the world to right itself.

Happiest of Holidays to you all. Keep being awesome!

Much Love

P

 

LETTERS TO SANTA AND WHERE TO SEND THEM

Hello Weekend! It’s time for our annual Letters To Santa. In case you were not aware, the big guy has an actual address.

Santa's address to send your child's letters to.

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   I’m betting you are from Texas Chris. Unfortunately Santa is no longer allowed to put the fear of God into other fathers. Maybe you could just take him to church.

 

  Well that is a very eclectic list. I will assume a X-Mas necklace is a Christmas one and the X-Men are shepherds? Leopard high tops and a leopard sewing machine? While I can not bring you the portal to Narnia you may want to ‘take a look, it’s in a book’.

  I think instead of the assault rifle Santa needs to bring you new parents  and a teacher who understands the concept of 1. being the first number.

  Well Corbin, since your beautiful and smart Gran just gave you a new computer for your birthday I think I can safely say the fries and the nuggets are a go.

   Dear Jackson, Don’t worry, you will get your new President. However Santa is a bit concerned as to why you need so many weapons and animals. Your mother may want to show this to your therapist before she discovers a strange smell in the attic.

I hope you got a smile or a giggle out of some of these. I’ve asked for a new fireplace and a new piano. My mother is laughing.

xx P

 

A COZY MYSTERY AND SOME TEA

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What goes better than Tea and Scones? A cozy mystery by Ellery Adams. This one just made its debut this week and it is a really good series.

japanesesencah  And this is a really nice tea!

I’ve been busy catching up on book reviews, requests and collaborations. Tommy has doctors appointments scheduled for a biopsy of his esophagus and with the surgeon for his leg. He’s in constant pain and we are hoping we may be able to move up the dates from the 10th, but everyone and their brother are trying to use up their insurance for the year so it’s tough to get every doctor we need in one place.

The recliner situation has resolved itself. I knew yesterday afternoon when he told me to remember we were having dinner with his Aunt tonight. He never said one word about that to me. And I’m going to give him a pass because he is on drugs. I did not go to dinner because it was cold outside. 0 stars, did not recommend.  Turns out she just wanted to give us something for our house. They had a long talk and turns out there is just one little troublemaker skewing the stories around. That has been dealt with and all is well in the pirate nation. Also you should always go to the source of the info and not depend on someone else’s version of events.

We are so lucky to live surrounded by great neighbors who have been doing the heavy lifting and making sure we have all of their numbers so Tommy can just rest and manage his pain. So thanks y’all.

I think my brain is on auto-pilot lately.  I went to make tea this morning and noticed there was a smudge on a cabinet which led to a full on wash down of all cupboards and ceiling fans. Which led to cleaning the bathroom. This was all before 8 a.m.

Some really good things I’m proud of, my cousin Kristen, who was a helo pilot and Commander in Hawaii for the Army is a genius Engineer. She retired from the service and started an airline company as she and my uncle share that. She builds campers from scratch! And as of last week she is working for Virgin Galactica building things that will go into space! And she manages to coach her kid’s soccer teams and get them to all of their music and dance activities.

Hope you are having a good week and not freezing. Today it will be 61 degrees. Tomorrow? Who knows. This is Oklahoma.

xx P

MILK BAR LIFE by Christina Tosi

Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories by [Tosi, Christina]

Go off the clock with Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar as she bakes one-bowl treats, grills with skills, and embraces simple, nostalgic—and often savory—recipes made from supermarket ingredients.

For anyone addicted to crack pie®, compost cookies®, and cake truffles, here are their savory counterparts—such as Kimcheezits with Blue Cheese Dip, Burnt Honey–Butter Kale with Sesame Seeds, and Choose Your Own Adventure Chorizo Burgers—along with enough make-at-home sweets to satisfy a cookie-a-day habit. Join Christina and friends as they cook their way through “weaknights,” sleepovers, and late-night snack attacks to make mind-blowingly delicious meals with whatever is in the pantry.

I am a fan of Christina Tosi and the one bowl treats she creates. This book is full of recipes for every occasion. They are simple, using readily available ingredients and easy and short recipes.

We made the Oatmeal Cookies and the Jerk Chicken and everyone lost their mind!

This is another of those books I saw at the library and then purchased!

Well Done!

 

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I’m going to need more than tea and warm socks Y’all!

It is cold. Ungodly cold. I had to put on pants! I’m looking at all my family and friends posts showing all the snow. And no we don’t have any yet. So for all of y’all over there in Denver, no I’m not coming to shovel your snow. As my mother would say, ” You made your bed, now lay in it”. No I don’t know what that means except it’s not my fault you are up to your ankles in snow. I told you.

My lovely sister Victoria Beth has started her Christmas decorating. And y’all I mean this girl is dedicated. She changes out the art on the walls, the linens, all kinds of stuff that makes me shudder. But she is committed and I admire her style.

I’m doing a beach theme. Which is what my house is decorated as so I really just have to slap up a tree and toss some sand around and BOOM! done. I did light a Pine candle.

I wanted to tell you about the cute thing my lovely daughter-in -love started.26167336_1513544085360106_5284659085880348317_n

She did this last year and it went well. So this year we all jumped on!

Come on friends! Spread the love this holiday! ❤️

🎅🏼🎁💃🏽🎄SECRET SISTER is back! It is so fun and an amazing way to bless so many people!! I am looking for AT LEAST 6 ladies interested in a holiday gift exchange. Doesn’t matter where you live – you are welcome to join. You have to buy one gift valued of at least $10 and send it to your secret sis. (Hello, Amazon!) you will then receive 6-36 gifts in return. This is so much fun! I loved sending a gift to a complete stranger knowing that she would have a bright spot in her day because of what I sent 🎁Let me know if you’re interested, and I will send you information about your sister. 💃🏽We could all use some happy mail! Who’s in? I tagged a few I thought might be interested, but anyone is welcome to join the fun! Just comment “I’m in” 🎄

When you comment I’m in, you will get a PM with all the rules and really it’s just copy and paste and wait. Get a gift and send it to the first name on the list then move the second name to the top and put yours second. I’ve already gone to Harney and Sons and ordered one for my person and got free shipping and they mail it. It’s lovely thing to do.

Here is what the PM looks like:

Welcome to our Secret Sister Gift Exchange!! It is a lot of fun!!

Here’s how it works:
(1) copy the secret sister request that I posted on my Facebook wall to your own wall

(2) you send one gift valued at least $10 to the secret sister that is NUMBER ONE below

(3) remove secret sister’s name from #1 then move secret sister #2 to that spot

(4) add your name to the #2 spot with your info

(5) send this info to all the ladies that respond to your post with the updated name info

If you cannot complete this within 1 week please let me know as it is not fair to the ladies who have participated and are waiting for their gifts to arrive

You can order directly from a web-based service (Amazon) which saves you a trip to the post office soon you will receive 6-36 gifts Seldom does anyone drop out because it’s so much fun to send and receive a gift from someone you may or may not know you should start receiving gifts in about 2 weeks if you get this letter out to all the ladies that have responded right away!!

#1 Stacy Trigg
2721 NW 24th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

#2 Jodi Lopp
1321 NW 8th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

So I did this one and then I had my own chain begin. I don’t even know these people. Well some I do and they were up at the crack of dawn telling me they were in!

It’s cold and I’m going to read and I hope you all stay warm and do some self care!

xx P

 

November Thoughts and Some Tea

This chilly Fall morning I’m sipping on an Earl Grey Latte’ made with Harney and Sons Winter White Earl Grey. So warming and good.

The soup was so good last night and I made chili for OU Boy using one of my ex-husbands recipes. He ate 3 bowls. So Thanks David! I do love your chili.

Today is a heavy workload day so I’m making Chicken with Herbed Dumplings in the crock pot. And after a walk in the park with my neighbor and her Yorkie, I’m closing my drapes and pretending to be gone. Out she comes this morning, y’all, and Charli ( it is a girl) was wearing a Kate Spade fur-lined jacket in pink and gold polka dots. Now I can’t say anything about dressing up your animals. Gracie Lou had her own dresser for bows, dresses, rain wear and a lovely embroidered winter coat. And my chickens really do like to wear fairy wings. But if anyone in my house is wearing Kate Spade it is not going to be someone who poops in the yard.

This is my neighbor who asked me if I would be her traveling companion when her mother dies ( She is 94 so that could be anytime). She doesn’t like going alone and would pay for everything. Um, yes. OU Boy thinks I’m crazy on most days but even he would have said yes. Italy is first up on the list. She’s 72 so I hope she isn’t thinking we are sharing a bed, but you know for a tour of Europe again, who knows!

It’s back to work for me. Have a great Friday and always make time for self-care starting with a nice cup of tea and your own thoughts.

xx p

What Color is Your Smoothie? by Britt Allen Brandon,CFNS,CPT

Eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables isn’t always easy. Even if you do, you still might not be getting the wide range of vitamins and minerals you need. Each color group of fruits and vegetables offers different beneficial effects, so to get these essential nutrients, you have to eat the rainbow! What Color Is Your Smoothie? helps you do just that. Inside, you’ll find delicious, easy-to-make recipes, such as:

  • Sparkling Strawberry Smoothie—bright red strawberries are packed with vitamin C. They also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and belly-filling fiber.
  • Clever Carrots and Spice—orange carrots are full of beta-carotene, which helps prevent cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease
  • Pineapple Banana Cream—yellow bananas are rich in carotenoids, which can decrease the likelihood of lung cancer
  • Spicy Spinach Smoothie—dark green veggies contain phytochemicals, which can protect your eyes by keeping your retinas strong
  • Blueberry Blastoff Smoothie—blue and purple foods contain flavonoids, which help prevent short-term memory loss

With more than 300 colorful, vitamin-packed smoothies to choose from, you’ll blend, smooth, and shake your way to a healthy new you!

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This was the one we tried this week. Pumpkin Pie.

Yields 2 cups.

Ingredients:

2 cups pure pumpkin puree’

1 Teaspoon each of ground Ginger, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Cup Crushed Ice

In your blender combine everything except half of the ice. You can use the rest if needed to make it as thick or thin as you like.

Mom and kid tested and it was incredible!  This book I found at the library and then I bought it. The Vanilla Pear was an amazing combo. They are all good for you and full of nutrients.

I am an intermittent faster and I eat twice a day. Once at 1 p.m. and once at 8 p.m. and I save my smoothies for night-time. Normally they don’t have almond milk but instead 4 different greens in 1 cup of water and then some Maca powder, Spirulina, and a handful of frozen fruits. So this pumpkin smoothie would be a treat for me.

Try it and enjoy!

xx Patricia

 

PUMPKIN SPICE IS EVERYWHERE!

Hello October. It feels odd to have pumpkins in my house when it’s in the high 80’s. But hey, you have to move on. So today I’m having a Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte with Almond milk. I may have some pumpkin in my porridge in a bit.

I had one of those moments of clarity yesterday. I was soaking in the bath tub, which is where most of my epiphanies take place, and it suddenly became very clear to me that time is something to be used to the fullest. This week we are burying my dear friend and helping another dear friend sort out and get rid of his possessions as his cancer is now in the brain. And it has made me look at time differently. I want every single moment to mean something.

It’s precious and I am tired of wasting it. I don’t want to get to my death-bed and wonder where it all went, what did I accomplish? I don’t want the answer to that to be about fame, money or a sex tape. I want it to be that I changed a life if only for one moment. That I made someone laugh or smile when they needed it most. That my babies have real memories of things we did together, that I loved hard and often.

Maybe its Fall. Sweeping all of the old and negative out the door and entering another season when life lies dormant until the warmth of Spring. I just know that time moves on. The world doesn’t stop for us. So I hope we are all living our best and most authentic lives that will leave the world a happier place.

xx Patricia