Happy Earth Day! Transformation Complete!

Happy Earth Day! It’s a pretty gray one here. The Arts Festival set up downtown this morning for a week, which means it will rain all week. I am 100 on this. I didn’t think our rain was supposed to come until Wednesday and then I read they were setting up downtown and sure enough, it started to drizzle. Oh well.

I finally finished the bedroom re-do. The room has white blinds and the challenge was to not use hardware of any kind. After numerous trips to design shops and some arguing in Home Depot, I found a way to rise to the challenge. Our entire house is ocean/beach inspired because that’s who we are and where we come from. It comforts us.

I left the blinds up and closed them. Measured about a dozen times the window which is not quite level. Finally I found an oil canvas that I loved as it reminded me of the piers at home and the shadows it cast were very nice. I had a nice fellow cut me a piece of 3 inch wood and painted it white and plopped the canvas on top and pushed just a bit and Voila! It fit perfectly with no hardware. Now I have a focal point that changes as the sun hits the window and at night it looks like the sun is setting. I have an extensive hat collection so I popped some at the top and use those white stretchy fasteners. I have an entire wall of them on the other side. Now I’m looking for the perfect throw.

I’m done with that experiment now and have written it all down. I can see this as being something apartment dwellers or renters could do to keep from putting a lot of nails in the wall as well as a decorating tool.

Time to go make the tea…Have a safe Monday and show the Earth some love!

xx P

BLUEBERRY GREEN TEA AND A TALE

Crazy busy around the household. That weather guy is saying storms are coming this evening. It’s been windy every day so if you step outside you look like the lion king.

I made a recipe that Diane had on her blog for Lemon Blueberry Loaf. I doubled it and made two so I could give one to friends. It is delicious! Check it out  Here  .

I had just the tea to go along with it. The Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea. It is insanely delicious and so is the loaf. Tommy was taking pictures and sending them to his co-workers it was so good.

I’ve gotten so many things done over the week-end and the past couple of days. I’m giving my bedroom a makeover. I’m waiting on one shipment from Linens and Hutch with my new sheets and shams and I think I’ll be done. Since we are sea people I wanted a white background with all the colors of the beach we know for rugs, pillows and window treatments. The window treatment I am most proud of and I’ll show you after the sheets arrive. It’s all part of an article on downsizing and being creative.

Just in case you have started thinking I’ve finally got my shit together…. I ordered new swimsuits for vacations this summer and they arrived this morning so I immediately dropped my jammies to try on the swimsuits. One top was really cute so I took a selfie to send to my sister. It said, ” How do you like my new boobs?”  and then I pushed the wrong button and sent it to pretty much everyone on my Messenger list including my mom and an author friend.  A guy. It may be all over the internet by now for all I know. He immediately sent a What???? back and I asked him to not look and he was such a gentleman and good sport about it. So yeah, I’m still doing stupid shit on the daily. Some dude on Twitter asked if anyone would date someone with a mental health issue and Tommy answered, I do and so does she. That about sums us up.

For us Catholics this is Holy Week and believe it or not I received a reminder in the mail this morning that I have confession at 5:30 tonight. This is not going to be good.

 

The Anxiety Fairy Brought Reinforcements!

Tuesday! I barely made it through Monday. It was touch and go for a long time! An entire full-blown anxiety attack and panic attack.  On those days I think hard about moving to a convent and taking a vow of silence.

To re-cap, Friday night was Cultural Arts Night at school. Tommy and I were volunteering in the Screen Printing Room with artist Sarah Kickingbird. Jodi was the door keeper and I left Tommy with Sarah and took Corbin to see the performance by the OKC Ballet. This was the one and only time there was complete silence the entire night. The kids were in awe of the storytelling done by this talented duo.

Our Fiber Art artist was none other than Jamie Lopp (@midwestmigrant) aka Aunt Jamie. We made key chains. I did not. I am smart. The little boy who had it down from knot one kept “helping” me until I tied my own final knot. That kid is going far in leadership and I had someone else do my work. Win.  Fred gave us a quick Cartoon Drawing lesson. Corbins was really good. We went to try out some instruments the OKC Philharmonic brought but as soon as a little boy tried a violin Corbin was out. We gelli painted instead. Then we went home and died. Staring at the wall.

Saturday night was a sleepover and Sunday was list day. Jodi and Mike are flying to D,C, to pick up this bad boy

The plan is to drive it back and gut the inside and live in the bus while they build a house on their land. I have been locked in a fight with the Anxiety Fairy over this. No one has ever driven a bus before! I am stressed. Then Mike calls and says don’t worry about the bus, worry about the airplane! The Anxiety Fairy called in reinforcements and I shut down.

We have lists of ball practices and games, lunches ready to pack and breakfasts in the freezer. I reminded Corbin Thursday is picture day and asked if he wanted to bring a comb for his hair or should I come up and do it? He looked at me like I had two heads and said, ” No. No. If this is how school is going to be I’m going back to Pre-K!” apparently combing his hair at school is a deal breaker.

So the postman brought bunches of packages to my door this weekend~ My new white comforter, lots of teas and this cute seahorse infuser that I found at The Spice and Tea Exchange . More tomorrow on all the new teas~

Wish us luck. I keep asking Mike and Jodi if they are coming back. Don’t leave me here with these tiny terrorists. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus please.

xx P

Friday Advice From The Flamingo

It’s Friday! Week one of Spring Break is over. Tomorrow baseball season begins. Tomorrow is when they get their gear and have a giant party on the lawn. I will be home baking bread and cookies and muffins. Everyone has disappeared. No, there is 1 lonely cookie in the cookie jar.

The first couple of days Thing One and Thing Two went to Dallas to spend some time with Grandpa Bob so there was a 24 hour period where we had to calm down and go to bed at a decent hour. Different rules and all. So yesterday Thing One was in rare form. He ran all day. Everywhere. He refused to get dressed in anything but his Black Panther slippers, a Spiderman shirt and a pair of shorts. And yes, I took him shopping in this outfit. There are battles that are not worth fighting. And as soon as we got home he stripped and was happy. The rest of us were not so we plopped him into a bubble bath and gave him some toys and closed the door.

This morning he was dressed and wanted Leprechaun cereal. Lucky Charms. I know they are going through a growth spurt, but man can they eat! They are like cows, grazing all day, pouring way too much tea in the cup and requesting a bread sandwich. Yes, that is 2 pieces of bread. TaDa!

He was also told not to pick on his sister….yeah that lasted 10 minutes. Finally I had them both on the sofa snuggled in watching the last 2 chapters of Stranger Things 2. Then he just punched her. I told him I was going to have to tell his Daddy that because he had specifically told him not to do that. His reply? “Oh, Granma, just don’t bring it up.””:I’m sorry, what?”  “Just lie.”  “No, sorry I’m not lying to your father.” “Do you not know how?” God save us all!  

Then my sister called and they were her problem. They grilled her on breakfast food.

Now I’m going to soak in a hot bubble bath and remember how to be an adult.

xx P

ACTUALLY I CAN AND I DID!

Tomorrow is Friday and I could not be happier! Like a seagull with a french fry happy! I just want this week over. As I am sitting here gazing out my window and sipping this lovely Jasmine Green Tea that a lovely lady brought back from Taiwan. It’s so smooth and delicate and the leaves themselves are beautiful.

This week I said NO. After a long couple of weeks since Tommy has slipped on the ice and landed on his surgery side. No stitches were broken but he is banged up and has a lot of water on his knee which they will drain Monday. I was having major anxiety over a few things and I started losing weight again. Tommy kept telling me to just say no, just tell the truth. That I do not want to be in that big of a crowd. I had reasons lined up why I couldn’t say no, but then he took one of the issues and handled it himself and I realized, well, yes, actually, I can say no. So I did. And the world did not fall apart. No one died. No one hated me. I finally mattered enough to myself to put my foot down. It felt good.

Spring Break starts next week so I am filling the craft boxes and getting the tennis rackets out for the kids. Yesterday it was so gorgeous out that I washed all of my windows and screens, inside and out. Of course than I slid in the soapy water and almost ended up on my tush. But there is something so wonderful about throwing open the windows and letting the fresh air and sunshine flood the house. The fairies were very happy except for that anxiety fairy and we all know she’s just a Debbie Downer!

Enjoy your day and I hope you take time for yourself and know that You Matter! And yes, you can say NO.

xxP

MARDI GRAS MEMORIES

Happy Wednesday! It’s doing something outside. Not rain, but freezing little pellets turning the streets into ice rinks. Tommy called on his way to work and said there were emergency vehicles everywhere and wrecks and backed up traffic.

Yesterday we had a back up on I-35 because of a load of toilet paper being flung like Mardi Gras beads from a float! Not sure what that was but I would have picked those suckers up!

Mardi Gras is the thing we miss the most living away from the coast. 3 days out of school, parades and balls begin in January and will culminate with the biggest Krewes rolling on the big day itself March 5th. The one we look forward to the most is the Pass Christian parade. Somebody always gets shot at or just shot at that one. Hopefully not this year as my sweetie pie niece, Baleigh, is a Maid for the first time! So much fun.

We decorate the heck out of anything that will hold still! Nails, hair, lots of wine glasses, wreaths and my mother in law even has trees! Like Christmas! Since our Krewe of Hera always kicked off the season as the first ball and always on New Year’s Eve, it was a long time before I ever did anything on that night except put on a costume or a ball gown and let the good times roll. I mean who doesn’t like a good ball, with a mask on?? Good Times!

I was going to go for a run but then I opened the door and that didn’t happen. Ye Gods people make up your mind on the weather situation! The ducks are back in the pool, that means its warm time. Get it together.

I hope you are staying warm and safe! I am doing my nails because tomorrow the Publisher’s Clearinghouse People said they would be in my neighborhood, and we all know they don’t lie….js

xx P

Lemon Lavender Lane Tea with Lemon Lust Loaf! Mmmmmm

Monday morning and we’ve accomplished quite a bit already this morning. Started at Target to pick up Tommy’s meds and a new pillar candle, then to Starbucks for a latte’, and on to the Library to grab some books. Tommy has headed to the Cancer Center for his after surgery 2 week appointment and I’m not going there.

The wind is outrageous today! It may be in the 50’s but that wind is not! So, let’s talk about tea. This is one I discovered last summer and stocked up. It is a delicate tea with a smooth lavender flavor and a back note of tart lemon. It was the perfect thing to go with my Lemon Lust Loaf.

We are off on Mondays and Tuesdays so I’m hoping Tommy can rest and I can read. I have been on a crafting jag the past few days and accomplished a few things I saw on Pinterest and on Kelleysdiy one of which was the lantern.

Dollar Tree lantern made with 4 frames💵❤️   Now I stopped into Burlington and saw this lovely lantern with a bit of bling. $25. I stopped at the Dollar Tree and found 4 4×6 frames for $1 each and they also had some bling. So for $4 I made my own and like it better! Just rip of the backs, which I saved in the craft basket, I put a couple of drops of glue on the back so the glass wouldn’t fall out and then glued the sides together and Voila’!  I also did a couple of floral arrangements and a Spring wreath.

How is your Monday going? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Has anyone seen the Twinings Soothe Tea anyplace? I can’t find it anywhere and I am out, so let me know!

xx P

THESE WINDS ARE NOT SWEEPING! SEE YOU SOON KANSAS!

Happy Saturday! The sun is shining brightly and the wind gusts are at 60 mph! I may end up in Kansas today. Having a quick working lunch and a pot of tea and then I’m putting stones in my pockets and walking across to the market.

I’ve already popped red beans in the slow cooker so dinner is done. Tommy took the rest of the birthday cake to work today, so that demon is gone. The day before I had made my Lemon Lust Loaf ( which is just my Lemon Lust Cupcake Recipe) and he took that to work and the GM wouldn’t share and denied any knowledge of said loaf. She did offer to marry me though. It’s a really lemony and light sponge.

Today I am sick to death of news and slimy old men and hookers. Geez people have some self-respect! Do these men ever think of their families and the damage they do? But then I look at said old, orange men and think, well….if I was married to them I wouldn’t be sleeping with them. Sorry ladies of the night. My sister posted a thing on FB about Melania being so classy and I couldn’t help but send her the woman’s entire nude porn shoot. So it’s best if I just go about my crafting and shut up.

Enjoy the day or just ignore it!

xx P

Lazy Sundays Are The Best!

It’s a bright and shiny Sunday here. 59 degrees and that sun makes a huge difference in your mood. On days like this I wake up like Cinderella, stretching and waiting for the birds to make my bed. Happy and Content. Today I’m sipping on a good standard, Earl Grey and cleaning up my mess in the craft room.

My friend, Pamela, came over yesterday afternoon for a cup of tea and gossip. Neither one of us knows any so that was a short conversation. She brought me a very large bag from Michael’s Crafts chock full of Valentine supplies and red and pink boas. She always overbuys and I get what is left. So I’ve been busy making heart garlands for the windows and turning boas into wreaths.

I know we are late to the party but we started watching The Crown last night and before we knew it midnight was here! I spent the entire time fact checking on google! I had to promise not to watch the rest today until Tommy gets home. Yes, he is back at work. Which means he’s laying on a bed watching movies at one of the Hyatts.

Interesting conversation in my head last night. I never see babies named Karen. Or Cinderella. With all of the oddball names out there how come no one has picked up on Cinderella or Malificent? Or Karen? What’s the oddest baby name you’ve heard? I have to say mine was when I was helping a fellow teacher with her Kindergarten enrollment day. A mommy came over and told me her daughter’s name was Asshole’. Pronounced ASH-Ole’. When I asked her how she spelled that I realized she had named her kid asshole. I guess it’s all in how you pronounce something.

Tomorrow we will be at the cancer center so fingers crossed Quick trivia question from church….What fruit does the Bible say Eve tempted Adam with? I knew this one. Do you?

xx P

 

Wishing For Snow…or Whipped Cream

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An early morning visit to the Eye Institute did not put me in the best of moods. My appointment was 8:45 and I didn’t get in until almost 10:00. Why does every doctor’s office have only HGTV on? I personally don’t turn on the television during the daytime. And I don’t want to listen to anyone talk so early in the morning. So I was in a bad mood.

The weather is insane. One day it’s almost 70 and the next it’s 24. I’m thinking Bi-Polar. We are all a bit on edge right now, waiting for surgeries and trying not to freak out. The real Ortho surgeon called and they are setting up at the Stephenson Cancer Center for the surgery. We have dear friends who work there so I already feel better.

We may get snow this weekend. I hope so for the kids. We have a great hill to sled down on our property so we shall keep our fingers crossed.

Today my project is to tidy up the tea closets. I had a really good idea to use my empty tins! Pick up from any hardware store or craft store some strong magnets. Secure them to the back of the tin and stick them on the side of your refrigerator! Great for herbs, pens and pencils, flowers or what ever you can think of. It’s a cute look. I have one for packets of honey, one for pens and markers, on for little posies and one with those tiny air plants.

I hope you  are all safe and warm and are able to pause and have a cup of tea.

xx P