On Top Of The Mountain

Two days ago, on Sunday morning,

Jami came over for a visit.

I was glad for the visit, that morning, when I woke up

all I could think about

was my Uncle Bruce….distraction! I needed distraction!

Jamison brought her dogs and we sat out on the garden,

enjoying the morning and having tea.

At one point, Cooper, her Golden Retriever acted a bit strange.

{she kept looking to the sky}

It is like she saw something…Jami got a great picture of the moment.

We had such a good visit, and after Jami went home

My Larry and I had errands to do.

You know, the dreaded Wall Mart on Sunday errands.

It is then we found it.

Bruce’s Flag.

This is our favorite flag….it is good fabric, embroidered stars and each stripe is sewn. Sometimes it is difficult to find this brand.

***

Each year, at the beach, Larry and I take a special hike.

we call it :The Uncle’s Hike.

At the top of the mountain, an hour into the hike,

is a lean-to.

We have a picnic,

and

then tack a flag to the side of the shed, with a note.

The note and the flag are left for a veteran,

in honor of my Beloved Uncle Bruce.

Bruce was a Veteran also.

So each year, we leave a flag at the top of the mountain

in memory of one of the greatest men I have ever known.

I must mention, on the note, I include my email address.

Who ever takes the flag, is welcome to write to me.

All 5 years, I have heard back from the recipient of the flag.

{how awesome is that?}

Here is Larry with last years flag…and the note…

before we headed down the mountain.

***

I wish you special moments of closeness.

Just like having tea in the garden or thinking about my Uncle Bruce.

Love you and special moments.

Me

Sunday Dinner And…….

The past week had been a bit difficult,

and to be honest,

staying home this weekend, gave me a sweet calm.

I cooked dinner and dessert.

The process made me feel amazingly centered.

Menu:

Garlic Parmesan Chicken

No Name Potatoes {my own recipe with herbs from the garden}

Steamed Green Beans

Dessert: Larry”s Favorite Fudge Pie

***

Here is the food line in our kitchen.

Yes, well, we make do. Wink.

Larry opened my favorite wine with dinner.

Dinner was comfort food. Perfection.

We watched, not a movie but, Z.

Z is a series by Amazon, free on Prime,

and

is the story is Zelda Sayer, F Scott’s true love.

Last year, while on holiday, I took a walk and

 and

found myself out-side of Gertrude Stein’s Paris apartment.

 Feeling inspired, happy and a little bit crazy.

It is true. I love the story,

I love the characters and the ART inspires me.

AND…it was amazing. Simply amazing.

Sunday dinner and Z. I had that inspired feeling again!

Ahhhhh.

Happy Monday.

Love you.

Me

I Spent Her Money

Last year, my most amazing dog  and best friend, {Libby}

made some money.

A bank in Southern CA

used 3 seconds of a video I made of her, for their commercial.

When the check came in I cashed it and carried the entire

amount in my wallet.

That was  one year ago.

I have carried that money for one year,

hoping to find something meaningful as a remembrance.

Libby will be 16 in a few weeks and has been ill.

Today I found what I had been looking for.

I cried when I saw it.

This statue is in honor of Libby.

Made by Lladro, a retired  piece titled

“Dogs Best Friend”

***

I felt, as long as I had Libby’s money in my wallet,

nothing could happen to her.

She has had a difficult few weeks

 and today I spent her money.

All deals are off Sweet Libby Luna.

Do what you need to do.

I love you so much.

Me.

Grilled Pork Wraps~Chef Valentine

Since my health issues, I have been having trouble with my weight.

Weight Watchers has been my life-saver.

I have gained a few pounds, but the program is helping me

stay in a safe zone, while I take meds that are saving my life.

Last Sunday, I made

GRILLED PORK WRAPS

It is a wonderful recipe from my new

Weight Watchers Cookbook.

Larry picked out the recipe and it was superb.

6 Smart points per serving

and

261 calories per serving.

The flavor is amazing, we cannot wait to make it again.

GRILLED PORK WRAPS

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

3/4 teaspoon salt

 3/4 pound pork tenderloin trimmed and cut into 1/2 thick slices

2 cups packaged cole slaw

1/2 cup diced pineapple

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 green onion sliced

4 large wheat tortillas

***

Combine 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon oil, oregano, garlic powder, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt in zip loc bag.

Stir to mix well. Add pork and close bag, turn about 5 times to coat well.

Put into fridge.

Let marinate, over-night or 2 hours.

Combine coleslaw mix, pineapple, cilantro, scallion, remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice and remaining 1 tablespoon oil

and salt in bowl. Mix well, set aside.

Spray pan with Pan and place on medium heat.

Place pork in pan and brush with remaining marinade.

Cook pork about 5 min each side depending on size.

Let rest for 3 min.

Divide pork evenly between tortillas

top with 1/2 cup slaw.

TIP

I put my slaw on first…

I cannot tell you how wonderful this taste profile is.

 261 calories per wrap!

and 6 Smart points!

Pork Wraps is on next weeks menu, with a green salad.

***

I am missing weigh-in today….have an appointment,

but this afternoon,  I hope to get a 3 mile walk in.

Healthy, healthy, healthy.

Till next time.

Valentine

Ready

It feels like rain outside.

I sat on the patio for about an hour this morning,

listening to the birds and daydreaming about my day.

I have always loved sitting on the patio of The Cottage.

This time of year especially.

{Spring! Glorious spring!}

I remember Lauren and Jami joining me when they were little

and

sometimes my Mother would come over to visit.

She would sit at the table, cigarette in hand, ash-tray nearby.

We have lived in The Cottage for a long time….

and have such lovely memories.

Now, spring 2017.

I am ready to create, celebrate, travel and love.

What about you? Are you ready?

Love you.

Me

Unsocial Media

I honestly cannot decide if it is a matter of

age or manners.

What is UP with people who nag-nag-nag you for friendship

on Social Media?

{yes, you know who they are and they are not part of your life}

Ok, so after deleting their request 4 times and  then ignoring  it ,

you accept their invitation for friendship.

AND

They do not say hi! How are you? Kiss my foot?

No.

There are a few people who I consciously moved away from in my life.

Why on earth would I allow them

to see all of my postings and personal messages?

One person who I have known from High School,

is all over Larry and myself because she wants to travel to Europe with us.

{this woman is quite inappropriate with my married husband}

Nope darlin’, that is not happening.

What about the family member who treated you like shit {excuse my French}

because my family was angry at me?

Righttttttttt.

Social media has made things very easy

for wonderful people to re-connect.

It has also made it easy for the leaches in the family

and flirty old friends to worm their into your life

so they can once again take advantage.

I am sorry. I am not that old Robin any more.

{Therapy was awesome}

You want to have more family to worship you?

Fine.

You want a good looking man to flirt with and touch

because you are alone?

Okay.

I am guessing that you will have to find someone else

who you have not talked to in 15 years.

Good luck with that.

Sign me, Unsocial .

Love you.

Me

Lavender and Tickseed

The build up for Easter was intense this year

and

then, it was over so quickly.

I feel a little sad about that.

The good thing is, that if I want it to…..

Easter can live in my heart all year long.

***

My Larry works very hard.

When he works from the house,

{no outside meetings}

He will work straight from 7 am to 7 pm.

The good news is that he is drinking more water.

The bad news is,

I have to nag him  {like an old fish-wife}

to step away from his desk for a break.

Yesterday, he took me to the local gardens at his lunch hour.

His idea! YEY!

We came home and he planted what we bought.

It was wonderful.

When I came home from the hospital last month,

Larry used the fine ART of Zen Rock Balancing

stacking a few treasured rocks next to the gazebo.

It is a sweet calm place now…and it was a priceless gift for me.

Yesterday he planted

Coreopsis grandiflora {Tickseed} Isn’t that a yucky name?

and

Lavender plants, near the Zen rocks.

On his lunch hour!

I sat in the gazebo and watched.

As he planed the last plant…it started raining.

It was time for him to get back to work anyway,

but what a lovely lunch with my Larry.

The good thing is,

it will live in my heart forever.

Love you beyond the Tickweed plants.

Me

Holy Picnic Robin

Happy Good Friday.

It is a spectacular morning in Texas.

My heart is filled with…

I am not sure what it is filled with,

 I am content and joyful.

***

Last evening,

Larry and I bundled up a picnic

and went to the Dallas Arboretum.

A couple of thousand people, came also,

to see a James Taylor cover band .

After all that Champagne, it could have been the REAL JT.

We had a lovely evening, drinking Champagne

and

being together.

***

This week-end is packed with Easter awesomeness.

Be safe, be content and remember

He is Risen.

Much Easter love to you.

Me

Memories, Blessings and Faith

One year ago, Lars, Josh and Matilda were in France.

We missed them very much and I was homesick to be with them.

This year has gone by very fast.

I wish someone would slow things down.

*****

Yesterday we had the best appointment with Dr S,

of course we discussed Libby the entire time,

 remembering that my pug girl is getting older

and going forward will be with her age of 16 in mind.

I took this photo of Libs years ago

and

it is my favorite.

She has my vintage necklace on and it makes me smile.

***

Today is Maundy Thursday.

Today represents the last supper Jesus had with his disciples.

This holy week is my favorite of the entire year.

There is something so positive in the rebirth of Jesus

and

of Spring.

Christmas Roses~ Karen and John Cox sent us the most beautiful flowers for Christmas. I saved the roses for Holy week, remembering that things do not die. They live in our hearts forever.

 

I wish you positive thoughts,

joy,

love

and

many blessings.

Happy Easter.

Love you.

Me.

But Here It Is

Wednesday crept up slowly behind me.

I knew it was coming, but did not expect it,

but here it is.

Isn’t it funny how that happens?

Being distracted can be a blessing and a curse.

***

Yesterday, My Larry and I gave in….

instead of having a special Tuesday Dinner and Movie,

we ate Mexican food in bed and watched the movie Frida.

Larry had never seen it. I have seen it a few times.

{will explain later why I wanted him to see it now}

He liked the movie very much.

***

Libby slept, front and center, during dinner and a movie.

Frida did not impress her in the least.

We heard from Libby’s Dr yesterday.

Dr S said, that Libby is experiencing kidney failure.

Her kidney failure numbers are high,{from Monday’s blood work}

but Libby is eating, wetting, drinking water

and all things old girl puppies do on a regular basis.

We have another appointment with Dr S today.

Larry and I will leave Libby at home and visit with the DR.

***

Thank you for the sweet comments here on Blog.

Your thoughts and support means the world to both Larry and myself.

{ I read all notes and messages out loud to him}

Last night, Larry was standing in the bedroom doorway.

He was holding Libby in his arms and said:

This is why 16 years ago I told you, no more dogs.

He smiled and then said:

I am sure glad that you did not listen to me.

I am glad that it  is Wednesday.

Love you beyond the blessings known as our pets.

Me