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Wallpaper Adventure
2021-05-11 20:37 UTC by French la Vie

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The room has no natural light so the photos are not the best.

Yann said it reminds him of his Aunt's home where the wallpaper is old, peeling, and well looks like this.

I told him I remembered her home and I love it, especially the wallpaper. Maybe that was the unconscious

inspiration? Nevertheless, Yann said he liked it,...

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Wallpaper Adventure Number 10000000000000000 (Maybe minus a bunch of zeros)
2021-05-10 21:26 UTC by French la Vie

A rainy day, more or less the entire day,

gave me permission to stay indoors and dive into a long-awaited project giving it chance to become.

I had two more walls to wallpaper .

Those of you who have been reading this blog as long as I have been writing it know I have a thing

for patchwork wallpapering.

Yes, I had a sturdy ladder! I fell off...

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The Queen of Hearts
2021-05-09 20:15 UTC by French la Vie

holding the heart card

Dear Mom,

Witty, generous, faithful, constant ... soft heart but strong.

Breakfast, lunch, a "treat" at four, and dinner was made with a homemade dessert,

Our home was full of your creative touches and flowers from the garden were on the table,

There were a variety of homemade cookies in the bottomless cookie jar

our sheets were washed, then...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-05-09
2021-05-09 04:00 UTC

  1. When I Traveled to Morocco the First Time
  2. Wish They Could Stay With Us Forever
  4. Antique Glass Top Candy Boxes
  5. Thanksgiving

To Be Well in Our Lives
2021-05-08 19:36 UTC by French la Vie



Slipping Down the Rabbit Hole Gawking at Antiques Online
2021-05-07 14:48 UTC by French la Vie

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Ecole FRANCAISE de la fin du XVIIIe siècle


It started with a painting of flowers that I missed during an auction as my bid was too low.

Determine to find another I searched for flower paintings that took me down a rabbit hole of discovery, astoundment, and drove me to own one.

Understandably my bid was too low but I gained...

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Life is Good
2021-05-06 19:31 UTC by French la Vie

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Chelsea is four months along, at first she didn't feel so good but the second trimester is proving easier.

Gabriel kisses her tummy with tenderness, and baby kisses bring such sweetness.

We are over the moon and back with excitement good news is welcomed anytime, and especially this year.

I only wish my mother could...

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Some Very Very Good News
2021-05-05 19:10 UTC by French la Vie


Can you guess? Such very good news. 
Guess when this new little Sugar Bun is due.

Pink or Blue it does not matter.



Gabriel’s Passion
2021-05-04 20:53 UTC by French la Vie


Gabriel loves boats.

Since they live near the Saint Martin canal in Paris

they walk there after his daycare to

 »see » the boats.

Has a childhood passion stayed with you into your adulthood?







First Poppies
2021-05-03 20:05 UTC by French la Vie



Flower Language
2021-05-02 18:44 UTC by French la Vie

corey amaro flower lesson

You two bloomed 


even when the sky turned grey

and the spring day was as cold as February 

fear did not overshadow you.

I hear you guiding my steps.




Weekly Top Posts: 2021-05-02
2021-05-02 04:00 UTC

  1. Wish They Could Stay With Us Forever
  2. Nearly May... The French la VIe
  3. French Auctions ... Antiques I Have Seen
  4. Antique Glass Top Candy Boxes
  5. Walking with an Iris

Coquette, The Miniature Portrait I call Piglet
2021-05-01 18:13 UTC by French la Vie

miniature portrait


This is Piglet.


little someone


With her grey curls, which was a thing back then, because she is not that old.

Her eyebrows are so hip now. How did she know?

A seductive echelle, blue-ribbon untied, what was she thinking

I doubt it was about chocolate.

And one gold loop, not two, trying to be a modern girl without a pearl...

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What Caught Your Eye Today?
2021-04-30 20:39 UTC by French la Vie



The painter captures the moment.

Giving a glimpse of the story that unfolds before his eyes.

The small details set up the atmosphere,

a book with a page being turned,

an empty china teacup,

an apple that sits near the fold line of a crisp white linen tablecloth.


Tomorrow I will give two little portraits away and tell the...

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Miniature Antique Portrait That I Have Renamed After My Readers and a Giveaway
2021-04-29 11:40 UTC by French la Vie

Miniature portraits catch my attention as much as everything else that is old does.

I have a Brocante Bug badly as you know.

The miniature portrait that I am mostly attracted to are the ones that

aren't raving beauties but have a certain unusual charm. Unique in their oddness. My appeal is not to find the glass slipper.

But realness, a look...

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French Auctions ... Antiques I Have Seen
2021-04-28 19:06 UTC by French la Vie



OITE NECESSAIRE A COUTURE de forme oblongue en argent émaillé. Couvercle à charnière orné de personnages scènes champêtres et scènes galantes ; enrichi de bouquets de fleurs et de rinceaux dorés. Monture en pomponne.


A porcelaine gilded and painted needle case. Why? Because needlework was an art, and the wealthy had beautiful objects to hold their tools.

Sort of like who has the latest iPhone, or designer purse, or what car do you drive.

Show and tell still exist is some circles.


Some of the things I hear when talking to...

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Antique Glass Top Candy Boxes
2021-04-27 22:08 UTC by French la Vie

Candy bx


These charming 1800s glass top hand-painted scene boxes were for chocolates;

They are made out of "carton" hardbound paper with golden paper lace strips to add richness to the paper form.

These were on sale at an auction that I watched online which has become my new binge-watching addiction.


Candy bx
Candy bx


They sold for over...

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Nearly May... The French la VIe
2021-04-26 16:59 UTC by French la Vie

corey amaro french la vie.

The French la Vie...

that beautiful gathering of friends from blogging who loved coming

to France, digging in the brocantes, meeting people, sharing stories, tasting Provence

in big juicy gulps and delicate sips.

I postponed the 2020 gatherings, hoping that 2021 would be promising.

Though after much thought and listening to others I...

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Wish They Could Stay With Us Forever
2021-04-25 16:31 UTC by French la Vie



Weekly Top Posts: 2021-04-25
2021-04-25 04:00 UTC

  1. Daily Walk
  2. Update Pam
  3. My Grandmother Nane by Gabriel
  4. When I Traveled to Morocco the First Time
  5. Marie-Antoinette Clothing

Walking with an Iris
2021-04-24 07:58 UTC by French la Vie


Since the lockdown Gabriel and family have spent most their time with us. I am happiest when I am with this Baby Love.

Today we walked along the path picking flowers and smelling rosemary, thyme and marjolaine.

Baby Love picked an iris for his maman slowly as we reached home all the petals were gone except one.


What the Future Holds
2021-04-23 07:38 UTC by French la Vie



Little one

What can I promise you true?

What can I leave behind that will light your path?

Will your tomorrows be as beautiful as the ones we have shared with you?

Little one

this glorious life

this unknown path that we follow

this love that binds us

What will the future hold?


If anything I hope I can...

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Breakfast Croissant
2021-04-22 20:08 UTC by French la Vie



Slippers wearing slippers outside.

Wisteria petal ground.

His other grandmother's scarf.

Likes to stand while eating breakfast.

Croissant from the baker down the road.

Happy sunny day.


My Grandmother Name by Gabriel
2021-04-21 21:55 UTC by French la Vie

wisteria corey amaro


Today Gabriel called me by a name and continued to say my new name over and over.

Each time he would say my name I would respond,

 »I E loves Gabriel. »

Eventually I E will become Vavie.

Yann’s name so far is « BaBa »

which will become Grand PaPa.

Unless of course we just let it go and adopt these names.



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When I Traveled to Morocco the First Time
2021-04-20 09:58 UTC by French la Vie




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Daily Walk
2021-04-19 20:24 UTC by French la Vie

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flowers Corey Amaro



flowers Corey Amaro



flowers Corey Amaro



one step in front of the other

begging my thoughts to fall like seeds to the ground

how they hang on and turn over,

and intertwine with one another

until at last with yet another step,

the waterfall takes them.

My steps breath

The littlest flowers...

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Marie-Antoinette Clothing
2021-04-18 16:27 UTC by French la Vie




On auction today there was this...

a textile fragment which was a piece of Marie-Antoinette's clothing.

Seriously why does this sort of thing grab my attention?

The trip it takes me on...


First thought: OMG I want it.

Second thought: Yeah at 1200 Euros beginning bid

I do not think that is going to be a realistic...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-04-18
2021-04-18 04:00 UTC

  1. Loving Kindness
  2. My Cousin Julie
  3. Superpowers
  4. Quiet Fireworks
  5. Love Intentionally

Update Pam
2021-04-17 21:10 UTC by French la Vie

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Pam’s husband Rick has sent me daily messages regarding his lovely wife Pam.

I am happy to say there is good news!

Pam is recovering she is breathing and eating on her own!

The days ahead will be filled with hope and thanksgiving and

regaining her strength and mobility.


Thank you for your everything.

Good news feels so...

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Quiet Fireworks
2021-04-16 17:49 UTC by French la Vie

quiet fireworks



johnny sun good bye again


excerpt from Johnny Sun's book 

Goodbye Again





Daily Walk Foraged Flowers
2021-04-15 16:48 UTC by French la Vie

foraged flowers corey amaro


Walking every day of the year allows me to see the transformation

brought on by each season,

also where flowers grow outside the boundaries of properties.  

Clipper in the pocket off I go

hello, lilacs, rosemary, almond blossoms...



foraged flowers corey amaro


Do any of you know the name of the pink beaded flower branch? It...

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2021-04-14 20:55 UTC by French la Vie

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At the moment and maybe for a while longer

I will be posting quotes that speak to me and or a sweet photo as I take a step back to let myself

catch up with what has happened and what is happening.

Haven’t we all at one time or another needed time to just say okay here I am

and let it just sit in our lap while we hold on to...

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Love Intentionally
2021-04-13 19:21 UTC by French la Vie

broken but whole



broken but whole


My Cousin Julie
2021-04-12 21:00 UTC by French la Vie

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Yesterday, I received again devastating news about my cousin Julie, Sacha's Buddhamere.

If I wasn't so sad I would have had time to feel downright mad at the God I call Love.

I know Love has no bounds and that God can take my anger with a grain of salt.

Some hit pillows I have a good go at God, it helps to be able to dump it somewhere...

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Miracles Happen
2021-04-11 21:49 UTC by French la Vie


Miracles Happen

and when they do

there is a joyous elation of life, love, and a boost to faith.

Whether the miracle is big or small

and for however long 



Weekly Top Posts: 2021-04-11
2021-04-11 04:00 UTC

  1. Not a Happy Bunny
  2. When Things Take on New Meaning
  3. All that Love
  4. Plant Love and Share it as Much as You Can
  5. Please Send Your Loving Healing Everything to My Friend Pam

Loving Kindness
2021-04-10 21:16 UTC by French la Vie


My mother always said, "When someone dies everyone is very present to the loved ones for the first few weeks, which is good and needed. But do not forget in six months, or even a year after that those who have lost someone still need loving attention, maybe even more so as the weeks turn into months as life goes on for those who haven't...

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Plant Love and Share it as Much as You Can
2021-04-09 15:41 UTC by French la Vie

Flower painting garden pot


Thank you for all your loving attention and kindness.

Haven't we all had a complicated ongoing year plus, and for some it has been terribly hard.

Thank you for your love sent to Pam, she is in need of every ounce of healing.


With Cynthia's passing so many memories have been stirred up. I hope to share some as time goes on.


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Please Send Your Loving Healing Everything to My Friend Pam
2021-04-08 18:34 UTC by French la Vie



Pam a longtime reader of my blog who has become a friend of mine

is in the hospital with pneumonia and is intubated.

Her husband Rick has asked me to pray and I am asking you to join with me to

ask for healing grace and gentleness to surround her. 



2021-04-07 19:57 UTC by French la Vie


Bicycle in paris


Paris 1989 (repost from 2006)


Once upon a time and one time only,

did French Husband help deliver a wedding cake for our dear American friend Cynthia, who had an American bakery in Paris.

Cynthia who introduced chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cheesecake, bear claws, and muffins to the Parisians back in...

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All that Love
2021-04-06 20:14 UTC by French la Vie



(Quote from Instagram. The antique santon belongs to Dorlis a wonderful artist and curator of beautiful things. The crown of thorns was made by my friend Philippe. The two of them had a stunning exposition for Holy Week.)




When Things Take on New Meaning
2021-04-05 17:43 UTC by French la Vie



Not a Happy Bunny
2021-04-04 18:34 UTC by French la Vie

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

  1. What is Perfection?
  2. Live it Well
  3. Good Friday
  4. Simplicity
  5. The Challenge of Being Fortunate

Where the Children Sleep
2021-04-03 20:42 UTC by French la Vie

“For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.

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Good Friday
2021-04-02 21:51 UTC by French la Vie

There is a beginning to every end.

There is light in darkness.

There is forgiveness

and suffering.

Prayer doesn’t always bring you what you want

nor what you need.

it is okay to doubt, to be mad and

not want to hear someone tell you how to be better.




Food for Thought
2021-04-01 18:00 UTC by French la Vie



What are some of your reflections after this year living with Covid?

(photo and text via my friend Rachel Baker’s Instagram.)

I have various covid reflections rambling around in me but what strikes me most is the daily conversation about this subject the actual living through it each step and wondering will it ever end if we do not...

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Nursery School
2021-03-31 19:20 UTC by French la Vie

nursery school


Gabriel's daycare was short-lived.

He started last week. Since September I had been going to and from Paris every week to watch him.

I was sad to give up my role but happy too to have my days back at home.

And happy that he could play with other children, which he hasn't been able to most of his little life.


Tonight France...

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What is Perfection?
2021-03-30 21:02 UTC by French la Vie





What is perfection?

What is loved-

What is created for someone-

and cherished-

even when it is worn true.

what is perfection?

a loaf of bread, a lily and contentment in the simple things that nourish us and bring beauty.




2021-03-29 20:52 UTC by French la Vie


 When you have only two pennies left in the world,

buy a loaf of bread with one,

and a lily with the other.


~Chinese Proverb

(thank you Jeanne for sharing this quote with me)



Live it Well
2021-03-28 19:10 UTC by French la Vie

its a wonderful life corey amaro


I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and for you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
The bright blessed day
The dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky

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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-03-28
2021-03-28 04:00 UTC

  1. Give Love Daily
  2. Quiet Paris
  3. What Are You Waiting For?
  4. The Lollipop Lesson
  5. Standing Amongst the Roses

The Challenge of Being Fortunate
2021-03-27 10:19 UTC by French la Vie



I am fortunate.

I have a good life.

I have a family who loves me, food to eat, a roof over my head. I am healthy and in no pain.

I have running water, more than enough to...

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Standing Amongst the Roses
2021-03-26 20:54 UTC by French la Vie


standing amongst the roses corey amaro



I remember the day like it was yesterday, though it was over twenty years ago.

I went up the hill to visit my friend Annie.

She invited me, saying to come mid-morning to help her pick the roses.



corey amaro standing amongst the rose



Annie was an American by birth.

Soon after she was born her parents returned to their...

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Where Love Finds a Way
2021-03-25 09:10 UTC by French la Vie


When you cannot be together 

because your countries are in lockdown to each other

and your hearts are longing.



Love finds a way.



paradise found

Paradise found.


The Lollipop Lesson
2021-03-24 20:37 UTC by French la Vie


The Little Squirt pointed to the canister on his parent's dresser that held phone-chargers, plugs, a hair clip or two, some receipts, and a few lollipops.

"Gabriel, I don't think the lollipop is the answer."

You see the handlebar to his pushbike was up too high and I could not lower it no matter how hard I tried. When I told him I couldn't...

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Quiet Paris
2021-03-23 22:38 UTC by French la Vie

paris lockdown

Paris and several other regions went into a stricter lockdown

than what all of France has been experiencing since October.

Parts of Palais Royal where Gabriel and I go to hang out were completely closed off.

Nevertheless, we had a good time. 

Now that the weather is nice the parks are packed.

Everyone wears a mask.



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