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The Red Silk Thread

Yesterday I had a bla day.

Larry had meetings that went late

and although I had many things to do,

I just sat at my work table, knitting and watching Netflix.

{do you know who Monty Don is?

his current gardening series is now on Netflix!}

Sooooo,

today I have made a list.

It is my “Today List”

A friend who had cancer  once told me,

If you write a list each day,

of the things that you would like to accomplish

and check off  what you do get done,

Photo: The list is on there, somewhere!

you will be pleased with yourself,

even if you do only one thing on the list.

Photo: Formal skirt and top await hemming….

Today there is mail to write,

and a formal to finish.

I must hem the skirt and top with temperamental

red silk thread that knots and tangles easily

if you even look at it with a frown!

There are four miles to walk and

someones {Larry} birthday gifts to wrap.

I started knitting a sweater while in France

and

would like to have it finished

for a holiday brunch on the 22nd of Dec.

The list is full of creative things…

YES! I can get it knocked out…

Dear wonderful Readers.

what is on your list today?

Love you beyond that crazy red silk thread.

Me

Yes, I Cried Too

First of all, I would like to thank Lauren Miller

for making Word Press my

number one blog once again.

{she FIXED IT!!!}

I am so happy. WP is  my favorite!!!!

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In the past weeks, strange little things have been happening.

Larry chuckles and says: You just have jet lag.

Today, my phone was a bit stubborn.

I left it at my work table while I took a bath

and when I returned,

it had gone into airplane  mode on its own. {how? why?}

I then had to find a recipe at the shelves,

when I returned and opened  my phone

….Sweet Mitzu’s face was on the screen. {how? Why?}

Photo: Mitzu was Matilda, Lauren & Josh’s pug dog. She has been gone 2 1/2 years now.

 

When Lauren called on her way to Target….

she told me that this morning,

Matilda was  missing Mitzu very badly.

{she cried while on the way to school}

When I told her about Mitzu’s  photo,

she was surprised….like I was.

How wonderful is it that funny little things happen during our day?

Things that remind us, inspire us, support us and most of all, send us love?

Can you hear me sigh?

I loved Mitzu Pug Dog. I miss her very much.

Yes. I cried too.

Love you.

Me

Brain Or Heart?

He bought me PJ’s.

They are cuddly and cute,

but most of all they are warm.

Photo: New Pajamas-for me! Do you see the heart? {Nordstrom}

Where in our brain or heart, is thoughtfulness located?

Why are some  people more thoughtful than others?

I am married to a selfless, thoughtful man.

I want to be more like him.

Is there someone special in your life

who you would like to be more like?

Have you told them?

Love you.

Me

What About You?

Larry and I talked about yesterdays blog ….

and 

I thought it would be best if I shared a little bit about myself,

a few things that I believe make me who I am.

*****

Portrait by Granddaughter Matilda

I married the love of my life in 1977.

I am 64 years old, love my age and life.

I was sexually attacked one year and one month after I married Larry.

I am the middle of three daughters.

I have two daughters and one granddaughter.

I am a Christian and each morning, I read a devotional.

I consider myself an ARTist because I sell my paintings.

My Mothers death was a profound time in my life.

My father disinherited me, saying that I did not RSVP a party in time.

My Sisters are not in my life. {See above}

My Larry is my best friend and love.

I most likely will never own another dog.

My celebrity crush is Van Morrison.

My favorite song {one of 4 favorites} is Celtic New Year

Link to Celtic New Year

It makes me happy to be creative.

Rude people make me very angry.

I am a breast cancer survivor.

Please do not assume  we are friends. {I learned a lot from my sisters}

I have the BEST friends in the world and they know who they are.

I love my simple life.

I love my family.

I believe that if you smile, just smile, you can touch someones soul.

I think that I am about finished.

What about you? What makes you, you?

Love you.

Me

To Know You

Photo: 6 of my 75 Bitters Bottles. Do you know I collect bitters bottles?

I am always ashamed at what I do not know about someone.

Being an empathetic person has always been a goal….

but I am ashamed to admit that

my energy sometimes over-rules my

“getting to know you” gene.

*****

I was texting with a friend last week

and learned something about her I had never known.

{and I have known her for over ten years}

I felt ashamed and made a promise to myself

that in the future,

I will be more observant and listen better.

Is there  something about you that people do not know?

No deep, dark secret, just a sweet fact that makes you who you are?

Love you.

Me

Dear Karen~ Oh, The Gift

Dear Karen.

Larry ran across the parking lot

waving the gift and yelling: Stop! Stop!

But, you  and John were gone.

I am so sorry that I forgot all about it.

Photo: Karen’s Gift

I was thinking about our dinner with you and John

and it certainly was a gift to us.

Did the visit go fast or was it my imagination?

Do you know what else was a gift?

That DESSERT! Oh My GOSH.

Photo: Mandarin Orange cake

I am off to the Mailing Room to mail your gift!

Love you.

Me

 

The Visitor

Photo: Sunrise At the Lake.  Exercising.

On warm mornings at the lake,

I concentrate on walking very fast.

Some mornings, on the West side of the lake,

between two trees,

hundreds of dragonflies fly above my head.

Hundreds.

 I always stop to watch their dance.

I have never seen so many dragonflies in one place before

and

this has happened about 4 different times over the summer.

Please don’t give me a scientific explanation,

a friend sent this to me. This is what I believe….

I wonder who visited me  this summer?

What do YOU believe?

Love you.

Me

New Adventures

Photo: by robin: Paris Picnic With My Larry 2017

Last week, my old red point and shoot camera died.

Needless to say,

I am cleaning out the photo card

{photo above was on the card}

and

getting ready for a new camera.

Larry picked out the  camera

and

said it would be delivered today.

I am a bit sad to lose Old Red

but looking forward to  creative adventures with

a new camera.

Besides, I ADORE Amazon deliveries.

Love you.

Me

Blooming Again

Photo: Painting: Blooming Again by robin tolbert

Sometimes, life takes our breath away.

The sun shines differently

and

promises become wishes.

Friendship becomes a reality, or not.

Colors change, songs make you angry or cry.

Love becomes a blanket that circles you as you struggle.

Then when it is over,

you will find that you are BLOOMING AGAIN…..

Love you.

Me

P’s and Q’s Snack Mix~Chef Valentine

Due to the many requests for the snack mix

posted yesterday,

here is the recipe for my P’s and Q’s Snack Mix.

P’s and Q’s Snack Mix

ingredients

4 cups Honey Nut Cheerios

2 cups pretzel minis or sticks

2 cups Cheeze-its

1 cup Wasabi peas

1 cup unsalted peanuts

1 3oz package Ramen Noodle soup

{noodles crushed and save the flavor packet for later}

1 stick butter

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

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*Preheat oven to 300 degrees

*Line baking baking pan with parchment paper

{I use a jelly roll pan}

*In a large bowl, combine:

   Cereal

   Pretzels

   Cheeze-its

   Wasabi Peas

   Peanuts

   Crushed  ramen noodles

*In a  small pan, melt 1 stick of butter

add ramen seasoning and Parmesan

*pour over snack mixture and toss well to coat.

*Spread on baking sheet.

*Bake 15-20 min till cheese melts

*Cool and serve. {or package as gifts.}

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I gave one jar away as a gift and Larry has been enjoying his jar.

{Larry’s is half gone!}

It received great reviews

and

watching people scarf it down is the best compliment of all!

Enjoy  and till next time.

Valentine