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Today is a beautiful day.

May you find joy in the simple moments this weekend


smile as if you have a secret.

Love you.


At Home In ~August

It is very early here at The Cottage.

It is raining and thunder is rattling the windows.

Our last two trips happened very close to each other.

London, home a couple of days, then off to Richmond, VA.

We are home now.

I have a bad cold.

So very glad to be home.

Being sick in your own bed is the best.

Love you.



High Tea

One week ago,

Larry and I were in London at Kensington Palace, having tea.

It was a lovely way to celebrate this time of our lives.

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time

to support me and my journey.

Last week during tea,

we toasted EVERYONE.

Including you.

Beautiful, beautiful life…..

Love you more than candy.


Deflated, But Not For Long

I was taking to someone close yesterday and said:

Next week is our 40th wedding anniversary! Can you believe it?

The person I was talking to said:

Yes, you have mentioned that before.

It made me feel deflated and sad.

Perhaps I need to talk to people like that.

But, talking to someone like that makes me feel bad.

What do you do?

Do you let people insult you after you have been kind to them?

Are you rude back to them?

Do you stay away from them?

I am always hurt when someone is rude.

Being rude to anyone is discounting them, to make yourself feel better.


Thank you for listening.

Love you more than candy.




London Town

I remember Mother always called London,

London Town.

I wonder why?

In London, our flat was a few blocks from Paddington Station.

I LOVE Paddington Station.

Such energy and  colors.

AND, they have the REAL Paddington Bear Shop there.

We went into the store…to buy Matilda a Paddington Bear.

{do you know that the original Paddington Bear is there in a case?

He is absolutely amazing}

In the photo above, the bear on the right

is the bear we bought for Matilda.

I love him so much and If Matilda does not like him…

he can come live here at the  cottage.

Do you know how people put items next to money

so we can judge the scale or size of the item….

We put Matilda’s Paddington next to a wine bottle.

He is a big guy..

{Tomorrow is the last Camp Robi day for 2017.

Paddington will go live with Matilda tomorrow.}

After a short rest,

Larry and I made our way  across town

to the Prince Of Wales Pub,

where we drank pints and watched people.

It was so much fun….and then

we walked  a few blocks to the theater

to see one of my favorite plays.


The people seated around us at the play were so kind,

Not WICKED at all..

It was midnight when we got home.

We snuggled in bed and talked about our day.

Love you beyond the moon.





London~Day One

It is good to be home.


We had  a good trip,

the reality of coming home is overwhelming.

It was London…what can I say?

Five years ago, while waiting to have breast cancer surgery

Larry asked what could we do to focus on


make the 5 year recovery go faster?

I told him that I would like to go to London

and have tea.

That is exactly what we did this past week.

Over the years, we invited friends and family to join us


you know how busy everyone is….

We arrived at our sweet flat early….cleaned ourselves up ,

and headed to the British Museum

where we had tickets for an important exhibit.

The Hokusai exhibit!

It was a beautiful day outside,

the museum was crazy busy and wonderful.

I was struck at the beauty of the building…

and how kind everyone was.


We had lunch in  the museum restaurant….

Dessert in the mezzanine

and while waiting in the que….

a man and teenager breezed by us to the members que….

It was Liam Neeson!

The moment went fast, but it was  kind of neat.

I was tired.

And we headed back to our flat.

{located on a Mews}

Day one….I was a tired mess

but very happy..and Larry kept hugging me.

Life is really wonderful.

I love you more than candy.





Calling Tim Gunn!

Yesterday was a pip.

I seemed to struggle with everything , all day long.

But today, I woke up with an amazing sense of calm.

I came into the studio and grabbed my camera,

hell bent on sharing the morning here, on ze blog

The coat I designed is completely finished.

Call Tim Gunn!


This morning, when I checked the patio….

The armadillo {who lives under our deck} has been dining on our begonias.

They look gross now and I will replace the plants

with something armadillos do not eat.

What don’t armadillos eat?


Talking about treats….

I found three of my favorite caramels on the kitchen counter.


I think that it might be time to sit down for a moment

and have a cup of tea.. wish you where here.


I have a yoga class this morning…


then a dinner date with My Larry tonight.

{ I wonder where he will take me?}

Have a lovely day.

Love you more than candy.


A Crazy Summer Is A Good Thing

It is  an obnoxious  Tuesday morning in Texas.

The heat is rising from the street already


I have  fallen into the black hole of website design.

{I am sorry that I keep changing the site “look”}

I am going for a walk soon,

there are projects to finish,


clean clothes to put away.

I am feeling frustrated and anxious today.


do not know exactly why.

Life is good,

my daughters are happy

and Larry is excellent.

Something odd did happen this spring.

Perhaps it has happened to you at some point also?

An old friend {whom I moved away from}

Kept sending emails that I would not answer.

She wrote every week….for weeks.

I finally wrote her back, a short note, telling her that we were all fine.

Then…she never wrote back.

For three months…till yesterday.

{Larry suspects that she wants to travel with us

and that is a complete other story and NO WAY}

Whats up with that?

I believe that this summer is just plain kooky.

A crazy summer is a good thing….it keeps us occupied.

Love you more than candy.







Sunday Dinner and Movie

Yesterday was Sunday Dinner and a movie.

Chicken thighs and rice with wine sauce and green peas.

Dessert was my creation,

little lemon pies with blueberries and whipped cream.

Pie crust in ramekins.

{baked early for convenience}


Lemon pudding


Blueberries on top of pudding.


Whipped cream…..

Oh, and our movie was Indiscreet.

I love this movie, so much

because I would love to live in the movie apartment

and  wear Ingrid Bergman’s clothes…..

In essence, this movie totally takes me away.

Isn’t that what a movie should do?


Larry and I had the best weekend.

It was filled with special family moments and many smiles.

Secret: I am kind of glad that it is Monday.

I love you more than candy.