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Tongue in Cheek
Provence, France
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The road to the brocante is never the same way twice. The seasons make sure of that. The old things gathered tell me so, ah and the stories mingled between the two tell me this moment is more than meets the eye. The French Brocante stole my heart before I was born, maybe a mustard seed was buried under my pillow... I don't know but I think it is true. How can a brocante start such a revolution of pleasure. It is something I will never grow tired of.... Oh France how you seduce me. Loving you is just an easy thing to do. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Imagine the tree that once was a seedling somewhere in Provence, that is what I think of each time I see the beams in the bedroom, they have been here longer than me and will continue to be here after I am gone. The house is over four hundred years old. The bedroom is upstairs. We took off the fake ceiling, sanded the high gloss painted off the walls, re did the electricity, took off the ugly 1970s flooring, tore down the wobbly rail between the stairwell and bedroom, added an 1800 forged iron rail and lantern. Need to add the new flooring and paint the room. We moved the bathroom from one side of the room to the other. Reason being is that the bathroom had a window, and the dining nook did not. Since we are taking the house back to its roots, we decided to put in a tub verses a shower. I found online, in the neighboring village a copper tub (inside is refitted with metal) the tub was handmade by a compagnon back in the late 1800s. The person I bought it from no longer wanted it, her grandfather had made it. This is the main room, the little door connects our house, though it has been sealed with stone many moons ago... To see more details please ask Rene to be your friend on Facebook. Rene is the brilliant young renovator we have employed to do our projects. The above photos are his. Follow Rene on Facebook. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tongue in Cheek
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We started a second renovation, we are doing two at once. One in Cassis: Today the front door was delivered. The second renovation is a small house next to our house. The house use to be part of our house over a hundred years ago. It is about the same size as Cassis, but on two floors instead of three. Brocanting pays off, fixture and railing I found years ago. Under the fake ceiling that I had taken out, this beautiful old ceiling was found. The house, like ours, is documented over four hundred years old. The house's front door and window look on to our garden. Good things will come from this kitchen. And before you ask, YES it is sturdy and officially safe. The bathroom with the big tub that I recently bought will go here. Rene, the same builder that we hired to do Cassis is doing this project too. And since he lives over an hour away he is staying at our house four nights a week, and so is his incredibly talented cousin Stephaine. Plus we have guests from New Zealand staying with us. You might say I am busy, and not losing weight. We pretty much gutted this house, but it is not nearly as complicated as Cassis. Hideous wallpaper. If you would like to see more photos and details, step by step of the work please ask to follow Rene on FACEBOOK. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Repost 2008 The boy who dreams the entire year long for summertime in Willows is happily living his dream. Yesterday he turned sixteen and his Cousin Curtis and Uncle Zane gave him a summer job cleaning their rice dryers. It is a classic dirty job of farming rice. One that many teenage boys on the farm do...the job consist of crawling under the large metal bins and cleaning out the dust and debris that has gathered after drying the rice. Sacha and his cousin had a taste of dirt yesterday. One bin down 20 more to go. It is a valuable birthday gift. Since it was Sacha's birthday his cousin Sam offered his help. They put on my father's work clothes, it felt strange to see them in his wranglers, button-down work shirts, baseball caps and sporting his red hand-kerchiefs...the boys attire released a flood of memories in me: Will they be like him? Oh how they were covered with dirt yet they sparkled proudly. After the photo they asked me if they could run and jump into the ditch, to cool and clean off? "Why not, yeah sure go for it!" I said and then thought, what fun it is to be Huckleberry Finn. ................in a split second they turned, ran, kicked off their shoes, peeled off their socks and clothes and blazed a trail to the ditch. At this point I wondered how far were they going to go... certainly they knew I was behind them, as was my mother. The trail to happiness is having the freedom to be yourself dirt and all. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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I can't stand it. Sacha is in Willows, my hometown, with his cousins... his being there makes me want to run and catch the next plane. The subject matter of Sacha's latest moments with my mom go straight to my heart. He really knows how to get me. Though his "moments" are not about getting me, they are about his getting it... Family Love. He worked and saved to pay for his own airline ticket and time abroad. My mom has everyone in the family over ever Monday night, whoever has a birthday that week has the evening in their honor to celebrate. My mother makes their favorite things for dinner. Sacha asked for homemade blackberry pie. Summer. Childhood. Country. Nothing better. Very happy for Sacha and yet homesickness is creeping inside me. What is something you miss about your childhood home? Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Twenty four years ago I gave birth to Sacha. Today he is in Willows celebrating with my family, his heartland. I wish I could be there too! Though I am very happy for you! xxx Happy Birthday Sacha! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Saturday at the brocante I spied this darling handmade cup. I didn't buy it, and that is okay. Thank you for all the advice, thoughts and ideas about the sink. It is too big for the bathroom, and regarding the surface it might be too hard to keep clean. I will have to think about it, and maybe let it go. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Thinking to use this as a kitchen sink... Because after buying the tub why not really make a splash. Yann what do you think? Just say, "Yes, wow, great!" And not, "We have a kitchen sink," or worse, "but Corey that is a bathroom sink." Yes it is a bathroom sink, shallow, not practical and utterly cool. Do you go more with your heart or your mind? Practical or Pretty? Ding or Dong? Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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If I sit in it you won't see me!
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It is water tight. The expression "Zut Alors!"
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And then we can sleep in out and sail the world!
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lol! Yes I checked that out. I am crazy, but not that crazy!
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Dear Yann, I kind of bought an enormous hand made very old copper tub. It doesn't seem enormous in this photo... But believe me, you are going to freak out when you see the pool aks tub that I bought for the bathroom we are renovating. You might want to take several deep breaths when you come home. You might want to have a stiff drink. You might want to remember how creative I am and how much you love that about me. Gulp. By the way we need to build stairs to get inside the tub. The lowest point is higher than my belly button. The water consumption is scary. I promise never ever to fill it. I know you are probably blowing out air as I write this. I had to buy it regardless that it barely fits in the bathroom. It fits... barely. Rizzuto René said I had to buy it, blame him. Besides who needs practicality, who needs a sink, who needs a room mate, cause I might be kicked out of my home when Yann sees this. Your Spontaneous, Beauty over Practical Wife. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Tongue in Cheek
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The stories of sadness, reminds me of when Ruth and I were in Paris not far from the attacks, how silent the city was, how you could feel the pain in the air. The stories of the Orlando survivors and the guilt they feel for being alive. When someone is hurting, and you do not know what to say, or what to do... My mother always said, "When someone dies everyone is very present to the 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. Life goes on for those who haven't suffered, but those who have suffered, suffer long after." No words are needed to show love. To be loving kindness. Wherever we are there is something to share. To be there in silence, sharing their emptiness. A gentle smile. Love grows. Tears are water from the soul. Making space for roots to enter. Gentle bloom. Petal by petal, rain or shine. Standing alone if need be. Adding light to the darkness. Giving. Side by side. Gentle space. Togetherness. A soft place to breath. Until the way is safe again. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Tongue in Cheek
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My Grandmother Frances, came to America from the Azores. Her trunk was filled with simple necessities: A linen towel, a few chemises, a hair brush, a dress in cotton for Spring, and another in wool. Probably an apron. Certainly a rosary, and a biscuit porcelain angel. As a child, I would secretly climb onto my Grandparent's bed, reach my hand into the small shell that the angel held to touch the holy water that she carried. I would bless myself, as my Grandparents did every evening before they went to bed. When I left America to come to live in France, my Grandmother gave me her angel. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Tongue in Cheek
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I am glad you added this Kathie xx
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Along with Elvis?
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Thank you Kirk. "Anyone tolerant enough?" That is thought provoking and scary. "We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." Ah love... I want everyone to love in the way that allows everyone to live without killing one another or causing harm. Am I an unicorn? Thank you for sharing a wide berth to dive into.
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We must spread peace in ways that build bridges, reconnect people, with understanding, acceptance of differences and take courage. The path to peace saves us. We must take the steps to build together, and not pull apart. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it encourages others to do the same.
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Sadly, it is an unbearable truth.
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Well said Elaine. Respectful, non finger pointing, strong advise, taking responsibility of each other. Thank you. I believe this is the right direction.
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It seems that some people believe that if there is a war, they want to be prepared and that owning a gun will protect them. It seems that "war" can be brought on by one or a few people anywhere, for any reason, at any time: during a race, at a theatre, at a dance, or over dinner, even at an elementary school... It seems that some people believe that "protecting" oneself means owning a gun. Also there is the second amendment ... http://www.livescience.com/26485-second-amendment.html Some feel safer with a gun. It seems that most of the killing in the USA is not by protecting oneself with a gun, but by being killed with a gun. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-guns-self-defense-charleston-20150619-story.html It seems that some believe that guns do not kill. And as you said... some do not see the hidden violence of "one at a time" https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/Gun%20Fact%20Sheet_FINAL%2003%2003%2013.pdf Please feel free to add... the any pro or con... I want a change, change the ridiculous, evil, hatred that is happening all over the world, and so I am bringing up the conversation: What can we do to stop hatred that causes violence?
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Some various sources, please feel free to add your own: http://www.davekopel.org/2A/LawRev/american-revolution-against-british-gun-control.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_the_United_States_by_state https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-guns https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/12/orlando-shooting-the-key-things-to-know-about-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-america/
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Hatred and violence is the enemy. And many believe guns are not the problem. Reading the comments on this non political blog shows that we (those who have commented thus far) are not of the same thought or solution. Though the comments have one point in common, We do not have the answer. I am trying to stay neutral and not jump on one side or the other, at least on my blog, I want to have a conversation and maybe that can be a beginning. Thank you for your input I appreciate your thoughts.
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Hugging you dearly for sharing this poem. If only we all felt the same way about being one flesh.
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