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Getting Inspired

Meg over at Meg Travels has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I’m not sure if I inspire her to go and see more places or if I inspire her to get to work on her house! In any case, thank you Meg for sending this award my way. I am very glad that my blog, in either of those cases, inspires you. I hope others are inspired by it, too.

Meg gets to do something I would love to do (I bet you all would too). She gets to travel around the globe and then she gets to write all about it. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to do that! She just returned from a trip to Italy and is in the process of telling us all about the wonderful things to see and do there. Coincidentally, I found her blog from her writings on France. I am always curious about the places people go to visit, what they did there and why they recommend it. Meg gives her readers just that, plus a few extras. My recommendation is to “travel” on over to her blog and see what she’s been up to recently.

In order to accept this award, I have to follow a few rules and here they are:

First, acknowledge and thank the giver by linking back to their blog and put the award on your page. Check.

Next, list 7 things about yourself. Check.

  1. Turtles are my most favorite animal in the world (I’ve mentioned this before). I had two box turtles as a teenager and they were named J.R. (I know what you all are thinking and yes, he was named after J.R. Ewing since I had such an addiction to Dallas) and Caruso (I don’t know why, he just looked like a Caruso to me). After my first child was born, they became poor, little, neglected turtles so I gave them to a friend of my aunt’s who had a bunch of turtles in her back yard. I believe that my little guys are still living there happily ever after.
  2. The first DVD that I ever purchased was “A League of Their Own”. I still love that movie and I’ve watched it a million times! It’s one of those great feel-good movies that never gets old.
  3. I don’t own any dresses or skirts. I hate wearing them. In my elementary school, girls had to wear a dress everyday and boys had to wear a tie. Thanks to that, my wardrobe of preference is jeans and a t-shirt. What else does a girl need?
  4. The moon is my favorite celestial being. There’s something very calming about gazing up at the night sky and seeing the moon, especially a harvest moon, now that’s something to behold.
  5. I had my tonsils taken out when I was 4 years old and I had hernia surgery when I was 7 years old.  I get the tonsil thing but a hernia at 7?? I think child labor services should have shown up at my house.
  6. The two subjects I always tried to get out of in school were math and science. I couldn’t stand either one of them and I took the least amount of classes in those subjects possible to still be able to graduate with all fulfilled requirements. Funny how those are the two things I deal with in my job all day long! Who’d a thunk it? Definitely not me!
  7. I took my first airplane ride when I was 23 years old. I went to Maui, Hawaii. I didn’t have the opportunity to travel when I was younger aside from a couple of trips to the lake with my family and one 3 week vacation trip I took with my aunt, uncle and cousins in their motor home when I was 16. The travel bug didn’t bite me until I was in my mid-30’s! I think I’m making up for all those lost travel years now 🙂 BTW- France was the very first destination I went to outside of the USA. Hmm, there’s gotta be fate in that somewhere.

Last, pass the award to some bloggers who inspire you. Check.

Fit for my Fork– Sam inspires me to eat it up healthy and to love doing it.

Beyond the Brush– Lynne inspires me to appreciate the arts.

A Historic Virginia Plantation– Michelle and Brett inspire me to continue on with my old French house remodel and to look forward to the day it’s done!

My Botanical Garden– Inspires me to get out in garden and get myself some green thumbs.

Lorna’s Tearoom Delight– Inspires me to relax and have a good cup of tea and to have the courage to write a book about what I love!

To all of you out there in blog land, go forth and be inspired 🙂

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Gifts Bestowed

Thank you Meredith AND Jacqui for my Versatile Blogger Award! Both these wonderful ladies nominated me this week for the award and I want to give them a big shout out and thank you.

Meredith is a fellow American who lives in Provence like me (only she lives closer to chic Aix-en-Provence than I do). She is married to a Frenchman and has two daughters. Her blog, entitled Talking Story in Provence, chronicles the daily happenings over in her neck of the woods.

She always shares the best secrets and photos of open market shopping, tours of Aix-en-Provence (and her favorite shopping places there), her life with her husband and children and her crazy dog, Duffy and all the random stuff that happens to her while venturing out to enjoy this wonderful region.

The little snippets of insight into her daily life almost always put a smile on my face. I nod my head in agreement when she and I have had the same experiences and I ohh and ahhh over her photos of the delicious fruits and veggies she’s found while shopping. There have been many times when I have just laughed out loud at some of the stuff she writes about.

Aside from us both being American and loving Provence, Meredith and I also have something else in common; she used to live many years ago in the village that I now live in! She also happens to be the one who let me in on the secret that my village is cursed. After all the mishaps and downright terrible things that have happened with the renovation of our house, I totally believe her!

So all of you out there who just can’t get enough of Provence, head on over and see what Meredith has been up to. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her stories as much as I do.

Jacqui lives in northern France with her husband and son. Jacqui originates from the UK, but just like me, she got bit by the French bug and now has a little piece of earth here, too.  Jacqui shares her stories at The French Village Diaries. She has her own garden where she grows some of the most delicious veggies and she is also the proud owner of some ducks, chickens, a couple of ol’ cats and the cutest mini cooper ever! Jacqui and I became blogging friends thanks to sharing her love of Cantal cheese with me. See, both Jacqui and I are ardent gourmands of that oh so delicious cheddar cheese which happens to be difficult to find in my region. I was grumpy and complaining one day how life just sucks without cheddar and Jacqui chimed in and introduced me to Cantal (I have mentioned this story before, but what the hey, it was life altering for me!). Now she is my Cantal-Cheddar bestie!

Her blog tells of life in her very tiny village, trips she’s taken (she just spent a week road tripping in her mini with her hubby), the delicious things she grows in her garden and her family life ( aka living in France with a preteen boy who happens to have a blog of his own).

Stop on by Jacqui’s blog and say hi. You’re bound to find some delicious food you’d like to try (or grow) and some wonderful places to put on your “to visit” list.

I’ve been told that in accepting this award, I must supply some random information about myself. I guess that shouldn’t be too hard since I consider myself a random kind of person. So, here goes:

  1. I have four children of my own, 3 girls and 1 boy, but I also had a baby for my brother-in-law and his wife because they couldn’t have children of their own. Yes folks, back in the summer of 1999 I was busy giving birth to my niece. Not many people can say that, now can they?
  1. I have the biggest crush ever on Anthony Hopkins and I’ve had that crush since I was a little girl when I first saw him in the movie, “Audrey Rose”. Heaven help me, if I could go back in time and write him a letter from my nine year old self and tell him to wait for me, I would so do that. Just as an extra, I also have the hots for Hugh Jackman, in a really big way.
  1. I absolutely LOVE popcorn and orange juice together. There is no way in heck this girl is eating popcorn without having a glass of OJ sitting right there to accompany it, no way Jose. It’s the best EVER and I think you all should try it.
  1. I have an extreme phobia of needles and dolls. I’m not kidding, it’s really bad. A doll holding a needle would put me in the grave in .01 seconds, no kidding. I break out in a cold sweat, my heart starts pounding in my chest and I get clammy hands and feet if I even see a picture of either one. This has been a phobia of mine since I was a kid. I gave birth to all my children without any medication whatsoever cuz there was no way the doctors were ever gonna stick a needle in my back for the epidural. The pain of child birth was a piece of cake compared to that. It’s also the reason why I didn’t become a spy. If I was ever caught by the enemy all they would have to do is show me a photo of either a doll or a needle and I would tell them everything they wanted to know and then some.
  1. It’s a little known fact in my family that my great grandma on my mom’s side (my mom’s mom’s mom-did you get that?) was of Cherokee Indian decent. She was a stout little thing and always wore her hair in a long, black braid down her back. I am also, Italian, Irish, Spanish, Black Dutch, and German. Dude calls me a mutt. Mutts are cute so I will forgive him for that.
  1. When I was 17 I got the chicken pox and because of my advanced age, I missed two weeks of school, one of which was Spring break (thanks stupid new kid who had the pox and came to my school for only one week just to give them to me and then left and never came back!) and I had the worst case possible. I mean those pox were EVERY WHERE.  I hold no grudges, but I tell you, I will kick his old behind if I ever see him again.
  1.  I hate fish. I don’t like the way it looks and I don’t like the way it smells and I will never, ever eat it! Nothing that comes out of the sea will ever touch these lips.

Well, now that you know that I birth nieces, like men with sexy accents, love strange food combinations, have heart stopping phobias, am a mutt, catches disfiguring sicknesses, and would rather have an aquarium of fish that a plate full, I think it’s time to bestow the gift of the Versatile Blogger award to some people whom I really enjoy reading their blogs. Although I read a bazillion blogs (it’s sort of addicting) and love a ton of you guyzes to pieces, some of you just hog up all the awards to I gotta spread the love!!!!!……..

Provence In Ann Arbor

Travel Photo Media

annwebsterblog

the Walk & TALK

Traveling Sardine Class

My Backyard Awards- Le Tour de France

In honor of the final day of Le Tour de France and the winners receiving their just rewards, I thought that I would give out some awards of my own based on the fashion sense of the teams.

So here goes

1. Most Fun Award: LAMPRE-ISD: I love these outfits. Every time I saw one of these guys, I wanted to go buy some Bazooka Bubble gum! These were the most eye-popping jerseys, yet. Yummy! (the guys were, too).

 

 

2.Most Festive Award: EUSKATEL-EUSKADI: These jerseys made me want to go out and trick ‘o’ treat! Nothing says “it’s Halloween” like black and orange outfits. I know what I’m dressing up as this year. Thanks guys!

 

 

 

3.Most Yuppish Award: AG2R LA MONDIALE: Granted, these are super cute and the colors go nicely together, but seriously, a white jersey with this pattern on it has got “yuppy” written all over it.

 

 

 

4.Worst Color To Wear In The Summer Award: SKY PROCYCLING: What really gets an athlete going? Wearing an oufit that is nearly all black while cycling outside in the middle of summer in France. Yaaah, baby!

 

 

 

5.Most France Patriotic Award: QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM: This team really wanted to make a good impression on the French. Red, white and blue outfits just might do the trick.

 

 

 

6.Most Pleasing To The Eye Award: PROTEAM ASTANA: These outfits, hands down, win this award. Nice use of color. They go so well together. The people that choose these jerseys really knew the color wheel.  I might need them to come over to my house and do some color schemes.

 

 

 

7.Best Name Award: MOVISTAR TEAM: Really? The first few days of the race, I had no idea what the commentators were talking about! Movie star? Where? Then I saw the name scrawled across the derriere of one of the team members. Ohhhh! Now I get it……

 

 

 

8.Most Boring: HTC-HIGHROAD: Sorry guys, these jerseys need some sprucing up. There just wasn’t enough here that was eye-catching about them. In order to not be so drab, you should have taken a look inside a crayon box, there is plenty of colors to choose from in there. Better luck next year.

 

 

 

9.Best Use Of Two Colors Award: TEAM EUROPCAR: Green and black. Excellent choice guys. The two colors that were chosen go so well together. They stood out nicely and this team looked very well put together. Hip, Hip, Hooray!

 

 

 

10.Most Use Of One Color Award: COFIDIS, LE CRÉDIT EN LIGNE: Wow! All red, hum. I guess they thought adding the little, yellow sun was gonna make people notice that the rest of their outfits are pretty much one color. Well, that didn’t work for me. I noticed.

 

Last, but not least, I could not go away without giving the Worst Dress Award to the girls who are on the podium to give the “King of the Mountain” award. Granted the guy who wins has to sport the white jersey with the red polka dots. Fine by me. The jersey has a small area to cover, but please, not the dresses! This year’s was one of the ugliest I have ever seen. If I was one of those girls chosen to wear that, I would have pitched a fit and then called my mom and all my friends and told them not to watch. Please people, do a better job on these next year. Just because you have to have the polka dots, doesn’t mean you have to design an ugly dress!

 

**Please note, that NO images were taken by me.I take NO credit for them.  I found all of them on Google Images.

 

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