IT’S WINTER, WITCHES!

That title could probably be my hashtag if I had one. Waking up to 20 degree weather was a shocker! I had to put my big girl socks on. So I am snuggled up on the sofa with a nice cup of English Breakfast Tea and the last book in the trilogy of Katherine Arden’s fabulous tales. The first was The Bear and the Nightingale, followed by The Girl in the Tower and now The Winter Witch.

We did get our tree up and mostly decorated. We are still debating on a tree topper.

In weird news today I am looking out my office window across the street where there is a long fence. In front of the fence all the way down are 3 transformers and 1 other transformer looking box. On all of them sits 1 big pumpkin and 2 smaller ones. They just appeared overnight and I have no explanation for them.

Is it a message? Is it that pumpkin cult from before? Who did this? And why has no one touched them? I have questions people. Should I rescue them? Is this some Stephen King shite?

In not weird news I won a Laura Child’s book! Thank you to Katiescottage! Y’all should check out her beautiful blog.

Y’all stay warm and pray for the pumpkins.

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

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

SOUTHERN LIVING 2017 ANNUAL RECIPES from OXMOOR HOUSE

Southern Living Annual Recipes 2017: An Entire Year of Recipes by [The Editors of Southern Living]

Southern Living has been a part of my family for a lot of years. My mother collected the Christmas ones as well as the Annual Recipes.

When I went out on my own she would still send them to me. It’s a part of our shared Southern love for the food our families have always made.

The book is divided by months and seasons of the year with recipes for food in season. The pictures are always great and this is where I got my Chicken Pot Pie recipe. If you have never looked at one of their Christmas books, get yourself to the library and check them out!

Another memory on my bookshelf!

Pomegranate Oolong Tea and Kale to the Queen

Good Monday Morning! Sipping on this Harney and Sons Pomegranate Oolong. Who doesn’t love Oolong?  So delicate and clean. The smell was nice and the color was a nice pale, pure and just lovely.

Especially with a little cozy mystery. This is a nice one.

Okay, here is some strange stuff. I asked someone who I won’t mention because she is obviously a few crayons short of a box.

Me: What is this Trunk or Treat?

Idiot: All the people in church have their cars backed in and kids go from car to car in their costumes trick or treating.

Me: Why? Can’t they go in their neighborhood?

Idiot: No because Halloween is Satan’s Holiday.

Me: And yet they are dressing up and begging for candy. So your church is celebrating it.

Idiot: Satanists come out that night. It’s evil.

Me: Who the fuck are you? Did you grow up in the same house as me? And you need to read a book! I seriously doubt they are planning a Satanic Ritual in a town of 200.

Anyway, to each his own. “Christians” have been culturally stealing pagan holidays for eons, so I shouldn’t have been surprised she sees that as evil but Santa Claus is a go!

Have a laugh! And a cup of tea!

P

 

Cranberry Tea and Gingerbread Macarons. A Halloween Tea!

Enjoying Gingerbread Macarons and Harney and Sons Cranberry Tea🍵🎃🎃👻👻

Sipping and enjoying tea time today with a couple of friends. I am only doing this because I have these cute plates and Gingerbread Macarons! The Cranberry Tea is just delicious and those macarons are intense with that gingerbread filling!

The temperature has been dropping all day and it looks so cold and gloomy outside. Even our gorgeous oak tree has decided to turn colors. Mums are popping up everywhere and I guess it’s time to forget about Summer making a surprise comeback.

I need to be writing a book review but instead I’ve been ordering tea all morning. I’m procrastinating. I’m really good at it too! This book, edited and put together by J.T.Ellison is so brilliant I don’t even know what genre to put it in. It could fit all of them. The name is A Thousand Doors and if you get a chance, grab it! It’s been 3 days and I’m still thinking about the brilliance of this idea.

Other than that I’ve been hunting down a hand towel from the bathroom. You know, the one that is just for looks? Well it has disappeared. I am flummoxed. Towels don’t just get up and leave. OU Boy said the kids probably have it somewhere in their room but I’m not looking under their beds. It’s a mystery.

So that is all for today. A missing towel and a challenging book review. Living the Nancy Drew life over here!

Muah!

TAZO DECAF LOTUS BLOSSOM TEA AND A BOOK!

Reading and sipping this morning. This is such a nice tea to have by itself. The flavors are so delicate and calming. It can be hard to find, but you can always get it on-line.

 

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Tempest in a Teapot (A Teapot Collector Mystery Book 1) by [Cooper, Amanda]

 

Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York is the charming town of Gracious Grove, where time moves slowly, gossip spreads quickly, and the scones are to die for…

This is the first in the series and I’m catching up on it! So far it’s really good!

What are you sipping and reading today?

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

 

WHERE IN THE HECK DID SEPTEMBER GO?

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Good Sunny Thursday morning! Don’t let that sun fool you. It’s 56 degrees and that is winter weather in my book. The sun finally came out yesterday and I was able to do a few miles before the wind was too much for me.

Today I have a nice selection of books on tea to read while you sip. It’s my favorite activity.

An update on the donations of toiletries. A few of surrounding hotels heard and they wanted in. I will be thanking them personally. When they said a case I was thinking like a wine case. No. More like half of a coffin.

The rest of this week will be full. In a bit I will be leaving for the last of the Monarch classes for the fifth grade. Tomorrow is Fall Festival and we will all be there. Saturday is Corbin’s birthday party so by Sunday we will be partied out.

Have a great Thursday!

xx Patricia

Please Bring Back The Sunshine!

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Yellow seems appropriate today. Pretty much mainlining STASH Lemon and Ginger Tea hoping it will rid me of this plague of allergies. It’s damp and this morning every single allergen was at its highest level. I know this because the lovely weatherman, David Payne sent out a twitter alert at 4 in the morning.

My sense of smell is gone. I choked down some Vegan Protein Broth yesterday and it tasted and looked like baby poop. Well, I’ve never tasted baby poop but it looked like it! I must have sounded bad when I had to pick up a prescription and my pharmacist asked me if I was really sure I didn’t want a flu shot. No thanks. We will just stay inside and moan and whine like usual.

This has been a hella bad week. Thank God for Netflix. Our yard guy thinks I have a crush on him because I’m nice. I say hello. He told my neighbor he thinks we are swingers. I told Tommy and he said, You mean like on the swings at the park? No, babe, like in the olden days when couples all put their keys in a bowl and went home with another person instead of their spouse. He was properly grossed out. I on the other hand was hatching plans to run him over with the lawn mower. So instead, I cut my hair, in a very vicious manner.

My “boss” asked me whose world I was about to implode, as usually when I cut my hair shit is going down. I haven’t taken a picture, but the boy did so you’ll have to make do with that.

   Corbin is addicted to Snap Chat. But you get the idea. Before it was getting tangled in my arm pit during the night so it was a big cut. 8 inches. And that’s a real woman inches not a guys inches.

Another day of coughing and spitting but at least I have a good book. Vendetta by Iris Johansen, one of my faves. So far people are dying at an alarming rate and in such creative ways!

Enjoy your Thursday and try not to kill anyone.

xx Patricia