Hot Dogs Cooked On The Grill

Yesterday we remembered September 11, 2001 and we said good bye to our minister as she is off to a new church in Ft Worth. The service was sentimental and tearful at times. Our church is small and we will all miss Rev Angie very much. I honestly wonder what the next part of this journey will be like?

Photo: Sunday, September 11, 2022

Larry and I had a busy weekend. I am glad that it is over.

After church, Larry and I took a drive, stopped at a TJ Maxx, then came home to make dinner.

We always eat early on Sundays. It has been like this for many years. Yesterday, I made pork tenderloin, potatoes and cauliflower and salad. Oh, and a wheat tortilla.

Photo: Sunday Dinner

We had a nice white wine and I forgot to take a photo of it…..our movie was……

Photo: Sunday movie

I LOVE this movie. Lucille Ball AND Henry Fonda. Who can ask for more?

Today is sunny with a whisper of autumn in the air. This kind of day makes me sentimental about when my daughters were small. School days and Girl Scout meetings…letting the puppy chase fallen leaves as the float in the wind and hot dogs cooked out on the grill.

I think that this (autumn) is my favorite time of year.

Love you beyond that beautiful moon.


Je Me Sens Impuissant~I Feel Helpless

Larry and I decided to make a cheese board for Sunday, Dinner and a movie yesterday. (yes, we are trying to keep things as normal as possible) It was more than cheese and it was good. Along with the three cheeses, (cheddar, creamy ca de ambros taleggio and Somerdale cranberry-Wensleydale) we added a pupu platter, pears, flavored pecans and veggie eggrolls. With dinner we drank a sparkling white, Gruet. For dessert we each had a cupcake.

Photo: Cheese Board
Photo: Cupcake dessert

We watched the movie, Because I said So…

We felt very guilty, going on with our regular routine while people are suffering in Ukraine…..


Proportion 2:3, Flag of Ukraine.

Our days are often consumed with watching the news. I feel helpless and my heart breaks with each news segment. OH! The impressive strength of the Ukrainian people. They are my heroes. The volunteers in Poland are amazing, I cry when they are shown helping the children. The sweet children and pets….they are put into a situation that they did not ask for.

Je me sens impuissante. (I feel helpless)

I found the prayer below posted from the American Council Of Churches….

Gracious and Merciful God,

We pray today for the Ukrainian people and ask for Your intervention in this senseless war levied against them by Russia. We pray, O God, for protection and that there would be peace. We pray for restoration and renewed hope. We pray for the families, especially, the children living through the horrors of war and all the upheaval and tribulation it brings. We also pray for those protesting in Russia against these violent acts by their government. We ask that You would protect, cover and keep these protesters as they put their bodies on the line in the name of what is just and righteous. We pray for the entire world community, including the leaders in our own country. Give them wisdom and ingenuity to respond in ways that ends this war and moves us all to a world where Your peace abides. Hear the cries of Your people, O God. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Amen.

Love you beyond the moon.


Sunday Dinner And A Movie

Happy Monday. It is 49 degrees outside and cloudy. I woke up tired, remnants of last weeks cold I guess. Music from my “picnic” playlist is playing and I plan on working on the new painting before a DR’s appointment at noon. Yesterday was Sunday dinner…and it was wonderful, basic and healthy….

We had rotisserie chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and salad. Our wine was Storyteller.

Photo: I loved the salad
Photo: Storyteller Red was a hit

Our Movie was The Tender Bar.

We are not fans of some of the actors in this movie, nor the director. BUT what a wonderful movie! Larry and I met, dated and married in the ’70’s……and this movie was mark on. Music, clothing, attitudes, the general vibe of the movie was honest and visual. All that AND it told a sweet story. Bravo.

After reflexology, we watched TV. Television is not very good these days. Do you remember when we would run home from school to get our homework done so we could watch the latest, greatest sitcom on TV? Tonight all we get is The Bachelor. Gross.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Love you. Me

Larry, Cary (Grant) and Gene (Kelley)

Yesterday, Larry and I went to church, walked 2 miles at Willow Bend Mall because it was raining and then came home to prepare Sunday, dinner and a movie.

The rain yesterday was frightening. I felt overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of it. The street in front of the house was a river and it moved very fast. I cannot imagine driving in it at all.

Larry helped me with Sunday dinner. We had Kaua’i Chicken and Rice Casserole (recipe from Lihue Kauai friend). Salad. Home made rolls. We were to have fruit parfaits for dessert but we had pigged out on dinner and were stuffed…..and are saving them for tonight or tomorrow. We watched TWO movies yesterday. I think that Larry planned it so that between the wine and the movies, I was distracted. (What a GUY!) We watched Bringing Up Baby (Cary Grant!) and An American In Paris.(Gene Kelley!)

While getting things ready for dinner…the rain got even harder, if that was possible. Larry took the photo below.

Photo: The back garden flooding

I was tense. The magnitude of the storm was frightening. But…we ate our dinner and watched our movies.

Photo: Sunday Table The old Dom Perignon bottle was the candle holder yesterday.
Photo: Kaua’i Chicken and Rice Casserole and salad

I did not take a picture of the entire table yesterday. I think that the weather creeped me out. But the table looked sweet. While Larry and I enjoyed our meal and we prayed that the storms would not hurt anyone or damage any property.

Yesterdays dinner and movie, was somehow different to me. Not just because of the weather but something else. So much is happening in our world, being unsettled is quite normal now, isn’t it?

Love you beyond the moon.


Sunday Dinner and A Movie

The windows are open this morning and Moon River ( Peter Nero’s version) is playing on my little MP3 player. You cannot know how awesome it is hearing Moon River, with the birds outside, chirping in the background.

Today, I am two weeks post surgery and Larry continues to take care of me in the best way possible. This past Sunday, he cooked dinner for us. He roasted a chicken, roasted veggies and we had Blindfold white wine with dinner and had petit fours for dessert. ( I am a secret petit four addict and we keep them in the freezer year round) Our movie was the classic GIGI. ( Larry says that the movie GIGI is like a Monet painting, come to life)

Photo: Larry even included a cheese plate with dinner
Photo: Roasted veggies, were wonderful
Photo: One of my favorite white wines~ Blindfold
Photo: Maurice Chevalier in GIGI. When I was a little girl, I had a crush on Maurice Chevalier. He was unlike any man I ever knew.
Photo: And…..Petit Fours for dessert

Larry’s dinner was wonderful and he even set the table…..

Have the best day that you can imagine.

Love you beyond the moon,


Dinner and A Movie

Larry took me to afternoon tea yesterday. We had not been in a couple of months and it was nice getting away and being together at the Dallas Arboretum. As always, the menu was perfection, the Champagne made us smile and the DeGolyer House was social distanced and masks were in supply. We had the best afternoon.

Photo: Afternoon tea with Larry

We talked about our Sunday movie while we drove home from Dallas. It was decided that we repeat movies a lot. Sooo, the deal was we will be picking out “trending” movies for Sunday dinners until we cannot stand it any longer.

Yesterday’s movie was, WINE COUNTRY. It is a light hearted chick flick that Larry agreed on while I read him the synopsis and driving home from the arboretum. Do you think I took advantage of the fact that he had Champagne with lunch? Wink.

Photo: Six women question their friendships and futures when they travel to Napa Valley, California, to celebrate a 50th birthday.

OK, ok. I have to admit. I do not have girlfriends like in this movie. At first I was put off by the language and rude behavior. (do you act like this when no one is looking?) We were committed to watching the entire movie and you must know that Larry laughed at times in spite of himself.

After WINE COUNTRY, I honestly don’t know how next weeks movie will go. It is Super Bowl Sunday and our afternoon is yet to be decided…..stay tuned! I think I will let Larry choose the movie.

Happy, Happy Monday and Happy Happy February!

Love you beyond the moon.


Sunday Dinner and Movie

Sunday dinner and a movie this week, was in honor of my Mother. Her birthday was August 6th. We made one of her favorite meals…and used my Grandmothers dishes.

Larry and I made my Mothers favorite meatballs.

We enjoyed good bread…..

The wine was Spanish and our movie was Another Thin Man,

We toasted Mother and enjoyed dinner very much.

Dessert was brownies and icecream.

It is good to remember the special people who have touched our lives.

So much has happened…Larry asked, why aren’t you bitter?

I answered, I am sad at how hateful people can be…but bitter would only hurt my heart.

Besides , life goes on and it is within our power how we want to go forward…….

Love you beyond the moon.


Only For Me

Yesterday was wonderful. Larry and I caught up on all of the chores and then we had dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant in Dallas. We are required to wear masks in Dallas but not in Plano. We wore our masks to dinner last night. It was still awesome.

I am hoping that followers soon find Blog. Weeks ago, I would post the link to blog on Facebook daily. Since Facebook is closed up, not many people hit the site. When I shared the link it was very convenient. Larry laughs at me, reminding me that I write this journal only for me…and no one else. It is true.

Have a lovely day. Please be kind and share the love.

Love you beyond the moon.


Quiche Lorraine Recipe/Sunday Dinner and Movie

Since it was Grandparents day, we met Matida for a nice hike along waterfalls here in the area. After our work out, we went to Snappy Salads for lunch. It was a great morning.

Since we had our meal {lunch}, at dinner time we opted for Quiche Lorraine. It is a recipe I have tampered with, because Larry likes a more savory version of a quiche. {and instead of an omelette} Enjoy.

Quiche Lorraine~chef valentine


1 unbaked pastry shell {9 inches}

6 large eggs

1 1/4 cups half and half

1/8-1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 cup swiss cheese-shredded

5 bacon strips cooked and crumbled

2 Tablespoons butter

1 cup fresh mushrooms-sliced

1/2 cup green onions-chopped


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Unroll pastery shell and place in pie plate. Par-bake in oven, 8 minutes. remove from oven. Set aside.

Reduce oven temp to 375 degrees.

In a small pan, melt butter , add onions and mushrooms. saute till tender . Set aside.

In medium bowl, beat 6 eggs. Add half and half and pepper. Continue beating till smooth. Spoon mushrooms and onions into egg mixture. Stir well. Add bacon and cheese. Stir well.

Pour egg mixture into par-baked pastry shell. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Knife in center should come out clean.

Let quiche rest 15-20 minutes before cutting/serving.

*TO FREEZE- cover unbaked quiche with freezer wrap. To serve-remove quiche from freezer 30 minutes before baking. {do not thaw} preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put quiche on baking sheet. Bake as directed, increasing time as needed after testing center of quiche with knife.

Photo: Quiche Lorraine

This is the best quiche. It is savory and filling. Please let me know if you try it. It is one of our favorite meals….

Have a good day.

Till next time.


THE Anniversary Card

Photo: THE Anniversary card {card one}

Larry and I love greeting cards so much that for a very long time we did not exchange them. {we did not like throwing them away} Then….one year I gave him a card. The one above. That was in 2005. He loved the card so much that we just kept re-signing it each year till it was full of notes.

I told him that I would buy a ribbon and add a card and we could treat it as one card. That is what we have done all of these years.

Photo: THE Anniversary card {card two}
Photo: THE Anniversary card {card three}

At our anniversary dinner this year, after reading all of the sweet messages, Larry announced that THE Anniversary card was full. Again. I agreed that it was full and to be honest, I hated thinking about finding number four card to be inserted in the anniversary card. But then, Larry said it. Lets use Aggies card!

In the mail on our anniversary, there was the BEST card from Aggie. {Aggie is Mothers first cousin}

Aggie always remembers us. She is a prolific card sender/letter writer. I adore her so much and her communications always make me smile and feel family.

Below is Aggies anniversary card …and now it is part of THE Anniversary card. I love it!

Photo: THE Anniversary card. Aggies card makes number four.

It is becoming our anniversary mini book. The notes to each other span quite a few years. It always makes me happy. Now it will be put away till next August.

Aggie, thank you for the wonderful card and now being part of the tradition. Your card fit perfectly into the ribbon.

Next year, Larry and I celebrate year 43. I love him so much. Why is time going by so fast?


Then on Sunday. We had chores to do, visited Jamison and took her dogs to the dog park. It was the best day…

Sunday dinner and a movie conisisted of….Jimmy Johns Frenchie sandwiches. I had made pizza dough but did not feel like making the pizzas. So Frenchies! Larry aggreed.

Photo: Sunday Dinner and a Movie
Photo: Sunday movie

We had sandwiches, chips and watched HOUSE BOAT. I love that movie so much, we own it. To love and be loved……

I hope that your weekend was nice. Oh yes, now it is good old Monday….frown face. {Laundry is swirling} Please have a good Monday. I am trying too.

Love you beyond the moon.