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

AUGUST, The Sunday of Summer!

Hello August! You came way too soon. Unless you have children in school, then we love you! This has been a week of promised but not delivered rain. We do need rain. The sun has shown up with a vengeance. Over 100 is my type of weather!

This mornings tea is brought to you by Taylor’s of Harrogate. Lemon Ginger. So good and so good for you! For the first time in a long time, I don’t have any books releasing today. I am caught up with reading through November and the pool is now my home.

We have had some really big changes in our lives this summer. OU Boy received a big promotion at work with another one promised by the end of the year that involves traveling! He goes around singing some reggae song about my occupation is a vacation now. We are probably in the best shape we’ve ever been in physically and emotionally. Our #lifegoals are coming together like a good gumbo!

Our kids have been busy transforming the school bus and becoming a part of the #skoolie movement. They work lots of overtime and lots of sweat time to reach their own life goals. Corbin and Charli Ava are growing like weeds!  There is lots of wedding planning and shopping and prep going on. Everyone finally has their outfits.

 

Corbin’s shirt is adorable. He has his daddy’s scrunchy face look there and with his hair down you can see he did a little trimming of a piece of hair that kept getting in his mouth. By himself. The girls aren’t showing theirs. We want the boys to be surprised!

So planning weddings, meeting goals, smashing goals, drinking a lot of tea and thinking I may retire this year. This weekend will be the first official weekend off for OU Boy and we have great plans to go to bed, the fridge, the pool and back to bed! God, we are exciting! LMAO

Enjoy the day!

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

Decaf India Spice Chai and a Chilling Tale

This Celestial Seasonings Decaf India Spice Chai is so delicious. I love a good cup of Chai and own several brands. This Decaf one allows me to drink it in the afternoon as well. And oh my this chilling tale You Fit The Pattern by Jane Haseldine.

Since OU Boy has taken over another hotel, I have lots of time on my own. It always takes a lot of work to get things organized and hire new people and this means I can read a lot!

So a tale!  I thought my stalker had finally given up. Nope. Somehow she knows where I live. And left me a little message letting me know. I filed a report and hope that will be enough. This morning I had to call the FBI. I received an email from some toad who said he had gotten my password, which he shared and it was a years old password that I used only on Linkedin. He says he has accessed my computer and unless I pay him $800 he is going to release a video of me “pleasuring myself”. Yep. That is what he said. Obviously, I wasn’t going to reply to him. I called the FBI and gave them the email and his IP address.

What I wanted to do was tell the toad to go ahead, hell, even I would like to see that video! In my logical brain, I knew there was no way he had squat. My computer is in the office and I don’t do that there. Who knows? That is how the Kardashians got famous and I’m sure mine would be better.

So that’s how my day started. Now I am going to sit back and watch the Mueller testimony and watch the trumpster lose what is left of his mind. Speaking of, Hey UK, what the heck were you thinking? Boris? Really? Have you not learned from our mistakes?

Peace xx P

Becoming a Skoolie!

As promised…the Skoolie Bus Conversion.  First, the kids flew to Maryland and bought the shiny 40 something foot bus and drove it back to Oklahoma. They parked it at their land in the country and started demo!

First up was pulling out all of the seats, grinding and sanding all of the floor. Then insulation and putting that white stuff on them. Now they are taping off areas the will build on. They removed all of the windows and made them airtight and put windows back in. There are lots of trips to Lowe’s.

You could call this part of the tiny house movement. Minimalists who value freedom more than a house and yard. On the bottom are a few ideas of what it will look like. Basically an RV, but customized for 2 kids, 2 dogs, and a cat.

I am in awe of their work ethic. They rarely take a break from the bus. But oh what an adventure they are going to have. And in our family its the adventure that counts! We turn everything into an adventure.

What do you think? Could you live in one? No mortgage, no utility payments, and able to flee should shit go down in the neighborhood. I could. I would park that sucker at the beach and never leave! If you would like to follow along, please catch them on IG @crosscountrycowans!

xx P

Berry Mocha Truffle Tea and My Book Boyfriend!

First, the tea, from Octavia Tea Company this  Berry Mocha Truffle is excellent. It’s a loose-leaf tea and the aroma is calming and full of flavor. I love that this company has such lovely packaging and it’s all loose leaf teas and tisanes.

It was the perfect companion to the newest Stone Barrington book from
Stuart Woods. Stone is my book boyfriend. I also would like to be him. He is smart, rich, sophisticated, handsome and very sexy.

Been doing a lot of reading and catching up on some of my favorite summer authors. We have also been in a whirlwind of wedding planning! My baby is getting married. October 5th. So they have been busy. Working on the bus and planning an outdoor Fall wedding plus full-time jobs and 2 kids. I am in awe of them. This weekend Miss Charli Ava turns 9. We will do our annual dinner and shopping and a trip to the Savoy Tea Parlor.

Tomorrow I will show the progress on the bus, following the #Skoolie movement. You can look on Pinterest to see all the different conversions. Theirs is the 42-foot snub nose school bus. My neighbor lady said in her day they would call them hippies. I was not amused. These are college-educated Millenials who want to show their children the entire country and expose them to other cultures and ideas so they can make informed statements and not be ignorant. I am so proud of them! This is the same neighbor who yesterday told me that if I get any darker they’ll be asking for my green card. Asshat.

It’s going to be another 100-degree day so it’s off to the pool!

xx P

COLD BREW TWININGS! SUMMER TEA!

Saturday looks rather like I feel. Meh. Does everyone get the after holiday blues? Yesterday I was surprised to receive this little gem in the mail. It’s herbal so no caffeine or sugar or artificial sweetener. It comes in 5 flavors and each is a tiny silky sachet you just pop in a bottle of water. Within 3 minutes it was dark. And delicious! I was surprised because I had thought it would taste all artificial like those powders you put in your water bottle, but no, it is really good!

I was thinking last night that some of the things that went on were just too weird to believe. Unfortunately, they happened. Why go on vacation to sit and watch television and eat junk food? I wanted to eat local and jump waves and I was not in the mood for drunks or drug addicts. Obviously, this isn’t my family. We are Southern, we don’t air our dirty laundry or bad habits in public. One only came out at night to tweak his way through the refrigerator and ask if Tommy wanted to go dumpster diving behind CVS. One slept until 2 every day. I guess she just expected us to watch her 3 kids. By the third day, I had had enough Not getting to sleep until 3 a.m. and being rudely woken by people coming to our kitchen for coffee. It was at that point that I screamed, “One more sound and I will cut your balls off!”  It worked. I slept and no one was around when I woke up. They were a bit better after that. Not much.

My favorite thing was being with Tommy and his sister and her family, and of course, Aunt Gayle. We had the most fun running that beach in our golf carts. Some guy offered us free pizza but nothing to drink. Jennifer and I thought we could turn this “girls in bikinis on golf carts” thing into a buffet! I’m sure we saw either a baptism or a drowning one day. It was a church van, so maybe the first, but who knows really?

We saw so many turtles and one waved his flipper at me. Tommy said he did not and just like that, the little guy popped up and flipped me again! Totally tubular dude! Did you find Dory?

The big news is we came back with a new Nissan Rogue and 2 job offers. Look out Texas,  there could be trouble!

xx P

 

Summoning Aquaman and a trip to the Pokey!

Friday!  I hope you all had a good holiday yesterday. I never left the house. We had a sleepover with the kids Saturday and Sunday morning a little boy woke me up at the break of dawn.

Why? Because Stranger Things 3 came out yesterday on Netflix and we sat in our jammies and binge-watched until late last night. We only paused for tea and bathroom breaks. I did hear the part of the trump speech where he said we rammed the ramparts and stormed the airports in the War of 1812. WTF?

Day two of the trip I was up early and Tommy and I headed for the beach to watch the dolphins and the turtles. Tommy is not a sea person. None of these people were sea people. By day 2 they had been to the Urgent Care with second-degree burns. There was a trip to the Turtle Sanctuary to watch them release the turtles and then off to the Pirate Ship! These were my people. Aunt Gayle and I tried summoning Aquaman but got dolphins instead.

It was amazing and I drank 7 daiquiris that day. More than I drink in 7 years, but they sold it by the gallon just like home and I needed it for this group. Later we hung with the rest of the Pirate Nation for adult fun. Somewhere in our racing golf carts on the beach, Tommy lost his wallet. With my bank card in it. As soon as we realized it was gone Tommy went on a wild hunt at the beach. Then, my phone rang and it was the local police. A local had turned in the wallet before we knew it was gone! With everything in it! We were amazed and had to go to the police station to pick it up. Tommy wanted to know how they got my phone number from his wallet? Forever a mystery love. The cops, there were two. The station was tiny. We were having a fine time with law enforcement until Tommy says, “Boomer Sooner”. If you are from Texas then you bitterly hate OU and vice versa. They immediately threw up the Hook ’em Horns sign and before we got locked up I claimed the SEC. I wasn’t going down with that particular ship!

Stay tuned for Day 3 where we all play Cards Against Humanity. Sober as a judge I won my first time playing. And sometime in the early morning hours, I threaten to remove someone’s testicles.

Have a nice day y’all!

xx P

On The First Day of Vacay: WACO

I’m back! And alive. Relatively unscathed. Never have I ever wanted or needed to go to Waco, Texas. And yet here we are. Tommy and I checked in at the hotel and headed to The Silos to see Chip and Joanna Gaines and all things Magnolia.

A tip: Leave your car at the hotel and Uber there. Traffic is a nightmare with a 4-year road construction project as well as no parking and lots of tour buses. I talked to the locals and while we may like the Gaines family, the locals are not thrilled.

The first stop was the Bakery. I got 2 of each. We had Peach Cobbler with a graham cracker bottom, Lemon Lavender, Strawberry Lemonade and Chocolate. That peach cobbler was amazing. I did not share it. I hid them in my cooler. And when the cousins who brought their tiny terrorists were ready for bed, I gave every one of their children who were running the halls a cupcake! At 10 p.m.  And we laughed and laughed!

With all of the road work, it was a nightmare! I did love the Texas shaped waffles which we fixed for said children with lots of syrup.

Stay tuned for the part where I have to go to the jailhouse!

xx P

 

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME!

Wednesday! I’m still working on my mug of breakfast tea. It’s been a busy few days here. Storms almost every night, but nice days. The pool has been our place of residence.

Sunday we went to Incredible Pizza, which is Chuck E. Cheese on steroids. Roller coasters, bumper cars, go-carts, bowling, laser tag, mini-golf and lots more. We had spent the day cleaning out my closet and Charli put on a fashion show. When it was time to go to the pizza joint aka hell, she just wore my dress. We just took a zip tie and pinched the back straps together and she had a maxi dress. Corbin, on the other hand, wanted to wear his underwear. Instead, he wore shorts and a man bun. This wasn’t the hill I wanted to die on so whatever.

I went on a roller coaster for the first and last time. I screamed so loud the boys left mini-golf to check on us. We got spun and rolled and I kept seeing the same lady across from me and we just waved. Later I found out that was a mirror. Charli and I road raged a lady at go-carts. And my hips will never be the same after bumper cars. But bowling? I nailed that!

Monday Corbin came bounding in my room with his tablet and his underwear and stopped short. “What’s he doing in my spot?”. Tommy was off. And sick. All day. He has been eating my way. Clean and unprocessed, no bread or white food. He had pizza and ice cream and paid for it the next day. So we headed to the pool and ate strawberries and watermelon.

Recitals were held. Ballet and Hip Hop. Last ball game tonight and we are going to miss it. It’s also our cousins 18th birthday and she is here from Washington to go on vacation with us to Texas, so we are going to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner tonight.

Last evening Tommy and I went and had mani-pedis so our feet are pretty for vacay. Today he is going golfing and I have to work. I hope y’all had a fun weekend!

xx P