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When Will This End?
2021-07-30 13:53 UTC by French la Vie

Gabriel loves babies and dolls. He is a natural little parent.


After reading and talking with her doctor

Chelsea six months pregnant had her first vaccine today.

The rest of us have been vaccinated since April.

Gabriel does not have a vaccine.

I am planning to visit my cousin and mom in September, but if covid picks up 


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Textile Thoughts
2021-07-29 21:42 UTC by French la Vie

French la Vie, Corey Amaro


Love when I see someone's handiwork, handiwork from many years ago going strong.

Who nowadays if they found a hole in something would discard it? Maybe give it to recycling or

a second-hand shop...

When I do that is allows me to feel good about it, giving it away for all the wrong reasons, it is too old, I don't like it, or use it,...

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2021-07-28 14:02 UTC by French la Vie





French Twist
2021-07-27 21:03 UTC by French la Vie

1996 Memory

Sacha (five years old) and I are at the hair salon I am looking at a magazine.

Sacha is checking out his surroundings.

The women waiting, are admiring his curls and English vocabulary.

"Mommy do you know how to say, "haircut" in French?" Sacha has something up his sleeve, I can tell by that twinkle of mischief in his eye.


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And Yet …
2021-07-26 21:09 UTC by French la Vie


When Your Children Are Happy and Well …
2021-07-25 21:56 UTC by French la Vie



godspeedcine is the name of Sacha’s

and his friend Conrad’s business. 


Weekly Top Posts: 2021-07-25
2021-07-25 04:00 UTC

  1. French-ness
  2. My Cousin Julie
  3. When the Sunshines
  4. Life is Good

Happy Saturday
2021-07-24 20:55 UTC by French la Vie

happy Saturday French la Vie

Happy Saturday 


Via Adrian Michael

Via Adrian Michael



2021-07-23 21:00 UTC by French la Vie



summer days

warm with the constant song of the cigales

we are at our friend's Rodger and Arnelle

basking in their friendship

catching up after their long-awaited return

because covid they could not come back to France.

At the same time, we are babysitting Gabriel.

What are you doing this summer day?



The Beginning of a Weekend with Friends
2021-07-22 21:52 UTC by French la Vie





A Happy reunion after such a long wait.

more to come…



2021-07-21 21:43 UTC by French la Vie

Thank you for your messages, your thoughtfulness, the steady encouragement. I appreciate you deeply.


My friend Pam wrote a simple line that had a good punch of truth to it:


"Not every day is going to be a 10."


It made me think how confusing it is when others say live every day as if it is your last.

As if it has to...

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Let it Pour Out
2021-07-20 21:44 UTC by French la Vie

passages of time


The path that feels so strong, so secure under my feet, I do not take for granted.

I know how life can change, as quickly as the crack of thunder, or the breaking of a wave.

Nobody knows the future.

Though those who have the amazing fortune of health, and well-being on their side,

seem to have an easier time balancing the thunder...

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Happiness is….
2021-07-19 21:23 UTC by French la Vie

happiness is


Happiness is...



(IF you haven't read yesterday's comments, go do so now. )



My Legs Want to Move
2021-07-18 21:54 UTC by French la Vie


My mother would say that hours sitting in a car made her feel exhausted.

Though gardening in the 100-degree heat did not. I never understood her logic until recently. 


Chelsea and Martin had a wedding to attend this weekend near Lyon a three-hour drive. They asked me 

if I would tag along to babysit they did not...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-07-18
2021-07-18 04:00 UTC

  1. French-ness
  2. Life is Good
  3. My Cousin Julie
  4. When the Sunshines
  5. Gabriel’s Passion

Putting Baby to Sleep
2021-07-17 21:55 UTC by French la Vie


Reassured him over and over

that his mommy and daddy were coming home after the wedding~

and that he would see them after his sleep.

Sang “Row row row your boat…” countless times-

as he has a thing for boats.

Whispered the story of Goldilocks

more time than Row row row your boat…

I changed the storyline a bit as I couldn’t...

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Do You Speak Another Language?
2021-07-16 21:26 UTC by French la Vie



When I arrived in France I was thirty years old and did not speak more than three words of French.

Some of you have asked me what was that like and how long did it take me to learn to speak French.


1) It was hard.

Language isn't one of my natural gifts. I also do not like to study.







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My Cousin Julie
2021-07-15 17:26 UTC by French la Vie



Ah, my cousin Christine, Julie’s sister sent me this photo today.

When Yann and I were newlyweds living in Paris, Julie came to visit. She would come visit us many many times as the years came and went.


Julie and I were 30 years old. 


In this trip visiting us we went through Paris’ famous underground...

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Lavender Experience
2021-07-14 16:08 UTC by French la Vie














Did you Know
2021-07-13 21:40 UTC by French la Vie



P is for Provence
2021-07-12 21:38 UTC by French la Vie

p is for provence


P    is for Provence.


p is for provence

 P   is for parking.



P is for Pastis


P   is for pastis.


P is for parking pastis


P   is for parking in Provence with a parking sign transformed to say Pastis.




Thank you for your comments regarding my selfies...

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Photo Challenge
2021-07-11 20:54 UTC by French la Vie


Photo challenge 

posting a photo of myself.

Dare me how often?

This will be a challenge that I might not meet

but I am going to do my best to post more photos of myself,




Weekly Top Posts: 2021-07-11
2021-07-11 04:00 UTC

  1. Life is Good
  2. My Cousin Julie
  3. Barcelona Surprise
  4. French-ness
  5. When the Sunshines

The Artist
2021-07-10 21:11 UTC by French la Vie


The Artist

Sacha's Italian Girlfriend is doing an internship in Barcelona at an art gallery. Amongst learning how to run an art gallery and sell art (every artist can relate to that) the owner of the art gallery is encouraging Elena to create as well by providing the art supplies and paper she needs to create as much art as she wants. At the...

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True Beauty
2021-07-09 21:42 UTC by French la Vie

true beauty


Thank you Leigh for sharing this x



Worn Smooth
2021-07-08 21:58 UTC by French la Vie

worn smooth
worn smooth

Certainly, a person wore this since their baptism

Because the medal has been worn

 smooth on both sides.


Imagine the prayers that brought confidence

because who would wear a religious medal all their life if they didn’t have a knowing in faith?


Blog  reader Ellen has this psalm on her FB

« … why would...

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Gathering Lavender
2021-07-07 21:49 UTC by French la Vie

Gathering Lavender


Gathering lavender either early in the morning or after sunset

otherwise, be prepared to be in competition with bees.

The day before I planned to harvest our two thick beautiful lavender plants

it rained steadily the day long. The lavender blossoms browned a bit but not too badly.



Gathering Lavender


I found this old long...

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Monique Alphand Textile Collector
2021-07-06 20:00 UTC by French la Vie















Imperfection Perfection
2021-07-05 21:00 UTC by French la Vie

imperfection perfection


A year ago today I was leaving California after being there for over five months.

I went to  California because my brother was seriously ill.

Meanwhile, Covid was creating a new passage for everyone.

My time at home was an extended gift, not perfect but perfect.

A year since I have seen my family it feels so odd yet familiar.


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The Fourth of July
2021-07-04 21:51 UTC by French la Vie


This land was made for you and Me.








Weekly Top Posts: 2021-07-04
2021-07-04 04:00 UTC

  1. Barcelona Surprise
  2. French-ness
  3. Life is Good
  4. Happy Father’s Day
  5. My Cousin Julie

Art at the Brocante
2021-07-03 21:32 UTC by French la Vie

Art at the Brocante French la Vie


For you a bouquet


Art at the Brocante French la Vie

At the seaside


Art at the Brocante French la Vie


Flowers in a vase

Art at the Brocante French la Vie


Rows of lavender and wheat

Art at the Brocante French la Vie

Two boats in Cassis


Art at the Brocante French la Vie

Walking the trails in Saint Baume



Art at the Brocante French la Vie

Provencal countryside


Art at the Brocante French la Vie

A bridge over the Seine.


Which one do you like best?


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Dinner with Mo & Mo
2021-07-02 18:21 UTC by French la Vie

Dinner in Provence

Last night we went to dinner at our friend's home. We hadn't seen Mo and Mo since last year -you know how

Covid makes us recalculate dates since that whole year seems to have vanished?

Mo (my friend who makes pottery and lives ten minutes away) had covid she was in bed for months and only recently has

started to feel better but her sense of...

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Thank You
2021-07-01 21:03 UTC by French la Vie




The drive home.

Safe and sound and a soft bed to fall into.


Yann thanks you all very much for your thoughtful messages.


If anything this year so far has taught me to love big and bigger and not to stop.





Ever Changing Light
2021-06-30 18:06 UTC by French la Vie


Five hours drive 

through magnificent countryside

to an area I had never seen

Aix les Bain.

We went for one night

while there we walked by the lake

Yann told me that

during WWII a German plane crashed into it

two people drown and the other two were rescued. 
Germany in turn released four French prisoners.


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Love Thyself
2021-06-29 20:27 UTC by French la Vie






Breakfast at Ching’s
2021-06-28 21:57 UTC by French la Vie

breakfast in France

Breakfast at Ching's (my friend who I met on my blog ten or is it twelve years ago) in Cassis with her beautiful collection of dishes from our friend Mo.


breakfast with Ching in Cassis



melon and croissants

The sweetest melon from the market in Cassis, croissants, pain au chocolate, fresh soft cheese, and jams.



breakfast in France

Yes, they were buttery,...

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Eternal June
2021-06-27 20:41 UTC by French la Vie

butterfly summer


"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June." —L.M. Montgomery


" If it could only be like this always – always summer, the fruit always ripe…" —Evelyn Waugh




 "It was June, and the world smelled of roses.

The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-06-27
2021-06-27 04:00 UTC

  1. One Day
  2. Happy Father’s Day
  3. Barcelona Surprise
  4. Rose Ice Cream
  5. The Sneak

When We Were Young
2021-06-26 21:16 UTC by French la Vie

flight back home


What we do when we are young and in love.

Sacha flew to visit his girlfriend in Spain he was with her for ten days after working literally non-stop for several weeks.

Tired and jetlag seem not to have the same hold on a person at that age, nor when you miss the person you love.

His flight details, crazy itinerary to have the best price...

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Drinking From a Tall Glass
2021-06-25 21:45 UTC by French la Vie

Drinking From a Tall Glass



Seven-hour drive due to stops to play,

when we arrived in Barcelona

we needed a drink

and Gabriel was for it.

He wanted to sit in a big chair, so here we were waiting for our drinks to come.


Drinking From a Tall Glass


These days his favorite foods are pasta, yogurt, and breastmilk-

- a drink in a Tall Glass was coming...

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Barcelona in Bloom
2021-06-24 21:28 UTC by French la Vie


Barcelona in Bloom


Red Asoka-Trees were blooming in Barcelona, which I had never seen before, the ground was covered with blooms.




Barcelona in Bloom

Barcelona in Bloom



Along with red blossoms above us and at our feet the Tipu trees were in bloom as well.


Barcelona in Bloom


Barcelona in Bloom


Red, yellow and purple against striking...

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Family Time in Barcelona
2021-06-23 21:31 UTC by French la Vie

Family Time in Barcelona , Corey Amaro

We went to Barcelona to meet Sacha who flew there to see his Italian Girlfriend. Barcelona is only a five-hour drive which was made extremely enjoyable with Gabriel in the car with us. No screens, barely the radio, just his antics kept us entertained, and his play breaks (who doesn't like to play on a slide at a rest stop?) were full of crumbs,...

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Rose Ice Cream
2021-06-22 11:29 UTC by French la Vie




Recipe from blog reader Sue Hofmann.




Follow any basic ice cream recipe.

When you heat the milk and cream, add two or three handfuls of rose petals.

If you know they have not been sprayed, there is no need to wash them.

Otherwise, rinse with hot water.

Follow the recipe and when done heating, remove the...

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One Day
2021-06-21 20:56 UTC by French la Vie



Happy Father’s Day
2021-06-20 18:57 UTC by French la Vie


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Happy Father’s Day Yann 





Weekly Top Posts: 2021-06-20
2021-06-20 04:00 UTC

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  4. Antique Glass Top Candy Boxes

Sacha's Birthday
2021-06-19 21:15 UTC by French la Vie

  Sacha celebrating in Barcelona

Sacha's bierthday

Happy 29th Birthday, Sacha!




Barcelona Surprise
2021-06-18 21:42 UTC by French la Vie

Sacha’s Italian Girlfriend is doing an internship at an art gallery in Barcelona (currently she speaks three languages fluently) Sacha flew to Spain yesterday to be with her as their birthdays are within a week of each other and for other obvious reasons. We drove to Spain to surprise him. 



The Sneak
2021-06-17 21:38 UTC by French la Vie


Dinner was ready 

Chelsea had set the table

Yann was opening the wine

I turned my back to stir a pot and when I turned around

someone had gobbled up the raspberries off the melons.


Take Time All the Time
2021-06-16 20:14 UTC by French la Vie

 Our friends Laurie-Annya and Ian Who moved to France three years ago just moved to a new place in Cassis- - amongst the boxes, bags and plies to put away a bouquet stood at their entrance perfectly calm, graceful, and beautiful.

I would not have thought nor taken the time to have bought flowers if I were like they were in full moving mode...

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Happy Second Birthday Gabriel
2021-06-15 20:31 UTC by French la Vie






(Chelsea made the cake and cookies)



A Pail of Water on a Hot Day
2021-06-14 20:34 UTC by French la Vie

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A pail of water

a toy boat

a hot day

a happy  baby.


The French Language
2021-06-13 21:44 UTC by French la Vie


Weekly Top Posts: 2021-06-13
2021-06-13 04:00 UTC

  3. When I Traveled to Morocco the First Time
  5. Antique Glass Top Candy Boxes

2021-06-12 20:07 UTC by French la Vie






Do you agree?


Home Town
2021-06-11 20:18 UTC by French la Vie



My village

Mountains circle three-fourths of it-

A thousand-year-old church is at its center

The bells ring around the clock striking the hours.

This view is five minutes on foot from my door.

I have lived here longer than any other place...

over twenty years.

Tell me something about where you live?





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