Honestly

Larry bought me a new hummingbird feeder this weekend

and

I just made fresh hummingbird food.

Making hummingbird food is so amazingly  boring

BORING.

But,

well worth it, when we have visitors.

****

We had a small party yesterday at Traverna Rossa Restaurant.

Many good friends and family shared our day.

Matilda took the group picture.

And

We celebrated Ayah’s birthday!

Lauren, Matilda and Ayah

I look back on the wonderful afternoon,

there were so many smiles and happy moments.

It was wonderful, just what Larry and I needed.

What do you need today?

Just let me know…..honestly….

Love you.

Me

 

Oh Happy Day

Last night,

I met at a local cafe with

a group of amazing women.

We discussed Anderson Cooper’s book.

We ate lovely French food,

 talked,

and enjoyed being together.

Then I came home.

I got into bed at 9:00….

snuggled in and watched The Amazing Race.

It has been a long week for My Larry and I

but

life goes on in its amazing way.

This morning,

I went into the shif-a-robe and got out my big camera.

Hello old friend. I need inspired. I need practice. I need patience.

{you can tell by the photos}

Flowers from Rosemary and David

It is a beautiful Friday Morning

that will tun into a lovely afternoon.

Oh Happy Day.

Love you.

Me

Visited An Old Friend

The sun is tip toeing into the house this  morninng

and

all is well.

***

Last night I did not cook dinner. Again.

We went to a restaurant, had steaks

and visited with an old friend.

I drank this….while

These two old friends visited.

Lonnie and Larry….

these two sure can talk.

Happy Thursday.

Love you.

Me

Friends, Hotel ART and Home Sweet Home

For the past couple of days,

I was in San Antonio and it was perfection.

It is one of my favorite cities in the world.

Larry had meetings there, so I tagged along.

On Monday night, we met friends for dinner

and had the best visit ever.

Yes, we were at Chuy’s Restaurant in San Antonio.

It was crazy busy and so much fun.

After dinner, Larry had work to catch up on.

I lay in bed

Bitching {excuse my French} about the BAD ART in the hotel.

BAD, BAD, BAD ART.

The hotel was great and everyone was so nice but…gosh…..YUCK.

That print  gots to go.

We stayed at Hilton Garden Inn.

Wonderful place….but beware of the ART.

Larry was captured in the world of Corporate Food Service

so

I read and played on the phone.

It was relaxing and fun.

We woke early and Larry left for two meetings.

I got dressed

and

worked while watching a movie.

After Larry’s meetings, we left beautiful SA and drove back to Dallas.

Home sweet home…..

OK, onward and upward….

as we grieve, we are staying busy and smiling.

Happy Wednesday.

I am glad to be home.

The ART here is awesome.

Love you!

Me

Never Let…..

Do you ever feel like you need “fixed”?

When I ask that, I smile.

There are some things in our lives that inspire us to wonder just that.

Whenever it has happened to me,

the fixed question, in my mind, lasted about a second,

then I follow my heart.

None of us need fixed.

Never let anyone tell you that you do.

You are perfect the way you are.

Just take quiet time, follow your heart

and

you will always be happy.

I promise.

I love you beyond safety pins.

Me

{smiling, happy, Me}

Blueberry Pancake Casserole~Chef Valentine

Hi.

Larry and I had to switch up Sunday Dinner and Movie

due to broken hearts

and

had Sunday Breakfast and Mimosas instead.

Things will get back to normal in a few weeks,

and

then I shall share a few recipes.

Till then

for today’s offering:

****

BLUEBERRY PANCAKE CASSEROLE

Crumb Topping Ingredients:

1/2 cup flour

3 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 Tablespoons butter-cold-cut into cubes

Casserole Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup milk ( I use 2%)

4 tablespoons butter melted

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups of fresh blueberries

Maple Syrup

***

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray 13 X 9″ baking dish with Pam

***

Prepare Crumb Topping

In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar. cinnamon and salt.

Add butter and use your fingers to work into flour

till it looks like wet sand.

Butter size should be pea size or smaller.

Put into fridge while making the casserole.

***

Make Casserole

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar,

salt, baking powder,baking soda.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs,

buttermilk, milk and melted butter

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.

Using a spatula to stir, till just combined.

{do not over mix!}

Batter will be lumpy.

Pour into prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle blueberries over top.

Sprinkle crumble topping over blueberries.

Bake 45 min till golden and edges

are pulling away from the sides of baking dish.

I spoon helpings out of dish and drizzle with maple syrup.

Perfection with Mimosas.

There is something special about a family breakfast.

Enjoy.

Till next time,

Valentine.

One More Hour

My feet feel like cement as I walk around the house.

The days are odd and pretend that I am OK.

Tears come unexpectedly.

Like with any other great loss in my life,

this reality is like a dream.

I know that she is gone,

but I wish I had one more hour with her.

Love you.

Me

And This Too…..

Good morning.

It is early Friday morning,

I am heart broken  and missing my dog.

 Eating and sleeping is out of the question.

I was not going to post on the blog today,

until good friends commented about Libby’s best friend.

Ajax.

Libby and Ajax were very close

and

they loved to terrorize the neighborhood cat.

Ajax is on the left, Libby is on the right

and

Garfield the mean cat is teasing them.

Bobbie, Ajax’s mother wrote reminding me

that all three of these characters are together in heaven now.

Some things just comfort a soul beyond words.

I am tired.

I am sad

and

I have amazing moments that border on a crying jag.

This too shall pass….oui?

Love you.

Me.

Rest Well My Sweet Puppy

Elizabeth’s Stormy Liberty

“Libby”

Left our world this afternoon.

She was a joyful 16 years old

and

loved beyond the moon.

Rest well my sweet puppy.

I  shall miss you so much.

Me

 

 

A Masterpiece?

I make the paper that I watercolor {paint} on.

It is an arduous process but for some reason I love doing it.

Yesterday I made two sheets and one this morning.

I saw this paper in France a few years ago

and came home ready to buy or make it.

No one here had ever seen it before…

so the technique I use, was invented by me.

I love imagining what I will paint as I make each sheet.

Or not.

{yesterday was a disaster}

Life is like ART.

Some days are masterpieces

and some days are junk.

I have the feeling that today is going to be a masterpiece.

Love you.

Me