FIRST DAY OF FALL BREAK….AND TORNADOES~

It is definitely a multiple cups of tea morning here. Woke up to tornado warnings and cars tossed into J.C. Penney’s. Roofs peeled off. It’s a mess and it isn’t over.

Yesterday in between storms, we hit the running trails at Hefner. The winds were bad so when we went behind the marina into the cypress trees, Monarchs were all over. Hundreds hiding from the wind waiting for it to change directions so they can head to Mexico. The kids were thrilled and it was pretty cool.

We sat at the light house with an entire Iranian family and had our apples and water. It was fun.  At home we decorated our little pumpkins and put up some more decorations.

Corbin discovered Port-a-Potties and thought that was an awesome idea until the truck showed up to pump them out. Gag a maggot it stunk. Did make us run faster though. We shopped for some softer hip hop class pants and then their Dad picked them up for ballet and hip hop.

Today has started out with sirens going off, tornadoes wrecking things and just all around nastiness, so OU Boy has them snuggled on the sofa watching Hook. They had never heard of it!

I’m going to go ahead and make some dinner in case the power goes out again!

Stay dry! And for all my family in South Carolina,Florida and Georgia, my son Michael says, “Sorry.”

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

ALLERGIES, HURRICANES,and BAD BOOKS

Happy Wednesday! So many things going on it’s hard keep out the anxiety fairy this week. Yesterday I felt useless. Emotional and starting a cough. In the wee hours of the morning I coughed myself out of bed. Checked my phone and there was an allergy alert. Stay in doors. That is what it said. So I made a nice cup of Taylor’s English Breakfast with a dollop of honey and went back to bed. The cough settled down a bit but my head feels like it’s twice its normal size!

As much as I hate to admit it. The morning temperatures are saying Fall is coming. Not happy about that. We are hoping our families in the Carolina’s will be safe with this hurricane knocking on their door. They have decided not to evacuate, which I think is ridiculous but to each his own.

For like the first time ever an author made a comment on one of my reviews of her self-published book on plant-based eating. And this is the reason I don’t do self-published works. I didn’t like the book and a lot of the recipes were already in another book. There was a lot of soy and fake meat recipes. I didn’t care for it and said so. She wants me to read it again and give it a better score. I said no thanks, the first time was bad enough and then I blocked her. So my morning is starting off with a bang!

Today I shall climb back into my bed with more tea and an actual good book and put on my rose-colored glasses. Everything is better in pink!

Have a good one and if you live in OKC, stay inside. Or bring me cookies.

xx Patricia

 

New Autumn Teas and Some Old Favorites! It’s Fall Y’all!

According to ‘people’ it’s Fall. Or Autumn, whichever you prefer. It’s still hot as hades here and humid too, but we are not going to complain at all when we know our fellow human beings are having a pretty rough time of it this month.

It can be overwhelming. Which is always where tea comes in. A few precious moments to sit and think healing thoughts for our neighbors and our planet. A time out from the constant barrage of bad news. You will drive yourself crazy if you don’t.

My favorites are the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon and the Tazo Baked Cinnamon Apples. Although I won’t say no to any of them!

For those of you keeping track, I had a stitch taken out of my eye yesterday. Only 13 left to go. Yesterday was one of those at the eye surgeons office for hours days. We marked time by how many HGTV shows came on. And people watched. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I did notice that there are quite a lot of people who wear their pajamas and house slippers in public. I just can’t figure this phenomenon out. Every time I leave the house I hear my Momma’s voice in my head asking if my undergarments match. But these folks aren’t even getting dressed! I’m pretty sure this is where the break down in our society is coming from. People not even caring if they have on clothes, must less making sure they match! I tried to ask one why, but OU Boy was there reminding me to Be Nice. Which is apparently something he believes he has to do to save Oklahoma from me pointing out the obvious

Anyway, the taking out of the stitch makes OU Boy queasy so he leaves the room. To make up for that he took me to the new Super Grocery Store that just popped up across the street from Wal-mart. They had bulk bins for everything! Organic, GF, Dairy Free and it was all so nice and clean! They even had an in-house Sushi Chef and let me tell you, I may not be into the gas station sushi, but this stuff was amazing! I ate two samples and then bought some for dinner. I also bought a few of every root vegetable they had, as it is that season. Then I got to the check out and the lady had to ask me what each and every item was. Seriously? You have never seen a turnip or a parsnip or a beet for craps sake?

It was about that time that OU Boy pointed out we may need to just hush and go on home and take a Xanax. So we did. Then we snuggled up on the sofa and watched television while I moaned and whined about how bad my eye hurt. He was happy to put me to bed. He was gone when I got up and it is his day off, so I’m not sure if he’s just had enough or I forgot he had somewhere to be.

Have a good Wednesday and Be Nice! Be Thankful!

xx Patricia

 

Love, Soccer and Catfish…Just Go With It!

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Well it’s Friday again Y’all. And storms are just stacking up like planes on a tarmac to take a swipe at our loved ones and homes. So let me say I am holding you all in my heart and feel free to share your anxiety with me!

I am lucky to be surrounded by people who know exactly how nutso I am and remind me everyday that my only saving grace is that I am cute and keep  a clean house. Seriously though I know I’m not nutso. I just live with anxiety. And hurricanes are the first trigger of mine. Is it a realistic anxiety? Yes, because I’ve lived through many of them and been displaced by a few. Is there anything I can do to stop the event? No. I’m not Mother Nature ( I know this is a shock to my  children). So how can I manage my anxiety? I spend time with people who make me laugh so hard I can’t breathe. I drink lots of calming herbal tea. I read books with intricate plots that keep me focused. And if I need to I’ll pop a Xanax.

Plus it helps to share with all of you! Last night was the 7 year olds soccer practice. Now these kids have a flow going. No one was watching ants or triggering the littlest boy over his relationship with his shin guards. They did what they were supposed to do.

But little bit, who thinks I live to make his life easier, was there too. He still hates soccer he says. But he loves kicking the ball. We’ve decided he just doesn’t like to play with others. He’s a solitary sportsman. Like a Tiger Woods, only with morals. I’m the one who brings chairs, blankets, snacks, drinks and a loaded personal DVD player for the 4-year-old. And he expects it. So last night we stopped off and grabbed Po Boys for dinner to bring to the field.  I left mine in the truck. For over an hour. I will never get that smell out of my hair and I’ll probably never eat catfish again.

The funniest portion of the evening was towards the end of practice when I’m standing right on the sideline cheering my little ginger on and the 4-year-old starts yelling,” We’re missing Big Brother and its double eviction night!” Now there is no way I would let this boy watch that show so I turned around to see his Papa laughing hysterically. Nice one.

Be safe today and please let us know you are safe if you are in the path of these storms. We kind of care about y’all now!

xx Patricia

Be Useful. Be Honorable. Be Compassionate. And Have Some Tea!

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Today is going to be one of those many pots of tea days! I am intentionally not turning on the television or I’ll be a puddle of anxiety on the floor. Hurricanes are my  trigger. The biggest one. Too many  horrible things have happened during hurricanes and now it looks like they are lining up one after the other to pound us.

I’m tired of hearing people tell the good  folks of Florida to just leave. If only it was that simple. It’s gridlock down there right now and gas is in short supply. So let’s do what we can to help out. There is always something you can do. Always!

Today is Thursday which means the 7-year-old starts soccer practice tonight. This should be much better than the 4-year-old. These kids are playing for points and wins. And Lord help  us  all  as she is her father’s daughter and will call you out on any rule infringement you make. They are both “actually” people. As in, “Actually, Ms. Keating, you can’t tell a student they can’t go  to the bathroom, according to Section 5C of the handbook.” Yep, my kid was nicknamed the high school lawyer. Adored by students, tolerated by teachers and a huge source of entertainment for the principal. Mr. Denly found it difficult to punish the boy when he couldn’t stop laughing. I was never so happy when he graduated to high school and got the heck out of the  school I was teaching in.

It’s back to work  today but tonight is Networking After Dark and it’s Scotch and Cigar Tasting night! As for our weather, it’s much like my baseball team, just shut up and don’t say anything about them. We’re just holding our collective breath over here hoping Mother Nature will think we have already been slammed enough  and the Cubbies go back to the World Series.

Be Nice today. A lot of people are anxious right now, be kind to them. Offer them a cup of tea and some love. WE really are all in this together. So let’s act like it.

xx Patricia

Lust, Lamps, Soccer and Irma

Image result for bronze buffet lamps  Yes, that is a lamp. I have been lusting after this lamp since I saw it on Pinterest. I needed wanted 2 of this tall buffet style lamp and I did not want to pay $200 for the joy of owning it. So yesterday I went in search of said lamp at a better price.

OU Boy had the entire day off and we had nothing earth shattering to do until the 4 year olds soccer practice at 6 p.m. We slurped down our tea and hit the road. For all of 5 minutes. Now that I can see things I couldn’t for a year, I’m always excited to point them all out to the driver and it apparently drives them nuts. As I said we were 5 minutes down the road and he turned to me and said,” Did you take your meds?” Well, no, I don’t take meds in the morning, just at bedtime. “Then I need to stop by the house and take some meds myself” was his reply!

So with everyone medicated we struck out to all the places you would generally find lamps and nothing under the $200 mark,  so I decided we would go to every thrift store in the area. And Lord Have Mercy at the final one there sat my lamps. Two of them! No shades but the exact lamps. I paid a grand total of $8 for both of them. It was really easy to find the shades, and now I have two lovely buffet lamps for under $20 each! Seriously one of these suckers was $209! The cheap skate in me was in Nirvana!

As I said it was the 4 year olds first soccer practice, which is basically 10 other 4 year olds carrying their balls around and tossing  them in the net, losing their shin guards every 5 minutes, looking at the clouds or in the case of ours, laid out on the blanket saying he just couldn’t go on with this. When Papa in all his wisdom tried to reason with him comparing soccer to golf, things got heated. ” But I love golf. And I hate soccer!” Do that in a whiney voice, okay? After bribing him with snacks, and telling him how hurt his Coach/Dad would be if his little boy wouldn’t play soccer,then it was my turn. ” Get your ass out there on that field right now or when you get home your Daddy is going to tear that ass up!” Boom! Done!

All in all by the end of practice, the kids were at least talking to each other and were keeping their balls on the ground. One little boy thought he was trying out for the NFL obviously. Everytime he kicked his ball in the net he did a very well thought out end zone dance. Go Lamont! There are girls on the team too. So we’ll see how this plays out on Thursday.

While we joke and are living our lives as normal ( okay that may have been a stretch to say normal) we are still keeping our prayer chains going for not only Texas, but all the people about to be smacked by Irma. Which includes my family. I was told by a Red Cross lady that they have so many supplies, but they need cash and people. These folks can’t just go back home. They need money for hotels, apartments, medications and transportation.

Also the fires in the western states are destroying lives and property. I’m just going to sit right here in the middle of Oklahoma and hope we don’t get some crazy tornado outbreak!

Be safe. Love each other. Do what you can.

Every Tea Should Come With A Tiara!

All tea services should come with a tiara, that way you can be prepped and ready for the 8 pm white tie dinner

I stole the above picture from Harney & Sons on Pinterest. The caption was Every Tea Should Come With A Tiara.

Being the Southern lady that I am I heartily agree! We look for every opportunity to wear our tutus and tiaras. Except when you go out to get the mail. Yeah, I learned that the hard way. People will talk. Kind of like when OU Boy weed whacked the bar ditch in his Tommy Bahama flip-flops and shorts. Farmers talk….

So it’s Sunday. I think our rain has stopped but our poor neighbors are getting hammered still. So let’s all keep them in our thoughts and donate whatever you can, time, money, food, clothing.  Poor OU Boy had to deal with flooding all day yesterday and again this morning. He called and said the Tea Vault had water on the floor but all the tea was safely high up on the shelves. Whew!

Today I’m getting our rocks ready to become Ladybugs, little cottages and some inspirational words. Yes, that is what we settled on. And since Miss Charli Ava has decided she wants to learn to speak French, I think we’ll do some French words as well. It warms my heart that she wants to learn and keep our French heritage alive! And her Mom is helping her also, so soon she will be all snooty and looking down her nose at the rest of us!

paristea3  Since I poached their picture, Let’s give some love to the people who keep me out of jail. Thanks Boys!

xx Patricia

I’m just a laid back person with a ton of anxiety!

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We made it to Saturday! Yeah us! I have a confession to make ( no it’s not juicy, those I save for Monsignor) this morning I’ve had 4 cups of Starbucks coffee with almond milk.

While for most people I hear that caffeine hypes you up, for me it has the opposite effect. Especially at night. Why have I betrayed my tea-pot? Anxiety is at a fairly high level between watching nothing but live streaming of the Hurricane. As my own personal storm chaser could not participate in this he was determined to watch his brethren try to get as close as humanly possible to death.

At one point he looked at me and said, Hey, your bleeding! Am I really stressing you out that much?  Uh, you think? Between my first hurricane which left a huge live oak inside my bedroom and me in the closet to Katrina who so kindly destroyed our beautiful Mississippi coast, I just can’t watch that. It’s not like a tornado, which doesn’t bother me because it’s there, it’s gone. NO, hurricanes have a mind of their own and will sit right on top of you and then go back, strengthen and smack you in the face again.

So I had scratched my hands until they bled. My heart breaks for Texas today and I’m hoping things settle down here, but the big fight is on tonight and I just found out my son is shelling out for it…..so maybe I can watch that. In the mean time, Texans, we love you and you are welcome here!

Have a good one!  laidback

Tea,Books, and Lots of Rain!

Good Morning Y’all! It started raining last night sometime and is still coming down heavily. I just got an alert on my phone about an imminent flood warning.

So far the water is staying a tad below the sidewalk so I’m not dragging out the sandbags yet! For our dear friends in Texas, stay safe and if they tell you to evacuate do it! Seriously, when one of these things plants itself on top of you, no one is coming out to rescue your stubborn bum!

I feel really bad for the Houston folks, who took so many of us Mississippi people in when we took a direct hit from Katrina. So if you need a place to go just get on I-35 and head north to OKC. We’ve got you. We aren’t in such great shape ourselves right now, but we’re on high ground.

I also feel bad that we don’t even have a head of FEMA yet. Our people were left for weeks with no help from Bush, so I hope the orange man-child has a plan!

Our power is flickering so I’m signing off and dragging out the rain boots and moving my tea to higher ground!

Be Safe Y’all!