Author Archives: robin

London~Day One

It is good to be home.

Maybe.

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

and

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

but

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.

Me

 

 

 

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…

and

then a dinner date with My Larry tonight.

{ I wonder where he will take me?}

Have a lovely day.

Love you more than candy.

Me

A Crazy Summer Is A Good Thing

It is  an obnoxious  Tuesday morning in Texas.

The heat is rising from the street already

and

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,

and

clean clothes to put away.

I am feeling frustrated and anxious today.

and

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.

Me

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

Me

More Than Candy

Last night, the family met for dinner at Pedro’s restaurant.

I cannot tell you how nice it was to celebrate this time

in my life with the people dearest to me.

***

We  all have things that happen in our lives,

That is just the way things are.

Perhaps we can try to think

of what the other person

might be going through.

Life is wonderful. Lets share our joy.

Love you more than candy.

Me

 

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.

Me

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

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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.

Robi

 

Button, Button

 

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

Lauren and Josh’s best friends moved here from CA

and

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.

Me

 

 

Like Chocolate Cake

 

On Friday, Camp Robi  was amazing.

Matilda came over for the entire day

and

we had so much fun.

Camp Robi, activities were:

learning the parts of a sewing pattern

and

starting a needlepoint kit.

Then we went to lunch

and

took her home around 4:00.

It was the best  Robi Camp day ever.

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For Sunday Dinner and Movie

I put salmon and asparagus in foil.

I added lemon, herbed butter

and

sealed them up.

I baked the packets at 400 degrees for 30 min.

and

I made rice and dinner turned out perfect.

We drank Storyteller white wine with dinner

and…

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.

Me