Happy Monday~ GREAT NEWS!!

Happy Monday~ It has been a long weekend here. Cold too. I hope you are all safe and warm.

Friday’s surgery was an all day affair. We finally got back to the OR and of course I asked Dr. White if I could see the tumor. He was very quick to offer to take a picture. Almost gleeful. Aunt Gayle and I posted up it the waiting area right out side the OR with about 50 other people who had not read the memo on NO CHILDREN BEYOND THIS POINT. So I pointed it out to them. For hours I drank tea, listened shamelessly to other people’s conversations and silently judged the ones who had NOT turned their phones off. Well maybe not so silently, but I was stressed.

A few hours in I received a call from Diane in the OR to meet the good doctor in the hall real quick. We were like giddy kids doing something behind our parents back! He had the picture and then took my phone and took one next to a ruler so you all could share in the gory thing he and I decided to call “Da Tumor” in our best Terminator voices.

So for the squeamish or faint of heart, look away!

I sent it to my sister and said, “We had a baby! It’s a boy/girl/mutant!” Actually our Oncologist said he is certain it is not cancerous, although we are waiting on final confirmation from the pathologist. Just a bunch of fat. Which Gayle and I wondered if it had just banded together and formed this long 2 pound ovoid and how could we get our fat to work that out???

The weekend was spent doling out meds. Oxycodone and Tommy don’t really go well together. Lots of throwing up and passing out. Today he is going down to just Motrin and believe it or not he’s going back to work on Wednesday. He has slept a lot and I have read a lot. Plus my mother went home from the hospital on Saturday.

I want to take a minute to say Thank You to all of you who were praying and sending us good thoughts! It means the world to us. After surgery when he could sit up we just clung to each other and prayed and gave thanks and cried and released a ton of weight off of our shoulders.

The up side of this is how seriously he is taking his recovery and drinking SuperFood Smoothies with me and hardly drinking any iced sweet tea. But a lot of herbal tea.

I’m headed to the market as I don’t think he will live on spinach much longer!

Happy Monday and Here is a big hug and kisses for you all!

xx P

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!

Rainy Day Supplies

I woke up to thunder, lightening and rain. It’s still going on. I thought I could get so much done, but no.

First let’s talk about the last of the holiday teas. Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. It smells and tastes like a sugar cookie. And it’s herbal and has no caffeine! I don’t have any sugar cookies to dunk because Tommy and the tiny terrorists ate them all. Every single one.

This has been a wild few days for us. To make it easier on Tommy and his leg I decided we would not go to midnight mass but to the 4:30 Mass. We arrived at 4 p.m. and had to park 3/4 of a mile away and walk. Now the church is only a mile from the house. I had not realized this was also the Children’s Choir service. There were over 300 people in the Atrium! And the inside of the church was packed as well. But very pretty and the priest said we had so many flowers he felt like Clark Griswold.

Christmas at Christ the King

A few interesting things happened at service. The couple in front of us had their 4 teen-aged children who were better behaved than their parents who had obviously hit the egg nog early as they giggled and kissed and transferred gum from their mouths. Even the kids were giving them the side eye. Then their was the lovely fellow right in front of me who had on a Jimmy Buffett shirt and I had to look at Santa and his reindeer with a surf board in the sled and a naked hula girl by his side. So many questions I wanted to ask…. The children sang beautifully and all of the elected officials behaved and were sober.

Christmas Eve continued with Tommy constantly telling me to go to another room. He was doing Santa stuff. We had to run all over OKC just to find out my favorite patisserie was closed so we went to our second favorite because I’d rather pay someone to cook for me than mess up my kitchen.

We did brunch. Not a ham or a turkey or a pot to wash even. We had a lovely Florentine Quiche, a Cranberry Brie En Croute, Toast and Caviar, Hanky Pankies, which are like crack, Cinnabons and a lot of Prosecco, and Mimosas. The kids had their special cookies with cocoa and Tommy and Corbin played with his new drone which almost ended up in the pool. The rest of us quietly watched White Christmas and got sleepy.

The kids know us so well, they gave us a great restaurant gift card to all of our favorite places on Lake Hefner where we run. Tommy gave me a new teapot and a huge mirror. The mirror was a huge hit. Between me and the kids we are some pretty vain creatures. At least know I won’t have to stand on the bed to see my bottom half in a mirror! I gave Tommy the drone and when everyone left we stayed in our jammies and watched Netflix. If you haven’t seen The Derry Girls, it is hilarious.

Just now my neighbor, who had been to Ganache  Patisserie  this morning, brought over this! From the chef when he heard I was heartbroken he was closed. Good people.

And now it’s 3 in the afternoon and it’s still raining and I’m still in my pajamas.

I hope everyone had the exact type of day you wished for. Ours was very low-key and laid back. We had limited everyone to 3 gifts each and with Tommy hobbling around and worried still about our test results it was just what we needed. Time to just snuggle on the sofa and laugh and eat more cheese.

Now let’s get ready for Mardi Gras!

xx P

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

CUT TO THE CHAISE WITH A NICE CUPPA

This Cozy Mystery debuted this week. It was really good.

And what goes better with a Cozy Mystery than a nice cuppa?

It’s back to shorts weather today. I’m still not sure where I got all of that intense energy yesterday. I did start using Moringa in my SuperFood Smoothies so I may have to back off of that one. Energetic is not one of my goals. Being cared for by an adoring billionaire on the other hand is. Sorry honey.

I completely re-arranged my bedroom so I would have more space on one side, flipped the mattress and cleaned the blinds even. Normally I only clean ceiling fans and blinds on the first Monday. I think I was just trying to put something in order because my brain was not in order. It feels as if we are in a holding pattern. Unable to make even the simplest of decisions until we know the outcome of Tommy’s surgeries. He is still in a lot of pain so our appointment can’t get here soon enough.

Have a good evening and keep us in your thoughts!

xx P

Read Books, Drink Tea and Chill

It’s Monday! Never have I been so excited to see you Monday. Why? Fall Break is over and the children are back to school! I’m having a nice Chai to celebrate that one!

We are drying out here in OKC. The sun is shining and the lake is calling. I am up early hoping to get back on my regular schedule. Having two children for two weeks of break, has almost broken me. My schedule went out the window and binge watching the entire Halloween Movie Series has left me with some serious damage from eye rolling! Even the kids were yelling, “Why are you going in there???” The moral we got from this series is that if you are making out with a boy, you are going to die. Scared straight for now.

Then we had the Romero classics. All of Night of the Living Dead ( They’re coming for you Barbara) P.S. My mother’s name is Barbara so we get a lot of fun out of this one. All the Zombie shows were watched. Pumpkins have been decorated, candy eaten and by yesterday morning I was letting them eat bread.

I tried to have an adult conversation at the hardware store, asking for one of those things that keep water in the sink. The man behind me started roaring with laughter and said, “You don’t do dishes much, do you?” No, I say, I don’t. But my lack of brain matter is because it is Fall Break. Ooooooo, he says. Gotcha!

I now understand why people drink. And buy Benadryl. Most of last night was spent staring at the wall.

Today I am going to try to get back on track. Try. I may need multiple pots of tea, but I am going to try. ( I’m probably going back to bed).

xx Patricia

A LESSON IN LOVE AND SOME TEA!


Good Saturday morning! Technically not morning but close enough. I’m going to talk about tea in a second. First I want to talk about these pictures.

We had our last class in the Monarch Garden yesterday afternoon. We released our Monarch, cleaned up the messes and by then it was time for school to be out. Our kids go from 9:10 to 4:00 p.m. The Fall Fundraiser and Pumpkin and Plant Sale began at 4:30 so I had just enough time to grab Corbin, give him a snack, find S.J. and S.J.’s mom and head to the ticket table.

After my shift the boys got Spiders painted on their faces and then proceeded to be boys and run for hours. They hit a bump in the road and Corbin fell. S.J. was there before me and Tommy was taking pictures. S.J. helped Corbin up, where they both laughed and then automatically hugged.

You see that? Our natural response is love.For anyone. Where do we lose that? Who told us to stop? As for me I am proud of my boys for not losing that sense of love and friendship. Our kids learn by example. What kind of example are you? Think about that.

First cool day deserves a little extra. Bigelow This is the Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea I sent in the mail last week. On its own it’s naturally sweet and yummy but it got sinful with a teaspoon of caramel sauce. Later it went to a new level entirely when instead of the caramel I used Dulce de Leche. Nirvana in my mouth, Y’all!!

It has been a busy week and it’s not over. This morning I made the Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies for Corbin’s birthday party in 2 hours. Then made a casserole to heat up for later. Presents are wrapped, except for the giant plush tiger from Tommy’s Aunt Gayle.  Now to relax for a bit and get ready for a lot of 6 year olds high on sugar at the park.

Have a good Saturday and may the football Gods shine on your team!

xx Patricia

 

The Story Behind Pura Vida

Love!!✉️✉️❤️

I was so excited yesterday to receive lots of mail. And the best one was this selection of bracelets, anklets and a starfish ring. I’m a big fan of Costa Rica. And in the summer of 2010 on a graduation trip the founders found two bracelet artisans living in poverty. Seeing an opportunity to help out their new friends, Griffin and Paul took home 400 bracelets to try to sell.

Well they sold out in days and the demand was crazy high. Pura Vida means ‘pure life’ in Spanish, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Each bracelet is carefully handcrafted and is unique. So far over 200 artisans are now earning a living!

The prices can’t be beat and make wonderful gifts while supporting artists in Costa Rica. I’ve already ordered several holiday gifts and I love the bracelets and the anklets. The ring is so precious too.

So that’s my Sunday! Everyone is feeling fine and laundry is done! Time to start the Thief’s Vinegar so we stay healthy all winter!

xx Patricia

TEA AND CAKE AND A LONG WEEKEND

It’s Friday! Right? Yes, I checked. If you really want to wake up try Gingerbread with Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Tea. Whoa! I’m awake and the entire kitchen smells like Red Hots!

I am such a sucker for outdoor carts, stands, buses, whatever it is, if it’s in a truck or cart, I want it. These ladies have really stepped up their game with such gorgeous and creative places of business. They wouldn’t work really well here since the wind is constantly blowing. I swear I don’t need to exfoliate because the wind rips your skin right off!

Odd news of the week: The lady that does water yoga with me came over to me in the pool and whispered, ” Have you heard any rumors about me sleeping with someone?” Me: “Uh, no.”. ” Why would I have heard something like that?” ” Well it’s not true.” “Okay.”

Bizarre, right? I don’t know you well enough to know your private business and it was very awkward. I had questions. Who are you ‘sleeping’ with? A guy? A girl? See now you’ve made it my business. And then another one of her friends swam by and she said, “Oh, I’m not sleeping with her either”. I didn’t know what to say so I just said, “Me neither.”

This is Labor Day Weekend. So for most people Monday is a day off. I’m going to be playing with all of this stuff that Ulta sent me. I have no idea what half of it is for but there is a primer for every portion of your face.

Trouble is I can only do one eye. When I close the other one it’s shady at best. So we shall see how this goes. They even sent me a lovely bag to keep it all in. Compared to my own make up bag, which holds one mascara and 20 lip balms.

So what fun things do you have for the weekend? I’m hoping a certain someone goes into labor on Labor Day. That would be awesome Lacey  Y’all go show this Momma some love! She is almost at the finish line with baby #3.

xx Patricia

An Opportunity To Do What Is Right

Good Morning! With all of us having sore throats and coughs today, we are sticking to a good English Breakfast with lemon and honey!

Summer colds are the worst. But at least we are all down at the same time. This was a tough few days. My eye decided to swell up like someone punched me. I freaked out. But after taking allergy medication it is much better. You forget how your allergies can affect your eyes. After a rough couple of days I’m feeling much more optimistic.

This is the first holiday I’ve not been very excited about. Right now I am not proud to be an American. I am embarrassed and thinking I should have stayed in Canada. The orange man has alienated all of our allies. Got into bed with our enemies and is ruining our economy and taking our freedoms. But hey, Oklahoma passed the marijuana question so there’s that. At this point go ahead and take my guns, leave the weed. We’re going to need that.

We will be at a friend’s farm tomorrow celebrating life and eating good food. Because in December our friend was given maybe 6 months to live and he is still fighting the good fight!

May your holiday be everything you want it to be!

xx Patricia

 

Let’s Play The Pajama Game!

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Enjoying a cup of Lemon Ginger from Ahmad this morning. Summer means lighter teas for me. And this is one of the best.

We had a ‘cool’ front come through last night so today we are just in the first circle of hellish heat. I promised myself that I would stay inside yesterday and finish some reading but I took one look at the pool and all of a sudden it’s 9 at night.

Conversation of the day was about pajamas. Does anyone wear pajamas anymore? It seems retailers are hurting in the pajama game. It’s not something I have given much thought to but now inquiring minds want to know. What do people sleep in these days? Are you the full on pajama sleeper? The silk nightgown sleeper? Shorts and a tank top?

When did we stop wearing pajamas?  And why? Does anyone even own a robe anymore? I can tell you they are hard to find. Unless they are that funky material they make blankets out because those things do not absorb water well. Good old terry cloth robes I’ve only been able to find at hotels. And they will sell them to you. They aren’t like the tiny shampoos and lotions, you can’t just take them home with you.

Are there any cultural influences in this area? You know it’s a slow news week when this is your research for the week. I’m pretty sure my guy thinks of pajamas as clues. And you all know what I mean.

So chime in and let me know. And in the mean time enjoy your Sunday. I will be inside reading and trying to write this article on pajama trends.

xx Patricia  This morning I woke up with this song in my head. Then Sings My Soul….How Great Thou Art.