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

SUNSHINE,BEIGNETS AND TEA

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Lazy Sunday mornings…they are just the best! Even though my other half had to go in this morning, he kindly made no noise and let me sleep. As a reward I am making beignets for him for brunch. Since he is at work building me bookshelves, I should do this.

It has been such a hectic week and yesterday I was going through my jewelry box deciding what to give to the kids to play with and what to do away with and while I have more that the average number of engagement rings, I could not find my current one. Which ramped my anxiety level through the roof. It is my favorite and the only one that I care about. I went through everything in the house and nothing.

I sent OU Boy a text telling him I had lost my engagement ring. His manly response was “Where?” If I knew where it wouldn’t be lost now would it! By the time he got home I was in full-blown crying, hysterical mode. He looked and nothing. I knew I had it when I moved. It never leaves my dresser. In a sudden burst of memory I grabbed my Warby Parker box out of the underwear drawer and there it was, snuggling in the box.Safe and sound.  More tears ensued and after a cup of tea I was calmer.

So life was once again good. Now I’m going to run by Barnes and Noble and grab another tin of tea before the sale is over! Then to the pool or park to get some sun.

Have a good Sunday! Enjoy the sun and some tea. I’m having a pitcher of Lavender-Lemon iced and it is so good!

xx Patricia

BREWING A CUP OF LIFE…SPRING

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Good Morning Y’all. The sun is shining and the rain is finally over. Everywhere I go there are signs of Spring. Birds hatching, flowers pushing through the soft dirt to poke their lovely green heads up to the sun.

It is truly one of the most beautiful seasons. New birth, baby calves, piglets and chickens getting their first look at Mother Earth and the human race. One isn’t looking too hot right now, but sometimes you make the wrong decision and you have to live with it for a bit.

OU Boy stayed home yesterday as he had an awful headache. I kept checking on him in the bed to make sure he was still breathing. I mean, my mattress is brand spanking new and I’d rather not have bodily fluids on it if he were to croak. I only say that because whether it’s  hangnail or a heart attack, that man treats them the same. He’s gonna die.

I am sipping on Tazo Green Ginger this morning because I ate a bag of Twizzlers last night. They are like crack, I swear! You can’t just nibble on one. So now I’m paying the price for having an addict for a mouth and a convent for a stomach. They aren’t happy with one another today, so I will do my penance and sip ginger tea all day and moan and complain. I’m quite good at that!

Yesterday I received an invitation from Amazon to be a Vine Reviewer. Now my reviews can go up early. So yeah!

Time to refill the teapot! Have a glorious day and laugh, it makes me happy!

GREEN JASMINE LEAF TEA…IT’S SPRING!

Taylors Green Jasmine Leaf Tea Caddy 125G Taylors of Harrogate Green Jasmine Leaf Tea, Loose Leaf, 4.41 Ounce Box - http://teacoffeestore.com/taylors-of-harrogate-green-jasmine-leaf-tea-loose-leaf-4-41-ounce-box/ Green tea with jasmine in cup and teapot

This green tea has been a favorite in China since the days of the Song dynasty, eight centuries ago. The best quality comes from Fujian Province where Flowery Orange Pekoe leaf tea is mixed with freshly opened jasmine flowers, and left overnight to allow the tea to absorb the scent of jasmine. The flavor is light and sweet with a subtle perfume. Use a warmed teapot and add one teaspoon of tea per person and an extra ‘one for the pot’. Add water just under the boil and infuse for 2-3 minutes. Serve on its own. You can top the teapot up with more hot water as you enjoy the tea.

This is a really lovely tea. You get that mellow green tea with a hint of jasmine on the back of the tongue. I am loving these new green tea combinations this time of year. Light and wonderfully flavored, I don’t think I have ever met a Taylor’s tea I did not like.

Most tea sellers sell samples, so you can try before you buy a large quantity and I would suggest doing just that. The market we go to has a huge tea selection and I feel it is my obligation to educate anyone in the tea aisle. Yesterday I helped a lovely woman choose an oolong.  I left feeling I had done a good deed. OU Boy sarcastically said next time I should just bring my business cards along and pass them out in the tea aisle. Not a bad idea as I would hate for someone to judge tea on one bad choice.

One poor fellow kept telling us he was looking for steeped tea. OU Boy whispered, Isn’t all tea steeped?  Yes, honey, but we don’t tell people that, we can only ask what color it was and if he liked it. Or just pick one and tell him it’s steeped.

It’s been a great week so far. Sunshiny and the wildfires are getting under control. Baby ducklings are waddling by the lake and two ducks were fighting over a female in my pool. Spring is definitely in the air!

I have heard so much about the Netflix show The Handmaid’s Tale that I got the first season and we binge watched and ate chocolate twizzlers. I will not be watching it again. Subjugation of women is not a topic I can discuss without hand gestures.

Have a lovely Tuesday! Try a new tea, expand your horizons!

xx Patricia

IF HOPE HAD A SMELL IT WOULD BE RAIN. AND TEA.

Happy Saturday! It is raining!!! Since about 3 a.m. it has been raining. I don’t even care if it’s grey and rainy this time. The wildfires may finally be over for now and last night I found out they may have been intentionally set. Not good. But we are so grateful for the rain.

And what better way to spend a rainy Saturday than with a nice cup of tea and a good book? I’m trying Taylor’s Lemon and Orange Tea today and if the smell doesn’t wake you up, you are probably dead. It had a wonderful aroma of just opened oranges with a hint of lemon. It is a really smooth tea, I know this will sound nuts to some of you, but it felt almost creamy in my mouth. Before I knew it I had finished off the entire pot! This will be a summer iced tea for sure!

Last night I ate one tiny peanut butter cup. Today I feel horrible. My entire stomach went on strike overnight and just let me know that sugar is the devil. There is an awful fight going on in there! Lesson learned.

Enjoy your Saturday while I limp to the bed and the heating pad!

    xx Patricia

TEA MAIL THURSDAY!

   

Good Morning! This came in the mail yesterday. More tea goodness to add to the bulging cupboard. I was really excited to see this one. There are six of each one to try. I’m going to start this afternoon with the Earl Grey.  At less than $20 you can get this sampler box which makes a terrific gift for Mother’s Day or a Birthday.

This morning I threw a handful of blackberries in my oatmeal with a drizzle of honey. Oh my lord it was good. Normally I do blueberries, but right now I have a lot of blackberries so you use what you have. I love blackberries. They not only taste like summer and sunshine, but they take me back to being a kid and picking them in the wild along the railroad tracks and even down in the beach dunes.

Spring is popping out all kinds of yummy vegetables. Tender new shoots of asparagus which I use in salads or just grill or roast it with some new potatoes and summer squash.

I started Mary Alice Monroe’s new book Beach House Reunions so I’m feeling all summery and beachy. Yeah, that’s not a real word, but you get it.

When I ran this morning the air was rather ashy. You can see the smoke from all of the wildfires that are still raging. At least this morning it was a little humid, so maybe we will get some much-needed rain. Even the Oklahoma River is dry as a bone. So someone isn’t shaking their rainstick!

Y’all have a great day and just be nice to each other!

xx Patricia

Harney & Sons Royal Wedding Tea

                       

Good Morning! Starting the morning off with one of the new Palace Collections, Royal Wedding Tea. First look at that sachet. It smells heavenly and looks so pretty!

On the back it says….We are honored to present our Union of Chinese Mutan White Tea Buds, With Almond, Coconut, and Vanilla To Taste And a Floral Abundance of Pink Rosebuds And Petals. A Regal Tea to Celebrate a Glorious Union.

Opening the tin released a lovely and aromatic blend of roses, almond, coconut and vanilla. It is  a very fragrant blend. I steeped it for 4 minutes and the smell was even stronger. This is a light tea with a perfect blend of all of the above. I drank an entire pot it was so good. This would be perfect at a bridal shower. I liked it so much I’m thinking today I’ll run back to Barnes and Noble and pick up another, just to get this one for $5!

My granddaughter’s school in North Dakota is so engaged with us on social media and yesterday they were taking orders for May baskets to be delivered to the student or staff of your choice so I’m sending them my order today for Vangie and for my son who is a teacher there. What a sweet idea this is. Since they are in what we call the frozen tundra, these teachers teach outside of the box. The are a happy bunch all the time and I love them!

It was in the 80’s yesterday and the winds were awful. The wildfires changed direction and I have never seen fire like this. Total over 300,000 acres have burned and this is pasture land, homes, and livestock that have been lost. 2 people have died and this has been going on for a week up north of us. We desperately need rain. Last night it looked like Sherman burning Atlanta here. So send prayers and get out the rain stick!

Pretty much my day in pictures. Read, Run, Eat, Drink Tea, Repeat. I just finished the latest Bird Lover’s Mystery by J.R.Ripley and it is really good! Have a good Wednesday and enjoy your day with a cup of tea and a book.

xx Patricia

WILDFIRES,STRIKING TEACHERS And Syria

The winds have been sweeping over the plains for days here in Oklahoma. The wildfires are still burning. Entire towns are gone and at least one person is dead. And the wind continues to howl.

Sipping our tea this morning and loving that I now have so many cupboards that my tea can go in the kitchen instead of the office. They may be stacked 3 deep, but I’m thrilled!

I slept great last night on the new mattress. It feels like a cloud. Tomorrow the rest of the bedroom furniture will be here and I can unpack the dresser box. Tommy discovered Burlington last night. The store, not the town. I went my own way looking for a new armband for my phone for running. I swear I was gone like 5 minutes and he comes around the corner with a full basket.

Then we went to the market and found something called a bumpy tangerine. A couple told me in his country they call it the ugly orange, so I had to buy one, just to see what the fuss was about. I’ll let you know how it goes.

The guy who built our cabinets just stopped by to see if we were happy with them and he looks like Santa Claus. How cool.

I am not happy about the Syria situation. Last night was spent feverishly texting back and forth with my journalist friends inside Syria and they were extremely upset at the gall of this president to use them as a distraction for his own bad behavior. It was heartbreaking.

Today, I am catching up on correspondence and reading a great book about Corporate Cultures. In Russia. Oh and I received a text last night saying school is on for Monday!!

Have a great weekend and Be Nice. That’s all really, just be nice.

xx Patricia

THE ART OF DOING NOTHING…

Good Morning! Sitting back listening to Beyonce‘ sing about Becky with the good hair and sipping on some Harney and Sons Chocolate Tea this sunny but cold Sunday.

I completely fell down the research rabbit hole yesterday. I had a task. Removing everything from 2 hard drives I don’t use a lot to flash drives so I can toss those suckers. I got maybe half way there when my son called and we spent a long time digging through the research we had. After that it was over. You know how it is when you are researching history and those threads just come together and before you know it the day is almost over.

So we had snow yesterday. I feel horrible even saying that since it only dusted one shrub and then the sun came out and it was great and there was no snow. People still lost their minds and this time horses got loose. It was like bumper cars on the interstate. By Thursday it should be close to 90. I don’t even know. Mother Nature is playing with us.

It’s still a bit chilly at 42 degrees but I have no plans to leave the bed today. Book in hand, tea on the tray and I am good for the day.  School is already canceled for Monday. It’s turning into a really ugly thorn in the legislator’s sides. Good. Do something about it.

Have a great Sunday y’all! Be a good human. Have some tea. Eat the cupcake. Or some crab legs!

xx Patricia   

 

A CUP OF TEA, A BOOK, AND RAIN…Bliss!

Ah, the smell of the earth when it rains. It started raining yesterday afternoon and let up sometime early this morning. With a cup of Earl Grey and not one but two cozy mysteries lined up, it’s the perfect day to snuggle in your hoodie and sip and read.

A lot of really good cozies from Kensington and Crooked Lane Books came out today so congratulations to Y’all!’

Have y’all been watching that little genius show with Neil Patrick Harris? I mean these 9 year olds are doing college level math in their heads! After a half hour of watching this I turned to Tommy and said, “Oh my gosh, our kids are slackers!”. Then I turned on Steve Harvey and the show he hosts and there is a 8-year-old girl singing like an opera singer. Yep, slackers, everyone!

Even though two of them have the voices of angels. One knows every Beatles song by heart and has since she was about 3! The other one wants to be Taylor Swift but is easily distracted by shiny objects. And of course Corbin who is a straight up genius and will happily pontificate on any subject you may think you know!

Seriously I love my little slackers. They play every sport imaginable. They have great dance moves. They love the planet and don’t eat dead animals or litter ( that was for Corbin). And I want them to enjoy every minute of childhood. It goes by so quickly. I love that they actually try things before they decide they do or do not like them. I love their imaginations and shared love of knock knock jokes. They have good manners, they are good students and I feel secure leaving my world to them someday. And as for the math geniuses…well I was in Finance for many years and not once since being an adult has anyone ever asked me the square root of anything! How about you?

Hope your Tuesday is going well! Make time for a cup of tea and heck, let’s toss in a biscuit or two!

xx Patricia