Sunday Dinner and Movie

Last night we made skewers with veggies and Italian sausage.

I basted them in Marinara sauce.

Larry cooked them out on the grill.

I made cheese bread and salads.

We watched the movie, French Kiss and drank wine.

Dessert was a Chantilly cake.

Wonderful whipped goodness, with fresh fruit.

I was in heaven.

You cannot buy happiness

but you can buy cake

and

that is kind of the same thing.

Right?

Love you.

Me

Sharing A Secret

 

Photo: Begonias on the back patio

It has been raining off and on for 24 hours.

It feels almost like Autumn.

I like it very much.

This morning, as the clouds gather for our next shower,

I sat on the patio, planning Sunday Dinner and Movie.

Photo: Planning dinner on the patio

It was damp, wet leaves clung to the chairs….

but it felt wonderful being outside without the oppressive heat.

Planning the Sunday meal is done. {Easy}

SECRET:

because……..twenty years ago,

I quietly took this book off Mothers cookbook shelf

the week after she died.

I did not tell anyone, but I am telling you now.

It is a 1988 copy of the Betty Crocker cookbook

and it is wonderful for planning  “clean eating” meals.

I think of  Mother each time I use it….

and think of her when I don’t use it too.

{isn’t life amazing?}

Maybe Chef Valentine will share Sunday’s dinner recipe?

***

Do you have wonderful weekend Plans?

We have theater tickets for tonight, but not in the mood to go.

The Plano Quilters Guild

has their huge  quilt show this weekend.

I AM in the mood for that.

Share a secret with someone today.

Wink.

Love you.

Me

Who’s Turn Is It Anyway?

Last night, sleep eluded me.

My body ached as I tossed and turned

and then it happened.

It started raining.

After months of drought, we had rain.

It was lovely.

Larry and I held hands as we listened the rain fall.

***

Larry and I have become a bit goofy in our old age.

{and him being so busy with work that we cannot sit and play an entire game}

We now play one game of chess over days/weeks.

Photo: Chess game in progress. This game has been going on three days.

This is how it works:

Light color goes first, {Larry is usually light}

We do not sit at the chess table,

after he moves, he puts this tiny carved  mouse and turtle

on my side of the board, indicating that he took his turn

and

for me to move.

Photo: small carving that Jamison gave to Larry one Christmas. She paired the gift with a magnifying glass. I remembered how charmed Larry was with the gift.

Sometimes I will walk by that blasted board ten times

before I notice that he took his turn

and

if he did move, what did he move?

I am not known for my talent at chess,

but

I enjoy the process.

I learned how to play 5 years ago,

after my breast cancer diagnosis.

{Promising myself yoga and chess}

I have not mastered either, but I enjoy both very much.

I just took my turn on the chess board….

Larry if you are reading this while in Dallas,

you lost your  knight. {sorry}

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

Run Over By A Truck

Hi, Happy Wednesday.

The only reason I know that it is Wednesday

is because Larry told me it was.

Somehow, I missed yesterday.

Yesterday, I woke dizzy, disoriented, throwing up

and

I think that a truck must have run over me in my sleep.

I threw up all day. When I was not  throwing up,

I was sleeping and burning up with fever.

Somewhere in my delirium, I thought of the mosquito  bite I had on Saturday.

Merde.

I reminded Larry.

Buy that time, my primary DR had gone home

so off we went to his favorite Urgent Care.

{Larry does not have a primary care DR, he loves  his Urgent Care Doc}

Thank goodness the DR pooh-poohed the West Nile theory.

She said I had a bug OR the beginning  appendicitis.

GREAT.

She gave me meds to stop barfing,

and told me to go home,

keep an eye on my pain and go to the ER if it continues.

I took my anti nausea  pill and snuggled in.

I do feel better today. No pain on my right side,

but I wonder, where did I catch a flu bug in August?

 

The worst thing was, being sick and not having a dog to cuddle with.

Thank goodness for Benjamin.

{Matilda and I adopted him a few weeks ago from the  Modern ART Museum}

Do you know the best thing about being sick?

It is when you start feeling better again.

Thank you for listening…..Blessings abound.

Love you.

Me

Her Birthday

My Mother died in 1995 , one week after her 70th birthday.

Today is her birthday and she would have been 93 years old.

I respect her.

I honor her

and

I miss her every day.

Photo: Mother with me {on the table} and Judi. 1955-Norristown, PA

I love you Mother.

me.

To Thank

I hesitated to share this story but it made me think.

Perhaps it will make you think too.

A few weeks ago, I volunteered  for a service group.

The committee chair was all over me.

Lots of email, sharing her thoughts  till the next meeting.

She was sweet and welcoming.

The committee planned their meeting and It happened

on the exact night Larry and I had a special dinner to go to.

{Larry is very busy these days and I will travel with him!}

The day after the dinner I wrote to the committee chair

and told her I would not be able to participate  with the group

as I will be out of pocket for many of the meetings/events.

Here is the part that has made me think….

Since I wrote that email,  about 3 weeks ago,

I have not heard one word from her.

Not a thanks anyway, kiss my butt, not a word.

I even saw her in person last Sunday. She ignored me.

{ I WAS going to offer my help for next year}

Larry and I have done a lot of volunteering in our life.

{being on the board of directors for Cystic Fibrosis was my favorite!!}

And to be honest, no matter hard core the group or Chairman was,

we were always thanked for what we did or could not do.

My consensuses is,

I am so glad that I found out now, what kind of group it was….

But,

this little experience has reminded me

not to take anything or anyone for granted.

Thank you for reading blog.

Thank you for being a husband, friend, daughter, nice person.

Thank you.

Love you.

Me

New Traditions and Love

Larry is very busy these days.

He embarrassingly admitted

that he does  not read the blog much anymore.

 I can share a secret with you then.

In a few weeks, we will celebrate our wedding anniversary.

When we were married, our cake was tiny,

the  bell cake topper cost about $2.50

and

we do not remember it at all.

This year, I have ordered a cake from our favorite bakery and a topper.

We will celebrate alone, no party…just us.

It is never to late to create new traditions, is it?

Photo: Willow Tree Cake Topper

Larry is my best friend and love.

I love him beyond the moon.

Me

Abstract Highlights Painting Number 11

ART highlight day is here.

Today I have 4 paintings. {a set? or would you like just one?}

They were painted around 12 years ago…

They are 12″ X 12″ Oil on gallery canvas.

I do not remember much about them,

except they were painted

around Valentines Day one year long ago.

If you are interested, please email me at

robin@robintolbert.com  for pricing information.

Mention paintings number 11.

***

I walked my laps this morning.

It is cooler today and  the sunrise was beautiful.

The lake is low because of the lack of rain,

and the ducks were wading in the mud,

plopping around with their huge feet.

Have a happy Wednesday.

 I love you beyond the moon.

Me.

Team Believe and Early Detection

Good morning dear ones.

My Larry has declared this an anniversary.

Last year, on this date, I was 5 years cancer free.

I have been informed that now the celebrations REALLY  start.

{Larry is so amazing}

Six years ago, my tumor was removed…

and

I have stayed breast cancer free since that day.

 My breast cancer was discovered, because a friend had been diagnosed.

It was in her honor, that I had a random mammogram.

It is that mammogram, that i had “by chance”

that we found  my tumor.

Now, I need you to do me a favor. Please.

If you have not had a screening this year, please go?

Remind your friends, women and men.

Early detection saved my life.

It saved my life.

Love you.

Me

Learning New Skills

Larry and I were teenagers when we met.

He is  my favorite person in the world.

He can do anything. Except cook.

It seems, as we are in the 4th quarter of our life,

we are doing comfort things.

Exercising, seeking out our good friends, eating clean

and learning new skills.

Larry has been cooking. {and we all know that is MY job}

Last week he offered to make Sunday dinner.

I asked if he was sure…..he said of course.

I adore a man with confidence.

He did such a good job….dinner was so good,

that I gobbled it down fast.

You would have thought I had been starving to death.

Menu: Burgers cooked on the grill

and corn on the cob.

Isn’t it ironic that our corn holders are piggies?

{because I ate like a pig}

The burgers were delish.

The picture says it all.

***

Our movie was As Good As It Gets.

You see, good friends of ours are talking about a holiday in Paris.

It seems that our paths will cross for a few days…and we have promised  a dinner.

Of course, they will come to dinner at our flat….

but dinner out, will be at one of Larry’s favorite restaurants.

Le Grand Colbert….it  is highlighted in the movie, Something’s Gotta Give.
That is what we watched….

It was a good evening.

PS: Our wine was FREAKSHOW.

Paired with burgers….perfection.

Je t’aime.

Moi