What happened to the cold front? And Guinness!

Thursday! Sunny and bright. David Payne is still going on and on about that cold front that was coming in last night. It’s 76 degrees. I am feeling pink today. Going to take advantage of this nice weather to go on a run today. I tried yesterday, but that dang bird!

I went to PetSmart and spoke with the vet. About food, treats, toys, getting a friend. So I buy the Millet, some toys with strings, and a food processor as three times a week she needs finely chopped mix of fruit and veg. I don’t know what millet is. But I think it’s like catnip for birds. I took a video of her eating it and she looked like a crackhead! And then proceeded to tweet loudly at me for an hour. I did walk to the vet and to some shops so I guess that’s exercise. Still looking for some jumpers/sweaters. I am so picky but I did get lucky and found 2 puffer vests for running and 2 comfy sweaters. I tried on a turtleneck and almost choked to death. Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but the lady had to come to check on me.

I did manage to make a batch of Butternut Squash Sweet Potato and Apple Soup with my new Immersion Blender. So when OU Boy got home we went and got more squash and apples. Then decided to go to the Irish Pub near us.

They are an authentic Irish Pub and make the simplest food taste amazing. The Lamb Stew is served with chunks of Irish Soda Bread and Brown Bread to sop up all of that delicious gravy. OU Boy had the Galway Fish and Chips and we split a Guinness. The lady on the harp was very talented and we went home stuffed. I don’t know why I was looking so grim here. Probably watching the soccer game on the television. We love to try local places and this is one of our favorites.

This weekend should be interesting. My sisters in Denver, South Dakota and North Dakota are about to be knee-deep in the white stuff. Those poor girls in the Dakotas haven’t even had a summer yet!

Enjoy your Thursday!  There’s a book giveaway on my book blog. What kind of food should we try next? I’ve never tried Thai!?

xx P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen Cookbook and African Autumn Tea

Wednesday! Almost to the week-end. This morning’s tea is brought to us by Harney & Sons Teas. African Autumn is a caffeine-free herbal. It’s part of their Historical Palaces Teas. Red Bush, hibiscus, orange peel, cranberry and orange flavors.

The color is a deep burgundy and it is a mellow and comforting tea. I love it.

This book came to my house just the other day. I was skeptical. I don’t like recipes with a ton of ingredients. I like my food to be just-food. And this book is full of food. With a lot of herbs and spices. No fake meat, or complicated things to add. Just good food that my tummy can tolerate and digest. So this one is a keeper.

On a totally different note…does anyone else have a blast talking to their elder parents? My momma is 81. Talking to her on the phone is funny as heck! This morning I was crying on her shoulder about someone being verbally mean to me and her answer was to go to the wedding and object. Do it! She said. I’m like, uh, no. I’ll just pretend they are dead. That’s my usual go-to.  So after her advice, she began telling me about the cook. She’s putting too much mayonnaise in the sandwiches. It’s seeping out of the sandwich. It’s unappetizing. She’s already told her once and now she just isn’t going to buy mayonnaise. Also, she just received a pair of pants made by Martha Stewart from QVC.

I had no idea Martha was making pants now! But she is. And they come in 00. She gave all of her ‘fat’ clothes away to the lady down the block who is on the small side. Everyone else on her block is huge to hear her tell it!  Honestly, I didn’t know pants came in 00. Why not just shop in the kids’ section?? So that has been my morning so far. I laughed for a solid 20 minutes. And then she says, ‘I have to go lie down now, send some cookies.’.

I hope your day is full of tea and cookies and laughter. Sometimes it really is the best medicine.

xx P

 

 

The High Times Cannabis Cup Comes to OKC!

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Good Morning Tuesday! You are looking disgustingly bright and hot this morning. With another day over 100 todays, tea is iced! Blood Orange from Harney & Sons. This is one good tea. It comes in 2-quart bags and I usually toss in some orange slices with it.

Yesterday was the kind of hot that just saps every bit of strength right out of you. The humidity was like breathing soup. I stayed inside and did a load of laundry, ironed and then had a lunch of fresh tomatoes and these Armenian cucumbers that my guy at the liquor store grows in huge pots outside the store. He also has spinach, lettuces, and other greens. What a genius idea. Now no one puts out their cigarettes in his pots!

As soon as I sat down the bookman came. Okay, he’s the postman. But he did bring me a gift from Kensington Books. The Vagina Bible.  OU Boy said it looked unseemly next to my tomatoes. I disagreed. It isn’t a taco! This is a last-minute entry in August releases so I’m going to get on this one today and find out everything I never wanted to know about our vaginas. I will let you know if I find out anything earth-shattering.

It was too hot for the pool yesterday so after dinner we went and visited the kids and got caught up on the first week of school. Corbin had got new socks and underoos and was laying them out on the dining room table matching the superheroes. Jodi was making an adorable toad house for the garden. So we got our hugs and kisses and came home and cleaned the pool.

While at the kid’s house, Jodi told us that she actually watched Dead Like Me and there was a movie that tied it all up in 2009! So, of course, we had to watch it on Prime. Nicely done.

The Cannabis Cup comes to OKC this weekend. With Slightly Stoopid and 311. The High Time Cannabis Cup started in the ’80s in Amsterdam. Everyone is welcome, but only those with a medical card can sample the product and get in the smoke tent, where the judging will be held. All of this is great news for our botanist son and for us as we get the kids! Adventure awaits.

Now I’m going to go get on that Vagina Bible!

Notice your own little miracles throughout the day. This morning mine was a ladybug on my shoe!

xx P

WEEKEND SHENANIGANS! AND PIE!

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Another hot and humid Monday with more over 100-degree heat. Today’s cuppa is brought to us by Octavia Teas. It is an Earl Grey Lavender. On this one, I’m going to have to say I didn’t care for it. It was strong and I didn’t detect the lavender. Not worth the caffeine. But I’m sure someone else will love it. What did I love?

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This Nitro Cold Brew with Almond Milk from Starbucks! Smooth as my Uncle Junior. I grabbed it on the way to the Farmer’s Market at OSU. What did I find there?

There was live music, lots of people grabbing those first peaches and tomatoes. We bought some of everything! Including a whole peach pie. We got a ton of pickling cucumbers and okra and did this!

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Made Dill Pickles and Pickled Okra! Turns out I am that kind of person! These weekends off are turning us into different people. I mean you have to get up early for this stuff! But I was so inspired by the beautiful produce I had to do something.

Afterwards, we hit up the Antique Fair. And what did we see? Lots of things I wanted!

A rare 1800’s Tea Bin. It is large! And the inside smells like tea. Cute little tea set for the grands. A lovely rose tablecloth that went beautifully with the vase of roses the same color from the day before!

My momma and my sister are fluent in shorthand. A skill I never once thought of attaining. It looked a lot like when I was learning Farsi. And the best, a 1939 edition of Gone With The Wind. Enough to make a Georgia girl swoon!

All that shopping and adventuring made us hungry so we made a Watermelon Mint and Feta Salad with some Harney and Sons Blueberry Green Tea!

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Then we got Wedding Mail! One of the shirts I ordered for the #BrideTribe. Even little Charli got one. The mugs are for our morning coffee on the big day!

And it looks like OU Boy has turned into a butterfly! He’s lost a lot of weight and is sticking to his healthy eating habits. Now he loves shopping.

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We also finished watching Dead Like Me on Prime. I can’t believe I never saw that! Saw Jim Gaffigan and hung at the pool. I talked to my sister a lot trying to co-ordinate winter vacations in Curacao.

Now it’s Monday and back to work, we go. Back to school, we go. This weekend stuff I could get used to!

Enjoy and what did you do this weekend?

xx P

The Anxiety Fairy makes an appearance!

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Good Wednesday Morning! It is already hot here so I’m drinking a cold brew from Harney & Sons. Blueberry Green. It smells so yummy! This morning I’m feeling fairly zen.

Our first weekend off was great. Saturday it rained all day and we watched Netflix and Prime shows with breaks for tea and naps!  Sunday we hung out in the pool. Then Monday came along. It was weird not to have him home. What did happen on Monday? I did a good deed. Said good deed came back to snack on my ass! My neighbor had a young lady (27) staying with her for reasons that turned out to be false. This young lady gives the rest of us a bad name. Crying wolf over abuse and rape when it was nothing of the kind.  She asked if she could call her attorney on my cell. Never have I done this but we all fell for her sob story. Around midnight I began receiving texts from a guy asking her to return his truck. I called said guy and boy did I get an earful!

The next day I had over $150 of charges to my debit card and spent hours on the phone with Chase Bank and the police. She didn’t steal my card, she used my phone and ordered herself an Uber from my mobile app. I was furious. Long story short, she is in jail and my money is back in my account. So….boundaries. I have them for a reason. I’m a sucker for a sob story. I should have run her background before letting her use my phone. My poor neighbor was horrified as well. See the girl had first asked if I had any books she could read. Well of course I do. I loaned her a book that doesn’t come out until October. Once I found out what she had done I marched over there loaded for bear. Retrieved my book and went home. And watched from my kitchen window while she was arrested. She did scream, ” I’m going to kill that bitch” and at that point, they added another charge.

Tommy just shook his head. “Why? Why can’t you stop getting involved with people you can’t save?” Because she asked for a book! So now I’m only allowed to go to the pool and the front porch. And my Russian neighbors’ house. That’s fine.

And now it’s Wednesday. Hot and humid. Around 100 today.  I just checked and all of my boundaries are in place and the Anxiety Fairy is happily puttering around up there waiting for the Shenanigans Fairy to show up!

xx P

A Winning Tea, A Won Book, and Crohn’s

Thursday’s offering is Harney and Sons Peaches and Ginger with a really good Cozy Mystery Tale by Miranda James which I won over at Katiescottagebooks so go over and check out her latest giveaways!

This is such a lovely tea. A soft peach aroma with a back note of ginger. Not overpowering in the least. And you can’t beat it for upset tummies! And around here that is a constant.

I was having a conversation yesterday with my Crohn’s support group. It was my turn to tell my story so I decided to share it with all of you. I was first diagnosed with Celiac. It’s a simple blood test. I tried to not eat things I couldn’t digest but it was hard when no one eats the way you do. By October of 2013, I was getting worse every day. Pain and stress were an everyday thing. Until December 1st came around. The last straw for me was my boss asking me to lie and backdate a legal document. Instead, I resigned immediately.

It was right before Christmas when I woke up vomiting blood and in hideous pain. After a quick surgery, I had to start over with friendly food and no stress. The first week all I could digest was small pieces of banana. One banana over 3 days. This caused me to lose weight very fast. I am 5 foot 11 inches. I weighed around 85 pounds. I was wearing a size O with two or three pairs of leggings under my jeans. I could count my ribs. It was scary and my hair started to fall out, which wasn’t that bad since I had enough for 3 people, but the folks vacuuming it up hated it! So I started my own way of eating. I introduce a small amount and if it doesn’t make me ill I will put it in the rotation. After a few years on steroids, I was able to get to a healthy weight for me. I will always be tall and skinny, it is in our DNA. I decided then that I don’t care about what diet anyone is on. I don’t care what workout you do. I do what works for me. That means in the morning I drink a half a cup of warm water with apple cider vinegar to keep my body in an alkaline state. I follow that with tea and almond milk. Around 2 in the afternoon I have a SuperFood Smoothie that I make. It’s always a little different but I know I am getting the nutrients I need. It’s simple, a handful of spinach and baby kale, some Spirulina, some ginger, half of an avocado and a handful of frozen fruit. Some days I add a whole lemon and some parsley. I do not eat white food. I do not eat sugar. I eat fish occasionally and a boiled egg twice a week. This program has allowed me to keep weight on and avoid flares. Unless there is nutritional value in it, I don’t eat it.

It’s especially difficult when you live with a meat and potatoes person. Even though the said person has enough of his own health issues he needed to deal with. Finally, however, OU Boy came around to the non-white foods and no meat lifestyle. He started getting compliments and so he joined my workout. His cardiologist told him he had never looked better and if he kept it up he could go off the blood pressure meds! He has kept it up and working out together is lots of fun. He even drinks the smoothies.

And that is what I do. No fad, quick weight-loss crap for me. I don’t need to lose weight or get in shape so I would appreciate all of those “coaches” on IG leaving me alone. I’m not a joiner and I don’t believe in Multi-level Marketing schemes. So don’t @ me!

Peace

xx P

Decaf India Spice Chai and a Chilling Tale

This Celestial Seasonings Decaf India Spice Chai is so delicious. I love a good cup of Chai and own several brands. This Decaf one allows me to drink it in the afternoon as well. And oh my this chilling tale You Fit The Pattern by Jane Haseldine.

Since OU Boy has taken over another hotel, I have lots of time on my own. It always takes a lot of work to get things organized and hire new people and this means I can read a lot!

So a tale!  I thought my stalker had finally given up. Nope. Somehow she knows where I live. And left me a little message letting me know. I filed a report and hope that will be enough. This morning I had to call the FBI. I received an email from some toad who said he had gotten my password, which he shared and it was a years old password that I used only on Linkedin. He says he has accessed my computer and unless I pay him $800 he is going to release a video of me “pleasuring myself”. Yep. That is what he said. Obviously, I wasn’t going to reply to him. I called the FBI and gave them the email and his IP address.

What I wanted to do was tell the toad to go ahead, hell, even I would like to see that video! In my logical brain, I knew there was no way he had squat. My computer is in the office and I don’t do that there. Who knows? That is how the Kardashians got famous and I’m sure mine would be better.

So that’s how my day started. Now I am going to sit back and watch the Mueller testimony and watch the trumpster lose what is left of his mind. Speaking of, Hey UK, what the heck were you thinking? Boris? Really? Have you not learned from our mistakes?

Peace xx P

Berry Mocha Truffle Tea and My Book Boyfriend!

First, the tea, from Octavia Tea Company this  Berry Mocha Truffle is excellent. It’s a loose-leaf tea and the aroma is calming and full of flavor. I love that this company has such lovely packaging and it’s all loose leaf teas and tisanes.

It was the perfect companion to the newest Stone Barrington book from
Stuart Woods. Stone is my book boyfriend. I also would like to be him. He is smart, rich, sophisticated, handsome and very sexy.

Been doing a lot of reading and catching up on some of my favorite summer authors. We have also been in a whirlwind of wedding planning! My baby is getting married. October 5th. So they have been busy. Working on the bus and planning an outdoor Fall wedding plus full-time jobs and 2 kids. I am in awe of them. This weekend Miss Charli Ava turns 9. We will do our annual dinner and shopping and a trip to the Savoy Tea Parlor.

Tomorrow I will show the progress on the bus, following the #Skoolie movement. You can look on Pinterest to see all the different conversions. Theirs is the 42-foot snub nose school bus. My neighbor lady said in her day they would call them hippies. I was not amused. These are college-educated Millenials who want to show their children the entire country and expose them to other cultures and ideas so they can make informed statements and not be ignorant. I am so proud of them! This is the same neighbor who yesterday told me that if I get any darker they’ll be asking for my green card. Asshat.

It’s going to be another 100-degree day so it’s off to the pool!

xx P

CAN YOU SMELL THE RAIN?

Not only is it Friday but I woke up to mist and that steady but light rain. Good day for tea and a book! It smelled so good outside. Like the promise of spring and the earth waking up, soaking up its own ‘tea’.

    We are& celebrating the release of Kirsten Weiss’s newest Cozy. Yummy chocolate, so we are also sipping some really nice Harney & Sons Chocolate Tea.

If you love chocolate and tea, and want to experience the two as one, our Chocolate Tea is an apropos choice for you. With its China black base and rich aroma, it's rated quite highly by all the chocolate fanatics here at Harney & Sons. (See also Decaf Chocolate Tea, if you're looking for an alternative to enjoy anytime of day or night).  This tea is so good and warming. I toss in a bit of cinnamon and almond milk and it tastes like Mexican Hot Chocolate. Good for rainy days and reading about murder!

Next week I will be working with the team at the school garden. Cleaning up, getting beds ready and this year turning soil to plant asparagus. Since it is also Spring Break I’m really looking forward to digging in the dirt with the kids. So this week-end will be a baking one. We have to have snackies and tea and I shall use this opportunity to indoctrinate your little babies in the ways of Tea Time!

Have a great Friday…or not….it is after all your choice how you handle it.

xx P

 

 

BE SAFE. BE WARM. BE KIND.

Oh Winter…you try my patience like a two-year old in Target! This morning it was in the 30’s and now there are notices all over about the severe weather and deathly cold temperatures coming between now and Monday. That narrows it down.

It is very odd to be so flipping cold with the sun just shining away. I’m thinking Mother Nature is going through menopause. I’m also glad I have an unlimited supply of books and tea! So while the world goes to hell in a hand basket, I’m going to be over here under the covers reading a wickedly evil thriller! And some nice Gingerbread Tea from Celestial Seasonings. It is so good!

I should be doing laundry but I’m not. I just don’t want to and I’m trying to be kinder to myself and not force myself to do things just because. Kindness is a difficult thing for some people. It’s not some random act, it’s a lifestyle. Holding a door for someone coming in from the cold, smiling at that mom in Target with the tantrum throwing toddler, listening to the same story over and over from someone in the living center, but if consistently done, it will change lives.

Be Safe. Be Warm. Be Kind!