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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-10-24
2021-10-24 04:00 UTC

  1. Gabriel Adores Olivia
  2. Someone was Born Today
  3. Cordoue Incredible Find
  4. Au Bain Marie in Paris
  5. Chelsea and Company

2021-10-23 20:18 UTC by French la Vie


o-li-via in French

Photo by Chelsea

Gabriel Adores Olivia
2021-10-22 19:40 UTC by French la Vie

Gabriel Adores Olivia

A happy little family.

Gabriel adores Olivia.


When Gabriel started to consume solids I would say,

"Mmm, mmm, mmm, yummy for the tummy."

Gabriel started to say this too, especially when something was extra delicious.

He refers to being hungry, or wanting something to eat as, "Yum".

When Gabriel first saw his mother he let out a...

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Someone was Born Today
2021-10-21 21:04 UTC by French la Vie






Five Seconds with Gabriel at the Park
2021-10-20 21:01 UTC by French la Vie



Climbs up the wooden playground structure.





Takes it in.




In that sponge-like brain, he soaks it in

Sound, color, elements, people's expressions, he feels the energy, processes, absorbs.

Because every second is a learning moment and play is important.






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Chelsea and Company
2021-10-19 21:57 UTC by French la Vie




Any day now someone will be with us.

p.s. Gabriel is not resting on her belly-

I have asked Chelsea how she can hold him in such a way and she reassured me that she is holding him up.

I can barely lift Gabriel.

Chelsea holds Gabriel often saying soon my baby won’t look so little when a tiny baby comes,

“I am cherishing these...

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Au Bain Marie in Paris
2021-10-18 21:21 UTC by French la Vie

Au Bain Marie in Paris


As I am in Paris counting down the days before the baby arrives with Chelsea and Co.

I am rediscovering old haunts and new wonders. Au Bain Marie

(A bain-marie, a type of heated bath, is a piece of equipment used in science, industry, and cooking to heat

materials gently or to keep materials warm over a period of time. A bain-marie is...

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Cordoue Incredible Find
2021-10-17 20:36 UTC by French la Vie

17th century Cordoue Incredible Find


I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this flawless fragment of Cordoue Wrought Leather.

Standing there starring at it, as if to say, "How did that land at a fleamarket?"


"Leather wallpaper is a type of wallpaper used in various styles for wall covering. It is often referred to as wrought leather. It is often gilded, painted,...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-10-17
2021-10-17 04:00 UTC

  1. The Youngest Grandchild and the Oldest
  2. What Do You Think About That?
  3. Trailblazer of Love
  4. Brocante Finds
  5. Brocanting With Me

Brocante Finds
2021-10-16 21:30 UTC by French la Vie


This portrait found me at the brocante 

now it is flying to the USA to a new home.



1600s letter

how dies a piece of paper survive that many years?


when the bookcase can hold no more… 


Due Date Approaching
2021-10-15 20:07 UTC by French la Vie


The due date for Chelsea‘s baby is approaching so I thought we’d play a guessing game - in the comment section please give your responses to the following questions - the one who comes the closest will receive a gift when the baby arrives:

Date of Birth

Baby Girl’s Name


Hair or No hair

(Clues: Chelsea’s due date...

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The Youngest Grandchild and the Oldest
2021-10-14 20:19 UTC by French la Vie


My nephew Warren 

his sister Molly took this photo. 



Trailblazer of Love
2021-10-13 12:40 UTC by French la Vie

flower child

Today is my mother’s birthday.

She baked two cakes, « in case anyone comes over »,

my mother is thoughtful of others, even on her birthday.

Birthdays highlight the time that has passed between one year to the next. There is a tradition in Provence to remove one of the lite candles from their birthday cake, put it aside, then watch it...

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Even This is Different in France
2021-10-12 21:05 UTC by French la Vie






Colors are the same,

Money is in Euros,

Rules and format the same,

Names of properties French streets and train stations.

Yann and I have been playing after dinner

it takes less than an hour for one of us to win.

We are tied.

Luck still has plenty to do with it.

When is the last time you played a board game?


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What Do You Think About That?
2021-10-11 08:32 UTC by French la Vie



Road Map Madonna
2021-10-10 21:24 UTC by French la Vie

Road Map Madonna

Walking along in Paris

I spotted this mix media portrait in a

gallery window.

I dubbed it Road Map Madonna

though most likely it is another take on Frida Kahlo.

Oh the roads our lives travel on weaving us to each other.


Weekly Top Posts: 2021-10-10
2021-10-10 04:00 UTC

  1. One of the Best Friday Nights in Paris
  2. Lucky Day
  3. Today He Said My Name
  4. Autumn Cometh
  5. Family Photos from Sacha

Brocanting With Me
2021-10-09 21:50 UTC by French la Vie

at the Brocante



....waiting to go to the Brocante.

This morning while typing this post for my blog I am waiting for a blogging friend to come by. I do not know her other than messages online. Nevertheless she reads my blog which means she knows more about me than I  know about her. Though what I do know about Mary is this:

She loves the...

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One of the Best Friday Nights in Paris
2021-10-08 20:11 UTC by French la Vie

Dinner around a coffee table

with a two year old

who learned

the classic French childhood expression

 »Caca Boudin »

Giggling when mastering

a bottle squirter in the bathtub 

while more water is out of the tub than inside the tub.


Six stories some read twice

Three retelling of Goldilocks

Fifteen times...

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Today He Said My Name
2021-10-07 21:41 UTC by French la Vie


During dinner this evening Gabriel called me Vavie.

He has been calling me O. E.

Though this evening he called me the name I called my Grandmothers

and that my children call my mom.

Today the tradition continues.

He was so cute after he said Vavie 

he whispered O. E. a few times 

and then he smiled.




Autumn Cometh
2021-10-06 18:24 UTC by French la Vie

Via Rebecca NYC

Remember Rebecca the opera singer from the Met?

After a long lockdown-

She has been singing again.







Family Photos from Sacha
2021-10-05 20:34 UTC by French la Vie






Ten years ago Sacha went to my hometown to do a gap year.

He stayed with my mom, while attending Senior year in the high school.

Do you remember that?

He was happy to spend time with his cousins. 

Last weekend he returned for a wedding of a cousin.


Two hunks going to the wedding

Joe (My brother...

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2021-10-04 21:05 UTC by French la Vie



The glassware line up from different eras

but still serving up the same brew.




When in doubt serve champagne.

Champagne is one drink in France

that can be served anytime of the day or night.

I like that.

It doesn't have to be for a special reason.

This beauty is a Louis sixteen style champagne glass.

I found six...

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Lucky Day
2021-10-03 20:04 UTC by French la Vie


Chelsea’s mother in law was walking across the yard 

when she noticed between her toes was

a four leaf clover.

May luck find you, and stick with you.


Weekly Top Posts: 2021-10-03
2021-10-03 04:00 UTC

  1. Big Antiques for Pennies
  2. 92 Strong
  3. Dinner with Special Friends
  4. The Heart
  5. French Ways

The Heart
2021-10-02 21:52 UTC by French la Vie



The voice of compassion speaks from a wounded heart.

A heart that knows the price of love.

Is the one that understands that love does not need to be perfect to be good.



Chez Paul in Paris 13 rue Charonne
2021-10-01 21:52 UTC by French la Vie

chez paul in paris


When I first arrived in Paris, Chez Paul was near our apartment. On special occasion we would go there for dinner

and have a glass of wine and a bowl of vegetable soup.

That was all we could afford, not that it was expensive but we didn't have much money to spend.

Over the last thirty some years we kept going back to our favorite...

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Dinner with Special Friends
2021-09-30 14:51 UTC by French la Vie


Dinner with Special Friends


Dinner with Special Friends


Dinner with Special Friends

Not everyone was invited to the dinner

of peas, pasta, fish and yogurt. 

Only a selected few. 
Cinnabun, Baabaa, Aaron’s stuffed animal that somehow did not make it back his home, Chien, Bear, Panda, and Bun.

A rather large group of introverts were scooped up, carried haphazardly to sit on...

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Five Miles at 92
2021-09-29 21:58 UTC by French la Vie

Five Miles at 92

Yann, his mom and his sister

in Normandy.


beach low tide

The magnificent natural landscaped beach at low tide.



Five Miles at 92


Five Miles at 92


Five Miles at 92


the ever changing beach in


My MIL has been a walking /hiking person ever since I have known her.

She out walked me until she was 88 -

I cannot imagine that to be a...

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92 Strong
2021-09-28 22:18 UTC by French la Vie


My MIL rode on the back of Yann's motorcycle when she was 89.

Climbed a mountain in the French Alps that I don't think I could do now.

People asked if we were sisters ten years ago.

My MIL hasn't any wrinkles on her face and hasn't had botox.

the list could go on and on...

We walked five miles on the beach today.

Amazing will power.


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Big Antiques for Pennies
2021-09-27 22:24 UTC by French la Vie

French antiques

A pair of massive zinc window frames.

How often do you see them this large?



French antiques


Armoires are a dime a dozen.

it seems nobody is interested in them anymore now that screen TVs are the thing.


French antiques


Centuries old grain swathing board.

Isn't it amazing? This one was made into a coffee table.

I doubt Gabriel...

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One Moment to the Next
2021-09-27 08:40 UTC by French la Vie


(Photo by Yann)


Being Present to the Moment
2021-09-26 09:11 UTC by French la Vie



Being present to the moment-

To the kaleidoscope of emotions,

To the ever present play of light and darkness in the chasm.

Sitting still in the pregnant space...

waiting without hurried expectation.


Weekly Top Posts: 2021-09-26
2021-09-26 04:00 UTC

  5. ...

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Running Water
2021-09-25 08:55 UTC by French la Vie


Down by the River



Down by the river,

beyond the gate,

 a dirt path

winds this way and that,

between the chestnut trees,

the sunlight filters through the leaves,

creating lace-like shadows on the ground.

The water rushes by and it seems

the birds sing in harmony with it.

Nothing is asked.

Though much is said.

Words spoken...

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Be the Light
2021-09-24 20:50 UTC by French la Vie

be the light


The church was open late in the evening

the only light came from the candles lite by devotion and prayer requests

there were a few people silently praying

the moment I entered I felt love, sadness, peace

and a 


The womb surrounded me.

Be the light.

Who are you praying for? 


One in Spirit
2021-09-23 21:26 UTC by French la Vie


after mastering the winds,

the waves,

the tides and gravity,

we shall harness for God the energies of love,

and then, for a second time in the history of the world,

we  will have discovered fire”

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin…


and when the Angels will ask me to recall

I will tell them that I remember you ❤️...

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Godspeed Julie
2021-09-22 21:23 UTC by French la Vie

  godspeed julie

Godspeed cousin Julie.

When I saw my cousin Linda's name appear on my phone I knew why she was calling.

The news was no surprise yet it was hard to believe, hard to feel, hard to hear the words:

Julie died early this morning.

Stardust to stardust.

A new journey begins for you and those of us who love you.

Writing this is surreal......

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Pop of Color
2021-09-21 20:46 UTC by French la Vie

pop of color

Pop of color

perfect dose

to brighten the spirit.

To poke, "Live brightly, boldly, be beautiful you!"




Say Say Oh Playmate
2021-09-20 21:18 UTC by French la Vie



How many hours spent playing, pretending and being happy, did this doll give?

How many times did the child's caregiver pick up the toys and put them away with care?

A century later her life is scattered on a table for everyone to see:

Missing legs,

no hair,

 no two shoes alike.

a collections of mismatched socks


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2021-09-19 21:34 UTC by French la Vie


Today this Pickle said,

(Babao t'aime Ohi.)

"I love you"

Oh man did my eyes water up.

BTW he said it in French.


Weekly Top Posts: 2021-09-19
2021-09-19 04:00 UTC

  3. My Cousin Julie
  5. Thoughts About Living with Sadness

The Original Annie Hall
2021-09-18 21:35 UTC by French la Vie



What Keeps You Going?
2021-09-17 11:03 UTC by French la Vie

birds singing on a crane


Yesterday the sky was clear though an overcast hung over me.

I carried Julie with me while walking

in and out of here and there over and under around and around

Came home after walking for several hours

made dinner of two bowls of Coco Puffs with blueberries to feel healthy,

binged watched on the British series on Netflix "Sex...

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Julie's Birthday / Hospice Care
2021-09-16 09:14 UTC by French la Vie

grief has a roadmap of its own

my heart has traveled that tumultuous path

more than once

and it is markably the same with its

unexpected turns

going into the jungle

of memories and regrets

uprooting what 

was paved with worn steps 

with echoing voices of why and ifs

and how can this be?


my cousin Julie who I have...

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Alex Vervoordt
2021-09-15 18:25 UTC by French la Vie



A wonderful video as why we collect and what it means to us...

by Alex Vervoordt.

My friend Barbara sent this video to me saying she thought of of me when she watched it.

ah lovely, to be thought of by this video.

I love everything he says xxx little did she know how much I admire his style.

If I could be as wise and as...

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Holding Memories in a Safe Place
2021-09-14 21:02 UTC by French la Vie

memory holder

The inside of this box took me by surprise, because of it I had to buy it then I sold it that is how it goes as a brocante buyer. In one hand and out by the other. 1800 hand embroidery piece tucked into a small case. It probably was used to hold a rosary or relic… I have seen plenty of curious and beautiful antiques many ask me how I can...

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Let the Wind Take Us
2021-09-13 08:20 UTC by French la Vie


In my mind’s eye my cousin Julie and I are riding bicycles again on county road P we are about 13 years old.

The sky is blue,

 the  rice fields are waving that brilliant green,

our long brown hair wiping around our faces as the wind is at our backs …

we let go if the handle bars throwing our arms into the air,

we look...

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Spider Chrysanthemum and What Not to Take to a French Dinner Party
2021-09-12 19:55 UTC by French la Vie

Spider chrysanthemum

The plant identifier app that I use claimed it King Protea which I knew wasn't right.

The photos the app shared were nothing like the flower in my photo. 

Thank you for the suggestions Leonie was the first to tell me it’s name it is a spider 

My friend Mary (we were in a monastery together) sent me this article...


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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-09-12
2021-09-12 04:00 UTC

  2. My Cousin Julie
  4. Thoughts About Living with Sadness

September 11th Twenty Years
2021-09-11 21:56 UTC by French la Vie

Where were we that moment still fresh in our minds?

Where are we now and have we learned?

What peace do we have, do we offer

 to those who died that day

to their families

and to those in Afghanistan the millions who died after the towers went down?

Tragedy ...

hate offers a brutal response

and somehow makes some of us have...

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Please Do You Know the Name of this Flower
2021-09-10 21:37 UTC by French la Vie

Calling it pretty isn’t enough.

Do you know more about it!


The Pied Piper
2021-09-09 21:36 UTC by French la Vie

pied piper

Water and being outside are two things most children love.

The fountain at the park was hard to turn on for most of the little hands there so Yann decided to hold it on for them.

Gabriel, as you can see doesn't like wet clothes, hence he was in his diaper.

Once the children knew that someone was holding the water on the lineup was continuous...

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Bee Sting
2021-09-08 21:04 UTC by French la Vie

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Sent to me by Patricia xx

The thought above reminded me of  

Saint Francis and his teachings-

… though when the bee stings me

the idea of being a flower fades.

Ah to be able to hold good thoughts about another when they sting you, to seek understanding in the face of adversity.

That was Saint Francis.



French Ways
2021-09-07 21:52 UTC by French la Vie

maison du village square

French house-keys

Finally at the end of summer the warm weather has arrived in Provence, driving everyone either inside or to the beach.

Luckily, for us our maison du village (house in the village) has stone walls that are over three feet thick. Our maison's wall butts up against the neighbor's maison's wall creating a six foot thick stone wall. Insulation at...

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Hello Lovely Friends
2021-09-06 21:09 UTC by French la Vie

French flower Market





Perfectly Modest Drab
2021-09-05 20:02 UTC by French la Vie

Paris street

Walking along in Paris two women in front of me caught my attention. Now I am not a fashionista, nor buy fashion magazines so who am I to judges, but I did. The mother and her thirty something year old daughter could not have been more dowdy if they tried from head to toe they looked like a throw back to 1970s and not in that hip cool sense but...

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