One Mans Trash

Photo: When we lived in Raleigh NC in 1968, our neighbor created the “Pitch In” litter free campaign.

I have been cleaning up The Cottage. When the tree fell through the roof, it flooded the guest room and made a huge mess of everything. Insurance has been wonderful replacing things for us and I get rid of the damaged things in the garbage.

This is the week of the new pillows. Macy’s had a good sale, so damaged, flood saturated, unused pillows were dis-guarded into the garbage yesterday. There are 6 new pillows in the house and the old, water damaged ones are gone….

This morning, Larry asked me if I heard the garbage men? I said not yet. He said: The pillows were gone but all garbage is still there. GROSS. … {all of the pillows had peeked out of the top of the garbage can, but were gone this morning.}

I told Larry yesterday, that if he did not hide the nasty, water damaged pillows, Gladys Kravitz, our nosy, garbage picking neighbor would come and go through our trash. For years, 20 years…. she has come over and pilfered our garbage and things marked for the Salvation Army. I don’t know why it bothers me so much. The things were being donated… it just feels gross when she goes through our trash.

Photo: Gladys Kravitz on Bewitched

I feel agitated. Should I feel that or should I just feel sorry for her? {she and her husband both have jobs and drive nice cars. They are not in need of anything}

Thank you for listening…..I am going to watch our surveillance video now….and solve the mystery of the vanishing nasty pillows.

Love you beyond the moon.


Do Your Best

Photo: Ready for company

Per tradition, on Christmas Day, we all are not together. Larry and I have our traditions, Lauren’s Family does what they “do” and Jamison & Jared have their traditions. BUT sometime, during Christmas week, we all get together and it is wonderful. Last Saturday was the day for this year. We laughed, played games {Game Pictonary Air was a big hit!} and ate lots of good food.

Now, we are at New Years week. I am being dragged unwillingly into 2020 and want to freeze time right now. How unfortunate is THAT? A bad attitude never helps, but here I am. Larry says that I am allowed to be sad right now. I do not agree, but cannot help it.

SO, it is Monday. The laundry is getting done, Larry is sequestered in his office taking care of last minuet business and it looks like a beautiful day outside.

How do you handle the new year? Do you jump into it full force with a happy positive attitude? Do you dread moving forward but put on a happy face and pretend for the people around you? No matter which one you are, we cannot stop it.

Here I am 2020, do your best!

Love you beyond the moon.


Smooching At White Rock Lake

It is the day after Christmas and I don’t quite know what to do with myself. There are a few projects that need finished, but my heart isn’t in it. Perhaps Larry has an idea for the day. {Even though he is working}

What is it about the after Christmas-let down? What do we do with the bubbly friends who are just so…perky? Strangle them? Just joking.

Everyone was very wonderful to us this year, if you discount the sad puppy dog faces saying, “I am so sorry that you have cancer again.” It happens a lot. The sad puppy face. I tell myself that it means that this person cares about me. Ignore the pity. They CARE.

Yesterday Larry and I hiked. {a short hike} and came home to our annual prime rib dinner. Mashed potatoes, Broccoli casserole and Buche du Noel for dessert. The day drained me physically and mentally. It was the most frustrating thing EVER, but dinner was scrumptious.

Photo: Smooching at White Rock Lake. Christmas 2019

Larry has been wonderful. He has been cooking, cleaning and he changes my bullet wound twice a day. When they took the catheter out of my chest, the wound left, looks like a bullet wound. {disgusting} Larry volunteered to change it for me. FOR ONE MONTH! I always knew that he was a “boob” man. Go on. Smile.

Photo: Christmas Day Hike/Dallas Texas

I wish you a happy day. Keep smiling and remember “Don’t burn the Buche du Noel at both ends.

Love you BEYOND the moon.



Good morning. Yesterday at church the choir sang one of my favorite hymns. I am a bit tired today and hope that you do not mind me posting music? Please close your eyes and listen.

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

It is a beautiful day. Be joyful and well.

Love you beyond the moon.


On Low For Six Hours

It is Sunday and I am dressed for church. While I took my bath and dressed, Larry was busy in the kitchen.

Today, Larry made baked beans. {my mothers recipe} He measured ingredients, chopped veggies and fried bacon, then put everything in the Crock Pot. On low for 6 hours he told me. How wonderful is that?

I have been thinking about my Mother all week. I guess Larry was too.

Photo: Using my Mothers recipe, Larry made baked beans today.

I wish that you could smell the beans….it smells like goodness and love in The Cottage today.

Update: I am good. Fatigued, sick to my tummy at times and to be honest I look a little green. BUT all is well, and prognoses is good.

Larry and I took Matilda shopping yesterday. She is the best medicine ever.

When I was resting they played a game of chess at the Mall Play Room. Guess who won?

Photo: Matilda beat Larry at the giant chess

Have the best day that you can imagine… is wonderful.

Love you.


The Other Side

I am here. I have come out on the other side.

And I am still here.

Starting in early October, the journey has been difficult and memorable.

With the help of many amazing people,

I am moving forward with a very good prognosis.

You checked on me, sent cards and prayed.

So many amazing people.

I need to rest and recover from “treatment”,

looking forward to 2020, getting back in shape and most of

all…living my best life.

Photo: Candy Shoppe at the Dallas Arboretum

Love you beyond the moon.


In The Essence Of Energy

I am posting only a short note here. It is Monday, December 16th. 2019. The sun has not risen and I am ready to get this show on the road.

The Christmas gifts that I am making, clutter my work desk. They tempt me to start working but this day brings bigger things to do.

Are you ready? Christmas is one week away. I believe that I like the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle better than the big day itself. It is lovely energy.

Photo: Dallas Arboretum

Have a good day.

Love you beyond the moon.


Inhale. Exhale. Smile.

Photo: The Grinch and Max

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

~Dr Seuss~

I love the Grinch. For many reasons, but the main reason is that even though his heart was two sizes to small, he was open to be accepting and when he was, his heart grew.

Things happen in our lives that make us Grinchy. It is easy and very normal to become sad and withdrawn. But when I take a deep breath and smile, the moments become easier.

Inhale. Exhale. Smile.

Love you beyond the moon.


The Grand Essentials

In the next weeks, I will be posting, intermittently. {yes, because of health reasons and will catch you up on details when all is said and done} Thank you for the kind notes, cards and goodies. Real thank yous will be on the way at a later date.


Photo: Matilda, Pa and Robi. Dallas Arboretum. Dec 8, 2019

The grand essentials of happiness are:

Something to do

Something to give

Something to love


Something to hope for.

Love you beyond the moon.


Longest Night Moon

I bought this VOGUE pattern in 1999. Does that make it vintage?

I have not had much energy lately and sleep each afternoon….but all I can think about is making a full length skirt from this old pattern. So, I dragged Larry to a few fabric shops and I found this amazing wide whale corduroy to make the skirt out of.

Photo: Vintage pattern. I am making the skirt, NOT the top.

Over the next two weeks I have a few events to attend and need to be as comfortable as possible. I will wear this skirt with a black turtleneck and my Kate Spade Rhinestone necklace. { and Burberry accessories}

The skirt does not have side pockets but I am adding them. I am looking forward to filling the pockets with lip gloss, tissues and mints. It will be nice to go out over the holidays in my new casual/formal skirt. Hashtag:letsgetthisradiationoverwith.

I am reading a book about recovering my creative spirit. I try to be creative, in some way, every day….making a skirt counts, doesn’t it?

Have a perfectly creative day.

Love you beyond the moon that will be full on Dec, 12 at 12:12 am. It is called, The Longest Night Moon.