Having Tea And Watching The Lawn Furniture Blow To Kansas.

This morning dawned sunny and bright but a bit chilly. Yesterday it was 82 degrees and so far today it’s 55 and turning darker by the minute with winds expected to be severe. So a nice cup of Chai Tea with almond milk was just the thing to warm my little heart with all of those yummy warming spices. I’ve already had to go get the lawn chairs once and I’m not doing it again. If they are in your yard, they are now yours!

Yesterday my sister posted about Tea!! The Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie. I’m so proud. Changing the world one cup at a time….

The pink eye crisis is over. I could tell yesterday that she was better. I had to go hide my basket of lip gloss. But we had a grand time. We made soup and drank tea out of martini glasses. We painted on a few rocks. We checked out the latest Mila and Emma video and then spent the rest of the day going over every page of InStyle Magazine gasping over the boots and wondering if the 70’s were making a comeback. I don’t care who you are those floral muu-muu’s are not attractive. We finally found a page of looks we would do but basically we spent hours going,” Oh my God, who would wear that out of the house???”.

Then we did a sniff test on all of my teas. I hold them under her nose and she has to tell me which tea it is. I have to say she is really good.

If you were wondering, and I’m sure you were not, I am making nothing for Thanksgiving. Zip, Zero, Nada. Number one reason is I can not stand a mess and I’m not cleaning that up. We will go to Auntie Anne’s and feast with family. At least that is what I thought. Turns out even though we aren’t frying our own turkey this year, OU Boy has received so many requests for fried cajun style turkey that he decided he’d do a few or more. But at least that is outside.

Enjoy your weekend! And remember “I’d rather not say” is a perfectly acceptable answer to “Did you enjoy the pie?” I’ve taken that up as my mantra. Whenever anyone asks me a question and I don’t want to lie. Cause, like, Santa and all that. Even though he sounds sort of pervy.

xx Patricia

Happy Sunday! If you need me I’ll be in the bed! Bring your own snack!

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Sunday morning is pretty gloomy and cold around here. It was and still is a multiple cups of tea day. My poor body keeps waking up at 5 a.m. every day since this time change. I’m not happy about that.

Yesterday and last night was dedicated to watching football and hoping Alabama would crash and burn. Mississippi State gave it a good try, but no. OU came through but Georgia lost and we wept. They had a perfect record.

Before I forget, if you don’t already know Starbucks is running a special through Monday on their Holiday flavors only. Buy one get one free! The flavors are Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee’ Latte, and Chestnut Praline Latte’. No coupon required. It is from 2 to 5 p.m.  Depending on where you live you may have different choices. I had the Caramel Brulee’ yesterday. Today I’m thinking the Chestnut Praline.

Luckily I get to hang out in bed all day. With a good book, Sophie Kinsella’s new one “Surprise Me!”, along with lots of pots of tea. Yesterday there would have been miniature lemon and red velvet bundt cakes. But like I said, that was yesterday.

Have a restful and peaceful Sunday no matter where you are. And if you are in the OKC area today Alexander McCall Smith is at Full Circle Books so go meet him and check out his series The #1 Ladies Detective Series.

xx Patricia

 

It was a dark and gloomy day….

Good Morning! I am not at all sure what is going on outside. It’s cold. But it’s also drizzling and gray. Gloomy, which makes for perfect tea and reading day.

I seriously needed this day of rain and gloom. I may have overextended myself on some books and I do not need the distraction of the sun or children playing outside. I need to read this stuff. I’m going to be in bed with a book and this lovely Earl Grey London Fog Latte’ that I made myself! My mouth is very happy.

Yesterday I was reading. In the tub, but you should always just assume that’s where I am. And no, the door bell didn’t ring but the phone did. It was the nurse scheduling my pre-op tests and measurements. 3 weeks. And I had to get out of the tub and tip toe into the kitchen where the big calendar lives to check dates. However I had not opened any  drapes or blinds so no one got their boxers in a wad.

After the call I got a bit anxious. I guess because it went from “We’ll call you with the date”, to “It’s a go and here’s your date.” I’ll admit I shed a few tears and then reminded myself that my surgeon is top in the country and I trust him 100%. Then I realized I need to refresh my summer tan before I climb on the operating table. I mean if I must have people ogle me while I’m snoring I need to be on top of my game. I can just imagine the conversation. ” Wow, that is one complicated eye surgery!” ” Yes it is Doctor Smart, but she sure does have a great tan and pedicure!”.

So for 3 weeks I can stress and work myself up and do damage to my body with the stress or I can ignore it the way I do most things. Yep, let’s try number 2.

Tonight cousin Emberly, who is also seven, is holding a fundraiser for families in Houston and her mommy Aunt Jessie has made enormous amounts of Grandma Laura’s famous Butter Cookies, which I ordered 6 dozen of. Those yummy nuggets of deliciousness will go into the freezer for over the holidays when company stops by and look! (gasp) homemade cookies!

  My Earl Grey London Fog Latte’ and my mutant eyeball gum. Courtesy of Harney & Sons Victorian London Fog.

xx Patricia    Have a peaceful Friday and enjoy some tea and cookies!

Hello November! Would You Like Some Tea? It’s Heavenly…

Good Morning Y’all! Waking up to a brand shiny new month is always exciting. Clean slates and all that. A beginning to what ever you desire. The sun is shining brightly this morning. It’s 48 degrees now but should be in the seventies.

I hope everyone made it through the night and no one is in a sugar coma. We never even had a kid knock on our door. So now all of that eyeball gum is mine.

    Pictures of  the seven-year old and the five-year old. Yes he is on the right. I’ll let you guess who he is.

The five-year old started Pre-K Monday. And the world wept. Okay, not the world but it was a sad day in Cowanville. No more babies. Now I’ll be reduced to smelling other people’s babies and deeply sighing.

 

Earl Grey  Have some nice Earl Grey today. It really is heavenly!

xx Patricia

Hello Weekend! Spread The Love!

Good Friday Morning to you all! This morning I am on my third cup of tea. A nice Rooibus Tea this morning. I personally like the one from Twinings, but there are quite a few out there that are very nice.

Yesterday I think we all found out that during the night folks do a lot of odd things in their sleep. I wondered what I did, if I do anything, which I doubted .

Him: You sleep with your mouth open and you snore.

Me: I do not.

Him: You also sleep just like Corbin. You just flop on top of people like an X and sleep there until someone throws you off.

Me: I do not.

Him: If anyone in the bed gets up for any reason you steal their spot.

Me: Uh Uh.

Him: You also have trouble accepting the truth.

Me: What???

Him: You heard me.

All I know is that I wake up every morning alone, like Cinderella and stretch for a few minutes and then stumble into the bath where I sit reading a book in the tub until OU Boy calls me and lets me know it’s time to get out and move on with my day.  I like to wait until  the very last-minute to get things done. And I can get a lot done in just a few hours.

It’s Friday, everyone needs a little love today, so don’t be stingy with it~ Toss that shit around like confetti! OH and all my friends on the coast….Jim Cantore just landed in Gulfport, y’all….we all know what that means! Be Safe!

xx Patricia

No, Ms. Anxiety, you may not spend the night!

The sun is shining brightly this morning into my office. Even though it feels dark outside. Waking up to another mass shooting. This time in Las Vegas at a Country Music concert with the shooter being an old white man from a retirement village.

It’s almost information overload. All over the planet our people are suffering and crying out for help, for change. Can we all remember that we are human? Like birds…there are many colors and sizes, but they are all birds. The same is true for us. We have to at the very least respect each other and keep our nose out of other people’s business, because that never ends well. You can start handing out advice to other countries and people only if your own house is in order. And even then only if they ask.

People have no idea anymore what is true or not true on the news. Unless you are there yourself you don’t know for sure what is going on and why. And shame on you journalists who don’t go do your own research and dig for the truth. Shame on you! And shame on you Donald Trump! You are quite possibly the worst bully I have ever met. Your divisive language and name calling is low and shameful for us all. I think you need a real Come To Jesus meeting with my Momma.

So today Anxiety may come out to play and I may shed some tears and feel hopeless and helpless, but tomorrow I will be back. With my own research and my own opinions. Locked and Loaded. So Ms. Anxiety don’t get too comfy here. Your room has been rented out.

xx Patricia

The Birthday Boy Turns 5! There’s Cake!

The birthday boy had a great time at his party. If you are going to have a ton of children, then Gigi’s house in the country is the place to go! Wide open spaces for a bunch of wild and high on sugar boys to run around and yell. Which they do for no reason.

Mike manned the grill and everyone brought something to contribute. There were even gluten free cupcakes with chocolate ganache made by Aunt Jamie and oh they were so good! Aunt Jessie did the Spiderman cake and there was webbing and spiders everywhere! Inside and Outside.

The pinata was highly competitive. Tears were shed. Candy was hoarded like it was a novelty they would never encounter again. Of course when it’s a party of boys and cousins at that, opening gifts which were all Spiderman or Batman related led to some tears and sharing issues. Corbin is really good at sharing, so as soon as his little cousin burst into tears the Batmobile was turned over.

OU Boy got kicked in the crotch by one of the boys while pushing the swings. He fell to the ground with tears in his eyes and the rest of the boys took that to mean it was time to pile on and wrestle. Poor man. Even though I had promised Corbin I wouldn’t hold the baby cousin, I did. Seriously holding new babies is like Xanax. One smell and I’m gushing. And baby Cole gushed his breast milk into my crotch. But he was so cute I didn’t care.

Everyone had to eat real food before they could have cake. Corbin negotiated me down to one bite of a hotdog. Which he chewed once and spit in my hand. It was gross. His words. He knew it was a technicality but it was his birthday so he won.

So all in all it was a great evening with family and friends and Thanks to GiGi for hosting!  Oh and I asked Corbin how it felt being 5 and he said, well I’m almost 6 now! Yeah, just wait until you’re 29 and holding on to that year for all you’re worth!

I love you my boy!

xx Patricia

Happy Birthday Baby!

I gave everyone advance notice that today is Corbin’s birthday and I will be that obnoxious person who posts tons of pictures today!

Our baby is turning 5 today. Not a baby anymore. This little guy has been the best gift I ever received from Mike and Jodi.

He is smart as a whip, extremely funny and honestly believes that Spiderman is a career choice for him.

Last Sunday we were having a chat about him turning 5 and he was adamant that he was too old for parties and presents and such. And anyway he was thinking of skipping 5 and going to 7. He has no intention of going to school he says.

He is well aware he has us wrapped around his little fingers. He and OU Boy alone are a mutual admiration society. Neither of us can say no to him. But he’s seriously so well-behaved that you rarely have to say anything to him unless it’s about his sister who he would gladly leave at the Fire Department!

He is fearless and has an imagination that I wish all children had. I love that even when he ‘falls out’, as we say in the South, he is actually just lying on the floor in Child Pose. No screaming or thrashing about. Just a limp noodle on the floor.

I love this little boy with all my heart and soul. If he is the future, we are all in good hands and will be golfing and drinking chocolate milk with powdered donuts and wearing Spiderman outfits. And he would make sure there was always some tiny treat left at the Fairies door.

Today we will celebrate his birth and a big Thank You to Mom and Dad for this amazing little boy!

We love you Lovey! Happy Birthday!

xx Patricia

Tea: A Gateway Drug…

It’s Friday! You made it through another week! Raise a cup for that! I have to say this Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea is a real winner for me! The smell alone had me smiling. It will definitely be a Fall/Winter staple at my house!

The other day when I was searching through all the tea sites I found this recipe for using Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea with Fireball for a hot toddy. Heck yeah! That idea is getting  used this football season.

Yesterday to keep my mind occupied I started Fall cleaning. I took the refrigerator apart and cleaned it and labelled all of the bins. Same with the stove only I didn’t label it since we aren’t really that close. Scrubbed every cupboard in the house. Got the slip covers on the sofas, got all clean pillows and bedding, and cleaned all the vents. And you won’t believe this but I already have dinner done for tonight! Yep, I put it in the crock pot last night and this morning Voila! dinner!

Tonight we are going to see the Kingsmen sequel. I loved the first one so much I’ve seen it like 5 times. And I never watch anything more than once. If you have Netflix, you should really watch The Five by Harlan Coben. It was on Sky TV in the UK last year and I think on Canal in France. I watched it more than once. It is just as wonderful as his books. So if you get a chance watch it!

Have a great Friday! Make someone elses day great too. Smile! Be Kind! Do what you can to help just one person today.

xx Patricia  bluebird

 

New Autumn Teas and Some Old Favorites! It’s Fall Y’all!

According to ‘people’ it’s Fall. Or Autumn, whichever you prefer. It’s still hot as hades here and humid too, but we are not going to complain at all when we know our fellow human beings are having a pretty rough time of it this month.

It can be overwhelming. Which is always where tea comes in. A few precious moments to sit and think healing thoughts for our neighbors and our planet. A time out from the constant barrage of bad news. You will drive yourself crazy if you don’t.

My favorites are the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon and the Tazo Baked Cinnamon Apples. Although I won’t say no to any of them!

For those of you keeping track, I had a stitch taken out of my eye yesterday. Only 13 left to go. Yesterday was one of those at the eye surgeons office for hours days. We marked time by how many HGTV shows came on. And people watched. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I did notice that there are quite a lot of people who wear their pajamas and house slippers in public. I just can’t figure this phenomenon out. Every time I leave the house I hear my Momma’s voice in my head asking if my undergarments match. But these folks aren’t even getting dressed! I’m pretty sure this is where the break down in our society is coming from. People not even caring if they have on clothes, must less making sure they match! I tried to ask one why, but OU Boy was there reminding me to Be Nice. Which is apparently something he believes he has to do to save Oklahoma from me pointing out the obvious

Anyway, the taking out of the stitch makes OU Boy queasy so he leaves the room. To make up for that he took me to the new Super Grocery Store that just popped up across the street from Wal-mart. They had bulk bins for everything! Organic, GF, Dairy Free and it was all so nice and clean! They even had an in-house Sushi Chef and let me tell you, I may not be into the gas station sushi, but this stuff was amazing! I ate two samples and then bought some for dinner. I also bought a few of every root vegetable they had, as it is that season. Then I got to the check out and the lady had to ask me what each and every item was. Seriously? You have never seen a turnip or a parsnip or a beet for craps sake?

It was about that time that OU Boy pointed out we may need to just hush and go on home and take a Xanax. So we did. Then we snuggled up on the sofa and watched television while I moaned and whined about how bad my eye hurt. He was happy to put me to bed. He was gone when I got up and it is his day off, so I’m not sure if he’s just had enough or I forgot he had somewhere to be.

Have a good Wednesday and Be Nice! Be Thankful!

xx Patricia