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Kristin Espinasse
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Experience a Lavender & Vine painting tour! Discover the magical light of Van Gogh this summer (lavender season) or fall (wine harvest). Join our small group with professional instruction to paint in Provence. Rates and tour info here. Today's Phrase: au petit bonheur : haphazardly, randomly Le bonheur, c'est de continuer à désirer ce qu'on possède. -Saint Augustin Happiness is wanting what you already have. January Book-A-Thon.... For two years now I have quietly read your blog, enjoying your triumphs and trials. Unable to sleep one night, I opened your email to find a request to buy your book. It was time for me to step out of the shadows and support your cause. What a delight! I have been unable to put it down. I wish you loads of success. --Jeanne January book-a-thon: buy a book for a friend. Your purchase supports my writing and helps new readers find their way here. Merci! Available in ebook/Kindle or paperback. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse It was serendipity. How else to explain Saturday's meeting with un inconnu?...It was, as Madame said, not par hasard the way we ended up walking, one in front of the other on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Many thanks, Gabrielle! Your words mean a lot and your donation is much appreciated. I am off, now, to write you a personal remerciement!
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Thank you, Steve. I need to fix that...and add the “u”.
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Good morning, Maryann. 🌞
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It is not enough to have good ideas, you have to act. If you need milk, do not sit on a stool in the middle of a field in the hope that a cow will pass by. -Curtis Grant (don't miss the French translation below) Today's word: un tabouret : stool, footstool un tabouret de bar = bar stool un tabouret de cuisine = kitchen stool un tabouret de piano = piano bench Il ne suffit pas d'avoir de bonnes idées, il faut agir. Si vous avez besoin de lait, ne vous installez pas sur un tabouret au milieu d'un champs dans l'espoir qu'une vache y passe. Hemingway's Paris: A Writer's City in Words and Images. Order it here. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse The following paragraph was posted with the picture above at Instagram.... A bar stool with a lot of memories and, sur son dos, a backpack with a lot of souvenirs. It is comforting to have familiar things out. I wore that sac à dos on the plane, in '92, when I moved to France. It somehow got shoved in the back of the closet. Lately, now that I keep it on the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Gwyn!
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Whoops. I meant "looking forward to moving into her new digs".
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Susie, Thanks for asking about Jules. She is doing really good, and looking for her new digs! (We are renovating the studio on the side of our house. Mom lives in in in 3 weeks. She is thrilled. Meantime, she is sleeping in Jackie's room, dreaming up her new interior. There will be lots of plants, books, and hopefully new paintings.
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Hi, David, That is correct. But to the French...it means so much more... https://youtu.be/GSeaDQ6sPs0
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Hi, Maryn. The French sometimes leaves off the “ne” in ne plus. For example: “We are not going to cuss anymore.” On ne va plus dire de gros mots. Or simply, “Plus de gros mots!”
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The statue is titled L’Arroseur Arrosé after a character in a film. (La Ciotat is known as the cradle of cinema. More about that character here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Arroseur_Arrosé )
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Today's crime story (or tale of your choice...) takes place here, at our local park in La Ciotat.... French Word of the Day: un juron : swearword, curse word, cuss lâcher des jurons = to use strong language un chapelet de jurons = a string of expletives U.S. Taxes for Worldly Americans--A fascinating topic if you're an expat or wish to become one. Click here for additional info i.e. ever heard about the unlucky Accidental American? Find out more in the book!) A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Often, all it takes to come up with a story is one good line. Take, for example, the following snippet overheard at the park earlier today: Allez les enfants. Plus de gros mots. Je filme pour votre maman. Let me translate that one for you: Come on, kids, no more cussing. I'm filming for your mom! With a gem like this--spoken by a camera-wielding grand-mère to two little tikes on bikes--you could pen an essay about public vs. private personas. But who wants to get all philosophical at this time of the day (it's evening now, and I've got to put my hens to bed). Then again, with a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Susan 💛💛
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Love this whole story, Judi. Yes, *so much relief to be back in tune with our loved ones*. Thanks.
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Thank you, Chris. This is so true and so helpful. 💛
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Eileen, those are indeed lychees. And thanks for the lovely suggestion. 💛
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See those cacahuètes above the mushrooms and beside the lychees? More in the following story and lunch with Max and friends. Today's Word: la cacahuète : peanut Peanuts also go by the name arachide, though Jean-Marc tells me cacahuètes (also spelled cacahouètes, which means cacao de terre) are the more popular term. This cookbook, on my wishlist, is available in hardcover or on ebook or Kindle A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE, by Kristi Espinasse The upside of three generations living under one toit is that when one family member is sore with you another is completely ignorant of your sins and is still your friend.... As I mope around the house this morning, doing chores to cleanse my soul, I've become aware of this lump in my throat. One thing that works it out (anxiety or unexpressed tears) is sitting down to write even if I'm not gonna tell you who I've unintentionally hurt! What matters is I'm compuncting, which is neither a word in French nor English, but it means you are feeling angoisse from guilt and mistakes you've made. If mistakes aren't humbling enough, I was moved when my son and his friends wanted me to join... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Félicitations to our son Max! After working in Reims he will continue his internship with Lanson (champagne) in Paris, as part of his work-study year with Montpellier Business School. Before heading to the capital, he's having a big barbeque today with his friends. I'm in charge of salad and homemade oven fries... so, here's a story from a few years ago.... amour-propre (ah-more-prohpr) : self-esteem, self-love, self-worth; pride blesser quelqu'un dans son amour-propre = to be a blow to one's ego Janet Hulstrand's book is now available for pre-order. Click here and read it very soon! A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse I am getting a kick out of the French definition for the verb vexer: être offensé dans son amour-propre or "to have one's pride offended". I don't know, French definitions always sound so dramatic to me and this is only one of the reasons I love foreign language. But vexer, that may explain my response this morning as I stood in the kitchen in my purple PJs tucked into orange ski socks chanting positive affirmations for the beginning of the work week. (This was after I realized I was incontinent and before I discovered my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
Good question. I am careful to keep it away from the trunk. I think it will compost on top of the earth, away from the roots. I will keep my eye on it! Here is a picture of the beautiful mirabelle plums (halfway through this post), which ripen in May: https://www.french-word-a-day.com/2018/06/its-good-to-be-back.html
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A favorite day planner. Get a copy of French Country Diary and fill it with all the meaningful and exciting things you will do this year. Today's phrase: marquer le coup : to mark the occasion, to celebrate A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse New Year's Day began with blue skies, birdsong (les gazouillis, as JM calls it), and an urge to get outside. There were some things I wanted to do before le premier janvier slipped by, and with Mom's suggestion still strumming in my mind I set out to marquer le coup. It took a while to get around to what I wanted to do, what with so much chicken poop, but after cleaning le poulailler (carefully transferring the fumier, or black gold, to the base of our plum tree...) I ran to my seed baskets in search of more fava beans. Les fèves are the easiest things to grow. You could probably drop one on the ground and it would spring up a few weeks later! Plus, fava leaves make nutritious salad greens...while you are waiting for the haricots to develop. While sowing these giant seeds (which also serve as the trinket in this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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For this last post of the year, my mind is a scramble--une bousculade. As with the beginning of any essay, there are so many possible directions in which to set out. This is when a writer must hone in on a subject or, at the very least, un thème. Because everything is bubbling up inside of me in a good and sunny way, it can't help but overflow onto this page. Whether this positive energy will last until lunchtime--or carry on through the end of the year--peu importe. What's essential is to go with it. If I had to sum up 2018, I would say flow of life is where it is (or was). This past year (the tears come as I type this) I have, once and for all, not fought the changes. Come what may are the words on my lips this morning, and these 3 words offer a willing and ready nod to the future. QUOI QU'IL ARRIVE. Come what may, I will (live, advance, deal, love, hurt, heal). Come what may I will try hard to swallow my pride, forgive myself for missteps, hug the one who's rattling me. Sometimes I need rattling. I thank God... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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