Saying Goodbye to Lu

This morning we received a call from Aunt Gayle that it was time. The kitties we always watch have been together for 15 years and Lu had cancer. This morning she was dying. Painfully.

My wonderful hubby and I dropped everything and ran around the corner. Tommy took her to Nichols Hills Veterinary and I kept Aunt Gayle busy at home. Tommy held her and they hooked her up to an i.v. and he was with her when she took her last breath. The staff was so kind and compassionate and for that I am grateful.

Neither Gayle or I could have done that. We’ve lost too much, too quickly. But Tommy did. He cried all the way there and we’ve all been a bit weepy especially since we are allergic to cats!

So, to my Daddy in Heaven….I’m sending you and Mr. Louis a new friend. Her name is Lu and I know y’all will take care of her.

Poor Smokey, her cat husband, was so subdued and sad all day. Tomorrow will be soon enough for us to remove all of her things and wash all the bedding, as Aunt Gayle flys to Washington tomorrow to watch one of the nieces’ graduate.

That’s all I’ve got today. It’s a sad day.

xx P

A CUP OF TEA SOLVES EVERYTHING!

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Thursday literally started off with a BANG! Thunder, lightning, a bit of hail and the ear-splitting alarm on my phone going off telling me it’s flooding. I kind of noticed that when I saw the neighbors hanging petunias floating down the road.

My lovely little Charli and Corbin have dance recital on Saturday. This should be very interesting. I wasn’t sure if Corbin would want a bouquet afterward but thought I would ask so he wouldn’t be hurt. And yes! He wants that bouquet! A big one too.

Today I am staying right here and drinking tea and reading books. It’s so gloomy outside I should be watching all of the horror movies on Netflix, but alas, deadlines.

Going to make a nice pot of Chocolate Mint Tea and listen to the rhythm of the falling rain.  Also, anyone have any suggestions for red or navy sandals??

xx P

Bringing Back The Summer Teas

Friday and the sun is out and it isn’t supposed to rain! Hallelujah! After finishing up painting the tea cupboard and table and chairs, it was time to organize the teas. Fall and Winter went to the back and I found 3 boxes of this Lemon Lavender Lane, which I love, and Lavender and Honey Spoons.  Along with my 2 little teapot salt and pepper shakers.

That entire cabinet is full of tea and teaware. And I’m waiting on a shipment now.  I have spent the last few days occupying a lounge chair at the pool. Today I need to stay inside. My bum is burnt.

I love the Lemon Lavender Lane Tea by Celestial Seasoning. It’s so calming as a warm nighttime drink and delicious as an iced drink! Plunk in some lemon slices and Voila’!

I am feeling especially smug today. I’ve already mailed my June birthday cards and I’ve wrapped Father’s Day gifts!

It has been so wet here that we had to re-pot several plants and move the hostas. Yesterday I went to blow my pool float up with the thing I call the blower upper. You plug it in the outlet and air goes into your float. Only you know how you really have to cap that float off quick or the air comes right back out? I didn’t want that to happen so I tossed the blower upper into a chair, still blowing and capped off my float. I go to pick up the blower upper and apparently I had tossed it too hard and the back fell off. I didn’t know that until I picked it up and left part of my pointer finger skin on the coils. Shocked the shit out of me and burnt my finger horribly. It was numb but my entire hand hurt! I called Tommy who quickly offered to come and make sure I wasn’t dying or having any erratic heartbeats. But no, I told him I could wait. He made me check my heartbeat though which is hard to do since I have a very low resting heart rate.

Around 3 I couldn’t take the pain anymore and this thing was filling up with fluid so I found my guys that I have dubbed the bandanna gang and one whipped out a knife and cut that thing open and bodily fluids came out and the pain went away. They told me to put mustard on it to draw the heat. I did. But it smelled good so I licked it.

That is our week in a weird nutshell! I hope you had an entertaining week as well!

xx P

Jim Cantore is in Town! Here We Go!

Monday the 20th of May is not a good date for Oklahomans. One of our worst and deadliest tornadoes took place on this date. Many people died. On the Gulf Coast, we used to joke about Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel. We would ride out any hurricane unless Jim Cantore showed up. When he shows up things get real. He is in Moore right now. So we are a bit anxious.

Last night I started receiving texts. Schools all over the Metro are closed today and my doctor called and canceled my appointment for today. Businesses are closing early. Tommy is normally off today but not everyone has daycare today so he’s at Hyatt bringing up cases of flashlights and making sure everyone knows what to do. The poor out of town people are a bit panicked. We’ve already had one small hail storm.  So today is going to be interesting.

So my sister and I had our DNA testing done. One through MyHeritage.com and one through 23andMe. They said the exact same thing. We’ve always known who our people are. You can’t live in Charleston and not know your people. We knew two of our ancestors signed The Constitution but didn’t know one also signed the Declaration of Independence! I can’t say that any of them were saints. They were all well-known planters with strict slave rules. Not too proud of that one. Everyone else we knew about.

The breakdown was:  55.9% French, 32% UK (Scotland, Ireland, England) and 12.1% Scandinavian. The breakdown explains a lot. Like why when I get really mad I start speaking French with a very southern accent. I do speak it but rarely do. The Scandinavian part is Norway. Vestre. It looks like I have a good shot at moving to France if shit goes down in the U.S. In the UK we were in Leeds, Dundee, and County Cork. Walshes.

I’m going to make sure we have all of our storm supplies ready and then I’ll read a book.

Stay Safe Everyone in Tornado Alley today!

xx P

Tommy Saves The Day Again!

Sunday morning with no rain. It should be here tomorrow as we have been warned a million times that tomorrow is a severe threat day. But today, not so much. We had rain all day yesterday. It was a dark and gloomy day. But I was fine for a few reasons.

One, I love a gloomy day when I’m reading. Add some fresh from the oven bread and fig preserves alongside a cup of Earl Grey Tea. As you can see I finished painting my kitchen table and chairs and am 90% done with the breakfront. If I could everything in my house would be white. It’s a blank canvas so it can be whatever you want it to be with accessories.

Yesterday just as I was fed up with the painting, Tommy popped in to save me! With a quick shower and a change of clothes, I was ready. We headed up north to Quail Springs and checked in with Marshall’s, coming out with a few new outfits and the coffee I like. Then on to Ganache Patisserie. If you have never been, you really must!  I was on the lookout for Passionfruit Macarons. I have a tea today and the tea is Passion Flower Tea. Tommy picked out a dark chocolate tart and I picked a chocolate croissant.

Dinner was a spur of the moment decision. I am trying to be more spontaneous. We ended up at Cowboy Chicken. All they serve is rotisserie chicken in a lot of ways.

We sat at the bar so we could watch them cook. That is so not true! We sat there because I am always cold and this spot was so warm! It was interesting watching the guy stab these poor chickens with what looked like a Viking sword. 4 on a stick. I had the Monterey Salad, which was great. Tommy had the BBQ chicken with baked mac and cheese. It was delicious too.

On other exciting news, we got our DNA testing back. Since we already knew our history on both sides, as my uncle had written a few books on them and of course in the South you better know who your people are! I did have one surprise though and I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow!

Enjoy your Sunday and Game of Thrones!

xx P

 

KINDNESS IS FREE SO USE IT LIBERALLY

Still off caffeine here, so this mornings tea is brought to you by STASH  Mayer Lemon. I was quite sure it was Saturday when I woke up but the calendar says no. It’s Friday.

Yesterday was not a good day. Bruising your brain is not fun. Concussions are not fun. Like I said it wasn’t a good day. The nausea was back in full force and the pain was awful. I had run out of ice packs and ice so my kind neighbor Mr. Eddie popped up at the door with an entire bag of ice!

I’ve had concussions before. Never this bad. I ride horses, I played college volleyball, I jumped out of a giant live oak to prove I could fly ( I did not in fact fly), I have by now broken every finger many times, my tail bone 3 times, once in a cemetery on a headstone. I had 2 torn ACLs, and of course we have all had at least one pinky toe incident, but this thing is bringing me to my knees.

Yesterday one of my favorite authors sent me a private message telling me about her concussion and filling in any information I did not have. It was really kind of her to do and I told her that. She said, call me anytime if you have questions!

And Tommy, the kindest of them all, has done dishes, brought my meds, calls every few hours to check on me and picks up dinner. The only things in my fridge right now is iced tea, almond milk and spinach. I’m hoping he will be kind enough to go shopping tonight.

Kindness touches me. All the way to my core. For some reason I never expect it. And when it happens I will never forget it. It costs nothing but is worth more than gold.

Thank you all for being kind and funny and thoughtful. I am going back to sleep now!

xx P

A Spot of Tea and a Funny Tale

Thursday and I am still in bed. With a lot of Tummy tea and an ice pack on my head.

Still no super hero abilities. This is my little bit of screen time today. Checking in to see if everyone has better weather than we do. Enough with the rain already!

I do have one funny story. My Momma is living totally out of her element right now. After my Daddy passed, we all knew he wanted to be buried with his entire family in Bottineau, North Dakota. So my Momma moved up there too since I have a sister living there. It is a tiny town that I spent all of my summers out at the farm. So yesterday I called the local florist to have some flowers sent to my Momma.

Me: Hello I would like to order an arrangement for my Momma

Her: (Imagine a Norwegian accent) Okay then, and her name?

Me: Barbara

Her: Patty? Is that you?

Me: Uh, yes.

Her: Oh my goodness how’s your eye? Don’t you worry about a thing, I’ll get over to Barbs tomorrow morning with something really cheery.

Me: Ok thanks. Who is this?

Her: Cathy Olson from the farm.

Me: Hi Cathy! How are you? It’s good to hear your voice

Her: You just go back to bed now. Take care of that head!

That is how small the town is. I never gave an address even. And sure enough my Momma sent me a text and a picture of the flowers this morning.

I love these people!

xx P

Feeling Rather Dotty Today

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Sipping on some Harney & Sons Bartlett Pear Loose Leaf Tea this morning. It has lovely little bits of dried pear that are so yummy.

Absolutely Pearfect

I just did not sleep well last night. Woke up with a headache and now I’m calmly sipping and writing while my Russian neighbor may be really pissed at her son or someone is trying to kill her. Either way I’m watching through the drapes. I have never seen a grown man be so dramatic before. So not a hit man I’m guessing.

I have been looking at vacation spots for August. In June I’m going to New Orleans and boarding a cruise ship. Hey, Jamaica, I’m coming back….  All by myself. Yes. I am going on a cruise by myself. I love cruises. Out on the open water and doing nothing but eat, sleep,tan. Heaven.

I’ve been working on painting a polka dot teapot. There is just something so cheery about polka dots. I’m obsessed, mildly.

Have yourself a great Thursday!

xx P

DOWN THE BUNNY TRAIL…AND PIE!

Good Friday! I’m wishing I was closer to my Momma this time of year so I could have her coconut cake. My momma is a world-class baker and cake decorator.  Between her coconut cake and her pound cakes we should all be morbidly obese by now.

The one thing we both loved was those Cream Cheese Mints that melt in your mouth and contain 2 pounds of powdered sugar! Yesterday I spent most of the day stirring and then rolling some into tiny egg shapes and the rest the round flat only I used a wax seal with my initials and made them all fancy. I’m mailing them to her.

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Since it is Strawberry Season I had a fridge full of berries and Tommy said he had never heard of Strawberry Pie from Shoney’s!  Oh the horror! Luckily we know this one by heart so by the time he got here there was a counter full of drying mints, and a chilled strawberry pie with homemade whipped cream. It was perfect. Even the crust was British Baking Show quality. Which is rare for me.

I wish you all a lovely Easter and a grand weekend.  I’ll be reading and finishing some projects and am trying to stay off the internet so I don’t lose my mind with all the politics!

xx P

 

Dying Easter Eggs With Tea and Those Damn Fairies!

Good Morning!  Doing some experimenting with tea dyed eggs today. I really love the softness of the colors. I opened one of the eggs I used black tea on and inside the white was a lovely marbling that I adored. Also the egg was tasty. Quality control. Tough job.

The Anxiety Fairy brought her ugly sister The Doubt Fairy and parked their baggage all over my poor brain. We have been through a lot this past year and just as I was evening out all the wires got crossed. I found myself looking for a fight. I blocked a sister on social media. I sent Tommy to work on his day off. It was awful.

So I sat down with The Get Your Shit Together Fairy and she told me to talk to Tommy. Bounce concerns off him and get his input. Now I try never to bounce anything off Tommy. Because he is a guy and they usually want to ‘fix’ it instead of just listening and offering suggestions. So I wrote it all down and called him home and told him my head was in chaos and therefore my life was in chaos.

He pointed out that I have a hard time saying no and maybe a trip to the antique mall would help calm me down and then maybe to the library to smell books.  I found the perfect planner and program to keep track of all my book reviews. In the end I had a new kitchen table, some fine books, a baby pie and the two end tables we had been looking for to go in the workout/reading room. Then he spent the rest of the night helping me get everything organized in my planner. I love him.

He even tried Yoga for a hot minute. Now that my house and my business are in order the two hoochie fairies in my head slunk out the door. I am so grateful to have someone who loves me so much that he takes the psycho me along with the kind me.

Since my son and his wife are flying to D.C. the first week of April to pick up a school bus and drive it back, Corbin and Charli Ava will be with us. That means getting up earlier and making breakfasts and lunches. And one of those days is picture day for Corbin, who will try to sneak his Nike outfit in his book bag. So my comb and hairspray will be at school that day. Normally they wear uniforms so on a non uniform day he wants to show off his new outfit. Not happening.

Miss Charli Ava is staying over Friday night so she can be with me at 2 book signings on Saturday. One in Edmond and one in Norman. Opposite ends of I-35, but we’ll make it work. In the meantime I’m just not watching news anymore. I am waiting for Queen Elizabeth to send in the troops as it is glaringly obivous we can not govern ourselves. We need a do-over bad!

Have a good Wednesday and thanks for listening to me. It really does help knowing you aren’t alone!

xx P