THESE ALLERGIES CAN JUST HUSTLE ON OUT THE DOOR!

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Definitely not feeling in the pink today. Allergies are high now that the 70’s have arrived and the trees think it is Spring. It’s been 48 hours of moaning and groaning that I’m going to die. Normally Tommy would be home today but I think he went in to work just so he could get away from my sniffling, whining self.

I should probably just drag the little camper out into the desert and wait it out. I am annoyed that the sun is shining and everyone is chipper. But then I was annoyed by the Super Bowl that sucked along with the half time show that sucked, I mean what kind of penal facility did Adam Levine go to in order to get those tats? The entire thing was sad, even the commercials. So we watched Game of Thrones Season 1.

After a few hours of declaring my imminent death, Tommy made me a hot toddy. The first one had way too much lemon juice, the second one didn’t have enough honey and the third one I just drank because I felt like I was pushing my luck! And he did pop over to La Baguette and brought me French Onion Soup and a few little macarons.

So now I’m going to finish my tea and go back to sleep. Why do fevers make you so sleepy? Lucky for me I have an endless supply of tea and received two books in the mail, so I won’t complain. (We all know that’s a lie.)

xx P

Sunny Monday and Lots of Tea

Finally a Monday that isn’t a holiday! Thank you. Everyone is back where they are supposed to be and I am loving that it’s in the 60’s again. Sunshine galore!

It would be difficult to choose a tea today because I’m having them all. Either I was hit by a Mack truck while asleep last night or I’m having a huge flare up. I’m hoping this isn’t some plague type event, but more due to the fact that I ate potatoes and onions last night and as nightshade plants they really cause every joint in my body to hurt. I’m sure the tiny terrorists left some germs here so it could be anything. All I want to do is lay on the floor like a 2-year-old and whine.

Tommy is off today and keeping me supplied with hot water and warm vegetable broth. He won’t stay in the same room as me since I declare I’m dying every other minute. He and Charlaine Harris are in the bedroom ignoring my needs. sniff…sniff.

One of my neighbors is back from a 2 month vacation along with her yappy dog which isn’t helping. So before I do bodily harm to anyone I’m going to post up on the sofa and continue binge watching The Haunting of Hill House.

Enjoy your Monday !

xx p

Vinegar of the Four Thieves

I’ve been asked to post this again this year so here it is. You need to go ahead and get on this as flu bug season and other nasty things will soon be here!

Vinegar of the Four Thieves 

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A Grandma Quote:  “It may stink, but you’ll smell worse if you die from some god awful disease”.

It’s that time of year. Colds, Flu and other nasty germs that find their way into our homes and offices. It’s still not too late to make up a batch of this wonderfully effective vinegar.

I don’t remember when I found this recipe in an old journal, but here is what it said…

According to the story, during the time of the Bubonic Plague, four thieves were breaking into homes of the dead and robbing them but they never got sick~ This recipe is what supposedly saved many of them from getting sick. The specific blend of herbs have antiviral, antibacterial,antiseptic and antifungal properties. It’s really good at repelling nasty little insects and bugs.

Recipe:

2 Tablespoons each of:

Dried Rosemary, Dried Rue, Dried Sage, Dried Lavender, Dried Wormwood, Dried Peppermint, and 2 tablespoons of fresh, chopped garlic

Mix together and place in a large jar with a plastic lid. Pour 32 ounces of Dr. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix well and put the lid on. Metal lids can get yucky so use a plastic one. Put in a dark, cool place and everyday turn it over and give a shake. After the 8 weeks, strain the vinegar and toss the herbs and bottle the vinegar.

 

You should know that this stuff stinks to high heaven! I mean it stinks. But it is also very effective. We use it to wipe down surfaces and even put a tablespoon in water and drink it.Make sure you try a small amount at first and no more than a tablespoon, diluted in water. It is also a good way to keep bugs away. Just put it in a spray bottle and you are

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Let me know how it goes!

We are in a salve, lotion, soap, tincture and herbal tea making frenzy here. But the house smells amazing!  Growing your own herbs is easy and fun, plus you know they are good quality!

 

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His Sixth Birthday Party….but he’s still 4

A gloomy Sunday out there today. It feels damp and it is cloudy. A good day for some English Breakfast Tea!

Yesterday was the birthday party for Corbin who is now 6. Although he just told his mom he’s only 4, so I guess it’s never too early to lie about your age.

The party was at Memorial Park which is huge and has everything a kid could want. Not too hot,not too windy. Charli and Papa preferred to sit in the shade and play games and eat those no bake cookies. The pinata was the hit of the party with kids going in for the candy like a swarm of bees.

It was all of the cousins and his classmates. The little blonde girl is his “friend”. She is also very bossy and over dramatic. As in she had a blister on her heel from the monkey bars. Yeah, puzzle that one out! They ran and played and ate everything in sight and we ducked out with Charli and went home to play games and watch television and just sit!

All in all it was a really good day and everyone had fun. Today Charli and I are doing nothing. I’ve written my tea cards and stamped those and many games have been played and music videos watched.

I hope you had a good week-end and are doing some self-care and recharging for Monday!

xx Patricia

He Owns My Heart!

It’s Birthday Time! Corbin is officially 6 years old today!! His party will be this weekend and will be fun I’m sure. So Happy Birthday Lovey!

I had an early morning appointment in the gloomy, drizzly weather. I’m sitting in the waiting room and this woman lights up a vape thingy and my asthma kicks in and Tommy is all full of righteous indignation on my behalf. Then the big lady comes out and tells them to get out of there with that vape thing, that they know better. So I’m hacking up a lung telling the doctor I’m fine. And I am. Allergies and all of the rain are just not fun for those of us who are sensitive.

I turned my phone off over the entire weekend. And you know what? It was bliss. I played music, I danced, I crocheted and watched Stranger Things. It was an entire self-care time. And by last night I was good. I felt cleansed of all the blah stuff on social media.

We had plans for today but they got changed so we went on a trip to Lake Hefner and had some nature time. Some of the roads and trails were under water still, but we met some lovely ducks and cranes.

Have a good Monday! Coming tomorrow….my Momma joins Instagram! You’ve all been warned so clean up any sex related posts. She doesn’t mind cussing. Just sex.

xxPatricia

 

 

FINDING TREASURE!

It’s Tuesday!!  I enjoyed another bowl of peanut butter porridge with some Scottish Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s. Then it was hurry up and get dressed I need to go to the library.

But I wanted to share this find with you all. Sunday we went to the market. Next door sort of is the Goodwill Shop. I’m just dawdling around in there and OU Boy comes running up with not one but two pieces of Frankoma Pottery!! For 50 cents each!

Frankoma Pottery is an American pottery company located in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. The company is widely known for its sculptures and dinnerware although the company made many other products including figurines, trivets, and vases. All Frankoma pottery is made in the U.S. from locally dug clay.

We occasionally see it on the Antiques Roadshow and I don’t think someone realized what they had before donating it. But we grabbed them and headed for the door! The two in the back of the picture are my little Toby Jug and a piece of Quimper. So yeah OU Boy who has just been surprising the heck out of me this week.

All the kids go back to school tomorrow. I’m really sad about that, but not having them this week has allowed me to start running again and play tennis with adults. Yesterday I did 3 miles and played a set with OU Boy of tennis. The water exercises I’ve been doing for my knee have really paid off but I’m still taking it slow.

For now we are off on some type of adventure….more treasure hunting maybe.

xx Patricia

Happy Birthday Miss Charli Ava! You Rock!

Saturday. Another day in the triple digits. Too hot for tea or coffee so we are drinking cold tea, Blueberry Green this morning.

Miss Charli Ava turned 8 yesterday. One thing she wanted was to come spend the week with us.  After frying our selves in the pool, we went to Barnes and Noble to take advantage of Kensington’s Cozy Mysteries which were buy 2 get 1 free. Charli picked out a chapter book Little Miss Cuppycake and the Dumb Diary. I wanted her to get the diary one because we got her a diary for her birthday. Lock, key the fluffy pen. Only she had no idea what a diary was.Well at 11 p.m. I peeked in her room and her little head was nodding over the book! It is a hilarious book.

So of course Corbin showed up Thursday morning with a suitcase. I swear, he is 5 and came in with an avocado green Samsonite suitcase with about a months worth of clothes in it. I asked him how long he was planning on staying. ” Oh til I’m about 10″. Okay.

So it was a busy day of morning tennis, all day in the pool and then straight to the hockey rink for Charli’s game. She scored two goals! Corbin wanted to go out back and eat the ice the Zamboni dumped in the side yard. Cause he’s a boy and as he said, you can’t expect little boys to sit still in here!

On the way to hockey he fell fast asleep and the car said it was like 113 degrees so that rink felt wonderful. We went for a night swim and a walk and then it was off to bed.

We all slept in yesterday and then woke up and opened presents. She got lots of American Girl Legos and Monster High Legos and of course the diary which she has already started. Tommy swears someday it will used as evidence when she offs her brother.

Today we will be celebrating out in the country at her other Grandma’s house. Always a good time out there with babies to cuddle! So we have been busy as little bees. Trying to pack all the fun we can into one more week before school starts. I’m still not ready for Corbin to go to Kindergarten. I see a lot of tears coming August 1st.

We have a new place down the street hoppydoddy burger bar. Oh dear lord this place is heaven and it’s right next door to Starbucks! That’s some good planning right there!

Stay cool and hydrated today!

xx Patricia

THE CULT OF GEESE and a LONE DUCK

As I am sitting here looking out the window and sipping my morning English Breakfast, something is missing. The sun. It’s rather gloomy out there today and I’m just not having it. Although I could use it after yesterday.

We went to the lake. And so did about 150 geese and one young female duck. At one point I raised my head and I was surrounded by them. OU Boy had some hot dog buns so he led them like the pied piper away from me so I could take off and head for the water. It was hilarious. OU Boy just standing there talking to them and they are just looking at him like he was God. I think they are a cultish group. But no sooner than OU Boy grabbed his float than they all flew into the lake. Now I’m tethered to the Buoy line way out yonder and there is nothing I can do.

It sounded like a bunch of old men down at the deli. All the umph, meh, and various grunts along with my sweet little duck quacking on her own. We hiked around and finally decided to head to the house and the cleanliness of our pool. We did have fun though. This was the first time in years I’ve actually gotten in the lake. I had on goggles and a huge hat to protect my eye. But should have worn more pants to protect my bottom from being goosed! My tummy is pretty red today so bathing was a bit painful.

I am not happy that the stores now have Christmas and Halloween crap out. Seriously people it’s still summer! Let us enjoy while we can.

I am staying out of the political fray, or I’m trying to not blast the orange man every minute of the day. I did sign the petition for recreational marijuana and it looks like that’s going to pass. If I’m going to have to deal with President Putin and his little puppet I’m going to need drugs of some sort.

I hope you are having a good week so far. I’m off to read The Other Woman which is rather twisty!

xx Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Wild and Crazy Weekend!

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Monday you are always so punctual! It has been a busy morning and a busy week-end. I’m sipping on some nice Blood Orange Iced Tea and it is so good!

I hope you are all sitting down as I wouldn’t want anyone to pass out. Yesterday I cooked! Seriously. I made the most amazing parmesan meatballs in sauce. I doubled the batch and put one in the freezer. Hold on, it gets weirder! I made my very first sponge cake! My friend Joanna who lives in Lancastershire crawled in her attic one day and sent me her mum’s recipe. I messed with it a little. I made a lemon one and then made a nice lemon curd to fill the layers and just dusted the top with confectioner’s sugar.

OU Boy already said he wasn’t going to eat any because he doesn’t like lemon curd. Okay so before I knew it he was slicing a big old slice and licking his plate! It is absolutely delicious. Since we don’t like frosting very much the flavor of just the cake and the lemon curd were so pure and my mouth did a little jig.

The meatballs and sauce were out of this world too. Basically instead of using bread crumbs I used grated Parmesan Cheese. So look at me cooking and baking and filling my freezer with peaches, blueberries and strawberries as we have been overrun with fruit.

Yesterday afternoon we went shopping for a new bed for the five-year old and came home with a bed and a new computer, For whatever reason OU Boy likes desktops. So I got him one. And it’s Dreamy Teal Color. He is in love with that sucker so it was worth it to be able to make him happy since he takes such good care of me. And that ain’t easy folks!

So this week, the kiddies will be back on Wednesday through Friday. Since Miss Charli Ava’s birthday is this Friday we are going to have a mani-pedi day and tea at Pinkitzel in Bricktown. She also wants Legos but I did my time in Lego land hell and have the scars on my feet to prove it, so that’s not happening. Instead she is getting the complete Little House on the Prairie books and my set of The Bobbsey Twins.

Y’all have a great Monday and treat yourself to a cuppa and some cake!

xx Patricia