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

 

Making A Choice…and Tea!

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Good Thursday Morning to Y’all. I’m feeling Zen today. So I’m going with the Tazo Zen tea today. With the temperatures dropping it may get moved to the back shelf until warmer weather so the winter teas have some room.

This has been a week hasn’t it? Although I have to say that the leak under the slab was relatively painless. I discovered it on Monday when my closet floor felt really hot. OU Boy pulled out his digital infrared thermometer and it was 105.5.  We knew we had a hot water line break. The plumber was here early the next morning. And by early I mean he was here at 9 a.m. on the dot.  People, I am not company ready at that time of day. This meant a change in my schedule and my anxiety was looking for a way out.

OU Boy bundled me and all of my things up and dropped me at the library and sent me text updates about the jack hammering and the dust collecting. And people watching at the library is always a fun activity. Everything was repaired and new concrete poured by early afternoon. Now everything in the living room is covered with a fine layer of dust that I’m thinking of just leaving there for a Halloween decoration.

I’ve talked some about CBT and how it has help my anxiety and I had an email asking what that was. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is identifying the event and controlling how you react to said event. I’m not a professional here. I’m a visual learner. I learn best by reading or seeing something rather than you telling me orally about it. I have worksheets, or I did for a while. Now it’s just second nature. The worksheets are divided into 3 parts A- The Activating Event (Something happened) B-Belief/Stuck Point (I tell myself something) C- Consequence (I feel something). Then I ask myself, “Are my thoughts above in “B” realistic? In my mind I’m playing out the scenario and any way it can negatively affect me. It’s a way to help me control situations. And for me it works.

I was all set to be really Zen today and OU Boy just shot me a text that the entire Thunder team and families are up at the Club celebrating the Thunders tenth anniversary. Even Melo and Lala! I am not feeling very zen towards him at the moment. I knew he cut out of here awful early this morning. Seriously, how could you forget to tell me that???

Have a calm and peaceful day. Make a choice to be kind. Make someone’s day a little bit better today. A smile, a kind word, a cup of tea, or you can just try not to start shit! Whatever level you are at!

xx Patricia

Grab A Cup! It’s Sunday!

Exciting tea related news! Now my local market carries Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea in a 48 count box! My tea filled heart is eternally grateful to the people at Tazo for recognizing we need more that 24.

It’s a gorgeous sunny day here in Oklahoma. I’m definitely in a sunflower mood today. They are one of my favorite flowers. OU Boy brought me this lovely arrangement yesterday, even after his team got schooled by Iowa yesterday and the entire Sooner Nation went silent. Especially after Iowa took a page out of Baker Mayfield’s book of tricks and planted their flag on the 50 yard line. It was ugly. Let’s move on.

Y’all know with this transplant thing still going on ( I’ve had marriages that didn’t last this long) I am not really good with peripheral vision on that side. When we went to the country last week I thought I saw a field of sunflowers and excitedly told OU Boy to look over there at all of them. Him: Those aren’t sunflowers, they are just plants that have turned yellow because they are dead. Oh well, he could have just said Sure and moved on.

I love the idea of sunflowers. They always have their faces turned towards the sun. That is a good life lesson. Always stand up straight with your head up and smiling. We may not have a lot to smile about some days but it really can change your day. And more importantly it could change someones day.

Be someones Sunflower today. Smile at someone who needs it today and reward yourself with a nice cup of tea!

xx Patricia

Dessert Delights from Tazo!

As a lover of all things macaron, when I saw this Tazo dessert delights collection of teas, I had to grab a box and try it out.

I chose the Vanilla Bean Macaron made with black tea with notes of vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. Ingredients are listed as: Black Tea, Natural Flavors, Chicory Root, Cocoa Peel, licorice Root, Roasted Yerba Mate, Cinnamon and Cardamom.

It actually reminded me a little of Harney & Sons Paris Tea in aroma and taste. I can see where this would be a lovely after dinner dessert tea. I enjoyed it very much. Since I didn’t have a sweet on hand to try it with, I added a splash of Almond Milk, which added sweetness as well as a smooth taste.

Give it a try!  I found an entire row of Tazo Tea at Target for $2.98 a box! Great deal.

xx Patricia   Share a cup of tea with someone today!

New Autumn Teas and Some Old Favorites! It’s Fall Y’all!

According to ‘people’ it’s Fall. Or Autumn, whichever you prefer. It’s still hot as hades here and humid too, but we are not going to complain at all when we know our fellow human beings are having a pretty rough time of it this month.

It can be overwhelming. Which is always where tea comes in. A few precious moments to sit and think healing thoughts for our neighbors and our planet. A time out from the constant barrage of bad news. You will drive yourself crazy if you don’t.

My favorites are the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon and the Tazo Baked Cinnamon Apples. Although I won’t say no to any of them!

For those of you keeping track, I had a stitch taken out of my eye yesterday. Only 13 left to go. Yesterday was one of those at the eye surgeons office for hours days. We marked time by how many HGTV shows came on. And people watched. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I did notice that there are quite a lot of people who wear their pajamas and house slippers in public. I just can’t figure this phenomenon out. Every time I leave the house I hear my Momma’s voice in my head asking if my undergarments match. But these folks aren’t even getting dressed! I’m pretty sure this is where the break down in our society is coming from. People not even caring if they have on clothes, must less making sure they match! I tried to ask one why, but OU Boy was there reminding me to Be Nice. Which is apparently something he believes he has to do to save Oklahoma from me pointing out the obvious

Anyway, the taking out of the stitch makes OU Boy queasy so he leaves the room. To make up for that he took me to the new Super Grocery Store that just popped up across the street from Wal-mart. They had bulk bins for everything! Organic, GF, Dairy Free and it was all so nice and clean! They even had an in-house Sushi Chef and let me tell you, I may not be into the gas station sushi, but this stuff was amazing! I ate two samples and then bought some for dinner. I also bought a few of every root vegetable they had, as it is that season. Then I got to the check out and the lady had to ask me what each and every item was. Seriously? You have never seen a turnip or a parsnip or a beet for craps sake?

It was about that time that OU Boy pointed out we may need to just hush and go on home and take a Xanax. So we did. Then we snuggled up on the sofa and watched television while I moaned and whined about how bad my eye hurt. He was happy to put me to bed. He was gone when I got up and it is his day off, so I’m not sure if he’s just had enough or I forgot he had somewhere to be.

Have a good Wednesday and Be Nice! Be Thankful!

xx Patricia

 

A New Day and A New Tea!

bf5d3f764342fd8bd8f774bf951acfe6 It is indeed a new day! Nice and Sunny here with no wind! Yesterday was not that great of a day. Yes it was Monday which normally would say it all, but the issue was my tummy and something I ate.

I tried out a new to me tea by Tazo.     RefreshMint. Peppermint, Spearmint and a touch of Taragon. It was really intense minty flavor and is very good! It settled my tummy down nicely. I’m reading the follow-up to the Bear and the Nightingale! Really good.

For all our friends in Florida, it looks like Hurricane Irma is about to slam y’all into Georgia! Please be safe and don’t get stuck  someplace we can’t find you! Just leave now. You know with a name like Irma, this chick has anger issues, so just go. Like Now.

This is my Saturday so I asked OU Boy if he wanted to go to the Myriad Gardens and do Yoga. His response “Are you talking to me or one of your hippy yoga friends on the internet thing?” Seriously you are in your 30’s Dude. It’s not called an internet thingy.

I guess that means he isn’t going even though I made sure to kick nudge him out of the bed with my knees. Which in sleep talk means, get out of my bed now. I need that side too and don’t you have somewhere you have to be? I admit I don’t like waking up to people in my bed. Not that there’s a line of them or anything, just the one.

We will be keeping an eye out for all of my family who lives in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and the Carolinas this week. I love you all and know  you won’t do anything stupid!

If you’re looking for a new book to read today, Sing,Unburied,Sing is out today and is set in Mississippi and it is outstanding!

xx Patricia

Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see..Mark Twain

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Good Morning Beautiful People of The Page! I have my tea and a good book to finish today and I have had my bowl of pumpkin porridge. I love porridge. It’s a warm hug in a bowl!

Speaking of things I like, the other day I asked my FB people if I’m the only person in the world who eats Sardines in Mustard with crackers. One person said Hell Yeah! The rest were grossed out. These are the same sisters that eat chicken livers and gizzards. My mother commented You are truly your daddy’s daughter! Well, yes, that is how I found out about those delicious little fish bodies ( or bait as Tommy calls them). When Daddy would go to the deer camp all of Momma’s rules went out the window and we ate all kinds of things we weren’t allowed to have at home.

At the deer camp is also where I learned not to spray things you find in the glove box. You should know that no man carries around air freshener. But they do carry Doe Urine. And it’s gross. But back to the sardines…ladies if you are not in the mood for love, eat a few of these little suckers. I promise you your man will not come anywhere near your mouth!

I hope everyone did something kind yesterday! It is a really hard time all over the world to stay positive. People are hurting and dying and we all feel pretty helpless to do anything about it. All I know to do is just be kind. Especially if you have anxiety issues already. Yesterday I was kind to my husband. I cut my hair so he would stop complaining about all the hair all over the bathroom. I thought about cooking something but after a bit that feeling passed.

Today I have to finish a book. Because tomorrow I’m having guests. My favorite people in the world, so I want to be able to give them my undivided attention.

I’m sending virtual hugs to all of you and a hand to hold if you need it! Of course, if you have food, you can come get a real hug!

Much love   Patricia