Pretty Hearts, Parents and Husbands

As we have been busy making heart garlands and pouring glitter over styrofoam hearts and other crafty things someone let winter in again! I’m not going to say anything about who that may be but someone did say they were sending me some snow!

I personally did not know about this development until 3 a.m. when I received a text saying there would be no school today. Or Library due to weather conditions. I looked out the window and didn’t see anything but apparently it rained last night and the temperature dropped to single digits and the roads were solid sheets of ice. On I-40 there were at least 40 semi trucks lined up on the shoulder of the highway. The sun is acting like it has no idea what is happening, just shining bright as ever but it’s 20 before the wind chill and the wind is vicious.

No mind, Tommy has been getting all his pre-op stuff done today and he had no trouble on the roads to OU. I’m assuming some of the staff did as they still haven’t shown up. Yesterday sister Susan let me know she had Momma in the ER and they were taking her by ambulance to Minot as she was septic. Well I’m gonna not comment on that right now. But we were all terribly worried. Have you seen the weather up there yesterday? Well finally they got her in and settled and began giving her IV antibiotics and fluids and trying to figure out where the infection was. If you don’t know we are a morbid family you will shortly. My Momma is a Charleston girl born and bred. Old South. And of all the folks who could be in the same hospital and in the same room with her is an older black woman from the same place. What are the odds of that? I sent my sister a text. ” May God Help Us All.” I’m still not sure why they brought her to Minot. I think it’s because the nurses at St.Andrew’s just weren’t having it again. She is not a good patient.

Anyway they are all on their own as we get ready for surgery tomorrow. Tommy’s meeting with the anesthesiologist now and that’s the final thing. Hopefully then we can eat.

I wish you all a warm and safe day and weekend! Do a little self-care!

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

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

 

Lazy Sundays Are The Best!

It’s a bright and shiny Sunday here. 59 degrees and that sun makes a huge difference in your mood. On days like this I wake up like Cinderella, stretching and waiting for the birds to make my bed. Happy and Content. Today I’m sipping on a good standard, Earl Grey and cleaning up my mess in the craft room.

My friend, Pamela, came over yesterday afternoon for a cup of tea and gossip. Neither one of us knows any so that was a short conversation. She brought me a very large bag from Michael’s Crafts chock full of Valentine supplies and red and pink boas. She always overbuys and I get what is left. So I’ve been busy making heart garlands for the windows and turning boas into wreaths.

I know we are late to the party but we started watching The Crown last night and before we knew it midnight was here! I spent the entire time fact checking on google! I had to promise not to watch the rest today until Tommy gets home. Yes, he is back at work. Which means he’s laying on a bed watching movies at one of the Hyatts.

Interesting conversation in my head last night. I never see babies named Karen. Or Cinderella. With all of the oddball names out there how come no one has picked up on Cinderella or Malificent? Or Karen? What’s the oddest baby name you’ve heard? I have to say mine was when I was helping a fellow teacher with her Kindergarten enrollment day. A mommy came over and told me her daughter’s name was Asshole’. Pronounced ASH-Ole’. When I asked her how she spelled that I realized she had named her kid asshole. I guess it’s all in how you pronounce something.

Tomorrow we will be at the cancer center so fingers crossed Quick trivia question from church….What fruit does the Bible say Eve tempted Adam with? I knew this one. Do you?

xx P

 

Wishing For Snow…or Whipped Cream

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An early morning visit to the Eye Institute did not put me in the best of moods. My appointment was 8:45 and I didn’t get in until almost 10:00. Why does every doctor’s office have only HGTV on? I personally don’t turn on the television during the daytime. And I don’t want to listen to anyone talk so early in the morning. So I was in a bad mood.

The weather is insane. One day it’s almost 70 and the next it’s 24. I’m thinking Bi-Polar. We are all a bit on edge right now, waiting for surgeries and trying not to freak out. The real Ortho surgeon called and they are setting up at the Stephenson Cancer Center for the surgery. We have dear friends who work there so I already feel better.

We may get snow this weekend. I hope so for the kids. We have a great hill to sled down on our property so we shall keep our fingers crossed.

Today my project is to tidy up the tea closets. I had a really good idea to use my empty tins! Pick up from any hardware store or craft store some strong magnets. Secure them to the back of the tin and stick them on the side of your refrigerator! Great for herbs, pens and pencils, flowers or what ever you can think of. It’s a cute look. I have one for packets of honey, one for pens and markers, on for little posies and one with those tiny air plants.

I hope you  are all safe and warm and are able to pause and have a cup of tea.

xx P

Rainy Saturdays and Pretty Pictures

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Saturday! Well we made it through another week relatively unscathed. It’s been rough and I am not going to lie, I don’t want to go through another week like this one.

I’m really in love with this collage. The red against the snow is so pretty. And I’m trying to make everything pretty today. We have been through a rough time and last night we slept good and hard. I mean the covers weren’t even ruffled! So who knows today I may feel up to eating food instead of just tea.

It’s been raining for days. Not like Noah and the Ark rain, just nice steady, good for the crops rain. Also good for reading and drinking tea, which is all I’ve done. This morning I woke up feeling better and already have Tommy’s chili simmering and a couple of boiled eggs for me.

I think we have gotten to a place of peace with the diagnosis. It has us circling the wagons and making our circle tight and safe. No negative people or thoughts, just us snuggling on the sofa every night holding each other tight and watching movies.

I have some new tea reviews coming next week. All good.  I hope your weekend is peaceful and restful.  In the meantime, have a good cuppa and some cake. It’s the week-end!

xx P

WINTER RETURNS BUT WE HAVE TEA!

Someone left the door open and a bit of Winter crept in. It was in the 40’s this morning and of course today we met with the Surgeon. Haven’t even had a proper cup of tea yet.

Let me back up for a second. At my eye visit when the tech asked how my vision was and I just shrugged, she pointed out my shoes were on the wrong feet. I asked Tommy before we left is I was okay and he said yes. I was walking in there like I owned the place with shoes on the wrong feet. So this morning I double checked!

Now we wait for our Cardiologist to sign off on the surgery, which he already said he would do, and then find out when Tommy is having surgery. This is the first time any of the doctors have asked him to drop his pants so they could feel the mass. That made me feel better. When he said he’d never done this before,it made me feel worse. But it’s Tommy’s decision in the end and I have to keep my mouth shut. This morning he told me to keep my mouth shut at the appointment. It was so hard I bit my lip and made it bleed. I had questions. Where did you get your medical degree ( a dental school). Where did you practice before? Why did you leave Saudi Arabia? I already knew the answers, but I wasn’t allowed to grill him. So I’m not talking about it anymore.

I just received a call from the patient. He called Dr. Hawkins, the cardiologist, and is getting in to see his Ortho guy at OU. The nurse was livid his blood pressure was 258 over 152 and they released him! Now I feel so much better and I love him so much for listening to my concerns and not wanting to be a guinea pig for the other doctor.

Plus there is a Starbucks at OU. The Baptists don’t even have a cafe’! It all will work out in the end. Now I’m going to brew a pot of Apple Spice Tea and have what Corbin calls second breakfast.

xx P

A NEW TEA AND A BETTER DOCTOR!

My mantra for the week. Before I forget I have found a new tea! It’s by Twinings and it is called Soothe and soothe it does! Obviously my Crohn’s is going to flare up with stress and not eating. I use turmeric quite a bit for its healing properties and somehow Twinings has gotten the blend just right. It’s turmeric, star anise, orange peel, lemon grass and licorice root.

So good

Being honest, it tastes like a good spice tea with a bit of dirt thrown in. Come on, it’s just like Matcha, that texture it leaves behind is like fine dirt. But it helps so I’ll keep drinking it.

Tommy has been overwhelmed by the amount of good wishes and support from all of y’all and his co-workers. Today’s update is this. We see our doctor tomorrow morning. In the meantime he had a voicemail from a surgeon we don’t know letting him know to call back to schedule the surgery. I’m sorry, what?? We haven’t even met the surgeon yet. He hasn’t looked at him yet. He could be any scalpel wielding serial killer in the Operating Room. So, no. Our heart guy was pissed off on our behalf and so we’re changing doctors. This one seemed a little to eager to cut open my husband without even meeting him.

So we both felt  a tremendous relief with Dr.H in the driver’s seat. You really have to trust your doctor, and we trust Dr. H. and whoever he trusts. And first thing in the morning we will find out what is going on.

Oklahoma City and it’s suburbs are odd. Weather wise. It was sleeting all over last night except at my house. Finally the police put out a text saying they would not be responding to non-injury accidents after having responded to 47 in 3 hours. There were 15 car pile ups, 7 car pile ups, trucks on fire. I-40 was backed up to the border. And all of a sudden I get a text from the kids schools that they are closing today. Are you kidding me?? You promised they would go back today! This morning I was watching the weatherman and he was just in awe of the 1/2 inch of snow blowing over the OU campus, which was closed due to weather. Here we didn’t get any snow, it’s just cold. I went to North Dakota State and I remember walking through 6 feet of snow to get to class and when the snow was past my front door my employer ( the hospital) sent a EMT on a snowmobile to pick me up from my bedroom window. Those are the people who will survive the zombie apocalypse.

So today I’ll not worry about the unknown or the great “snow” storm. Worrying just adds to your anxiety and lord knows the house is full of those damn anxiety fairies. Corbin even asked if I wanted him to bring some fairies from his house! Gotta love him.

I’ll try to be back tomorrow and update this. Stay Warm!!

xxP

 

IS IT OVER YET???

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Other than the fact that it is bitterly cold outside, I’m good with Mother Nature. All of my sisters got snow and graciously kept that mess to themselves instead of sending it south. I’m not big on sharing anything so thanks girls!

There were a lot of curse words flying around here last night. And not just from Nick Saban! I mean that first touchdown was a big slap in the face to the Sooner Nation!

Alabama: Welcome to the South Boys! Boom!

OU: WTF?????  Which continued to be their mantra.

Since the Dawgs didn’t make it my son and granddaughter cheered for OU as my daughter in law has ties to the Med school there. But my girl still wore her Dawgs jersey!

We are still waiting on surgeons and doctors and I wish this week would just be over already so we can get to surgery. I only have so much patience with ill people. Like a weeks worth. After that I’m not generally sympathetic. I come from good Scandinavian stock. Broken leg with a bone protruding? Put an Ace bandage on it and go to work. I also have a hefty dose of Irish so I can just drink until I don’t hear you moaning.

I took all the ornaments off my tree and decided to just leave the flocked thing up. It is in a gorgeous pot and is 7 foot tall. I told my sister I’m just going to decorate it for Mardi Gras now. Seriously my sister and I have already received e-mails from Paul’s Pastry in Picayune, Mississippi and Randazzo’s Bakery in Slidell, LA reminding us it’s time to order our King Cakes.

Basically I’m bored, I’m over Winter and having to wear pants. I’m at the stage of licking the rest of the caviar out of the tiny jar because I am not going to the store until after the shoppers are done. So it’s coffee, tea and figs.

Have a good Sunday and be Kind.

xx P