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

The Mysterious Case of the Amazon Box

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Thank you all for your kind and supportive words. Yesterday was hard. Lots of tears were shed and then we watched a show that gave us a good cleansing cry. Sometimes you just need that.

But my day was also hilarious. Weird, but true. In the morning I received a text from my Momma asking if I had sent her a case of Ensure from Amazon. There was no card or anything to say who sent it. I waited a bit until my 3 sisters all sent messages asking if I had done it because they had not. I called Momma last night and asked if she had solved the mystery yet. No. She said, ” I know it was you because it’s Strawberry and you know I don’t like the other two flavors.” I didn’t say yes or no.

My Momma is a tiny little thing. We have trouble keeping weight on in our family and she weighs 83 pounds and is trying to gain a few pounds to keep her doctor off of her back.  Did I send the Ensure? I have no idea! Things show up at my house and I have no idea if I ordered them or if someone wants a review. Or maybe I night shop, like Tommy sleep eats.  I will, however, take credit and bank some good daughter points.

Today I shall lie on my new float in the pool and read Harlan Coben. I will be as happy as a bird with a french fry!

xx P

Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, Keeping The Anxiety Fairy at Bay!

Wednesday. So far no rain. For elevenses today I wanted this Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice. Tastes just like a Fireball. Not the liquor. The candy! I am full of cinnamony goodness at the moment. Cinnamon is a warming spice. Gets your blood going and this is the best one I own.

Yesterday morning we found out we slept through storms. We hauled all of our stuff outside to the pool. Music, water, books, the Do Not Disturb hats and parked ourselves there. 10 minutes later we decided we needed to run to the Hyatt as one of the ladies was leaving for another opportunity and we had a gift. As we pulled in some lovely Georgia ladies were leaving and gave us 4 padded bleacher seats! They were headed home after the Women’s College World Seris. UCLA took it this year but OU gave it their best shot. Then we thought we’d have a swim in their pool. Lasted 5 minutes. I don’t know where their wind comes from on that side of town but I got tired of tracking down my hat and shoes.

We evened out our tans and then one of us took a nap and one of us read 2 books.

I made an epic decision yesterday morning. Putting aside my anxiety and snobbery, I committed to going to Port Aransas the last week of June. I can do this. We called people and committed. Tommy can’t go so I’ll go with Aunt Gayle, who I am most comfortable with. We’ll be going in a family caravan so Tommy will take a picture as we leave for the orange man to show a caravan headed South to the border! LMAO

And now I must go linger in the bath for a couple of hours reading ‘A Ladie’s Guide To Gossip and Murder’ by Diane Freeman. Don’t you love the title?

xx P

 

Is The Ark Coming? Will There Be Tea?

Saturday and blue skies all around. Already over 80 and very muggy. Which doesn’t bode well for the weather later today. Feeling much better today, but I’m not pushing it.

Last night since we were draped over the sofa whining, we didn’t get to do any storm spotting. Remember our spot? Well, this happened over there. Along with a couple of church roofs peeling back. So I guess we were fortunate to have not been there.

   Since I was up early this morning, I made Cherry Chocolate Chip Scones and had some Harney & Sons Chocolate Tea. I also filled the cookie jar up and now I’m done. The pool and this story are calling my name!

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

xx P

TEA MAIL AND AWARDS!

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It’s difficult to be flippant today. We had an entire town disappear! And Missouri, we are with you in spirit. We are in for more tonight. Things have already been re-scheduled for earlier in the day. I’m over this now.

Yesterday the postman brought me these lovely teas from Harney & Sons Teas. I needed those iced ones! And the Ginger Peach is new to me. I don’t usually like anything peach flavored. I’m from Georgia, I know what a peach should taste like.

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This one had such a smooth, almost creamy taste and the peach was not flavoring. Just smelling it took me back to home and blanching millions of peaches (peaches for free), for Gracie to bake into pies and cobblers. It’s a keeper!

Last night we went to La Baguette for dinner and I discovered this!

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A Basil Gin Gimlet. Dear Lord was it good. It’s the only picture I took because this isn’t Burger King. Tommy embarrassed me by ordering Dr. Pepper and then getting sick in the bathroom. Poor thing is still sick. I had the blackened snapper with Jasmine Rice and asparagus. For dessert, Vanilla Creme Brulee’.

Speaking of things re-scheduled, the school awards ceremony was pushed from later today to this morning. And this guy! Corbin won awards for Best Author and Best Storyteller! I am so proud I couldn’t love him anymore! Now I need to go get him a proper gift.  Maybe a Mont Blanc pen and a leather journal. LMAO This is the same 6-year old that  I gave a printer and computer to at Christmas.

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We are all praying everyone stays safe during this weather outbreak.

Enjoy your Thursday Y’all!

xx P

Tommy Saves The Day Again!

Sunday morning with no rain. It should be here tomorrow as we have been warned a million times that tomorrow is a severe threat day. But today, not so much. We had rain all day yesterday. It was a dark and gloomy day. But I was fine for a few reasons.

One, I love a gloomy day when I’m reading. Add some fresh from the oven bread and fig preserves alongside a cup of Earl Grey Tea. As you can see I finished painting my kitchen table and chairs and am 90% done with the breakfront. If I could everything in my house would be white. It’s a blank canvas so it can be whatever you want it to be with accessories.

Yesterday just as I was fed up with the painting, Tommy popped in to save me! With a quick shower and a change of clothes, I was ready. We headed up north to Quail Springs and checked in with Marshall’s, coming out with a few new outfits and the coffee I like. Then on to Ganache Patisserie. If you have never been, you really must!  I was on the lookout for Passionfruit Macarons. I have a tea today and the tea is Passion Flower Tea. Tommy picked out a dark chocolate tart and I picked a chocolate croissant.

Dinner was a spur of the moment decision. I am trying to be more spontaneous. We ended up at Cowboy Chicken. All they serve is rotisserie chicken in a lot of ways.

We sat at the bar so we could watch them cook. That is so not true! We sat there because I am always cold and this spot was so warm! It was interesting watching the guy stab these poor chickens with what looked like a Viking sword. 4 on a stick. I had the Monterey Salad, which was great. Tommy had the BBQ chicken with baked mac and cheese. It was delicious too.

On other exciting news, we got our DNA testing back. Since we already knew our history on both sides, as my uncle had written a few books on them and of course in the South you better know who your people are! I did have one surprise though and I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow!

Enjoy your Sunday and Game of Thrones!

xx P

 

In A Turquoise Mood!

Friday! I am so happy to see you! So much to do this weekend and I’m not overly excited about it. Time to rotate in the summer teas and clothes. I have no motivation for either.

This week has been about getting the plants in the garden, hauling river rocks for some drainage issues and painting. I have paint in my hair, but not a drop on the floor. I put down a drop cloth in my kitchen and painted my table and chairs white. Do you have any idea how long it takes to paint a freaking chair?? I have one coat left on one chair and then I can begin on the tea cupboard. Which will be much easier I hope.

We are taking care of Auntie Gayle’s cats Smoky and Lou this week while Auntie Ann and Auntie Gayle are in San Antonio for a cousin’s graduation from Boot Camp. Lackland. Back to the cats. Lou had a cyst or something and we have to put antibiotic cream on it which she hates. She is an old cat with a lot of tumors. Last night I dreamed that she had died and the other one ate her. Made Tommy go by there this morning just to make sure!

She was alive but in pain. Personally, I would do as the vet advised and not let her continue to suffer. But it’s not my cat.

The pool is almost ready to open for whichever children are brave enough to jump in.

We are supposed to have rain this weekend so I’ll be over here painting and drinking copious amounts of tea!

Enjoy your weekend!  On my book site, I have a giveaway going on!

xx P

Planting The Garden

Just as Spring has come to us I saw this morning that snow is still hanging on as long as it can up north. I’m so sorry. It may be windy as the devil here but it’s warm and sunshiny and I’m starting in the Herb garden this afternoon.

I love fresh herbs year round and we usually have Rosemary and Lavender year round so those are taken care of. My mint is up and growing nicely and I think some Dill and Lemongrass, Chives and Cilantro and Parsley.

I need to catch up on reading this weekend so that is where I will be. I hope you all are enjoying your Saturday. Since we have had so much rain on Saturdays lately today is back to back baseball for Charli. Go Dodgers!

xx P     www.piratepatty.com

Feeling Rather Dotty Today

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Sipping on some Harney & Sons Bartlett Pear Loose Leaf Tea this morning. It has lovely little bits of dried pear that are so yummy.

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I just did not sleep well last night. Woke up with a headache and now I’m calmly sipping and writing while my Russian neighbor may be really pissed at her son or someone is trying to kill her. Either way I’m watching through the drapes. I have never seen a grown man be so dramatic before. So not a hit man I’m guessing.

I have been looking at vacation spots for August. In June I’m going to New Orleans and boarding a cruise ship. Hey, Jamaica, I’m coming back….  All by myself. Yes. I am going on a cruise by myself. I love cruises. Out on the open water and doing nothing but eat, sleep,tan. Heaven.

I’ve been working on painting a polka dot teapot. There is just something so cheery about polka dots. I’m obsessed, mildly.

Have yourself a great Thursday!

xx P