The Sea Glass

I have not been sleeping  well.

so, I have been working.

Yesterday I took sea glass that I found on Kaua’i

{ brought the pieces of glass home in a little bag

and drilled holes in the smooth pieces}

and made a necklace.

This is my design.

The fun thing is, I get to work

color, beads and glass from the sea.

Happy things.

The materials I use are so lovely they make me smile.

This necklace is for a good friend

who is thoughtful and nurturing.

She lived in Houston and has been stung,

along with the rest of us,

by this unreal disaster named Hurricane Harvey.

Today is the day to let your loved ones

and friends, know how much you care.

Well, at least, that is my plan.

Love you beyond the sea glass…..


Key Lime Pie~ Chef Valentine

Citrus awesomeness.

Larry and I have been trying to eat “better”

meaning that I must be more conscious

of what is going into our bodies.

Here is a recipe that looked good.

Key Lime Pie for 280 calories.




1 cup graham crackers

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 ounce premium white chocolate, chopped fine

2 Tablespoons butter,melted

1 Tablespoons canola oil

Cooking spray



1/2 cup plain 2% reduced fat Greek yogurt

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon lime zest

3 large egg yolks

1 {14 oz} can fat free sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup fat free frozen whipped topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Crust: combine crumbs, sugar, salt and chocolate in bowl.

Stir well to combine.

add butter and oil.

Toss with a fork till moistened.

Spray 9″pie plate with Pam

Press crumb mixture on bottom and sides of plate.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 min.


Filling: place yogurt, lime juice, zest,3 egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk

in bowl.

Beat at medium speed for 2 min.

Pour into cooled crust.

bake at 350 for 15 min, till filling is “set”


cover and chill for 2 hours.

Serve with whipped topping.

Calories per slice- 280


Till next time,




Prayers and Promises

Yesterday, I made a Key Lime Pie.

It was good, Larry loved it.

Today is a crazy, busy day,


I promise that tomorrow, Chef Valentine

will have the recipe posted.


I am struggling this week.

I still have the last of my chest cold hanging on.

The flooding in Texas has me anxious and worried

for friends, family and Larry’s clients.

A good friend of mine has passed away.

Her visitation and service is later this week.

At times like these,

Life seems so tense….

I am thankful for my faith.

{and the Lords Prayer}

Our Father who art in heaven….

I love you.


Of Course, But Why?

Matilda spent the night with us.

She was so amazing, fun, smart and easy.

We shopped, at UTLA and Hobby Lobby.

We had dinner at Pei Wei, and she ate mango CA rolls. {2 of them!}

We came home to watch Poltergeist

and she took a long bath in the  old cottage tub.

Then we had a Bewitched marathon.

THEN she went to bed….

 Larry and I turned on the big BOXING match.

While we were watching Mayweather

beat the stew out of McGreggor,

Matilda came into our room


asked to cuddle.

There we were, in the big bed,

with Matilda snoring in between us, watching boxing.

Next morning, we ate donuts and fruit,

played with the doll house and then…..

we went to the movies to see LEAP!

Yes, we loved it and will see it again.

It was time to take Matilda home.

We stopped for lunch,

and she asked:  would I take her picture.

I said: of course, but why?

She said: I want a before picture on your”blog”…

and when my stitches came out…. We can post an “after” shot!

I told you that she was awesome.


Love and prayers to our friends in South Texas.

Love you beyond the moon.



There are Times

It is a beautiful Friday Morning in Texas.

Bill Withers is  singing Lean on Me

on my favorite radio station {from Dublin, IE}


Last night, Larry and I drove 1 1/2 hours to meet

fiends for dinner in Lindale Texas.

We had the best time, laughing and visiting.


Three weeks ago, we were in London.

We stayed on a mews,

that had been renovated into flats.

We loved our flat in the mews.

We had a picnic in front of our flat  one evening

{plus a chess game}

and it was awesome.

Shall I apologize for feeling nostalgic?

There are times,

when I realize that a special moment  has sped by to fast.

Honoring a special moment is like engraving it into your heart…

Yes, and Larry won the chess game at our London picnic.

Happy weekend.

Love you more  than candy.





Every Other Day

Yesterday, I went to the local garden nursery.

The tables were close to empty


the plants that were there, were half dead.

I went to the house plant section


picked out a sick, thirsty plant.

Chocolate Soldier Information

I remembered this plant from years at the Flower shop.

It was one of my bosses favorite plants.

It is an  Episcia cupreata. A Chocolate  Soldier.

It is from the same family as an African Violet…..and it is getting happier.

I will water it every other day


in a week or two, I will transplant it into a sweet little pot.

Plants and people,

with a little care, everything thrives.

I wish you a day filled with love and nurture.

Love you beyond the moon.




I Am Not The Only One Around

Yesterday was a strange day

and last night I woke around two o’clock

and could not go back to sleep.

I am tired of having a cold,

100 degree days,

eating  dinner out at restaurants,

missing Libby Pug Dog,

inconsiderate people,

and feeling sad.

Spicy list, huh?

Random fact: I love spices and spice jars,

I am not a fan of dramatic {spicy} days

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed and sad?

Thank you for listening.

You all are awesome,

I get notes from many of you,

sharing feelings, thoughts, ideas….

I love knowing that I am not the only sad~sac around.

Happy Wednesday fellow sad~sacs!

I love you more than candy.



Last  Saturday, Josh, Lauren and Matilda came for lunch.

The autograph tablecloth was on the table

{for Matilda to do a sketch next to her 4 year old signature}


BBQ was on the menu.

In the past few days, since this lunch party,

Larry and I have been  busy.

He loves his job,

I have been working on a Christmas gift for Lars,

 trying to get over two weeks of traveling


a bad cold.

I think that this might be the first normal Tuesday in 3 weeks….

Here is to NORMAL.

A Normal, BRAND NEW day……

Be happy …

Love you.





Brunch~Anniversary Cards~Sense and Sensibility

Yesterday was wonderful.

Larry and I went to brunch

where we sat in the cool restaurant enjoying each other.

Talking, laughing, crying.

We sat in our favorite booth,


the piano player played a song that was played at our wedding.

After brunch, we went to the garden center.


bought a few new plants for the entry area of The Cottage.

Each year we give each other the same card for our anniversary.

When it gets filled up, we buy another

and slip it under the ribbon.

I took pictures.

The first entry is from August 2007.

ten years of entries!

Thanks for letting me know that my math was wrong Dima.


Laundry is swirling.

I have cut out fabric


will soon be sewing while doing laundry.

The playlist for today is

Soundtrack from Sense and Sensibility.

{It is awesome for a Monday morning}

Be happy today dear hearts.

I love you more than chocolate.






Larry and I have been married, 40 years today.

I love My Larry. I love my life.

But, this has been the worst year of my life.

I thank  God every day, that Larry is my partner.

We can handle anything together.

Good or bad,

Larry has a way of helping me accept life

as we journey through.

Last Sunday, we were lucky enough

to visit the church where we were marred 40 years ago.

Richmond, VA~1977

It feels like yesterday.

Where has the time gone?


Photo taken at the Black Bass Hotel…by amber moralis


25th wedding ceremony, Cable Beach, Bahamas.


This is my favorite person in the world….

Happy Anniversary Larry.

Love you more than candy.