Happy Valentine’s Day!

Oh Wednesday, I am so happy to see you! I’m trying to ease back into my schedule now that the horrible plague and Tommy’s surgery are over. He went to work this morning. I doubt if he’ll make it an entire day, but he’s determined.

Yesterday he overdid it and ended up having to take a pain pill and that started the throwing up so we missed Corbin’s musical event last night, which killed us, but I got video and it was so cute.

So the house was very quiet when I got up this morning. I came around the living room corner to go make tea and almost had a stroke. There was a 7 foot tall balloon bouquet standing there and I screamed “I have a bat!” The worst part? I put it there. It was for Tommy for Valentines Day. Because we celebrate so many birthdays tomorrow we do V-Day early.  The heat had kicked on and it was swaying like one  of those things in front of a car dealership. Scared me good. And not just once. Coming back too! That was pre-caffeine.

The Whisky Cake Café 🥃😍😍

We went to Whiskey Cake Cafe’ the day before surgery and I had this delicious Parsnip-Apple Soup. Oh was it good. This is the famous whiskey cake. Gayle ordered Gingersnap Ice cream with hers and declared it transformative. It also comes with a bowl of freshly whipped cream. It was all delicious, the cake has whiskey and apples and sticky toffee…yum. If you haven’t been please do. The place is so cute and everything was just warm and welcoming.

Time to put on the running shoes and get back at it. Hope your day is peaceful and warm.

xx P

Happy Monday~ GREAT NEWS!!

Happy Monday~ It has been a long weekend here. Cold too. I hope you are all safe and warm.

Friday’s surgery was an all day affair. We finally got back to the OR and of course I asked Dr. White if I could see the tumor. He was very quick to offer to take a picture. Almost gleeful. Aunt Gayle and I posted up it the waiting area right out side the OR with about 50 other people who had not read the memo on NO CHILDREN BEYOND THIS POINT. So I pointed it out to them. For hours I drank tea, listened shamelessly to other people’s conversations and silently judged the ones who had NOT turned their phones off. Well maybe not so silently, but I was stressed.

A few hours in I received a call from Diane in the OR to meet the good doctor in the hall real quick. We were like giddy kids doing something behind our parents back! He had the picture and then took my phone and took one next to a ruler so you all could share in the gory thing he and I decided to call “Da Tumor” in our best Terminator voices.

So for the squeamish or faint of heart, look away!

I sent it to my sister and said, “We had a baby! It’s a boy/girl/mutant!” Actually our Oncologist said he is certain it is not cancerous, although we are waiting on final confirmation from the pathologist. Just a bunch of fat. Which Gayle and I wondered if it had just banded together and formed this long 2 pound ovoid and how could we get our fat to work that out???

The weekend was spent doling out meds. Oxycodone and Tommy don’t really go well together. Lots of throwing up and passing out. Today he is going down to just Motrin and believe it or not he’s going back to work on Wednesday. He has slept a lot and I have read a lot. Plus my mother went home from the hospital on Saturday.

I want to take a minute to say Thank You to all of you who were praying and sending us good thoughts! It means the world to us. After surgery when he could sit up we just clung to each other and prayed and gave thanks and cried and released a ton of weight off of our shoulders.

The up side of this is how seriously he is taking his recovery and drinking SuperFood Smoothies with me and hardly drinking any iced sweet tea. But a lot of herbal tea.

I’m headed to the market as I don’t think he will live on spinach much longer!

Happy Monday and Here is a big hug and kisses for you all!

xx P

A WINTER WALTZ

Wednesday Love to you all! While we still have no snow, I think I would rather have that than the constant drizzle of freezing rain. Mother Nature in Oklahoma is much like a menopausal woman. Freezing one minute and hot as hell the next. It’s just too much to keep up with.

I love this little winter poem. I love the idea of winter and snow. I love the reality of sandy beaches and sunshine! Are you still in the deep freeze? With this allergy turned bronchitis mess, I’ve been stuck in the house under covers drinking copious amounts of tea, full of herbal goodness. Last night my fever broke just as Tommy’s blood pressure tanked again and he almost passed out again. I wish I had a video of that scene. Him yelling, ” I’m going to throw up!” And me running for a bucket and making a Heisman worthy jump over the coffee table to land with my arm outstretched with the bucket which barely made it under his mouth in time.

I was worried about him all night. Slept with my hand on his chest to make sure he was breathing. Finally he grabbed my hand and told me he was okay now. This morning I told him if he was going to keep trying to faint and barf I was going to rearrange the furniture so none of my things would get broken. The poor man was just barfing away while I had my fingers in my ears humming loudly.

Today I feel better. I’m coughing, but it’s a good cough and I don’t feel like crawling into a hole and dying. Which is really good since tomorrow is the big day for pre-op work and then surgery on Friday. Keep those prayers coming!

My nephew’s long time girlfriend was killed in a car accident yesterday in Pass Christian, Mississippi so we are doubling down on the prayer. He is such a sweet boy, who isn’t really a boy anymore, but he will always be the baby.

Have a great day. Be Kind. Drink Tea.

xx P

coffee and cake by Rick Rodgers

Coffee and Cake: Enjoy the Perfect Cup of Coffee--with Dozens of Delectable Recipes for Café Treats

Rick Rodgers is an expert at writing really good cookbooks! And this one is exactly what I was looking for. Focusing not only on the cake, but on making the perfect cup of coffee, no matter what type of machine you choose to use.

I prefer the French Press. It’s always reliable and gives me a smooth cup. He takes us through all of the different brewing methods and shares some excellent coffee drinks with us so by the time the cake portion comes around, you are ready with your cup of choice.

The cakes are the good old-fashioned kind our grandmothers made. Plus some European treats and two of my all time favorites, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Apple-Cranberry Ginger Loaf. Oh my goodness were those good. I plan on working my way through the entire book and pairing them with the appropriate coffee. Or tea. If you know me you’ll know it’s probably tea.

I can say honestly I love this little book!

 

 

 

 

 

Hello February! Chapter Two

It is a bit late in the day for me. Not feeling up to snuff today. Sipping on some Sugar Plum Fairy pink tea, welcoming in February. While it says rain and clouds on the weather app, the glaring sun and warm temperatures are saying something else. I know because the sprinkler system doesn’t come on unless it’s over 54 degrees and it came on today.

So everyone we know has this ‘flu’ thingy. And this morning I woke up with a sore throat and a headache along with a sensitive tummy. So I made some Turmeric Tea and filled the bath with Lavender Epsom Salts and proceeded to try to exorcise whatever demon has taken up residence in my body. Said body was highly offended at the intrusion of a germ. I mean for cripe’s sake, all I eat are fruits and vegetables and good for you stuff. But tiny terrorists at the school don’t care. They freely spread their little germs to all who enter the Kindergarten domain.

We are a firm go for next Friday, with pre-op on Thursday. I am a bit peeved that the patient told his aunt she could come and sit with me during the surgery. More than a bit. I was planning on finishing up the new Citizenship Study Guide and now I will have to make small talk. I despise small talk.

I am now off to go moan and groan to my sister. I’m quite sure she will be sympathetic as she is living it up at the beach! Love you MJ!

Have a great week-end and please stay warm all of you in the polar vortex. Read a book or watch a movie, just do some self-care and stay warm!

xx P

FROSTY MORNINGS AND TOASTY MUGS!

BRRRR!!! I am not even going to start whining about how cold it is. 47 degrees but it’s a dry cold. WTF? I don’t know, but I feel horrible complaining when my mother is up to her tiny little neck in snow and my sons are in the frozen tundra of -60. Doesn’t mean I won’t complain, but I am aware how lucky we are to have been spared this polar vortex.

We are getting our ducks in a row for surgery next Friday. Thank you for all the well wishes. I think we are getting everything under control. This morning Tommy told me I could toss that pitcher of sweet tea he made last night. “It just tasted funny. I don’t want it anymore.”  One more miracle and I’m pretty sure I can be up for sainthood, right??

It was very cold this morning, I had to put on a hoodie over my shorts! Since then I have been snuggled on my office sofa writing reviews and drinking a pot of Gingerbread Tea. Those warming spices make your entire body sigh. I’m finishing up one book and have a stack of Paula Brackston’s books to begin. Just for my own pleasure.

I hope y’all are staying warm if you are in this insane cold. Drink tea, wear socks or just hop in the hot tub and read a book!

xx P

BEST NEWS EVER!

I am so happy to be here this Wednesday! I had no idea it was so late in the afternoon. I was deep into one of Paula Brackston’s slip time tales and lost all track of time.

We had a rough few days. Tommy’s BP bottomed out and he crashed. Like into the wall and my knitting basket and then proceeded to throw up on the floor. It’s dark and I can’t see that well so I just stuck a can under his mouth and put a wet cloth on his head. Right before he passed out he said he was going to throw up and I knew from my own experiences that his blood pressure had gone way down too fast. Been there.

Monday we were scared of the visit to the cancer center and his surgeon. Well at the end of the day, NO. CANCER. And yesterday he met with his GP and she brought in a pharmacist to talk about which meds were causing issues and which ones he could drop. His blood work was perfect as usual and he is continuing to lose weight and stay away from the gallon of sweet tea. He even drank my SuperFoods Smoothie yesterday. Because his doctor told him to do what I do!! Win!

We have a notion that people change for 2 reasons. Fear or Recognition. And he has had both. He doesn’t want to stroke out and he’s looking pretty hot. So we celebrated by finishing The Crown! So good news all around. Except for my two sons and my mother and sister who are up there on the North Dakota/Canada border where it is -60! I feel for y’all, I really do. So sending warm thoughts to all of you in the frozen tundra areas!

Thank you all for the prayers and love! We are truly Thankful, Grateful and Blessed and reading your blogs has kept me sane and out of my own head. Isn’t it amazing how people can touch your life so intimately and yet you’ve never met them in the “real” world?

xx P

 

So Thankful For Friday!

Friday is here and again a gorgeous and sunny 60 degree day! Don’t know where all that snow is. I’ve been walking outside barefoot and soaking up the sun. It’s amazing what a good sunny day will do for your mental health. Reminds me of a good cup of tea.

I’m not sure what got into me today. I was up early and proceeded to scrub every inch of my house and cupboards. I decided it was time to take all of my tea out and see what I needed and what I did not. The entire time I’m thinking, I may have a problem here. I counted 64 tins/boxes. I had to start stacking them behind each other. So no more tea for a bit, although I did just use the last Tazo Zen. Now it’s all neat and ready for an invasion of thirsty tea slugging Pirates.

I may have a problem

Let’s see how long it stays this neat. I cleaned out the dishwasher, the microwave, did the floors, the bath and then popped over to the neighbor’s house for some good Chai and a chat. And if that wasn’t enough the new Southern Living was in the mail, so it’s a good day so far.

I spent an hour on the phone with my sister who leaves for Miami tomorrow and then on to Curacao for the winter. In April we are going home to Mississippi to see family and eat a lot of good food.

Tommy had his blood pressure meds changed and now has to drink tons of water a day. Doctor’s orders. No more sweet tea or soda. You would have thought they were going to neuter him or something the way he carried on. He drank one glass of water and declared that was the first time he had ever drank a whole glass. Ye Gods, Man! So he’s taking his health seriously and I am so thankful for that. I mean, I married a younger man so he could eventually take care of me and that has NOT worked out. One step at a time he will get there.

Enjoy your Friday! Grace and Frankie returns tonight on Netflix so I’m a happy camper.

xx P

Four Eggs, One Ghost and a Funeral

In a blue mood today. Not an emotional blue, a beautiful blue! It could have something to do with this blue sweet pea flower tea. It’s a calming herbal blend I’m thinking of entering in the tea expo this year.

It’s early in the day and I’ve already opened two investigations and made one discovery! We went to bed way too early last night and paid for it by being up with the chickens! And Tommy had a dream that only 11 people came to his funeral. He asked me to please not let that happen. I responded with “Funeral? I wasn’t planning on having one even.” Not the correct answer. He called his cardiologist because his blood pressure was way too high and they changed his meds. And told him to cut the sweet tea! A gallon a day is excessive. With sugar.

So our new doctor is a saint and his nurse prayed with Tommy on the phone! Huge pressure off. Feeling much more hopeful now. I told you all yesterday that I was reading a book. The cover was nice, the title is While You Sleep. Mystery, thriller….anywhooo, on page 10 or so I find myself reading a very explicit few pages on what the ghost was doing to her while she slept. Sex with a ghost? Who knew that was an option even? So I read all day until I finished that one! Let’s just say he was a very considerate ghost.

Discovery Time! I have never been able to peel a hard-boiled egg. I’m left with the yolk and maybe a tiny bit of white. This morning I boiled some eggs and let them sit a bit and went back and opened the lid a bit to drain the water. Then I put the lid back on and shook the heck out of that pot and Voila! eggs peeled and whole and I felt like making a sign!

So I’m not saying a lot about the orange man serving Clemson fast food. But I knew right there that he was not a Southerner! The horror! He didn’t even try to pass them off as homemade. And even though as a Georgia fan I can’t stand Clemson, this was uncalled for. Manners people. Hospitality people. A candelabra in the middle of a Big Mac pile is just tacky as hell. They could have gone for fast food at home!

Enough ranting. It is 60 degrees and sunny today, so sorry David Payne, but no snow. And now I am off to investigate why Mitch McConnell was only in the Army for 5 weeks. Hmmm….

xx P