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Picky, Picky….


I found this photo today in my camera.

It was taken months ago and I do not remember it.

Toward the end of Libby’s life, she was picky.

She ate her dinner on a  china plate,

with a  paper towel under it.

She was such a great dog…I am missing her very much this week.

{Larry is out of town and I am quite alone}

Finding these photos are killing me….

Love you.


Happy 6th Birthday Matilda


In the past decade, I have had a few life changing moments.

Being disowned by  a parent,

having breast cancer,

losing a beloved canine companion.

But, with out a doubt, having granddaughter Matilda in our lives,

makes everything RIGHT…if you know what  I mean.

There is something about the continuation of life/generations

that reminds us that all of the other stuff in our lives,

 does not matter.

It does not matter at all.

So, here is to My Girl.

Today she turns 6 years old.

Happy Birthday Ma Cherie

4 days old, with Champagne. Photo by Larry


Thoughtful, curly headed angel…..look at her tiny feet!


This thoughtful girl is the definition of  all things good to me.

She is Love, family, Inspiration and joy

all wrapped into one sweet girl.

Happy Birthday sweet girl.

May all your dreams come true.

Love you beyond the moon.



Button, Button


Yesterday, we celebrated a baby that is about to enter the world.

Lauren and Josh’s best friends moved here from CA


will welcome a daughter this month.

Photo below: Dima, her Mother and daughter, Lauren and Matilda

There were balloons and gifts…


Lemon raspberry cake….from…

Nothing Bundt Cakes

The big sister got a new sweater….. {yes, I knit it!}

Matilda got a huge tray of Kinder Eggs.

The celebration lunch went by so fast….

I watched Grandmothers, mothers and the little girls

rejoicing in the blessings that make up our lives.


My Larry is gone to meetings.

I will finish the 1960’s  Retro Coat I have been designing,

There is not much left to do…

sewing the lining inn…buttons and button holes.

I love picking out buttons for something I have made….

it means that the garment it almost complete.

Here’s to picking out buttons!

Love you.




Like Chocolate Cake


On Friday, Camp Robi  was amazing.

Matilda came over for the entire day


we had so much fun.

Camp Robi, activities were:

learning the parts of a sewing pattern


starting a needlepoint kit.

Then we went to lunch


took her home around 4:00.

It was the best  Robi Camp day ever.


For Sunday Dinner and Movie

I put salmon and asparagus in foil.

I added lemon, herbed butter


sealed them up.

I baked the packets at 400 degrees for 30 min.


I made rice and dinner turned out perfect.

We drank Storyteller white wine with dinner


I baked a cake for dessert.

The icing was amazing.

{look for the recipe soon}

What on earth is it about chocolate cake with awesome icing?

it tends to make everything better.

I hope your today is happy, like chocolate cake.

Love you.




Happy Bastille Day


It is Bastille Day!

Also known as….la Fete Nationale

To all of our friends and family in France,

please enjoy the holiday and remember how much we love you.

{We wish we were there for the parade}

Libby posed for this shot years ago


it is still a favorite  photo of mine.

Have a happy weekend dear friends…..

enjoy the moments.

Love you.




Dressed For Yoga

I am dressed for yoga.

But before I leave, I must hop next door and feed Baxter.

Our Neighbor, Debbie, is at the hospital this morning.

{Baxter is Debbie’s sweet dog}

Debbie is being operated on for melanoma that has spread.

When she is recovered from surgery, she is looking at months of chemo,

First, may I ask for prayers? Debbie has such a long journey ahead.

Second, please go to the dermatologist for a check up.

I find myself  kind of down this morning.

Thank goodness I have yoga


Camp Robi tomorrow.

Ahhh diversions!

What would we be without them?


Here is something….for my diversion.

I made these years ago….and I am digging through all of my recipes

trying to find the directions.

I will be dreaming about these during yoga this morning.

Have a good day.

Love you beyond the moon.




The Eyes

I have been having trouble with my eyes.

Painting and hand work has been at a minimum.

It seems I have the start of a small cataract problem.

But today, I will be getting new lenses

for my glasses and sun glasses.

Yay! Yay and Yay.

Perhaps things will be in perspective again.

Pun intended.

My eyes are something that I take for granted,

until they start acting up.


Do you know that I can knit, in the dark or with my eyes closed?

That is why I have been knitting a lot lately.

{it has not bothered my eyes to knit.}

But….I think that today…..I will paint. Watercolor.

And you?  Is there something you have been putting off

that you might like to try again?

I would LOVE to hear about it.


This morning, I have so much to say,




about bad manners .

But I am trying to behave.

I promised myself that I would behave.

Life  is like that eye chart….

We need to keep everything in perspective,

read the letters correctly

and move on.

Love you beyond the moon.


PS: I am still behaving.

Sharing Moments


On Saturday, we drove to Ft Worth {I LOVE Ft Worth}


went to the Kimbell ART Museum.

Larry and I have been wanting to see the Phillips Collection for months


 it was wonderful.

If you have a chance to see the exhibit before it goes….

please do it.

There are some very special pieces in the show.

{One Matisse, in particular,

that I have NEVER seen, anywhere before!}

I bought a magnet at the exhibit

and I bet you cannot guess which one is the new magnet.


I heard at car in front of The Cottage

It was about 10 after 7 am this morning….

and it was Animal Control!

The man, went to our new neighbors house, next door.

I peeked past the bitters bottles…but could not see anything.

I hope that no one was hurt. {dog bite?}


I had cherry pie for breakfast today.

I almost never have breakfast….but this was so good.


There is a photo that Matilda has not seen of herself….

and since her birthday pinata this weekend is a unicorn,

I will post the photo of baby Matilda

in Libby’s Unicorn costume…

Matilda, ma cherie,  I am sure that Libby did not mind 

you trying on the unnicorn hat.

besides, it makes me smile.

So dear ones.

On that happy pink unicorn note

I will wish you happy Tuesday.

Love you beyond the moon.


The Weekend In Review

Happy Monday!

Life has been happy and fun around here.

Family, friends and smiles.

Camp Robi Updates:

On Friday,  Matilda helped  Pa {Larry} paint and set his “Bat House”….

Please, no ROBIN jokes.

The Bat house was a Fathers Day Gift from, Lars, Josh and Matilda.

On  Friday Camp,

Matilda also experienced picking out a  dress pattern


fabric at the  Fabric store.

She found her pattern in the huge, heavy Simplicity drawer,

discovered the fabric  she wanted the dress made out off

and asked the kind lady for the yardage she needed.

This week, we will cut the dress out.

{I just want her to be exposed to this process}

Of course we have patches at Camp Robi.

and at the fabric store, she was allowed to pick out a patch that she wanted.

Of course she picked out the poop patch.


On Saturday, Larry and I went to Ft Worth. I will share  about that later…..


on Sunday, dinner and a movie was great!

I made a  Lamb and Wine Stew.

We had mashed potatoes Lamb and Wine stew

Baguette with Borsin Cheese, Wine  and for dessert, Larry wanted to celebrate. Sooo…..

Our movie was The Zookeepers Wife.

It was dark and sad, but I am so glad we saw it.

It is a true story…..and now the Zoo in Warsaw is on my bucket list.

I want to be in the place where love and kindness overcame fear and submissiveness.


Monday chores are started.

The sun is streaming in the window


it is a lovely morning.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Love you.


I am not on Facebook any longer.

I am not on Facebook any longer.

There is not any one person or situation who upset me.

I am just tired.

I will write more about that later but…..

I find it interesting that some of my friends are upset at  me,

because I unfriended them. I did not unfriend YOU.

In essence I unfriended all of my friends


deleting my account.

Larry and I talked about it last night.

He said:

If my friends were good enough friends, they would understand.

If someone did not understand, they were not a real friend after all.


It is A beautiful Saturday.

Larry is watching Wimbledon.

I am dressing to go out…..

adventures await.

Love you beyond the moon.