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

 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THIS PIRATE

Good Monday Morning to you all! Today’s tea is brought to you by Ahmad Tea. Lemon Ginger to be exact because someone and I’m not mentioning names….made brownies at bedtime last night and how could I not eat one! So now I am suffering from Sugar Shock.

Sugar and I hate each other. It does horrible things to my body. I’m pretty sure the brownie making stunt ( which he said was fudge) was in retaliation for my forcing him to eat pasta with sautéed sausage and peppers. Or maybe because I send him pictures of what I’m eating during the day.

This is my day. Yesterday I had caviar and tiny toasts for breakfast because I was reading a Russian book. And because I only had 3 tiny toasts left and it seemed a reasonable breakfast.  At lunch, I roasted brussel sprouts, fresh green beans and celery with a bit of sea salt and herbes de provance.

I also opened the blinds to find a Stormtrooper peeking in my window. I guess if you must have a peeper, a stormtrooper isn’t a bad one to have. Now he is sitting in the tea cupboard after having a bath, since lord only knows where he actually came from.

OU Boy brought home flowers, which to be honest he does pretty much every Sunday. He’s thoughtful like that. Plus he thought we were having Spaghetti. Like “normal” people eat. ( His words).

The gorgeous tiny boxes of macarons were the Sweet Ending to Mollie and Taylors wedding reception. A wedding which was planned for 500. On the day OU played Ohio. Mollie and Taylor are not sports fans. Less than 275 people showed up. Everyone else was in Ohio or screaming Boomer Sooner in the yard.

Welcome to a day in my life.  I know we’ll all be writing about and thinking about 9/11. I’m not going to do that. I will offer a prayer. I will be thankful that my son and daughter came home intact from a war that this day started. I will remember my cousin who didn’t come home intact. And all of the other sons and daughters who lost their lives and continue to lose their lives.

Be Nice. Be Compassionate. Be Grateful.

xx Patricia

 

Love, Soccer and Catfish…Just Go With It!

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Well it’s Friday again Y’all. And storms are just stacking up like planes on a tarmac to take a swipe at our loved ones and homes. So let me say I am holding you all in my heart and feel free to share your anxiety with me!

I am lucky to be surrounded by people who know exactly how nutso I am and remind me everyday that my only saving grace is that I am cute and keep  a clean house. Seriously though I know I’m not nutso. I just live with anxiety. And hurricanes are the first trigger of mine. Is it a realistic anxiety? Yes, because I’ve lived through many of them and been displaced by a few. Is there anything I can do to stop the event? No. I’m not Mother Nature ( I know this is a shock to my  children). So how can I manage my anxiety? I spend time with people who make me laugh so hard I can’t breathe. I drink lots of calming herbal tea. I read books with intricate plots that keep me focused. And if I need to I’ll pop a Xanax.

Plus it helps to share with all of you! Last night was the 7 year olds soccer practice. Now these kids have a flow going. No one was watching ants or triggering the littlest boy over his relationship with his shin guards. They did what they were supposed to do.

But little bit, who thinks I live to make his life easier, was there too. He still hates soccer he says. But he loves kicking the ball. We’ve decided he just doesn’t like to play with others. He’s a solitary sportsman. Like a Tiger Woods, only with morals. I’m the one who brings chairs, blankets, snacks, drinks and a loaded personal DVD player for the 4-year-old. And he expects it. So last night we stopped off and grabbed Po Boys for dinner to bring to the field.  I left mine in the truck. For over an hour. I will never get that smell out of my hair and I’ll probably never eat catfish again.

The funniest portion of the evening was towards the end of practice when I’m standing right on the sideline cheering my little ginger on and the 4-year-old starts yelling,” We’re missing Big Brother and its double eviction night!” Now there is no way I would let this boy watch that show so I turned around to see his Papa laughing hysterically. Nice one.

Be safe today and please let us know you are safe if you are in the path of these storms. We kind of care about y’all now!

xx Patricia

Some You and Me and Tea Time

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Good Morning! I hope everyone is well and not stressing over the latest round of insanity going on in the world of politics.

If you are already dealing with anxiety, this week has been difficult. I know it has for me and I’ve been not on here the past couple of days because someone in my inner circle lost their damn mind and decided they wanted to die. Turns out they didn’t actually want to but the new medication they were on can have that side effect.

And for some reason I thought today was my anniversary and it’s not. I even made a cake. Surely I’m not the only woman who can’t ever remember the exact date of their wedding! And since I got married on that date then got divorced and married again just recently to the same person who I never stopped living with, we are sticking with the original date. Which is tomorrow I learned when I sent my husband a text telling him Happy Anniversary. And he wrote back Happy Day Before Anniversary. I have never once gotten  it right. I don’t know what that means, but oh well the cake is made.

I also can not be the only person who makes a pot of tea and then gets caught up in a book and the tea goes cold. So I had to make another pot of tea. I’m seriously thinking I should go back to bed and hit Refresh!

While the past two days have been uber stressful, I didn’t have to take my anxiety meds. I just kept reminding myself of all the things I am grateful for in my life. I think a lot of people forget to do that. In a culture where everyone wants more I have to keep reminding myself that more does not mean better. It’s just more to take care of, more to worry about.

I hope you all have a peaceful day and take that time out for tea. It really does put us in a mindful place. As long as you don’t pick up a book while it steeps! I’m sipping on some really nice Oolong this morning and I guess I’ll have some cake!

xx Patricia

A Grateful Heart is a Magnet for Miracles!

Grab a cup and have some croissants. It’s Wednesday and not only am I alive, the ice cream truck came by. Personally I don’t like ice cream. At all. But the jingle the truck was playing got stuck in my head.

The world is definitely a crazy place right now. Is it any wonder so many people are feeling anxious and depressed? The White House is like the Hunger Games all of a sudden and I’m afraid to watch the news because I can’t stand stupidity.

I seriously keep expecting the good Lord himself to come down and say Enough is Enough! You can’t politely disagree anymore. Trolls sit waiting to tear you to ribbons if you have a different viewpoint on anything! Vaccinations, Politics,GMOs, Books and Reviews.

Personally I ignore everything after I’ve written about it or said my piece on a topic. I’m not engaging in a battle of wits with unarmed opponents. It’s beneath me and it’s beneath everyone else.

I am grateful today and everyday that I am healthy, I have a roof over my head and food to eat. I may still have 14 stitches in my eye and can’t see all that well but I’m healing and for that I’m grateful. I don’t need more of anything. Because no matter how bad you have it, someone else has it worse.

Can we not all try to get along? Just smile and move on? I’m not a big fan of other peoples opinions as they don’t pay my bills. But in case you didn’t know it is never okay to be mean to someone or devalue them. Never. Look around you. People are struggling all over the world and some of those folks think it is okay to verbally abuse others because they are probably in a lot of pain too.

Today, just be nice. Be the better person. I know we can do this!

xx Patricia  5ef7878b0fbf3afdf2e4b161bcf6652e

A little bit of tea,a little tale, and a surprise ending!

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Good Wednesday Morning to all of you lovely people of the blogging world! First this morning I would like to say a big thank you to James over at thisismytruthnow for kindly mentioning us in his blog yesterday. James is one interesting young man! Like me, he reads from all genres and he does the best reviews! This guy is going places!

This past 10 days have been trying and packed full of deadlines and doctors appointments and finally today we get to catch our breath and grab a book to take to the lake with some cold brewed Harney & Sons Paris Tea in our thermos.

It will come as no surprise to those of you who suffer from anxiety that I love schedules. I have a set in stone routine tailor-made for me and my anxiety. And it has been beat to death lately and I had built up a good head of steam by yesterday.

Luckily I made sense of it all with the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy worksheets, which make it easy for me to see the what, whys and hows of what I was doing. Today is much better and even though I’m not alone, I am back to my normal schedule. And I appreciate OU Boy not dropping me off at the state mental institution. Although we did drive by it. Which gave me a great idea for a story!

I hope you all have a calm and peaceful day and know that alone we may be shaky but together we are fierce!

xx Patricia  (P.S. Also we got married)

 

As The Song Goes, You Get What You Give!

Blessings for good things

It is way too hot to think about hot tea today! We’re approaching 100 degrees quickly so we are keeping cool with cold tea today. I made a pitcher of Tazo’s Sweet Orange and cut up an orange and tossed it in too. Very refreshing. Since I am not turning on the air conditioning all day our of respect for those poor souls who have to work out side.

Personally, I don’t mind 100 plus degree days. I’m always cold so I’m like a lizard on a rock soaking it all up for those months that it doesn’t get above 70 degrees!

I am a big believer in the idea that what you put out  into the universe is what you will get back. Does that mean if you are a good person that only good things will come your way? No. Sometimes shit just happens. It doesn’t do any good to cry Why Me? It is how you deal with the hand you were dealt.  And when you have anxiety issues it can be very hard to be all calm and zen about life.

Life isn’t always fair and people aren’t always kind. But you don’t have to answer for those people or things. You are only responsible for what YOU put out there. It has taken me a bit of time to learn that when life throws crap at you, just move. When you’re in hell, keep going, don’t set up camp there!

We’ve had some really difficult things thrown our way lately but we just kept going, kept believing, kept walking. And everything worked out even better than we would have asked for. Because I believed in us. I believed in my doctors. I believed in myself and knew I was stronger than the situation. And yesterday I ordered a pair of glasses! Yes, I did! After having 2 stitches out suddenly I’m seeing! I can’t imagine how wonderful it will be when the other 14 go and I can really see things!

Tonight we are taking Miss Charli Ava out to dinner to celebrate her birthday and this is big because last year I was still blind on her birthday and couldn’t leave the house. So we have a lot of celebrating to do tonight! So look out Rockin Brews! We’re coming for you tonight!

xx Patricia

And Just Like That…Plot Twist!!

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First off this morning I must say Happy Birthday to my girl Charli Ava! 7 years old! My fellow lover of all things Pink! As well as tiaras and tutus. And cupcakes.

I did a birthday collage for her over on my other blog Book,Books and More Books

Yesterday was my appointment with my corneal surgeon. Since we are down to every two months now, I was a bit nervous. My appointment was at 3 p.m. and I left around 6 or so. First, they got some new camera equipment which meant better pictures of the inside of my eyeball, so we did a lot of those. A closer look at Dru ( yes, I named the graft) showed that he was hanging onto that eyeball for dear life. So well that Dr. Davis decided we should remove a stitch or two they were so tight. 

Me: Are you sure we should do that? I mean what if it slides off onto the floor?

Him: Well, that has never happened to me before. Ever.

Me: Okay. Just don’t tell me what you are doing, okay?

Him: Okay, but I have to talk out loud so my Fellow can learn and see the procedure.

Me: Dr. Hack? ( Who is not a hack, and has a wicked sense of humor!)

Him: Numbs me up and attached the speculum. Explains everything while I go la la la la la in my head. And he talks about Gideon from Criminal Minds and that he had 2 of these surgeries, did I know that?

Me: No I did not. Did you know that Dr. Hack? ( No, he doesn’t even know what Criminal Minds is because he is just a baby!)

And just like that I had 14 stitches instead of 16. Then we went and took more pictures with the machine that looks like something Dr. Who would use. And Voila! I could see much better. Since my surgery on February 23rd, I am 1/3 of the way through the healing process which is apparently pretty amazing.

So in another two months we may be taking out another one or two. I don’t care for being back on the antibiotic drops and the steroid drops, but I’ll do what ever I need to do to avoid rejection! I am grateful today. And happy. I had one anxious moment when they numbed me up but I got through it. Another win for me and a loss for anxiety!

xx  Patricia

You Suit Me To A Tea…Yes, Yes You Do!

Loving the turquoise and orange today! Trying out some different color schemes for a tea party next week. These are the colors I have to work with and I couldn’t be happier!

Turquoise and Peach remind me of the ocean and coral. They just make me smile!

The menu is set and I’m working on the invitations today. Obviously it is a Bridal Tea. My favorite kind. I also wanted to tell you about an amazing tea I had.

Peach Fresh Brew Iced Tea Image result for peach tea     This Peach Iced Tea with a peach sliced up in it is delicious!  I’ve been doing more cold brewing this month since the heat here is somewhere between WTF and OMG!  This one comes in larger bags too so it’s easy to whip up a pitcher.

The next one I tried with great success was cold brewing Ahmad Tea’s Lemon Ginger. It is a perfect drink in this heat and it’s good for you too! Do you switch up your hot tea to more cold teas in summer? What are some you have tried?

   I usually cold brew mine in a quart mason jar. This one was so good!

Today is Corneal check up day. I’m a bit anxious, but it’s a reasonable amount of anxiety. So today is going to be a great day and any news I get will be positive and reassuring!

xx Patricia