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.


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!


xxP cupcakeholder1


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.





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


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!


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


It Could Have Been A Lot Worse!

This has been the roughest two weeks. Trying to keep my daily appointments with the eye surgeon, the eye is doing really well. I have 20/50 vision in that one now and there is still some inflammation so it will get better soon.

Monday we all got sick. Some kind of nasty plague that made you cough for hours before throwing up. Because I have asthma they had to take me off the eye pressure drops as they can damage your lungs. By Tuesday we were like a bunch of sloths lying in our own waste. So the Fourth of July was spent at the hospital getting breathing treatments and I.V. steroids. Back home and Thursday and Friday were just more of the same. Corbin sleeping, me wheezing and hacking up a lung. Charli bugging the living daylights out of us because she wasn’t sick and was bored.

Poor Corbin was just leaning over the bed throwing up on the floor like a cat. This is a nasty thing that a lot of folks have, mine was just made worse by asthma and I was terrified that all the coughing and retching were going to put too much pressure on my eye, but so far so good. Today I feel halfway human. Tommy has already cleaned the floors and been a great sport about cleaning up after us.

I’ve had family calling asking for tea care packages and I’ve almost depleted my stash of ginger, as that one helped tremendously with the nausea.

So all in all it could have been worse. Before falling victim to the plague I actually bought a new car! And darn if the Land Rover people didn’t deliver it on the fourth of July! I am in love with this thing! Moral of the story, don’t ever give up your dreams, your book will sell and all will be well!

Now it’s back to bed for me. I am not risking relapse on this thing. I haven’t been in the pool in over a week!

Have a great weekend. I’m going to catch up on all of your blogs and see what the world has been up to.

xx Patricia

Blood Orange Iced Tea From Harney & Sons….

Good Morning! I am happy to be back home and recovering from what I hope will be the final eye surgery. Basically they made two incisions in the sclera and stuffed a gore Tex basket up there with a lens in it. Then sutured it to my eye. You can look it up and watch the video but I’m not going to do that again.

It’s not a pretty sight at the moment but we did get some comedic moments out of it.

Apparently I am not that great with general anesthesia. I remember taking deep breaths and then nothing. OU Boy says I looked at him in recovery and asked who he was, the nurses were giving him looks. I don’t remember much but I do remember hearing him say oh look you got new tea! Only I thought he said I got new tits and I was in awe how great they looked. I was really emotional and crying because I didn’t know which way I parted my hair. And after they unwrapped the bandages yesterday and poked around and took pictures to show the other surgeon how well it looked. To me it looks like a really bad case of pink eye with some blood thrown in. I can see the incisions and it creeps me out. But this morning was much better and I’m glad to be home. After 24 hours of throwing up and the sore throat from the tube down my throat I am exhausted.

Home, where this morning police cars and ambulances converged on my neighbor’s home and I was just informed he is dead. 72 years old and always dressed to the nines. They were here to do a welfare check on him when he didn’t check in this morning and now I’m sitting here watching the chaos. So when put in perspective I’m not complaining at all today!

The first thing I did was try out this new Harney & Sons Blood Orange Iced Tea. The smell is insane! They come with 6 two-quart bags and the taste was pure blood orange. Wow is it good! I also received a pitcher with an insert for ice and another for infusing. So yes this is a winner and even the boys like it.

Now I’m going to catch up on some blog reading and rest. Which is all I’m allowed to do for 4 weeks. Yeah me!

xx Patricia


Good Morning Y’all! It seems like Thursday has arrived rather quickly this week. It has been unrelentingly hot but this morning I woke up to thunder and lightning and rain! So I’m sipping some Earl Grey and watching the rain.

I can’t say I’m unhappy about the rain either. We spent way too much time in the pool yesterday. The kids found the underwater camera and made videos of themselves most of the morning. By lunch time they were raiding the cupboards like the baby pirates they are. I have never seen them eat so much in one day. As Corbin says, ” I have the growing pain.” Yep. And he proceeded to eat two cheeseburgers, fries, a quart of strawberries and a lot of tea.

OU Boy came home early and it was Watch Me time. By 5 p.m. the boy was crashed in his underoos on the sofa and OU Boy was crashed in his bed. Charli and I were just staring into space. But it was one of those days when my babies were safe and making memories with us and I couldn’t help the huge smile on my face. I love those days. Lazy summertime. The house full of floats and pool toys and the kids brown and happy.

Tomorrow we start tennis lessons. Can’t wait for that one. Today we are stuck inside so we are watching a Nancy Drew movie and then going shopping for peaches. Which Corbin just discovered don’t always come in a can. And that brought up the Millions of Peaches song. I have not done one productive thing in 24 hours. And I’m learning that I’m okay with that.

Enjoy your Thursday! Sing in the rain or dream in the sun, just have fun.

xx The Pirate Nation