What The Heck is Orange Pekoe?

It’s already afternoon. Where did the time go? We’re inspired by the color orange today!

I have a funny tea related story to tell. My mother-in-law (May she rest in peace) saw me making tea one day. Now normally it’s already done. I’m talking about the iced and sweet variety we keep in the fridge. We’re southern. We go through a gallon a day and by we I mean OU Boy. Anyhow, she sees the teabags steeping and says, ” What the hell is orange pekoe?” Um, it’s the normal black tea everyone uses to make iced tea in America. Her:” I’ve never heard of it and I’m not drinking that shit.” Me: (inside head) Like I give a shit.

She passed away in September of 2014 after a short battle with Stage 4 lung cancer and OU Boy and I both lived with her and took care of her to the last day and she still wasn’t drinking that shit. Every morning she’d head to Sonic for a huge glass of the same stuff I made. Now we laugh about it all the time, with love, since she is currently residing in the closet of my office.

Yesterday we finally nailed down a date we could all live with for my eye surgery. June 25th. Armed with a small file folder full of prescriptions and alternate prescriptions we headed to the pharmacy. One tiny bottle of Combigan was $365.00. However, the two ingredients it is made from are only $28 total! My doctor is a genius at finding bargains. Now they have to order the others that will have to be done after surgery. I am so seriously cheap! I hate spending money on meds or food. I like my money where I can see it. In my closet.

I still haven’t watched the video but I did send my daughter in law my entire file along with the video so she can pick out which parts she thinks I should know. She’s in the business so I trust her.

And since the surgery is at the end of the month OU Boy says we can still go on vacation the second week! It all works out as it should somehow.

Have a great Thursday!

xx Patricia

Royal Wedding Tea by Harney and Sons

We’re feeling all soft and pastel today. Did you see all of those gorgeous hats and dresses at the wedding? New beginnings are always precious. Old doors close and new ones open. And no I did not get up before dawn to watch. I got up just in time to see the vows and the kiss!

We were listening to the cake recipe last night and almost swooned! Who doesn’t love lemon curd? I wonder who squeezed all of those Amalfi Lemons. Mine is Meyer and I have a lovely jar of curd in the ice box. But what I wouldn’t give for a taste of that cake!

I finally finished my bedroom this morning. I’ve kind of been living in it to determine the final placement of the bed so the sunlight isn’t streaming in my eyes at dawn. So one room down and more to go. But I’m not in a hurry.

  You can’t have a wedding without some Royal Wedding Tea from Harney & Sons Collections. It is perfect.

I think my little friends and I will go have our own party this afternoon. What are you doing today? Opening any  new doors? Enjoying a lazy Saturday? Or already swigging Gin? What ever it is, enjoy yourself!

 

Autrefois    xx Patricia

SUMMER TEAS AND TREATS

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Just another wacky Wednesday here at the Pirate Nation. I just placed a summer tea order and can’t wait to try the Pear. I love pears. Right now my favorite drink is bubbly water with pure pear juice. It’s refreshing and not too sweet. But this morning I went back to a good old English Breakfast.

Yesterday I cooked. Like from scratch. I was cooking up the chicken and had so much of it that I made a really good smoked chicken salad plus green chile chicken rolled enchiladas. I stuffed the chicken salad in fresh bell peppers. It’s so hot outside I wanted something light and cool. With a fresh fruit salad it was perfect.

I am experimenting with different tea blends. I took a Meyer Lemon from STASH and brewed it with a white tea from Taylor’s and popped it in the icebox. Definitely a keeper. Tazo’s Passion is a favorite around here. The kids think it’s kool-aid. And it has no sugar. Today I’m trying the Harney and Sons Chocolate mixed with some Chocolate Mint leaves. We shall see what happens.

Southern-Style Strawberry Buttermilk Biscuits will melt in your mouth as just-sweet-enough roasted strawberries add a welcome burst of flavor.              Recipe for Mississippi Mud Cake - This recipe is so EASY to make and it will surely WOW all of your guests at your next social event or party!

Strawberry biscuits are melt in your mouth good! You can use your favorite biscuit recipe and just add a handful of chopped berries. Voila! As for the Mississippi Mud Cake, well that is a really easy recipe and every baker has their own interpretation of it. Mine is the good old pecan and marshmallow on top of the finished cake. Back in the oven to melt the marshmallows and then cover it with pecans and chocolate frosting. Slap yo Momma good there!

Have a great Wednesday. You can still kick ass, just be nice about it. I am off to play Susi Homemaker and then read a gory, serial killer tale!

xx Patricia

 

I’m in love with these beauties!

I keep finding more and more art being done on teabags. I admire anyone who can paint anything other than a tree, and I love the look of water colors. The amount of patience it must take to do an entire calendar of them is mind-blowing.

Yesterday was such a nice day. A good friend of ours is doing a complete renovation of a house he purchased. It’s got a ton of really solid built ins that are original to the house which is about 70 years old. When he and OU Boy removed the ones in the dining room, they found they were beautifully made and could stand alone. About 7 feet long and about 4 feet high with glass fronts and 3 long shelves. It fit perfectly in my kitchen eating area of my house and I love it! Now the kids don’t have to stand on a stool to get a plate or a cup. I’m hoping for more junk today.

I spent the day doing food prep. Enough Tabouleh for the week, cut up a ton of vegies and fruit. Made pasta sauce and a nice spinach salad with strawberries. Cut up a watermelon and tossed in blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. So snack time is done.

My eye pressure is staying down and I’m finally sleeping again. Now I’m going to go take a nap at the pool with a book and some Cucumber/Lime/Mint water!

Enjoy your Monday!  Be Nice. Be Kind. Be Patient.

xx Patricia

WAITING ON THE EYE DOCTOR

Monday morning! The first day in a long time that I have not had any tea brewing. I’m trying not to eat or drink anything until after my eye doctor appointment today.

Saturday while at the crawfish birthday boil my eye started to feel funny. A bit tight and blurry. I noticed I couldn’t keep my balance. It has gotten worse since then and we’ll see in a little bit what is wrong. Could I have picked a worse time to stop my anxiety meds? So I’m trying very hard to not stress, but it’s not working. Even OU Boy is stressed about it. Is the transplant rejecting? It’s going to be a long day.

We had a great time at my son’s. The kids swam and jumped on the trampoline and I ate until my mouth was burning from the spices. But oh was it good. I had Red Velvet Cake when we got home. It helped with the burning….yeah, let’s say that.

I finally slept last night. All night too. Didn’t wake up until after 7 this morning. So that’s good. Keep your fingers crossed that all goes well at the eye clinic and I’ll let you know later what happens.

Thanks so much   xx Patricia

Some Pink Flamingo Love

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I am late getting on here today. It is storm season in Oklahoma and our weather guys live for this time. We knew yesterday was going to be a severe weather day and it was. David Payne was on television interrupting my Survivor time until after I went to bed and it was still thundering and lightening and blowing rain and wind this morning.

Other than the pool overflowing and water coming up to the sidewalk, we were okay. It seems every year either Moore or Shawnee get slammed with tornadoes and I saw a church sign that said “Dear God, It’s starting to feel personal. Moore, OK.” Poor guys.

I’ve been awake since 5 this morning and have no idea what to do that time of day so I read. And I thought. I’m doing pretty well with no anxiety meds. So far my tummy has been upset a bit which could just be my Crohn’s and I’m having trouble sleeping which could be the big ass street light. I’m not jittery or icky feeling but I am noticing things. Food tastes too everything. Too salty, too sweet, just too much and this is an issue for me because I need to want to eat. A lot of the withdrawal effects are the same effects I have when I forget to eat and I’m just noticing that so I am trying to eat something every few hours. All in all it is much better than I expected.

We shall see how it holds up this weekend. Saturday is my birthday and my son is having a crawfish boil so that should be fun and crazy and loud with dogs, kids and friends and family. We have a lot to cram into May! Next weekend OU Boy’s brother graduates from the big town of Union City High School. They have like one 4 way Stop sign. It is tiny.

Anyone have any sleep remedies? Not Melatonin. Can’t do that. Let me know. I’m off to finish The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand. It’s good!

Have a Pink Day! xx Patricia

Once Again Someone Has Stolen the Title of My Memoirs.

Good Saturday to you all. I’m going out on a limb here with this morning’s tea. I love a good Assam and tend to stick to the few places I have found that do them so well. So this is my first time drinking Taylor’s of Harrogate Pure Assam. Assam in Northeastern India grows exceptional tea in the lush soil of the Brahmaputra Valley and Taylor’s is picked at the peak of the season from some of the region’s finest estates during the second flush harvest. It is rich, strong and full-bodied with malty notes.

The smoky malty flavor is there but it is not as in your face as some others. I really enjoyed it. Definitely going in the keeper box!

I’m finishing up Island of the Mad, which is a series starring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, her husband. It is quite different. I swear every time I have a good title for my memoirs, someone snatches it up faster than that woman who snatched those boots on sale at Marshall’s from me!

Next up on the TBR list is A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh which I’m hoping will be full of teas and goodies! Our babies have been back in school for 2 weeks now, adding time on to an already long day so they can still be out of school by the 29th of May. So Corbin decided we needed a lazy Friday night. While we went and played in the park, OU Boy went and grabbed pizza. Then we went to Barnes and Noble to check out the new books and by then it was almost dark so we stopped at the ice cream shop and got a cone.

Everyone was exhausted and fell asleep right after bath time. This morning I was dragged to the park before tea time even. We ate fresh strawberries and ran the track and came home to get clean for Benjamin’s birthday party.

Now that they are off to the park with their aunt and cousins I am headed to Barnes and Noble to get some work done and enjoy tea and people watching!

Enjoy your Saturday! Go outside and enjoy the sunshine!

xx Patricia

STILL NO SCHOOL, BUT THERE’S TEA~

Sipping on some great Scottish Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s of Harrogate this morning as the sun is blasting my eyeballs through the window. We never got that severe weather the so-called weather man predicted.

I have yet to wear a coat this year. That’s a good thing. Actually I am procrastinating. Tommy put together boxes for me last night. And I need to fill them. I opened my summer closet and just stared. I don’t know where to begin. I need to weed some stuff out. But I won’t. I mean that jacket that matches my favorite pants could turn up again. Even though I know I left it in the hotel in Newport Beach like 7 years ago. But, it might!

I look in my closet and see memories. I still have the first Dooney and Bourke bag I bought at Macy’s years ago. It’s vintage now I guess, but I get a new one every Christmas. The only thing I am ready for if shit goes down is my portable file holder and a lovely Nine West travel bag full of nothing but swimsuits and wraps and lotions and a weapon or two. So if you invite me to the beach I can be standing outside in 5 minutes tops. Priorities!

The Anxiety Fairy has snuck in and now that it is moving week, I’m a little anxious. And I don’t understand why. This was my decision, it is what I want. It’s just change and change makes me anxious, well not change itself, I love change, it’s the changing part I hate. The process. So I’m going to finish my tea and just do it!

xx Patricia…moving to the city

GETTING READY FOR THE BIG MOVE

Good Morning! Sipping on some good Scottish Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s this morning. The sun is shining bright outside and at least so far the wind is down. Great weather for the teachers third day of having to beg for our children to have decent educations.

Things may get a little nuts on here for the next 7 days as I pack and toss and get ready to move in exactly one week. The easy part is that I’m only taking my entertainment center and my desk for furniture so it’s really just the stuff on the walls and in the kitchen and 3 televisions. 2 of which I don’t watch but it seems a shame to just toss them when we’ve been through so much together.

It says a lot about my priorities when you look at my Rubbermaid Totes. 4 are full of winter shoes, 2 plus a hanging organizer are full of summer shoes and yet I can fit my pot and pan in my purse! Yes I only have one pot and one pan and a crock pot. I kept burning pots and pans and crock pots because I would get into a book and not think about the stove. So now I just try not to cook.

Taking all of my camping stuff, baby cribs, and lawn furniture to my son’s house. I used to camp every weekend, but then the eye happened and my doctor doesn’t like the camping thing, so there goes all of that stuff. I am quite certain we are having no more babies so I’m not hauling that crib around. Sorry Corbin.

I’m pretty much just rambling here to avoid getting started. That’s the hard part. So I guess I’ll be a big girl and go get started on whittling down the 26 wine glasses in the cupboard.

Have a good day and if you would like to come and help me I have tea and chocolate….just saying…

xx Patricia

IT WILL ALL TURN OUT FINE IN THE END

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It is afternoon tea time now. Today’s tea is from Ahmad, and is Lemon Ginger. The Cubbies are back at work winning so the voice is a little hoarse.

I had an email yesterday from UPS telling me they would be delivering a package today that needed a signature. I couldn’t remember ordering anything that needed a signature or UPS so I was wondering all night what it could be. Maybe the guys at Publisher’s Clearinghouse had finally sent me the check they had been promising! I get packages a lot but not usually requiring me to sign for them.

When the doorbell rang I opened it and asked who it was from. He checked. I checked. I signed. He left with a grin. Yep, it was a book. Anyone want to help proof read the new Math portion of the SAT?  I didn’t think so.

The month of March has played with every emotion I have. Up, down, sad, happy, scared,excited. and just when I thought I had everything pinned down…oops Plot Twist! In less than 2 weeks I will be moving. Not to where I had planned and that took some getting used to. But in the end my closest Corneal Surgeon would have been Atlanta. So it was Plan B.  And if I am going to have to stay in Oklahoma there are worse places to be than Nichol’s Hills. With a beautiful park in the back yard with walking trails and all of my favorite shops within walking distance. Yeah, Whole Foods, I see you there over by Barnes and Noble and Starbucks. Yep, it could be worse.

It’s a new adventure. And I already know I’m going to love it!

xx Patricia  Happy Easter to you all!