Just today

Have you ever celebrated your 1/2 birthday? Back in the day, my mother called it our “unbirthday”….but we only said happy unbirthday! There was not a celebration. Oh, how I wish there would have been!

Our granddaughter Matilda celebrated her 1/2 birthday this week. She had a smash cake, gifts and it is always so much fun without the expectations of a real birthday involved.

Larry and I order a lot of photos. While ordering I look at the gifts that photo places sell. I love those fun things! This year, for Matilda’s 1/2 birthday, we ordered her something from Shutterfly. Playing cards!

Photo: Matilda’s playing cards

One weekend, while Matilda was here for a sleepover, we were playing cards, I took her picture. That is the photo I used for her personal playing cards!

Larry and I gave her a book on card games to go with her deck of cards. I think that she liked the gifts.


Photo: The view from my studio into the dining room and kitchen

It is cool outside today. Rain is expected anytime and I have a 1:15 hair appointment. The best of Henry Mancini is playing on my playlist.

Larry and I do not have exotic adventures now. We stay at home a lot and wait for our vaccine. (NEWS: We are booked for the beach this summer and France in the fall….it helped Larry book trips. He is such an optimistic soul)

Last week, at my Drs appointment, my DR said, you are one of my compromised patients. I want you to get your vaccine right away. She had to be joking. Larry and I feel like voyeurs in our life. Watching the world swirl around us without any control of the future. I registered on our county’s health department’s web site 3 weeks ago. They left a message on our home phone the next day saying that I was on the list but they did not have any vaccines and did not know when they would have any. BUT I was on the list! That has to count for something, right?

What is the secret to negotiating life as we know it now?

Love you beyond the moon.



It is a brand new day.

So many of my friends are struggling today. May God hold you close as you journey forward. You are in my prayers.

Love you beyond the moon.


Double Reds

Yesterday, Larry gave blood. I must add, he gave more than blood. He gave double reds. It makes him weak and a little ill for a few days and cannot donate again for 4 months.

*Double Reds or Power Reds: A Power Red donation allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation. … This type of donation uses an automated process that separates your red blood cells from the other blood components, and then safely and comfortably returns your plasma and platelets to you.

Photo: Carter is a Dallas tradition.

The need for blood is great right now… and many people are afraid to donate. Larry said that it was very safe, masked, social distanced and hand sanitizer was everywhere.

A year ago, Jamison had 3 blood transfusions. Because of this, Larry donates double reds whenever he can, in Jamison’s name…

Please consider donating blood? It will make you feel wonderful.

I wish you a day filled with Happiness.

Love you beyond the moon.


Casserole Recipe On A Monday Morning

Happy Monday.

A week ago, Matilda asked for THE green bean casserole. I hardly remembered it but dug deep into my recipe files and found it, hiding in the pie section of my recipe box.

I made it yesterday in honor of her 9 1/2 birthday. (she celebrates each 1/2 year) Please enjoy this recipe, it is delicious. I wanted to share the recipe on this Monday.


this is a Taste of Home recipe


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 Package (6oz) long grain and wild rice mix

4 cups cubed cooked chicken

1- 3/4 cups frozen French style green beans

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 can condensed cream of broccoli soup

2/3 cup chopped onion

2/3 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 envelope onion soup mix

3/4 cup Colby cheese

1 cup French Fried onions (optional)


Prepare wild rice according to the package directions, let cool for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the chicken, soup mix, green beans, onions, green bell pepper and canned soups.

Spoon into large casserole dish or two small casserole dishes. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes, sprinkle wit French fried onions, and bake 5 minutes longer.

This casserole freezes very well.

Photo: Lauren made the beautiful salad

The family loves this recipe. I make it in a favorite casserole dish given to us by a special California Cousin, Aggie.

Photp: One of my favorite casserole dishes

Good food and special moments. It was a wonderful weekend.

Love you beyond the moon.


The Crown and Dinner

Photo: Dinner In Bed

It was a very long week.

Last night, Larry brought home dinner from one of my favorite steak houses. We drank wine, enjoyed a wonderful dinner and watched the last two episodes of The Crown in bed. It was perfect.

I had another romantic evening with my favorite person.

Our days are what we make them.

Love you beyond the moon.


Texas Brown

Photo: The brown creek

A Texas winter is brown. It is massive with positive energy but very brown. I think that it is beautiful. Is that because Texas is my home?

Friends from far away places, are sending me photos of their winters. Such beautiful winters, snow and evergreens. Stunning seasonal moments caught for an instant for me to enjoy. (Thank you!)

I hiked yesterday with Larry. It was during his lunch hour and we found a Texas meadow to hike in.

Photo: Yesterday’s hiking socks

The meadow was winter Brown, but I learned that in the summer, in this meadow, they practice yoga. It must be beautiful in the summer.

Photo: A Texas Meadow

Wherever you might be, please know that I am here. Trying very hard to keep moving forward, just like you are.

Love you beyond the moon.


Maybe Write a Letter?

Yesterday, I made Valentine cards. What is it about home-made Valentine cards that make me feel warm inside? I love to receive them and love to make them.

Photo: Supplies to make Valentine cards

This next weekend, I will take supplies to the country for ART in the Garden Day with granddaughter Matilda. We will make Valentine cards to send out to friends and family. I made the prototypes yesterday and cannot wait to see how Matilda interprets the design. I promise to share pictures next week.

Last evening, Larry took me out to dinner. We sat in a closed off booth and ate Tex Mex. It was very nice and felt like we had a private dining area. The restaurant was rather empty and that was good too. I felt safe and comfortable.

It is early and I am dressed to walk. Music is playing out of the little speaker on my work table and I have to be honest. With so much going on in the country, I feel like I must stay busy with exercise and creating to keep focused on positive things. Maybe by writing a letter? (See below)

Last week, our Capitol building was left in ruins. Absolute ruins. Do you know that there is a staff that keeps the building in order and clean? The Superintendent is Mark Reed. He has an amazing staff and if you would like to write to them and thank them for everything that they do, the address is:

Mr. Mark Reed

US Capitol

First Street SE

Room HD42

Washington, DC 20004

I love to write letters, so I will be writing this week. Just to say thank you.

Have a good day. Please wear your mask…and stay safe.

Love you beyond the moon.


Return To Me

I went to the DR yesterday and my blood pressure was so high, my DR is having me chart it for 2 weeks. (Yikes) I am also having a dozen tests done this week. My question is….when an office looks like this, who wouldn’t have high blood pressure?

Photos: Top: The outer waiting room. Middle: The Exam room. Bottom: the cartoon video instructing us how to meditate.

I walked around the lake a couple of times when I came home from the DR and it gave me time to think. After dealing with surgery and treatment from #2 breast cancer, I have not been eating well, days are NOT spent exercising like I should and anxiety is always nudging my brain…..it is just such an odd time.

It is an odd time for ALL OF US and we worry about the friends that we have not heard from. They are included in my daily prayers, hoping that they are just preoccupied and not ill.

There is a movie that I like. It is considered one of our Comfort Movies. It is “Return to Me”…..Have you seen it? The soundtrack is playing this morning and I feel very sentimental. Often, I wonder if everyone is feeling like me, having high blood pressure, prayerful and feeling sentimental?

Photo: Movie, Return to Me

Return to me is one of my favorite movies. It reminds me what is truly important in our lives. The music is one of my favorite soundtracks…. even Larry likes it. Please watch it if you feel inclined, or better yet, listen to the soundtrack. It will remind you what is important in your life. (LOVE)

I send love and calm to you today.

Love you beyond the moon.


Yesterday and Today

Can you believe that it is Tuesday already? Yesterday flew by so fast that I cannot remember what exactly I did.

Perhaps it flew by because I am trying diligently to bypass the news during the day. My days are spent testing recipes, ART, reading and knitting a sweater for Larry. OH! Yesterday I also played a video game with Matilda! She was at her house one hour away, and I was home. We played Terraria. An hour with (granddaughter) Matilda always brightens my day.

I am up early this morning and have a DRs appointment. The house is dark and I can hear Good Morning America on the bedroom TV.

Photo: In the Dark Hallway. 5:30 am

I am going to try to have meaningful moments all day today. (And remember them tomorrow)

Love you beyond the moon.


The Best Example

On Saturday, Larry and I went to the country to see Matilda, It was “ART In The Garden” day. For months, Matilda and I have been making and crafting different ART projects. We plan to auction all the art , with proceeds going to St Jude Hospital in Memphis. Please look for our auction soon?

While visiting Matilda, she asked if she could play the piano for us. She is playing so well and one song in particular moved Larry very much. Larry asked Lauren if they might video her playing the song and could we post it on The Blog today? The video is below…..

Larry wanted us all to be reminded that we are all one and we need to accept each other for exactly who we are.

I hope that you enjoy Matilda’s mini concert…The children are our future. We need to set the best example that we can.

Love you beyond the moon.