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

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!

 

A CUP OF TEA, A BOOK, AND RAIN…Bliss!

Ah, the smell of the earth when it rains. It started raining yesterday afternoon and let up sometime early this morning. With a cup of Earl Grey and not one but two cozy mysteries lined up, it’s the perfect day to snuggle in your hoodie and sip and read.

A lot of really good cozies from Kensington and Crooked Lane Books came out today so congratulations to Y’all!’

Have y’all been watching that little genius show with Neil Patrick Harris? I mean these 9 year olds are doing college level math in their heads! After a half hour of watching this I turned to Tommy and said, “Oh my gosh, our kids are slackers!”. Then I turned on Steve Harvey and the show he hosts and there is a 8-year-old girl singing like an opera singer. Yep, slackers, everyone!

Even though two of them have the voices of angels. One knows every Beatles song by heart and has since she was about 3! The other one wants to be Taylor Swift but is easily distracted by shiny objects. And of course Corbin who is a straight up genius and will happily pontificate on any subject you may think you know!

Seriously I love my little slackers. They play every sport imaginable. They have great dance moves. They love the planet and don’t eat dead animals or litter ( that was for Corbin). And I want them to enjoy every minute of childhood. It goes by so quickly. I love that they actually try things before they decide they do or do not like them. I love their imaginations and shared love of knock knock jokes. They have good manners, they are good students and I feel secure leaving my world to them someday. And as for the math geniuses…well I was in Finance for many years and not once since being an adult has anyone ever asked me the square root of anything! How about you?

Hope your Tuesday is going well! Make time for a cup of tea and heck, let’s toss in a biscuit or two!

xx Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWINING’S Earl Grey De-Caf Tea

Hope your snow is melting and you see some signs of Spring! I was pleasantly surprised at lunch Sunday when I ordered Earl Grey Tea. It was from Twinings and it was De-Caf! So I had one to enjoy then and another packet to enjoy later.

It was really a nice tea. Fragrant, light, and even my lunch mate enjoyed it!

Thank you all for the support and kind words. I have worked through all the feelings and although I am not happy with what happened, I now have a better understanding of why. The why wasn’t meant to be malicious or salacious. It was just a bit of bragging that I would have rather not have done on my behalf.  After quite a few tears on both sides, for me, it’s over. I have forgiven and I have made myself clear because not everyone is a mind reader.

And the love that I have for this person exceeds any disappointment I felt. And by holding onto any lingering anger, I’m only hurting myself. And I’m at a point in my life where I don’t want any negative energy around me. Or in me.

Everyone is back home today. Although this morning was a bit of a rough start. The kids are thrilled with the coffee table turned chalkboard. It’s great to practice handwriting and drawing. It was good for everyone to get away for a couple of days. You come back with more patience and an appreciation for your own bathroom!

We are making vegan meatballs and spaghetti for lunch today and after that I think we all need a nap. I’m being very kind to myself today so I may toss in some garlic bread!

xx Patricia   Enjoy your day! Be kind to yourself. And don’t assume people are mind readers.  P.S. They aren’t.

Seriously, I am not a hoarder…she said

Morning Y’all! I think the wind may have subsided for a bit. At least there aren’t lawn chairs flying through the air. Yesterday was so bad I couldn’t even open the car door!

Today I’m sitting in the office, avoiding work, chatting with my sister and sipping on my morning Irish Breakfast Cuppa. It’s also tea ordering day. If you looked at the tea cupboard you’d never know those suckers are stacked 3 to a row! Backups of everything.

It’s also time to get rid of the odd chipped teapot or cup or saucer and I’m looking at all of these different ways to  re-purpose them. I’ve done the candle making thing and I’m kind of over that. A few are being saved for fairy houses and I’m loving the bird feeder idea.

It doesn’t help when you have a great partner in crime to point out all of the cute cups and saucers and pots that you really need. I am a tea hoarder addict. It’s not like I keep the empties.

On another note I have started wearing a rubber band on my wrist. Now instead of things just falling right out of my mouth I snap my band and look away. I am really trying not to give unsolicited advice. I’m finally at a point in my life where everything is on point. I trying to be grateful and to do that I need to stop being judgy. Oh, yes I am judgy! I judge you on your football team. I judge you on your meat-eating ways. I judge you on your choice of pajama pants at Wal-Mart. So if you would all just jump on the Plant Based Diet, the Florida State Seminoles, and put on some damn pants, I think I can do this!

xx Patricia     Be Nice,Drink Tea and don’t be judgy.

 

 

 

I MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING GOOD..

It’s the weekend! This mornings tea is brought to you by Ahmad Teas Lemon & Ginger. I woke up with a bit of a tender tummy this morning and this is just the tea to soothe that. I’m sipping tea, talking to y’all and watching the sun pour through the window and the birds that are building a nest in the cable box outside are obviously not in agreement on the design as they are getting a bit pissy with each other.

This has been an interesting week. Last Friday I had some wonderful news and a very unexpected gift that enabled me to retire from one job that required pants and shoes and to be able to pour all of my time and energy into my tea goals and to move in another direction writing reviews for certain publishers only.

Tommy reached the pinnacle of his goals and as his boss put it, “this is life changing for you”. And it is.  Every day of the week brought great things and I thought it just couldn’t get any better when out of the blue I heard from my sister. We haven’t spoken in years which was sad because we were the best partners in fun! We got to the root of the problem and along with my other sisters we’ve decided to write a book about it.

4 sisters, 3 cousins, all in therapy and taking anxiety meds. Common thread? Our mothers. This isn’t a bash your mother book. It is a story of survival and love and communication and trust. It’s the story of how we found our way back from tragedy and manipulation and became strong women. I don’t care if anyone reads it. But we need to get it out of our head and leave it on the page.

In my life I hold a tight rein on everything. Control. I never lose control. But a few weeks ago I gave up. I couldn’t do it anymore. Nothing was in my control. The minute I did that, good things couldn’t have rolled through the door fast enough! Some of us heard the words I am so proud of you for the first time ever from a parent! We’ve cried tears of joy with our friends and our work family.

And all I want to say is I am grateful. I will not mess this up. I will sing along with Julie Andrews…Nothing ever comes from nothing, nothing ever could. So somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.

xx Patricia   Believe in yourself. Have Courage. Don’t be an idiot.

Happy Birthday to my Bestest Friend!

Happy Birthday to the guy who has made me laugh for 15 years. 39 years old today! Enjoy this year because the next one is a biggie!

I hope you enjoy your Adult coloring bag of goodies. Honestly I’ve never seen anyone so excited for markers, pens and colored pencils! It is a great stress reliever I hear.

You are my best friend and the best guy I know! I love you and I like you!

Now I’m taking my fevered self back to bed with a book and a London Fog Latte’. For some reason I don’t understand there is no school today and yet there is not a snowflake to be seen! But if Oklahoma isn’t going to give the teachers a raise after 10 years of no raises and low pay, I say call every day a snow day!

xx Updates from the plague ridden.

Have Some Tea, It Will Get Better

Well we made it to Friday. Today I’m using my coupons to re-stock the tea stash. Who knows what I’ll find! It’s like a treasure hunt. And it is supposed to be in the 80’s again today. Now if the wind would stop blowing it would be perfect!

I’m just going to tell you that it has not been a perfect week. Not even close, although my flu symptoms are doing better. It’s been one of those weeks where you thought your life was going one way, but then you find out it was all just a lie. So today I am sad. Endings are hard and messy and sad. I have high standards and I refuse to lower them for any person.

Thanks for listening. I’ll be okay. Just not today.

I feel broken inside and I just can't believe I'll ever feel any differently. I don't know how to heal myself. I try but just when I think I'm getting somewhere, it disappears like sand through my fingers. Will I ever feel whole again? Life has worn me down so much, I just don't know anymore. What keeps me going? I truly don't know Xx ❤❤

xx Patricia

 

To All Of My Loves…XXOO

Happy Valentine’s Day to us all! Especially to these three munchkins! I love you all to the moon and back.

When you have the right person in your life, everyday is Valentine’s Day! Or Love Day as we call it!

 

   And a big Happy Birthday to the best Valentine I ever received! Shawn Patrick, you are practically perfect in every way! And I love you!

xx Patricia