* Between The Sea (the Med) and The Alps -- {Pronounce: ontruh la mair eh lay zalp}

Thursday, May 29, 2014

May flowers

March winds bring April showers.  April showers bring May flowers.  What do May flowers bring?  Pilgrims!

Monday, May 26, 2014

It's raining mud!

The Weather Girls and Geri Halliwell got it wrong, at least for our area.  It doesn't rain men here, it rains mud.  Yellow mud.  Very fine sticky mud that doesn't wash off.  It happens several times a year.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fête des Mères (French Mother's Day)

Many things between the French and American cultures are quite different, while many other things are quite similar.  One similarity example is the two celebrations of Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pool Time!

Yay, I've initiated this season's pool activity already!  I don't think I've ever been in it in the month of May before.  I got really spoiled with my bathtub warm pool in Florida, with only a couple of winter months being too cold to be enjoyable.  There, it was just for fun, as I had a spa membership for physical activity.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A whole year of existence

Today is the first birthday of our second grandson. In a way, it feels like our first, as the first one was 19 years old when he became a cousin on our side of the family.  Given that his father was absolutely gorgeous as a baby, and given that his mother is adorable as an adult, how can we help but think that Diggle isn't just the cutest thing on the planet at this moment.  I wish he weren't so far away.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I won!!!! Yay!

Remember that tank top contest I barely managed to get my entry finished for?  (Well, while it was last minute, I did know I'd make it before the deadline.)  Guess who got the most votes?  Is that super cool or what, to have an online community pick your entry over all the others?  (Check out the winning badge in the sidebar to see the contest results, as well as my review with close-up photos.)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day, International Style

Mother's Day is not quite as straightforward when one lives out of the country and has children scattered all over the world.  While the US just celebrated the day, France will not do it until the end of the month.  Sometimes this has caused confusion for my kids, thinking that the US date doesn't count any more but never remembering when the French one is.  So some years, instead of being thought of twice by my offspring, I don't get thought of at all.  Fortunately, our family doesn't need to depend on manufactured dates to acknowledge various family members.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May 8

Three-day-old parents and infant

Today's date has been important in our family for 42 years.  It has been important on the world stage for 69 years.  I was not aware of the world stage 42 years ago; the only significance of the date was the birth of our first child, our oldest daughter.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Calvary Chapel Couturières

A new club has been born.  And I'm the leader!  I have never taught anything in my life, I don't think, not even a Sunday School class.  After I started back sewing last year, many of the young women in our church began begging me to teach them to sew.  As nobody seemed to own a sewing machine nor had the budget to buy one, I didn't take them seriously.  A year later, I finally got pushed over the edge that they really meant it and were just waiting for me to get serious!
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