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

THE USPS IS SHADY AF!

Friday! My goodness I’m glad you are here! This is one of the teas I received the other day. I wasn’t sure what to expect. It is Caffeine Free and full of ginger, cinnamon, Natural Vermont Maple Sugar and Luo Han Guo. I brewed a pot and used two bags since it was a big pot. I let it steep for 4 minutes.

I’m going to call this one Vermont Maple Fudge. With a back note of sharp ginger left on your tongue. It is delicious. I didn’t get a strong aroma from the bag but the steeped tea smelled like ginger, cinnamon and maple fudge. It was so good I drank the entire pot!

It helped a bit yesterday. Which was insane and I lost a half days work to stay on hold with the post office trying to figure out why I received a text saying they were unable to deliver my package as no one was home. I tried explaining that was a lie. He never got out of the truck. I have cameras. He never came to my door. And I paid extra for it to be delivered yesterday. The post office could not have been more anal. I was so upset after holding for an hour and 46 minutes that I took to Twitter! Works every time. The rep asked if I would like to reschedule the delivery and I told her I would be uploading video of the guy sitting in his car and lying to them and me if it wasn’t here today. Then I went to all of my vendors and switched to FedEx. Here is what I found out yesterday.

UPS was supposed to deliver it. I paid extra. They delivered it to OKC and then they hand it off to the local post office. What??? Yep this is normal practice. So here I am today sitting by the front door ready to unload on this guy when I get another notice that my publisher has sent me something and it should be here today. Through UPS.  (pulls hair out).

We shall see. In the meantime I have to get back to my post by the sofa.

Have a great weekend!!! And try this tea and let me know what you thought!

xx P

Dying Easter Eggs With Tea and Those Damn Fairies!

Good Morning!  Doing some experimenting with tea dyed eggs today. I really love the softness of the colors. I opened one of the eggs I used black tea on and inside the white was a lovely marbling that I adored. Also the egg was tasty. Quality control. Tough job.

The Anxiety Fairy brought her ugly sister The Doubt Fairy and parked their baggage all over my poor brain. We have been through a lot this past year and just as I was evening out all the wires got crossed. I found myself looking for a fight. I blocked a sister on social media. I sent Tommy to work on his day off. It was awful.

So I sat down with The Get Your Shit Together Fairy and she told me to talk to Tommy. Bounce concerns off him and get his input. Now I try never to bounce anything off Tommy. Because he is a guy and they usually want to ‘fix’ it instead of just listening and offering suggestions. So I wrote it all down and called him home and told him my head was in chaos and therefore my life was in chaos.

He pointed out that I have a hard time saying no and maybe a trip to the antique mall would help calm me down and then maybe to the library to smell books.  I found the perfect planner and program to keep track of all my book reviews. In the end I had a new kitchen table, some fine books, a baby pie and the two end tables we had been looking for to go in the workout/reading room. Then he spent the rest of the night helping me get everything organized in my planner. I love him.

He even tried Yoga for a hot minute. Now that my house and my business are in order the two hoochie fairies in my head slunk out the door. I am so grateful to have someone who loves me so much that he takes the psycho me along with the kind me.

Since my son and his wife are flying to D.C. the first week of April to pick up a school bus and drive it back, Corbin and Charli Ava will be with us. That means getting up earlier and making breakfasts and lunches. And one of those days is picture day for Corbin, who will try to sneak his Nike outfit in his book bag. So my comb and hairspray will be at school that day. Normally they wear uniforms so on a non uniform day he wants to show off his new outfit. Not happening.

Miss Charli Ava is staying over Friday night so she can be with me at 2 book signings on Saturday. One in Edmond and one in Norman. Opposite ends of I-35, but we’ll make it work. In the meantime I’m just not watching news anymore. I am waiting for Queen Elizabeth to send in the troops as it is glaringly obivous we can not govern ourselves. We need a do-over bad!

Have a good Wednesday and thanks for listening to me. It really does help knowing you aren’t alone!

xx P

 

ACTUALLY I CAN AND I DID!

Tomorrow is Friday and I could not be happier! Like a seagull with a french fry happy! I just want this week over. As I am sitting here gazing out my window and sipping this lovely Jasmine Green Tea that a lovely lady brought back from Taiwan. It’s so smooth and delicate and the leaves themselves are beautiful.

This week I said NO. After a long couple of weeks since Tommy has slipped on the ice and landed on his surgery side. No stitches were broken but he is banged up and has a lot of water on his knee which they will drain Monday. I was having major anxiety over a few things and I started losing weight again. Tommy kept telling me to just say no, just tell the truth. That I do not want to be in that big of a crowd. I had reasons lined up why I couldn’t say no, but then he took one of the issues and handled it himself and I realized, well, yes, actually, I can say no. So I did. And the world did not fall apart. No one died. No one hated me. I finally mattered enough to myself to put my foot down. It felt good.

Spring Break starts next week so I am filling the craft boxes and getting the tennis rackets out for the kids. Yesterday it was so gorgeous out that I washed all of my windows and screens, inside and out. Of course than I slid in the soapy water and almost ended up on my tush. But there is something so wonderful about throwing open the windows and letting the fresh air and sunshine flood the house. The fairies were very happy except for that anxiety fairy and we all know she’s just a Debbie Downer!

Enjoy your day and I hope you take time for yourself and know that You Matter! And yes, you can say NO.

xxP