Better Yet

On Saturday night, Larry and I went to town for dinner.

We met a wonderful couple,

The restaurant :

Pepe’s and Mito’s

Owned by good friends…it is a  favorite in Dallas.

The couple we met:

Lorie & Jeff

Lorie, is my cousin and she married Jeff about 2 years ago.

Lorie is always sweet. She is compassionate and fun.

Jeff is the perfect mate for Lorie.

We had such a good evening with them

and will see them again soon.

Isn’t it interesting about family?

There are just some of them that you adore.

Yes, Lorie is from the side of the family that disowned me.

Larry and I love this girl.

She renews our faith …..

Please, never forget,

Even when things seem very bad,

there ARE good people out there.

Better yet, we can BE one of the good ones!

Thank you Lorie for reminding us.

Love you.


Sorry Wolfgang Puck

It was an awesome weekend.

Even though Larry was diagnosed with an

upper respiratory infection and bronchitis,

he started his medicine and rested.

Larry and I have a Oscar Dinner each year.

We see all of the nominated movies,

then plan a dinner around the red carpet and awards.

We really don’t care who wins,it is our excuse to go to the movies.

LOTS of  movies.

It was such a nice evening…

and we watched every moment.

The commercials were wonderful


Jimmy Kimmel was spectacular.

{I wish he were my brother IF I had a brother}

The movies that I liked this year,

must have to do with my frame of mind.

That is ok…….

it was a wonderful evening.

I am proud for all of the talented actors who saw their hard work

come together in one amazing project to be nominated.

Dinner: {sorry Wolfgang Puck, ours was more delish}

Steak, potatoes, veggies and cheese puffs.

Larry chose the menu and wine.

The wine was an old bottle  that he had been babying.

It was perfect.

And dessert…..oh my, dessert.

Larry asked for a 1/8th sheet cake from Kroger.

{The birthday kind of cake}

It is our dirty little splurge and we did.

Splurge that is.

In honor of OSCAR

Congratulations to all of the awesome winners.

ART in any form is inspirational….

May we  appreciate the greatness in others

instead of criticizing and demeaning them

We are so blessed…..

AND I ate Kroger Cake last night!

Love you.


Movies, Movies, Movies!


Each year, Larry and I try to see all of the

 academy award nominated movies.

This year 2017, we have done very well.

Larry has been sick,

so cuddling in bed watching movies last night,was perfection.

 We watched



Hacksaw Ridge.

We have hit our movie quota for this year


now we are preparing for tomorrows gala.

{it is Sunday Dinner and Movie night after all}

Do you have a favorite nominated movie?

An actress you adore, who you would like to see honored?

{not to mention  the red carpet arrivals}

Larry and I wish you a happy Academy Awards evening.

Love you.


Lunch With Jamison



Larry & I went to Southwest Airlines Corp Headquarters

in Dallas and had lunch with Jami.

We met her co-workers and had a tour.

Everyone was very nice and the campus is wonderful.

We sat out on the “deck” while we ate,

visiting and catching up.

We watched the planes landing.

 It made me want to pack my bags and fly far away.

Larry and I are very proud of Jami.

Happy Friday!

Love you.


F. Scott’s Egg Breakfast~ Chef valentine

While in Paris, I do a bit of history investigation

as we play,visit friends and work.

Last year, a friend introduced me to a meal

that was said to be F.  Scott Fitzgerald’s Favorite breakfast.

After a long day {in Paris},

Larry and I made it up the stairs to our apartment.

He wanted breakfast for dinner

and I had just been given the recipe and story.

It is said that this recipe originated in Lyon, FR.

Hemingway was with F. Scott and they had a big breakfast

before starting a drive to Paris….


Fitzgerald’s Eggs

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

10 eggs

2 Tablespoons cream

1 teaspoon fleur de sel (or course salt)

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

1 cup shredded mature cheese

1/4 cup chives

{I usually cut the recipe in half}

Heat butter in non stick skillet over medium heat.

In a large bowl whisk eggs, cream, salt and pepper.

Pour into prepared, hot pan, cooking for about 4-5 minutes.

Stir occasionally {2-3 times}, to desired doneness,

adding cheese and chives just before eggs are set.

This has become Larry’s favorite egg dish.

Serve with your favorite breakfast meat and bread….

Serves 4-6 people

Bon Appetit.

Till next time.



I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed— and gazed— but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.


May your day be happy-yellow as a daffodil.

Love you beyond the garden.


Cute Or Classic?

We had dense fog as Larry left for San Antonio this morning


I thought the sun would be gone for days. But it is out!

The sun makes me smile.

Larry works from home when he is in town.

When he is gone, The Cottage is very quiet.

{Maybe I will paint today?}

Yesterday I finished a gift.

I  made a blanket and sweater for a new baby girl

who will arrive this summer.

I did not use a pattern for the blanket


the sweater was so much fun to make,

it is the perfect baby sweater.

Today I will block it and sew up seams.

Buttons come next…

I cannot decide between cute buttons or classic buttons.

Either way it will be adorable.

Libby is still asleep,

under the work table.

Larry, I miss you. I love you


since you are gone, maybe I will paint today.

The sun is shining in the dining room windows and

I am listening to my Dublin radio station.

Hurry home.

Love you,


Another Kiss

As I sat down at my work table to write today’s post,

Larry walked by, stopped,

kissed  me on the lips and said: I love you.

To be honest, now I am distracted.


We had a lovely weekend.

Friday evening we had dinner at Taverna Rossa with friends.

Larry and I got there early to hold a table

and while waiting, I sipped wine.

I guess that was not a good idea

and by the time everyone arrived, I was ready to dance.

The Bodark String Band had the stage on Friday night.

It was so much fun.

Saturday was relaxed and  Larry & I just enjoyed being together.

On Sunday,

we celebrated Josh’s Birthday at brunch.

It was a great morning and I hope Josh had fun.

He is an awesome man

and we are blessed to have each day with him.

It is a rainy Monday

and time to  start laundry.

Where is Larry?

I think I need another kiss.

Love you.


Truth and Spring Cleaning

As I try to organize, my work area, photographs and ART,

there are things that I come across that make me smile & laugh.

Really laugh.

There is a story behind the above photo…

but I would rather you use your imagination,

as long as it makes you smile too.

Lauren is in both photos.

Beautiful, wise, wonderful Lauren.

Lauren has a heart as big as Texas


I thank God for her every day.


Truth is like heat or light; Its vibrations are endless


are endlessly felt.

~margaret deland~

This past week has had some bumps.

Perhaps I am to honest?

Happy Friday dear ones…..

Love you.


Body Work

Last week, a man drove through a red light and hit my car.

Oh, that terrible sound.

 My beautiful, perfect, little car was hit, but not badly.

I got out of the car and stomped my foot,

said a few cuss words, and grimaced,

before the man turned his car around and got out.

The man worked at Best Buy and was taking his lunch break.

He was so nice and so sorry.

This morning, I have to take the car to the body shop.

Then I will go to my Weight Watchers meeting.

Ironic isn’t it?

Today is the Body Work day.

Then I will come home and make a pot of tea and relax.

 {photo above was taken at our spice/tea shop in Paris}

It will be an awesome day.

Love you.