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

Have a hot cup of Chai and a laugh.

Doesn’t that look yummy? A nice Chai with a molasses cookie…yummm. It’s Saturday and I am so happy I went shopping last night instead of today. It is insane at the mall and at the supermarket. Yesterday it was summer again. This morning is Spring and this afternoon we are diving into the weather basement! I don’t know how to dress anymore.

I have officially finished holiday shopping. I have put up a tree. This shade of blue and silver accents. It’s a flocked tree. It’s messy. But it is pretty. The menorah is up in the window and the fairies have their own tree.

Even though I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I am doing desserts. This is the time of year that I am baffled why Pioneer Pies shut down! I mean come on. You could buy an entire pie in the tin plate and pass that sucker off as your own. It was pure genius. How could you close a PIE store for goodness sake?

Oh well, we will muddle through. Tommy and our adopted son, Chris are frying like 7 turkeys Wednesday night for families in need and Thursday morning Mike will do ours. Last night we had to run to Wal-Mart, where I never ever try to go. But sometimes you have to go. It was just like the day before a hurricane on the coast. People were fighting over the turkeys, there wasn’t any bread. And Tommy’s head almost exploded when a woman walked by with an I Love Trump shirt on. Seriously Baby? That is the worst thing you saw there? I saw a man lift his shirt and scratch his overhanging, hairy belly with a big boil on it.

Oh and Cynthia, this one did have the adult Shot Your Eye Out pajamas. $20. I wanted one but Tommy said no, so maybe it’s going to show up under the tree. It’s not going to show up under the tree. I have a better chance of getting hockey skates.

Stay Warm. Drink Tea. Be Kind. Don’t go into debt trying to impress people. It’s really just Jesus birthday and you don’t have to shop for him.

xx P

 

A NEW TEA SHOP IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

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It is Thursday! I hear thunder in the distance so we are playing this day by ear. Today I have to tell you about this lovely place I found at the mall. It’s the Savoy Tea Company and you can find more about them Here

They have a really good selection of teas. Sugar Plum Fairy, Mermaids and more. They just started up their business here and I think they are going to do very well. I had an iced Peach and Ginger Green Tea and it was delicious! The one I bought was the Sugar Plum Fairy. It has Green Tea, Almonds, Pink Peppercorns, cornflower and natural flavors. We are trying it at tea time today so I’ll let you know.

They also had lovely little tea sets and baskets with tea and little cups. And the folks behind it are knowledgable about tea and where they get it from. Best thing of all is you can buy a franchise! The reviews are all great and we will be going back for the Mermaid Tea.

In the ongoing saga of the club, OU Boy was called into HR and she asked him to have a seat and he said, ” That’s okay, I’m not here to argue with you, let’s just allow our attorneys to do that”.  They blinked first and admitted wrongdoing and handed him a check. Nice. But I am hearing more and more every day about others working and just taking the abuse because they are older and need the money. I’m hooking up with a newspaper to do a story on this and the Employment Security Commission is along for the ride. So yes, good things happen to you when you do the right thing.

Then my sister called. My mother was in the emergency room with a very high white count and cough. They wanted to fly her to a bigger hospital but she wasn’t having it. They put her on massive antibiotics and thank the lord she is much better this morning. She even ate the breakfast, bless her heart!

My daughter in law lost her Grandpa yesterday as well. In his 90’s he was ready. But the sadness is still there so we are focusing on her today.

I think we shall now go play some tennis before the weather remembers it’s summer again!

xx Patricia    OU Boy says thank you all for your kind words and support. WE are truly grateful for all of you.

HELLO MARCH! GOODBYE COLD!

March has crept in quietly and warmly. The sun is steaming through the window and today’s tea is brought to us by good Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea. After the drinking dirt debacle the Tea Fairy wasn’t having any trial or error this morning.

This has been an emotional week for me personally. A lot of things are changing here. For instance my new vision insurance starts today! Yeah. As of yesterday I am officially retired from work. Which just means I don’t have to work anymore but I’ve already accepted some freelance work and will continue to work toward my sommelier  credentials.

So, a new month, a new season and change. It seems the appropriate time to begin something new. With someone new. I look forward to collaborating on a project with someone I respect and love very much.

It’s not hard to believe your life can change in a second for the worse, but it’s also hard to believe when it changes for the amazing in one day! You work and work and one day out of the blue it all comes together. Everything clicks and it seems as if you have an angel on your side.

Welcome to March!

xx Patricia

 

It’s A Fairy Valentine Tea Party!

Sick or not the Valentine Teas need planning. Our theme is A Fairy Valentine. And it isn’t at all difficult to pull together!

The heart cut-out banner is simply shabby chic scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. The pixie dust necklaces are tiny bottles from a party supply store filled with glitter. Pixie Sticks are always a favorite and using candy bracelets or necklaces as napkin rings is adorable. The Dollar Tree has wands and fairy wings, so this one is pretty much good to go. Using the Passion Tea from Tazo will give us a lovely pink color and don’t forget sugar cubes. We love those tiny sugar cubes! Buy a bunch of plain cake donuts, dip them in pink candy melts and sprinkle with coarse sugar glitter. This tea is for 7-year-old girls/boys and we have a thumbs up from their leader.

It’s simple as can be but the memories are priceless! And don’t forget to leave a bit of sweets for the fairies!

Let your imagination go wild! Enjoy your day and have some Tea!

cupofmetea  xx Patricia

Feeling Pretty In Pink Today!

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Sipping on some Yogi Mayan Cocoa Spice Tea this morning. If you haven’t tried it, you are really missing out! It is cold outside and some misty looking drizzle is coming down. The weather man is predicting “Maybe some flakes”. Yep, that’s as good as it gets from Mr. Payne. As a child maybe always meant no, so I won’t get my tutu in a bunch yet.

 

Excuse me while I go online to find a printer to pick up for the five-year old. It was a late request yesterday but one of those “I’ll die if I don’t get a printer!” things. If a printer and a ream of paper make the boy happy for the rest of Winter break than he’s getting a printer!

Stay Warm and Peace to you all!

A Fun Saturday With The Kids!

Well that Dessert Fairy wasn’t needed today! Charli Ava and Corbin weren’t putting up with that type of unreliable behavior. We took matters into our own hands!

This had all of the makings of a huge mess but it went great! Corbin was in awe that “that lady just sent you that recipe on the computer!” And yes that lady did. For the pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. The key to cooking with kids is organization and responsibility.

While I called out the ingredients, Charli placed them on the counter as Corbin yelled, Check! While they were having a blast they also learned to measure and fractions and reading.  They were very proud of themselves!  The recipe is on our Tea and Tales 1  Facebook Page. Or HERE

We colored and cut and pasted snowmen, trees, angels and used a lot of scotch tape! We all talked to Momma still in the hospital and when their Dad called to say he was on the way they made signs for the front door and locked it. They just needed 300 more minutes to finish up the little gifts they made for their Dad. And another note that said, This isn’t your house so we don’t have to unlock the door.

Corbin decided that shortbread is even better dipped in Sugar Cookie Tea and then in the Sugar bowl! And then he ate the bars and thought they were the best thing he ever, ever had in his mouth! And he was correct. These are delicious!

So, while it was freezing cold outside, we were warm and listening to Christmas music and creating things. It was the best day ever!

xx Patricia

It’s An Orange Christmas Tree…

Good Morning! Sitting at the Dean McGee Eye Institute waiting on my doctor. I was having the hardest time understanding why these trees are blue and orange until someone let me know that DMEI is a big supporter of the OKC Thunder basketball team and these are their colors.

Now normally I am not in favor of using pumpkin colors on trees, but they were very pretty.

Pressure is good on my eye so he discontinued the antibiotic drops and the pressure drops and now I am down to just the steroid drops.

My doctor is leaving in a couple of weeks to go to Korea. The South one, to see his mother. I expressed my concern about him getting back but he seems okay with it.

The Anxiety Fairy saw an opening there but I’m going to shut that down quickly. I have enough to worry about without worrying needlessly.

xx Patricia    Enjoy Your Tuesday!  I am off to the library!

Thankful, Grateful and Blessed!

Good Sunday Morning to you all! It is chilly out this morning. I know this because I stuck my hand outside. I’m warming up with the Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea today. Along with the smell coming from our diffuser ( a combo of Clove,Cassia,Orange Essential Oils) and the smell of the tea,it’s rather cozy in here.

At the unholy hour of 5 a.m. I woke up thinking I heard a baby. So I got up to investigate and decided instead of walking back to my side of the bed, I would just hop on and roll over. I rolled right off the bed, smacking my ear and shoulder on the night stand, which weighs a lot! A two person job to move that sucker. So I was awake. Which is not a good thing today.

With tomorrow being surgery day the Anxiety Fairy has moved in. Not just hanging about, but I mean brought a U-Haul and moved right on in. The other fairies don’t like her, but right now she’s calling the shots. I figure the only way to silence her is to bring out the Cleaning Fairy and some Halestorm.

I just heard the church bells ringing for early services and realized I’ve never been up this time of day on a Sunday. They are really quite calming.

Have a really great Sunday!

xx Patricia

I Will Survive. Right?

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I’ve had so much tea this morning I may float out the door! Unfortunately little Miss Anxiety Fairy has a firm grip on me today.

In an hour I go in for some pre-op procedure that I can’t even pronounce but did look up on the internet and stopped reading after a few sentences. No, thank you Wikipedia, I can get myself all worked up all by myself. Ignorance is Bliss.

To say I’m terrified is putting it mildly. And throw in the neighbor’s dog barking for 2 hours and I’m about to have a full-blown panic attack. I’ve tried distracting myself but it’s just not happening. And it’s cold outside and windy AF!

Off to the Eye Institute or Kansas depending on the wind.

xx Patricia    Think happy thoughts! (repeat,repeat,repeat)