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Patty Rose
Former scrapbook store owner, now empty nester married to a wonderful man who indulges my creative obsessions, living the artful life on the weekends.
Interests: Living the creative life every moment possible, traveling the world, gardening in my little suburban plot, growing herbs and flowers, quilting, papercrafting, making jewelry, building and decorating my nest, appreciating family friends and the Magic of the Universe.
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“Make a decision and then make it right. There just are no wrong decisions.” - Abraham Hicks I have purposefully made this the year of the cocoon. No big decisions. Heaven knows I made enough of those in 2017. It's... Continue reading
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There have been so many changes, I wouldn't know where to begin. The one thing that hasn't changed is my desire to keep making and writing. Making, and then writing about the making, it feeds my soul. As many things... Continue reading
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So many changes in the last year. My life took a left turn that I knew was inevitable but still wasn't really expecting. I can't really share the full details yet, but will as it is respectful and appropriate. I'll... Continue reading
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I've spent the last few days here... Specifically here... Sometimes the Universe forces a time out. On Christmas Eve, I had the tell-tale signs of a forthcoming rest. Scratching throat and little voice. On Christmas Day, I was down for... Continue reading
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After lunch we head a little further into le Marais. We are meeting Richard from Eye Prefer Paris at the Saint Paul metro stop. There is still a bit of time before we meet so we duck into Saint Paul... Continue reading
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HEADLINES: Two Americans in Paris, Last Seen at BHV. (I really shouldn't joke about being lost in Paris, but I will for your entertainment.) We meandered into the BHV and are quite entertained for at least an hour. We find... Continue reading
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Today we will explore Le Marais. Before exploring, our first stop is an authentic Parisian breakfast. We walk the 15 minutes or so it takes us to make our way across Pont St. Michel to Notre Dame and then over... Continue reading
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I am writing this at 2:58 am. I am still jet-lagged. The first full day is always the hardest. Today was another very busy day. We start with a walk to the Louvre-Rivoli metro stop to meet our photography instructor,... Continue reading
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<<<<<<<< Hey, look, to the left!! I've added a way for you to subscribe to an email version. Just enter your email address and off you go. I hope you will, it will keep me honest about posting more consistently!... Continue reading
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We arrived in Paris at 6 am. The flight was perfect. No sleep as usual, but a nice, relaxing flight and three movies. We did not find our driver at the airport and ended up hiring another driver who we... Continue reading
Thank you Laura! I am looking to my next creative adventure. Going to Paris and then onto Chateau Dumas. Sent from my iPad
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I've been hinting at it, now's the time to reveal my grand plan. I received my very first letter as just a child. My beloved grandmother lived a thousand miles away. She wrote me letters to stay in touch as... Continue reading
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For the last 25 years, I have dreamed of having a beautiful little garden again. My last home in Louisville had an amazing vegetable garden. I loved that garden dearly and spent many evenings in it. Matthew was just a... Continue reading
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Life has settled down enough for me to pull out the watercolors again. Well, that and France is less than 30 days out now. Dreaming of France always makes me want to paint. I'm working on possible paintings for my... Continue reading
Hope you are well. I think of you often. So many gifts you have given me that I continue to discover. The older I get, the more I want to embrace them and spend all of my hours leaning into... Continue reading
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I started out with the usual "there is just not enough time!" thoughts in my head. But really, life is full, very full. Work is busy, busy of course plus we've done numerous overdue house projects: New gutters A new... Continue reading
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I know we are into January and all things Christmas are pretty much tucked away. However, this was my favorite project and most grossly miscalculated use of time all year, so I just have to share. I'm not really sure... Continue reading
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The past year was challenging, no doubt. We started the year off with total heartbreak, losing Barry’s son Steve suddenly in January. We were lost in a cloud of grief and shock for several months and are still finding our... Continue reading
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This weekend I decanted the walnut wine. It smelled absolutely divine. Kind of earthly and a bit citrusey, with a tiny hint of vanilla. I collected bottles all year for this moment. I drank way more French soda this year... Continue reading
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I was tempted to start this post out with, "I'm so sorry I haven't had time to update my blog...blah, blah, blah." You know the story. Time has recently granted me some slack. I'm at it again. Items are going... Continue reading
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During my visit to France in 2012, I fell in love with walnut wine. While staying at the lovely Chateau Dumas, we were instructed how to make it and offered a tasting of the wine made from the walnuts of... Continue reading
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Dear Blog, I have missed you. I know I have not been as attentive over the last year as I have wanted. Life. Full, lovely, heart-breaking, hair-pin turning, inspiring and all-consuming life has hogged all of my attention and kept... Continue reading
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It is Sunday, October 14. We start the morning with a simple breakfast of croissants, bread, jam, yogurt, hard boiled eggs and fruit. There was much ado about the boiled eggs. Soft center, not soft center? Slice off the top... Continue reading
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We meet Lizzie at gare Montauban at 3 PM. I am so happy to meet her that I hug her as soon as she introduces herself! We pile all the luggage into the little car (I am always amazed at... Continue reading
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We awake on Saturday morning and after a bit of breakfast at the abbaye, hit the streets of Montauban. We have a few hours to spend before we are due back at the station to meet our ride to Chateau... Continue reading