Sharing Some Chai and a Dead Deer

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Yes, you did read that correctly. It is still cold out but at 30 degrees I guess we can’t complain. Well we can, but we won’t. Especially since I have a lovely pot of Chai sitting next to me! Nothing like all of those warming spices to get those bones warm!

Today was the Corneal Surgeon appointment. It was really early but I think I covered my jammies nicely! My lovely doctor made it back from Korea safely. He had some nice tales to tell. As he was explaining what comes next, OU Boy quickly got up and hustled to the waiting room. He has a thing about people poking things in my eye.

I had to wear these weird steam punk looking glasses and then I had to sit in a chair, bend down and look at the floor. Dr. D. sat on the floor between my legs and popped a fluid filled lens on my sclera. And then I was rattling off those eye chart letters! Keeping fingers crossed I will have one more surgery to fix some flap the lens sits on and then I can get this Scleral Lens. Not to be confused with a Sclera Lens, which makes the zombies look dead. No sutures came out but he may just leave them in forever.

But it gets better, he always has a Resident or a Fellow with him and he explained my case and then said, “Removing the cataract that developed because of the massive steroids was really easy because she is so young.” Yep, right then and there I fell in love with him all over again.  So that is the good news. The bad news is this lens costs around $4,000.00 but it’s for life. Insurance covers some but not the bulk of it. I’m trying to decide if I want this bad enough to forgo my entire Spring wardrobe. I’m still thinking.

OU Boy just sent me this on the way back…only in Oklahoma…

Yes, that is a gutted deer on the roof of an SUV. I have no words.   Stay warm and Be Nice. Try a cuppa Chai!

xx Patricia

You,Me and a Cuppa Tea!

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Good Morning Y’all! Since I am still fighting this sore throat thing I am sticking to some good Zen Tea from Tazo this morning. Since I was so rudely shaken out of bed by a text from my sister! Yep, that would be you Victoria Beth!

She is such a kind and good soul, she has been up in the frozen tundra we call “as far north as you can go and still be in the USA”, taking care of our mother while she recuperates from a broken pelvis. And to be sure I asked her what the heck she was doing out of bed! Turns out Momma gets up at 5 a.m., you know that time when most murders happen. True Story. Honest.

We are trying to get used to this new schedule of having Friday and Saturday off, but I am as confused as heck! Yesterday I stayed in bed all day reading with a throat so sore I thought I may have swallowed acid. Thank goodness today is better.

I guess this is a Bank Holiday as it is closed. And for a good reason. Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. A man I never met, although I have met his wife. I wonder what he would think of the current political debacle? I wonder how much progress we have made and whether he would be disappointed in us? Most of all I’m wondering why race is an issue. We are all members of the human race. Period. No distinctions needed about color,who you love or who you want to become. Seriously, we are all the same. Except Trump, I’m not sure where he came from but I do wish he would go back there!

Enjoy your Monday. Be Nice. Be Kind. Be a Human Being!

xx Patricia, who is going back to bed.

 

Where There Is Goodness There Is Magic

Good Sunday Morning to you! Sitting here in the office savoring my morning tea. English Breakfast by Tazo. I popped a pinch of cinnamon on top this morning and with a dash of Almond Milk, that stuff is delicious!

Outside it’s looking pretty gloomy. And windy, very windy. But at least we haven’t had to turn on the heat yet. Supposed to rain today and we desperately need it. I swear this is the driest place I have ever lived. We go through lotion by the gallon.

One of my beliefs is that if you can dream it, you can do it. A little bit of magic, a whole lot of hard work, and a strong network of women who keep you on the right track and you can change the world. Or at least your little corner of the world. And that is what I wanted.

I believed in my husband until he believed in himself and Boom!, he took off like a bottle rocket. I am so proud of him I think I have stars in my eyes, or maybe those are floaters in that left eye. Either way, he had a dream and he made it happen. The fact that it came at the same time as my dream was a bonus.

Every challenge I’ve taken on, this man has been right there beside me cheering me on. And now we get to do that for each other. You see, after having several heart attacks and open heart surgeries before he was even 35, then being told there is no more they can do, he was pretty much just waiting to die. Now he is fighting to live and not only live but flourish. The smoking is gone, the diet is great, lost about 15 pounds since Christmas and I couldn’t be any prouder of him. I mean good lord, one day I found him cleaning out and organizing his dresser and closet! A man throwing away socks and underwear! It’s a miracle I tell you!

This year instead of just dreaming a little dream, how about living a little dream!

xx Much Love  Patricia

You Are The Fairest of Them All!

Good Thursday Morning. Unfortunately this flu thing has gone through our entire group, so we are all staying inside, in bed! Poor OU Boy tried to go to work today but is on his way back to bed and his own toilet!

Thank you all for the helpful comments this week. From what I hear it went well. I have been living on Tazo’s Green Ginger Tea as it calms my tummy a bit. But then someone throws up and I do what I call sympathy gagging. Aren’t you glad you stopped by today?

Have a good Thursday and I’m hoping we will all be well soon. I know I’m getting a lot of reading done!

xx Patricia

Monday Sick Day and a Question!

Good Monday Morning World! I am happy to report that we still have no snow and none in sight! I will stay happily in the 60’s.  This mornings tea is Tazo Refresh Mint Tea. Not my usual morning tea at all.

But when you are awake before 4 a.m. with the urge to throw up, it’s about all I can tolerate.  No, this isn’t some flu, it’s just life with Crohn’s Disease. Obviously I ate something that didn’t agree with my stomach and now I’ll be paying for that for a while.

It’s my own fault. I just really wanted some good cheese. So today I’m staying in bed with the heating pad and hoping to feel better.

I wanted to ask you all a question. We’ve all heard the #metoo on social media and we have also seen and heard women stand up and tell their stories. But what if the person who is being sexually inappropriate towards you is your father in law? He has a couple of accusations from family and a few warnings at work. Your husband knows about it. The entire family knows about it. But instead of having her back, he just decided to keep his wife and his family separate, as he doesn’t like confrontation. So what do you say, should he be standing up for her and his sisters? Or do they just let it go and fester like a boil until it comes to a head and shit goes everywhere? What would you do if this was your husband?  And no, I’m not asking for a friend.

Back to bed today and hope to feel better tomorrow!

xx Patricia

Have Tea. Send Cookies. And Books, yeah, Books.

Trying out one of the Holiday Teas from Celestial Seasonings, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. 

I wasn’t really impressed with the smell right out of the box. But after brewing there was a lovely and delicate aroma of sugar cookies. Not that overwhelming artificial ingredients smell, just a light sugar cookie smell and a lovely naturally sweet taste. Absolutely perfect for dunking a holiday sugar cookie in.

Yesterday was the last day I had OU Boy to boss around and do things for me so I needed to grab a few things from the market that I could mange to make myself. The first one did not have a very good selection of tea, although I did meet a lovely older gentleman who had spent a lot of time in the UK and we compared notes and I gave him advice on Rooibos for his wife.

So it was on to Wal-Mart to brave the crowd. I didn’t buy anything here but wanted to show you these pictures of the tea/coffee aisle.

Yes that is a bunch of tea. But the best part to me was how much was gone! People are buying tea now and the stores are responding to the demand. That is very encouraging. Then we went to Target where they had a lovely sale on Tazo Tea. So I stocked up on some of those and some holiday teas. In line the two people in front of me were also only buying tea! So all in all, I bought 2 cans of soup and lots of tea. That’s it.

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xx Patricia

Having Tea And Watching The Lawn Furniture Blow To Kansas.

This morning dawned sunny and bright but a bit chilly. Yesterday it was 82 degrees and so far today it’s 55 and turning darker by the minute with winds expected to be severe. So a nice cup of Chai Tea with almond milk was just the thing to warm my little heart with all of those yummy warming spices. I’ve already had to go get the lawn chairs once and I’m not doing it again. If they are in your yard, they are now yours!

Yesterday my sister posted about Tea!! The Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie. I’m so proud. Changing the world one cup at a time….

The pink eye crisis is over. I could tell yesterday that she was better. I had to go hide my basket of lip gloss. But we had a grand time. We made soup and drank tea out of martini glasses. We painted on a few rocks. We checked out the latest Mila and Emma video and then spent the rest of the day going over every page of InStyle Magazine gasping over the boots and wondering if the 70’s were making a comeback. I don’t care who you are those floral muu-muu’s are not attractive. We finally found a page of looks we would do but basically we spent hours going,” Oh my God, who would wear that out of the house???”.

Then we did a sniff test on all of my teas. I hold them under her nose and she has to tell me which tea it is. I have to say she is really good.

If you were wondering, and I’m sure you were not, I am making nothing for Thanksgiving. Zip, Zero, Nada. Number one reason is I can not stand a mess and I’m not cleaning that up. We will go to Auntie Anne’s and feast with family. At least that is what I thought. Turns out even though we aren’t frying our own turkey this year, OU Boy has received so many requests for fried cajun style turkey that he decided he’d do a few or more. But at least that is outside.

Enjoy your weekend! And remember “I’d rather not say” is a perfectly acceptable answer to “Did you enjoy the pie?” I’ve taken that up as my mantra. Whenever anyone asks me a question and I don’t want to lie. Cause, like, Santa and all that. Even though he sounds sort of pervy.

xx Patricia

Tea With The Anxiety Fairy

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Well when I woke up this morning and up until this very minute I thought it was Friday. I”m also a time zone behind so who knows what’s next?

Let’s start with a cup of tea. This morning I’m going to my stand by English Breakfast Tea by Tazo. I’ve tried others. But this one does the job for me.

So as you know I am waiting impatiently for the nurse to call and schedule another eye surgery. I made the mistake of looking into cataract surgery when you have someone else’s cornea still being held in place with 11 sutures. That explained why we can’t do laser. And then the Anxiety Fairy strode right in and kicked my ass for about 4 straight hours. I really didn’t want to send her away with the magic pill. So I tried something else. Laughter.

OU Boy: ” Listen to this thing I taped on my phone last night.

Me: Ok

Him: Plays audio of snoring.

Me: That’s not snoring, it’s growling. I growl in my sleep.

Him: Uh,  no, that is straight up snoring.

Me: I don’t appreciate you smearing my good name. Why are you even here?

I’m pretty sure he did it to get back at me for an honest mistake I made Monday. I’m in the tub reading and the doorbell rings. I shouted hang on and wrapped myself in a towel, thinking Well it’s just OU Boy and it was not. It was the handyman come to fix my closet doors. I unlocked the door and yelled, “Wait for a 10 count and then come on in, I was in the tub”. He did and I quickly put a robe on over the towel. He fixed the closet and left.

When I told OU Boy he was nowhere near amused. More like furious. “Who does that?” Well apparently I do so other people must do it too. So last night when he left his parting words were ” I don’t give a damn who rings this doorbell. Do. Not. Answer. The. Door.

Aye, Aye oh Captain. I would say sorry but I have been  waiting on this guy to repair my closet door for a long time and I wasn’t going to miss getting it done.

I was making a butternut and white bean soup last night and asked him to cut the squash open for me. He did and then volunteered to gut them. He will never make that mistake  again. We were gagging over the sink and laughing so hard. OU Boy said “OH F***, I’m imagining Cynthia in the compost heap with this crap. More balls than we have!”.

By the way the soup was delish! And then I realized, I had no idea where little Miss Anxiety Fairy had gone to. But the important thing is she wasn’t at my house any longer! We had laughed her right out of the house.

I was grateful. And Gratitude brings miracles you can’t imagine.

xx Patricia  Have a great Thursday!  Enjoy some tea! Never answer the door in a towel or Saran Wrap. Bad. Yugely. Bigly.

Big Mug of Tea, Blankets,and a Book.

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Good Sunday Morning to Y’all! It was 37 degrees this morning! I did not want to get out of my warm bed. I compromised and popped into the kitchen and quickly made a Chai Tea Latte with Almond Milk. All of those warming spices hit the spot and I could go back to my warm blankie and my Carolyn Hart book Ghost on The Case.

You know you can make a tea latte yourself. Make some tea, warm the milk and use a frother to whip that stuff. I use about half milk, half tea. A lot of people add a sweetener, but I find the spices and the almond milk make it sweet enough for me. And there isn’t much better than a Chai Latte’ on a cold morning. Or evening.

This has been a packed week-end! OU Boy is putting the final touches on the great room from Harry Potter. With 30 foot ceilings, it was a challenge hanging 250 candles on almost invisible fishing line. But it looks amazing, as does the fireplace with cards shooting out of it. Talented guy. And only one boo boo when he slit open his thumb.

No complaints though. I was moving some things around in my office and dropped one of these 2 feet by 2 feet old as crap and rusty barrel holders that I had hoped to one day use as they look cool but instead one fell on my right ankle area and now I have what looks like a brand of a V. It bled a little and I cleaned it and put Neosporin on it. But yeah, it’s still there. Perfect V scab. Now I don’t need a tattoo.

Stay Warm! Stay Safe! Enjoy some tea and a nice book today. Be kind to yourself.

Happy Halloween!

 

Be Happy, Be Fearless, Be You!

It’s Wednesday! Today we are trying Harney & Sons Organic English Breakfast Tea. Now normally I drink Tazo Awake English Breakfast because it’s strong! But this one I didn’t need my tiny bit of Almond Milk in my cup. It was very smooth. So that was good!

I am deeply into this beautiful Russian Folklore book and don’t want to put it down to do the million and one things I need to do. I did keep my doctor’s appointment. And in a couple of hours I’ll head downtown with OU Boy to watch the Thunder vs. Pacers. Now let me translate that statement. I’m going to the arena to ogle my boy Carmelo Anthony….oh how I love him and his hoodie. So pictures may be up tomorrow.

OU Boy is upset with me. Or more accurately my mouth. It would seem I have no filter. And he is terrified someone is going to start some type of shit and he’s going to have to beat the crap out of someone. I wasn’t sure that boy at the mailbox was aware that the bleach blonde look wasn’t a good one for him. Yes, I said, That’s not a good look for you. In the waiting room a lady in a bright pink track suit thing had this big black corset looking thing around her waist and I may have wondered out loud what the heck that was? Seriously he was so uptight about this that he came to the back with me just in case I had any other “inside your head” moments that were tempted to sneak out of my mouth.

I did manage to have an interesting conversation with a Native American man and I enjoyed that very much. And while we were sitting there I read him Cynthia’s post and he started gagging like a baby! It was hilarious!

So I’m off to jump in the shower!

xx Patricia  High Society Tea