Last night, Larry and I ignored our jet lag and started celebrating the Christmas Holiday! We met our daughter Jami and her husband Jared for dinner at Texas de Brazil. Larry had been with clients before, years ago and so had Jared…but Jami and I were complete newbies.
It is unlike anything I had ever been to before and my husband has been in the restaurant business for many years. I do recommend it, just be sure to go hungry!
The best part of the evening was the company. Being with Jami and Jared was a joy. We talked about everything, solved the worlds problems and we laughed. We laughed a lot. I am thankful that we had such a wonderful evening with them.
An amazing part of the month of December is being with family. OH! How blessed I am and thankful for my daughters. You know my mantra….People treat you the way they feel about you…..and it is then you realize that you get to chose the “Family” in your life!
Happy December! Enjoy the brilliance of life around you and know that you are loved.
There is something special about returning home after a long trip, far away. I am so happy with my own bed and pillows and of course a consistent home routine that calms my traveling nerves.
Larry and I had a wonderful time away. He did not work at all. We strolled the streets of Paris…sometimes with an umbrella. We met old friends and new friends and of course, Larry’s cousin….we ate our favorite foods, visited charming gardens, went to Christmas Markets and enjoyed the sweetest apartment in the center of Paris. ( I kind of LOVE a Water Closet)
We have many new memories….I will share soon….because for now, I must catch up on life in general.
Happy, Happy November first. This is the month when I close up my computer and live a month of Self Care. My days will be filled with ART projects and exercise. As a family we will celebrate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Will you celebrate life in its fullest also?
I celebrate Self Care month in November because the days become shorter and darkness makes me feel overwhelmed and sad. Focusing on non-computer things is my way of fulfilling my personal needs to stay happy during these beautiful months.
You can contact me at [email protected] as I will not be on Facebook or IG very often.
Take care, enjoy the special moments of this glorious month.
I have always loved Halloween. It was that one holiday where I could become someone different than who I was in reality.
When my sweet Libby pug was alive, I made costumes for her. She would pose, I would photograph her and both enjoyed the process. You might see her photos other places. Some of the photos are leased and many people have stolen them, BUT I own the copyrights.
Pugcasso has always been one of my favorite costumes that Libby wore. When Libby was alive, we would attend the annual Pug-O-Ween for the Dallas Ft Worth Pug Rescue and would compete in the costume contest. It was a wonderful event and they still have it each year. I miss Libby so much, it makes me sad to attend to Pug-O-Ween.
BUT……Larry and I have a few plans for this weekend….it should be very interesting!
Larry and I wish you a happy Halloween weekend. Please stay safe and enjoy the special moments of the holiday.
On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel had Charlize Theron on his show. She had hired Michael Bolton to sing Happy Birthday to a friend at the celebration party. Jimmy asked her, who would SHE like to sing at her birthday and she said Patsy Cline. I loved her choice.
It made me think…who would I like to sing to me on my birthday? Without a doubt I would like Peter Nero to play happy birthday to me on the piano. I have been aware of Peter Nero since I was a child. Mother had a few of his LP’s and his music fascinated me. I still adore his music. He is my favorite Jazz Man. The Best Of Peter Nero1965 is below. Please enjoy. There is about 40 min of music, the entire session is amazing……. *excuse the space below to the music..
Peter Nero is about 80 years old now…and has continued performing and is a talent whom I admire…
Who would YOU like to sing (or play) Happy birthday to you?
I have noticed that many people want to “re-do” things right now. Recipes included. I have a very old Banana Nut Bread recipe that is our favorite…and I wanted to share it on blog before the holidays. It is a wonderful gift/treat. I love it toasted and buttered, Larry likes it with whipped cream, it is good sliced thin made into a turkey sandwich or eaten all alone, as banana bread is meant to be.
Please get your printer ready, you are going to want to print this one up!
Banana Nut Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Makes one loaf.
1 stick margarine softened
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 cup sugar
3 bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup nuts
Blend ingredients together.
Line loaf pan with parchment paper. OR just grease loaf pan. (I use parchment as the loaf is easier to remove)
Pour batter into loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min to 1 hour till toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in loaf pan for 15 minutes before removing to cool completely.
I make this loaf, cool it, slice it put into a zip loc bag for the freezer. It freezes like a dream.
Please enjoy this bread or share it with a friend. It is shared with much love.
I wrote a blog this morning about school shootings and when I read it, it was so dark and heavy…I scrapped it. I also said a few strong things about our governor here in Texas. Some feelings are best unshared.
So Instead, I would like to say….
I was boycotting Adidas for awhile because of their client affiliations, but now am so proud of them for taking a stand against antisemitism.
With so much happening in this world, one thing will never change. RIGHT and WRONG. I am patiently waiting for the day when people start being honest with themselves and others.
Yesterday, after church, Larry and I went to an afternoon symphony. The guest conductor was amazing and the performance was perfection. Haydn was played also, it was our favorite.
We had not been to the Sunday afternoon symphony before, the afternoon symphony is VERY different, attendance wise, than the evening concerts. There were retirement home busses arriving, people on first dates, (you can just tell can’t you?) and many people like Larry and myself. It was a beautiful day to be in downtown Dallas and be part of a lovely concert.
There were many older people who looked like they were on dates. They were not being affectionate but talked. Talked a lot. Larry and I decided that these people met online…and we wondered what a senior online dating service would be called. Then it came to us. GREY AND READY TO PLAY.
OK, we laughed for awhile at that.
When we go to the symphony, half the fun are the people. There is a game that Larry and I play, it is rated on the person who is sitting next to you. If you get a pain in the ass person, you lose. If your seat next to you is open, you automatically win. See what I mean? OH! The talkers are the worst and the gum chewers and candy nibblers are just mildly annoying.
Yesterday, the seat next to me was empty and Larry had a phone person.
Larry lost! ( but is she secretly flipping me off for taking her picture?)
I always try to be still and not annoying at the symphony. It is hard for me, as i get Ants In My Pants. Larry is much better at staying still than I am.