Where There Is Tea, There Is Hope

Well this morning has started out with a 6 degree reading on the thermometer! It just seems so wrong for it to be so cold and yet the sun is advertising something else entirely!

Today’s tea is brought to you by the lovely folks at Taylor’s of Harrogate. A rich and full-bodied Scottish Breakfast Tea with a splash of milk. I’ve been meaning to ask y’all about the milk thing. I know the debate will forever rage on adding it to the cup first or after you pour tea. I don’t care. But I do care if it’s cold. I heat my milk separately and then add the tea. And I only add milk to full, black teas. What’s your way?

I have an appointment with my Corneal Surgeon tomorrow and I expected that darn Anxiety Fairy to pop up this morning, as I like to worry in advance, but so far it’s just the Frozen Fairy. I have been a bit anxious over the past 3 weeks when my doctor went to Korea for the holidays. Korea. I grilled him like the CIA before he left.
“Will you be able to get back?”, ” Are you sure?” “Can you let me know you got home all right?”  He knows I’m nuts, but he is also a fellow tea lover so I can’t wait to hear what new teas he tried.

I’m also hoping for good news about the next surgery. As at the moment I have no lens in my eye at all. Just a lot of really bright light….sort of like the one people see on the way out of this life. So hopefully they will have figured out a way to put one in there.

OU Boy decided to make a cake about 9 p.m. last night. Just the cake. No icing. Is it even called cake if there isn’t icing? I’m not complaining because at least he isn’t smoking! Doing really well with that. So what if he wants to make cake at bedtime. We’re weird and we own it.

xx Patricia   Have a great Tuesday! Have a cup of tea and some cake!

A Change of Plans Led To More Fun!

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What a cute vintage poem!  Since I just woke up I am actually sipping some coffee this morning. It was a long night.

We were headed to the Thunder vs. Portland game downtown at the Peake. Found a great parking spot right on the riverwalk which is really pretty. And this is as far as we got!

Half way down the stairs it got dark. I still can’t see well in the dark so the Anxiety Fairy was flitting all over with her snarky, look on the dark side self. I panicked. I was just unable to see the depth of the stairs and so we went back to the car and I called the kids to see if they wanted to use our tickets. They said Yes! So we met at their house downtown to watch the grands.

On the way we passed the OKC Memorial for the victims of the bombing. Each chair is lit up and it is a very solemn place.

We had a wild night with Corbin and Charli Ava. Throw in 2 large dogs and a black cat and chaos quickly ensues. We had no idea how to work their television and neither did the kids, so OU Boy pulled up the game on his phone and lo and behold it was Kiss Cam time! And the kids started squealing when their parents popped up on the screen. It was really comical. With Oh Gross! being the sentiment.

  

As you can see we also built a fort out of Lincoln Logs and Corbin kindly placed benches around for the bears.

They were in bed asleep when the kids came home and they were so excited. We visited way later than any of us should have since everyone had to be up at the crack of dawn. Except me. OU Boy called me at 10:30 this morning and I told him I had just woken up and he told me what I could do as well as what the horse I rode in on could do. Tsk, Tsk….

So here you go! This is what you look like after a night out. Do not freak out. I will comb my hair and get dressed and maybe put on make up.

 

   xx Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White milk glass condiment tray I but together with vintage little spoons!

And So The Adventure Begins! Hello 2018!

Hello January! Hello New Year! A day of new beginnings. A fresh start. A Do Over if you will.

The time of year we decide who we are going to be this year. A time of re-invention. An opportunity to look back at what worked and what didn’t. At who was there for you and who needs to go.

What habits are holding you back from your full potential? Smoking? Drinking? Cheating on you exams or your partner? Well this is the day to get back on track. Stop abusing your body, your friends and your brain!

Stop blaming every one else for the mess in your life. Own it and fix it.

My personal shortcomings are allowing anxiety to even cross my doorstep! Along with my fear of commitment, to people that is, not books or tea. I am deeply committed to those as well as my Corneal Surgeon, who better be back from Korea!

My personal cause this year is Health. Mental and Physical. I am putting my foot down on any thing that jeopardizes either of those. Keep a journal. Every day. At the end of the year you can look back and see what worked and what did not. It’s very helpful.

I have made some amazing friends here in Blogland and have learned so much about other cultures, foods, and of course books and tea. I always learn something new, or find someone with the same weird sense of humor. Even if I don’t agree all the time, I like hearing the opposite side.

Be Nice. Be Kind. Be the best version of you that you can be!

Much Love for 2018!   xx  Patricia

And Life Goes On…

Today I'd like to sit and sip. Forget the world a little bit. Ignore the things I have to do. And just enjoy a cup or two.

This morning was looking pretty misty and gloomy but now the clouds have lifted and it is bright and sunny. I’m sipping a lovely Oolong loose leaf pot of tea at the moment and as always it is perfect.

It is always difficult when family is ill during Christmas. OU Boy’s Uncle is just in his sixties and was moved to hospice. One of his co-workers had a stroke this morning at work and it just seems wrong to be jolly and happy when so many of our family members and friends are seriously hurting. Every time his phone beeps we jump. Since this is the exact same hospice room his mother died in, it has been very difficult for him to even go there.

We had our Christmas vacation planned and now we are just in limbo, because it just seems wrong. Our home is a solemn one today. Even the kiddos are subdued. This afternoon we are going to paint the salt dough ornaments they made Sunday and listen to Christmas music.

Today my heart goes out to all of you who are hurting or ill or going through rough times.  Remember, when you’re going through hell, keep going. No need to set up shop there!

xx Patricia  Be Kind. Be Nice.

It’s An Orange Christmas Tree…

Good Morning! Sitting at the Dean McGee Eye Institute waiting on my doctor. I was having the hardest time understanding why these trees are blue and orange until someone let me know that DMEI is a big supporter of the OKC Thunder basketball team and these are their colors.

Now normally I am not in favor of using pumpkin colors on trees, but they were very pretty.

Pressure is good on my eye so he discontinued the antibiotic drops and the pressure drops and now I am down to just the steroid drops.

My doctor is leaving in a couple of weeks to go to Korea. The South one, to see his mother. I expressed my concern about him getting back but he seems okay with it.

The Anxiety Fairy saw an opening there but I’m going to shut that down quickly. I have enough to worry about without worrying needlessly.

xx Patricia    Enjoy Your Tuesday!  I am off to the library!

Sometimes You Just Need A Do-Over~

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It’s 4:00 in the afternoon and I’m having my first cup of tea. *Gasp*  And I’m having it in the bed. It’s so cozy I’m just going to stay here.

This was another wake up at the ass crack of dawn days. It’s been 18 months now since I’ve pretty much moved in to the Eye Institute and I’m getting…….. no that’s not right, I am full-blown over it. On the floor crying not because Jimbo Fisher is going to Texas A&M, oh no, I’m just over the entire eye thingy. I’ll have to deal with Jimbo later.

As I was sitting in the waiting area I struck up a conversation (no surprise) with an older lady who asked if this was my first time there. That right there is called an opening. All of the mess from the past months just flooded out of my mouth and when I was done I asked why she was here. Well turns out we share a surgeon. She had a corneal transplant 2 years ago and still has stitches in. And she has Macular Degeneration in the other eye.  And guess what, folks? She is still driving! Can’t see a damn thing she says but that doesn’t stop her.  OU Boy figured out which car in the parking lot was hers.

I was hoping for something today. Maybe take away the eye drops that make you feel like you are in college again and just smoked a joint and are staring at the wall for hours. Just like that. Including dry mouth! But not the munchies. I asked Dr. D if he knew what that stuff does and he’s like…Uh yeah. Bad news, still on 3 different drops but less often. Now that the lens is gone my eyes don’t quite match up yet and he told me to just cover the lens on my glasses for the left eye with tape or gorilla tape and then OU Boy jumped in with black electrical tape!  Like no one in public would take a second look at that. Men.

So here I sit depressed and fed up. With the eye, with Jimbo, with the entire state of Texas (except for the part that is really just South Oklahoma), with Net Neutrality, Budgets, Bitcoins and Winter.  Thank the Gods for y’all out there doing interesting things and sharing them. And of course to all my writers who allow me to escape into worlds without those things!

I’m thinking that if I just go to sleep, I can have a do-over and all will be well.

xx Patricia   It’s Friday! Good Night!

Thankful, Grateful and Blessed!

Good Sunday Morning to you all! It is chilly out this morning. I know this because I stuck my hand outside. I’m warming up with the Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea today. Along with the smell coming from our diffuser ( a combo of Clove,Cassia,Orange Essential Oils) and the smell of the tea,it’s rather cozy in here.

At the unholy hour of 5 a.m. I woke up thinking I heard a baby. So I got up to investigate and decided instead of walking back to my side of the bed, I would just hop on and roll over. I rolled right off the bed, smacking my ear and shoulder on the night stand, which weighs a lot! A two person job to move that sucker. So I was awake. Which is not a good thing today.

With tomorrow being surgery day the Anxiety Fairy has moved in. Not just hanging about, but I mean brought a U-Haul and moved right on in. The other fairies don’t like her, but right now she’s calling the shots. I figure the only way to silence her is to bring out the Cleaning Fairy and some Halestorm.

I just heard the church bells ringing for early services and realized I’ve never been up this time of day on a Sunday. They are really quite calming.

Have a really great Sunday!

xx Patricia

I Will Survive. Right?

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I’ve had so much tea this morning I may float out the door! Unfortunately little Miss Anxiety Fairy has a firm grip on me today.

In an hour I go in for some pre-op procedure that I can’t even pronounce but did look up on the internet and stopped reading after a few sentences. No, thank you Wikipedia, I can get myself all worked up all by myself. Ignorance is Bliss.

To say I’m terrified is putting it mildly. And throw in the neighbor’s dog barking for 2 hours and I’m about to have a full-blown panic attack. I’ve tried distracting myself but it’s just not happening. And it’s cold outside and windy AF!

Off to the Eye Institute or Kansas depending on the wind.

xx Patricia    Think happy thoughts! (repeat,repeat,repeat)

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!