Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lavender Sunsets

To say I'm smitten with the French Countryside is an understatement.

Amoureux de France...Ive just returned from a 16 day journey.  My travels started in Paris and quickly led me North to the Normandy Region. 
 Thick with ancient architecture and tales of Kings and Queens, this area is no stranger to conflict. 
This has been the experience of a life time and I greedily want more! 
Maybe it was the Provocative Purple Sunsets, Purple is my favorite color.
 Or maybe it was the rich green Hillsides. The lore, the historic Gothic Cathedrals, castle ruins dating back to the 11th century? Perhaps its the totality of the entire experience. 

     truthfully, I have been very fortunate, I've traveled to a lot places and I've seen many things.
 This trip was much more. I can honestly say it was a soulful experience.  

I was standing in Monet's Garden.  I could see the light He so often spoke of, and more so, the LIGHT that spoke to Him.

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I hiked the ruins of an 11th century Castle.

 Les Andeleys, France...King Richard the Lion Heart Castle

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I stood in the square where Joan of Arc was burned alive, And toured Great Cathedrals were Strong Godly Woman have prayed and sacrificed.

 

I've walked the battle grounds where blood was shed and Loved Ones were lost.  The ultimate price has been paid.


     I've learned that History repeats itself and there's nothing I can do to stop it or change it.  We must LIVE the LIFE God gave us with kind and grateful hearts and if we are fortunate we can share a few Lavender Sunsets along the way.







Thursday, March 30, 2017

Keeping it Real

   So I'm on the other side of the continent! Enjoying Magnificent Sunsets
This was number 3...  thinking life is Good as I sip my Hibiscus Wine waiting for my family to arrive....I've enjoyed my Friend Cynthia day tripping thru SoCal earlier in the week.
Then I get a phone call...sorry Sis...having chest pain...on my to the VA...
Reality Check!
Won't bore ya with the details..He's ok! But Bruh's visit will have to wait another day...
As beautiful as this life can be...it can turn ugly with No Damn warning...
Moral of the story..
Drink the Wine, LIVE each day, Always Say I love you, and never go to bed Angry.

Friday, February 24, 2017

If you ever have the chance to check out Old Quebec City I would suggest you go! We stayed at the Chateau Frontenac, this Old World beauty is rich in History without lacking amenities. Complete with Starbucks and Five star dining it was close to everything. Le Marche de Noel was right out the front door and Le petite Champlain located at the foot of the hill...a short venicular ride with a stunning view of the ST. LAWERENCE RIVER on the way down. we were there early December which come to find out is the Perfect time...no Cruise Ship crowds due to the icey waters, yet Christmas Markets were in full swing! The twinkling lights of the Season were magical. and then the SNOW CAME...need I say more? I could have SHOPPED on Le Petite Champlain for days.. So reminiscence of Paris complete with French Speaking Locals, most of whom were very pleasant. Food was authentic French Cuisine. MON AMI...Lapin Saute was by far my Fav...the decor out front beckons you inside for a lovely French Wine and Cheese course...the Onion Soup was decadent! WELL this post could go on forever...or you could just book a trip and see for yourself! you wont regret it!

DECEMBER 2016

Christmas Joy ..My Son is engaged! Im so impressed with His thoughtful planning. He took advantage of the fact that our Christmas Holiday was to be spent in Old Quebec City at the Chateau Frontenac...What Girl could say NO to a Handsome Prince on one knee in Front of a real life CASTLE... Le Petit Champlain is a very quaint Old World, Very French town. it was only a three hour flight from Ft.LAuderdale. I would return in a heart beat. And now it will always hold sweet personal memories for our Family. COngratulations SON.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Artful Support

October is Breast Cancer Month! 
You see the Pink Ribbon everywhere...
   if you're a Survivor or have a loved one that is, you know it's much more than just a ribbon...
        It's a symbol of HOPE.    I've chosen to ARTFULLY SUPPORT the cause this year by...
     Joining BRIGHTON.
If you're Local Please join Us.

                                    
BE BLESSED 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

After All it's FALL

    The air is starting to get Crisp and it's a pleasure to be outdoors. I've noticed the critters more active scurrying and foraging  around in preparation for Winter.  Pumpkins are out, apples are harvested and I've pulled out my sweaters and boots.  My crotchety neighbor even seems less crabby and Yard work such as raking leaves actually becomes less dreadful all because of a drop on the thermometer.
   It happens every year...yet I don't remember ever noticing such details in my younger years. "Youth is waisted on the Young," my daddy used to say... Never really understood that til now.    
   Anyway, I took advantage of the coolness and hiked down to the bottom of SoCo Falls and thought I'd share the Beauty...         After All it's FALL here in the Blue Ridge Mountains...                                    ...My FAVORITE time of year.