Cecily’s Tea Leaves Told Her She’d Just Had Tea.

Tuesday morning has dawned sunny and hot! I’m starting off the day with this Earl Grey from Ahmad Teas. I used the cucumber tea from yesterday to make a pitcher iced. Tossed in a few mint leaves, a bit of english cucumber and a lime. It is so refreshing in this heat.

Monday is a day off for us so after finishing our individual projects we went to the movies in the middle of the afternoon. There were 6 people in there. We had agreed we wanted to see Deadpool 2 because, well, Ryan Reynolds. There was so much blood and body parts flying around that at one point I almost threw up in the popcorn bucket. Seriously I was gagging. The man in front of us went to sleep, woke up, went to the bathroom, came back and went to sleep. I want those skills!

I was disappointed in this one. Too much Ryan and not enough plot or time for the other characters I love. By the time we got home that roast beast in the crock pot smelled like heaven! This time I had used an organic French Onion Soup stock and tossed in some potatoes and carrots. Smelled amazing!

I have to go to the eye institute today. Who knows what’s going on? Dr. D is trying to get me off the heavy steroid drops twice a day and on to a lighter steroid 3 times a week. The least expensive ones are over $200 for a tiny bottle. So we shall see.

I got called out on the entire birthday party debacle. By my own child no less, who reminded me that I once had an entire western town built for one of his birthdays and for another one everyone dressed as a pirate and had to search the entire club for treasure. But I did point out at no time did he believe he was a horse or an actual pirate. There was that one time he brought like 6 little kids to the house and when I asked him what was going on he looked at me and motioned to his group and said, “These are my people. I’m their Leader now.” I will never forget that. For all of a week my 5-year-old was a cult leader. That year we all had to wear white to his party. The moral being I shouldn’t be talking shit about another mother. And he is right. But I’m still going to do it cause it’s batshit crazy!!

I hope everyone is having a productive and peaceful day and now I’m going to go tan until my eye appointment.

xxPatricia   Have tea. Be Nice. Make someone smile!

Royal Wedding Tea by Harney and Sons

We’re feeling all soft and pastel today. Did you see all of those gorgeous hats and dresses at the wedding? New beginnings are always precious. Old doors close and new ones open. And no I did not get up before dawn to watch. I got up just in time to see the vows and the kiss!

We were listening to the cake recipe last night and almost swooned! Who doesn’t love lemon curd? I wonder who squeezed all of those Amalfi Lemons. Mine is Meyer and I have a lovely jar of curd in the ice box. But what I wouldn’t give for a taste of that cake!

I finally finished my bedroom this morning. I’ve kind of been living in it to determine the final placement of the bed so the sunlight isn’t streaming in my eyes at dawn. So one room down and more to go. But I’m not in a hurry.

  You can’t have a wedding without some Royal Wedding Tea from Harney & Sons Collections. It is perfect.

I think my little friends and I will go have our own party this afternoon. What are you doing today? Opening any  new doors? Enjoying a lazy Saturday? Or already swigging Gin? What ever it is, enjoy yourself!

 

Autrefois    xx Patricia

BE USEFUL. BE HONORABLE. BE COMPASSIONATE.

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I’m feeling minty today so I’m sipping Tazo Peppermint Tea. I may or may not have abused my tummy last night with sour gummy worms, so I’m trying to baby it this morning. I’ve tried apologizing to it but it’s tired of hearing it. So we are doing mint green today,

Yesterday I got one of those calls we all hope for. ” Hey, I’m going to Home Depot, do you want to come along?” Uh, yes! I love that place. So full of possibilities for those people who know how to make things. I was just trying to find some good mint varieties that my sister  told me about.

It’s looking a bit gloomy this morning. Could be severe weather today so that’s something to look forward to. Other than that I’m making Strawberry Scones and a Mississippi Mud Cake. From the way that the BF was hacking all night, I took out some chicken breasts for some healing soup. One of the breasts will be cooked over Lapsang Souchong loose tea. Then chopped up for a lovely smoky chicken salad. So tea time is settled.

Have yourself a productive and useful day. Be the better person. Stay calm and make tea!

xx Patricia

Our Saturday Adventures

Good Sunday Morning! And for all of the mothers/step-mothers and Dads who are also mothers, Happy Mother’s Day.

I haven’t even made tea this morning. My calves are burning from all the walking we did yesterday. We started out at the Gulfport Seafood Company because they get fresh shrimp daily from our home in Gulfport, Mississippi. Yesterday they had a beautiful selection so I bought some to grill for salads then I shot my youngest a text telling him how gorgeous they were and a few hours later he sent me a picture of his gumbo pot full of rich, simmering gumbo. Yummy.

After dropping off the shrimps back at home we stopped off at Michael’s for some craft supplies and noticed a new store next to it. It was Five Below. Everything is $5 or below. I picked up a cute bed canopy and we are going to circle the top with LED lights and make a reading nook for Charli Ava. Then it was a stop at Ulta which was packed! We popped into the library to pick up the latest Kevin Hearne book.

Finally we stopped in at The Corner Bakery and had lunch. I had the Caprese salad on a sourdough baguette. It was delicious. With the kids getting out of school soon I stocked up on pool goggles and underwear. Those two things seem to disappear most often. I don’t even understand the underwear though.

So today is a food prep day. It’s so much easier when you have everything prepared in advance for those Mondays.

Have a great Sunday   xx Patricia

DONUTS, CRAWFISH, and XANAX

It’s the weekend! And it’s going to be beautiful. Almost no wind, bright sunshine and fun times ahead.

I was drinking tea at 4 a.m. when I should have been sleeping. Then OU Boy woke up and went to get birthday donuts. Of which we ate one bite each before declaring them too sweet.

So it’s been another year and what have I learned?

I’ve learned that life can always surprise you. Just when you think you know what is happening….boom….you don’t. I have no control over anyone or anything. Just go with the flow. Yes, that is what I’ve learned. Go with the flow. But make sure it’s your flow and not someone else’s. Be kind. You will never regret it. Be polite. Everyone will remember it. Be content. Where you are.

 

Before I go enjoy my day I did want to say thanks for sticking with me and getting me over this rough week of detoxing from the Xanax. I am ready for life, unmedicated. I sure hope it’s ready for me.

Brittany Fuson Paper | Shop | Greeting Cards to me! And all of you other lucky May Babies!  xx Patricia

HAPPY MAY DAY!

May is starting off bright and sunny this morning! Did you find a May basket on  your door this morning? OU Boy was spot on with his lovely wildflower bouquet. Thanks honey!

Yesterday I was so paralyzed with anxiety. I had to go to the Social Security offices to sign a document. I was not prepared. Way too many people and they have a set up like the airport except you don’t take your shoes off.  That was disconcerting as I wasn’t sure if I had any weapons or not. They even take your pepper spray. Sitting there waiting was torture.

When I finally got to my person to sign a document that had gotten lost in the ethernet, in comes a lady with not one but two ankle monitors! She was here to see why she wasn’t getting her benefits. Seriously? Maybe it has something to do with those bright orange ankle things!

All of that had me wringing my hands and ready to go through the roof. As if that wasn’t enough I also found out yesterday that I have to testify in Federal Court. It was like the Anxiety Fairy brought all of her friends at once and I was like a deer in the headlights.

Today I’m trying very hard to enjoy May Day since it is the most important month of all. Being the month of my birth and all. So I’m starting by sharing my anxiety with y’all and then being kind to myself today. Giving myself a pep talk. It will be all right in the end.

Happy May Day! A new month, a clean slate, another chance to reinvent yourself and your world. Have some tea and be kind to yourself.

xx Patricia

TEA MAIL THURSDAY!

   

Good Morning! This came in the mail yesterday. More tea goodness to add to the bulging cupboard. I was really excited to see this one. There are six of each one to try. I’m going to start this afternoon with the Earl Grey.  At less than $20 you can get this sampler box which makes a terrific gift for Mother’s Day or a Birthday.

This morning I threw a handful of blackberries in my oatmeal with a drizzle of honey. Oh my lord it was good. Normally I do blueberries, but right now I have a lot of blackberries so you use what you have. I love blackberries. They not only taste like summer and sunshine, but they take me back to being a kid and picking them in the wild along the railroad tracks and even down in the beach dunes.

Spring is popping out all kinds of yummy vegetables. Tender new shoots of asparagus which I use in salads or just grill or roast it with some new potatoes and summer squash.

I started Mary Alice Monroe’s new book Beach House Reunions so I’m feeling all summery and beachy. Yeah, that’s not a real word, but you get it.

When I ran this morning the air was rather ashy. You can see the smoke from all of the wildfires that are still raging. At least this morning it was a little humid, so maybe we will get some much-needed rain. Even the Oklahoma River is dry as a bone. So someone isn’t shaking their rainstick!

Y’all have a great day and just be nice to each other!

xx Patricia

Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea Review and a Tale!

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It’s Tuesday…back to work. This morning I’m trying out the lovely Blueberry Green Tea from Harney & Sons new Historic Royal Palaces Collection. First the tins are gorgeous, let me say. We went for a walk yesterday and ended up at Barnes and Noble for lunch, which was yummy Spinach and Artichoke Quiche. But the good news was they had the entire Royal Palace Collection and if you bought one, you got the Royal Wedding Tea for only $5! In these tins there are 30 sachets rather than the usual 20 in a tin. So for $16 I got two teas I was planning on ordering anyway.

Opening the Blueberry Green Tea,which contains Green tea, lemongrass, blueberry pieces, Blueberry flavor and cornflowers and vanilla. The smell was all blueberry on opening the tin. But when the water hit the bag in the teapot, the blueberry smell was strong and pure. It is a green tea so it is light in color and I loved it so much that I poured the remainder over ice and drank it on another walk. Would I recommend it? Heck yes! It is going to be a great summer tea iced.

Last night we went to dinner with Aunt Gayle at Outback. It’s so nice to be close to her. She lost her husband in December and they loved Outback, and OU Boy had never been to one before. They did it all from the Bloomin’ Onion to the Thunder from down under dessert. I had a salad. We talked and laughed and it was good to see her out and having a good time. We can walk to her house so she is close. When you are grieving it is so easy to just shut yourself off from going out, and it’s amazing what just a simple dinner with family can do for your spirit. We all left laughing about how full we were and what a good time we had.

I found out yesterday that our blogging world has lost Teacher of YA. Stephanie. Her sister didn’t have any reasons or details yesterday, but I know we all will miss her terribly and are sending much love to her family.

xx Patricia     Make a difference in someone’s day today. A smile. A kind word. You just never know.

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it’s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck-deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner–all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.

This is the 19th book in this series and I have read them all. For the characters, the setting and of course the tea and recipes! It’s like visiting with old friends.

The characters are still evolving and we have some new additions to the group. Drayton is even a bit looser in this one and we meet more of Haley’s family. Theodosia has a nice boyfriend and that is coming along nicely. We still have Tidwell, who I enjoy very much, but Detective Riley is more Theo’s cup of tea.

This one was also hilarious! Cat fights, and women behaving badly in public! Oh the horror in Charleston society.

Already waiting on the next one!  Great job.

I would like to take a minute to thank Cynthia  over at Making Peace With The Wrong Side of 40 for the really nice interview she did. Check out her blog. This lady is building a house! Not having a house built, building a house from scratch! She is inspiring and if I ever get voted off the island, I’m heading to her place! Fair Warning!

 

 

 

 

KINDNESS…IT’S So GANGSTER!

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Good Sunday Morning Y’all! It is a bit chilly this morning so I made a lovely Earl Grey London Fog, using Tazo Tea Organic Earl Grey Noir. It warmed me up enough to put a load of laundry in the washer.

This is the first Sunday we have had off together in a long time. OU Boy woke up and headed to Yukon to pick up our bedroom furniture and yesterday he made me a new kitchen table. Who knew he had woodworking skills?

We watched the GS Warriors embarrass the SA Spurs last night, switching between that and the hockey game. My Cubs won yesterday, so I am geared up for tonight’s match up at the Peake between the Thunder and the Jazz. Until then I will be hair up, hoodie on and reading Ms. Laura Child’s Plum Tea Crazy!

I hope you all have a peaceful Sunday and get all your chores finished before the games start!

xx