AUGUST, The Sunday of Summer!

Hello August! You came way too soon. Unless you have children in school, then we love you! This has been a week of promised but not delivered rain. We do need rain. The sun has shown up with a vengeance. Over 100 is my type of weather!

This mornings tea is brought to you by Taylor’s of Harrogate. Lemon Ginger. So good and so good for you! For the first time in a long time, I don’t have any books releasing today. I am caught up with reading through November and the pool is now my home.

We have had some really big changes in our lives this summer. OU Boy received a big promotion at work with another one promised by the end of the year that involves traveling! He goes around singing some reggae song about my occupation is a vacation now. We are probably in the best shape we’ve ever been in physically and emotionally. Our #lifegoals are coming together like a good gumbo!

Our kids have been busy transforming the school bus and becoming a part of the #skoolie movement. They work lots of overtime and lots of sweat time to reach their own life goals. Corbin and Charli Ava are growing like weeds!  There is lots of wedding planning and shopping and prep going on. Everyone finally has their outfits.

 

Corbin’s shirt is adorable. He has his daddy’s scrunchy face look there and with his hair down you can see he did a little trimming of a piece of hair that kept getting in his mouth. By himself. The girls aren’t showing theirs. We want the boys to be surprised!

So planning weddings, meeting goals, smashing goals, drinking a lot of tea and thinking I may retire this year. This weekend will be the first official weekend off for OU Boy and we have great plans to go to bed, the fridge, the pool and back to bed! God, we are exciting! LMAO

Enjoy the day!

xx P

Birthday and Shopping Fun and the Convent

Good Monday Morning! It’s rather dreary looking this morning but the sun is trying to peek out. Miss Charli turned 9 on Saturday and we did our usual to spend the night and go shopping.

First up was her presents and then the mall where we bought a mixed box of macarons and then to Dillards so she could pick new shoes. Papa handled that. I handled the My Body Book. Which turned out to be more than poor OU Boy could handle. He looked at Book 2 and saw a demonstration of how to put on a pad and immediately shut that down by telling her she is moving to a convent.

She bought herself a new swimsuit and a lava lamp of all things. When we went out to the pool, we decided to do the scene from Stranger Things 3 where all the moms are posing at the pool waiting for Billy the lifeguard to walk by. Yes, we are nerds. Then I saw the picture and thought, there is no way I was this confident at 9! Nope. Then OU Boy saw the picture and once again threw the nuns in the mix. The picture of the two of them was just last summer and my goodness has she sprouted up!

She also installed a bunch of apps on my phone and tablet that I now have to get rid of as I don’t play Roblox or whatever that is!

We had fun and so did she!

xx P

Summoning Aquaman and a trip to the Pokey!

Friday!  I hope you all had a good holiday yesterday. I never left the house. We had a sleepover with the kids Saturday and Sunday morning a little boy woke me up at the break of dawn.

Why? Because Stranger Things 3 came out yesterday on Netflix and we sat in our jammies and binge-watched until late last night. We only paused for tea and bathroom breaks. I did hear the part of the trump speech where he said we rammed the ramparts and stormed the airports in the War of 1812. WTF?

Day two of the trip I was up early and Tommy and I headed for the beach to watch the dolphins and the turtles. Tommy is not a sea person. None of these people were sea people. By day 2 they had been to the Urgent Care with second-degree burns. There was a trip to the Turtle Sanctuary to watch them release the turtles and then off to the Pirate Ship! These were my people. Aunt Gayle and I tried summoning Aquaman but got dolphins instead.

It was amazing and I drank 7 daiquiris that day. More than I drink in 7 years, but they sold it by the gallon just like home and I needed it for this group. Later we hung with the rest of the Pirate Nation for adult fun. Somewhere in our racing golf carts on the beach, Tommy lost his wallet. With my bank card in it. As soon as we realized it was gone Tommy went on a wild hunt at the beach. Then, my phone rang and it was the local police. A local had turned in the wallet before we knew it was gone! With everything in it! We were amazed and had to go to the police station to pick it up. Tommy wanted to know how they got my phone number from his wallet? Forever a mystery love. The cops, there were two. The station was tiny. We were having a fine time with law enforcement until Tommy says, “Boomer Sooner”. If you are from Texas then you bitterly hate OU and vice versa. They immediately threw up the Hook ’em Horns sign and before we got locked up I claimed the SEC. I wasn’t going down with that particular ship!

Stay tuned for Day 3 where we all play Cards Against Humanity. Sober as a judge I won my first time playing. And sometime in the early morning hours, I threaten to remove someone’s testicles.

Have a nice day y’all!

xx P

On The First Day of Vacay: WACO

I’m back! And alive. Relatively unscathed. Never have I ever wanted or needed to go to Waco, Texas. And yet here we are. Tommy and I checked in at the hotel and headed to The Silos to see Chip and Joanna Gaines and all things Magnolia.

A tip: Leave your car at the hotel and Uber there. Traffic is a nightmare with a 4-year road construction project as well as no parking and lots of tour buses. I talked to the locals and while we may like the Gaines family, the locals are not thrilled.

The first stop was the Bakery. I got 2 of each. We had Peach Cobbler with a graham cracker bottom, Lemon Lavender, Strawberry Lemonade and Chocolate. That peach cobbler was amazing. I did not share it. I hid them in my cooler. And when the cousins who brought their tiny terrorists were ready for bed, I gave every one of their children who were running the halls a cupcake! At 10 p.m.  And we laughed and laughed!

With all of the road work, it was a nightmare! I did love the Texas shaped waffles which we fixed for said children with lots of syrup.

Stay tuned for the part where I have to go to the jailhouse!

xx P

 

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME!

Wednesday! I’m still working on my mug of breakfast tea. It’s been a busy few days here. Storms almost every night, but nice days. The pool has been our place of residence.

Sunday we went to Incredible Pizza, which is Chuck E. Cheese on steroids. Roller coasters, bumper cars, go-carts, bowling, laser tag, mini-golf and lots more. We had spent the day cleaning out my closet and Charli put on a fashion show. When it was time to go to the pizza joint aka hell, she just wore my dress. We just took a zip tie and pinched the back straps together and she had a maxi dress. Corbin, on the other hand, wanted to wear his underwear. Instead, he wore shorts and a man bun. This wasn’t the hill I wanted to die on so whatever.

I went on a roller coaster for the first and last time. I screamed so loud the boys left mini-golf to check on us. We got spun and rolled and I kept seeing the same lady across from me and we just waved. Later I found out that was a mirror. Charli and I road raged a lady at go-carts. And my hips will never be the same after bumper cars. But bowling? I nailed that!

Monday Corbin came bounding in my room with his tablet and his underwear and stopped short. “What’s he doing in my spot?”. Tommy was off. And sick. All day. He has been eating my way. Clean and unprocessed, no bread or white food. He had pizza and ice cream and paid for it the next day. So we headed to the pool and ate strawberries and watermelon.

Recitals were held. Ballet and Hip Hop. Last ball game tonight and we are going to miss it. It’s also our cousins 18th birthday and she is here from Washington to go on vacation with us to Texas, so we are going to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner tonight.

Last evening Tommy and I went and had mani-pedis so our feet are pretty for vacay. Today he is going golfing and I have to work. I hope y’all had a fun weekend!

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!

TEA MAIL AND AWARDS!

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It’s difficult to be flippant today. We had an entire town disappear! And Missouri, we are with you in spirit. We are in for more tonight. Things have already been re-scheduled for earlier in the day. I’m over this now.

Yesterday the postman brought me these lovely teas from Harney & Sons Teas. I needed those iced ones! And the Ginger Peach is new to me. I don’t usually like anything peach flavored. I’m from Georgia, I know what a peach should taste like.

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This one had such a smooth, almost creamy taste and the peach was not flavoring. Just smelling it took me back to home and blanching millions of peaches (peaches for free), for Gracie to bake into pies and cobblers. It’s a keeper!

Last night we went to La Baguette for dinner and I discovered this!

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A Basil Gin Gimlet. Dear Lord was it good. It’s the only picture I took because this isn’t Burger King. Tommy embarrassed me by ordering Dr. Pepper and then getting sick in the bathroom. Poor thing is still sick. I had the blackened snapper with Jasmine Rice and asparagus. For dessert, Vanilla Creme Brulee’.

Speaking of things re-scheduled, the school awards ceremony was pushed from later today to this morning. And this guy! Corbin won awards for Best Author and Best Storyteller! I am so proud I couldn’t love him anymore! Now I need to go get him a proper gift.  Maybe a Mont Blanc pen and a leather journal. LMAO This is the same 6-year old that  I gave a printer and computer to at Christmas.

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We are all praying everyone stays safe during this weather outbreak.

Enjoy your Thursday Y’all!

xx P

Feeling Rather Dotty Today

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Sipping on some Harney & Sons Bartlett Pear Loose Leaf Tea this morning. It has lovely little bits of dried pear that are so yummy.

Absolutely Pearfect

I just did not sleep well last night. Woke up with a headache and now I’m calmly sipping and writing while my Russian neighbor may be really pissed at her son or someone is trying to kill her. Either way I’m watching through the drapes. I have never seen a grown man be so dramatic before. So not a hit man I’m guessing.

I have been looking at vacation spots for August. In June I’m going to New Orleans and boarding a cruise ship. Hey, Jamaica, I’m coming back….  All by myself. Yes. I am going on a cruise by myself. I love cruises. Out on the open water and doing nothing but eat, sleep,tan. Heaven.

I’ve been working on painting a polka dot teapot. There is just something so cheery about polka dots. I’m obsessed, mildly.

Have yourself a great Thursday!

xx P

The Anxiety Fairy Brought Reinforcements!

Tuesday! I barely made it through Monday. It was touch and go for a long time! An entire full-blown anxiety attack and panic attack.  On those days I think hard about moving to a convent and taking a vow of silence.

To re-cap, Friday night was Cultural Arts Night at school. Tommy and I were volunteering in the Screen Printing Room with artist Sarah Kickingbird. Jodi was the door keeper and I left Tommy with Sarah and took Corbin to see the performance by the OKC Ballet. This was the one and only time there was complete silence the entire night. The kids were in awe of the storytelling done by this talented duo.

Our Fiber Art artist was none other than Jamie Lopp (@midwestmigrant) aka Aunt Jamie. We made key chains. I did not. I am smart. The little boy who had it down from knot one kept “helping” me until I tied my own final knot. That kid is going far in leadership and I had someone else do my work. Win.  Fred gave us a quick Cartoon Drawing lesson. Corbins was really good. We went to try out some instruments the OKC Philharmonic brought but as soon as a little boy tried a violin Corbin was out. We gelli painted instead. Then we went home and died. Staring at the wall.

Saturday night was a sleepover and Sunday was list day. Jodi and Mike are flying to D,C, to pick up this bad boy

The plan is to drive it back and gut the inside and live in the bus while they build a house on their land. I have been locked in a fight with the Anxiety Fairy over this. No one has ever driven a bus before! I am stressed. Then Mike calls and says don’t worry about the bus, worry about the airplane! The Anxiety Fairy called in reinforcements and I shut down.

We have lists of ball practices and games, lunches ready to pack and breakfasts in the freezer. I reminded Corbin Thursday is picture day and asked if he wanted to bring a comb for his hair or should I come up and do it? He looked at me like I had two heads and said, ” No. No. If this is how school is going to be I’m going back to Pre-K!” apparently combing his hair at school is a deal breaker.

So the postman brought bunches of packages to my door this weekend~ My new white comforter, lots of teas and this cute seahorse infuser that I found at The Spice and Tea Exchange . More tomorrow on all the new teas~

Wish us luck. I keep asking Mike and Jodi if they are coming back. Don’t leave me here with these tiny terrorists. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus please.

xx P