Monday, July 27, 2015

Yes, They Have French Poodles in France.....

Here I am again, late as usual, but with somewhat of an excuse.....Paris.  Oh what a trip. If you have never been, I encourage you to go. It is absolutely one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been in, granted I haven't done a lot of European travel, but trust me on this one. When you stand in front of Notre Dame, walk across the River Seine, stroll through those lovely Paris streets, climb up to the tallest spot on the Eiffel Tower, you will know exactly what I mean.

One of many views from the Eiffel Tower....

There were so many places I wanted to go, so many photos to take, but our schedule was so packed with tours, walking, Metro travel, train travel, Disney, that I just couldn't fit in all that I really wanted to do. The one day that I had free, Thursday, was beastly hot and by the time Thursday rolled around my hips, legs, and calves were screaming.  So my walk to the to the Luxembourg Gardens took longer than expected.  Walk a few, stop, walk a few, stop etc. I finally reached the gardens but as I sat and people watched, I thought, "I have to walk back!!"  Darn, I wished I had listened to myself as I kept telling myself to get up and start some serious walking. Next time.

I can't even begin to tell you how awe-struck I was with the architecture. Between the museums, churches, public buildings, bridges, apartments, fountains, and statues I was in eye-candy architectural heaven.

This was right around the corner from our hotel. When the weather began to warm up the plaza began to fill up with people in the evenings. From what I understand, there is no air conditioning in most of the apartments in Paris.  In order to get a little relief Parisiennes flock to the parks and plaza.  This is where I found him....  PS Hop on over to my other collaborative blog, Focusing on Life to see more pics of the people of Paris.

On my walk and stop trip I strolled by the Paris Sorbonne University.

Lamp posts were always catching my eye.  So unlike what we have on our street corner.

And then ofcourse there were the bistros. At least 2 on every block....

And yes, they have French Poodles in France.....

This is just the beginning of many, many images from Paris. See ya soon.  Au revoir!!

Until next time.....

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Celebrating the 4th....

Finally after 3 months of not seeing my great grand we spent the 4th with her and her Mom & Dad, aka my grandson and his wife.  Matilda Mae was the star of the show all day.  She had taken an early nap and had eaten lunch by the time I arrived so she was ready to keep us entertained.  Her Grandmother aka my daughter and Grandfather aka my son-in-law and her 2 aunts aka my granddaughters were all there to celebrate with her.  There were definitely a few pictures taken, me with my big girl camera and I-Phone and everyone else with their I-Phones.  I think we flooded instagram with pics of Matilda Mae on the 4th.

Here she is all decked out for the 4th of July.

With her Aunt Brie

Her Grandma

Her Great Grandma

Her Mom

And the family....

And Matilda Mae telling us that she has 2 teeth, but boy those others are taking such a long time to come in....meanwhile I will continue my drooling and putting everything I can into my mouth.

After my bath with my ballerina PJ's on, I must always brush my golden locks....(while I continue to drool)

We didn't see any fireworks this year....between terrified dogs and baby Matilda, we decided that there was enough excitement for this crowd.

Hope your 4th was as great as mine!!  Happy Week and 4 days until Paris!!!

Until next time....

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ahh My Little Chickadee

Sometimes I get a little carried away with my camera.  A couple of days ago, between the raindrops, I heard the chickadees, they have a very distinctive chirp, so I slowly, slowly walked out to the backyard with camera in hand.  Spotted him first on the neighbors sad dead tree.....

I have a couple of bird-feeders in the back yard but the chickadees sometimes are skitish to come to the feeder when there are so many others flocking around.  He sat there observing the possibilities of how to partake in those yummy sunflower seeds.  I can see his little mind thinking...."oh what the heck, I'll just go down and check it out. "

OK, now I am here, but it looks like most of the seeds have fallen on the hosta leaves....

Ahh, here they are....thank goodness these leaves are big enough to hold me while I forage for food.

Suppose there are more over there?

Are you watching me?  And by the way, your siding really needs a good power wash.

After a few more bites he was back to the tree, looking rather stuffed and sleepy. Probably nap time. I totally agree that after lunch is a good time for a nap.

Saturday was gorgeous, blue skies, pleasant temps so I took advantage of the nice day and worked in the garden, transplanted a hosta from back to front, planted 3 ferns....I really love ferns but I haven't had very good luck with them.  The new variety I bought is called a Christmas Fern and it is supposed to thrive in dry shade which is exactly what I have in the front yard.  Keeping fingers crossed, if they survive I will have them on my nursery list for next year.  My front yard garden is surrounded by a maple, a honey locust, and a silver maple and between those 3 they drink suck up all the water leaving my poor garden so dry.  This year has been a different story with all the rain. Right now, it is raining again...what can I say.

Stopped at TJ's after church to stock up since I am hosting Bunco tomorrow evening.  Had to buy some fresh flowers, don't you always buy flowers when you go to TJ's?  Found these beautiful red gerbera daisies and thought I would share them with you.  They look mighty purty on the back porch!!

Must go, watching Poldark and the Crimson Field on PBS, I enjoyed them both last week so anticipating good things tonight.  Happy Sunday!!  Hope you have a joy field-week, 13 days until Paris but whose counting.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.  ~ Maya Angelou

Until next time.....