Chin Up Kiddo

This weekend, we had a special guest.


Photo: The Paris dress I made Matilda

I gave her the dress I made for her.


Photo: Krispy Kreams

We ate donuts. It had been 6 months since Larry and I had a donut.

We had given them up for lent and just have not had one since Fat Tuesday.


Matilda and Larry had a scavenger hunt.

Photo: Clues!
Photo: finding items in the rain.
Photo: Nature scavenger hunt a success!

They had such a good time.

It was a very good weekend.


It is over-cast again today.

It matches my mood.

Have you ever wondered, what is wrong with people?

I believe that it is as easy to be nice as it is to be nasty.

Even if I feel nasty in my heart,

I keep smiling and it makes me very tired…

Larry said: Chin up kiddo and keep smiling.

Men! {you have to love them.

They have such a simple way of looking at things}

Chin up kiddo.

Love you.


Book Club and Cheshire Cats

Photo: Lunch with Book Club

Yesterday, my book club met at a local tea room.

This group is made up some of  my

favorite ladies in the world.

We discussed the book, Howard’s End,

enjoyed a fabulous lunch


caught up on our summer adventures.

It was a lovely afternoon.


Larry and I walked 5 miles today at the lake this morning.

We were there before the sun rose

and while the mist rose from the water.

It gave me a creepy feeling. Halloweenish.

Next week is the marathon at The Dallas Arboretum.

We are ready.


I looked up from my work table a moment ago….


saw the Cheshire Cat in front of this quote taped to the  wall.

Is he agreeing with me


mocking me?

I guess it is all in my perspective.

Love you.


Thankful Cards

Photo: By Robin. Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh. August 2018

It is beautiful this morning.

I skipped walking


I am dressed for the day whatever it may bring.

Today, I am  addressing Thankful Cards.

Many of you already know…

that we do not send Holiday Cards in December…

 we send Thankful Cards in November.

This year, Larry created the card…it was his year.

You may not hear from us often,

but please know how much you mean to Larry and me.

What do you do to thank the wonderful people in your life?

I am not quite sure I do enough in the thankful department….


Quote: Did you know that Pissaro is Larry’s favorite ARTist? {besides me}

Please, have a happy Thankful day.

It is such a tearful day today…..

perhaps it is addressing these awesome cards? 

Life is such a gift.

Love you.


Thanksgiving In September

It is September.

The days are getting shorter,

the weather is changing


the hot oppressive summer is almost over.

Yesterday, Larry and I celebrated


Photo: Small table set for Thanksgiving In September

I roasted a 13 pound turkey,

and served all of the trimmings.

Larry made the mashed potatoes.

{they were perfection}

With dinner, Larry put the movie,


He loves the soundtrack, for dinner especially.

{Phillip Glass is a favorite}

We are thankful for so much this year.

My favorite quote from the movie, No Reservations is:

“I wish there was a recipe for life”


I certainly could use a Life Recipe these days.


Yesterday while roasting the turkey,

I finished a knitted bolero for Matilda.

It is a funny, bumpy knitted shrug…

Photo: Knitted bolero for Matilda

and it will go with a dress that I am making her.

I have promised to post photos  of the dress when it is finished.


I wish you warm bolero’s for cool days,

special moments,

crushing hugs


a recipe for your day.

Love you.


Just Thoughts Today

I am  tired.

Tired, emotionally and physically.

Feeling this way frustrates me.

I want to be energetic and happy.

But sometimes, God has a different plan.


Message to Karen {Susie}  : emailed  us.

Your birthday Champagne {from July 19th}

will soon be delivered.

Please forgive the delay. They said it was a weather hold.

{ I guess Champagne delivered in Atlanta in the summer, can be tricky?}


I have been trying to be positive and productive.

Even thinking about posting here on Blog,

makes me feel tired.  Blogging is my habit,

my morning ritual.

I wonder what my day would look like without it?

Photo: Heart shape leaf in Paris. I love this shot, it reminds me that we can find beauty anywhere.


My friend Rosemary had a birthday this week.

She is a charming person and a dear friend.

Happy Birthday Rosemary!


Larry is very busy,

he goes into his office, closes the door

and does not come out for hours.

I can hear loud conference calls

and the door remains closed.

I have to remind him to drink water


plan dinner so that he has to leave his office

to come sit with me for an hour

before he goes back to work.

I know.

He is a grown up and knows what is best for himself.

But I adore him so much….


It is past 6:00 am.

I am not exercising today.

Larry is already in his office and the house is quiet.

Friday has started….

Love you.


Limoncello Gateau~Chef Valentine

Photo: Limoncello Gateau by Chef Valentine

Limoncello Gateau


1 lemon cake mix

1 {3 oz} box of instant lemon pudding

4 large eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup lemon juice {I use fresh}

1/2 cup Limoncello

1 lemon zested, using the entire lemon.

1 cup of pecan halves or toasted almonds


1 stick butter {melted}

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup limoncello

Cake Directions

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*Grease and flour traditional bundt pan.

sprinkling pecans or almonds evenly into bottom.

*In mixing bowl, add, lemon cake mix, lemon pudding.

 4 eggs,, oil, lemon juice.

Limoncello and zest of lemon.

*Mix well, for 3-5 min.

*Pour into prepared bundt pan.

*Bake for 45-55 min or till toothpick comes  out clean.

*Remove from oven and leave in pan while you make the glaze.

*Make glaze: Melt Butter in large sauce pan.

Add sugar, 1/4 cup of water.

*Boil  on high for 3-5 min till spoon is coated.

*Remove from burner and add 1/2 cup Limoncello.

*Sitr  well.

*Using a wooden skewer or chop stick, poke many holes in cake.

*take glaze and slowly spoon over cake, letting it absorb into cake.

*Use all of the glaze.

*Allow the the cake to sit in pan for about 20 min, then turn out onto a plate.

*Cool completely.

Awhile ago, I had a piece of  Limoncello layer cake

at a local restaurant. {it had amazing frosting}

It was very good but I wanted a version

that was not so fussy.

Using an old fashioned rum cake recipe to base it on,

here is my version of  a Limoncello  bundt cake.

Please enjoy, let me know how you liked it,


till next time.


High Over The Trees

We arrived at the lake before 6:30 am

and walked 5 miles.

Photo: 6:30 am at the lake….

This is how it looked this morning, with the moon

still high over over the trees.

We go early in the mornings now,

so Larry can come with me.

How wonderful is that?

He WANTS to part of this process.

{ I am in TRAINING!}


Yesterday, I saw that a young {20-ish} couple,

part of a reality show, have left the show

to write a book and give podcasts on life and love.

Please correct me if I am wrong,

but what advice  can  a 20 something give?

What life experience has touched them

and have they had time to process the

life they have lived so far?

I have to smile.

Why don’t they just live their lives….

accepting God’s grace and know that when they hit 40,

life is going to change….

and then again at 60.

 Millennial’s are so busy trying to analyze everything,

that they are forgetting to live.


This morning, I am sewing, making meatballs

for  my home made spaghetti sauce


I have promised myself reading time.

{I have been neglecting my book list}

Be happy.

Live your life….

Love you.


Sunday Dinner and Movie

A couple of months ago,

Larry bought tickets for a Fathom event

at our cinema.

It was to see South Pacific

and so very generous of him,

because I do not think he has ever seen

the movie from beginning to end before.

{Do you think he knew it was a  musical?}

Photo: Movie tickets

This came on a day that we were homesick for Kaua’i

so it was perfect.


When we came home, we were not hungry….

so we indulged,

nibbling on a Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball

that I made the day before.

{Has Chef Valentine ever blogged about this amazing recipe?

Do readers want the recipe?}

Photo: Sunday dinner. Cheese ball and wheat crackers.

It was really good….


Just a note: I am in training.

My Dr’s inspiration {she is running the Chicago Marathon in Oct}

and Larry’s coaching,

are getting me ready for a quarter marathon.

Did I really just type that?

We are registered and training.

Six miles is A LOT for me….Ok, I am smiling.

This is going to be very interesting.

I am up to five miles, five times a week.

Look for updates and b-i-itching in the next three weeks.


I must post this and go buy a “runners belt” on Amazon.

whatever that is…..

Have a happy, wonderful day.

Love you.