AUGUST, The Sunday of Summer!

Hello August! You came way too soon. Unless you have children in school, then we love you! This has been a week of promised but not delivered rain. We do need rain. The sun has shown up with a vengeance. Over 100 is my type of weather!

This mornings tea is brought to you by Taylor’s of Harrogate. Lemon Ginger. So good and so good for you! For the first time in a long time, I don’t have any books releasing today. I am caught up with reading through November and the pool is now my home.

We have had some really big changes in our lives this summer. OU Boy received a big promotion at work with another one promised by the end of the year that involves traveling! He goes around singing some reggae song about my occupation is a vacation now. We are probably in the best shape we’ve ever been in physically and emotionally. Our #lifegoals are coming together like a good gumbo!

Our kids have been busy transforming the school bus and becoming a part of the #skoolie movement. They work lots of overtime and lots of sweat time to reach their own life goals. Corbin and Charli Ava are growing like weeds!  There is lots of wedding planning and shopping and prep going on. Everyone finally has their outfits.

 

Corbin’s shirt is adorable. He has his daddy’s scrunchy face look there and with his hair down you can see he did a little trimming of a piece of hair that kept getting in his mouth. By himself. The girls aren’t showing theirs. We want the boys to be surprised!

So planning weddings, meeting goals, smashing goals, drinking a lot of tea and thinking I may retire this year. This weekend will be the first official weekend off for OU Boy and we have great plans to go to bed, the fridge, the pool and back to bed! God, we are exciting! LMAO

Enjoy the day!

xx P

A CUP OF TEA SOLVES EVERYTHING!

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Thursday literally started off with a BANG! Thunder, lightning, a bit of hail and the ear-splitting alarm on my phone going off telling me it’s flooding. I kind of noticed that when I saw the neighbors hanging petunias floating down the road.

My lovely little Charli and Corbin have dance recital on Saturday. This should be very interesting. I wasn’t sure if Corbin would want a bouquet afterward but thought I would ask so he wouldn’t be hurt. And yes! He wants that bouquet! A big one too.

Today I am staying right here and drinking tea and reading books. It’s so gloomy outside I should be watching all of the horror movies on Netflix, but alas, deadlines.

Going to make a nice pot of Chocolate Mint Tea and listen to the rhythm of the falling rain.  Also, anyone have any suggestions for red or navy sandals??

xx P

Hello June, You Hot Little Number You!

Sunday reading day. I have deadlines. I don’t want to get too cocky but the sun has been out ALL day! Now I’m suspicious. What will tonight bring?

I received a wonderful new shipment of teas which I’ll start tomorrow. I also received a perfect little black dress from Mudpie!

   It is adorable. It is a poly crepe, so not see through at all. And it has 3 panels draping the front. Hard to see but it is so adorable. Thanks for the little bag too. My markers have a new home. So now I’ve let everyone know I have a new funeral dress if they want to go ahead and kick off during the summer. My mother was not amused.

The finger is not hurting bad enough to complain about it. Although we all know I don’t need much of a reason. This is about to get real so you can’t say you weren’t warned! I have Crohn’s. I have problems digesting food. I also was knocked in the head a few weeks ago and had to take meds that made me ….um…. constipated. Whew! I was bloated and angry and asking everyone I knew what to do. With Crohn’s, I don’t get constipated. EVER. Every person had a solution and 99% of them had to do with taking a pill of some sort or drinking some god awful concoction. I’m not doing that. But today without even trying I found the cure. Watermelon. A bowl of watermelon and 10 minutes later I lost 5 pounds. How could I not remember this? I grew up eating watermelon in the field. So there you have it, folks.  Once again, a plant comes to the rescue!

Also in my appointment book for today, there is one word. Wyatt. I do not recall knowing a Wyatt. So Wyatt, if you’re out there, maybe give me a call and let me know what we’re doing today?

xx P

 

Bringing Back The Summer Teas

Friday and the sun is out and it isn’t supposed to rain! Hallelujah! After finishing up painting the tea cupboard and table and chairs, it was time to organize the teas. Fall and Winter went to the back and I found 3 boxes of this Lemon Lavender Lane, which I love, and Lavender and Honey Spoons.  Along with my 2 little teapot salt and pepper shakers.

That entire cabinet is full of tea and teaware. And I’m waiting on a shipment now.  I have spent the last few days occupying a lounge chair at the pool. Today I need to stay inside. My bum is burnt.

I love the Lemon Lavender Lane Tea by Celestial Seasoning. It’s so calming as a warm nighttime drink and delicious as an iced drink! Plunk in some lemon slices and Voila’!

I am feeling especially smug today. I’ve already mailed my June birthday cards and I’ve wrapped Father’s Day gifts!

It has been so wet here that we had to re-pot several plants and move the hostas. Yesterday I went to blow my pool float up with the thing I call the blower upper. You plug it in the outlet and air goes into your float. Only you know how you really have to cap that float off quick or the air comes right back out? I didn’t want that to happen so I tossed the blower upper into a chair, still blowing and capped off my float. I go to pick up the blower upper and apparently I had tossed it too hard and the back fell off. I didn’t know that until I picked it up and left part of my pointer finger skin on the coils. Shocked the shit out of me and burnt my finger horribly. It was numb but my entire hand hurt! I called Tommy who quickly offered to come and make sure I wasn’t dying or having any erratic heartbeats. But no, I told him I could wait. He made me check my heartbeat though which is hard to do since I have a very low resting heart rate.

Around 3 I couldn’t take the pain anymore and this thing was filling up with fluid so I found my guys that I have dubbed the bandanna gang and one whipped out a knife and cut that thing open and bodily fluids came out and the pain went away. They told me to put mustard on it to draw the heat. I did. But it smelled good so I licked it.

That is our week in a weird nutshell! I hope you had an entertaining week as well!

xx P

Is The Ark Coming? Will There Be Tea?

Saturday and blue skies all around. Already over 80 and very muggy. Which doesn’t bode well for the weather later today. Feeling much better today, but I’m not pushing it.

Last night since we were draped over the sofa whining, we didn’t get to do any storm spotting. Remember our spot? Well, this happened over there. Along with a couple of church roofs peeling back. So I guess we were fortunate to have not been there.

   Since I was up early this morning, I made Cherry Chocolate Chip Scones and had some Harney & Sons Chocolate Tea. I also filled the cookie jar up and now I’m done. The pool and this story are calling my name!

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

xx P

TEA MAIL AND AWARDS!

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It’s difficult to be flippant today. We had an entire town disappear! And Missouri, we are with you in spirit. We are in for more tonight. Things have already been re-scheduled for earlier in the day. I’m over this now.

Yesterday the postman brought me these lovely teas from Harney & Sons Teas. I needed those iced ones! And the Ginger Peach is new to me. I don’t usually like anything peach flavored. I’m from Georgia, I know what a peach should taste like.

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This one had such a smooth, almost creamy taste and the peach was not flavoring. Just smelling it took me back to home and blanching millions of peaches (peaches for free), for Gracie to bake into pies and cobblers. It’s a keeper!

Last night we went to La Baguette for dinner and I discovered this!

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A Basil Gin Gimlet. Dear Lord was it good. It’s the only picture I took because this isn’t Burger King. Tommy embarrassed me by ordering Dr. Pepper and then getting sick in the bathroom. Poor thing is still sick. I had the blackened snapper with Jasmine Rice and asparagus. For dessert, Vanilla Creme Brulee’.

Speaking of things re-scheduled, the school awards ceremony was pushed from later today to this morning. And this guy! Corbin won awards for Best Author and Best Storyteller! I am so proud I couldn’t love him anymore! Now I need to go get him a proper gift.  Maybe a Mont Blanc pen and a leather journal. LMAO This is the same 6-year old that  I gave a printer and computer to at Christmas.

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We are all praying everyone stays safe during this weather outbreak.

Enjoy your Thursday Y’all!

xx P

Beautiful Passion Tea and Our Secret Obsession

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Good Morning! Wednesday brings with it more severe storm warnings beginning this afternoon and through tomorrow. But before all of the hoopla, let’s talk about this tea!

Passion by Tazo. Tart rose hips and citrusy lemongrass along with the lovely hibiscus flower and licorice root, orange peel and cinnamon. First. It’s pink! The longer it steeps the pinker it gets. I love this tart/sweet infusion. And it’s pink. Pair it with some mini macarons and tea becomes elevated to something lush!

We didn’t make it home until around 8 a.m. yesterday. It was a long and windy night.  After we tossed our gear in the truck we headed to our spot. You have to have a spot.

          

The best spot is by the airport at the entrance to I-40, running east and west. This is I-40 when it was closed down because it was under water. The video will give you an idea of our night!

Yep, we are obsessed with storms. I am normally terrified of heights, but the exhilaration outweighs the fear!

We were very lucky. There were so many tornadoes and water rescues. Praying tonight will be easy!

Enjoy your Wednesday and stay dry!

xx P

Jim Cantore is in Town! Here We Go!

Monday the 20th of May is not a good date for Oklahomans. One of our worst and deadliest tornadoes took place on this date. Many people died. On the Gulf Coast, we used to joke about Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel. We would ride out any hurricane unless Jim Cantore showed up. When he shows up things get real. He is in Moore right now. So we are a bit anxious.

Last night I started receiving texts. Schools all over the Metro are closed today and my doctor called and canceled my appointment for today. Businesses are closing early. Tommy is normally off today but not everyone has daycare today so he’s at Hyatt bringing up cases of flashlights and making sure everyone knows what to do. The poor out of town people are a bit panicked. We’ve already had one small hail storm.  So today is going to be interesting.

So my sister and I had our DNA testing done. One through MyHeritage.com and one through 23andMe. They said the exact same thing. We’ve always known who our people are. You can’t live in Charleston and not know your people. We knew two of our ancestors signed The Constitution but didn’t know one also signed the Declaration of Independence! I can’t say that any of them were saints. They were all well-known planters with strict slave rules. Not too proud of that one. Everyone else we knew about.

The breakdown was:  55.9% French, 32% UK (Scotland, Ireland, England) and 12.1% Scandinavian. The breakdown explains a lot. Like why when I get really mad I start speaking French with a very southern accent. I do speak it but rarely do. The Scandinavian part is Norway. Vestre. It looks like I have a good shot at moving to France if shit goes down in the U.S. In the UK we were in Leeds, Dundee, and County Cork. Walshes.

I’m going to make sure we have all of our storm supplies ready and then I’ll read a book.

Stay Safe Everyone in Tornado Alley today!

xx P

In A Turquoise Mood!

Friday! I am so happy to see you! So much to do this weekend and I’m not overly excited about it. Time to rotate in the summer teas and clothes. I have no motivation for either.

This week has been about getting the plants in the garden, hauling river rocks for some drainage issues and painting. I have paint in my hair, but not a drop on the floor. I put down a drop cloth in my kitchen and painted my table and chairs white. Do you have any idea how long it takes to paint a freaking chair?? I have one coat left on one chair and then I can begin on the tea cupboard. Which will be much easier I hope.

We are taking care of Auntie Gayle’s cats Smoky and Lou this week while Auntie Ann and Auntie Gayle are in San Antonio for a cousin’s graduation from Boot Camp. Lackland. Back to the cats. Lou had a cyst or something and we have to put antibiotic cream on it which she hates. She is an old cat with a lot of tumors. Last night I dreamed that she had died and the other one ate her. Made Tommy go by there this morning just to make sure!

She was alive but in pain. Personally, I would do as the vet advised and not let her continue to suffer. But it’s not my cat.

The pool is almost ready to open for whichever children are brave enough to jump in.

We are supposed to have rain this weekend so I’ll be over here painting and drinking copious amounts of tea!

Enjoy your weekend!  On my book site, I have a giveaway going on!

xx P

Dear Rain, Yes or No on the Ark?

Saturday in the rain. Again. Seriously enough. Yesterday was a good day. I decided to make lunch and some tea. Honestly, I only ate the strawberries. But tea! I tossed in a Celestial Seasonings Mountain Chai and a small homemade bag of turmeric. Turmeric is an amazing spice. I use it for a lot of things. It just doesn’t have the best taste by itself. But this was really good. Do you ever mix different teas?

This morning I woke up with a headache. The rain and allergies are adding to the pressure in my head and it is miserable.

Tommy played in a golf tournament yesterday. Personal best for him. He came home with prizes and swag bags! Now I am the proud owner of my own tall Yeti and a tumbler for my tea! Lots of notepads, golf tees, hand sanitizer, and a small duffle bag. There was snack stuff too. Also a bottle of Jack Daniels and 2 Thunder glasses. Those did not make it to me as I don’t drink that.  I do love goodie bags. I’m like a 5 year old at a birthday party.

Since I overdid it yesterday on screen time, I am being very good today.  I hope everyone has a lovely Saturday. We’ll be over here working on the ark.

xx P