LIFE, DEATH and CHEESECAKE

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Tuesday Morning and I am sipping a new Decaf Espresso Chai. I needed caffeine. I’m holding my eyes open with sheer willpower!

We have been so busy with the kids and school things and sports that on Sunday we had to just take a breath. Charli has third grade testing this month and it began today. So we did practice tests and a lot of math and tears and reading and sighs…oh the drama of being 8 years old!

Last night Aunt Gayle saved us all by taking us to The Cheesecake Factory so we didn’t have to cook and the kids could get to bed early and be well rested for today.

Now Charli Ava is our sweets addict. As you can see she’s watching Aunt Gayle like a hawk waiting for her bites!  No one wanted to share this Red Velvet Cheesecake and since it’s been years since I had eaten cheesecake and I was feeling very smug for having a Beet Salad for dinner, I ordered this. And ate a large chunk!

Their parents should be home tonight. I told the kids that if they didn’t go home tonight I was dropping them at the Fire Department. I’m only half kidding here. They are always a joy to have. Except for Saturday when Corbin decided to color with a permanent marker. Thin sheets mean bleed through. On to my coffee table. I was so stressed I just sat down and sobbed. Corbin came in and said, “Don’t cry Gran, I did it. I’m sorry and I love you so please don’t cry.” Heart melts….. And then the me in him comes out when he tries ” Let’s just cover it up with a book and PaPa won’t notice.”

All in all it’s been a successful 7 days. Everyone is alive. No one has any owies except for growing pains at night. Still haven’t figured out how to help with that. We tried a heating pad last night and Charli said it helped a lot. Any Ideas out there??

Also it helps if you have a split of Prosecco after dinner! Aquaman looked even better with a glass of that!

On a different topic, our elderly neighbor Bert who the kids love, was struck and killed by a car on his morning walk yesterday. Right outside the kid’s bedroom window. Bert served in the Vietnam War, had severe head trauma and had been run over before and I was very upset at the unfairness of it. He deserved a peaceful passing and we will miss him terribly. Rest soft, Bert.

 

Going to take a nap. Have a good Tuesday. It should be in the 90’s here today.

xxP

 

TUESDAY TEA TALK

Tea Tuesday! It’s already 70 degrees and sunny here. I haven’t been able to find any Twinings Soothe in my market area. Neither have Twinings. I asked them. I am not going to order a tea on-line that costs less than the shipping, so I’ve turned my efforts to finding a similar one and I found this one. From Sri Lanka. And it is very nice.

I just don’t feel good on days I don’t drink Turmeric. It’s such a good cure for so many things. For those of you who were wondering about all of that tea in the picture yesterday, I’m happy ( she should mean ashamed!) to say that what you saw was a very small portion of what I have. And then a good question! How long does tea last? Well, it depends. Loose Leaf Tea maybe a year or two if you keep it in a nice dry place. Sachets last about a year. The more delicate the tea, the shorter the life. Now that said, you can still drink old tea. Aged tea is an example! It’s just that the flavor may have faded a bit.

It doesn’t last long at my house. I push tea like a drug dealer. Got a problem? I’ve got a tea for that. And I also cook with loose leaf tea. The best smoked chicken salad I make is made by poaching the chicken breasts in Lapsang Souchang Tea. It has a full-bodied, smoky aroma and taste. Basically when I bake I will use an appropriate tea in place of the liquid in the recipe. You get an extra punch of flavor!

I’m waiting for the postman now bringing a shipment from the Northwest! I don’t even know what they are, so we will be surprised together!

What is your favorite tea this time of year?

xx P

IS IT OVER YET?

Pumpkin Spice, I mean. I swear seeing Pumpkin Spice Cheerios was the last straw. This is not a case of more is better.

So here are some of my favorite funnies from my Pinterest Board. I have a drainage issue with my bathroom sink. As in the water just stays there. Yesterday the plumber helper came and said, yeah, that’s clogged with something. He then pulled out an ancient stopper missing the metal top. So now I’m waiting for the plumber to show up and fix it.

This is a major issue for me as I read in the bathtub for hours during the day and he still isn’t here. Now if I were to hop in that tub, the man would be knocking on the door. Can’t go for a run.  Just waiting for him. And the Postman.

Yesterday I received a big box of new teas that I’m still trying to find a place for. Tomorrow I’ll share them all.

For now I guess I’ll call the plumber again.

xx P

Really, Can You Ever Have To Much Tea?

Hi Thursday! You are looking mighty wet and gloomy this morning. Good thing I had a big Earl Grey London Fog to warm me up.

I told you yesterday that I had been on a tea ordering binge. This is how it started. I was straightening up my Tea Cupboard and saw an empty spot up there by the Cranberry tin. So I ordered some more tins of the holiday blends.

This is my addiction. I love these tins. I use them for everything including small posies for tea parties. Do I have a problem? Probably. What you can’t see is I have backups of almost all of them behind the ones you see. There was also another motive. Depending on how many teas I order I get a box perfect for re-shipping. I needed 5 boxes that hold two tins. Yes, I ordered tea to get a box. It is the perfect size for a tea-cup, some tea, a truffle and a bath bomb. Christmas is done.

Converting the world to tea one gift at a time. Also it is a really great gift I would love to get. Plus I’m going on a cruise in April and I need my money for that. Very shallow I know, which makes me deep since I do know it.

     This is what I will be doing today. Plus making Pumpkin Bread from Diane’s Kitchen. She has the best looking food. And there aren’t a million ingredients you can’t pronounce. Plus she has the cleanest baking pans I’ve ever seen! So pop over and begin to drool!

xx P

 

THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER

Good Morning! We had a great day yesterday! Popped in at the library for 30 more books I don’t need. Then off to the trails. I feel so blessed and peaceful here. And boy did we get a work out in!

At about the 4 mile mark I turned to Tommy and said,” Hey, I’m sweating! Like under my arms!” Him: ” Yeah, that’s normal for people.”   Me: “But I never sweat!” It wasn’t like we could just quit. We had to get back to the car. Which we had parked at Louie’s on the Lake. It’s the same place where a guy brought a gun in a few months ago and started shooting folks. Only this is Oklahoma and they shoot back so the only death was the shooters.  A really good restaurant that you shouldn’t park near to get on the trail. Needless to say the smells were amazing and The Sports Franchise guys were on the patio so Tommy wasn’t having the apple and water I brought.

I did find a chrysalis and a boat we both agreed may work. I actually went to the market and did a load of laundry while Tommy made chili. That heartburn isn’t going away. I’m on my third cup of peppermint tea.

And then…..I woke up this morning and it is 54 degrees. And drizzly. And my body is in shock. I wish I had known it was going to be winter now. I have another Monarch class to do tomorrow. Outside. This sucks. My entire body is offended.

On a Thank You note….Corbin’s school is collecting toiletries for children who need them. I sent the list to Tommy this morning and the lovely manager of Hyatt is giving us an entire case. So yeah Hyatt! I mean who has more toiletries than hotels?

How is your week progressing? Anyone still flooded or are you drying out? Did everyone get registered to vote?  Enjoy your day and be kind.

xx Patricia

Blue Matcha and September Crazies

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The weekend arrived! And I am feeling much better today. We’re blue today because I’m trying the blue matcha. It’s good. I made a latte’ out of it and I think I will use it in some blueberry muffins!

You know loving people isn’t always easy. The people you love the most can also be the same people who drive you insane! They know all your buttons and you know theirs. I have a hard time saying no to family. So I will just ghost them until they run out of ways to ask me to do something I don’t really want to do. I really need to come up with a better way of handling this because they are also crazy. Like sit in your underwear on the front porch with a church fan and a glass of iced tea crazy. Suggestions?

The entire rest of this month is double booked. Between school functions, birthday parties, deadlines and doctor appointments we may have an hour or so free next Tuesday. Tommy and I are at a stalemate about Corbin’s birthday gift. He is going to be 6 on the 24th. Tommy wants him to have like drones and shit and I want him to have that Lego table so I’m not stepping on Lego’s all the time. Corbin wants a computer. Since I gave him a printer at Christmas I guess that is a reasonable request which I plan to grant. He’s in Kindergarten now and may need it for something other than Candy Crush. He may have homework. (He won’t) Or maybe he wants to download a snowman pattern and cover the house in them again. (He will).

So today I am trolling Zulily trying to find a Lego table and maybe a drone. Then I am going to try to get in a run and some boxing.

What’s on your calendar for this weekend? For all of my family in Florence territory I know you all will be fine, but we are keeping the faith!

xx Patricia

THOSE LAZY SUMMER DAYS

Good Morning Y’all! It seems like Thursday has arrived rather quickly this week. It has been unrelentingly hot but this morning I woke up to thunder and lightning and rain! So I’m sipping some Earl Grey and watching the rain.

I can’t say I’m unhappy about the rain either. We spent way too much time in the pool yesterday. The kids found the underwater camera and made videos of themselves most of the morning. By lunch time they were raiding the cupboards like the baby pirates they are. I have never seen them eat so much in one day. As Corbin says, ” I have the growing pain.” Yep. And he proceeded to eat two cheeseburgers, fries, a quart of strawberries and a lot of tea.

OU Boy came home early and it was Watch Me time. By 5 p.m. the boy was crashed in his underoos on the sofa and OU Boy was crashed in his bed. Charli and I were just staring into space. But it was one of those days when my babies were safe and making memories with us and I couldn’t help the huge smile on my face. I love those days. Lazy summertime. The house full of floats and pool toys and the kids brown and happy.

Tomorrow we start tennis lessons. Can’t wait for that one. Today we are stuck inside so we are watching a Nancy Drew movie and then going shopping for peaches. Which Corbin just discovered don’t always come in a can. And that brought up the Millions of Peaches song. I have not done one productive thing in 24 hours. And I’m learning that I’m okay with that.

Enjoy your Thursday! Sing in the rain or dream in the sun, just have fun.

xx The Pirate Nation

SUNSHINE,BEIGNETS AND TEA

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Lazy Sunday mornings…they are just the best! Even though my other half had to go in this morning, he kindly made no noise and let me sleep. As a reward I am making beignets for him for brunch. Since he is at work building me bookshelves, I should do this.

It has been such a hectic week and yesterday I was going through my jewelry box deciding what to give to the kids to play with and what to do away with and while I have more that the average number of engagement rings, I could not find my current one. Which ramped my anxiety level through the roof. It is my favorite and the only one that I care about. I went through everything in the house and nothing.

I sent OU Boy a text telling him I had lost my engagement ring. His manly response was “Where?” If I knew where it wouldn’t be lost now would it! By the time he got home I was in full-blown crying, hysterical mode. He looked and nothing. I knew I had it when I moved. It never leaves my dresser. In a sudden burst of memory I grabbed my Warby Parker box out of the underwear drawer and there it was, snuggling in the box.Safe and sound.  More tears ensued and after a cup of tea I was calmer.

So life was once again good. Now I’m going to run by Barnes and Noble and grab another tin of tea before the sale is over! Then to the pool or park to get some sun.

Have a good Sunday! Enjoy the sun and some tea. I’m having a pitcher of Lavender-Lemon iced and it is so good!

xx Patricia

Our Cups Really Do Runneth Over!

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I saw this picture and had to share! Is this not the coolest thing?

I’m finishing up packing up my office. Everything is ready and today we say good-bye to one adventure and dive in to a new one. The odd thing is I feel no anxiety whatsoever. I am happily giving up country life for right smack into the middle of the city. I can pretty much work from anywhere. As long there is a major airport close, so that won’t change.

For OU Boy it will be a lot different! Instead of a 45 minute drive to work, he can be there in 5 minutes, as the golf course is right across the street basically. The biggest draw for me is that instead of having to Uber everywhere, since the eye still isn’t at the driving stage, I can easily walk to Uptown Market, Barnes and Noble as well as Half-Price Books and Starbucks and pretty much everything. For me that is big. I’ve been dependent on other people for the past two years of the eye situation and now I will be independent.

Today I am off to look for a white sofa. And OU Boy is off to look for a not white sofa. This is going to get interesting!

Have a really good day and don’t forget to take time for tea!!

xx Patricia

IMAGINING WHAT TIME LOOKS LIKE

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Although I may not know the correct time, I do know it is Sunday. I could not figure out why I was so groggy this morning. After a nice strong cup of Irish Breakfast I went to rinse my cup and the microwave said “WTF are you doing in the kitchen at this ungodly hour I am displaying?” To which I replied, “WTF? Am I dead?”

Creeping back into my bedroom I asked Tommy what time it was. He told me.

Me: No, really, what time is it?

Him: No, really, the time changed. The correct time is on the alarm clock or your phone.

Me: Time doesn’t change! What devilry is this? What am I supposed to do now?

Him: I have an errand to run. Bye.

Me: Gutless Coward! I will not give in to these shenanigans.

Bottom line? I have no idea what time it is.  The past few days have been rather emotional for me. I don’t know why. My brain is probably figuring some stuff out.

Last night we had a quiet night in. Grabbed some grub at the Black Bear Diner. And came home and snuggled on the sofa to watch Thor: Ragnarok. Because Thor and Loki are my favorite boyfriends. It was hilarious. Then we had a mug cake and went to bed.

So sometime in the night someone changed the time. This has to be the dumbest thing ever. What is the point? We have electricity now so we don’t need to change time to have more daylight. And this entire daylight savings time…what is that? Where are we saving the daylight at? I definitely want in on that. Questions people? Inquiring minds want to know what idiot thought this one up!

I am off on an adventure to the pharmacy, maybe Frank will be able to figure out the time for me, or at least give me something to wean myself off the loss of time. Hang in there y’all, I shall return with answers. Or drugs, Whichever!

Happy Sunday!   xx Patricia  Have Tea, Be Nice, Clip Your Nose Hairs!