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Passing the Time
2019-11-11 14:46 UTC by French la Vie



Late Autumn days sunshine beckon us to stay outside.

We have spent countless hours sitting around the wooden picnic table talking, cracking walnuts, eating pomegranates from my mother’s yard while visiting family and friends.

Happy place !


Sleep Over
2019-11-11 06:59 UTC by French la Vie



A sleepover.


Mattress in the living room.


I am on the couch.

The Party Pooper in me says, "I am not staying up all night."





Weekly Top Posts: 2019-11-10
2019-11-10 05:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  3. Heading Home

Baby Love Love
2019-11-10 03:00 UTC by French la Vie


Chelsea's Nickname for Baby Gabriel "Love Love". 

Refraining from eating him in one bite is becoming harder and harder to resist.

Though with that said holding him longer and longer is becoming harder too, he is a chunk.

All that sweetness.

Such a beautiful dream come true.

Autumn Delight in November
2019-11-09 06:20 UTC by French la Vie

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Such incredibly beautiful weather for this time of the year. We had lunch outside today.

My mom made her delicious cream puffs I wanted to devour all of them and somehow manage to refrain. 



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We had chilled pea soup, roasted and fresh vegetable salad,...

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Homecoming King and Queen
2019-11-07 23:01 UTC by French la Vie



First Time in America
2019-11-06 14:25 UTC by French la Vie



We arrived safely. The flight was not difficult. We took turns holding Gabriel for eleven and a half hours. As long as we held him he was happy, and we were happy even if my arms felt like they might fall off.

Gabriel slept for about three hours in the twenty-some hours we traveled. He was curious and noticed everything about the plane...

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A Favorite Memory Each Time I Go Back Home
2019-11-05 11:23 UTC by French la Vie



Repost from 2007

Yesterday I called home to confirm to my parents our flight information. My little nieces and nephew were there. I had already bought gifts to bring for them, but I thought I'd ask them anyway what they might like...

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Long Distance Flights Always Give Room for Endless Thoughts
2019-11-04 11:00 UTC by French la Vie

Why is there such unrest in the world? We know most of the reasons. 

Often I think if countries would just gather people together to share a meal, a potluck of sorts in silence. A few children, a baby or two, a few people in their nineties and several more people from various backgrounds well I think it couldn't hurt.


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Little Bird
2019-11-03 20:08 UTC by French la Vie


This is Gabriel he is four months old.

We are flying to California tomorrow. I asked him what he thought and if he will be a calm sleepy baby... gulp. 11 hours is a long time to be on a plane with a baby. Every year from the time Chelsea was five months old I flew back to California to visit my family, Chelsea as an easy baby. I don't think...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-11-03
2019-11-03 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  2. Heading Home

The Endless Road
2019-11-02 22:07 UTC by French la Vie

Field of gold



Northern California during autumn,

golden valley, harvested fields, open spaces, geese in flight.

Country roads leading near and far.



Tree in Golden field



Clouds adding texture between the valley and the foothills.

A single tree sets the stage.



White barn in a field



A barn in the middle of a harvested rice field.


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Heading Home
2019-11-01 17:41 UTC by French la Vie

Corey amaro my town

Packing my bags as I will be going to visit my family in California with Chelsea and baby Gabriel- Nov 4th to Dec 15th. If you are in my childhood hometown I hope to see you. Please add some good vibes that Baby Gabriel has a sleepful, calm flight and not one that will hurt ears.

I cannot wait to see my mom hold Gabriel and see my family...

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Happy Halloween
2019-10-31 21:13 UTC by French la Vie



Life with a Baby
2019-10-30 22:06 UTC by French la Vie



Autumn Vibes Take Me Home
2019-10-29 21:49 UTC by French la Vie



Preparing for Autumn. Gathering the abundant harvest at the end of summer. Canning the last of the vegetables and making pomegranate jam. Watching the first leaves dance down to the ground, grabbing from the upper shelf a sweater to wear, taking out the rake, stacking the cord of wood in the shed, smelling the fall aroma in the air.


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Hand Painted Antique Wallpaper Samples
2019-10-28 22:10 UTC by French la Vie

Hand Painted Antique Wallpaper Samples

Yes, I know you can imagine how thrilled I was when I opened this box at a brocante and found these hand-painted antique wallpaper designs. Instead of screaming YAHOO! I simply closed the box and asked, "How much for all of those papers?"

I sold them soon after.

Thankfully I have these photos to remind me how beautiful they were.


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French la Vie Road Trip
2019-10-28 10:35 UTC by French la Vie




After a wonderful visit with my daughter, son in law and grandson my friend @seeninprovence and I hit the brocantes in Paris. We had to take a taxi van to a rental car as we accumulated so many good finds. An unexpected road trip back to Provence, with a stuffed car, late in the evening we found a very charming manoir to spend the...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-10-27
2019-10-27 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  4. Heading Home

A Moment of Awe at the Brocante
2019-10-26 22:38 UTC by French la Vie


The way the painting has crackled around the woman’s face it appears as a non threatening spider web, or a touch of mystical wonder? Fascinating to me. The crackling gives the painting a new story a curious perspective and dimension. My friend Gina bought it in Paris this weekend.

Later as I was walking around the brocante I heard a...

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Happiness Shared
2019-10-25 21:19 UTC by French la Vie



Paris Views
2019-10-24 20:02 UTC by French la Vie



Here are some random views of Paris as I walked to and from Chelsea's apartment. Our apartment is in the fourteenth by Montparnasse and Chelsea's and Martin's apartment is in the tenth by Saint Martin's Canal.

If you would like to see more photos but mainly videos please follow my Instagram account and look at the daily stories. I posted...

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The Reason I am in Paris
2019-10-23 19:50 UTC by French la Vie


2019-10-22 13:34 UTC by French la Vie




The last FRENCH la Vie group of the season ended today Such a whirlwind of brocante fanatics who were as crazy about antiques as I am I had such pleasure meeting those who came and look forward to doing it again next year!

 The new season will begin in April 2020 if you are interested in coming please let me know a few...

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Busted Bust
2019-10-21 16:38 UTC by French la Vie



my friend Nelly, a friend and long time antique dealer had a beautiful bust.
The day after I took this photo her dog wagged his tail with jubilant joy and broke her antique bust shattering it to the floor in a million pieces. 




A Full Day's Worth of Brocante Addiction
2019-10-20 21:28 UTC by French la Vie



French la Vie antiquing with Lisa, Patricia, Gina, and Jeanette. They literally only stop to eat and sleep. These ladies have the Brocante Bug far worse than me and you know how bad that must be.

I think I am going to start, or maybe I have started a Brocante Addiction Group and the only cure is not more cow bells...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2019-10-20
2019-10-20 04:00 UTC

  2. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  5. ...

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Writing Back or in my Case the Lack of it
2019-10-19 20:21 UTC by French la Vie

French antiques

I am terrible at writing back, and I feel guilty because of it most of the time.
If I did write everyone back, the computer would become my best friend, lover, child, housework, food, sleep, and new way of living reality... I do not want that to happen.

Every now and then when the questions start piling up I try to answer them here instead.


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Favorite Finds during the French la vie
2019-10-18 21:44 UTC by French la Vie



Kindred spirits when I meet people who read my blog and travel to France to share my passion.

The ease and happiness amazes me, that I can meet people and we feel we know one another and instantly start talking about our lives.

The French la Vie went to Cassis and even though it only has one brocante vendor everyone...

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Love Something New Every Day
2019-10-17 21:07 UTC by French la Vie


Love something new every day, that sure beats, "Do something that scares you every day."

I suppose for some loving is scary.

For those of you following me on instagram thank you. It is easy to add videos so I add them daily especially during the French la Vie which I have been leading for the last several weeks.



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Autumn Days
2019-10-16 21:35 UTC by French la Vie



 Autumn days. Gathering the abundant harvest at the end of summer. Canning the last of the fruit, making pomegranate jam. Watching the first leaves dance down to the ground, grabbing from the upper shelf a sweater to wear, using the rake, stacking the cord of wood in the shed, smelling the fall aroma in the air.

Four Months
2019-10-15 20:42 UTC by French la Vie


Baby’s New Thing to Do
2019-10-14 08:36 UTC by French la Vie


The latest video of baby Gabriel showed him doing something new.

Devouring his father's nose.

No hungry wasn't an issue.

Maybe it was a sign of affection?

Though he hasn't mastered gentleness he was chewing mostly.

Nevertheless, I find him adorable !




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Happy Birthday Mom
2019-10-13 08:46 UTC by French la Vie



Weekly Top Posts: 2019-10-13
2019-10-13 04:00 UTC

  2. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  4. Some Family Photos

Dream Language
2019-10-12 21:18 UTC by French la Vie

Spring rose


Dreams are said to be the language of God, symbolic messages. 

Dreaming is said to be a way our minds or inner being processes the day's events, thoughts and feelings.

Dreams are a way of putting the puzzle of daily life in order. A way of capturing the unconscious. A path to understanding the nuances that escape us. 


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Old Beauty
2019-10-11 21:07 UTC by French la Vie



Little Things with Heart
2019-10-10 09:25 UTC by French la Vie

The Little French Things


 The first page in a century-old book.




The Little French Things



 A bronze drawer pull, 1700s.



The Little French Things


 French antique textiles.



The Little French Things


 A worn silver thimble.



The Little French Things


 Delicate scissors for fine lace or...

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Antique Love Letters
2019-10-09 21:54 UTC by French la Vie

French Antique Love Letters



French antique love letters are hard to come by. Love letters aren't just between two lovers, the one above was written to someone's grandfather. 


French Antique Love Letters


The love letters that I found are on embossed paper (14 x 10 inches). Most have paper flowers and birds on them, often tied with a pastel...

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2019-10-08 21:19 UTC by French la Vie

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gathering stories

in one big hug

the sweet sad sour slippery luscious savory delightful carefree worrisome forgiven 

those moments that trickled by then splashed into a mighty wave

tieing them together

with a ribbon of intention


a nod to this age 





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Pumpkin, Pasta, Mums
2019-10-07 21:41 UTC by French la Vie


  The differences between France and America are subtle. Take Mums and pumpkins for example.

Mums are an Autumn flower that arrives in force in October. They spill out from the floral shops onto the streets creating a parade of magnificent color. Just as pumpkins shout out Autumn in America, mums are the...

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A Bouquet Hidden Behind His Back
2019-10-06 21:16 UTC by French la Vie


A sweet postcard:

A little boy wearing a long white apron with a straw hat tilted on his head,

holding a bouquet of roses and mums that he has hidden behind his back

as he leans at the doorway to see if the person he cares for is near.



Weekly Top Posts: 2019-10-06
2019-10-06 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  4. Some Family Photos
  5. la%20mado

Brocante Bug Bliss
2019-10-05 21:20 UTC by French la Vie


Little French Keys


Brocante, I know and you know that I have the brocante bug bad. It is an illness I live with daily. Love it. Every aspect of it. It doesn't matter the side effects it brings: Big, small, tattered, worn, under cover, early mornings... it is worth it.

It doesn't matter what the brocante brings, it fascinates my imagination, makes me...

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Pavillon de Galon Gardens
2019-10-04 21:15 UTC by French la Vie




Guy and Bibi the owners of Pavillon de Galon have created an enchanting garden in Cucuron a small village close to Aix en Provence. I was fortunate to go there today while helping with the Red Shed Vintage Tour. Isn't it a sign of happiness when you leave a place and your mind still overflows with images and wonder? The...

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Aix with the Red Shed Vintage Tour
2019-10-03 21:14 UTC by French la Vie

Dejeuner in Aix en Provence


The sun called out to enjoy the day.

Perfect as today I am helping Red Shed Vintage Tours lead 10 women around Provence.

Today started in Aix.





La Mado In Aix


Any meal in France, don't be intimidated by the linen tablecloths

and napkins... that is just how it is in France.


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2019-10-02 21:34 UTC by French la Vie



Have you ever had homemade gnocchi?

Have you ever had homemade gnocchi made by an Italian?

If not put it on your bucket list.




Sacha has loved pasta since he was old enough to eat. He would cry for pasta and literally wanted it breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My mother in law was shocked that...

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Where is Your Heart at Home?
2019-10-01 19:46 UTC by French la Vie



The saying, "Home is where the heart is", is certainly true especially when nearly everyone is under one roof. Sacha came home to see his Italian Girlfriend, Chelsea came home with Gabriel, and Martin was here last weekend. 

Yann is wearing a gift from his birthday (which was last month) a shower cap which is called a "Charlotte"...

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Angel Wings
2019-09-30 20:57 UTC by French la Vie

Angel wings


I know to whom these belong.



This Dumpling
2019-09-29 20:29 UTC by French la Vie




Gabriel three and a half months.

A dumpling. I am surprised he hasn’t been gobbled up.

No need to add sugar.


Weekly Top Posts: 2019-09-29
2019-09-29 04:00 UTC

  1. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  2. Some Family Photos

Sacha and the Italian Girlfriend... his Juliette from Verona
2019-09-28 20:36 UTC by French la Vie

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A Walk with Baby
2019-09-27 21:12 UTC by French la Vie



The morning started with Gabriel and I sneaking out with the strollers for croissants, pain au chocolates, apple turnovers, and a baguette. Not even the scent of freshly baked goods could wake up Gabriel so I walked around the village: Baby bundled up in a stroller, whiffs of buttery croissants, a blue Provencal sky, bumpy cobble...

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My Boyfriend's Back
2019-09-26 21:42 UTC by French la Vie



Oh and Chelsea, Martin, Sacha, and his Italian girlfriend too.




Summer's End
2019-09-25 15:53 UTC by French la Vie

French country


Summer is a royal feast for the senses. The color of the season surprises me over and over again, it never grows old, nor ordinary or expected. The season's gift is appreciated. Oh, that Provencal blue sky against the golden wheat. Gasp. It is the first time, isn't it? Do I smell baked bread?

I know I do.

The earth soaks in...

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A Taste for Life
2019-09-24 15:48 UTC by French la Vie




When each bite is delicious, when you do not have to search for the flavor, then a little is enough.

I once read somewhere, that when you take a bite of something without much flavor our appetite keeps searching, possibly eating more to find the depth of flavor. But when we taste something truly divine then we sit back and savor...

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Wearing the Crown
2019-09-23 18:53 UTC by French la Vie

wearing the crown


Wear the crown.

The one that rests upon your heart.

The one that has been with you since you were born.

Hold it, feel it, admire it, treasure it.

Some might say it is a crown,

but we know better than that.

It is a halo, a sacred gift, life-giving love.




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