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Sunday, Dinner and Movie

Can you hear me sigh?

Sunday, Dinner and Movie was spectacular.

We had stuffed eggplant, zucchini and a cheese plate.

Blindfold, white wine

and our movie was

My Old Lady.

I must admit, we started laughing

in the middle of the movie and could not stop.

{we kind of missed the end of the movie…}

Did you  know that My Larry

Peels off wine labels for his wine journal?

I LOVE his wine journals…

they are ART and moments wrapped all together.

Was your weekend spicy?

Happy Labor Day.

Love you.


So Much To Say

I have an awesome post in my head.

I hope you read it. I want you to read it.

It has the perfect amount of sarcasm and rude comments.

I have so much to say! Yes, I am smiling and laughing.

You  stopped listening to my voice 20 years ago,

But the wonderful thing is, lots of other people still hear me.

Robin’s Essay

After I did not fit into my “step mothers” idea of  family,

{i looked to much like my mother?}

you all found any reason to move me out of the family.

Granted, it was Norman’s {my bio father} idea,

but you went along with it.

This is important….you went along with it,

dragging cousins and friends along with you.

They thought I did something really awful. I didn’t. You know that too.

Remember when our cousin ripped off Normans charge card

and payed for an entire semester of college with it?

Do you know it was Larry and I who talked to Norman

and made the situation ok ?

But no one did that for me.

This past month, cousins that disowned me 20 years ago,

came out of the wood work. Not to reconcile,

but for information they needed to contact “other” cousins.

How rude and disrespectful is that?

It says more about them than it says about me.

But the funny thing is

I am not hurt, I just want you to know…

That I am so much better without your dramas….

To those who follow Robin Toujours,

I apologize.

Sometimes you just have to call ignorance

when ignorance is spotted.


Bright and Cool

 It is 8:30 am and I am sitting at my work table

trying to plan tomorrow’s dinner and movie.

I know….messy……


I can feel the change in weather.

Autumn is upon us


although I have things to do, places to be, people to see…

I am missing my Pug Girl today.

Goodness she loved this time of year.

The mornings bright and cool,

the nights cuddling on the big bed.

I know that life goes on,

but merde, it is difficult sometimes.

{but how blessed am I to have had such a wonderful life?}

Dear ones,

Have a happy Saturday.

Enjoy your moments and smile when you remember

special moments from the past.

Love you more than candy.


Simple Moments


I organized  plans/lists  for Christmas gifts.

I will be making everyone’s gifts again this year.

Lauren’s gift  is almost finished! YAY.

I ordered materials from amazon and other stores.

It is a bit overwhelming, but I can do it.

There is one gift, {for Josh}

that I suspect will be in progress while in France.

But, that’s ok.

At least I have started planning.


Last evening, Larry and I babysat Matilda.

Lauren and Josh had a teachers meeting.

We arrived and Matilda ran out to the car,

hugging us hello.

She is brave, beautiful and quite brilliant.

She ran to the porch and picked a flower, handing it to me.

She made my day.

I wore the flowers in my hair

and as the evening progressed, I took them out and took this photo.

Simple moments of pure beauty,

I hope  they will live in my heart forever.

Love you.


The Sea Glass

I have not been sleeping  well.

so, I have been working.

Yesterday I took sea glass that I found on Kaua’i

{ brought the pieces of glass home in a little bag

and drilled holes in the smooth pieces}

and made a necklace.

This is my design.

The fun thing is, I get to work

color, beads and glass from the sea.

Happy things.

The materials I use are so lovely they make me smile.

This necklace is for a good friend

who is thoughtful and nurturing.

She lived in Houston and has been stung,

along with the rest of us,

by this unreal disaster named Hurricane Harvey.

Today is the day to let your loved ones

and friends, know how much you care.

Well, at least, that is my plan.

Love you beyond the sea glass…..


Key Lime Pie~ Chef Valentine

Citrus awesomeness.

Larry and I have been trying to eat “better”

meaning that I must be more conscious

of what is going into our bodies.

Here is a recipe that looked good.

Key Lime Pie for 280 calories.




1 cup graham crackers

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 ounce premium white chocolate, chopped fine

2 Tablespoons butter,melted

1 Tablespoons canola oil

Cooking spray



1/2 cup plain 2% reduced fat Greek yogurt

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon lime zest

3 large egg yolks

1 {14 oz} can fat free sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup fat free frozen whipped topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Crust: combine crumbs, sugar, salt and chocolate in bowl.

Stir well to combine.

add butter and oil.

Toss with a fork till moistened.

Spray 9″pie plate with Pam

Press crumb mixture on bottom and sides of plate.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 min.


Filling: place yogurt, lime juice, zest,3 egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk

in bowl.

Beat at medium speed for 2 min.

Pour into cooled crust.

bake at 350 for 15 min, till filling is “set”


cover and chill for 2 hours.

Serve with whipped topping.

Calories per slice- 280


Till next time,




Prayers and Promises

Yesterday, I made a Key Lime Pie.

It was good, Larry loved it.

Today is a crazy, busy day,


I promise that tomorrow, Chef Valentine

will have the recipe posted.


I am struggling this week.

I still have the last of my chest cold hanging on.

The flooding in Texas has me anxious and worried

for friends, family and Larry’s clients.

A good friend of mine has passed away.

Her visitation and service is later this week.

At times like these,

Life seems so tense….

I am thankful for my faith.

{and the Lords Prayer}

Our Father who art in heaven….

I love you.


There are Times

It is a beautiful Friday Morning in Texas.

Bill Withers is  singing Lean on Me

on my favorite radio station {from Dublin, IE}


Last night, Larry and I drove 1 1/2 hours to meet

fiends for dinner in Lindale Texas.

We had the best time, laughing and visiting.


Three weeks ago, we were in London.

We stayed on a mews,

that had been renovated into flats.

We loved our flat in the mews.

We had a picnic in front of our flat  one evening

{plus a chess game}

and it was awesome.

Shall I apologize for feeling nostalgic?

There are times,

when I realize that a special moment  has sped by to fast.

Honoring a special moment is like engraving it into your heart…

Yes, and Larry won the chess game at our London picnic.

Happy weekend.

Love you more  than candy.





Every Other Day

Yesterday, I went to the local garden nursery.

The tables were close to empty


the plants that were there, were half dead.

I went to the house plant section


picked out a sick, thirsty plant.

Chocolate Soldier Information

I remembered this plant from years at the Flower shop.

It was one of my bosses favorite plants.

It is an  Episcia cupreata. A Chocolate  Soldier.

It is from the same family as an African Violet…..and it is getting happier.

I will water it every other day


in a week or two, I will transplant it into a sweet little pot.

Plants and people,

with a little care, everything thrives.

I wish you a day filled with love and nurture.

Love you beyond the moon.




I Am Not The Only One Around

Yesterday was a strange day

and last night I woke around two o’clock

and could not go back to sleep.

I am tired of having a cold,

100 degree days,

eating  dinner out at restaurants,

missing Libby Pug Dog,

inconsiderate people,

and feeling sad.

Spicy list, huh?

Random fact: I love spices and spice jars,

I am not a fan of dramatic {spicy} days

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed and sad?

Thank you for listening.

You all are awesome,

I get notes from many of you,

sharing feelings, thoughts, ideas….

I love knowing that I am not the only sad~sac around.

Happy Wednesday fellow sad~sacs!

I love you more than candy.