A Late Birthday Gift

I usually buy Larry’s birthday while we are away for thanksgiving each year. This year, since the trip was postponed, I never gave him a proper gift.

Until yesterday. Our Sunday dinner was planned, dessert was made and in the freezer but I was feeling restless and suggested that we go to one of my favorite Antique Malls in Dallas to just stroll through. Larry thought that it was a good idea. We bundled up and off we went.

I found Larry’s late birthday gift there. It is a painting, by a French ARTist, dated 1975 and it is a painting of Paris. Montmarte to be exact. It is old, charming and Larry loved it.

Photo: Larry propped his birthday painting on the chess board.

The ARTist signed the canvas back and dated it. Charming.

I am not sure where he is going to hang it. {in his office?} But he loves it and finally he has a birthday gift.

Birthdays are always so special, but getting a late gift keeps the celebration going. When is your favorite persons birthday?

Love you beyond the moon.


So Much More

Yesterday was utterly miserable without Larry, while he was out of town on business. I missed hearing him in his office and when he would take a break to go to the kitchen and get junk food for energy. The house was creepy, quiet all day.

Larry and I have been married 41 years. Can you imagine being with someone that long? I cannot imagine my life without him all this time. How lucky have I been?

Photo: Larry & Robin breakfast at the apartment, Paris 2018

He takes me on adventures, supports me one hundred percent, loves me unconditionally inspires my ART…..and so much, much more.

Who can ask more than that?

Hurry home my love.

Love you.


Moments To Remember

Larry and I have a good friend who lives in Paris.

We have known his family for 20 years


they own the BEST Italian Bistro at Place de Republic.

Bruno helps at the Bistro


also works at The Opera house.

This year while in Paris, Bruno invited us to an event.

Photo: Larry and Bruno solving mystery at Palais Garnier~Opera House

It was a fun event and we had to solve the mystery

by finding clues at certain locations in the Palais Garnier.

Photo: Clues to the mystery


Photo: Discovering the answers.


Photo: A sunny Sunday morning. Opera Garnier~Paris

Next year we will go to an opera , till then, I have the best memories.

{my favorite opera is La Travitia. I asked Bruno to “order it up”….he laughed.}

Love you.


It Is All In The Perspective


It is good to b e home, but…..

how can I explain my moments while in France?

Each November for many years,

escaping with the love of my life

gives me many things.

A perspective of life.



New and old friends.


So much more,

and as in the photo above,

playing chess with Larry.

{he was setting up the board}

The above photo is my photo….

the photo below is Larry’s.

Larry’s memory is different than mine.

{we had panini, crisps and wine for lunch}

The chess game was a draw.

Imagine how I could have beat him

if I had not been drinking wine.

It is all in the perspective…..

Love you beyond the moon,




Dear Al Jarreau


Dear Al Jarreau,  Last Tuesday evening, Larry and I were at the Olympia Theater in Paris with you.  You had been singing for about 8 minutes when Larry leaned over to me and said: I am hooked. The concert hall was filled with true fans, needing to hear jazz as it is/was meant to be presented. Larry held my hand and we watched you. Mesmerized.

It was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. With so much to be thankful for already, I was in awe of the absolute joy that surrounded me in the Olympia. Joy, adoration, a big band, your organic jazz, love and yes, I saw you cry.


Why is it that time goes so fast during times of shared inspiration? I hope that I will always remember that evening. You shared your ART and shared your love. What more can an ARTist do?

Merci Beaucoup M. Jarreau~Love you beyond the Moonlight. Me