POSTED: Sat, 04/18/2009 - 4:31pm

Today's pleasure is....

 What did you do today that made you happy?
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POSTED: Fri, 03/03/2017 - 5:17pm

Lunch hour workout

I recently hired a trainer (our HSA fund covers it) and have been working out with her twice a week. Today I added a third session at lunch and what a difference! I wish all offices had little gyms attached for lunchtime workouts!


POSTED: Wed, 03/01/2017 - 5:16pm

Booked my trip to Paris

I booked a trip to Paris and Barcelona today; leaving the end of the month. Super excited as I've been to Paris one time and never to Spain. If anyone is there and wants to meet for coffee, I'm game!


POSTED: Thu, 03/09/2017 - 7:36pm

How fun for you! I've never

How fun for you! I've never been to Spain, but I've been to Italy. Gypsies galore, but they never bothered me. They went after people with expensive jewelry and cameras. Keep your eyes peeled, though! Wearing a money belt is a good thing. Have loads of fun!


POSTED: Wed, 03/01/2017 - 9:21pm

Glorious trip

Barcelona is fabulous.So much to see and do.Incredible architecture.Word of caution for Barcelona...do not wear expensive jewelry on the street and use a cross body bag.Try to find one that they cannot cut the straps or scan what is in the bag.Travel shops sell them.My sister was robbed of her gold bracelet in broad daylight.The people in Barcelona blame Gypsies.Otherwise people in Barcelona are pleasant,friendly and helpful.


POSTED: Fri, 03/03/2017 - 5:12pm

Barcelona tips

Thank you! I'm excited. I travel with extremely minimal jewelry and nothing expensive or flashy, but thanks for the tip. Can't wait to see the architecture and beaches. But, Paris is where I'm more excited than my first time. This time I'm taking the time to savor it and not rush around so much.


POSTED: Thu, 03/09/2017 - 9:40pm


A second chance at Paris.Truly wonderful.We all will be dying to hear from you.Bon voyage.oxo


POSTED: Mon, 02/06/2017 - 5:41pm

Sorting out

Today I decided to sort out handbags! I gave my daughter one that I no longer use at the weekend which made the decision! I polished them all and reorganised the handbag shelf. I must make an effort to use more than my 2 Longchamp pliable bags as I have some beautiful leather ones collected when visiting France and Italy. My OH bought me a soft navy leather hands free one for my birthday this weekend which will get well used this Spring. Next job sort and polish the shoes and boots. I do give them a quick polish after each use but my boots deserve a deep clean. Perhaps I can persuade OH to do it, he is much better than I at this one job!!


POSTED: Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:54pm

Closet Shopping

Ladies-by the sound of your bags and shoes I would love to shop your closets :-) And speaking of closets-I just told my husband that is on my list-we too have organizers but as you know opposites attract and since my husbands t-shirts and undies are folded military style with shoes in a row you can only imagine what my side looks like :-) You do all inspire me though.......in many many ways (imagine a heart emoji here)


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:01am


My not so secret vice and passion.But it is time for a clear out.Adore my Italian leather bags .But now I have four navy blue bags..Do not need that many.Really.Will go through my shoes and boots too and clean up there as well.Thank you for the great idea.


POSTED: Mon, 02/06/2017 - 7:02pm

So gratifying isn't it?

I recently did a closet reorganization. We have built-in closet organizers. So it makes things so easy, or should. I don't know why but one section has tee shirts, sports/exercise wear, and cold weather wear, turtle necks, sweatpants, thermals etc. I rearranged them so that the tees and shorts were together and the cold wear together. I used to paw thru everything to find one item. A little obsessive but organizing has immediate gratification!


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:57am


My clothes closet is in good shape.Other closets. Need attention.In this latest apartment I have great storage and I have packed them with.non clothing items.Working up the energy to sort them out.One T a time,I guess would be best.


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04pm


Glad you have good storage Jean. That's key. Usually I have to overcome the inertia (I'm lazy lol)to begin a project!


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:06pm

What's with the site today!

Not responding, not printing. Sorry for multiple posts!


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:00pm


One tee at a time. Glad you have good storage Jean. That's key. Sometimes it's about overcoming inertia to begin a project. Sometimes I'm just too lazy!


POSTED: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:18pm


Plagues me at times.Maybe we make the project too big in our minds.And I do not buy you being lazy either!Ha!


POSTED: Wed, 02/08/2017 - 5:16pm

Thank you!

Maybe not laziness but certainly inertia. I still "feel" unnatural having less structure, which should equate to more time to do things. It used to be about achieving a good work/home balance. With work out of the equation, I know I need to stick to a schedule but am sometimes loathe to do so. Still rebelling a bit. As we know with "diets", the structure keeps us in line but only short term. Which is why we always return home to the French Woman lifestyle. xoxo


POSTED: Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:07pm

Being lazy ++++

Which apparently makes me intelligent,according to some silly study.lol.oxo


POSTED: Thu, 02/02/2017 - 9:52pm

No way!

You, lazy...hardly Jean. Intelligent, oui! You're getting in touch with your needs. We checked on our children, spouses, parents, patients right? It feels unnatural but I enjoy being lazy sometimes. It's an earned pleasure. xoxo


POSTED: Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:19am

Being here..

Trying to be more in the present. Just enjoying a glorious sunrise, a mug of hot coffee, a nice shower, catching up here, and tomorrow, my dishwasher will be repaired. There is a quiet joy in hand washing dishes however. xo


POSTED: Sat, 02/04/2017 - 3:12pm

Hand Washing Dishes

Kit-I loved the beautiful comment on the joy you find in hand washing dishes. I do also-it is such good therapy and rewarding. My husband packs the dishwasher /I do the by hand when I clean up....wipe the counters.....light a candle...grab a blanket.....and nest. :-)


POSTED: Mon, 02/06/2017 - 5:52pm


Opposite here, Kathy. I do the dishwasher, OH does the handwashed pans etc. I do the surfaces and the candle!


POSTED: Sat, 02/04/2017 - 11:53pm

I love your routine Kathy..

It's a lovely ritual, especially the candle, blankie and nesting. This time of year calls for being cozy. I've always liked hand-washing my dishes, maybe because I never had a dishwasher growing up. Actually I'm beginning to wonder. My old one gave up the fight one day. We bought a nice mid-priced model and it's been a comedy show since. The installers bent the frame. The replacement unit worked for one day then stopped. The repairman comes this Tuesday. So maybe I'm supposed to wash by hand lol. We'll see..


POSTED: Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:32am

Separated at birth......

Kathy and Tina,that is us.Lol.I,too,enjoy hand washing my dishes.Have had a dishwasher in a few apartments over the years.Nice to have but I learned to hate loading and unloading the darned thing.The warm,sudsy water is relaxing.Candles and blankees are perfect.Also,having a sweet doggy cuddling close during chilly weather is a gift.


POSTED: Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:46pm

Warm sudsy water

Jean-I never thought about that but you are right.


POSTED: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 3:48pm


nesting after painting in basement all morning...warm dog snuggled by my side...while watching British baking show.


POSTED: Sun, 01/29/2017 - 2:55pm

Great British Bake Off

Is this what you are watching, Kathy? The programme always made me wish I had more time to bake! My mother loved to bake.


POSTED: Sat, 02/04/2017 - 3:05pm

The Great British Baking Show

Hi Marilyn, This is the name of the show on PBS-several people compete to create what "Mary"(British) judges. It always inspires me but I never do anything about it :-)


POSTED: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 8:58pm

What a...

Lovely sounding day.oxo


POSTED: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:15pm

My pleasure

Saying hello to all of you.oxo


POSTED: Fri, 01/20/2017 - 8:39pm

Writing + Wine = Magic

After logging off from work, I poured myself a glass of red wine, booted up the Mac and jumped into my novel. Another chapter completed and my novel has taken on a life of its own. I look forward to the day I can share it with the world.


POSTED: Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:58pm


The Muse is with you.Eager to read it.oxo


POSTED: Sun, 01/22/2017 - 5:41pm

Bravo Patty!

And we'll be ready to read it!


POSTED: Sun, 01/22/2017 - 5:39pm

Bravo Patty!

And we'll be ready to read!!


POSTED: Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:37pm

Dog walking

We lost our 16 year old dog, Ginger, a year ago. We decided that it was best not to get another pet. Still nothing can cheer us like our furry friends. I noticed that my son's dog, a grumpy 14 year old beagle, seems "depressed", my opinion. My son is deployed, my daughter-in-law works long hours and the teenage grandsons don't get home until 7 from practice. So after I got the ok to do so, I've begun stopping by on weekdays to walk him, and then sit and pet and "talk" to him. He really seems to enjoy our time together and I know it's helped me. Yesterday he must have heard my car pull up because he was waiting at the door. xo


POSTED: Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:33am

Love,love,love this

You are the very best.What a lucky pup.Oxo


POSTED: Thu, 01/19/2017 - 8:00pm

Thank you Jean!

Nothing beats time spent petting our fur babies, or in my case, my "grand dog"! And looking into those hazel eyes while I babble at him lol!


POSTED: Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:58pm

Fur babies

Absolutely nothing beats a doggy smile or a kitty purr.


POSTED: Mon, 01/16/2017 - 9:27am


Barley (vs my usual oatmeal) with vanilla, cinnamon, blackberries, cacoa nibs, macademia nuts, and a little vanilla goat's milk protein. Oh, and reading through some of of these posts.


POSTED: Sun, 01/15/2017 - 2:51pm

A lovely walk..

Cool and brisk, we're between rain storms. Came home to the tantalizing aroma of pork roast in the crockpot. Housework to do but I have an all day mystery marathon on Hallmark channel! Glad you have your sweet Holly to walk with Jean!


POSTED: Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:33pm

Tonight's Pleasures

A late walk with my sweet Holly.The sky is clear,the moon is bright and there are lots of stars.The air is crisp.Itis a beautiful winter night.We are back inside now,settled for the night,listening to a CD called Barcelona with Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe.Stunning voices together.


POSTED: Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:24pm

Todays pleasure is....

finding Marilyn and Jean are still here. (imagine big red heart here)


POSTED: Sun, 01/15/2017 - 3:05am


We stray,Kathy but return. Not quite as often as before but chat on our FB page which I left for a while but have now rejoined.


POSTED: Sun, 01/01/2017 - 9:29am

Happy New Year!

To everyone,with love and best wishes for a very healthy and happy 2017oxo

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Sat, 01/07/2017 - 2:17pm

Happy New Year

Jean; and all of my other French sisters


POSTED: Sat, 12/10/2016 - 2:50pm

Lunchtime celebration

Today my OH and I belatedly celebrated his birthday in our favourite French restaurant in Hexham,Northumberland. It is called Bouchon. The food and service are superb and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time. We prefer eating out at lunchtime and are now settled cosily at home with the blinds and curtains closed on the damp, dark evening. We may indulge in a glass of wine later with some cheese and biscuits.


POSTED: Wed, 01/11/2017 - 8:47pm


Marilyn -this sounds perfect. Lunch is our preferred time out as well -turns out it is also more affordable.


POSTED: Tue, 12/13/2016 - 9:04am


A truly nice way to celebrate an important occasion.HappyBirthday toyour Oh.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Mon, 12/12/2016 - 11:08am

That sounds like

my kind of celebration!! Hope it was a great time; did you have the cheese and wine??


POSTED: Mon, 12/12/2016 - 5:32pm

Cheese and wine

Yes we did. A nice Côte de Rhône with some brie, goats cheese and a soft, creamy Swiss cheese accompanied with fruit and savoury biscuits.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Tue, 12/13/2016 - 11:33am




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