The Anxiety Fairy makes an appearance!

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Good Wednesday Morning! It is already hot here so I’m drinking a cold brew from Harney & Sons. Blueberry Green. It smells so yummy! This morning I’m feeling fairly zen.

Our first weekend off was great. Saturday it rained all day and we watched Netflix and Prime shows with breaks for tea and naps!  Sunday we hung out in the pool. Then Monday came along. It was weird not to have him home. What did happen on Monday? I did a good deed. Said good deed came back to snack on my ass! My neighbor had a young lady (27) staying with her for reasons that turned out to be false. This young lady gives the rest of us a bad name. Crying wolf over abuse and rape when it was nothing of the kind.  She asked if she could call her attorney on my cell. Never have I done this but we all fell for her sob story. Around midnight I began receiving texts from a guy asking her to return his truck. I called said guy and boy did I get an earful!

The next day I had over $150 of charges to my debit card and spent hours on the phone with Chase Bank and the police. She didn’t steal my card, she used my phone and ordered herself an Uber from my mobile app. I was furious. Long story short, she is in jail and my money is back in my account. So….boundaries. I have them for a reason. I’m a sucker for a sob story. I should have run her background before letting her use my phone. My poor neighbor was horrified as well. See the girl had first asked if I had any books she could read. Well of course I do. I loaned her a book that doesn’t come out until October. Once I found out what she had done I marched over there loaded for bear. Retrieved my book and went home. And watched from my kitchen window while she was arrested. She did scream, ” I’m going to kill that bitch” and at that point, they added another charge.

Tommy just shook his head. “Why? Why can’t you stop getting involved with people you can’t save?” Because she asked for a book! So now I’m only allowed to go to the pool and the front porch. And my Russian neighbors’ house. That’s fine.

And now it’s Wednesday. Hot and humid. Around 100 today.  I just checked and all of my boundaries are in place and the Anxiety Fairy is happily puttering around up there waiting for the Shenanigans Fairy to show up!

xx P

A Winning Tea, A Won Book, and Crohn’s

Thursday’s offering is Harney and Sons Peaches and Ginger with a really good Cozy Mystery Tale by Miranda James which I won over at Katiescottagebooks so go over and check out her latest giveaways!

This is such a lovely tea. A soft peach aroma with a back note of ginger. Not overpowering in the least. And you can’t beat it for upset tummies! And around here that is a constant.

I was having a conversation yesterday with my Crohn’s support group. It was my turn to tell my story so I decided to share it with all of you. I was first diagnosed with Celiac. It’s a simple blood test. I tried to not eat things I couldn’t digest but it was hard when no one eats the way you do. By October of 2013, I was getting worse every day. Pain and stress were an everyday thing. Until December 1st came around. The last straw for me was my boss asking me to lie and backdate a legal document. Instead, I resigned immediately.

It was right before Christmas when I woke up vomiting blood and in hideous pain. After a quick surgery, I had to start over with friendly food and no stress. The first week all I could digest was small pieces of banana. One banana over 3 days. This caused me to lose weight very fast. I am 5 foot 11 inches. I weighed around 85 pounds. I was wearing a size O with two or three pairs of leggings under my jeans. I could count my ribs. It was scary and my hair started to fall out, which wasn’t that bad since I had enough for 3 people, but the folks vacuuming it up hated it! So I started my own way of eating. I introduce a small amount and if it doesn’t make me ill I will put it in the rotation. After a few years on steroids, I was able to get to a healthy weight for me. I will always be tall and skinny, it is in our DNA. I decided then that I don’t care about what diet anyone is on. I don’t care what workout you do. I do what works for me. That means in the morning I drink a half a cup of warm water with apple cider vinegar to keep my body in an alkaline state. I follow that with tea and almond milk. Around 2 in the afternoon I have a SuperFood Smoothie that I make. It’s always a little different but I know I am getting the nutrients I need. It’s simple, a handful of spinach and baby kale, some Spirulina, some ginger, half of an avocado and a handful of frozen fruit. Some days I add a whole lemon and some parsley. I do not eat white food. I do not eat sugar. I eat fish occasionally and a boiled egg twice a week. This program has allowed me to keep weight on and avoid flares. Unless there is nutritional value in it, I don’t eat it.

It’s especially difficult when you live with a meat and potatoes person. Even though the said person has enough of his own health issues he needed to deal with. Finally, however, OU Boy came around to the non-white foods and no meat lifestyle. He started getting compliments and so he joined my workout. His cardiologist told him he had never looked better and if he kept it up he could go off the blood pressure meds! He has kept it up and working out together is lots of fun. He even drinks the smoothies.

And that is what I do. No fad, quick weight-loss crap for me. I don’t need to lose weight or get in shape so I would appreciate all of those “coaches” on IG leaving me alone. I’m not a joiner and I don’t believe in Multi-level Marketing schemes. So don’t @ me!

Peace

xx P

COLD BREW TWININGS! SUMMER TEA!

Saturday looks rather like I feel. Meh. Does everyone get the after holiday blues? Yesterday I was surprised to receive this little gem in the mail. It’s herbal so no caffeine or sugar or artificial sweetener. It comes in 5 flavors and each is a tiny silky sachet you just pop in a bottle of water. Within 3 minutes it was dark. And delicious! I was surprised because I had thought it would taste all artificial like those powders you put in your water bottle, but no, it is really good!

I was thinking last night that some of the things that went on were just too weird to believe. Unfortunately, they happened. Why go on vacation to sit and watch television and eat junk food? I wanted to eat local and jump waves and I was not in the mood for drunks or drug addicts. Obviously, this isn’t my family. We are Southern, we don’t air our dirty laundry or bad habits in public. One only came out at night to tweak his way through the refrigerator and ask if Tommy wanted to go dumpster diving behind CVS. One slept until 2 every day. I guess she just expected us to watch her 3 kids. By the third day, I had had enough Not getting to sleep until 3 a.m. and being rudely woken by people coming to our kitchen for coffee. It was at that point that I screamed, “One more sound and I will cut your balls off!”  It worked. I slept and no one was around when I woke up. They were a bit better after that. Not much.

My favorite thing was being with Tommy and his sister and her family, and of course, Aunt Gayle. We had the most fun running that beach in our golf carts. Some guy offered us free pizza but nothing to drink. Jennifer and I thought we could turn this “girls in bikinis on golf carts” thing into a buffet! I’m sure we saw either a baptism or a drowning one day. It was a church van, so maybe the first, but who knows really?

We saw so many turtles and one waved his flipper at me. Tommy said he did not and just like that, the little guy popped up and flipped me again! Totally tubular dude! Did you find Dory?

The big news is we came back with a new Nissan Rogue and 2 job offers. Look out Texas,  there could be trouble!

xx P

 

Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, Keeping The Anxiety Fairy at Bay!

Wednesday. So far no rain. For elevenses today I wanted this Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice. Tastes just like a Fireball. Not the liquor. The candy! I am full of cinnamony goodness at the moment. Cinnamon is a warming spice. Gets your blood going and this is the best one I own.

Yesterday morning we found out we slept through storms. We hauled all of our stuff outside to the pool. Music, water, books, the Do Not Disturb hats and parked ourselves there. 10 minutes later we decided we needed to run to the Hyatt as one of the ladies was leaving for another opportunity and we had a gift. As we pulled in some lovely Georgia ladies were leaving and gave us 4 padded bleacher seats! They were headed home after the Women’s College World Seris. UCLA took it this year but OU gave it their best shot. Then we thought we’d have a swim in their pool. Lasted 5 minutes. I don’t know where their wind comes from on that side of town but I got tired of tracking down my hat and shoes.

We evened out our tans and then one of us took a nap and one of us read 2 books.

I made an epic decision yesterday morning. Putting aside my anxiety and snobbery, I committed to going to Port Aransas the last week of June. I can do this. We called people and committed. Tommy can’t go so I’ll go with Aunt Gayle, who I am most comfortable with. We’ll be going in a family caravan so Tommy will take a picture as we leave for the orange man to show a caravan headed South to the border! LMAO

And now I must go linger in the bath for a couple of hours reading ‘A Ladie’s Guide To Gossip and Murder’ by Diane Freeman. Don’t you love the title?

xx P

 

Hello June, You Hot Little Number You!

Sunday reading day. I have deadlines. I don’t want to get too cocky but the sun has been out ALL day! Now I’m suspicious. What will tonight bring?

I received a wonderful new shipment of teas which I’ll start tomorrow. I also received a perfect little black dress from Mudpie!

   It is adorable. It is a poly crepe, so not see through at all. And it has 3 panels draping the front. Hard to see but it is so adorable. Thanks for the little bag too. My markers have a new home. So now I’ve let everyone know I have a new funeral dress if they want to go ahead and kick off during the summer. My mother was not amused.

The finger is not hurting bad enough to complain about it. Although we all know I don’t need much of a reason. This is about to get real so you can’t say you weren’t warned! I have Crohn’s. I have problems digesting food. I also was knocked in the head a few weeks ago and had to take meds that made me ….um…. constipated. Whew! I was bloated and angry and asking everyone I knew what to do. With Crohn’s, I don’t get constipated. EVER. Every person had a solution and 99% of them had to do with taking a pill of some sort or drinking some god awful concoction. I’m not doing that. But today without even trying I found the cure. Watermelon. A bowl of watermelon and 10 minutes later I lost 5 pounds. How could I not remember this? I grew up eating watermelon in the field. So there you have it, folks.  Once again, a plant comes to the rescue!

Also in my appointment book for today, there is one word. Wyatt. I do not recall knowing a Wyatt. So Wyatt, if you’re out there, maybe give me a call and let me know what we’re doing today?

xx P

 

Jim Cantore is in Town! Here We Go!

Monday the 20th of May is not a good date for Oklahomans. One of our worst and deadliest tornadoes took place on this date. Many people died. On the Gulf Coast, we used to joke about Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel. We would ride out any hurricane unless Jim Cantore showed up. When he shows up things get real. He is in Moore right now. So we are a bit anxious.

Last night I started receiving texts. Schools all over the Metro are closed today and my doctor called and canceled my appointment for today. Businesses are closing early. Tommy is normally off today but not everyone has daycare today so he’s at Hyatt bringing up cases of flashlights and making sure everyone knows what to do. The poor out of town people are a bit panicked. We’ve already had one small hail storm.  So today is going to be interesting.

So my sister and I had our DNA testing done. One through MyHeritage.com and one through 23andMe. They said the exact same thing. We’ve always known who our people are. You can’t live in Charleston and not know your people. We knew two of our ancestors signed The Constitution but didn’t know one also signed the Declaration of Independence! I can’t say that any of them were saints. They were all well-known planters with strict slave rules. Not too proud of that one. Everyone else we knew about.

The breakdown was:  55.9% French, 32% UK (Scotland, Ireland, England) and 12.1% Scandinavian. The breakdown explains a lot. Like why when I get really mad I start speaking French with a very southern accent. I do speak it but rarely do. The Scandinavian part is Norway. Vestre. It looks like I have a good shot at moving to France if shit goes down in the U.S. In the UK we were in Leeds, Dundee, and County Cork. Walshes.

I’m going to make sure we have all of our storm supplies ready and then I’ll read a book.

Stay Safe Everyone in Tornado Alley today!

xx P

DOWN THE BUNNY TRAIL…AND PIE!

Good Friday! I’m wishing I was closer to my Momma this time of year so I could have her coconut cake. My momma is a world-class baker and cake decorator.  Between her coconut cake and her pound cakes we should all be morbidly obese by now.

The one thing we both loved was those Cream Cheese Mints that melt in your mouth and contain 2 pounds of powdered sugar! Yesterday I spent most of the day stirring and then rolling some into tiny egg shapes and the rest the round flat only I used a wax seal with my initials and made them all fancy. I’m mailing them to her.

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Since it is Strawberry Season I had a fridge full of berries and Tommy said he had never heard of Strawberry Pie from Shoney’s!  Oh the horror! Luckily we know this one by heart so by the time he got here there was a counter full of drying mints, and a chilled strawberry pie with homemade whipped cream. It was perfect. Even the crust was British Baking Show quality. Which is rare for me.

I wish you all a lovely Easter and a grand weekend.  I’ll be reading and finishing some projects and am trying to stay off the internet so I don’t lose my mind with all the politics!

xx P

 

BLUEBERRY GREEN TEA AND A TALE

Crazy busy around the household. That weather guy is saying storms are coming this evening. It’s been windy every day so if you step outside you look like the lion king.

I made a recipe that Diane had on her blog for Lemon Blueberry Loaf. I doubled it and made two so I could give one to friends. It is delicious! Check it out  Here  .

I had just the tea to go along with it. The Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea. It is insanely delicious and so is the loaf. Tommy was taking pictures and sending them to his co-workers it was so good.

I’ve gotten so many things done over the week-end and the past couple of days. I’m giving my bedroom a makeover. I’m waiting on one shipment from Linens and Hutch with my new sheets and shams and I think I’ll be done. Since we are sea people I wanted a white background with all the colors of the beach we know for rugs, pillows and window treatments. The window treatment I am most proud of and I’ll show you after the sheets arrive. It’s all part of an article on downsizing and being creative.

Just in case you have started thinking I’ve finally got my shit together…. I ordered new swimsuits for vacations this summer and they arrived this morning so I immediately dropped my jammies to try on the swimsuits. One top was really cute so I took a selfie to send to my sister. It said, ” How do you like my new boobs?”  and then I pushed the wrong button and sent it to pretty much everyone on my Messenger list including my mom and an author friend.  A guy. It may be all over the internet by now for all I know. He immediately sent a What???? back and I asked him to not look and he was such a gentleman and good sport about it. So yeah, I’m still doing stupid shit on the daily. Some dude on Twitter asked if anyone would date someone with a mental health issue and Tommy answered, I do and so does she. That about sums us up.

For us Catholics this is Holy Week and believe it or not I received a reminder in the mail this morning that I have confession at 5:30 tonight. This is not going to be good.

 

Crafting and Baking Easter Goodies

Saturday, where is that 100% chance of rain? Our baseball game was cancelled so now we have an entire day to think up Easter crafts. I also have to make a Raisin Rum Cake for a friend.

The kids have been sending pictures of D.C. The Holocaust Museum was especially gut wrenching, especially the room with shoes. Last night they went to the ballet at the Kennedy Center and I’m wondering if they just moved there….

We went to Hideaway Pizza since everyone had a good report card and then home where we colored and discussed current events. And why girls have cooties. Also the why of men having nipples.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. There is the Annual Redbud Classic 5K today that goes right by my house so we will cheer them on!

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