What The Heck is Orange Pekoe?

It’s already afternoon. Where did the time go? We’re inspired by the color orange today!

I have a funny tea related story to tell. My mother-in-law (May she rest in peace) saw me making tea one day. Now normally it’s already done. I’m talking about the iced and sweet variety we keep in the fridge. We’re southern. We go through a gallon a day and by we I mean OU Boy. Anyhow, she sees the teabags steeping and says, ” What the hell is orange pekoe?” Um, it’s the normal black tea everyone uses to make iced tea in America. Her:” I’ve never heard of it and I’m not drinking that shit.” Me: (inside head) Like I give a shit.

She passed away in September of 2014 after a short battle with Stage 4 lung cancer and OU Boy and I both lived with her and took care of her to the last day and she still wasn’t drinking that shit. Every morning she’d head to Sonic for a huge glass of the same stuff I made. Now we laugh about it all the time, with love, since she is currently residing in the closet of my office.

Yesterday we finally nailed down a date we could all live with for my eye surgery. June 25th. Armed with a small file folder full of prescriptions and alternate prescriptions we headed to the pharmacy. One tiny bottle of Combigan was $365.00. However, the two ingredients it is made from are only $28 total! My doctor is a genius at finding bargains. Now they have to order the others that will have to be done after surgery. I am so seriously cheap! I hate spending money on meds or food. I like my money where I can see it. In my closet.

I still haven’t watched the video but I did send my daughter in law my entire file along with the video so she can pick out which parts she thinks I should know. She’s in the business so I trust her.

And since the surgery is at the end of the month OU Boy says we can still go on vacation the second week! It all works out as it should somehow.

Have a great Thursday!

xx Patricia

Life steps in and laughingly says, “Oh, sweetie…no.”

On the Inspiration Board this morning is a picture from St. Thomas. Waiting for my English Breakfast Tea to steep and reading this really great book from Simone St. James.

We are at the end of May and I had such high hopes for June. June 28th is the 2 year anniversary of the dreaded corneal ulcer and the 2 years of treatments and surgeries. So this year I thought I was in the clear and could make plans to hit the beach for a week, go visit my sister, play a lot of golf and tennis and just be happy I don’t have the guard on anymore. But then Life steps in and laughingly says, “Oh, sweetie…no.”

Yesterday was my appointment with Dr. D at the eye institute. We had a heart to heart talk about my progress, why we are moving so slow and where is this all leading? Long story short this June will be no different from the last two. I am having surgery in a couple of weeks. My inbox was full of paperwork this morning as well as a video to watch which I will not do again. No,no. Normally I would have had a lens put back in during my second surgery but it turns out I was missing some rods and stuff to put the lens on. Good news is that I have a lot of good fluid back there, which usually lessens with age. Not mine. Nope. I like to keep as many original parts as possible. So they are going to put me to sleep and go in and surgically sew this new goretex stuff with the lens sewn onto my eyeball. This goretex is what OU Boy’s stints are made of and I will have to carry a card around telling people to back the f*** off my eye!

The reason we hadn’t talked much about this one is because it is risky and he needed to know I understood the risks, such as infection and losing the entire eyeball. Plus I’ll need general anesthesia because even with the twilight sleep stuff I fight the restraints on my arms. I have a strong sense of survival. So that’s that. I’ll be in post-op care for 90 days so there goes another summer down the tubes. But the good news again is that after this surgery they can start taking out stitches from the surgery a year ago when I received the transplant. I still have 11.

I have 5 new drops to fill and each one is around $300. So my lovely doctor broke them down to the 2 components in the one and those two are way cheaper than the one bottle, so it’ll mean more drops but I can still buy shoes.

I am not going to stress about this. I trust my surgeon 100%. He is one of the best in the world. I keep telling myself what a great healer I am. What a great nap I’m going to have. That now I’m a risk taker. Well that one maybe isn’t new. I mean I have no rod thingys because of previous head trauma so obviously I do risky stuff, but this is the right thing, I know.

Today I’m going to just drink tea and sit in the sunshine while I still can!

xx Patricia

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!

A NEW TAZO TEA! CUCUMBER WHITE

Hello Monday! No matter what you always show up, don’t you? This morning I wanted to tell you about a tea I found yesterday. It’s Tazo Cucumber White. The box states the ingredients as : White Tea, Lime Peel, Dandelion Leaves, Black Darjeeling Tea, Cucumber,Peppermint, Lemon Verbena and natural Lime Essence.

On opening the packet you get a lovely and light aroma of the lime and lemon verbena. After steeping it for 3 minutes it smelled lovely. The taste was refreshing and bright. It reminded me of the water I keep in the refrigerator. A carafe full of White Tea mixed with slices of lime, cucumber and mint. Only it’s hot. I loved it and will definitely be adding it to the iced rotation as well.

I especially liked the box which stated: Where do cucumbers go to unwind? A spa carved in the crevice of an iceberg, with blue cooling pools, white tea saunas and a swim-up bar lined with lime peel mugs filled with piping hot tea.

Cucumbers are apparently living the life! So that’s our tea for today. Now, grab that cup and listen to this!

Without mentioning names, Tommy came home Saturday and said, You are never going to believe it but there is a lady up at the club having a dog birthday party. Dog bowls full of water and treats, All kinds of doggy decorations and excess but I’m still thinking this is one of those little old ladies who thinks her dog is a child. WRONG!! Couldn’t be further from the truth. Going back to see, it was a birthday party for a kid who thinks he is a dog. He dresses like a dog, he eats out of bowls and barks. You know every mother there was talking trash about her parenting skills! I mean Corbin thinks he’s Spiderman but he knows he isn’t. Can you imagine these poor Junior League Mommas watching their offspring eating out of a dog bowl on the ground? This should have been on Lifetime for some reason. My Strange Addiction or My son, the dog.

What’s the craziest party you have ever been to? And if you’ve been to one of my out of this world kid’s birthday parties you better just hush.

Love and Kindness….Bless her heart!

xx Patricia

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

TODAY I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY

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I can’t believe it’s Friday already! I am working on a Tea Book themed Tea. This one couldn’t be any easier to do! You can get some from the library or a used book store and use them as props with a different tea showcased by each book.

The only thing better than a book is a book with tea. These are a few of my favorite books with tea as a theme. Of course you could use every single Laura Child’s Teashop Mystery Series, but I like to branch out a bit. I love the tea leaf reading one and that is an activity we will be trying.

So how was your week? Besides having a sick man-child yesterday mine was good. Maybe because I chose to be happy. In whatever circumstance I find myself, I’m still happy. Just to be here!

I hope you have a great week-end. Whether you are going to the Royal Wedding or flopping on a Slip and Slide, enjoy yourself! Rest, Read, and share a cup of tea with someone.

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

Thank You For Giving Me Life and Letting Me Keep It!

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I haven’t had a good Earl Grey London Fog Latte’ in forever so this morning I made an entire pot and drank it all by myself! It was beyond yummy.

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. A day to honor your Momma for giving you life and not killing you during your teenage years. She tried, but I’m squirmy and good at hiding.

This is one holiday I am always conflicted about. If you suffered abuse as a child, I think that’s pretty normal. I sat at the computer for a long time yesterday trying to send flowers. In the end, I couldn’t do it. It was too much of a reminder that we were required to get her flowers when she had run out of steam and people to beat or verbally abuse. My dad made us get flowers and apologize. Can you believe that? Apologize for getting abused? So it brings up a lot of dark feelings.

So I will say Happy Mother’s Day and move on. Have I forgiven her? No. I don’t know that I can. I have forgiven myself for not being a part of her life anymore. She may be 80 but her behavior hasn’t changed. She is still manipulative and has a tongue that could kill you. To this day she pits all of us against each other. Much like prisoners, she doesn’t want us getting together and comparing notes or we just may overthrow the kingdom.

I will love her for giving me life and that is all.

I wish all the rest of you a wonderful Mother’s Day! And even though she is no longer alive, Happy Mother’s Day Gracie! You raised me right and I’ll never forget you.

xx Patricia    headed out on an adventure tomorrow….look out Texas!

 

Feeling Anxiety? Try a “Grounding” Tool!

Good Morning! The heat is on here and we are switching our teas up. The strong black teas going to the back of the cupboard and the green and herbals going to the front. This morning it’s Harney and Sons Blueberry Green Tea. It’s light but so full of flavor and the aroma is heavenly. Most Barnes and Noble stores carry Harney and Sons.

Yesterday was a roller coaster of feelings. I was not calm, my hands were sweating so badly and I was snapping at everyone. We got home from the eye institute around 7 last night. It was a really long day.

Good news is that my corneal transplant is good. It is humming right along and all of my stitches are fine. It is a pressure problem. Normal eye pressure is 12 to 22 HG and mine was almost 40. This is not uncommon for those people, like me, who have been on massive amounts of steroid drops. I’ve been on them non-stop for almost 2 years now. They can cause cataracts and high pressure or high blood pressure in the eye. Is it a coincidence that I just went off my calming meds and get this? I don’t know but I have an appointment today with my Psychiatrist.

One thing you should know is that I am terrified of taking medicines that I have never taken before. So when Dr. Davis said “Do you have any kidney problems?” I thought oh heck, he’s going to give me some kind of pill. Sure enough he did. I don’t know what it is but it sucks all the moisture out of your body and leaves you with the driest mouth and throat! I drank so much water I was in the bathroom every 5 minutes. It goes straight through your kidneys. I was supposed to be on them for a few days at least but I had a strange reaction so we are sticking with pressure drops and reducing the steroids. By the time I left last night it was down to 18. I love how he said, “Well you may get to see your friend Dr. Bailey again, he specializes in steroid induced glaucoma and could do a quick procedure to help out.” Yeah, I don’t like him that much.

So today I go see my head doctor and will tell him that for now I’m going back on the meds. Dr. Davis said I need to. I am unable to calm myself physically and the meds help me with that. I prayed the other day that if I was going to have any eye issues let them show up before July, well, that one was answered! But I’m not willing to have this particular issue. So a smaller dose, but still controlling my blood pressure and my mind, I will just suck it up.

Thank you for all of your support yesterday. Today my eye is definitely feeling better. My shoulders are as sore as heck from stress, but that will go away eventually. I go back tomorrow so we shall see.

Have a great Tuesday and Stay Calm!   xx Patricia