Monthly Archives: January 2011
First of all, I’d like to thank Emily from Scribbles from Emily for nominating me for a Stylish Blogger award! I was really touched by the thought and it just goes to show me (again) how the internet can be such a wonderful resource to meet people from such rich diversity. I find so much inspiration in what I read across many of the blogs I follow – it is all “food for the soul”.
Second of all, I am going to follow Emily and use the “rules” as guidelines:
- Link back to the person who gave you the award.
- Share seven statements about yourself.
- Award fifteen bloggers.
- Contact those bloggers to share the award.
I’ve chosen ten fabulous bloggers and if you don’t already know them, please take a little time from your Sunday (or anyday) to go on over to discover their wonderful creations!
Sarah – One Starry Night
Melissa – Adventuroo
Michelle – Creatocrat
Tammy Lee – Bliss and Folly
Sandra – Suki Photography
Kellie – 74 Lime Lane
Mady – Abundance
Rita – CoffeeShop Blog
Lauren – Color Collective
Bree – Baked Bree
My Seven Things:
- My favorite desserts include: Tarte au Citron, Baba au Rhum, Mousse au Chocolat (Tangy Lemon Tart, Rum “Baba’, Chocolate Mousse)
- I wish I could play the piano (and sing like Diana Krall).
- I had Lasik eye-surgery and it changed my life. I love it!
- Sorry Mom, but I still don’t like calves’ liver or brussel sprouts.
- I can wiggle my ears and flare my nostrils (very useful traits).
- I still love to dance like a lunatic by myself when certain songs play.
- I have a great sense of humour (imho), but I can’t tell a joke.
Last week we were in Sarlat with an exciting visit to France Telecom, hoping to get a phone line installed for our new place. Of course as luck would have it, the agency opened later than usual, and thus we were obliged to “flaner” (walk around) for an hour and a half….am I complaining? Non! Cobbled streets, usually very crowded in summer, were deserted (relief)!
This collection of street posters caught my eye: I loved the flamenco silhouette, paired with the French puppet illustration and the little sign for African drum lessons. Layer upon layer of colorful paper attestations to lifes’ possibilities.
“Wistful” is the word which comes to mind when I look back into last years’ images from this time. Not with sadness! But with longing for a stroll thru the ancient streets of Sienna, followed by what I can only imagine as an amazing lunch of pasta, meat and a rich red wine….
What better place to “flâne” than Paris? Charles Baudelaire developed a derived meaning of flâneur—that of “a person who walks the city in order to experience it” (via Wiki).
We stopped by Jean and Yvettes’ place today to drop them off some oysters we had received from the Finistere. Jean loves oysters, and Yvette smashes the shells which she feeds to the hens, so their egg shells are hard!
SOOC: Notice the crop!
Please forgive me, I’m not all there today. Getting our stuff ready to move again and even though I call myself organized (which I am most definitely), I manage to make packing an “event” where I invariably go thru everything that is already packed, take it apart and re-pack it after I’ve decided whether it’s going to make the next journey with us. Luckily the next leg is not too far: just down the hill!
Lake Como, Italy at end of January is pretty neat: obviously not packed with tourists, just the locals. Sales were going on in the shops and restaurants had available tables!
Leaving France thru the Mont Blanc tunnel, on the way to Italy. The kennel where we wanted to leave the dogs was not open despite having made a reservation! So they came along with. What troopers! While in Como, they lived in the back of the car and in our hotel room. Lots of city walks awakened their
And two years ago we were enjoying the sunshine rays of Senegal, while under the watchful eye of our neighbor!
I combined my “Texture Tuesday” post with my 52-week challenge (yes, it’s in addition to my 365! God knows what got into me?!). My “52 of 2011” group at Flickr posts weekly themes, this week is “memories”, so I pulled out an old photos and journals, hoping to create a vintage feeling.
PS: For those who are curious, here is what is written in the letter:
…that is I love you very much and will always (2nd will crossed out). Please excuse my writing as I have been so nervous since I called you I can hardly hold this pen say nothing of trying to write.
Marie answer this letter very soon and tell me what I want to hear more than anything else in the world.
My love always,
Ok, so what if it’s Monday? What could be worse? Not having a Monday at all. Just imagine what a “week” would mean to you if there were no Monday? No day to think back on all you did, felt, saw the week before? No day to plan ahead something small or big? No day to evaluate the where/what/who/why/how?! It is “the” day we are assigned to “look forward to the weekend”. But better yet: think about all the amazing hours in between Monday and the famous “weekend” during which you can L.I.V.E!
So please, let’s give Monday a chance?!
I (heart) Monday!