The Story Behind Pura Vida


I was so excited yesterday to receive lots of mail. And the best one was this selection of bracelets, anklets and a starfish ring. I’m a big fan of Costa Rica. And in the summer of 2010 on a graduation trip the founders found two bracelet artisans living in poverty. Seeing an opportunity to help out their new friends, Griffin and Paul took home 400 bracelets to try to sell.

Well they sold out in days and the demand was crazy high. Pura Vida means ‘pure life’ in Spanish, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Each bracelet is carefully handcrafted and is unique. So far over 200 artisans are now earning a living!

The prices can’t be beat and make wonderful gifts while supporting artists in Costa Rica. I’ve already ordered several holiday gifts and I love the bracelets and the anklets. The ring is so precious too.

So that’s my Sunday! Everyone is feeling fine and laundry is done! Time to start the Thief’s Vinegar so we stay healthy all winter!

xx Patricia

TEA STICKERS…My life is complete!

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Something new today! Normally I stay away from books with stickers. I’ve already had too many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spiderman stickers all over the house.

But I love to make cards and tuck a tea sachet inside and while I’ve used stickers from the craft stores yesterday I found this lovely book of just Tea stickers.

And it was only $1.99! Thanks you Teresa Goodridge for this awesome idea!!

I know snail mail isn’t in vogue at the moment but there really is nothing that can replace that little smile when you receive an actual card or letter! There are so many lonely people around and I am trying to make an effort to mail at least one a week to random family members and people in assisted living homes. It’s an experiment and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

XX Patricia


Good Morning! Okay it isn’t morning but it is time for tea! Today I tried the sample I received from Harney & Sons the other day. Dragon Pearl Jasmine. Look at the sweet little ‘pearls’ in the sachet. They smelled amazing! Unfortunately the flavor wasn’t there for me. I couldn’t taste it. But you can’t hit it out of the park every time, you aren’t the Cubbies.

First and foremost I was brought back from the sleep of the dead at the ass crack of dawn by my sister texting me. Now this chick is up and raring to go at ungodly hours. And by raring to go I mean get her coffee and head to the porch or outside and sit. My half blind self saw just a part of the message. “You need to get on a plane now”. I’m stumbling out of the bed looking like Medusa and running to the potty to call her, totally freaking out. She answers the phone just as calm as can be and asked if I had my coffee yet. She is a sneaky one! So I got up and brushed my teeth and made my coffee and called her back. We are planning a trip next year and we needed to discuss it.

It’s not the worst way to be woken up. And to be fair it was 8 a.m. and I needed to get up as we are in a break from the rain until tonight and I needed a couple of hours on the pool float to contemplate life.

Back to the tea order. I ordered the Earl Grey Supreme this time. How is it different from Earl Grey? Well this one is a blend of four black teas, silver tips and a little extra bergamot. So when my lovely neighbor Ms. Barrymore, popped by to bring me some purple hull peas and tomatoes from the farmer’s market, I insisted she try it with me. I understand why they added the Supreme to this one. Talk about a smooth, light tea! The aroma was strong and we steeped it for 4 minutes, and we drank an entire pot! Highly recommend this one.

I’m headed back to the pool listening to Radiohead today. Creep!

xx Patricia      What are you up to today?

Would you like some Porridge? It’s Heavenly!


Good Monday Morning! I’m enjoying a nice Tazo Earl Grey Noir Organic this morning with my porridge.

A lovely person sent me these boxes of porridge that are Protein and Fiber strong. They each have 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 27 to 29 grams of whole grains, such as steel-cut oats, whole rolled oats, red quinoa with the peanut butter one having peanuts and honey and the Vanilla one has almonds, pecans and Madagascar vanilla. Sugar? 9 grams.

This morning I tried the Madagascar Vanilla, Almonds and Pecans. It was yummy and smooth. Yesterday I tried the Honey Peanut Butter and holy moly was that good. I have no idea how the little porridge elves made this taste exactly like creamy peanut butter, but it was exceptional. I had a little bowl of blueberries with it. When I say it is good I mean I would eat it every day!

Yesterday OU Boy and I hung out at the pool and then went grocery shopping. Very low-key as we had gone to my friend Debra’s birthday party Saturday night and slept until almost 10 a.m. Around 6 last night I was reading in the bath when OU Boy comes to the door and tells me he has a quick errand to run but he has chicken parm in the oven and the timer is set. Me: Blank Stare. Who are you and where is my husband? He just laughed and said he googled a recipe. People that was the best stuff I have ever tasted! That man can cook. He crushed Ritz crackers and mixed olive oil and herbs and parmesan and I would have eaten my arm to get to that stuff! Just when you think you know a person….Boom…they have new skills!

Y’all have a great one. I am going to try!

xx Patricia


WE made it to Friday and the heavens have rewarded us with rain. Glorious, much-needed rain.

The kids are still snuggled in their beds watching Goosebumps on their pads so it’s quiet except for the rain falling.

Yesterday at tea time, we made a pot of the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. The smell was wonderful with the almonds coming through nicely. It is a light green tea and very smooth with notes of pink peppercorn coming through followed by the wonderful aroma and taste of almond.  Charli tried hers with a Clover Blossom Honey Spoon. We did not think that adding sweetness to the tea added anything to it so we drank ours without sweetener and she licked the honey spoon like a lollipop.

I have to say it was really good and I plan to go back this weekend and get the Blue and Pink ones. We got in a game of tennis yesterday before it started to sprinkle, so we went to Wal-Mart. I have to take a xanax just to go in there, but they are the only ones that carry the brand of body gel I like. It gives you a nice glow but it is also waterproof and keeps my skin from coming into contact with chlorine in the pool. We’re a sensitive lot.

While there we saw what I am assuming were teachers buying out every supply in the store. I asked them what were they doing. Apparently some schools are just telling parents to send in $20 and they will provide the supplies. I was outraged! Buying school supplies is a personal thing. If my kid wants all purple supplies, she’s getting all purple supplies. If it makes her excited to pick out her own stuff, then she’s doing that. We look forward to new supplies day, even after all these years of teaching I still love it. So no, good sir, we will not go with the flow. We are making our own choices. This isn’t a facist state just yet!

Have a good one! WE are snuggling up with Mrs. Doubtfire because they have never seen it! Lord I feel old!

xx Patricia


Good Sunday Morning! A lovely start to the day with some Meyer Lemon Iced Tea that I tossed some strawberries into. So good. Like summer in your mouth!

Yesterday I spent the entire day at the pool. Reading, floating and just letting my mind turn off for a bit. I’m so lucky to have people who always have my back and let me have the space I need when I’m not up to being a functional adult.

OU Boy always knows what I need. Friday night he hustled me to the bathing suit store where I bought 2 new suits and a new set of white sheets. We all know how horrid it is trying on swimsuits. But this shop has wonderful lighting and helpful staff and I would have bought one more but the bottoms were white and well, that is never good.

Last night we tried out a new pizza place and it was amazingly good. I had a Greek Salad and toasted Ravioli and my mouth was a very happy place. Then we came home and snuggled on the sofa to watch Atomic Blonde. Honestly it was so boring I mentally checked out halfway through. But I did finish a book!

This morning I cut some lilacs to go in a vase and they smell amazing. And now I shall go and finish at least one more book today.

Be kind to yourself and know that you are not alone, even when you think you are.

xx Patricia


Hello Monday! No matter what you always show up, don’t you? This morning I wanted to tell you about a tea I found yesterday. It’s Tazo Cucumber White. The box states the ingredients as : White Tea, Lime Peel, Dandelion Leaves, Black Darjeeling Tea, Cucumber,Peppermint, Lemon Verbena and natural Lime Essence.

On opening the packet you get a lovely and light aroma of the lime and lemon verbena. After steeping it for 3 minutes it smelled lovely. The taste was refreshing and bright. It reminded me of the water I keep in the refrigerator. A carafe full of White Tea mixed with slices of lime, cucumber and mint. Only it’s hot. I loved it and will definitely be adding it to the iced rotation as well.

I especially liked the box which stated: Where do cucumbers go to unwind? A spa carved in the crevice of an iceberg, with blue cooling pools, white tea saunas and a swim-up bar lined with lime peel mugs filled with piping hot tea.

Cucumbers are apparently living the life! So that’s our tea for today. Now, grab that cup and listen to this!

Without mentioning names, Tommy came home Saturday and said, You are never going to believe it but there is a lady up at the club having a dog birthday party. Dog bowls full of water and treats, All kinds of doggy decorations and excess but I’m still thinking this is one of those little old ladies who thinks her dog is a child. WRONG!! Couldn’t be further from the truth. Going back to see, it was a birthday party for a kid who thinks he is a dog. He dresses like a dog, he eats out of bowls and barks. You know every mother there was talking trash about her parenting skills! I mean Corbin thinks he’s Spiderman but he knows he isn’t. Can you imagine these poor Junior League Mommas watching their offspring eating out of a dog bowl on the ground? This should have been on Lifetime for some reason. My Strange Addiction or My son, the dog.

What’s the craziest party you have ever been to? And if you’ve been to one of my out of this world kid’s birthday parties you better just hush.

Love and Kindness….Bless her heart!

xx Patricia

Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe


Welcome to the lovely world of Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe. Located in beautiful Pinehurst, North Carolina.

In naming her tea room, Marian Caso was inspired by the story of Anna Maria Stanhope Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who is credited with inventing the British custom of afternoon tea. since 2008, it has become a favorite with locals and tourist of the area.

You can look forward to a Victorian atmosphere with crystal and fine china. Diners have more than 60 loose-leaf tea options, which are individually brewed once ordered. They also offer breakfast and lunch and a number of afternoon tea selections, making it perfect for those looking for a light tea as well as something more substantial.


Address: 21 Chinquapin Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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If you are in Pinehurst, check them out!
Have a great Sunday and take time for tea and conversation!

A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh

A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by [Walsh, Alison]

A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime
Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in WonderlandThe Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . .
Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy:


  • Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia


  • Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland


  • Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh


  • Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women


  • Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer


  • And more!


Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.

What a lovely book full of recipes and book references. Each one evokes a memory of a story, a book, another time and place. Perfect for the tea lover, book lover or both!

Netgalley/Skyhorse Publishing  June 05, 2018


Taylors Green Jasmine Leaf Tea Caddy 125G Taylors of Harrogate Green Jasmine Leaf Tea, Loose Leaf, 4.41 Ounce Box - Green tea with jasmine in cup and teapot

This green tea has been a favorite in China since the days of the Song dynasty, eight centuries ago. The best quality comes from Fujian Province where Flowery Orange Pekoe leaf tea is mixed with freshly opened jasmine flowers, and left overnight to allow the tea to absorb the scent of jasmine. The flavor is light and sweet with a subtle perfume. Use a warmed teapot and add one teaspoon of tea per person and an extra ‘one for the pot’. Add water just under the boil and infuse for 2-3 minutes. Serve on its own. You can top the teapot up with more hot water as you enjoy the tea.

This is a really lovely tea. You get that mellow green tea with a hint of jasmine on the back of the tongue. I am loving these new green tea combinations this time of year. Light and wonderfully flavored, I don’t think I have ever met a Taylor’s tea I did not like.

Most tea sellers sell samples, so you can try before you buy a large quantity and I would suggest doing just that. The market we go to has a huge tea selection and I feel it is my obligation to educate anyone in the tea aisle. Yesterday I helped a lovely woman choose an oolong.  I left feeling I had done a good deed. OU Boy sarcastically said next time I should just bring my business cards along and pass them out in the tea aisle. Not a bad idea as I would hate for someone to judge tea on one bad choice.

One poor fellow kept telling us he was looking for steeped tea. OU Boy whispered, Isn’t all tea steeped?  Yes, honey, but we don’t tell people that, we can only ask what color it was and if he liked it. Or just pick one and tell him it’s steeped.

It’s been a great week so far. Sunshiny and the wildfires are getting under control. Baby ducklings are waddling by the lake and two ducks were fighting over a female in my pool. Spring is definitely in the air!

I have heard so much about the Netflix show The Handmaid’s Tale that I got the first season and we binge watched and ate chocolate twizzlers. I will not be watching it again. Subjugation of women is not a topic I can discuss without hand gestures.

Have a lovely Tuesday! Try a new tea, expand your horizons!

xx Patricia