Posted in France, humor, Love

Love: Volumes A – Z

This isn’t a typical love story.  It isn’t a sweet romance with two people gazing into each other’s eyes.


The happy ending has yet to happen.  A fascination?  Yes.  My first love.  Oui! 

Le Début  

This is a journey that began with a 4th grade assignment.  We were assigned to do a report – in penmanship – on a country chosen by our teacher.  My assignment was France. 

The next week would consist of walking to the library after school each day.  I would have to research encyclopedias, take notes and find some books to check-out from the library.

On Saturday, everything changed – my world expanded with the help of a stranger.  A door-to-door Encyclopedia Salesman entered our home.  He talked with my parents for hours in the kitchen.  I sat entranced, as his sales pitch moved smoothly across the table.  I knew it was impossible for our family to own these beautifully bound books with gold lettering.

And then? 

The moment I stood up to go outside and play Charlie’s Angels until the street lights came on – it happened.


The Bic pen was drawn from the salesman’s inside suit pocket and the contract was signed.

Two shelves were immediately cleared in the living room of my childhood home – now the special place the encyclopedias would occupy.

My sister and I sat on the orange shag carpet – staring doe eyed at them.


It felt as if we had won the lottery.  The Google of my generation – in our home – at my fingertips.

I would not be watching the Partridge Family for the next two weeks.   


No Brady Bunch or ABC Afterschool Special for this girl.  I devoured everything that was related to France inside those fancy books.  I traveled to a place – I now knew I had to visit in person. 

This affinity began from an assignment over three decades ago.  I have now been wooed. 

La continuation……

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Do you have a love affair for traveling to any state or country? 

Let me know in the comments! 

Posted in blog, bloggers, gratitude, kindness, Monthly Mingle

An Attitude of Gratitude

A few small words of kindness can have such a gigantic impact on your day.  People come into your life and sometimes they don’t know how much they mean to you.  I am lucky to have a dear friend – Anna.




Anna helps to operate The Granary Whole Foods in Orange Park, Florida.  The store has been successfully owned by her family for 37 years.  This unique grocery store specializes in nutritional supplements, organic fruits and vegetables, organic herbs, natural pet foods, non-gmo foods, environmentally friendly household items, books and natural skin care.  More importantly – is how the business operates.  As you walk through the door of the little yellow house built-in circa 1887 –  you will step back in time.  The energy and passion of the knowledgeable, friendly staff are key to The Granary’s success.  If you are ever in the Orange Park area, you must check out this gem.

Anna, along with some of the blogs I follow, helped to inspire this post.  This is the first edition of Monthly Mingle.  In each Monthly Mingle, I will share a list of blogs that I think Anna and YOU will enjoy reading.  Each of their posts brings an assortment of colorful distinctiveness.  I am grateful for the creativity of each and every blog I follow.




Makes Me Wander

Geek the Cat

I Know I Made You Smile

Lins Food

Lisa Sell – Reader, I Wrote It

But Why?

Aurum Reviews

Muddling Through My Middle Ages

Sleeping on the Diagonal

Second Half Woman

Image Earth Travel

Harvest and Honey

Get Connect Dad

I hope you will be able to visit some of the blogs I have listed.  I think there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Feel free to share your blog in the comments.  I would be delighted to check them out.  Stay tuned for next month’s edition of #MonthlyMingle.


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Posted in blog, bloggers, humor, technology, writing

My Predicament

I shared a post last week, from the blog  A.M. Bradley.  The post has fantastic tips to help grow your blog.  If you haven’t read it – check it out here.

The first tip really whipped me into a panic.  It says to post 1-2 times a day.

  A day?  What?

Whether or not you agree with that statement – here is my dilemma.

I have always steered clear from leaping into the 21st century.  I am always behind the times with the latest gadgets.  Pen and paper are my preferred method of writing.  I loved stationary when I was younger – still do.  I had quite the addiction as a child.  I love getting cards or handwritten letters – in fancy penmanship.  Most of them I have saved and I can’t accidentally delete them into the unknown.

Exhibit #1 – 4th grade birthday card from the class.


A television show in the 70’s – Big Blue Marble – was a favorite of mine.  The show would assign random pen pals, if you sent in a request.  So many friends from around the globe.  So many stamps purchased.  (Shout out to  Joy –  from the Philippines and Naomi – from California)

I miss those simple days.  I avoided social media for so long.


It made absolutely no sense to me, when my husband wanted a 60″ flat-screen, smart TV.  Don’t be silly.  Our 25″ box TV works just fine.

I have needed a newer vehicle for quite some time.  When my husband brings up the topic –  My question is always the same, “Where will I listen to my Joan Jett cassette tapes?”


My sister, who lives over a 1,000 miles away, suggested I get an iPhone.  “It will be so much fun!” – she squealed.  The first thing out of my mouth was “Who are we now – The Jetsons??

I enjoy reading many blogs, but I know I can’t post 1-2 posts a day.  Not with my methods.  I admire the creative content, so many bloggers post daily.  I am thrilled to post 1-2 posts a month.  I shared two posts by fellow bloggers this month – this is the first post I actually sat down to write.  I like to do my first draft on paper.  Sometimes I choose chalk.


Although, I usually get distracted by drawing a flower, a rainbow or hopscotch court.

My intention for today  was to get a jump start on my second post for the month.  Mother Nature has other plans.  The clouds are rolling in and the sky has turned dark.  Production has been hindered – yet again.

 Back to the computer I go.



Maybe, I should send out my posts via smoke signals.  It seems to be the logical choice.


Note: If you are wondering –  my husband and I no longer smoke cigarettes.

If anyone is looking for me,  I will be watching my collection of I Love Lucy – on my VCR.  Thanks for reading!

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Do you miss the simple days of yesteryear?  


Should I send my next post – via carrier pigeon – to the line you are standing in, while waiting for the latest and greatest device?  Let me know in the comments!

Posted in blog, bloggers, connecting

Tips: How to Grow Your Blog

Good tips! I will have to reblog a lot of posts in order to keep up with the first one. 😳😳😳  Thanks  A.M. Bradley!


Yesterday, I reached another milestone – 500 followers. Honestly, my goal was never to get a lot of followers here. I just wanted a place to express myself and talk about writing. After leaving another writing website, I was depressed, feeling defeated and alone (still do, but meh). I felt blogging could help me express the challenges with writing and encourage others to keep on going.

However, now since I’ve reached 500 followers, I believe it’s time to give back. Today, I want to share with you tips on how I grew my blog. I’m sure some of these you’ve read before, but it doesn’t hurt to see the tips again.


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The tips are:

  • Post 1-2 times a day

Now, I know 1-2 times a day is a lot, but it’s a quick way of standing out amongst all the other blog posts. From what I’ve noticed…

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Posted in book review, City of Light, dream, giveaway

My Paris Dream – Book Review and Giveaway

My countdown to Paris feels as though it’s moving at a snail’s pace.  I seriously needed my spirits to soar.  Fortunately, my father-in-law surprised me with a copy of  – My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine.

I made myself a lovely cup of tea and landed on the couch with my favorite blanket.  My husband likes to keep the house at minus arctic degrees, so a blanket is always needed in our house.


This book was just the ticket I needed.  If I can’t be in Paris in 2016, then I will jet off to Paris circa 1980’s  –  via Kate Betts.


If you have a love affair with Paris or fashion – this is a must read.  You will experience the highs and lows of Kate’s turbulent dream of self-discovery, in the city she loves dearly.  You will feel the passion in her pursuit to make it into the fashion industry.

We all have our dreams – even if Paris isn’t your dream, you will find this memoir an entertaining read.  My Paris Dream is a journey on following your heart.

I have one hardcover copy of My Paris Dream from Ms. Betts for this giveaway.  One $25.00 Amazon Gift Card will also be included for the lucky winner from moi.

UPDATE – The winner is Carol P.  Congratulations!  I have sent you an email.  Thanks to everyone!

Good Luck – Bonne chance!

Visit Kate Betts on Twitter @KateBetts

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Posted in self care

Oil – which one to choose healthwise?

Credit goes to Simple Ula for this great post.  Take a look! 👍🏻

simple Ula

Oil is something we add most often to our food. It’s also something you can probably find in every kitchen you go to. So how important it is to have the one that is healthy for your body? It’s major.


So let me tell you briefly about the ones that are healthy for our bodies and skip the ones that are not.

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