It’s Time For The Weekend!

Good Morning fellow people of the page! I woke up to a man on a ladder outside my window this morning. He was changing out an upstairs window but good grief man it’s Saturday! 9 a.m. or so would have been just fine!

Last night was the final Reign. I’m not even going to lie. I cried like a 3 month old getting his first shots! And The Originals wasn’t much better! I’m still not sure what happened at the end there. So if someone can explain that to me, please do!

OU Boy showed up with dinner last night, so I didn’t have to eat cereal at 10 at night. Thank you kind sir! However the sweets fairy was nowhere to be found. She is such a stingy bitchy thing sometimes.

I’m making a pitcher of Tazo Passion tea this morning for later. If you liked it hot, you’ll love it over ice! It’s a burst of happy for your mouth!

We are under another Heat Threat today so make sure you stay hydrated and please for the love of all that is holy, dress for the body you have, not the one you want. Please. (Lady next door).

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Look For The Positive…Even If You Need To Squint!

It’s Tuesday…Therapy Day. A Multiple pots of tea day. Today I started out with a pot of Darjeeling. Because apparently Oklahoma has no respect for night-time. It is light out at 9 p.m. and light out before 6a.m.  and hot as Tabasco sauce outside already and I needed a light tea.

This is my Saturday and I was up late screaming along with KD and the Golden State Warriors last night!  Yes all of you Thunder fans, I’m still with you, but I love KD and you need to get over his leaving. We all go with what is best for ourselves and our career, so grow up.

Today has been different because I was up, had actual clothes on and was at the bank to do some business before noon. Now my entire day is off. But I still have therapy. The CBT seems to be working well for me. And this week will definitely be a test as I have a packed schedule of anxiety inducing events to get through.

I’m choosing to stay positive, play nice and just send out lots of glittery love vibes to the world. It is so much easier to do when all of y’all are so uplifting and sharing your own struggles. You are all my heroes!

Enjoy your day no matter what it is you are doing, and I’ll be keeping you all in my heart!

xx Patricia

Checking Out Twinings Pure Rooibos Red Tea…and some instructions!

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I saw this one the other week and absolutely had to have it. You can always use more Herbals!  And Rooibos is a favorite of mine in the summer. The only ingredient is the Rooibos Tea. It has a really nice aroma and a lovely taste. It’s naturally a bit sweet. Not too much, just right. It is a Keeper!

On the instructions, I realized that after I posted the wreath picture, I should have at least told you how I did it. Of course there are all kinds of ways, but this is how I did it and continue to do my wreaths.

Find a good sturdy grapevine wreath. Any craft store, or you can make them yourself, it isn’t hard if you have or know someone who has grapes.

Figure out what type of look you want and then gather your crockery. The ones I use on my wreath are ones I’ve found or bought at a thrift or yard sale. I used Gorilla Glue to fix the cup to the saucer and then hot glue gun to fix it to the wreath. If it’s just a cup or a creamer with a handle I tie those on with clear fishing line or very thin ribbon.

When you have it the way you want it, just fill in with greenery, flowers, pearls, whatever you like really….let your imagination run!  I always have yards of different pearls hanging around so I use those a lot. And I’ll have a color scheme in mind and may add a few tiny tea spoons, or birds, even birds nests. Really the possibilities are endless!

They make great gifts for wedding showers, birthdays, any occasion or no occasion at all if you are a tea lover!

If you make one, let us see! I’m always looking for more ways to use them. Now I am off to check the fairy house. I’ve heard a toad moved in….

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I Am Grateful!

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I really am grateful for those days when all I have to worry about is what tea I’m having. This morning I went off my regular English Breakfast Tea and tried the Bigelow brand. As I am a loyal Charleston Tea Plantation lady. For some reason every time I want just regular old English Breakfast, I go to Tazo or Taylor’s.

It was very good, and I’ll be adding it to the rotation. A rotation that is getting a bit out of hand. Have you seen that show Hoarders on television? My favorite being the one where the lady saved even the dead cats in the freezer and had about 50 more roaming what we may as well call the cat house.

I don’t hoard a lot of things. Unless they are old and family related. Or teacups or pots or Tea. I think I have a bigger selection than my local shop! Tea is my kryptonite. I can’t pass anything tea related. I now have 9 books just on Macarons…not too bad, eh? I found a solution to the teacup issue by putting them on wreaths. The teas though? I moved all of my baking dishes to storage to make room for the teas. Seriously it’s not like I am ever going to use a casserole dish. And yet I had a whole cupboard of them.

Today my poor honey pie has injured his back in some mysterious way. It had nothing to do with the fact that I play soccer on his back in sleep either!  So he is at the Ortho to see what is up. I’ve put fresh sheets on the bed and made his favorite tea ( Iced and Sweetened) and I may fix a sandwich for him. Maybe. I don’t want him thinking I’m a maid or a wife or something!

Have a great weekend!  And Miss Cynthia….get some damn rest!!

xxPbluebird

Fairy Chickens and Rogue Baby Bulls!

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Welcome to The Farm! I’ve got a lot of pictures to share today, so let me explain them!

Some of these are from when we still had roosters. I won’t make that mistake again. Have you ever seen a rooster make love to a hen? It is not a pretty sight and OU Boy said Never again will one of our hens have to do that. Plus some of them are just plain mean. You don’t need a rooster to get eggs, just to fertilize them and turn them into chicks. But we don’t eat meat and we have enough hens so no roosters! Are they spoiled? Oh hell yeah! They will come and go at will as they are free range, but never leave the safety of the yard. They come inside and look around and leave. They get along with dogs, cows and baby bulls that get into the yard. Everyone is kind. The dog has a kind of boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with a bull and one of our hens laid her first egg and immediately went and stood in the middle of the unpaved road, waiting to commit suicide. She just wasn’t going to do that again I assume.

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They will come sit in your lap and eat all of your dinner too! These are Rhode Island Red and Plymouth Rock. We have some Orpingtons also, but they are a bit more skittish.

Most of the time they are parked on a porch chatting or gossiping about the cows. They all have names and yes sometimes they dress up as fairies. They will also jump on your float in the pool and just chill.  The ducks are gone because ducks are just messy and nasty. Even the chickens wouldn’t talk to them.

If only humans got along so well!

xx Patricia

Meet the newest love of my life…

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Only one of the reasons the UK is looking better every day. We all know the other “orange” reason. When it comes to sweets and goodies, our friends across the pond have us beat to hell and back! I mean Mary Berry....do I need to say more? And don’t worry Paris, we see you and your Macarons and Tartes. My mouth is in love with European cooking.

If we had a drive-in cupcake place here, I would be in some type of 12 step program by now. But it is a really good idea. Something to think about….hmmm  Cowgirl Cupcakes? What do you think? There is a perfect building just down the road that used to be a Starbucks….just thinking out loud ( thanks Ed Sheerhan).

Tea News!  As much as I love my green Matcha, I have found the blue Matcha. And being the fickle tea lover I am, it is now my obsession!

Blue Matcha Shop -Worldwide Shipping, All Organic Tea:   Is this not gorgeous? And oh my the things you can bake with it!  Like these coconut balls. Drool worthy!

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I still love you green Matcha, but let’s be honest with each other, you look like mold. I said it. Sorry/Not Sorry.  Today I am trying a recipe from my Sea Island Cookbook. It’s a favorite, Lemon Basil Tea Cookies.  And trying out a Black Eyed Pea Crostini recipe for a tea party.

Happy Monday to y’all!

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Taking Advice From A Flamingo

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You should know by now that I have a serious love for the Flamingo. Miss Charli Ava found some flamingo jammies at Old Navy and I was very disappointed they were only in Toddler sizes.  I did find this lovely cake stand though.

Advice from a flamingo? It really is good advice for all of us!

Wade into Life.  Get out there and participate in life! You don’t have to jump in, just wade in as far as you are comfortable.

Stand Out in a Crowd. Do you. Be different. Fashion is fashion but style is forever!

Spend Time With Your Flock.  Your flock doesn’t have to be your family either. Hang with people who let you be yourself and just get you!

Find The Right Balance. Unless you are a professional juggler, which I am not, you need to find balance in your life. Work, play, reflect, learn. LIfe is a balancing act!

Show Your True Colors.  Be who you are and be true to your core values. If you are as nutty as a fruitcake, own that shit! If you love to sing, then sing. If you love to dance, then dance. Be true to what you believe in and you can bet you’ll find others who feel  the same!

Keep Your Beak Clean.  Basically keep it on your face and out of other people’s business. Don’t do bad things or hang with unsavory characters. As much as we may not like it we are judged by the company we keep. And remember, if someone is comfortable gossiping to you then you need to re-evaluate your squad.

Dont’ Be Afraid To Get Your Feet Wet.  Try new things! You don’t have to commit to a life long love of something, but you can’t have an opinion if you haven’t at least dipped a toe in. Well except drugs…keep your feet out of there. But you are all smart people and know that. Right?

Look how much we’ve learned from the gorgeous Flamingo!

This weekend is full of graduations, proms, and here:

A Very Gary Busey Gala

Oklahoma’s most talked about party is three weeks earlier this year! Come party with us on May 20th! Dead Center Film.   See you there tonight at 8!

xx Patricia

A Multiple Cups of Tea Day!

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Hope you are all having a somewhat sane Wednesday. After yesterday and last night things were a bit dicey this morning. Whenever we hear David Payne interrupt our day with words like; Supercell, Cloud Wall, lowering, rotation and PDS ( pretty dangerous storms) you just know you aren’t going to be able to watch the final NCIS!

Here in Oklahoma, the weather guys take over the channels at the first hint of a storm crossing the border from Texas. They were so hyped up last night that at one point our weather guy said, ” NO, don’t follow that one, it’s going into Kansas, we don’t care about them”, chase the one to the west. It isn’t like it’s a big secret that we don’t care for Kansas. Why is Oklahoma so windy? Because Kansas sucks and Texas blows. Not my joke but you see it a lot.

This morning we are all praying for our fellow humans in Elk City, which was just trashed last night with one fatality. Tomorrow will also be a Significant Weather Event day. Fingers Crossed!

Eye Doctor update: Doctor #1 said Wow looks great, I think we’ll take out one of the sutures. As soon as he left the room I looked over at the tech and said, “Now Dr. Davis is going to come in and bring me back to earth”. Which is what happened. Nope no sutures coming out. No sign of rejection either. I told him I had named the graft Dru and he actually wrote it in  my chart. ( Call graft Dru). Same restrictions as before.

Anxiety almost won the day today and yesterday, but it didn’t. I didn’t kill anyone, or have a full blown panic attack, so that’s a win!

OH, and Cynthia, someone brought me a huge bag of Collards!!! We’re cooking outside tonight!

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You,Me And A Cup of Tea…Let’s Chat!

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All day yesterday I thought it was Friday, so today seems rather anticlimactic. Good news is the sugar shock wore off. Thank goodness for herbs! This morning I woke up with my tummy saying WTF! I gave it some Zen Tea and it shut up for now.

 

This morning I’m sipping my tea and thinking about Choices. Most of us are capable of making our own choices and understanding and living with the consequences of those choices. By the length of time it takes me to decide on dinner every night I am obviously one of those people who just can’t decide. Now that could be because I really don’t care that much about food. I eat a plant-based diet so if you just bring me a plant I’m good.

But some choices involve more than you and your stomach and those are the hardest. I have chosen to downsize my life and stop collecting things and people who I’m sure I can save. If there is an old junky piece of anything on the roadside, I want it. Got some needy relatives? I’ll fix them just send them over. It’s my worst habit and I have chosen to stop it.

What bad habits have you chosen to get rid of? Have you been successful at it?

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Off The Eaten Path by Morgan Murphy

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Southern Living presents Off the Eaten Path by Morgan Murphy. Favorite Southern Dives, and 150 recipes that made them famous.

17 states across the South and the dives and the food that made us fall in love with them.. Along with a few signature dishes from each place, Morgan gives us addresses, phone numbers and even GPS coordinates. As well as some interesting local attractions to check out.

I love this book. and after doing a vegan post yesterday, I was asked to do this one by someone who doesn’t eat anything unless it moos, clucks or oinks. Preferably with a Mason jar of sweet tea and a lot of cream gravy. So this one is for you.

I have pretty much been to all of these places! My favorite will always be The Dinner Bell in McComb, Mississippi. all the food is home made and southern. We all sit at a big table with people we don’t even know and the lazy susan style table is piled high with greens, macaroni and cheese, biscuits, fried chicken and pies to die for.

OU boy is not just a fan of the Chicken Fried Steak and Cream Gravy, I personally believe that if you cut him he would bleed gravy and sweet tea.

Have you eaten at any of these spots? What was your favorite?

This one is available at your library probably. If it is you should really get it! Food and travel, what tops that?

xx Patricia   Happy Eating!