Okay, Now You Can Get Out The Pumpkin Spice.

Welcome back October! Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t quite caught up to the season.

Today I woke up with no tummy pain or anxiety. I was able to eat some solid food yesterday. Although that baby cereal is pretty yummy!

Monday Tommy brought home a budgie!

   The poor little thing was trying to drink from the pool and he rescued her. The vet said she is young and in good health. So now we have a baby in the house! We put her temporary cage in the office and let her watch Planet Earth on Netflix last night and Tommy talked to her all night! We looked up plans for making a large home for her and I researched her diet.

Feed Your Parrot Right. See this infographic on general proportions of food to feed your tropical parrot or pet bird. You might be surprised.   Except for the pellets, she and I have the same diet! Finally, someone, I can eat with.

This morning I brought her into the living room while I worked and she loves that Netflix show. Then Tommy called and he was on speaker and she was going bonkers trying to find him. Yep, another bird in love with him. At least she can’t follow him around like a lovesick cow! Our chicken Vicki had to have assistance with her first egg delivery and Tommy put on gloves and did an assisted birth. Now she thinks they are a couple.

I am off for a run and then to make some pumpkin bread and muffins, because I have 2 cases of pumpkin and need the room in my pantry!

Have a great day!

xx P

2019 Spring Golden Tip Lapsang Souchong

Happy Sunday Morning! The lovely folks at CraftedLeaf Tea sent me so many lovely teas to try and this one was Saturday afternoon tea. This tea was picked in the Spring of 2019 in Wuyl mountain, Yunnan Province, China. Grown at an altitude of 1200m.

Taste: Strong flavor of logan, dark chocolate, and floral aroma. It has a nice rich, mellow feel and a slight caramel flavor. Not as smoky as some I have had and it has 40% of the caffeine in 1 cup of coffee.

The leaf to bud ratio is 1: 1. Even after multiple steeps, it was still not bitter. The quality was the same on all 4 steepings.

It’s odd to describe a tea as smooth and rich in your mouth, but this is about as good as it gets in the quality department.

Saturday we did enormous amounts of laundry. Why? Because our condensate line for the HVAC system leaked into our coat closet. So OU Boy headed to the cleaners and I had the quilts. It was a pain.

CBD products and marijuana are legal in Oklahoma and OU Boy’s doctor gave him a license, so we stopped by here to check out things. I can’t go in because I don’t have a card and won’t be getting one. I’m sitting in the SUV, one other car in the lot and a black SUV pulls up 3 parking spaces away. He got out, looked around, made a phone call and begin unloading the back of the SUV. When I turned around again, he had on a U.S. Marshall’s vest and had a lot of weapons. Then two more pulled in and began doing the same thing. I sank down in the seat and called OU Boy and let him know the Feds were here. I was on speaker and the man inside said, “It’s fine. They can’t come in here”. Turns out they were staging for a warrant they had to serve. So that took a year off my life.

Also on Saturday, a new law went into effect. It is no longer illegal for women to go topless in Oklahoma. Seriously? That’s what y’all are working on at the capitol? What about the homeless situation, the mental health situation? Or the fact we are the fattest state out there. This is the state I discovered women don’t wear bras. That is disgusting enough but I do not want to see anyone’s boobs but my own. But then I was raised right.

On the flare-up, the baby food thing was a godsend! I don’t know why babies make such faces and spit the stuff out. It was quite good. So thanks for that tip!

What do you think about women going topless driving down the road?

xx P

Celestial Seasoning’s Vermont Maple Ginger Tea and Shopping

The last Friday of September and it’s not only still hot but the wind is trying to blow Texas all the way to Kansas!

Yesterday I drank this tea all day. It was just that good. I did drop one drop of Maple Syrup in there and what a treat that was!

First, thank you all for your suggestions and good thoughts. This was probably the worst flare-up I’ve had. At one point I wasn’t sure if I had a kidney stone or if this was just another Crohn’s thing.  It is a vicious circle of pain which leads to anxiety and can quickly become depression. Last night I ate solid food. It stayed down.

My energy level is way up and except for a small amount of bloating, I’m doing better.

    I think it looks like a cute little baby bump. This was yesterday and today it’s pretty much back to normal. Steroids are a bitch for bloating and other nasty side effects, but they work.

The funny (odd) thing about Gastro diseases is one day a certain food is okay for you and the next you’re doubled over in pain. It’s all trial and error. Food becomes the enemy. Once a day I have my Spinach/Kale/Parsley/Pineapple/Wild Blueberry Smoothie with some Spirulina, Chia Seeds and Moringa Powder, maybe some fresh ginger. My doctor had me add a half teaspoon of Coconut Oil to the mix to help me digest it better. So I know I’m getting my nutrients. Now that Fall is here (somewhere) things will be easier because I can digest the heck out of some root veg and squash soups. Parsnip-Apple Soup is my favorite.

Totally out of the blue, but do y’all know about Brad’s Deals? Every morning in my email I get a list of the best deals ever! Secret type deals. Today’s was Cheryl’s assortment of gourmet Halloween cookies. Shipping included it was $10.85! They are so good and gorgeous as well, so I ordered enough to ship to my mom and Miss Evangeline as well as some for a photoshoot! They also right now have the Amazon Fire Bundle that sells for around $170.00 for $45. Heck yeah, I ordered two of those! Christmas is coming. I have been ordering from them for a long time and I have never once been disappointed. I found my mom a Kate Spade handbag for 75% off. No, I don’t work for them, but here is the link. Guard it. Click Here 

Find something good today! And thank you all for being you!

xx P

 

The Crohn’s Fairy brings the Anxiety Fairy to Tea.

Good Thursday Morning Y’all! Yes, I’m here. Again. While I love my book blog, it is mostly for work and I don’t feel as comfortable writing personal things there. Here, I don’t need a filter.

So, what’s been going on? Well not only did the Crohn’s Fairy pop by but she brought her nasty sister, the Anxiety Fairy. They go hand in hand. Last Monday I had a doctor’s appointment and was told if I lost another pound I would be in the hospital with a feeding tube. Since my last year-long flare when I looked like a malnourished child, I’ve been vigilant about my diet, exercise, and stress management. Running is my drug of choice and it helps stress and makes me feel strong. But little did I know that there was a bomb ticking somewhere else that would impact my health in a big way.

Someone I have loved and respected for a lot of years suddenly called me on the phone and proceeded to verbally attack me over something I had not done. I didn’t even understand what she was talking about and I’m not sure she did either. OU Boy heard the call and was in shock. Was she on drugs? Having a mental breakdown? WTF?

And just like that, I can’t eat. My anxiety is at level 10 and that one pound went quickly. My main goal was to be able to make it to the book festival with Scott Pelley. I did that and came straight home and couldn’t move for days. Crohn’s flares leave you unable to even lift your arm, much less eat.

What happened? I said, Screw this shit, this bitch isn’t worth dying for! So I ran. And ran and felt better and ate broth and drank copious amounts of herbal teas. And blocked her on every outlet I have. Sure, words are free, but the way you use them will cost you. I thought it would be so much more difficult than it was to just chop off the toxic crap, but it wasn’t at all. Much like Trump said yesterday, that to him Pelosi was no longer the speaker of the house, I said, you are no longer in my world.

This morning I brought all the Fall teas to the front of the cabinet, even though it was in the 90’s yesterday. And every night it rains so it’s humid and hot. It makes it hard to get in the Fall mood. But my that Vermont Maple herbal tea this morning made me want to wear boots.

Thanks for listening!

xxP

AND NOW THE TIME HAS COME…

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Good Wednesday Morning to you all. Still sipping the Ginger Peach Tea. My tummy is rumbly.

So the news. This is my last blog post on this site. While I will still be reviewing teas, I’m moving it all to my book review blog Here OU Boy is complaining that I don’t spend enough time with him so something had to give. If you follow me here just follow the other site so I can follow you back as I don’t want to lose any of you!!

Yesterday our pool closed for the year. No matter that it was hotter than hell. I thought seriously of putting on my black hooded cloak and a veiled mourning hat and just walking around it forlornly. We are such a dramatic bunch. But then OU Boy saved the day by offering to pick me up at lunchtime and let me hang out at the hotel’s pool and gym. What a gem he is!  But no, I was on a cleaning tear yesterday.

The kids’ new beds will be here next week and I needed to get in there and remove the old ones and streamline their craft and school work table which is about 8 feet long. I’ve been shoving all of the wedding stuff in there as well as all of my blown up floats so it was like a maze in there. But I got it done. Everyone’s closet has been cleaned out of anything that doesn’t fit anymore and making sure everyone’s winter coats were clean. I don’t know why I haven’t worn a coat in years.

I even cleaned out the refrigerator, which is gross. Used up the last of the squash and semi-organized the bookshelves. Today the outside windows are getting their Fall cleaning. I went through piles of paperwork and mail, sorted it and filed what we need to keep and tossed the rest. I finally was ready for a break and filled the bath with bubbles and was just relaxing and resting my mind when out of the corner of my eye was an Army man with a bazooka on the soap dish. Maybe he’s the one who is sending me those emails saying they cracked my computer and have video of me pleasuring myself and for only $800 in bitcoin they will destroy it. Nah, go ahead and send that out to my contacts list.  Actually, I called the FBI and sent them the newest batch. But man how I wanted to engage this POS!

So today is reading, cleaning windows and curtains and getting ready for Open House at Corbin’s school tomorrow night.

Have a peaceful and kind day!

xx P


 

HELLO, SEPTEMBER, YOU’RE EARLY!

As Hurricane Dorian tears through the Bahamas and heads for Florida, I’m happy to say my family knows what to do and is doing it. We had another mass shooting yesterday. As of today, at least in Oklahoma, any fool can get a gun and carry it into Target, and anywhere else you want. No Conceal and Carry Permit needed. Just grab your shotgun and hop over to your kids’ school and hope the teacher isn’t having a bad day.

I don’t understand why you need an Ar weapon or even a deer rifle in McDonald’s. This has disaster written all over it. I’m also extremely ticked off at the orange Cheeto in the oval office. I just heard him say, ” This storm is ‘uge, I don’t think I’ve ever heard that term Catagory 5.” You stupid idiot! The only reason I am in Oklahoma is that a CATAGORY 5 HURRICANE NAMED KATRINA destroyed our home and everything we owned. Remember how you trashed Bush for his non-response??? Please let this be the last straw for you and your crime boss family.

I woke up this morning with a message from Starbucks that PS is back. I’m not using the word even. Fall is Sept. 21st. It is almost 100 degrees today. It is still summer. Stop jumping the gun Starbucks.

WE spent the entire day floating in the pool in utter silence. It was totally relaxing!

So yeah, still summer, Susi, no putting up the damn Christmas Tree!!!

xx P

SAYING GOODBYE TO AUGUST IS HARD

Well, folks, it’s the last day of August. I believe we have lived it to the fullest. No rain this morning and I am sipping the last of my Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea. Waiting patiently on the Publisher’s Clearinghouse guys to get here with my giant check and some flowers.

This has been a crazy week of storms, living more than 24 hours without phones, electricity, and the internet. But we made it through. It took a lot of strong tea, a bit of crying and the Anxiety Fairy bringing her snotty little self over with an overnight bag!

With all of the storm nonsense, I forgot about the man with one leg. So, here is how that went down.  I was happily floating in the pool, trying to chill when I heard a man’s voice. I look up and there is an older gentleman speaking to me. I said hello, welcomed him to our little community and he proceeded to tell me why he moved here. Buckle up.

The Man:  I’m newly single after 50 years of marriage.

Me: Oh, I’m sorry. ( Me thinking the woman is dead)

The Man: Yep, last month was our 50th wedding anniversary and I asked her what she wanted and she said A Divorce. So now I’m looking for a new soulmate to live out my days with.

Me: 50 years? And now she wants out? Wow, that’s a lot of time to put in and not finish it.

The Man: She’s a bitch. After she said that I left. Gave her the house and everything.

Me: That’s rough.

The Man: I used to work in the stock market. Graduated from OU.

Me: That sounds interesting. I wouldn’t lead with the OU thing. I’m SEC.

The Man: That water sure looks good. Maybe I’ll take off my prosthetic leg and sit a bit. I’m blind in my right eye too so are there steps?

Me: Total Silence.  In my head: Holy Shitballs, Batman! Do I have some magnet on my head that says Tell me your story???

The Man: Well, I’d better be on my walk. I would love for you to stop by and have a cocktail or dinner sometime.

Me: (In a small squeaky voice) Okay…..

I told OU Boy as soon as he got home and he just shook his head. Now I’m thinking of setting the guy up with my neighbor who is single and closer to death than me. Or maybe not, I really like her and she brings me macarons from Ganache and homegrown tomatoes. Anyway, guys, you may want to wait for the ink to dry on the divorce papers before stalking a new soulmate.

Have a happy Saturday! It’s Football Time! And be safe if you are in the path of Dorian. Most of my family is on that path, so you know what to do.

xx P

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