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Sabine and Phillippe

While in Paris……

Larry and I had dinner with friends Sabine & Philippe.

What can I say?

The evening was filled with conversation, laughter, photos

excellent food, plans for our next dinner and happiness.

Joyeux Noël  to our friends in France.

Sending you holiday cheer and blessings.

Love,

Robin & Larry

 

Organic Moments At The Sea

Larry and I are home from Florida.

It was beautiful and  I needed the sea.

{this weeks song is based on my trip}

Organic moments in the water were as  refreshing as a massage.

My Larry’s company hosted a costumer event

and

I tagged along.

We rented cabana #14.

 

I loved cabana time.

 

When Larry went to the elevator, I could see him from our room.

{on a rainy afternoon at the beach. I stayed in the room and read}

 

I splurged on my diet.

 

Sunset views from our room were  perfection.

Abstract days at the beach allow you to come home refreshed and happy.

Now, onward to HALLOWEEN!

BOOOOOOO!

Love you.

Me.

 

 

Autographs And Aging

We have been blessed by having many friends join us

this summer for brunches and dinners.

During the process of visiting and eating,

guests autograph the tablecloth.

Yes, yes, I know that it has been posted about before

but….

Larry and I were talking….

If anything should happen to us,

would our daughters or anyone, even care about this piece of ART?

So many hours stitching names and dates…..

It sucks getting old.

Age makes me think about things like this.

Love you beyond my signature.

Me

 

 

 

Chicken Tacos Perfection~ Chef Valentine

Chef Valentine’s Chicken Tacos Perfection

INGREDIENTS

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 rotisserie chicken shredded {about ½ pound}

½ packet {or entire packet if you like} Old El Paso taco seasoning

½ onion, diced

1 {14 oz} can diced tomato {important-well drained}

1 {4 oz} can Old El Paso chopped green chilies

12 Old El Paso crunchy taco shells

1 can Ortega can refried beans

2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

***

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat olive oil in medium skillet.

Add onion and cook for 5 min.

To onions, add chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes and chilies.

Stir well and cook on low-med for about 10 min.

Line 13 X 9” baking dish with foil. {do not spray with pam}

{the foil keeps your tacos crisp while baking}

Place taco shells in baking dish, standing up.

Spoon 1 Tablespoon beans into the bottom of each shell.

Then top with the chicken mixture.

Top with all of the cheese.

Bake for 12-15 min till shells are browned and cheese melted.

Remove from oven.

Add your favorite taco toppings.

We like sour cream, salsa and Jalapeños

We paired this with red wine. AND IT WAS WONDERFUL

Salsa, chips and a salad.

This my favorite new recipe.

I predict that is will be a favorite old recipe soon.

Please enjoy.

Till next time,

Valentine

 

What A Weekend

On Saturday, we watched Matilda play soccer

and

visited friends at the Gunter, Texas School carnival.

 

Then….Sunday was wonderful, happy and sad.

the sky looked like Autumn.

 

We went to the Dallas FT Worth Pug Rescue

Pug-O-Ween celebration.

{this is where we would bring LIbby each year in costume}

Lauren, Josh and Matilda  were there

and

so were Dima, Levi, Ayah and Salma.

We had fun watching all of the PUGS in costume.

 

Larry and I  came home, and enjoyed Sunday Dinner and Movie.

We had chicken tacos {recipe tomorrow} Salsa, and watched BEGUILED.

That CRAZY movie. I kept thinking that it was boring, then things heated up.

CRAZY.

Then…. I had a reflexology appointment with Larry

and then off to bed.

I had started the weekend arguing with someone dear to me.

It weighed heavy on my heart the entire weekend.

Don’t you hate that?

Have a lovely day.

I love you beyond the beautiful autumn sky.

Me

 

 

GUEST BLOGGER TODAY~ Larry Tolbert

 

COURAGE AND COMMITTMENT

 

On August 20, Rob and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary. We also took a moment to celebrate Rob’s Five Year cancer-free and that was a celebration I will remember for the rest of my life! In November, we will take time to recognize November 10 , 2012 – the day Dr. Jett and the heart team at Baylor saved Josh Miller’s life – and celebrate life, true love, and family.

So much of our time here on Earth is marked by holidays, celebrations, and special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Yesterday, October 8, our daughter Jami should have been celebrating her One Year Wedding Anniversary. Unfortunately, ten days before the wedding, her fiancé, Jared, ran out….just “disappeared” without explanation or consideration.

I would like to say he had a change of heart, cold feet, as that would at least make it a little easier to understand, but as they are still living together, a change of heart just doesn’t seem to fit. We may never know what drove him to back away from the ceremony, the commitment, in such a cowardly manner. Perhaps it is not ours to know, but this much I do know – Jami has a heart of gold and the courage of a lion. When faced with such incredibly heart-breaking adversity, she kept her focus and took care of business with courage, commitment, integrity, and deep abiding love.

She deserves someone who shares that same level of devotion and commitment to the relationship and I hope someday she finds that person. We have not seen Jared since we delivered his birthday gift last September 2016 prior to the wedding date so I cannot say if during this year he has grown, matured, to be someone to share such a sacred bond of trust and love with our daughter. In as much as we have not seen him or heard from him tells me all I need to know.

***

Larry requested to be guest blogger today….

Thank you for stopping by during your busy day.

Love you.

Me

Perhaps I Can

It was a lovely weekend.

We worked around the house,

met  friends, Karen & John for dinner on Saturday

and

went to the country for dinner last night.

There was a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a 2 month old

{the 4 year old and the 2 month old are the

children of Lauren and Josh’s best friends}

at dinner.

I loved it.

I sat on the patio for hours,

enjoying the air,

the sounds of children,

delicious food

and

watching my family in the early autumn night.

I was very thankful.

Matilda held baby Salma.

***

This morning I hold Las Vegas in my heart and prayers.

After my wonderful  evening, last night,

I find it difficult to imagine such hate.

Where does a hard heart come from?

Today, perhaps I can do one kind thing

for someone who is angry or down or just needs a smile,

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

 

Days Of September

Yesterday was odd.

I worked on Christmas gifts,

Prayed for the victims of 9/11,

Reminisced about adopting Libby Pug Dog

the week after the Twin Tower disaster.

{16 years ago}

{Libby’s AKC name is 

Elizabeth’s Stormy Liberty}

I am tired of odd days….

I am looking forward to

halloween decorations,

the Texas State fair,

dinner at the fire pit

and

you know….

that happy feeling that comes in Autumn.

I shall be patient.

***

I forgot to post about Sunday dinner.

We had it on Saturday last weekend,

because Grandparents Day was on Sunday.

I made a chicken pot pie.

Awesome baking dish from Aggie!

It was delicious.

***

Off I go, in to Tuesday morning.

It is absolutely beautiful outside this morning.

I am inspired  and humbled.

Lionel Richie is singing – YOU ARE

Looks like it is going to be a great day.

Enjoy.

Love you.

Me

Bees

What is it  that attracts rudeness in people?

Do they do it on purpose or is it in reaction to something?

Is rudeness born in people or do they acquire it?

How much effort does it take to be kind?

I apologize  if I precipitated their rudeness,

I did not do it on purpose… but if they have a bee up the butt,

please do not take it out on me.

That feels awesome to say instead of holding it in.

*****

Love you.

Me.