We’re All Mad Here!

Blue Monday. Since I was having Harney and Sons Yellow and Blue Tea this morning. It’s a lovely blend of Chamomile and Lavender with Cornflowers. It’s caffeine free and very calming. And since I am seeing my therapist in a couple of hours I needed calm.

Not so much from the visit, it’s the people in the waiting room. They seem to want to talk before they go in. A warm up I guess of what they are paying someone to hear them talk about.

The weather is still weird. Shorts one day and all the clothes you own the next. But none of the dreaded snow they keep predicting. We just had the one day of snow. If you blinked you missed it.

The stress of waiting for Tommy’s surgery is making me a bit snippy. I was outside yesterday when a neighbor commented that she loved the Menorah in my window. And then she said, ‘ I didn’t know you were Jewish.’ To which I said,” Well deep down and going all the way back, aren’t we all really?” I’m fairly sure she won’t talk to me again. Sarcasm is running rampant. And it isn’t even a menorah. It’s a candelabra set a friend gave us and it is beautiful and blue and was made by the company that originally made toilets. During the big war they didn’t have as much demand for those so until the war was over they made beautiful oval commode bowls and these double candle holders.

So I have to go cook now. Tommy can barely walk and this is seriously impacting my food delivery system. And my grocery shopping. I did cook a turkey Friday. I didn’t actually touch it or anything. I went and found my neighbor and he pulled out the icky bits and all I had to do was put in the oven. I wasn’t sure about the ‘neck’. I almost threw up when that came out. But Tommy was impressed and ate it and isn’t dead, so now I’m a gourmet cook.

Monday Love! xx P

WHAT WOULD WONDER WOMAN DO?

Friday Funday! Drinking my lovely cup of tea and watching the orange man in the oval office unravel as his entire crime family crumbles. I personally apologized to Trudeau and asked if I could come back to Canada. I find myself wondering  What would Wonder Woman do? Get that lasso of truth out and take care of business.

It’s difficult to remain mellow and nice when our pretentious country is in shambles and the state of Mississippi proved once again that they are racist and proud of it. Mississippi you are dead to me now. You elected a woman who is a known racist and bigot and who said publicly she would go to a public hanging. WTF is wrong with you people? Well I can tell you it’s the same thing that is wrong with Oklahoma. This time around at least we got those Democratic women in office. But like Mississippi, we are at the bottom in everything that matters including education and at the top in things like obesity. So we are raising a bunch of illiterate fat people. Yeah!

Common sense much like common decency is becoming less and less common. That’s my rant for Friday. Actually it helps take my mind off of the waiting and worrying about Tommy so if I hit a nerve, I apologize. ( no she doesn’t).

xx P

 

 

 

A COZY MYSTERY AND SOME TEA

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What goes better than Tea and Scones? A cozy mystery by Ellery Adams. This one just made its debut this week and it is a really good series.

japanesesencah  And this is a really nice tea!

I’ve been busy catching up on book reviews, requests and collaborations. Tommy has doctors appointments scheduled for a biopsy of his esophagus and with the surgeon for his leg. He’s in constant pain and we are hoping we may be able to move up the dates from the 10th, but everyone and their brother are trying to use up their insurance for the year so it’s tough to get every doctor we need in one place.

The recliner situation has resolved itself. I knew yesterday afternoon when he told me to remember we were having dinner with his Aunt tonight. He never said one word about that to me. And I’m going to give him a pass because he is on drugs. I did not go to dinner because it was cold outside. 0 stars, did not recommend.  Turns out she just wanted to give us something for our house. They had a long talk and turns out there is just one little troublemaker skewing the stories around. That has been dealt with and all is well in the pirate nation. Also you should always go to the source of the info and not depend on someone else’s version of events.

We are so lucky to live surrounded by great neighbors who have been doing the heavy lifting and making sure we have all of their numbers so Tommy can just rest and manage his pain. So thanks y’all.

I think my brain is on auto-pilot lately.  I went to make tea this morning and noticed there was a smudge on a cabinet which led to a full on wash down of all cupboards and ceiling fans. Which led to cleaning the bathroom. This was all before 8 a.m.

Some really good things I’m proud of, my cousin Kristen, who was a helo pilot and Commander in Hawaii for the Army is a genius Engineer. She retired from the service and started an airline company as she and my uncle share that. She builds campers from scratch! And as of last week she is working for Virgin Galactica building things that will go into space! And she manages to coach her kid’s soccer teams and get them to all of their music and dance activities.

Hope you are having a good week and not freezing. Today it will be 61 degrees. Tomorrow? Who knows. This is Oklahoma.

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

 

I’m going to need more than tea and warm socks Y’all!

It is cold. Ungodly cold. I had to put on pants! I’m looking at all my family and friends posts showing all the snow. And no we don’t have any yet. So for all of y’all over there in Denver, no I’m not coming to shovel your snow. As my mother would say, ” You made your bed, now lay in it”. No I don’t know what that means except it’s not my fault you are up to your ankles in snow. I told you.

My lovely sister Victoria Beth has started her Christmas decorating. And y’all I mean this girl is dedicated. She changes out the art on the walls, the linens, all kinds of stuff that makes me shudder. But she is committed and I admire her style.

I’m doing a beach theme. Which is what my house is decorated as so I really just have to slap up a tree and toss some sand around and BOOM! done. I did light a Pine candle.

I wanted to tell you about the cute thing my lovely daughter-in -love started.26167336_1513544085360106_5284659085880348317_n

She did this last year and it went well. So this year we all jumped on!

Come on friends! Spread the love this holiday! ❤️

🎅🏼🎁💃🏽🎄SECRET SISTER is back! It is so fun and an amazing way to bless so many people!! I am looking for AT LEAST 6 ladies interested in a holiday gift exchange. Doesn’t matter where you live – you are welcome to join. You have to buy one gift valued of at least $10 and send it to your secret sis. (Hello, Amazon!) you will then receive 6-36 gifts in return. This is so much fun! I loved sending a gift to a complete stranger knowing that she would have a bright spot in her day because of what I sent 🎁Let me know if you’re interested, and I will send you information about your sister. 💃🏽We could all use some happy mail! Who’s in? I tagged a few I thought might be interested, but anyone is welcome to join the fun! Just comment “I’m in” 🎄

When you comment I’m in, you will get a PM with all the rules and really it’s just copy and paste and wait. Get a gift and send it to the first name on the list then move the second name to the top and put yours second. I’ve already gone to Harney and Sons and ordered one for my person and got free shipping and they mail it. It’s lovely thing to do.

Here is what the PM looks like:

Welcome to our Secret Sister Gift Exchange!! It is a lot of fun!!

Here’s how it works:
(1) copy the secret sister request that I posted on my Facebook wall to your own wall

(2) you send one gift valued at least $10 to the secret sister that is NUMBER ONE below

(3) remove secret sister’s name from #1 then move secret sister #2 to that spot

(4) add your name to the #2 spot with your info

(5) send this info to all the ladies that respond to your post with the updated name info

If you cannot complete this within 1 week please let me know as it is not fair to the ladies who have participated and are waiting for their gifts to arrive

You can order directly from a web-based service (Amazon) which saves you a trip to the post office soon you will receive 6-36 gifts Seldom does anyone drop out because it’s so much fun to send and receive a gift from someone you may or may not know you should start receiving gifts in about 2 weeks if you get this letter out to all the ladies that have responded right away!!

#1 Stacy Trigg
2721 NW 24th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

#2 Jodi Lopp
1321 NW 8th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

So I did this one and then I had my own chain begin. I don’t even know these people. Well some I do and they were up at the crack of dawn telling me they were in!

It’s cold and I’m going to read and I hope you all stay warm and do some self care!

xx P

 

Cranberry Muffins and Tea…so good.

Cranberry Tea with Cranberry Muffins #harneyandsons

The only thing saving the depression of waking up to 34 degrees is the bright sunshine. Which should be false advertising. It didn’t help that OU Boy left for the airport around 3 a.m. He’s like my own personal heater and when he goes I suddenly have to go to the bathroom. I did get back to sleep but it didn’t include a dream and the one I was having was pretty good.

What the heck does one do at that ungodly time of day? Well, I decided to do some experimenting in the kitchen. The challenge was to use a complimentary tea as the liquid in the recipe. First up, I had a new bag of fresh cranberries and some lovely oranges and that just screamed MUFFINS! This recipe doesn’t call for water but milk. So I heated the milk and steeped the Cranberry Tea from Harney and Sons in that and then used it to give it a richer flavor. As I am elbow deep in batter, my Russian neighbor, Sonja, came over needing some help with her Uber app. She doesn’t know how to use it yet and her son wasn’t home. She speaks little English so basically I did it for her and then wrote the return instructions on a Post-It.

When I returned the Cranberry tin to its spot, I saw the Pumpkin Spice. I’ll tell you about that tomorrow. Think pumpkins, chocolate and spices…

I tinkered around with a new SuperFoods Smoothie also. Spinach,Kale, an Orange,Hemp Seeds, a dash of Spirulina and Maca along with a handful of Cranberries. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus it was good. It’s going in the book for sure.

My Butternut Squash is cooked and cooling and the pears are ready to make more soup. So dinner is pretty much done. Good thing as we have Multi-Cultural Night at school at 6 tonight.

I have found a way to reduce my stress level over all of this Trump idiocy. Christmas Music. Yes, the sister who shames her sisters for listening to that crap before December is now a believer. It really calms me down and kept me from tweeting maybe the plane could  just disappear on its way to France with Trump on it.

I think a nap is in order now. And Lynn Cahoon’s new book Slay in Character. Too funny!

xx P

Kindergarten Woes and a London Fog

Oh Thursday….really? 40 is the best you can do today? And with rain? It isn’t winter yet Mother Nature. I am not ready for socks and layers and coats. Especially coats. But this morning I made myself an Earl Grey London Fog and warmed the cockles of my heart. I have no idea where the cockles are but I’m feeling very Wuthering Heights today.

They ( No, I don’t know who they is) say that man plans and God laughs. That was yesterday. The minute I finished work and was looking forward to reading and doing some yoga the phone rang. I looked and saw it was my son. Long story short, Papa got to pick up Corbin from school. I love how excited he gets when he sees his Papa at the gate. The pure joy on their faces as Corbin throws himself into his Papa’s arms shouting to everyone, “Look! It’s my Papa!” Although now we are so well know that if another child sees us first they all start yelling, “Look it’s Corbin’s Papa/Gramma”.

He grabbed my tablet as soon as he deposited his belongings on the floor. Got right down to playing Temple Run 2. Until….I looked at his daily report. Mr. Perfect got in trouble for laughing and playing in the bathroom. Now I’m conflicted because I am at the school a lot and no adult accompanies any of the Kindergarten classes to the bathroom. They just go on their own and I don’t like that. Seriously if you find 3 of your besties in the bathroom it’s something to shout about! So sorry but this goes in the non punishment category. He knows he made the wrong choice and it’s Kindergarten for cripes sakes.

Had to take him shopping at the market where he met another little girl and they proceeded to want everything in the store. He got socks. And crackers. Miss Charli had a wonderful time at the Philharmonic and told us all about the bass. She goes to a special class after school that is a more in-depth look at critical thinking, science and math so she had a full day yesterday and was tired.

I am trying the Butternut Squash Soup With Pear again today. I think the pears we found just weren’t flavorful enough, so I’m trying some different ones. I swear I could eat this soup every day.

Stay warm out there and be kind. Lord knows we need some kindness right now.

xx P

November Thoughts and Some Tea

This chilly Fall morning I’m sipping on an Earl Grey Latte’ made with Harney and Sons Winter White Earl Grey. So warming and good.

The soup was so good last night and I made chili for OU Boy using one of my ex-husbands recipes. He ate 3 bowls. So Thanks David! I do love your chili.

Today is a heavy workload day so I’m making Chicken with Herbed Dumplings in the crock pot. And after a walk in the park with my neighbor and her Yorkie, I’m closing my drapes and pretending to be gone. Out she comes this morning, y’all, and Charli ( it is a girl) was wearing a Kate Spade fur-lined jacket in pink and gold polka dots. Now I can’t say anything about dressing up your animals. Gracie Lou had her own dresser for bows, dresses, rain wear and a lovely embroidered winter coat. And my chickens really do like to wear fairy wings. But if anyone in my house is wearing Kate Spade it is not going to be someone who poops in the yard.

This is my neighbor who asked me if I would be her traveling companion when her mother dies ( She is 94 so that could be anytime). She doesn’t like going alone and would pay for everything. Um, yes. OU Boy thinks I’m crazy on most days but even he would have said yes. Italy is first up on the list. She’s 72 so I hope she isn’t thinking we are sharing a bed, but you know for a tour of Europe again, who knows!

It’s back to work for me. Have a great Friday and always make time for self-care starting with a nice cup of tea and your own thoughts.

xx p

It’s A Caramel Apple Dream Y’all!

It's Fall Y'all!

I hope everyone made it home in one piece last night. Or did you stay home and hand out candy? I had a quiet night as our neighborhood gets shut down tight at 8 p.m. Out came the blockades and all 4 of the Nichols Hills Police and it was lights out!

Today’s tea is brought to you by Celestial Seasonings Caramel Apple Dream. And what a dream it is. My first cup was just tea. My second cup was stirred with one of those caramel sour apple lollies. The third was with a tiny amount of caramel mixed in and that was sinful. I am definitely baking with this one. Caramel Apple Bars sound nice.

The tiny terrorists hit up Mesta and came home stuffed with all kind of goodies. Corbin called to ask if I knew the difference between candy and vitamins. Cause some people put adult medicines in candy. And razor blades in apples. Good Lord, that was going around when I was a kid.Apparently they had a class on bad candy. He was not happy with his Daddy who told him NO to hanging out in the cemetery to pay homage to the dead. Lord help us all!

It was Fall when I opened the door this morning. Bright sunshine, leaves falling, and cold! I have been busy today. Cleared out all of the Halloween decorations. Roasted a Butternut Squash and made this delicious Butternut Squash and Apple Soup for tonight.

I sprinkled a bit of nutmeg on it. Then I grabbed my neighbor and asked her to taste it for me, as I thought it was freaking awesome! So did she! And it was so easy I didn’t even burn up a pot!

I split the squash and cooked it flesh side down with 1/2 a cup of water and stuck it in the oven for about 20 minutes. In my blender I put a cup of Organic Vegan Vegetable Stock, 2 Honeycrisp apples chopped up, the flesh of the squash and some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and blended it all together. To re-heat make sure you put your burner on low. But  really how much easier can you get?

The plumber never showed up! Thank goodness one of my handy friends found the issue and it took him like 3 minutes to fix it.

Off to send out my monthly tea cards. If you would like one, send me an address! Seriously y’all I’m running out of room and just received a huge box. On the first I send a different sample out so email me at piratepatty@hotmail.com!

xx P

 

Pomegranate Oolong Tea and Kale to the Queen

Good Monday Morning! Sipping on this Harney and Sons Pomegranate Oolong. Who doesn’t love Oolong?  So delicate and clean. The smell was nice and the color was a nice pale, pure and just lovely.

Especially with a little cozy mystery. This is a nice one.

Okay, here is some strange stuff. I asked someone who I won’t mention because she is obviously a few crayons short of a box.

Me: What is this Trunk or Treat?

Idiot: All the people in church have their cars backed in and kids go from car to car in their costumes trick or treating.

Me: Why? Can’t they go in their neighborhood?

Idiot: No because Halloween is Satan’s Holiday.

Me: And yet they are dressing up and begging for candy. So your church is celebrating it.

Idiot: Satanists come out that night. It’s evil.

Me: Who the fuck are you? Did you grow up in the same house as me? And you need to read a book! I seriously doubt they are planning a Satanic Ritual in a town of 200.

Anyway, to each his own. “Christians” have been culturally stealing pagan holidays for eons, so I shouldn’t have been surprised she sees that as evil but Santa Claus is a go!

Have a laugh! And a cup of tea!

P