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

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

 

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