Dinner In Austin

On Thursday, My Larry and I got up very early and drove to San Antonio. He had meetings and I had my knitting. After his meetings, Instead of staying in San Antonio, we drove back to Austin where we checked into our favorite little hotel.

Sweet, wonderful, Larry. He said that if I kept him company on the trip, he would take me to dinner at my favorite restaurant in Austin for dinner

That is exactly what we did. Our hotel is a few blocks from the restaurant. It is a nice walk in downtown Austin, Texas to and from dinner.

Photo:Dinner in Austin

Are you ready for a brand new year? I think that I am,

Have a happy, wonderful day….it is Sunday dinner and movie day!

Love you,



As I prepare for 2018, I reflect on this past year.

It was great and awful

and  is ending on a funky note.

photo: I bring a leaf home from France each year. This year, I brought two.

So much kindness has been shown to Larry and I this year,

it takes my breath away.

I have ALWAYS said:

People treat you the way they feel about you.

Thank you for that.

You know who you are, who have touched our hearts

We are better people for knowing you.

As I think about this….

to the people who have been

rude, snide, argumentative and  disrespectful.

I forgive you.

I am sorry that you have such a hard heart….

I really have nothing to say to you, sorry.

Ready for a confession?

I have been resisting these donuts for 24 hours.

Stand back….I am headed to the kitchen right now….

Love you for taking the time to read my words.


It Looked Like Fun

ART by Matilda

Last Saturday,

we went to see, Josh, Lauren, Matilda and Ellie  Puppy.

It was a beautiful day and we had lunch outside.

The funny thing is, out of the 22 photos I took,

They are all of Matilda and Ellie.

I am turning into


Matilda and new Gnome from Paris

Action shot!

I am not sure what these three were up to


It looked like fun.

Special moments come in all sorts of packages.

I feel so blessed to , be here for happy, fun ,  family moments.

Life is pretty awesome.

{even when I am missing Libby Pug Dog like crazy}

Love you.




Perhaps I Can

It was a lovely weekend.

We worked around the house,

met  friends, Karen & John for dinner on Saturday


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


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.



Just a Question

Good Morning.It is super quiet in the house…

and my brain has been a bit agitated.

Let me explain.

My love for history is well known

and because of this, I have one question. Maybe two.

When the time comes to tear down George Washington’s statue

{and it will happen, because he owned slaves}

will tearing it down, change history in any way?

The ARTist’s work will have been damaged beyond repair


after the immediate adrenaline  rush,

the persons who brought it down,

are going to have the same old history to contend with.

I was wondering if the destruction is worth it?

Where is all of this hate coming from?

Love you.





Happy 6th Birthday Matilda


In the past decade, I have had a few life changing moments.

Being disowned by  a parent,

having breast cancer,

losing a beloved canine companion.

But, with out a doubt, having granddaughter Matilda in our lives,

makes everything RIGHT…if you know what  I mean.

There is something about the continuation of life/generations

that reminds us that all of the other stuff in our lives,

 does not matter.

It does not matter at all.

So, here is to My Girl.

Today she turns 6 years old.

Happy Birthday Ma Cherie

4 days old, with Champagne. Photo by Larry


Thoughtful, curly headed angel…..look at her tiny feet!


This thoughtful girl is the definition of  all things good to me.

She is Love, family, Inspiration and joy

all wrapped into one sweet girl.

Happy Birthday sweet girl.

May all your dreams come true.

Love you beyond the moon.



This, Our Wonderful Country

I woke up this morning to Good Morning America on  the TV.

There was a lot of rude discussion and innuendo.

You might notice that I do not usually share my political views online.

{why would I? Would you change your mind to agree with me?  I think not}

After listening  to George Stephanopoulos for 15 min. I sighed.

It must have been a loud sigh

Because Larry said:

Well, that is  12 minutes we will never get back.

All of this political fighting has been going on for decades.

I have been watching a documentary series called The Roosevelt’s on Netflix.

It is well done and enlightening.  Two thumbs up.


There are hungry people in our communities.

People who need donor organs or blood.

There are so many things to put our energy toward.

This, is our wonderful country and there is no other place like it.

Lets  just remember what is important

God Bless America

Love you.






Birthdays and Anniversaries

Many moments of my life are golden.

Lovely, golden moments of joy and love.

Today we celebrate the birth of Lauren Judith Tolbert Miller.

Born April 2, on a sunny afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee.

She was a good baby, kind child, headstrong teenager and is an amazing adult.

I thank God every day for her.

Lauren Paris

For her birthday, I wish her only days filled with positive energy


to be surrounded by people who adore her.

Happy birthday Lars. I Love you beyond the moon.


On April 2nd, we also celebrate the marriage of Lars and Josh.

In 2005 we all met in Mexico.

{30 of us!)

to witness as they promised to love each other forever.

This is my favorite photo from the ceremony.


Happy Anniversary Lars and Josh.

The two of you are a great team


so very important in my life.

Love you.


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