What About You?

Larry and I talked about yesterdays blog ….


I thought it would be best if I shared a little bit about myself,

a few things that I believe make me who I am.


Portrait by Granddaughter Matilda

I married the love of my life in 1977.

I am 64 years old, love my age and life.

I was sexually attacked one year and one month after I married Larry.

I am the middle of three daughters.

I have two daughters and one granddaughter.

I am a Christian and each morning, I read a devotional.

I consider myself an ARTist because I sell my paintings.

My Mothers death was a profound time in my life.

My father disinherited me, saying that I did not RSVP a party in time.

My Sisters are not in my life. {See above}

My Larry is my best friend and love.

I most likely will never own another dog.

My celebrity crush is Van Morrison.

My favorite song {one of 4 favorites} is Celtic New Year

Link to Celtic New Year

It makes me happy to be creative.

Rude people make me very angry.

I am a breast cancer survivor.

Please do not assume  we are friends. {I learned a lot from my sisters}

I have the BEST friends in the world and they know who they are.

I love my simple life.

I love my family.

I believe that if you smile, just smile, you can touch someones soul.

I think that I am about finished.

What about you? What makes you, you?

Love you.


To Know You

Photo: 6 of my 75 Bitters Bottles. Do you know I collect bitters bottles?

I am always ashamed at what I do not know about someone.

Being an empathetic person has always been a goal….

but I am ashamed to admit that

my energy sometimes over-rules my

“getting to know you” gene.


I was texting with a friend last week

and learned something about her I had never known.

{and I have known her for over ten years}

I felt ashamed and made a promise to myself

that in the future,

I will be more observant and listen better.

Is there  something about you that people do not know?

No deep, dark secret, just a sweet fact that makes you who you are?

Love you.


Dear Karen~ Oh, The Gift

Dear Karen.

Larry ran across the parking lot

waving the gift and yelling: Stop! Stop!

But, you  and John were gone.

I am so sorry that I forgot all about it.

Photo: Karen’s Gift

I was thinking about our dinner with you and John

and it certainly was a gift to us.

Did the visit go fast or was it my imagination?

Do you know what else was a gift?


Photo: Mandarin Orange cake

I am off to the Mailing Room to mail your gift!

Love you.



The Visitor

Photo: Sunrise At the Lake.  Exercising.

On warm mornings at the lake,

I concentrate on walking very fast.

Some mornings, on the West side of the lake,

between two trees,

hundreds of dragonflies fly above my head.


 I always stop to watch their dance.

I have never seen so many dragonflies in one place before


this has happened about 4 different times over the summer.

Please don’t give me a scientific explanation,

a friend sent this to me. This is what I believe….

I wonder who visited me  this summer?

What do YOU believe?

Love you.


New Adventures

Photo: by robin: Paris Picnic With My Larry 2017

Last week, my old red point and shoot camera died.

Needless to say,

I am cleaning out the photo card

{photo above was on the card}


getting ready for a new camera.

Larry picked out the  camera


said it would be delivered today.

I am a bit sad to lose Old Red

but looking forward to  creative adventures with

a new camera.

Besides, I ADORE Amazon deliveries.

Love you.


P’s and Q’s Snack Mix~Chef Valentine

Due to the many requests for the snack mix

posted yesterday,

here is the recipe for my P’s and Q’s Snack Mix.

P’s and Q’s Snack Mix


4 cups Honey Nut Cheerios

2 cups pretzel minis or sticks

2 cups Cheeze-its

1 cup Wasabi peas

1 cup unsalted peanuts

1 3oz package Ramen Noodle soup

{noodles crushed and save the flavor packet for later}

1 stick butter

1/2 cup grated Parmesan


*Preheat oven to 300 degrees

*Line baking baking pan with parchment paper

{I use a jelly roll pan}

*In a large bowl, combine:




   Wasabi Peas


   Crushed  ramen noodles

*In a  small pan, melt 1 stick of butter

add ramen seasoning and Parmesan

*pour over snack mixture and toss well to coat.

*Spread on baking sheet.

*Bake 15-20 min till cheese melts

*Cool and serve. {or package as gifts.}


I gave one jar away as a gift and Larry has been enjoying his jar.

{Larry’s is half gone!}

It received great reviews


watching people scarf it down is the best compliment of all!

Enjoy  and till next time.


Two Jars And A smile

Yesterday I made a new  recipe for snack mix.

I call it P’s & Q’s because it has wasabi peas in it.

One jar is for Larry and one jar is for Amanda.

As you can see, Larry has already stared eating his snack.

Amanda is a good friend who has been my hairstylist for over 25 years.

She is a true ARTist in every sense of the word.

I usually put her tip in a note where I print  an interesting quote.

Today’s quote:

A simple smile.

I love this so much.

Have a wonderful day…I am smiling.

Love you.


The Great Escape

The sun has finally come out.

I walked around the lake, many, many laps in the mud.

The day is quiet, Larry is away at meetings in Dallas.

The Radio  is tuned onto my favorite station in Dublin, Ireland


I am working on Larry’s wave quilt.

Photo: “Larry’s Quilt” in progress

There is something wonderful about making a gift like this.

The person that you are making it for,

is in your heart so deeply while you work…

thoughts, memories, love,

special moments remembered with joy.


While I write thoughts here on the blog, it is special for me.

Thoughts captured forever, whether they matter to you or not.

It is my morning coffee.

It is a moment of bringing my thoughts to the surface


sharing a project I have at the work table.

Sometimes I feel so amazingly overwhelmed with “life”


 mundane, busy thoughts are my escape.

Thank you for being part of  the great escape.

Love you beyond the moon.


There Aren’t Many Things

Have you ever noticed that

problems seem so much worse

in the middle of the night?

It drives me mad…and keeps me awake.

There are not many things that I dislike more than

two of hours of  American Ninja Warrior

at 2 AM while I cannot sleep.

It makes it difficult to get up in the morning.

This morning, my coach, My Larry, suggested

that  our post marathon rest should be over.

So after a week off from exercising, we got up, dressed


went to the trail.


after raining and flooding all last week

the park/trail was not fit for a good lap.

Photo: After flooding over the weekend, you can see how high the water got.
Photo: the mud and slime on the trail made it to slippery to pass.

We got a couple of miles in and came home.

I am listening to my favorite radio station,  {from Dublin}

laundry is swirling and

my desk is cluttered with the creation known as “Larry’s Quilt.”

It is drizzling outside again and I have three {real} notes to write.

Monday has officially  started.


Dear hearts.

I wish you a beautiful day.

I wish you moments to remember

and a full nights sleep.

Love you beyond…….you fill in the blank?