HELLO, SEPTEMBER, YOU’RE EARLY!

As Hurricane Dorian tears through the Bahamas and heads for Florida, I’m happy to say my family knows what to do and is doing it. We had another mass shooting yesterday. As of today, at least in Oklahoma, any fool can get a gun and carry it into Target, and anywhere else you want. No Conceal and Carry Permit needed. Just grab your shotgun and hop over to your kids’ school and hope the teacher isn’t having a bad day.

I don’t understand why you need an Ar weapon or even a deer rifle in McDonald’s. This has disaster written all over it. I’m also extremely ticked off at the orange Cheeto in the oval office. I just heard him say, ” This storm is ‘uge, I don’t think I’ve ever heard that term Catagory 5.” You stupid idiot! The only reason I am in Oklahoma is that a CATAGORY 5 HURRICANE NAMED KATRINA destroyed our home and everything we owned. Remember how you trashed Bush for his non-response??? Please let this be the last straw for you and your crime boss family.

I woke up this morning with a message from Starbucks that PS is back. I’m not using the word even. Fall is Sept. 21st. It is almost 100 degrees today. It is still summer. Stop jumping the gun Starbucks.

WE spent the entire day floating in the pool in utter silence. It was totally relaxing!

So yeah, still summer, Susi, no putting up the damn Christmas Tree!!!

xx P

SAYING GOODBYE TO AUGUST IS HARD

Well, folks, it’s the last day of August. I believe we have lived it to the fullest. No rain this morning and I am sipping the last of my Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea. Waiting patiently on the Publisher’s Clearinghouse guys to get here with my giant check and some flowers.

This has been a crazy week of storms, living more than 24 hours without phones, electricity, and the internet. But we made it through. It took a lot of strong tea, a bit of crying and the Anxiety Fairy bringing her snotty little self over with an overnight bag!

With all of the storm nonsense, I forgot about the man with one leg. So, here is how that went down.  I was happily floating in the pool, trying to chill when I heard a man’s voice. I look up and there is an older gentleman speaking to me. I said hello, welcomed him to our little community and he proceeded to tell me why he moved here. Buckle up.

The Man:  I’m newly single after 50 years of marriage.

Me: Oh, I’m sorry. ( Me thinking the woman is dead)

The Man: Yep, last month was our 50th wedding anniversary and I asked her what she wanted and she said A Divorce. So now I’m looking for a new soulmate to live out my days with.

Me: 50 years? And now she wants out? Wow, that’s a lot of time to put in and not finish it.

The Man: She’s a bitch. After she said that I left. Gave her the house and everything.

Me: That’s rough.

The Man: I used to work in the stock market. Graduated from OU.

Me: That sounds interesting. I wouldn’t lead with the OU thing. I’m SEC.

The Man: That water sure looks good. Maybe I’ll take off my prosthetic leg and sit a bit. I’m blind in my right eye too so are there steps?

Me: Total Silence.  In my head: Holy Shitballs, Batman! Do I have some magnet on my head that says Tell me your story???

The Man: Well, I’d better be on my walk. I would love for you to stop by and have a cocktail or dinner sometime.

Me: (In a small squeaky voice) Okay…..

I told OU Boy as soon as he got home and he just shook his head. Now I’m thinking of setting the guy up with my neighbor who is single and closer to death than me. Or maybe not, I really like her and she brings me macarons from Ganache and homegrown tomatoes. Anyway, guys, you may want to wait for the ink to dry on the divorce papers before stalking a new soulmate.

Have a happy Saturday! It’s Football Time! And be safe if you are in the path of Dorian. Most of my family is on that path, so you know what to do.

xx P

WE HAVE POWER!!!

Wednesday and the sun is shining! All I hear are chainsaws, mowers, and cussing.

We finally got our power turned on last night. I am quite sure it had nothing to do with the power people staying at our hotel. Trust me I have no shame asking for a favor! We still don’t have hot water though. A pump went out somewhere. But at least I can make tea!

I absolutely hate staying at hotels. I always feel claustrophobic. Instead of sitting in my room I grabbed my Starbucks from the lobby and decided to fish out the chairs from the pool and re-arrange their furniture so it flowed better. It was a lot of outdoor furniture but it felt good to do something. At one point there were over 100,000 people with no power. Not the Cracker Barrel! Nope, they were open and hotel shuttles were dropping people off there all day.

I got in a great workout in their gym, which is fabulous. I took a nice long bubble bath and just as I had settled in with a book my phone beeped. The power at your house is back on. I was out of that tub so fast! Packed my stuff and went home. No hot water is just fine with me a day. From now on I’m keeping a GO bag in the car!

There are still a lot of people, businesses and traffic lights that don’t have power and may not for a few days. But we are grateful to be safe and home. Well, except for OU Boy who had to take a cold shower this morning. Thanks for the good thoughts y’all.

xxP

Thunder, Lightening, and Floods in OKC

Not much to say this morning except Whoa! Last night was awful. We lost power around 7 p.m. and still have no power. Trees are down everywhere. Lightning struck our big tree and split it down the middle. Police have just discovered a body under a bridge near our shopping center and more rain to come. So we will be out of touch for a bit! I’m not one to go without hot water and no a/c so I’m at the Marriott drinking an endless supply of Tazo Teas.

Stay safe!

MILLIONS OF PEACHES, PEACHES IN TEA…SING ALONG!

The sun is really shining this afternoon. It’s been a wet and wild few days with the weather. Storming overnight and into the morning. Saturday was a wash until late in the day when we all hit the pool and worked up an appetite for pizza. Which explains why I am drinking this tea today. Very soothing to the tummy!

Sometime in the night storm one of our hotels was struck by lightning and every fire alarm in the place went off. For hours! OU Boy just got home from handling that mess and is in bed asleep! I am trying to be quiet.

We introduced the kids to Go Fish last night and it was hilarious! We took advantage of Barnes and Noble’s big sale and grabbed Charli Ava some new books. I snagged a few.

Dark Age for OU Boy who follows this author and series. I grabbed fellow Georgia girl, Karin Slaughter’s new one and Stuart Woods new one which stars my book boyfriend, Stone Barrington. International man of mystery and wealth…sigh.

Corbin gorged himself on Entenmanns coffee cake and tea. And refused to wear pants all weekend. Because he had new underwear and wanted to show it off. His shoes did match though. All in all, it was a good weekend.

It was nice to unplug and not listen to any negativity for a couple of days. It gets to be a bit much on Twitter. Be sure to tune in tomorrow and hear about my invitation to cocktails by a one-eyed, one-legged lothario.

xx P

 

The High Times Cannabis Cup Comes to OKC!

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Good Morning Tuesday! You are looking disgustingly bright and hot this morning. With another day over 100 todays, tea is iced! Blood Orange from Harney & Sons. This is one good tea. It comes in 2-quart bags and I usually toss in some orange slices with it.

Yesterday was the kind of hot that just saps every bit of strength right out of you. The humidity was like breathing soup. I stayed inside and did a load of laundry, ironed and then had a lunch of fresh tomatoes and these Armenian cucumbers that my guy at the liquor store grows in huge pots outside the store. He also has spinach, lettuces, and other greens. What a genius idea. Now no one puts out their cigarettes in his pots!

As soon as I sat down the bookman came. Okay, he’s the postman. But he did bring me a gift from Kensington Books. The Vagina Bible.  OU Boy said it looked unseemly next to my tomatoes. I disagreed. It isn’t a taco! This is a last-minute entry in August releases so I’m going to get on this one today and find out everything I never wanted to know about our vaginas. I will let you know if I find out anything earth-shattering.

It was too hot for the pool yesterday so after dinner we went and visited the kids and got caught up on the first week of school. Corbin had got new socks and underoos and was laying them out on the dining room table matching the superheroes. Jodi was making an adorable toad house for the garden. So we got our hugs and kisses and came home and cleaned the pool.

While at the kid’s house, Jodi told us that she actually watched Dead Like Me and there was a movie that tied it all up in 2009! So, of course, we had to watch it on Prime. Nicely done.

The Cannabis Cup comes to OKC this weekend. With Slightly Stoopid and 311. The High Time Cannabis Cup started in the ’80s in Amsterdam. Everyone is welcome, but only those with a medical card can sample the product and get in the smoke tent, where the judging will be held. All of this is great news for our botanist son and for us as we get the kids! Adventure awaits.

Now I’m going to go get on that Vagina Bible!

Notice your own little miracles throughout the day. This morning mine was a ladybug on my shoe!

xx P

WEEKEND SHENANIGANS! AND PIE!

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Another hot and humid Monday with more over 100-degree heat. Today’s cuppa is brought to us by Octavia Teas. It is an Earl Grey Lavender. On this one, I’m going to have to say I didn’t care for it. It was strong and I didn’t detect the lavender. Not worth the caffeine. But I’m sure someone else will love it. What did I love?

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This Nitro Cold Brew with Almond Milk from Starbucks! Smooth as my Uncle Junior. I grabbed it on the way to the Farmer’s Market at OSU. What did I find there?

There was live music, lots of people grabbing those first peaches and tomatoes. We bought some of everything! Including a whole peach pie. We got a ton of pickling cucumbers and okra and did this!

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Made Dill Pickles and Pickled Okra! Turns out I am that kind of person! These weekends off are turning us into different people. I mean you have to get up early for this stuff! But I was so inspired by the beautiful produce I had to do something.

Afterwards, we hit up the Antique Fair. And what did we see? Lots of things I wanted!

A rare 1800’s Tea Bin. It is large! And the inside smells like tea. Cute little tea set for the grands. A lovely rose tablecloth that went beautifully with the vase of roses the same color from the day before!

My momma and my sister are fluent in shorthand. A skill I never once thought of attaining. It looked a lot like when I was learning Farsi. And the best, a 1939 edition of Gone With The Wind. Enough to make a Georgia girl swoon!

All that shopping and adventuring made us hungry so we made a Watermelon Mint and Feta Salad with some Harney and Sons Blueberry Green Tea!

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Then we got Wedding Mail! One of the shirts I ordered for the #BrideTribe. Even little Charli got one. The mugs are for our morning coffee on the big day!

And it looks like OU Boy has turned into a butterfly! He’s lost a lot of weight and is sticking to his healthy eating habits. Now he loves shopping.

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We also finished watching Dead Like Me on Prime. I can’t believe I never saw that! Saw Jim Gaffigan and hung at the pool. I talked to my sister a lot trying to co-ordinate winter vacations in Curacao.

Now it’s Monday and back to work, we go. Back to school, we go. This weekend stuff I could get used to!

Enjoy and what did you do this weekend?

xx P

The Anxiety Fairy makes an appearance!

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Good Wednesday Morning! It is already hot here so I’m drinking a cold brew from Harney & Sons. Blueberry Green. It smells so yummy! This morning I’m feeling fairly zen.

Our first weekend off was great. Saturday it rained all day and we watched Netflix and Prime shows with breaks for tea and naps!  Sunday we hung out in the pool. Then Monday came along. It was weird not to have him home. What did happen on Monday? I did a good deed. Said good deed came back to snack on my ass! My neighbor had a young lady (27) staying with her for reasons that turned out to be false. This young lady gives the rest of us a bad name. Crying wolf over abuse and rape when it was nothing of the kind.  She asked if she could call her attorney on my cell. Never have I done this but we all fell for her sob story. Around midnight I began receiving texts from a guy asking her to return his truck. I called said guy and boy did I get an earful!

The next day I had over $150 of charges to my debit card and spent hours on the phone with Chase Bank and the police. She didn’t steal my card, she used my phone and ordered herself an Uber from my mobile app. I was furious. Long story short, she is in jail and my money is back in my account. So….boundaries. I have them for a reason. I’m a sucker for a sob story. I should have run her background before letting her use my phone. My poor neighbor was horrified as well. See the girl had first asked if I had any books she could read. Well of course I do. I loaned her a book that doesn’t come out until October. Once I found out what she had done I marched over there loaded for bear. Retrieved my book and went home. And watched from my kitchen window while she was arrested. She did scream, ” I’m going to kill that bitch” and at that point, they added another charge.

Tommy just shook his head. “Why? Why can’t you stop getting involved with people you can’t save?” Because she asked for a book! So now I’m only allowed to go to the pool and the front porch. And my Russian neighbors’ house. That’s fine.

And now it’s Wednesday. Hot and humid. Around 100 today.  I just checked and all of my boundaries are in place and the Anxiety Fairy is happily puttering around up there waiting for the Shenanigans Fairy to show up!

xx P

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 Winning Tea, A Won Book, and Crohn’s

Thursday’s offering is Harney and Sons Peaches and Ginger with a really good Cozy Mystery Tale by Miranda James which I won over at Katiescottagebooks so go over and check out her latest giveaways!

This is such a lovely tea. A soft peach aroma with a back note of ginger. Not overpowering in the least. And you can’t beat it for upset tummies! And around here that is a constant.

I was having a conversation yesterday with my Crohn’s support group. It was my turn to tell my story so I decided to share it with all of you. I was first diagnosed with Celiac. It’s a simple blood test. I tried to not eat things I couldn’t digest but it was hard when no one eats the way you do. By October of 2013, I was getting worse every day. Pain and stress were an everyday thing. Until December 1st came around. The last straw for me was my boss asking me to lie and backdate a legal document. Instead, I resigned immediately.

It was right before Christmas when I woke up vomiting blood and in hideous pain. After a quick surgery, I had to start over with friendly food and no stress. The first week all I could digest was small pieces of banana. One banana over 3 days. This caused me to lose weight very fast. I am 5 foot 11 inches. I weighed around 85 pounds. I was wearing a size O with two or three pairs of leggings under my jeans. I could count my ribs. It was scary and my hair started to fall out, which wasn’t that bad since I had enough for 3 people, but the folks vacuuming it up hated it! So I started my own way of eating. I introduce a small amount and if it doesn’t make me ill I will put it in the rotation. After a few years on steroids, I was able to get to a healthy weight for me. I will always be tall and skinny, it is in our DNA. I decided then that I don’t care about what diet anyone is on. I don’t care what workout you do. I do what works for me. That means in the morning I drink a half a cup of warm water with apple cider vinegar to keep my body in an alkaline state. I follow that with tea and almond milk. Around 2 in the afternoon I have a SuperFood Smoothie that I make. It’s always a little different but I know I am getting the nutrients I need. It’s simple, a handful of spinach and baby kale, some Spirulina, some ginger, half of an avocado and a handful of frozen fruit. Some days I add a whole lemon and some parsley. I do not eat white food. I do not eat sugar. I eat fish occasionally and a boiled egg twice a week. This program has allowed me to keep weight on and avoid flares. Unless there is nutritional value in it, I don’t eat it.

It’s especially difficult when you live with a meat and potatoes person. Even though the said person has enough of his own health issues he needed to deal with. Finally, however, OU Boy came around to the non-white foods and no meat lifestyle. He started getting compliments and so he joined my workout. His cardiologist told him he had never looked better and if he kept it up he could go off the blood pressure meds! He has kept it up and working out together is lots of fun. He even drinks the smoothies.

And that is what I do. No fad, quick weight-loss crap for me. I don’t need to lose weight or get in shape so I would appreciate all of those “coaches” on IG leaving me alone. I’m not a joiner and I don’t believe in Multi-level Marketing schemes. So don’t @ me!

Peace

xx P