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Kristin Espinasse
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Diane, Smokey is behind the fourth tree from the left. You can just see his nose poking out the one end, and the rest of him poking out the back.
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Thats so funny, Vicky!
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Thank you, Patricia!
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Photo taken this morning, while out on a walk with Dad and Smokey (can you find him in this photo?) My family leaves soon. We are busy making memories. Speaking of les souvenirs, here is a story from 2006, when our son, Max, was eleven years old and on his way to camp.... une gourde (goord) noun, feminine 1. gourd, flask, canteen 2. simple (mind), maladroit 3. Haitian currency (the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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My dad and Marsha arrived late Tuesday night--despite the national strikes! I am taking the next two weeks off to enjoy every minute with family. Today's post was written during their last visit in September of 2014. Photo taken at Le Parc du Mugel in La Ciotat, where today's story takes place. If you would like to rent in France, consider my long-time blog sponsors: 1. SABLET HOME - in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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A homemade tart by my mother-in-law offers a loving touch. I want my American family to feel cared for--pouponné!--when they stay with me this month. Tell us what makes you most comfortable when you are a guest in someone's home. Conversely, tell us ways you try to be a good guest. Click HERE to comment. TODAY'S WORD: POUPONNER : to dote, to look after I have so many family members... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Miss Bossy Boots in my kitchen. We're a good team! Next winetasting is June 10th at 3pm. You are all invited. TODAY'S FRENCH PHRASE: mener à la baguette : to boss, to boss around, to rule with a rod of iron RENT THESE HOMES IN FRANCE! SABLET HOME - for high quality vacation rentals in the heart of Provence. FRANCE & MONACO Exclusive short-term holiday rental properties throughout France &... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thanks for the first correction. As for butts, if I said to Tim, Get your butts down here!, he would know I was referring to his and Phylliss butts. (Any apostrophes missing in this comment are the fault of my blog software, which doesnt permit them when I cement via email. )
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Enjoy your time with family in Italy, Vince. It will all go well. Sometimes Europeans are very insistent (innocently so). Just one sip of champagne!, theyll say, pushing a glass at you. But it is not a problem to push it right back with a simple, No, thank you! Bon courage! And congratulation on 23 years!
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Thank you, Trina. I really appreciate edits, so many thanks for yours! All fixed now.
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Good ideas. I sometimes have to remind myself that we do not owe any explanations. But this is difficult as times.
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Thanks, Judi! Really appreciate these edits.
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Doing much much better around here. Many thanks for the warmth, understanding and support you have sent. Picture of Jean-Marc and me taken two days ago, at Chateau de Pibarnon. Photos by Phyllis Adatto. Today's French Phrase: HISSY FIT : un caprice ECOUTEZ: Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce these French words: Download MP3 or Wav Caprice. Phyllis a fait un caprice afin que Tim accepte de venir dans le sud malgré... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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The following is a curious choice for word-of-the-day on the eve of our son's 21st birthday, but the term mère indigne popped up in today's story. I then found an old word-a-day soundfile from when Max was 11 years old. So there you have it. An almost ready-made post! Here we go: UNE MERE INDIGNE : an unfit mother ECOUTEZ: Listen to a then 11-year-old Max pronounce the example sentence... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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The regular edition, with bells and whistles, will be back next week. Photo from our 20th wedding anniversary, in 2014. Truly A Good Year for Jean-Marc. Dear Readers, If I ever wrote a cookbook or a memoir I would call it Accidental Cassoulet. And if I have one regret in my life it is this: not to have cooked from scratch from the age of 12 (when I was a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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For those who've never seen us before, I thought to include this photo of Jean-Marc and me, pictured under this pink chinese umbrella. We've lost a bit of hair which is understandable in these cloudy times! At first I thought this quote (to our left) was an unfinished sentence. But on rereading it, I now see it in a new light: "No relationship is only sunbeams--but two people sharing an... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Happy Days then and now. Photo taken in 1991 Today's Word: broyer du noir : to feel defeated, demoralized, depressed AUDIO FILE - Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's word and sentence: Download MP3 or Wav file broyer du noir. Quand quelqu'un est déprimé il voit tout en noir. To feel dejected. When someone's depressed, the see everything in black. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... I am discombobulated lately. Ce... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Oh là là, enjoying your story, Kitty, as well as the other accounts, above! And thank you to those who wrote in about the sound file. So helpful.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2016 on Common sense in French at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Katia, Good luck with those mulots, or whatever subject had it that this message was timely for you.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2016 on Common sense in French at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Chère Chris, Thanks, as always 💛.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2016 on Common sense in French at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi, Terry, Sometime last year I cut back on the frequency of the blog. The vocabulary section also took a hit.... On the upside, certain changes have given me a renewed enthusiasm for the blog. Lifting some of the pressure to be professional has helped keep this blog going. I will continue to share our life, and the words surrounding it, and I thank you all for reading,/for sharing, and for your positive words. :-)
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2016 on Common sense in French at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Bonjour from sunny St Cyr-sur-Mer. I am unable to post photos today (more about that, below), and so will get right to today's useful French word: le bon sens. I'll use the definition as the title to the following story... COMMON SENSE I am typing this post on my tablet, which is propped up on a stack of bright checkered dish towels here on our dining room table. My desk... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Leslie, So glad you shared about your recent reaction to the accusative, demeaning email. Your words are so helpful! I woke up to another email, from the same person, and chose not to read beyond the first fiery line!
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