A Souvenir Bag

Yesterday was dark and damp and today is exactly the same. Larry was in Austin for meetings yesterday, but he is home now and that brightens up my day very much. Yesterday was his birthday, but we are celebrating today. I say the word celebrate, but I honestly do not know what he wants to do. (he is in the office working right now)

Photo: The dark dining room is Christmas central this year

The house was quiet when Larry was out of town…I found it difficult to relax so I worked on Christmas gifts. I am knitting a few things for my “girls” as I do every Christmas. I keep the projects in a sweet bag. A souvenir bag from our recent trip to Paris.

Photo: The Paris bag

One afternoon while in Paris, I was resting in the apartment. It was a windy, damp day, and I was happy to cuddle on the sofa and read. Larry went out….I think that he was going to the wine and formage shops….and when he came home, he had this bag and a Paris key chain for me! How awesome is that? We have been going to France for many years and I STILL love souvenirs!

In this sweet bag are knitting needles loaded with stitches while making a holiday gift. (I am working on Lauren’s gift)

If someone were to make you a Christmas gift, what would it be? And why?

Have a Happy Happy Friday!

Love you beyond the moon.


Happy Birthday Larry

Happy Birthday to my favorite person. May your day be filled with birthday wishes come true and special moments that will live in your heart forever.

Photo: My Larry

Being out of town on your birthday sucks. BUT I promise that when you get home, we will celebrate.

I love you BEYOND the moon. (so much!) Me

Afternoon Tea/One Moment While On Holiday

A couple of weeks ago, while on Holiday, Larry took me to afternoon tea. We always take the opportunity to enjoy tea when we are out of town. It is another way to discover a new part of town, meet people and enjoy afternoon tea in the city that you are visiting. (Larry has come to enjoy it too, knowing that Champagne is included upon request.) Haha.

We had afternoon tea at the Four Seasons George V while in Paris. It was heavenly. I will post a few pictures below, no comments because none are needed.

Photo : George V Hotel

It was a wonderful afternoon with Larry. Christmas decorations were up and the food was perfect. The Four Seasons, George V serve a lovely afternoon tea. I cannot wait to go back.

Love you beyond the moon.


Sunday Dinner And A Movie

It was good to be home for Sunday dinner last week. We decided to have meatloaf, baked potatoes and green bean casserole for dinner. With a Medoc wine and cherry pie for dessert. American comfort food.

Photo: Comfort food makes a very ugly photo

I do love French food…but having comfort food here at The Cottage, says: welcome back home.

Photo: The wine

Our movie was Christmas In Connecticut….and as always a complete joy to watch.

It was a good Sunday dinner, as we had missed planning them for a few weeks.

I have been struggling the past few days. Jet lag is difficult this year and Christmas is nipping at my heels. Being away with Larry, alone during our holiday was so wonderful…I almost don’t like being back home.( of course Larry is back to work and happy as a clam)

It is December 6th today. I must say good bye to this post and get busy on a project I need to finish before Christmas. How are you doing on your Christmas gifts? Remember to breathe.

Love you beyond the moon.


Prayers and Candles

We always go to France with a prayer list in my purse. Since the Cathedral Of Notre Dame is closed due to the fire, we now go up on the hill to Sacré-Cœur for prayers and candles

Photo: Sacré-Cœur

Friends and family share prayer needs with us and it means the world to me that they ask. (OK, sometimes I ask them if they mind that I put them on the prayer list. No one ever says no.) Sacré-Cœur is a beautiful church high on a hill in Paris. At night it glows and is a light of love and care for the people of Paris.

This year, it was raining when we went to Sacré-Cœur. People had gone into the church to get out of the rain and it was crowded and noisy even though a service was going on.

It is a beautiful church, and it always takes my breath away when I go inside. I sit very still and take it all in hoping that my memory of this beautiful moment will last for a very long time.

Photo: Inside Sacré-Cœur

We worship and after, we say special prayers and light candles. It is always emotional for me and this year was no different.

Photo: Prayers and Candles

We have remembered many people during prayers over the years. Some of these wonderful people are still on our prayer list. It is a blessing indeed to be able to pray in such a special church. Even though we are home now, the prayer list continues…..

Please have a wonderful day.

Love you beyond the moon.


My Onion Soup

My favorite photo from France…..also includes one of my favorite things to eat while there…….

Photo: Onion soup at a café in Montmartre

It was a cold rainy, day in Montmartre. We went to Sacre Coeur say prayers that were on our prayer list and we found ourselves in a bad rainstorm. It didn’t take long after that that we made our way to a cafe that we like near Place de Tertre (where ARTist paint and sell their paintings) and there were spots at tables outside! Larry and I drank beer (1664) and enjoyed hot steamy soup while we tried to warm up.

I had walked far in the down pour and felt a mess, but Larry insisted on taking my photo.

Photo: Robin and her onion soup

The sun came out while we were enjoying lunch, I promise….it was a lovely Sunday in Paris.

It is a lovely day in Texas today, too.

Love you beyond the moon.


The Little Canvas

Many, many years ago, I did a few sketches for Hallmark cards. I cannot remember the situation but I do remember the sketches. I loved the idea of ART for greeting cards and it has been part of my heart ever since.

As Larry and prepare to go to France each year, I design and create about 50 cards to mail from Paris. They are meant to be a simple greeting for this festive time of year, acknowledging the different faiths among our wonderful friends.

Many of our friends are starting to receive the cards we mailed a few weeks ago and relief has set in. With so many European Postal Carriers striking, we were not sure if the cards would even be delivered to the US.

Photo: Holiday cards being mailed from France

Since the cards are being delivered now, I can share the cards, committing them to posterity on blog.

I hand painted 50 little canvases. 50-3X4″ canvases to be exact. It was wonderful painting these little abstract cuties to put on the cards this year.

Photo: The little canvas

The exercise of painting the canvases was beneficial for me. Artistic wise and commitment wise. I would like to do the same process again one day. It was awesome. (Perhaps next year?)

So, dear one, when you receive your card from us, know that it was sent with love and the best wishes for a lovely holiday.

Happy, Happy Saturday.

Love you beyond the mon.


Being Together

Last night, Larry and I ignored our jet lag and started celebrating the Christmas Holiday! We met our daughter Jami and her husband Jared for dinner at Texas de Brazil. Larry had been with clients before, years ago and so had Jared…but Jami and I were complete newbies.

It is unlike anything I had ever been to before and my husband has been in the restaurant business for many years. I do recommend it, just be sure to go hungry!

Photo: I DID eat a salad last night too!

The best part of the evening was the company. Being with Jami and Jared was a joy. We talked about everything, solved the worlds problems and we laughed. We laughed a lot. I am thankful that we had such a wonderful evening with them.

Photo: Son In Law Jared and Larry, two of my favorite people.

An amazing part of the month of December is being with family. OH! How blessed I am and thankful for my daughters. You know my mantra….People treat you the way they feel about you…..and it is then you realize that you get to chose the “Family” in your life!

Happy December! Enjoy the brilliance of life around you and know that you are loved.

Love you beyond the moon.


Home Sweet Home

Photo: Thanksgiving morning, people watching at le Tour Eiffel-Paris is sprucing up the city for the 2024 Olympics

There is something special about returning home after a long trip, far away. I am so happy with my own bed and pillows and of course a consistent home routine that calms my traveling nerves.

Larry and I had a wonderful time away. He did not work at all. We strolled the streets of Paris…sometimes with an umbrella. We met old friends and new friends and of course, Larry’s cousin….we ate our favorite foods, visited charming gardens, went to Christmas Markets and enjoyed the sweetest apartment in the center of Paris. ( I kind of LOVE a Water Closet)

We have many new memories….I will share soon….because for now, I must catch up on life in general.

This morning, I dumped over 200 photos into my FlickR account making an album of this years shots from France. Here is the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pastelginger/albums/72177720304076479

I haven’t put descriptions on the photos yet….they really do not need any.

I hope that you had the most amazing Thanksgiving! Being thankful is a gift that we can give to ourselves….more than once a year.

Please have a magnificent day.

Love you beyond the moon.


November First

Happy, Happy November first. This is the month when I close up my computer and live a month of Self Care. My days will be filled with ART projects and exercise. As a family we will celebrate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Will you celebrate life in its fullest also?

I celebrate Self Care month in November because the days become shorter and darkness makes me feel overwhelmed and sad. Focusing on non-computer things is my way of fulfilling my personal needs to stay happy during these beautiful months.

You can contact me at robin@robintolbert.com as I will not be on Facebook or IG very often.

Take care, enjoy the special moments of this glorious month.

Love you beyond the moon.