A Charming Thanksgiving

Photo: Thanksgiving 2018

On the way to Thanksgiving dinner, in the taxi, I pulled my phone out and checked messages.  

It was on my Facebook, that I saw an unfortunate posting from a friend.

It is there and then,  that I deleted my account.

{I will always remember deleting my account.

Please find me on Instagram!}

We have been to le Grand Colbert before.

It is charming, light, happy and the food is delicious.

Photo: Inside le Grand Colbert


Larry and I ended up having the best Thanksgiving dinner ever.

{and I did not have to prepare it}

PHOTO: My roasted chicken.

My chicken half was brought to me, in a lovely copper pan….

I cut pieces off for my plate as I enjoyed the dinner.

Larry had the duck and perhaps we enjoyed our selves to much.

PHOTO: Larry’s duck and our wine….

No. One can never enjoy himself to much, oui?

After dinner, our waiter helped me on with my coat

and

the manager kissed my hand as we left the restaurant.

It was a charming Thanksgiving evening.

Please do not anyone’s selfish motives ruin your sunny attitude.

Life is to short for that.

Merde. Now I am homesick for  Pareeeee

Love you.

Me

The Music Box

One cold winter, Larry bought  me a sweet gift.

It was when Lauren lived in California

and

Jami was active duty Air Force, far away.

I was missing them very much and felt quite alone.

The Music Box was a gift of love.

I think of that time each year when Larry brings out the box.

But this year is different…

The music and skaters, make me feel nostalgic and quiet.

The box is one of very few decorations we put out now

and it is the most important.

Things are always changing

and

many things stay the same…

The one thing  I would like,

is to feel the same way about Christmas

that I felt when my Girls were young.

That’s  all.

Love you,

Me

Moments To Remember

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

We have known his family for 20 years

and

they own the BEST Italian Bistro at Place de Republic.

Bruno helps at the Bistro

and

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.

Me

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!!!!

***

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

In Times Of Great Distraction

In times of great distraction…..

I feel blessed that my adventures have taken me far away.

Photo: by Robin-London 2017. The Mews where we stayed

 

Breathe

by~robin tolbert

 

The air is filled with hope.

Breathing in and out

fills the heart.

 

Accepting the moments.

Knowing that His will

be done.

 

Love, joy and strength.

Keeping the  heart full

of all things good.

*****

Joy is part of my life.

It has  ALWAYS  been part of my life.

I apologize  if you cannot feel it through your screen.

There are people who are only voyeurs in my life…

That is ok,  but please do me a favor?

If you only know me  from the blog,

don’t judge to harshly.

We all do the best we can…..

Love you.

Me

The Sea Glass

I have not been sleeping  well.

so, I have been working.

Yesterday I took sea glass that I found on Kaua’i

{ brought the pieces of glass home in a little bag

and drilled holes in the smooth pieces}

and made a necklace.

This is my design.

The fun thing is, I get to work

color, beads and glass from the sea.

Happy things.

The materials I use are so lovely they make me smile.

This necklace is for a good friend

who is thoughtful and nurturing.

She lived in Houston and has been stung,

along with the rest of us,

by this unreal disaster named Hurricane Harvey.

Today is the day to let your loved ones

and friends, know how much you care.

Well, at least, that is my plan.

Love you beyond the sea glass…..

Me.

Prayers and Promises

Yesterday, I made a Key Lime Pie.

It was good, Larry loved it.

Today is a crazy, busy day,

and

I promise that tomorrow, Chef Valentine

will have the recipe posted.

***

I am struggling this week.

I still have the last of my chest cold hanging on.

The flooding in Texas has me anxious and worried

for friends, family and Larry’s clients.

A good friend of mine has passed away.

Her visitation and service is later this week.

At times like these,

Life seems so tense….

I am thankful for my faith.

{and the Lords Prayer}

Our Father who art in heaven….

I love you.

Me

There are Times

It is a beautiful Friday Morning in Texas.

Bill Withers is  singing Lean on Me

on my favorite radio station {from Dublin, IE}

***

Last night, Larry and I drove 1 1/2 hours to meet

fiends for dinner in Lindale Texas.

We had the best time, laughing and visiting.

***

Three weeks ago, we were in London.

We stayed on a mews,

that had been renovated into flats.

We loved our flat in the mews.

We had a picnic in front of our flat  one evening

{plus a chess game}

and it was awesome.

Shall I apologize for feeling nostalgic?

There are times,

when I realize that a special moment  has sped by to fast.

Honoring a special moment is like engraving it into your heart…

Yes, and Larry won the chess game at our London picnic.

Happy weekend.

Love you more  than candy.

Me