Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RIP Robin Williams, Lipstick, Car.

Robin WilliamsSeems like the whole world is mourning Robin Williams today. What a tragedy. I cannot imagine what his thoughts were to take his life so drastically. He was a wonderful man as well as a great artist. However, it has been said so much better than I can by all kinds of media. Best thing I can say is Rest In Peace. On GMA I heard a funny story of when he was entertaining the troops and there was a bugle call and every soldier turned his back on Robin who didn’t know what was happening and he joked about it for years that he had never had an audience turn their backs on him before. I later read the quotation his daughter tweeted which brought tears to my eyes and I just had to add it to this blog. “You—you alone will have the stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night, you — only you— will have stars that can laugh.” from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's book The Little Prince. I said to Matt, earlier, this whole thing made me keep thinking of Pagliacci.

I had a frustrating time yesterday. This is a very feminine complaint, I was trying to get a l’Oreal lipstick I like. My pharmacy didn’Lipstickt have it any more. So I phoned l’Oreal – turns out they have withdrawn it. Will somebody please explain why whenever one finds a lipstick one really likes it gets withdrawn. It is most frustrating. I don’t wear a lot of makeup these days, but I like to wear lipstick so I am not a happy camper. The girl in the pharmacy may have found a replacement, I will check it out later on.

Then we discovered whilst we were out that the indicator lights have gone on the car. They switch on, but they don’t blink. Matt is getting that fixed this morning. Hopefully they can do it quickly enough for us because our bowling banquet is today so have to be at the alley earlier than usual.

This is an interesting recipe. I am always looking for different ways to prepare vegetables.

Sicilian-Style Broccoli

 WebMD Recipe from
Serves 4

Capers and garlic add real Sicilian flavour to sautéed broccoli.
1 bunch broccoli (1 1/4 pounds)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup water
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

  1. Cut off and separate broccoli florets. Trim the tough ends of the stalks; peel the stalks if desired and cut crosswise into 3/8-inch-thick slices.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add capers and garlic and cook, stirring, until the garlic is golden, about 1 minute. 
  3. Add the broccoli florets and stalks and water; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Uncover, increase the heat to high and cook, stirring, until any remaining water evaporates, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
Have a great day


  1. I'm also saddened by Robin Williams' death. He was such an extraordinary talent. The quote his daughter shared was very touching.

    Sorry about your lipstick. Sometimes you can find discontinued shades on line. Thanks for the tasty broccoli recipe.


    1. I just cannot imagine his state of mind. One wonders how come his wife couldn't tell.

      Tried on line. They had the lipstick for 47 cents but shipping was over $19.

  2. I can't imagine a more touching tribute than those words shared by his daughter. May his memory be forever a blessing. Robin Williams' talents and comedic genius live forever.

    1. He is a great loss to the world. At least we have records of his work.

  3. That is a nice tribute. Roland Yeomans posted about Williams' friendship with Christopher Reeve and it was also touching.

    1. One wishes he could have seen the outpouring of love and affection from all over the world.

  4. I knew Williams was depressed and an alcoholic, but his death still came as a surprise. A tragedy, indeed :(

  5. Very sad about Robin. "Tears of a Clown". :( I wish I'd seen your recipe before I went to the grocery store. Now I wish I'd gotten broccoli and capers. This looks amazing! Hope your car issue gets sorted out as cheaply as possible.

    1. Tears of a Clown fits the bill perfectly.

      Thanks but then car issues are never cheap in my experience. Just realized Matt came back with the shopping and I forgot to put broccoli on the list.

  6. So so sad about Robin - the poor man - R.I.P.
    I think your lipstick is just like products for curly hair Jo - as soon as I find one that tames mine they discontinue it ... it's a ploy! Robin would have sorted them out for us :)
    Thanks for the Broccoli recipe - I'll try it out soon.
    And your car story just reminded me that the horn on our car is sounding very sick indeed.

    1. Car problems are a pain. So are beauty products.

  7. I am thoroughly convinced that my name is in the database of make-up manufacturers. If I buy a lipstick three times, it is time to discontinue it.

    As for car repairs, with all the electronic gizmos that go bad and cost a small fortune to fix, an extended warranty has finally become useful.

    1. You are so right Denise, 3 of anything and its gone.

      Our car is so old it's almost antique.