The World Is Yours~ Sunday Dinner And A Movie 

Where did this week go? I had forgotten to post Sunday, Dinner and Movie, so here it is today.

I made chicken quesadillas.

They were wonderful. We enjoyed them with Larry’s Veg soup.

Dinner was excellent. I think that we drank diet Ginger Ale with the meal.

Our movie was French….Le Monde est à toi (The World Is Yours) It was ok but the quesadillas were the hit of the meal. Larry gives the left overs two thumbs up! They were SO GOOD that I might keep the recipe secret!

Happy Friday! Have the best weekend.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

Christopher’s Prayer

I was journaling this morning, and thought that I might share the story here. It is extremely personal and I hope that you do not mind.

Photo: My Journal

This event happened exactly 3 years ago, next week and I learned a tremendous lesson from the events.

On the Friday afternoon,(2019) I was walking around Bob Woodruff lake with Larry. It was the most beautiful October day. The lake was calm and we were chattering about nothing, just enjoying being together. Then my phone rang. It was one of my DRs, a radiologist whom I have known since 2012 when she diagnosed my first breast cancer. Here she was again. She asked if I was sitting down…my heart stopped.

A blip on the screen, from my most recent mammogram was indeed malignant. (different breast and different cancer from my first cancer episode) I had gone through the usual song and dance. Sonogram, biopsies, more mammograms and now, the diagnoses.

The next day, Saturday was dreamlike. Even now, looking back. I know that Larry was sick with worry…and we decided to just be as normal as we could muster that included going to church the next day. That is exactly what we did, although I do not remember the sermon or anything particular. This was so very different than my breast cancer in 2012. I was scared to death.

That Sunday evening was stormy. I remember my daughter Jamison calling that night to tell us that their power had gone out, husband Jared was out on duty as a Dallas Police Officer and the tornado was tracking across Dallas heading for her apartment. It was a very frightening time for her and the city.

I felt strange, how can a person worry about a tumor when tornados were tearing apart the city?

Then our power went out. A huge BOOM followed….a giant limb from the old pecan tree came flying through the guest room ceiling. The next thing I knew, Larry was outside with the ladder in the storm, tarping up the roof, with the huge limb sticking out. He looked like Michael Landon from Little House On The Prairie. I cried.

I was undone. Overwhelmed is not enough of a word.

The next morning, I told Larry that I was going to reach out to the new minister at our church. I needed to talk to someone. Larry agreed. I called the church leaving messages and texted the minister and then waited.

And waited. And waited.

Later in the day, we got in the car and drove to our insurance company’s office. We had never been to the office before, and by chance, our Insurance Agent was there. The storm had been bad and this man had been working most of the night. His name is Christopher.

Christopher was amazing. He took the time explaining everything and walked us though the steps, sharing each thing and in the order that it would happen as they would take care of our sweet cottage with the hole in the roof/ceiling. Then I totally broke down.

We found out then, that our wonderful Insurance agent is also a pastor at a community church in our city.

As we sat in his office, we held hands and prayed. I will never forget the prayer and calm that followed. This man, whom I had only met once before in my life held our hands and prayed a prayer of love, healing, strength and calm. The prayer he prayed for us still lives in my heart. I will never forget it.

So. The house started repairs and I started surgeries and cancer treatments. It was a bad time for us. I thank God every day for Larry and my daughters.

We heard that a friend of ours from church had passed away and went to the funeral.

It is then saw the minister. She shouted TOLBERTS! We have not seen you at church lately! How are you?

She had not a clue what we had been going through. We did not tell her that day, but told her later.

If I was a minister and found out that I had let someone down, when they needed me, I would apologize. But I waited.

I learned that, God is there. When you need Him, He is there. It may not be the situation as you hoped it would be but He is there. I can still feel my heart calm as Christopher, our insurance agent prayed one of the most important prayers of my life.

I also learned that, when someone reaches out, never put them off. I try to be present, in that moment.

So, as this crazy world continues to spin around, I will always try to be the prayer that someone needs.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

I Am Grateful

I am grateful for many things and try to be thankful each day. For me it is so easy to get down in the dumps and forget to be grateful.

It is believed that being grateful helps with anxiety and depression. How wonderful is it that it is that easy?

I am trying NOT to list the things that I am grateful for. They are there, I promise but sometimes, it is difficult for me to stay positive and thankful.

Below is called a gratitude chart, but I think of it as a “positive ” chart.

The world is crazy right now. Life has changed so much between the pandemic, politics and war. We hear many opinions and wonder if we should say anything? I always opt to stay silent. Even driving the car is a horrendous event. (When we are out, going somewhere, there is usually a close call with someone making a crazy driving decision without signals. I am grateful that Larry is a thoughtful driver) Does anyone care about anyone other than themselves right now? It is so easy to become introspective and not look beyond our own hearts.

What do you do to stay positive and grateful?

I only wish you smiles.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

Favorite Chocolate Pudding-Chef Valentine

Larry and I have a favorite homemade pudding. Yes it is chocolate and yes it is easy.

The photo does not do it justice, but if you are a pudding lover this pudding is for you.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup baking coca

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 cups 2% milk

2 Tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

*****

In your heaviest saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt.

Mix them well BEFORE adding milk.

Slowly add milk, stirring constantly.

Continue stirring on medium heat as you bring the mixture to a boil.

Boil and stir for 2 minutes

Remove from heat.

Stir in butter and vanilla.

Stir till butter is melted.

Pour into bowl and cover with a sheet of wax paper.

(the wax paper prevents the pudding from getting what is called a skin on top.)

Allow to come to room temperature before putting in the fridge.

We do not enjoy instant puddings… this pudding is good AND easy.

Till next time.

Valentine

Priceless

It is a sunny Monday morning in Texas. I am working on a project…a quilt project. (Churn-dash)

While working, I am watching Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on the laptop. It is quite beautiful and thoughtful.

I imagine that when I look at these quilt blocks, when they are finished, I will think of these moments.

A picture is worth a thousand words,

but a memory is priceless.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

The Beer Opener

I got my flu shot and my latest covid booster on Tuesday. The left arm is still hurting but it is ok. I will survive.

Photo: Covid booster and flu shot

When you are over 65, you can get a “super” flu shot. This is my second year for the super duper shot. It was not to bad.

This week has gone very fast and I have gotten so much done. The greeting cards are almost complete, I am cutting out a new dress, I got my shots, exercised and practiced yoga, not to mention cooking and reading.

For dinner last night I took brats out of the freezer and served them with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.

Photo: Brats and beer

During dinner, Larry and I played PENTE….I won. Better luck next time, Larry. Hehe.

Photo: Pente

We had beer with dinner. I honestly don’t remember when I had a beer last. My Stella was so good.

Photo: The beer
Photo: The treasured opener

The beer opener is something that I have always taken for granted, unless I can not find it, then it is my favorite object. It was bought around 1997 while in Paris with Larry and the girls. I don’t think that they sell them anymore. (I know because I wanted to get two for our son in laws) But I will look for them again this year as I always do.

I simply love the little things around the house that make it a “home” even when I take the item for granted. They are priceless.

It Is FRIDAY! I have music playing. (I’ve Got A Crush On You) Listening to my picnic playlist. Larry is back in his office working and at lunch we will take a break to get angel food smoothies at Smoothie King.

Happy Friday. Happy weekend.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

Stacked

I had the best day yesterday. It was beautiful outside, I went to yoga and had a very good practice and then…. I got all of the mini paintings finished. All of them!

The mini paintings are to make into cards and send from France while on holiday. They were so much fun to make, I enjoyed every bit of the experience.

Photo: 50 mini paintings on canvas. I am keeping the paintings hidden.

Larry said, are you sure that you want to put so much time into the cards this year? (I said YES!)

He asked me that because…. most of the holiday greeting cards we get are those unsigned, photo cards that seem popular with a certain age-group. I guess the sender thinks that since the card has a photo of the family, they don’t have to sign it, because we know who it is from? Don’t the senders know how rude that is? (Sorry. This is a holiday pet peeve )

I am off to glue the 50 canvases onto the card stock now…I love when a project comes together!

Have a great day.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

Namaste

It is late here and I have one foot out the door. On Wednesdays, I go to yoga. I love yoga and since my body has been through so much the past few years, it was time to start again. The yogi’s name is Andi. I like her very much as you can hear the patience in her voice. She is going to need it as I am in bad shape.

I wish you a wonderful day.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

Dating Larry

My desk is cluttered with things to be “taken care of” …My mind is set on getting everything done. Today.

Yesterday, after finding this old photo I was reminiscing. At the time, I was managing a flower shop in Bartlett Tennessee, working part time for Polaroid Camera CO, living at home and dating Larry. I think I was ready to go out with Larry in this photo.

Photo: Robin 1974

Time is a funny thing isn’t it? In my mind, I still feel like this girl in the photo, but in reality many, many years have speed past. BUT, what wonderful memories.

I wish you many happy memories today.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

Hot Dogs Cooked On The Grill

Yesterday we remembered September 11, 2001 and we said good bye to our minister as she is off to a new church in Ft Worth. The service was sentimental and tearful at times. Our church is small and we will all miss Rev Angie very much. I honestly wonder what the next part of this journey will be like?

Photo: Sunday, September 11, 2022

Larry and I had a busy weekend. I am glad that it is over.

After church, Larry and I took a drive, stopped at a TJ Maxx, then came home to make dinner.

We always eat early on Sundays. It has been like this for many years. Yesterday, I made pork tenderloin, potatoes and cauliflower and salad. Oh, and a wheat tortilla.

Photo: Sunday Dinner

We had a nice white wine and I forgot to take a photo of it…..our movie was……

Photo: Sunday movie

I LOVE this movie. Lucille Ball AND Henry Fonda. Who can ask for more?

Today is sunny with a whisper of autumn in the air. This kind of day makes me sentimental about when my daughters were small. School days and Girl Scout meetings…letting the puppy chase fallen leaves as the float in the wind and hot dogs cooked out on the grill.

I think that this (autumn) is my favorite time of year.

Love you beyond that beautiful moon.

Me