CHOCOLATE MINT ROOIBOS TEA AND A TALE

Friday Finally! Meet Octavia Tea’s Chocolate Mint. Caffeine-Free Rooibos. Chocolate and mint, yum. The Rooibos gives it a zip that I love and it’s similar to a Junior Mint. Very smooth. This one does contain milk/soy products so if you aren’t doing either, skip this one. It didn’t bother my tummy at all.

I love this clever book. It comes out in July and is a lot like mean girls club!

I have spent the entire morning going through closets trying to decide what to pack for vacation. I have two piles since I leave for another trip almost as soon as we return from Padre. Tommy called and I asked him how many outfits he was bringing. He said 3. Shorts, tee shirts and swimsuits. So far my list is:

6 swimsuits, 6 dresses, 6 pairs of shoes, workout clothes and shoes, 4 pairs of shorts and 4 tops, cover-ups for the beach, 2 purses, a blender, French Press, 25 types of tea and I still have to buy 2 pairs of sandals. Plus toiletries and potions. I’ll grocery shop when we get there. I’m just not sure what is in the house already so I’m thinking of bringing my own sheets too.  Tommy thinks we need to rent a van now. He’s funny.

Tonight we are having dinner with the kids as they have some news.  No one is dying and no one is pregnant, so I’m going to act very surprised when they tell me they are finally getting married! We let Corbin and Charli pick the restaurant which wasn’t the best idea as they chose S & B Burger Joint.

I hope your Friday is all that you want it to be!

xx P

The One Where We Go To The Ballpark and Come Home With a Black Eye!

Hello, you big yellow sun! How about we get together in a bit? I’m feeling in the pink today.

First, Momma solved the mystery. It was my brother who sent the Ensure. I so knew that. For Mother’s Day. I’m surprised he didn’t just send a coffin. He is the least sentimental person I know. Lawyers! But she was good with it. She likes the Strawberry ones.

Mr. Smokes is doing well. He was waiting at the door last night for his dinner and was purring happily. Then we had to drive to Wheeler Park for Charli Ava’s softball game, which they won!!!  Okay, so the other team didn’t have enough players to play or a coach. So we are still 3 and 0. Due to all of the rain, it’s been impossible to get everyone there but our team scrimmaged and part one was hilarious and part two was not.

Every time she gets on first she and the little boy are smiling and chatting. I told her to stop talking to him, but no.  So, he is playing first base and she hits a ground ball and he tags her out as she steps on base. I went into the dugout and she says, ” Why was I out?”

“Well, honey because he is not your friend. When you are on the field you have to ignore those boys because they are just trying to throw you off your game. During the game, they are the enemy.”  She wanted a challenge on the ruling. Her daddy told her to learn how to use her ‘girliness’ to her advantage. It’s a good thing she’s smart.

Corbin and I were sitting on the first bench of the bleachers when out of nowhere a ball brutally hit me in the face. In the eye. The eye with stitches in it. I had my sunglasses on and they were knocked off. It could have been worse. I have a black eye but hopefully no damage that I can tell. My son was upset because neither the kid or the parents apologized. This kid was throwing the ball in the bleachers! The parents just stood there looking at me. Being my child, Mike wasn’t letting it go and proceeded to make a speech about people not watching their children or teaching them accountability.

We have one more game to go to on Saturday and then I’m not going anywhere near balls!

Y’all have fun!

xx P

The Mysterious Case of the Amazon Box

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Thank you all for your kind and supportive words. Yesterday was hard. Lots of tears were shed and then we watched a show that gave us a good cleansing cry. Sometimes you just need that.

But my day was also hilarious. Weird, but true. In the morning I received a text from my Momma asking if I had sent her a case of Ensure from Amazon. There was no card or anything to say who sent it. I waited a bit until my 3 sisters all sent messages asking if I had done it because they had not. I called Momma last night and asked if she had solved the mystery yet. No. She said, ” I know it was you because it’s Strawberry and you know I don’t like the other two flavors.” I didn’t say yes or no.

My Momma is a tiny little thing. We have trouble keeping weight on in our family and she weighs 83 pounds and is trying to gain a few pounds to keep her doctor off of her back.  Did I send the Ensure? I have no idea! Things show up at my house and I have no idea if I ordered them or if someone wants a review. Or maybe I night shop, like Tommy sleep eats.  I will, however, take credit and bank some good daughter points.

Today I shall lie on my new float in the pool and read Harlan Coben. I will be as happy as a bird with a french fry!

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

Happy Birthday, Times Two!

Happy Birthday, Momma! A true Charleston girl doing her thing. She is definitely one of those southern ladies who are oh so polite and sweet but has a spine of pure steel. I learned all my favorite cuss words from her. I also learned that if you want stuff in this world, you need to get off your ass and work for them!

She raised four daughters and none of us have been in jail. The bar is kind of low on that side. Also, it’s rather high. My momma’s people have been here forever. They fought in the Revolutionary War, signed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, fought for the Confederacy, served in every war and I am proud of her and them.

So what is the best thing you can give your Momma on her birthday? This! Her first grandchild!

Happy Birthday, Bradley David! My momma was there when you were born and I swear that 36 hours of labor was her doing! Just so you could be her birthday baby. And spoiled rotten first grandchild.

I am so proud of this man! He is passionate about history, the Cubs, golf and his family. Plus he gave me this cutie pie next to him. I love him more than words can say.

Enjoy your weekend y’all!

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

Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, Keeping The Anxiety Fairy at Bay!

Wednesday. So far no rain. For elevenses today I wanted this Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice. Tastes just like a Fireball. Not the liquor. The candy! I am full of cinnamony goodness at the moment. Cinnamon is a warming spice. Gets your blood going and this is the best one I own.

Yesterday morning we found out we slept through storms. We hauled all of our stuff outside to the pool. Music, water, books, the Do Not Disturb hats and parked ourselves there. 10 minutes later we decided we needed to run to the Hyatt as one of the ladies was leaving for another opportunity and we had a gift. As we pulled in some lovely Georgia ladies were leaving and gave us 4 padded bleacher seats! They were headed home after the Women’s College World Seris. UCLA took it this year but OU gave it their best shot. Then we thought we’d have a swim in their pool. Lasted 5 minutes. I don’t know where their wind comes from on that side of town but I got tired of tracking down my hat and shoes.

We evened out our tans and then one of us took a nap and one of us read 2 books.

I made an epic decision yesterday morning. Putting aside my anxiety and snobbery, I committed to going to Port Aransas the last week of June. I can do this. We called people and committed. Tommy can’t go so I’ll go with Aunt Gayle, who I am most comfortable with. We’ll be going in a family caravan so Tommy will take a picture as we leave for the orange man to show a caravan headed South to the border! LMAO

And now I must go linger in the bath for a couple of hours reading ‘A Ladie’s Guide To Gossip and Murder’ by Diane Freeman. Don’t you love the title?

xx P

 

Hello June, You Hot Little Number You!

Sunday reading day. I have deadlines. I don’t want to get too cocky but the sun has been out ALL day! Now I’m suspicious. What will tonight bring?

I received a wonderful new shipment of teas which I’ll start tomorrow. I also received a perfect little black dress from Mudpie!

   It is adorable. It is a poly crepe, so not see through at all. And it has 3 panels draping the front. Hard to see but it is so adorable. Thanks for the little bag too. My markers have a new home. So now I’ve let everyone know I have a new funeral dress if they want to go ahead and kick off during the summer. My mother was not amused.

The finger is not hurting bad enough to complain about it. Although we all know I don’t need much of a reason. This is about to get real so you can’t say you weren’t warned! I have Crohn’s. I have problems digesting food. I also was knocked in the head a few weeks ago and had to take meds that made me ….um…. constipated. Whew! I was bloated and angry and asking everyone I knew what to do. With Crohn’s, I don’t get constipated. EVER. Every person had a solution and 99% of them had to do with taking a pill of some sort or drinking some god awful concoction. I’m not doing that. But today without even trying I found the cure. Watermelon. A bowl of watermelon and 10 minutes later I lost 5 pounds. How could I not remember this? I grew up eating watermelon in the field. So there you have it, folks.  Once again, a plant comes to the rescue!

Also in my appointment book for today, there is one word. Wyatt. I do not recall knowing a Wyatt. So Wyatt, if you’re out there, maybe give me a call and let me know what we’re doing today?

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

Is The Ark Coming? Will There Be Tea?

Saturday and blue skies all around. Already over 80 and very muggy. Which doesn’t bode well for the weather later today. Feeling much better today, but I’m not pushing it.

Last night since we were draped over the sofa whining, we didn’t get to do any storm spotting. Remember our spot? Well, this happened over there. Along with a couple of church roofs peeling back. So I guess we were fortunate to have not been there.

   Since I was up early this morning, I made Cherry Chocolate Chip Scones and had some Harney & Sons Chocolate Tea. I also filled the cookie jar up and now I’m done. The pool and this story are calling my name!

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

xx P