FIRST DAY OF FALL BREAK….AND TORNADOES~

It is definitely a multiple cups of tea morning here. Woke up to tornado warnings and cars tossed into J.C. Penney’s. Roofs peeled off. It’s a mess and it isn’t over.

Yesterday in between storms, we hit the running trails at Hefner. The winds were bad so when we went behind the marina into the cypress trees, Monarchs were all over. Hundreds hiding from the wind waiting for it to change directions so they can head to Mexico. The kids were thrilled and it was pretty cool.

We sat at the light house with an entire Iranian family and had our apples and water. It was fun.  At home we decorated our little pumpkins and put up some more decorations.

Corbin discovered Port-a-Potties and thought that was an awesome idea until the truck showed up to pump them out. Gag a maggot it stunk. Did make us run faster though. We shopped for some softer hip hop class pants and then their Dad picked them up for ballet and hip hop.

Today has started out with sirens going off, tornadoes wrecking things and just all around nastiness, so OU Boy has them snuggled on the sofa watching Hook. They had never heard of it!

I’m going to go ahead and make some dinner in case the power goes out again!

Stay dry! And for all my family in South Carolina,Florida and Georgia, my son Michael says, “Sorry.”

xx Patricia

RAIN,RAIN, GO AWAY PLEASE!

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Good Morning! The sun is shining brightly and there is just evidence on the ground this morning. Last night was storm after storm, sirens going off, flooding and a bit over 5 inches of rain. OU Boy even caught a nice picture of the tornado that briefly touched down close by.

Needless to say the only thing on our television was a hyped up weather man and I was not allowed to turn the channel. This morning the waters are receding and the branches are picked up but there is still flooding on the south side inside homes and businesses.

Speaking of channels, I broke down after years of saying no to cable because our television is only on for sports on Saturday and Big Brother but OU Boy persevered and wore me down. Last night he is trying to figure out the remote and how to go back to what he was watching (another weather channel) when I grabbed the remote, pressed a button and said, “The Weather Channel”. And poof! There it was. OU Boy had a look on his face that you usually only see at a tent revival.

He is really the best guy in the world. Last night I really was a bit anxious when I saw the funnel very close to us and desperately wanted a cup of Earl Grey but I was out of Harney and Sons and had not received my order yet. Not to fear, OU Boy opens the tea cabinet and Voila! There is a brand new tin of Earl Grey. What??? ” I noticed you were out and picked up a tin for you.”  To which I replied “Who are you?”.

So here I sit this morning looking out the kitchen window waiting on my order. Plus the one I sent to my sister in Denver. She and her daughter and her grandsons went to Boulder and toured the Celestial Seasonings facility and bought several blends at the gift shop. Little Miles is now only drinking tea! So I told her I was sending her the good tea. So I am anxiously waiting for her delivery too so I can talk about it with her. I sent her an Earl Grey of course plus I don’t know if you are aware but from 3 to 5 p.m. is Happy Hour at Harney & Sons for all Iced Teas! Half price. So I re-stocked my supply and sent her the Iced Blood Orange to try plus a bunch of samples.

Now I will take my cup of tea and Under My Skin by Lisa Unger and wait patiently for the postman.

xx Patricia

THE COLOR OF THE EVOLVED SOUL

Happily sipping some Royal Wedding Tea from Harney & Sons this morning. Another day in the 80’s and then some severe weather in a few days. Our storm chasers are at the gate waiting for the signal to play find the tornado.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, if a bit windy, and we laid out in the sunshine with our uber white legs and listened to the 60’s channel. It was peaceful and so nice. The tiny terrorists went with their Daddy on a hike. Or as we call it a treasure hunt. So everyone got to spend time outside and we are all better for it.

If you are like me and don’t particularly like sugar, that STASH Meyer Lemon tea is a big winner in the iced category. I made a pitcher and it was really good unsweetened.

Last night I finished reading a book that made me feel angry. Described as a laugh out loud version of The Help, I did not have one laugh. I had many uncomfortable moments and a lot of racism and the end the horrible woman said Oh I’m so sorry, and the black lady said Oh it’s okay. No, it’s not okay and I wrote a rather scathing review. With a note to the publisher. This is a first for me. But if you are not from Mississippi but are writing about it, do your research. Don’t put a shiny dress on it and call it something it isn’t. It was insulting and I was glad to see this morning that at least 5 other people had emailed me saying how insulted they felt as well.

Happy Monday! Make it a great one with a nice cuppa and a nap! I am off to do errands that must be done. People want to eat and all. Thanks for listening to my little rant this morning. I would wake up OU Boy but he’s tired of hearing me talk.

xx Patricia….being quiet….lol

Drinking Tea and Reading Books

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That is about all we can do here at the moment. Power is sketchy this morning. We’ve already had two more storms  roll through and now the sun is shining but I hear we are gearing up for later this afternoon.

When the patio furniture started flying through the air, it got real around here! The winds were from 50 to over 90 mph. Here we were trying to catch the chairs and drag them inside, along with all the newly potted herbs. The rest of the night was spent trying to figure out if someone was at the door or was it just the wind.

Poor OU Boy took a tumble off a ladder yesterday as well. Cracked his head and a rib. So he was going to be of no assistance whatever if one of those tornadoes decided to hit. At some point the weather guys got so amped up I twitter offered a Xanax.

Since power is about as dependable as Twitter is today I will just say Stay Safe! And make sure you have on clean underwear.

xx Patricia 20170419_135150~4

A Multiple Cups of Tea Day!

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Hope you are all having a somewhat sane Wednesday. After yesterday and last night things were a bit dicey this morning. Whenever we hear David Payne interrupt our day with words like; Supercell, Cloud Wall, lowering, rotation and PDS ( pretty dangerous storms) you just know you aren’t going to be able to watch the final NCIS!

Here in Oklahoma, the weather guys take over the channels at the first hint of a storm crossing the border from Texas. They were so hyped up last night that at one point our weather guy said, ” NO, don’t follow that one, it’s going into Kansas, we don’t care about them”, chase the one to the west. It isn’t like it’s a big secret that we don’t care for Kansas. Why is Oklahoma so windy? Because Kansas sucks and Texas blows. Not my joke but you see it a lot.

This morning we are all praying for our fellow humans in Elk City, which was just trashed last night with one fatality. Tomorrow will also be a Significant Weather Event day. Fingers Crossed!

Eye Doctor update: Doctor #1 said Wow looks great, I think we’ll take out one of the sutures. As soon as he left the room I looked over at the tech and said, “Now Dr. Davis is going to come in and bring me back to earth”. Which is what happened. Nope no sutures coming out. No sign of rejection either. I told him I had named the graft Dru and he actually wrote it in  my chart. ( Call graft Dru). Same restrictions as before.

Anxiety almost won the day today and yesterday, but it didn’t. I didn’t kill anyone, or have a full blown panic attack, so that’s a win!

OH, and Cynthia, someone brought me a huge bag of Collards!!! We’re cooking outside tonight!

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And Now a Tale….

So this happened yesterday! When you are living in Oklahoma you know at some point you are going to see a tornado. Coming from Mississippi, where our biggest fear is the Hurricane, tornado coverage by the Meteorologists In Oklahoma is like a play by play at a playoff game and  is extremely thorough.

I grew up on the coast of Georgia ( Go Pirates! ) and then lived on the Gulf Coast in Gulfport, Mississippi before that nasty Katrina slapped a bulls eye on our beloved coast. But with all of the hurricanes and tropical storms, it is so different. WLOX will come on and say ” Hey there is a hurricane out there, better watch it!” and then we can go back to NCIS. We pretty much always had enough notice that some bad mess was about to go down. And I appreciate that.

But I have never seen the level of excitement for storms that the people here in Oklahoma have. Now I live with a former storm chaser and I am quite sure that I could walk into the living room stark naked carrying a steak and baked potato (both of which OU Boy loves) and I would be told to move from in front of the television because David Payne is talking 90 miles an hour giving us a street by street play of where every drop of rain is.

As soon as Tornado season starts, you can kiss your television shows goodby, because these guys will not give up any slot to stop reporting on storms. Now I do appreciate that they are so good at their jobs, but sometimes it can get a little too intense.

Yesterday afternoon I’m listening to the reports and things are really ramping up in the studio and with all of the storm chasers.I was on my way to the bathroom when I hear one of the chasers ( Val, who chases with his wife Amy) screaming Oh my God, we have debris! Debris is bad. Debris means a tornado is on the ground. And then the station lost contact with Val! I swear it was sheer panic! I’m texting OU Boy, telling him Val is missing and we don’t know where he is. He eventually came back on line and was okay.

So I’m sitting in shelter and I realize my toenail polish is blue! Yes, I actually went and got my nail polish box and sat in the shelter changing out that polish! I’m not dying with blue nail polish on my toes! It didn’t match what I had on and you can bet your sweet little behind, if I had died, my Momma would have commented on it!

My problem is I don’t know how to deal with tornadoes. I usually shower, shave my legs, wash my hair and make sure all of my shoes and bags are safely tucked away and spend the rest of the time yelling at the television because I don’t care about some storm on the ground hundreds of miles away from me. I barely care  about  the ones right on top of me. There is very little you can do anyway so why get so hyped up somebody wants to pop a Xanax in your mouth!april29storm

I’ve gotten used to the constant coverage now. I respect what these guys do. I’ve seen first hand what these Category 5 storms can do.  I’m sure you have all heard about the Moore tornadoes and there are a lot more cities affected that you never hear about. Now, I still don’t understand why the same people keep re-building in the same places that get hit over and over, but I guess it’s the same as we did on the Gulf Coast, it’s home.

To all of you who lost your homes and property yesterday, the one thing Oklahoma is great at is pulling together and helping those who were hit. We’re all here for you!