Escape To Atlanta Part One

Photo: Dale Chihuly Glass at the Atlanta Arboretum~ August 17th, 2018

Last weekend, Larry and I escaped to Atlanta. It was a weekend filled with old friends and new. Inspiration at the gardens. ART and the most interesting, kind people I have met in ages.

We exercised, met friends for dinner,swam, had amazing brunch with friends, cuddled, read and watched a movie, {Love In The Afternoon} before attending a wonderful dinner party.

I will share photos, tomorrow. Today I must take care of little problems on this website, exercise and try to glam up for a dinner in town {Dallas} tonight.

The past days, I have been living in the glow of such a lovely weekend in Georgia. Since being home, we have been very busy and I honestly feel exhausted.

This morning, while in bed, waking up, I felt a tickle on my hand. I looked…and darn it, a SPIDER! Now I will feel creepy all day long. Merde. A spider.

Here is to a creepy, day filled with all things good.

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

The Anniversary Hangover

Photo: Anniversary dinner

Larry and I were married on August 20th 1977. It was a beautiful day in Richmond, VA . I married my best friend. The only person I truly want to spend every day of my life with.

For many years, we spent our anniversary at the beach, playing in the surf and eating at a local steak house for dinner.

A few years ago, we moved our annual beach trip to late in the spring. Now we are home for our anniversary! We buy a cake each year. I cook and we watch a favorite movie. {Can a celebration be any better?}

Yesterday was perfection.

Today, it is early. {not 5 am early} I am dressed to walk 5 miles at an indoor location since it is already 84 degrees outside.

I need to MOVE because I have an anniversary hangover this morning.

Have a wonderful day. I wish you a day filled with best friends and exercise…..

Love you beyond anniversary cake.

Me

Tolbert Cobbler~ Chef Valentine

I bought blueberries last weeekend. Larry and I enjoyed them very much and we had some left over. Taking the left over blueberries, I made a cobbler. {recipe given to me by Larry’s Aunt 30 years ago}

Photo: Tolbert Cobbler

Tolbert Cobbler

Igredients

2 cups fresh or frozen fruit

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 1/2 cups sugar-divided

1/2 cup butter-cubed

1 cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup whole milk

1 egg slightly beaten

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Preheat oven. 350 degrees.

In sauce pan add fruit- 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Bring to a boil and set aside.

Place butter in 7X11″ baking dish. Place in oven 5-10 min till melted. Take out of oven.

Small bowl- add 1 cup sugar, one cup flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 egg. Stir till well combined.

Pour batter over melted butter. DO NOT STIR

Spoon fruit mixture over batter. DO NOT STIR

Place in 350 degree oven and bake 35-45 minutes till golden.

You can serve this warm, at room temperature or cold. Vanilla ice cream is always a welcome topping.

When this was made for us years ago, the recipe was nowhere in sight. It was made by memory and I was so impressed. I still use the recipe…and it is still as good.

If you make this Cobbler….you will bave a wonderful day. That is a promise.

Till next time.

Valentine

Thursday Moments At The Cottage

It is 100 degrees outside today but something feels “fallish” about the day…I secretly believe that it is the school supply syndrome. Just seeing school supplies puts us in mind for Autumn. {School supplies are wonderful}

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Photo: Matilda’s Camp-Robi bag

Matilda’s Camp Robi bag needs a few patches sewn on. You are not imagining it. She has tons more patches than I do. Her Father gets them for her. {Except the poop one. I confess} I am sewing right now… one hand on the lap-top, one hand on the sewing machine. { I know that I am testing the sarcastic limits today. Forgive me? We all have very bad days-weeks-months, right?}

Sarcasm: Just one of the many services I offer.

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Lew and Debbie next door brought us a treat! It is the same plant that grows in our garden on Kaua’i. I LOVE this plant and it makes me smile when I walk into the kitchen. Thank you Debbie and Lew. You are the best next door neighbors!

Photo: Hawaiian plant from our next door neighbors

I must start sewing patches on Matilda’s bag. I promised to return it to her Saturday.

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Thursdays are the best day of the week. Please be unlike me and find someone to be kind to….

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

Remembering Gracie

Yesterday would have been my Mothers birthday. I loved Mother {Gracie} beyond belief and miss her so much that sometimes my heart hurts. She was the best Mom. When I am troubled, sometimes you can hear me whisper: I wish Momma was here.

Grace was beautiful, brilliant, kind, graceful and most of all a good listener.

Gracie died about 6 weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 1995.The day she was diagnosed, Lauren and Jami asked me to quit smoking. {I did and have not had a cigarette since June 25th, 1995} When I went to Mother and told her that I had quit smoking….what do you think that she said?

She said nothing. Nothing at all. I hope she was proud of me in some way, I know that she was struggling to deal with her cancer and life as she knew it during her last 6 weeks.

The last weekend that she was with us, I spent a huge amount of time with her. We sang songs, talked about the current Readers Digest stories, I cleaned her room {even that blasted chandelier that she had hanging in the master bed room!} and I dragged a Queen Anne chair across her bed {the only route to get it to a certain spot so that when she had visitors, they would be closer to her.} We had icecream in bed and she sent me off on errands so that she could have time with My Larry. Larry and Mother were very close.

OK. I know, you get it. I loved my Mother and she was one of the most important people in my life. {besides Larry} Sometimes a girl just has to say these things outloud.

Photo: Mother and Norman on their wedding day

Yesterday I felt very blue. The darn weather was miserable and I was missing Mother like crazy. While Larry was in town at meetings, I put Netflix on my laptop and while working on a project, I watched the first movie that came on the “feed”…it was called “Otherhood” and darned if it was not about 3 Moms.

It is an easy movie to watch and I loved seeing it on Mothers Birthday. Larry said that he would watch it with me again if I would like him to.

Yesterday, I had a few notes from people who remembered Mother. I loved hearing from each and every person and heard a few new stories. Each time that happens I think, Isn’t it wonderful how people are Remembering Gracie?

Love you beyond all the special stars in the sky.

Me

Inside The Window

Photo: Paris Window

On days when I struggle to post on blog, I go to old photos for inspiration. This image was taken about 10 years ago in Paris. It is one of my favorite photos.

It was cold, as November can be in France and this window was near rue St Antoine. I walked past it a few times before I decided to intrude into the sweet, intimate window setting and take the shot.

Isn’t is wonderful to imagine life inside of the apartment? I think that there is an easel in the corner with an intriguing painting started. The large over-stuffed chair has three books by it and the tea kettle is starting to boil on the stove. One of my abstract quilts is neatly on the bed…and my Larry is waiting patiently by the front door to take me to dinner. {after I turn the stove off}

Larry and I have spent much time in Paris. Each year for many years, we have found ourselves in France, with the discovery of joy and inspiration at every turn. Perhaps one day I will write more, about the special moments. The times filled with ART, love, friendship and visits from family who might be in Rome studying {and you know who you are and we love you}…many years filled with many memories.

Today, let me just share this beautiful photo. What do you imagine life is like inside the window?

Love you.

Me