Happy Sunday! If you need me I’ll be in the bed! Bring your own snack!


Sunday morning is pretty gloomy and cold around here. It was and still is a multiple cups of tea day. My poor body keeps waking up at 5 a.m. every day since this time change. I’m not happy about that.

Yesterday and last night was dedicated to watching football and hoping Alabama would crash and burn. Mississippi State gave it a good try, but no. OU came through but Georgia lost and we wept. They had a perfect record.

Before I forget, if you don’t already know Starbucks is running a special through Monday on their Holiday flavors only. Buy one get one free! The flavors are Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee’ Latte, and Chestnut Praline Latte’. No coupon required. It is from 2 to 5 p.m.  Depending on where you live you may have different choices. I had the Caramel Brulee’ yesterday. Today I’m thinking the Chestnut Praline.

Luckily I get to hang out in bed all day. With a good book, Sophie Kinsella’s new one “Surprise Me!”, along with lots of pots of tea. Yesterday there would have been miniature lemon and red velvet bundt cakes. But like I said, that was yesterday.

Have a restful and peaceful Sunday no matter where you are. And if you are in the OKC area today Alexander McCall Smith is at Full Circle Books so go meet him and check out his series The #1 Ladies Detective Series.

xx Patricia


Life is hard when you’re pretty…*sigh*


While all the other girls have put away their Halloween costumes, Babs here has decided to keep the look going.

Red and General Disarray came by to pay their respects and she isn’t having it. She’s just sitting in the rocking chair showing off. None of the other girls will talk to her. As my Momma would say, ” She’s putting on airs.” If you’re Southern you know what that means. Thinking she’s better than the other hens, which she is not. She poops out an egg every morning just like the rest of them, and trust me it isn’t any cleaner than the rest.

Babs has always thought she was the favorite. Especially after Vicki committed suicide by standing in the middle of the road when the trucks came to pave. And now that she knows they make sparkly clothes for pretty little chicks like her she has gotten quite uppity.

She keeps pecking at the mudroom window wanting to chat, but I’m sorry, you need to go apologize to the others for thinking you were all that and a bag of grit! Pretty is as pretty does and all that shit, so you might want to get down and eat a little crow.  And OU Boy needs to stop feeding her ego telling her how pretty she is and how big her eggs are.

Enabling. Tsk,Tsk…..

xx Patricia

In A Monday State of Mind…but there’s Tea!


Good Monday morning all of you wordsmiths! I’m on my fourth cup of tea. Just regular breakfast tea. It’s gray and gloomy again. I am getting my bum kicked with this idiotic time change. It’s the one reason I would consider moving to Arizona so I would never have to wonder what time it is.

I pretty much go to bed at the same time every night and last night totally messed me up so I just went to bed anyway. My internal body clock is set so I’m just going to ignore that time change.

This has been a difficult week-end for our family. And it’s really difficult to talk about but you already know I have no filter so here goes. OU Boy’s 13-year-old sister overdosed and is now in hospital.Apparently these kids just toss pills in a baggie and you get what you get. She lives in a town so tiny they have 1 cop and 1 stop sign. The school is 2 doors down from her house. The things we’ve found out this weekend have left us shattered, scared and angry.

As for all the other kids, well the police have their names and who had what. I understand this is a tiny town and there isn’t a lot to do. Seriously there are no stores. But where the heck are the parents? You have teens and you lock up your meds. You don’t have to be a genius to know that. Bad things happen to people who pass out or overdose. People do things they shouldn’t and you end up on the internet.

I wish she wasn’t going through this. I wish OU Boy wasn’t going through this. But we are. And we will deal with it. Even if it means we have a 13-year-old residing in our guest room. I’m still pretty angry at the parents. This girl has no job but has an I-phone. She’s wearing totally inappropriate clothing. So who buys this stuff? Not her! That’s what bothers me the most. When did saying NO to a child become so horrifying? The one good thing happened yesterday when her mom asked OU Boy to handle this. And handle it he will.

So there you go. That was our week-end. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey for all of us. And I’m going to need a lot more tea. And anxiety meds!

xx Patricia   Thanks for listening. Any advice?

Witch Better Have My Candy!

Happy Samhain, Happy Halloween, or whatever occasion you are celebrating today!

It has just been a hotbed of activity at my house today! First we had a 4.1 earthquake in the wee hours and the furniture re-arranged itself a bit. I had to get up at 8:00 a.m. this morning! (Gasp) I literally rolled out, combed my hair, brushed my teeth, put on some Uggs and a Florida State hoodie and rolled on to the Eye Institute.

Having not had but a drop of tea sustenance I may have been a bit cranky. But this relationship with Dr. D and the DMEI is the longest relationship I have ever had and I was hoping to get another stitch or two out. I even took him some of my prized white tea.

Bottom line here is I got 2 stitches out leaving 11 in. And I’m waiting on the nurse to call to schedule another surgery in November. Since I’ve been taking steroid drops for 16 months now, I’ve developed a cataract in the transplant eye. I had read this could happen so I was okay with it. Normally I am told they just laser that sucker out. Nope, not us. I can’t have a laser yet so he is doing this manually. I’ll be on my Milk of Amnesia drip so I should be fine.  But today after all the pulling and tugging I am really sore and trying to be calm Now that I’m home and have time to think about him digging in my eye Ms. Anxiety is creeping into my head. So today I think I’ll take a break and deal with that.

I hope you all have a safe night. Eat a little candy. Come by my house! I have Bubble Gum Eye Balls!

xx Patricia

BOO-Teaful Tea Pots for Halloween~

This mornings tea is brought to us by Taylor’s of Harrogate Chamomile. We seem to be having tummy upsets today so I thought it prudent to stick with a mild yet flavorful tea!

Don’t you just love these Halloween inspired tea pots? I love people with imagination and a sense of whimsy.

Well folks, it got cold. Not anywhere near the freeze that was predicted and it really is only cold at night. I had an absolutely horrible wake up call this morning. Someone was dying in my bathroom. Not the best way to wake up! Poor OU Boy was throwing up for what seemed like hours. Probably due to those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups he downed last night along with two Nathan’s chili dogs. And when he throws up even neighbors know about it. This man makes more noise tossing his cookies than I did in labor. And that was bad. At one point my husband even asked me if I could keep it down. Yeah….he didn’t last long.

Everyone is getting ready for trick or treating. Signs are up in neighborhoods letting the little mongsters know that at 8 p.m. you better have your fill and be moving on.

I see there are quite a few churches doing the trunk or treat which I suppose is better than having little Susi knocking on doors asking for candy. As you have probably figured out by the above puking BF, we have no more candy. I do have a lovely bottle of Merlot in the cooler though, but bring your own glass.

This is my Friday so I’m going to be lazy all day. Not really…you know I’ll be reading.

xx Patricia  Here’s a little something the five-year old will love.

Loving this Athletic Heather 'Sister For Candy' Raglan Tee - Toddler & Kids on #zulily! #zulilyfinds

Meet Cozy Mystery Author Paige Shelton

 If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance (Country Cooking School Mystery Book 2) by [Shelton, Paige] If Onions Could Spring Leeks (Country Cooking School Mystery Book 5) by [Shelton, Paige]

Paige writes the A Country Cooking School Mystery Series. Includes Recipes!


Lost Books and Old Bones (A Scottish Bookshop Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] Of Books and Bagpipes: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by [Shelton, Paige] The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by [Shelton, Paige]

The newest series A Scottish Bookshop Mystery

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] Comic Sans Murder (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige]

And A Dangerous Type Mystery 

Paige Shelton

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market, Country Cooking School, Dangerous Type, and Scottish Bookshop mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at http://www.paigeshelton.com

Paige is a new to me Cozy author. I picked one in each of the series so I’ll get back to you on how it’s going. Reviews look really good though.

If you have read some of her work, let me know how you like it!

xx Patricia   Funny witches brew local children cartoon joke image For all of the Farm to Table Lovers!

Appreciating the beauty of every season of life.

Today’s tea is brought to us by Tazo. Because it was the first one that spoke up at the breakfast meeting. Seriously he just fell out of the cupboard. I may need another cupboard.

Fall is just popping up everywhere. Or more accurately Halloween is showing up everywhere. And the seven-year old was deeply upset that some store had Christmas things up. “Things should be in order.”  I agree my lovely child. They should be. This isn’t a race, so slow down and enjoy each one on its own. It’s like people who you are speaking to and you can tell they are already scanning the room to see if anyone else they know is there. It is rude. So to all you retailers out there…Calm the fudge down. I for one am not buying candy that was put out months in advance.

From the look outside I would say we are going to have some storms today. Which makes for a good tea and book day. And I think that’s what I’m going to do. As I’m feeling rather persnickity today and that never bodes well for anyone. So I shall take my book and my tea and the rest of my accoutrements and head to the bath!

xx Patricia    Enjoy your Saturday and enjoy your Fall! And don’t tell people they are stupid… because feelings are more important than being right. And maybe they already know. ( Courtesy of the boy).


Fridays and the London Fog!

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Happy Friday! It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood. Kind of windy but then this is Oklahoma. But for now it’s gorgeous outside.

I took all of my indoor plants outside to enjoy some sunshine and potted some mums around the bird bath. Laundry is done, bed is made, I made tea. I was going to have a glass of wine until OU Boy told me it’s only Friday and I have standards. Only day drinking on Saturday. Cause, football and all. So that went out the window.

Okay so my Cubbies let someone else go ahead this year. It’s okay. Everyone deserves a turn.  Except the Red Sox. They get nothing.

I’m a bit bored today. I don’t know why. I have like a gazillion books to read and that’s YUGE! And yet, here I sit in the quiet of my house, with all the windows open, and it’s even quite outside.

For those of you who liked the look of the London Fog Latte….

IMG_1508514046408  Here she is. Stopped into Starbucks yesterday evening and my lovely Barista talked in a Peppa Pig type voice as he made it. Dude, seriously, you sound atrocious. I know he says. Well then go ahead and Peppa Pig away! And it was delicious, thank you very much. And they are just as easy to make yourself. If you don’t have a frother in your espresso machine, then buy just a battery operated frother. I got a great one at Target. No sense paying $5 bucks for one unless you are lazy. My excuse? It was next to the phone store.

Have a peaceful day. Be nice. Be the bigger person. And as Corbin says, “Don’t hit anyone if people are looking”.

xx Patricia

Compassion. It’s so often the solution!

It’s easy to judge. It’s way more difficult to understand. Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods. Through judging we separate, through understanding, we grow.

We were driving around the other evening and I told OU Boy that I’m trying really hard to be less judgy. He said, ” I have noticed that.” Me: I have a band on my wrist and when I feel the need to speak on someone’s green hair or bootie shorts, I snap the band.” Him: “You’re gonna need more of those bands.”

Yesterday I had all to myself to watch my football team play. I thought it was the perfect time to try my new bottle of Prosecco. Which the guy in the liquor store had never heard of and I had to find myself. I made myself a nice little fruit plate and poured myself a glass.  Honestly? I wanted to drink the whole bottle. It was so good. But I stuck to the one glass and felt much better about life for a few hours. So thanks for that hook up Jo!

I watched football until bedtime. It was a good day.

Y’all enjoy your Sunday!   tealovers4


Meet Cozy Mystery Author Victoria Hamilton!


Muffin to Fear (A Merry Muffin Mystery Book 5) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Much Ado About Muffin (A Merry Muffin Mystery Book 4) by [Hamilton, Victoria]Death of an English Muffin (Merry Muffin Mystery Book 3) by [Hamilton, Victoria]

White Colander Crime (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 5) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Leave It to Cleaver (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 6) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Bowled Over (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 2) by [Hamilton, Victoria]

Victoria is a new to me author. Someone gave me the White Colander Crime book and it’s next on my pile to read. Muffins and Vintage Kitchen themed mysteries do sound like things I would read about. Muffins being closely related to my friend, the cupcake.

I’ll be sure and let you know how it goes. If you have read any of her books, please let us know what you thought! All this month I’ve been doing a series of Meet the Cozy Authors on Books,BooksandMoreBooks  so if you are looking for a good cozy mystery that you can identify with hop on over and check some out. Since this one has muffins I felt it appropriate to post it here. Now for a good cuppa and a muffin!

Victoria Hamilton

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. Victoria is the national bestselling author of two mystery series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries, as well as the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.

Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!

She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and dead bodies for publisher Beyond the Page for the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries (the first five books of the series were published by Berkley Prime Crime) and Merry Muffin Mystery series, published by Berkley. Besides writing about murder and mayhem, and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria collects vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups.

Visit Victoria at: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com for availability of her books, some of which have also been published in Large Print and Audio formats!

You can find out more about her and all of her series at her website, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest.