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Shared Stories: Jackie Lantry
2022-01-18 09:14 UTC by French la Vie

After many years of penning this blog, I have come to know many of you and if you have been following me and reading the comments you probably know each other too.
During Christmas, many of you shared your home’s Christmas decor which gave us another glimpse of you. I enjoyed that so much that I want to continue putting forth ways for us to...

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A Morning Delight Sort of...
2022-01-17 19:13 UTC by French la Vie

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The orange peel was grated,

The raisins had soaked overnight plump like baby cheeks full of spices and cognac,

Before diving into making Panettone

I made myself a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast

while stirring the oatmeal I popped a plump raisin in my mouth

wow, that was delish(!) I couldn't taste the cognac-

So I added a few...

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Sun Blossoms
2022-01-16 22:36 UTC by French la Vie

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Sunny Sunday!

               

Weekly Top Posts: 2022-01-16
2022-01-16 05:00 UTC

  1. www.abbaye-saint-hilaire-vaucluse.com
  2. www.tripadvisor.fr/Restaurant_Review-g187253-d804636-Reviews-Chez_Etienne-Marseille_Bouches_du_Rhone_Provence.html
  3. copperbath.co.za/taps-fittings
  4. www.leaudecassis.com
  5. www.papillesetpupilles.fr/2015/09/la-buche-de-noel-de-la-reserve-paris-hotel-and-spa.html

Why Not?
2022-01-15 09:06 UTC by French la Vie

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Light over darkness

petals over thorns 

Courage over fear

grace over bitterness

Accepting joy in sorrow.

Strive towards the insurmountable 

Trust over doubt.

 

Wisdom over haste

believing in goodness

Listening with a willingness to change.

 

 

 

 

 

               

Susan Worrel: Shared Stories
2022-01-14 22:48 UTC by French la Vie

After many years of penning this blog, I have come to know many of you and if you have been following me and reading the comments you probably know each other too.
During Christmas, many of you shared your home’s Christmas decor which gave us another glimpse of you. I enjoyed that so much that I want to continue putting forth ways for us to...

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The Heart Power
2022-01-13 20:36 UTC by French la Vie

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Via Keeley Shawart

Illustrator, Self Awareness Advocate, Enneagram devotee
creator of art and space for the soul seekers.

               

Pooh Sticks
2022-01-12 19:38 UTC by French la Vie

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Have you ever played Pooh Sticks?

              

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Finding Happiness
2022-01-11 14:31 UTC by French la Vie

On the Way to Finding Happiness

On the way to finding happiness 

peddling towards our goals, our dreams, our hopes-

Focusing ahead,

Taking note of the route,

Twist, turns, vistas and downhill slides,

admiring what others have carved out on their path.

Then wondering if that is something we too should be doing?

Isn’t it easy to be distracted from our essence,...

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Christmas Challenge
2022-01-10 07:54 UTC by French la Vie

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34 Years Today
2022-01-09 22:13 UTC by French la Vie

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(Look at that handsome babyface on our wedding day.)

 

Thirty-four years ago, that day was very different from today.

This morning, Yann presented me with the largest, most beautiful bouquet for our wedding anniversary.

The flowers were on the kitchen table alongside a breakfast that he prepared for me, thoughtful and loving,...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2022-01-09
2022-01-09 05:00 UTC

  1. www.abbaye-saint-hilaire-vaucluse.com
  2. www.maxitendance.com/2012/12/buches-noel-pierre-herme-paris-2012-chocolats-macarons.html
  3. copperbath.co.za/taps-fittings
  4. www.papillesetpupilles.fr/2015/09/la-buche-de-noel-de-la-reserve-paris-hotel-and-spa.html
  5. www.leaudecassis.com

Melly: Shared Stories
2022-01-08 18:45 UTC by French la Vie

After many years of penning this blog I have come to know many of you and if you have been following me and reading the comments you probably know each other too.
During Christmas many of you shared your home’s Christmas decor which gave us another glimpse of you. I enjoyed that so much that I want to continue putting forth ways for us to...

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Thanksgiving 2021
2022-01-07 20:59 UTC by French la Vie

 

Thanksgiving 2021

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Gathering in the kitchen

holding hands in a circle to give grace

We knew Thanksgiving would be different

my brother Marty wasn’t with us.

 

Each of us took an infamous turkey cookie

held it up like a communion wafer

Or some would say, a drink ready for a toast.

The cookie was part of our family’s...

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Amy Kortuem: Shared Stories
2022-01-06 21:44 UTC by French la Vie

After many years of penning this blog I have come to know many of you and if you have been following me and reading the comments you probably know each other too.
During Christmas many of you shared your home’s Christmas decor which gave us another glimpse of you. I enjoyed that so much that I want to continue putting forth ways for us to...

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The Red Ball
2022-01-05 22:06 UTC by French la Vie

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A red ball,

a blue sky,

green grass,

and a very happy little boy.

 

 

 

              

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The Storyteller
2022-01-04 21:24 UTC by French la Vie

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Children adore Yann's ad-lib stories about Zouglou (a boy) and Zouglette (a girl).

These tales of two children have been told by Yann for over thirty years.

And now Gabriel is hearing them, immobile as he was in that spot for more than half of an hour.

 

 

              

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What has been going on…
2022-01-03 22:00 UTC by French la Vie

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First Gabriel was not feeling well,

then when he was back to his playful self 

Chelsea caught it but not as bad as Gabriel and being the super mom she was better in a day,

A few days after Sacha arrived he found himself wading through it.

then Martin joined him,

and today Elena she has it.

Sacha and Elena had to change their flight...

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I Wonder…
2022-01-02 22:01 UTC by French la Vie

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I wonder...

 
 
 

if the sun debates some mornings

 

not wanting to get
 out of bed 


 

if the sky grows tired
 of being everywhere at once


 
 
 

if the clouds desperately

 

try to hold themselves together


 
 
 

if rain is scared
 of...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2022-01-02
2022-01-02 05:00 UTC

  1. Due Date Approaching
  2. www.moruslondinium.org/research/mulberries-and-silk-john-feltwell
  3. courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/collection/impressionism-post-impressionism/paul-cezanne-mount-sainte-victoire-with-a-large-pine
  4. www.abbaye-saint-hilaire-vaucluse.com
  5. amazon.com/o/asin/1840727179/tongueinche04-20

From Our Family to Yours Happy New Year!
2022-01-01 20:47 UTC by French la Vie

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may this year be one of gentle breeze, blue skies, soft landings, big hugs, belly laughs, good surprises, most of all good health, fortune and grace.

may we will be together next year.

❤️❤️❤️

               

Hope
2021-12-31 06:33 UTC by French la Vie

               

Last Night’s Light Show in Cassis
2021-12-30 22:30 UTC by French la Vie

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Looking from the window

Nature put in a spectacular display 

pinks and blues across the sky reflecting on the water below

Changing as quickly as fireworks

more awesome until the last spark 

 

               

Somebody Wasn't Feeling Well
2021-12-29 22:11 UTC by French la Vie

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Somebody was sick and threw up here, there and everywhere.

The Christmas miracle: nobody else caught it. 

(not covid)

Four adults were dealing with the fallout.

As Martin remarked, 

« You have a lot of rugs. »

 

rug cleaning

Who was the champion Elf?

That honor would go to French Husband who washed the rug on a freezing cold...

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Photo Capture of Two Little Ones
2021-12-28 21:52 UTC by French la Vie

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Trying to take a photo of two little ones is not easy.

Either one is sleeping 

or breastfeeding 

or burped everywhere

or one is happy and the other one making faces

or is too busy playing

or the light is terrible

it goes on and on

but I keep trying

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Christmas Continues to Epiphany
2021-12-27 22:43 UTC by French la Vie



A few more Christmas sharing from readers of my blog. Thank you for sending me a peek into your homes at Christmas! 

❤️❤️❤️❤️

 

 

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I live in Edmonds, a few miles north of Seattle WA. We’re experiencing an unusual cold snap here. I’ve included pics of our outdoor Christmas decor, as well as our tree,...

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Late Afternoon Affection
2021-12-26 20:43 UTC by French la Vie

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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-12-26
2021-12-26 05:00 UTC

  1. Due Date Approaching
  2. courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/collection/impressionism-post-impressionism/paul-cezanne-mount-sainte-victoire-with-a-large-pine
  3. www.papillesetpupilles.fr/2015/09/la-buche-de-noel-de-la-reserve-paris-hotel-and-spa.html
  4. www.theartwolf.com/landscapes/cezanne-montagne-sainte-victoire.htm
  5. amazon.com/o/asin/1840727179/tongueinche04-20
  6. ...

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Merriest Christmas! More from my Blog Readers
2021-12-25 06:43 UTC by French la Vie

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Enjoying our tree as the snow begins to fall outside - we should have an accumulation for our annual family party where all 6 grandchildren plus parents will visit. My middle granddaughter Zoë made a special trip up to decorate for me this year. Lots of memories found on our tree. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Enjoy every...

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Christmas Eve Sharing Joy and Love from and with my Blog Readers
2021-12-24 19:27 UTC by French la Vie

NOTE: I had a few hiccups with this post. So if you are reading this on an email, or subscription, you might want to click over to my blog to see the real deal instead of a mashed up version that went out. Thank you Cynthia for bringing it to my attention.

 

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 This tree is full of my mother's tatted snowflakes,...

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Christmas Decor from my Readers
2021-12-23 19:43 UTC by French la Vie

Thank you for the wonderful sharing of your Christmas trees, decor, stories and homes! 
Click on the photos to enlarge for details xxx

I will keep adding as the days go on so many more to share!

please send me your Christmas photos for my blog sharing

coreyamaro@aol.com
 

❤️❤️❤️❤️

 

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“Merry...

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The Christmas Tree
2021-12-22 19:36 UTC by French la Vie

When I arrived in France many moons ago, Christmas trees were not part of Christmas scene as they are so now. The Christmas consumer market had not yet taken off. The French florists had beautiful floral arrangements, but few Christmas trees. They usually had a few dried up pine trees for sale, reminding me of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, for...

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Bathing in a Sink
2021-12-21 18:49 UTC by French la Vie

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Happy Birthday Chelsea
2021-12-20 20:22 UTC by French la Vie

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Chelsea's first voyage to California. She was five months old. 

My cousin Julie, Sacha's Buddha Mere took the photo of us as we were visiting her in San Francisco. The twenty-two-hour door to door trip from Marseille to Willows was a breeze. Nothing like Chelsea's birth, nor her brother Sacha's first trip...

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Comic Relief
2021-12-19 08:31 UTC by French la Vie

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I do not remember on what Facebook page I saw this

but found it funny and true. 

—-

              

Weekly Top Posts: 2021-12-19
2021-12-19 05:00 UTC

  1. Due Date Approaching
  2. www.theartwolf.com/landscapes/cezanne-montagne-sainte-victoire.htm
  3. www.papillesetpupilles.fr/2015/09/la-buche-de-noel-de-la-reserve-paris-hotel-and-spa.html
  4. courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/collection/impressionism-post-impressionism/paul-cezanne-mount-sainte-victoire-with-a-large-pine
  5. www.abbaye-saint-hilaire-vaucluse.com

Leon a piece of his Story
2021-12-18 08:19 UTC by French la Vie

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In 1914 Yann’s great uncle went to war.
He was 17 years old. 
His name was Leon C.

Wee moments old at his baptism with water of grace poured, surrounded by family a great joy wrapped him.

His Godparents gave him a traditional gift: a silver soup spoon and fork inscribed with his monogram L.C.
As a symbol of nourishment for his...

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the veil of grief
2021-12-17 07:21 UTC by French la Vie

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thin was the veil that covered my heart

I knew my grief was standing beside me

I reasoned that I was okay

relived that my airline ticket was canceled three times 

that is when the 

undercurrent knew going home would open the damn

Not until I saw my mother's tears

and my brother's sacred ground,

and my dad's Harley...

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Mr. Gustave Eiffel
2021-12-16 10:08 UTC by French la Vie

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I took a photo of the Eiffel Tower and gave it an old-time feel.

When I walk by it, I imagine it like this, back in its heyday (still in its heyday) with a gigantic Ferris wheel beside it.

When it comes to the Eiffel Tower it makes Andy Warhol's 15 Minutes of Fame true to most the fleeting moments of today but not when it comes to the...

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How Many Faces in Five Seconds Challenge
2021-12-15 14:39 UTC by French la Vie

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Olivia didn’t know she was in my face challenge.
Like most babies, I would say all babies who aren’t sleeping, Olivia makes many faces in a second.

Those muscles develop quickly with the multitude of expressions.

Due to the constant movement of babies' faces maybe that is why baby photos are taken when they are sleeping?

That might...

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Christmas Decor at my Mother’s House
2021-12-14 21:17 UTC by French la Vie

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more to come…

 

              

Wading Through Water
2021-12-13 11:42 UTC by French la Vie

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Bundled up my sister in law Armelle (Yann’s sister) and I walked a few miles along the Normandy coastline.

We hadn’t planned it, we weren’t wearing hiking clothes nor the appropriate shoes as we were visiting a brocante then we went to a mussel farm and thought let’s walk back home from there (to my mother in laws place).

Yann drove...

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Gabriel’s Letter to Santa Claus
2021-12-12 11:40 UTC by French la Vie

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Gabriel sat at Chelsea’s turned off computer busily typing a message to, « Ho-Ho-Ho” aka Santa Claus.

Chelsea asked him what he was doing?

He said that he didn’t want Ho Ho Ho to come to his house.
Chelsea asked him why he did not want Ho Ho Ho to come to his house.

he responded that he didn’t want presents.

Chelsea repeated, «...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-12-12
2021-12-12 05:00 UTC

  1. Due Date Approaching
  2. Au Bain Marie in Paris
  3. French Yogurt Cake
  4. www.theglassmuseum.com/fishingfloats.htm
  5. www.moruslondinium.org/research/mulberries-and-silk-john-feltwell

The End of the Season
2021-12-11 12:13 UTC by French la Vie

The End of the Season

 

 

The End of the Season

 

 

 

The End of the Season

Open heart pomegranates delicately hang

on barren branches

under a cold blue sky.

Surrounding harvested fields echo their farewell song.

 

              

One of My Favorite Videos of Gabriel
2021-12-10 08:00 UTC by French la Vie

              

Comic Christmas
2021-12-09 08:31 UTC by French la Vie

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Via Sharon Morrison’s FB

 

              

I Take You with Me
2021-12-08 22:14 UTC by French la Vie

 

letting go the hold of grief

I take you with me

though you are here

In the wind tangling my hair

as the sea crashes roaring

bringing a drowning silence

tears speak upon my cheek 

and the waves glide back to the sea

 your shadow on the sand

the sunlight peeks between the clouds

I reach within the space 

 holding up a seashell

...

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Elena’s Reflection
2021-12-07 14:58 UTC by French la Vie


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photo via Sacha

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Elena posted this to her Instagram. We enjoyed sharing country life in California with you xxx

 

              

Advent Prayer
2021-12-06 15:38 UTC by French la Vie

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Lead me love

to have awareness of
your guidance

to bring forth your invisible truth

advent prayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

… In this Dark with me
2021-12-05 17:34 UTC by French la Vie

              

Weekly Top Posts: 2021-12-05
2021-12-05 05:00 UTC

  1. www.theglassmuseum.com/fishingfloats.htm
  2. Au Bain Marie in Paris
  3. French Yogurt Cake
  4. copperbath.co.za/taps-fittings
  5. Olivia

Flower Bed… How does your garden grow?
2021-12-04 17:25 UTC by French la Vie

 

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My mother‘’a Christmas theme flower bed.

How does her garden grow?

I can honestly say she can hold happiness and sadness in the same hand and yet plant the seeds for life to continue gracefully.

The art of gardening is knowing that roses have thorns.

How does your garden grow?

 

              

This Little Bundle
2021-12-03 19:08 UTC by French la Vie

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Painting My Mom’s Mailbox
2021-12-02 16:10 UTC by French la Vie

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Every month one of us in the Amaro family paints my mom’s mailbox at the end of her lane. Today Elena was the one to give it a go. My mom likes her big country mailbox to be painted following holiday themes or monthly traditions this month it is a given … Christmas.

Elena asked my mom what she preferred her to paint and  Santa was...

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To Marty and Julie
2021-12-01 16:24 UTC by French la Vie

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One moment leads to another 

Seed . Bud . Blossom …

 

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Life is movement

Becoming  .  Changing  .  Growing

Blending the physical and spiritual,

Intellect and intuition.

 


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Life changes

it weaves within us 

connects us to each other

 

When someone we love leaves...

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The Loved Old Friend at the Brocante
2021-11-30 12:36 UTC by French la Vie

 

For those of you who do not follow me on Instagram, where I post videos I will be re-posting a few here every now and then.

              


 

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