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Interests: I love creating altered art and collages, making jewelry, traveling around the world, digging for treasures at flea markets, shopping, eating, and blogging. Please send me a note and let me know you are out there!
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Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái 2-8-2016 “wishing you a prosperous new year” This year is the year of the monkey. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal sign: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon (me), Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. You are a monkey if... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ma vie trouvée
I am ready for the big reveal of my dream bathroom.... We really needed to remodel the master bath nine years ago when we left for our overseas assignment, but it did not make sense to do it while we were renting. So it became first on the "to do"... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ma vie trouvée
Siem Reap/Angkor Wat, Cambodia February, 2015 Exactly one year ago today, Cousin Maria, Jane, Sue, and I took a "girls" trip to visit Siem Reap for Jane's 50th birthday. It was also part of Sue and Maria's big Asian Adventure. Visit the full post here. In honor of this being... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at ma vie trouvée
I am exactly one year behind on our travel blog. I am not quite sure how this happened. It was not for lack of trips, because we took some awesome trips our last year in Singapore. I just need to sort through the thousands of photos and get the stories... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at ma vie trouvée
My nephew's girlfriend asked me if I would do a photo shoot for their Christmas card. Of course I jumped at the opportunity! We were very lucky as it was a beautiful day with temperatures above normal for December. Here are my favorite photos. Christmas is over - but I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at ma vie trouvée
Hello and Happy New Year! I can't believe it is already January 21st and this is the first post I have done since Christmas. I am slowly getting settle in the USA and finding a routine. I hope to be back to more frequent posts very soon. I missed seeing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at ma vie trouvée
Whatever corner of the world you live in... I wish you a wonderful holiday season. May it be filled with warmth, love, cheer, and happiness. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
I won an awesome blog giveaway last week. My very talented blog friend donna @ pic me up photos offered a giveaway in "the spirit of friendship". If you have never visited Donna's site - you must! She is an amazing photographer and writer. What did I win? A subscription... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
This week marks four months living back in the USA for us. I really have no idea where this time went. Relocating back to the US is hard. Really hard. I am having more trouble adjusting here then I did when I moved to Brussels or Singapore. Both worlds so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
Welcome to the view from my new art room! This is not as exotic as my normal post of " a view from my window" - but it is still pretty. We are slowly settling back into our old house in Virginia. When I went to unpack and set up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
Relocating/Moving is hard.... All of our shipments have now arrived and the two missing couches were found (over-sized so in a different container). I am still sorting through boxes - 222 boxes were in storage for eight years and that does not even include all the boxes from Singapore and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
One of my nephews got married last week. It was a beautiful wedding. This was one of my favorite photos of the bride, which I find odd because she has the most beautiful blue eyes and you don't see them in this photo ... More wedding photos later... getting the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
un café au lait speculoos and le Marché aux puces A quick trip to Brussels Belgium. The first time we have been back since we moved away four and a half years ago. I am still in love..... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
Our renters left us a very nice grill when they moved out. When D went to clean it, he opened the lid to a surprise..... A sweet little nest... With three babies! We think they were hours old. D said there where three when he first lifted the lid up.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
We are back in Virginia after living abroad for eight years .... slowly adapting. It's the little things that make me happy during the transition ... like my new hello kitty key. I was so excited to show my sister-in-law. She laughed and told me fun keys have been out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
Happy Birthday Singapore! and Farewell! Singapore's Golden Jubilee Happy National Day! Today, August 9th, marks Singapore’s 50th Birthday as a nation, and Singaporeans are celebrating BIG!! The president declared August 7 a public holiday making it a four-day weekend. All over the city there are red and white decorations, carnivals,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
D came down with a really bad cold. I was running out to Chinatown, and he asked me to pick up non-drowsy cold medicine for him. I went into the Asian herbalist store, told the pharmacist D's symptoms and he handed me a box of cold and flu medicine. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
Seminyak, Bali Indonesia Oh I love Bali!! Our next villa was equally as beautiful. Our villa room is on the left. All other photos are the shared areas, but they felt very private as no one else was there. There are 18 rooms at this hotel and 4 pools -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
Ubud, Bali We packed out our apartment the beginning of the week. The time has come faster than I wanted. On the bright side, the move went very well. All of our worldly goods are back in crates.... part will go by plane and part by ship. We leave August... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
I was at the Pearl Market in Beijing, China when I saw these little ceramic Asian ladies in a shop. They are around 5 inches long. What were they used for? It was late in the day and a co-worker of D was giving us a tour of the market,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
My cousin had to have a double mastectomy two weeks ago. The GREAT news is she is doing really well and was back to work on Monday. This is pretty remarkable, to be back to work so soon. I think it is attributed to her extremely positive attitude throughout this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
We were eating lunch the other day and a large bird flew by the window and caught my eye. I jumped up to look and there was this amazing tropical black and white bird. We had never seen one before. As we grabbed the camera, eight or so of them... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
"If you try to imitate too much, then you look like nothing. Never compare yourself." Ilona Royce Smithkin Street style photographer Ari Seth Cohen started the style blog "Advanced Style" to prove that you don't have to be young to be stylish. He photographs women with eclectic style, all over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
This is really our breakfast view from the club lounge. Our room was not as good a view. This is a remarkably clear day for Beijing. Most days you can hardly see in front of you due to the pollution. We are very lucky not only for my photos, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at ma vie trouvée
Jeju Island is a resort area for wealthy Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese. It is the top honeymoon destination for Korean newlyweds. "We" are here for a conference. Below is the view from my hotel window - a mix of Vegas, Disneyland, and Hawaii. You can see the beach in the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at ma vie trouvée