Love, Soccer and Catfish…Just Go With It!

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Well it’s Friday again Y’all. And storms are just stacking up like planes on a tarmac to take a swipe at our loved ones and homes. So let me say I am holding you all in my heart and feel free to share your anxiety with me!

I am lucky to be surrounded by people who know exactly how nutso I am and remind me everyday that my only saving grace is that I am cute and keep  a clean house. Seriously though I know I’m not nutso. I just live with anxiety. And hurricanes are the first trigger of mine. Is it a realistic anxiety? Yes, because I’ve lived through many of them and been displaced by a few. Is there anything I can do to stop the event? No. I’m not Mother Nature ( I know this is a shock to my  children). So how can I manage my anxiety? I spend time with people who make me laugh so hard I can’t breathe. I drink lots of calming herbal tea. I read books with intricate plots that keep me focused. And if I need to I’ll pop a Xanax.

Plus it helps to share with all of you! Last night was the 7 year olds soccer practice. Now these kids have a flow going. No one was watching ants or triggering the littlest boy over his relationship with his shin guards. They did what they were supposed to do.

But little bit, who thinks I live to make his life easier, was there too. He still hates soccer he says. But he loves kicking the ball. We’ve decided he just doesn’t like to play with others. He’s a solitary sportsman. Like a Tiger Woods, only with morals. I’m the one who brings chairs, blankets, snacks, drinks and a loaded personal DVD player for the 4-year-old. And he expects it. So last night we stopped off and grabbed Po Boys for dinner to bring to the field.  I left mine in the truck. For over an hour. I will never get that smell out of my hair and I’ll probably never eat catfish again.

The funniest portion of the evening was towards the end of practice when I’m standing right on the sideline cheering my little ginger on and the 4-year-old starts yelling,” We’re missing Big Brother and its double eviction night!” Now there is no way I would let this boy watch that show so I turned around to see his Papa laughing hysterically. Nice one.

Be safe today and please let us know you are safe if you are in the path of these storms. We kind of care about y’all now!

xx Patricia

Be Useful. Be Honorable. Be Compassionate. And Have Some Tea!

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Today is going to be one of those many pots of tea days! I am intentionally not turning on the television or I’ll be a puddle of anxiety on the floor. Hurricanes are my  trigger. The biggest one. Too many  horrible things have happened during hurricanes and now it looks like they are lining up one after the other to pound us.

I’m tired of hearing people tell the good  folks of Florida to just leave. If only it was that simple. It’s gridlock down there right now and gas is in short supply. So let’s do what we can to help out. There is always something you can do. Always!

Today is Thursday which means the 7-year-old starts soccer practice tonight. This should be much better than the 4-year-old. These kids are playing for points and wins. And Lord help  us  all  as she is her father’s daughter and will call you out on any rule infringement you make. They are both “actually” people. As in, “Actually, Ms. Keating, you can’t tell a student they can’t go  to the bathroom, according to Section 5C of the handbook.” Yep, my kid was nicknamed the high school lawyer. Adored by students, tolerated by teachers and a huge source of entertainment for the principal. Mr. Denly found it difficult to punish the boy when he couldn’t stop laughing. I was never so happy when he graduated to high school and got the heck out of the  school I was teaching in.

It’s back to work  today but tonight is Networking After Dark and it’s Scotch and Cigar Tasting night! As for our weather, it’s much like my baseball team, just shut up and don’t say anything about them. We’re just holding our collective breath over here hoping Mother Nature will think we have already been slammed enough  and the Cubbies go back to the World Series.

Be Nice today. A lot of people are anxious right now, be kind to them. Offer them a cup of tea and some love. WE really are all in this together. So let’s act like it.

xx Patricia

Lust, Lamps, Soccer and Irma

Image result for bronze buffet lamps  Yes, that is a lamp. I have been lusting after this lamp since I saw it on Pinterest. I needed wanted 2 of this tall buffet style lamp and I did not want to pay $200 for the joy of owning it. So yesterday I went in search of said lamp at a better price.

OU Boy had the entire day off and we had nothing earth shattering to do until the 4 year olds soccer practice at 6 p.m. We slurped down our tea and hit the road. For all of 5 minutes. Now that I can see things I couldn’t for a year, I’m always excited to point them all out to the driver and it apparently drives them nuts. As I said we were 5 minutes down the road and he turned to me and said,” Did you take your meds?” Well, no, I don’t take meds in the morning, just at bedtime. “Then I need to stop by the house and take some meds myself” was his reply!

So with everyone medicated we struck out to all the places you would generally find lamps and nothing under the $200 mark,  so I decided we would go to every thrift store in the area. And Lord Have Mercy at the final one there sat my lamps. Two of them! No shades but the exact lamps. I paid a grand total of $8 for both of them. It was really easy to find the shades, and now I have two lovely buffet lamps for under $20 each! Seriously one of these suckers was $209! The cheap skate in me was in Nirvana!

As I said it was the 4 year olds first soccer practice, which is basically 10 other 4 year olds carrying their balls around and tossing  them in the net, losing their shin guards every 5 minutes, looking at the clouds or in the case of ours, laid out on the blanket saying he just couldn’t go on with this. When Papa in all his wisdom tried to reason with him comparing soccer to golf, things got heated. ” But I love golf. And I hate soccer!” Do that in a whiney voice, okay? After bribing him with snacks, and telling him how hurt his Coach/Dad would be if his little boy wouldn’t play soccer,then it was my turn. ” Get your ass out there on that field right now or when you get home your Daddy is going to tear that ass up!” Boom! Done!

All in all by the end of practice, the kids were at least talking to each other and were keeping their balls on the ground. One little boy thought he was trying out for the NFL obviously. Everytime he kicked his ball in the net he did a very well thought out end zone dance. Go Lamont! There are girls on the team too. So we’ll see how this plays out on Thursday.

While we joke and are living our lives as normal ( okay that may have been a stretch to say normal) we are still keeping our prayer chains going for not only Texas, but all the people about to be smacked by Irma. Which includes my family. I was told by a Red Cross lady that they have so many supplies, but they need cash and people. These folks can’t just go back home. They need money for hotels, apartments, medications and transportation.

Also the fires in the western states are destroying lives and property. I’m just going to sit right here in the middle of Oklahoma and hope we don’t get some crazy tornado outbreak!

Be safe. Love each other. Do what you can.

A New Day and A New Tea!

bf5d3f764342fd8bd8f774bf951acfe6 It is indeed a new day! Nice and Sunny here with no wind! Yesterday was not that great of a day. Yes it was Monday which normally would say it all, but the issue was my tummy and something I ate.

I tried out a new to me tea by Tazo.     RefreshMint. Peppermint, Spearmint and a touch of Taragon. It was really intense minty flavor and is very good! It settled my tummy down nicely. I’m reading the follow-up to the Bear and the Nightingale! Really good.

For all our friends in Florida, it looks like Hurricane Irma is about to slam y’all into Georgia! Please be safe and don’t get stuck  someplace we can’t find you! Just leave now. You know with a name like Irma, this chick has anger issues, so just go. Like Now.

This is my Saturday so I asked OU Boy if he wanted to go to the Myriad Gardens and do Yoga. His response “Are you talking to me or one of your hippy yoga friends on the internet thing?” Seriously you are in your 30’s Dude. It’s not called an internet thingy.

I guess that means he isn’t going even though I made sure to kick nudge him out of the bed with my knees. Which in sleep talk means, get out of my bed now. I need that side too and don’t you have somewhere you have to be? I admit I don’t like waking up to people in my bed. Not that there’s a line of them or anything, just the one.

We will be keeping an eye out for all of my family who lives in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and the Carolinas this week. I love you all and know  you won’t do anything stupid!

If you’re looking for a new book to read today, Sing,Unburied,Sing is out today and is set in Mississippi and it is outstanding!

xx Patricia

363 DAYS OF TEA BY RUBY SILVIOUS A VISUAL JOURNAL ON USED TEA BAGS

363 Days of Tea is a coffee table book by Ruby Silvious. Follow the artist’s 363-day journey as she creates miniature paintings using repurposed tea bags as her canvas.

Perhaps you’ve seen her art work on Facebook or elsewhere on-line. This is one of the most beautiful coffee table books I have ever seen. It amazes me how talented this woman is and the beautiful yet tiny paintings she does on used tea bags.

This one is a keeper! I hope you enjoy it!

Enjoy your Sunday and if you are in the U.S. your Labor Day Holiday tomorrow!

Those Sexy Little Words….It’s Football Day!

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Florida State Seminoles  She asked me to tell her the words all southern girls long to hear, so I whispered 'It's college football season!'FSU Seminole Football. Renegade & Osceola.

The Tea has been finished off and now OU Boy is in the shower getting all pretty to go to the OU vs UTEP home opener in a few hours.

Of course my game is the 7 p.m. Prime Time Game….But seriously I have been waiting for this day since the last game. A long time.

So Saturdays could be a bit short for a while. Like until the end of college football season.

Have a Great Saturday and Go Noles!

xx Patricia

Hello September 🍵

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We have finally gotten to the ‘ber’ months. And no my sisters you can’t put your Christmas tree up yet. Just no. It’s still pushing 90 here so it doesn’t feel like Fall. But it must be because College Football starts for real tomorrow!! And it’s a no work Monday weekend! Time for all things Pumpkin Spice too. We are starting to see gas stations that are out of gas now. And the prices are rising by the hour. 

We are still praying for Texas and hope y’all get some relief and rest soon ❤️

Be nice and make someone smile today! 

Murder Most Frothy ( a coffeehouse mystery) by Cleo Coyle

Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mystery, #4)

Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee—for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David’s bathroom—a botched attempt on the millionaire’s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone’s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night—and it’s not the java jitters…

This is the fourth in this series and while I love the coffee concoctions Clare comes up with and the yummy recipes in the back of the books, this one may have been stretching it a bit.

Clare is a smart woman, but in this book she comes off as not so bright. And it seemed the coffee information was just thrown in as filler.

So not my favorite one.

xx Patricia

A Good Time Was Had By All!

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It’s been a day or so since I’ve been on here. It’s that time of year when we are all getting busy for school, football, soccer and ordering all the Autumn teas!

Yesterday I woke up and turned to my BFF and said, ” I feel a spree coming on. Killing or shopping, depends on you.” I am out of everything. That is how much I hate shopping in person. But the toothpaste was dangerously low and the only thing in the refrigerator were condiments.

There was just  a lot of stuff that needed replacing or that I had coupons for that would expire today. So yesterday was an 8 hour journey across the city.

   First up was these saddles. Nice, huh? And on a huge sale. Then I found some cute ankle boots and also later saw these lovely slip ons with the poop emoji. OU Boy quipped, “For when you know you’re shitty and you own it.”  No we did not get those.

I did however make a huge compromise for the sake of the relationship. I let him buy a microwave. Now, I don’t own a microwave or a toaster or a coffee pot or any thing else that could clutter my counters or make it easy to eat poorly. Now I also would have let him buy new pots and pans, but let’s get real here. I’m not using them. So after years of no microwave, I woke up this morning and almost spit out my tea when I saw this big black blob sitting on my counter. I’m not happy about it, but I’m going to take a page from Cynthia and pick my battles.

He heated up a sandwich last night and you would have thought he invented fire he was so happy.

Now everyone has enough socks, t-shirts and underwear to make it through the winter. I have stocked the cupboards with Game Day food. Which on his side is the good old Velveeta and Rotel dip, little smokies and Barbecue Sauce  and my side which is tiny toasts, some really nice hummus and a tiny tin of caviar. I shouldn’t have to go to the market for another month if I play this right.

After the truck was full we stopped at our favorite Italian place and had a nice lunch and we arrived home in time for Big Brother.  And to find that the Book Fairy had come and left me a gorgeous copy of The Bear and The Nightingale plus an ARC of The Tower.  So all in all it was a good day and no one had to die. And not once did I have a panic attack!

Now I’m going to finish my Breakfast Tea and try to figure out how to use this mop.

Be Safe! Drink Tea!   xx Patricia

CELEBRATE EVERY DAY BY JAIME RICHARDSON

Celebrate Every Day: Recipes For Making The Most Of Special Moments With Your Family by [Richardson, Jaime]

Recipes for making the most of special moments with your family.  You may know Jaime from sophistimom.com. I love her and I love this book. This is a woman who was chosen by the editors at Martha Stewart’s official blog network to be a part of their small circle.

Yet she has a family and this book shows that. Everything in here is simple to make, takes simple wholesome ingredients and turns them into an experience.

My absolute favorite recipe is the Fresh Peach French Toast Bread Pudding. Oh my heavenly days it is good!  Want to make some jam? Blueberry jam that is easy as pie!

It’s a go to book if you have children or not. Beautifully done and worth every penny!

celebrateeveryday Yummy!!!  With some Harney & Sons Peach Tea….wow!