I Dare You

Photo: Zinnia’s from Lauren’s garden, hostess gift.

It is  very hot here today.

I went to the rec-center and walked my laps inside.

The house is quiet. Larry is working in his office


I am surrounded by canvas and palates  filled with dabs of paint.

When it is summer, you can smell the oil in the oil paints.

Paints  go on the canvas differently in the summer.

I love the smell of paints….but to be honest,

brushes are even better. { LOVE them}

Have a great Friday.

Dance in the park.

Donate to your favorite charity.

Give blood.

Cry over a romantic movie…..

{ I watched a wonderful movie a few days ago. I cried.

It got not so good reviews, but I liked it a lot.

Perhaps it is an ARTist thing?}

Dare To Be Wild


tell someone that they are special.

I dare you.

Love you.


Camp Robi Recap-The Last Day

We started talking about Camp Robi months ago.

This year, Matilda decided that she would like a sleep over camp…

for three nights {and four days}…and that is exactly what we did.

Re-cap last day, Thursday, day 4…….

Breakfast, yoga and

Photo: Angel food cake with bees made out of sugar.

we baked a cake.

{someone  wrote and asked me where I found the bees…

 on Amazon!}

Matilda had been sketching each morning of Camp-Robi


on this last day she painted what she had been sketching.

Photo: Matilda and watercolors.

Photo: Matilda’s watercolor pug

She painted a pug dog.

We were a bit quiet , knowing that tonight she would be back home.

We had plans to meet her parents at a French Cafe that we like…

and then go to the Rough-riders Baseball game.

We arrived at the cafe first…then her parents came.

She was happy to see them!

The baseball game was rained out…but we had a nice visit…..

I guess you can tell that I miss this happy face…..

AND today is her birthday!

Happy Birthday Sweet Angel. Make  Happy Memories!


It is Thursday but feels like Friday to me.

Happy Birthday to Karen-Susie. Your friendship is a gift to Larry and to me.

Have the BEST day! XOX

When I post this …I must then  work on a painting.

Have a wonderful day…. And birthday  Matilda and Karen!

Love you.


Day Three Camp-Robi Update

Day three of course started with breakfast, yoga and pen-pal time.

Matilda wrote TWO letters on day three!

Our  Wednesday activity was….the DALLAS ZOO!!!

Photo: Matilda high fived this Mandrill.

At the zoo, we watched the animals and they pretended not to watch us.

Photo: Matilda and Pa, on the monorail.

Photo: We met an African porcupine.

Photo: Matilda loved posing with the sculptures.

Photos: The Hippos were tired and lazy.


Photo: Lacy, the giraffe.

Matilda fed Lacy her lunch! Lacy LOVED Matilda.

And Matilda loved Lacy.

Photo: The storks were happy on the hot day.

Matilda rode the carousel.

Photo: She rode on the hummingbird.

THEN…drum roll please!

Our sweet,  wonderful friends own a restaurant in Dallas….Pepe’s & Mito’s

{they have been on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!}

and we went there for lunch after the zoo….

We had an early birthday Lunch for a certain almost 7 year old

and everyone sang  Happy Birthday to Matilda.

Yes! The candle is in the lime. That impressed Matilda so much.

It makes me smile.

The day went by much to fast.

Here are tired campers smiling  {I promise they were} as we went to the car.


Please have a happy, wonderful day.

Love you.


Day Two-Camp Robi Recap

Photo: Matilda writing a letter to her pen-pal.

Photo: Camp yoga. Matilda is our resident YOGI

Photo: Day two activity, hiking.

Photo: Matilda found arrowheads!

Then we came home for lunch and sketch time.

Then…..swimming, games……and

SUSHI for dinner!

Photo: Matilda sure can eat a California roll!

Then we journal-ed, and read. Our chapter book for camp was…

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.


Yesterday, we were informed that the water in our neighborhood

would be turned off this morning at 8:00.

I forgot about it till driving home at 8:05.

{from walking 4 miles}

I am giving blood today…and have other things to do

but I am a sweaty, nasty mess.

I have to laugh…..

Life is so amazing, even when things go wrong.

Have the happiest day.

Be kind, be bright, be happy.

Love you.


Day One-Camp Robi Recap and Things

Photo: Matilda said bye to her Mother

Photo: Matilda started the day with “Pen-Pal Time”

Photo: Matilda mailing her Pen-Pal letter

Photo: We went fishing!

Photo: After Lunch, we had sketch time.

Photo: After swimming at the rec center, we went at Soul Mans BBQ for ribs!

Photo: Evening, bath, journal time and reading.

In all honesty, I had so much fun at Camp Robi.

Time with Matilda is a treasure to Larry and me.

Lauren & Josh are very generous with sharing their special girl


I cannot thank them enough.


Photo: Sunday Dinner and Movie. I grilled pork chops and fresh veggies

It was a long weekend.

Saying good bye to Matilda and sending her home was difficult.

{but looking forward to Camp 2019!}

On Friday, we did have a family emergency. Perhaps one day I will share the story,

but for today,  will you do me a favor?

Please tell the people in your life, how much they mean to you,


Please, please….consider giving blood. It saves lives

I saw it first hand this past weekend.

Thank you to a few dear friends {you know who you are}

for your prayers and friendship.

Larry looked at me last night and said:

We don’t have many friends, but the ones we do have are amazing.

Since I have stopped taking the chemo, and radiation is over….

Tomorrow, I will be trying to give blood…..

I am off to do laundry and work on an old painting that I pulled out of the closet….

Love you, more than you know.



2018 Fin

Camp Robi is over for another year!

We had the absolute best time ever.

Matilda was a great camper and  joy all week at the cottage.

This morning, I walked 4 miles….and then grocery shopped,

making it back home to watch the World Cup.


Have a wonderful day,

Love you.


Camp Updates

Our camper is still asleep, {it is 7:15 am}

but will wake soon for today’s adventure.

She has been so busy and happy.

When camp slows down for a moment, I will post some pictures…

{or take a nap, whichever comes first}

I send joy and love.

May your week be as wonderful as mine {and Larry’s} is.

Love you.


Happy Week

Last week, I wrote about a box I sent away.

The box got stuck in the post office mailing drawer


I was worried about its journey to Pittsburgh.

So many of you wrote, asking if the box made it to the destination.

I am glad to tell you all that it arrived in one piece!

You see, I had made a shawl for my mothers first cousin, Ruth.

I have not seen Ruth in so  very long and wanted to send a hug of sorts to her.

With yarn from Paris and a charming pattern

I worked knitting the shawl for weeks…enjoying the creative process,

knowing that I would send it to Ruth after it was finished.

This past Friday evening, I received an email from Kathy, Ruth’s daughter.

With the email, was a photo.

It was a photo of beautiful Ruth with the shawl on. She looked gorgeous.

And she loved it!

Ruth, if you by chance are reading this post, please know that you are thought of daily

and  Larry and I hope to see you soon.  Consider the shawl a hug from us.

Much love to you and Kathy. Family is the best. Love you.


I am not sure how often I will be posting this week, because…..

CAMP ROBI starts tomorrow!

I will update when I can

but our schedule  is crazy and Matilda is going to keep me busy!

I designed our new 2018 bags….with patches added!

Stay tuned for Camp Robi updates!


Ruth’s box arrived safe and sound


Camp Robi starts.

This is going to be the best  week!

Love you beyond yarn from Paris….

beautiful women in shawls


Camp Robi patches.


Organic And Happy

Today, while walking my laps/miles….I realized that I had not shared something.

Perhaps I think that I might jinx myself… but…oh well.

Larry and I are getting ready for our 41st anniversary and I am not wearing my rings.

We are still together and  happier than ever.

It  appears that I have lost a few pounds and the rings fall off of my finger now.

In the spring, a few months ago, I had a major health episode.

Sick, could not stand very well and lost my vision.

The {diabetic} medicine seems to have made me very ill.

{please note, I felt sick for months after I stopped taking meds}

I called our family DR  ASAP and told him that I was stopping all meds. {4 of them}

The next week, I went to my endocrinologist.

She agreed with me about the meds


put a Free Style Libre  (a blood glucose reader) on my under arm.

The Libre thingie reads my BG for 2 weeks.

During that time, I poked my finger 7 times a day

and kept a food journal.

Then when 2 weeks charting was up, I had the libre removed

and met with my DR.

She read all my numbers, my A1C estimate and food journal.

Evidently, I am NOT Type 2 diabetic.


I had been on a chemo pill for 5 years and just stopped taking it in December.

The weight gain  and side effects from the Cancer meds…played a huge part

in my misdiagnosis.

Sooo, sweet readers. I am cancer free, not a diabetic

and as of today I have lost 28 pounds.

I am not on any meds and call myself ORGANIC.

I am working very hard to get healthier and stay healthy.

But I wanted to share that my health is my responsibility.

Along with being organic, I am empowered.

When I get down to my fighting weight, I will get my rings re-sized.

Love you


Pink Perwinkles

Yesterday, I had the occasion to say:

Love like there is no tomorrow….

and always follow your heart.

Sometimes, life is that simple, yes?

Love you beyond the pink periwinkles.