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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

Random Things Everyone Should Know About Me

So, my blogger friend, Sara in Le Petit Village, posted a little piece about herself a few days back and I up and stole the idea from her cuz it totally looked like fun to do. Guess what?? It was!

I figured it would be nice if you all knew some trivia about me so without further ado, here ya go:

Random Things Everyone Should Know About Me

Age: Forty-something (Yikes-that’s what I say when I look in the mirror, anyway! Oh-I also tell myself that I’m sure looking old these days).
Bedsize: Queen
Chores that you hate: Going to the grocery store and cooking (too bad I have to do both in order to live)
Dogs: Nope, but if I had a dog it would be a wiener dog cuz they are the cutest things EVER!
Essential start to your day: Coffee, coffee and more coffee (along with those chocolate chip muffins they sell at Auchan)
Favorite color: Any shade of purple that exist on this planet.
Gold or Silver:  Gold, but I could go for a mixture, if you know what I mean.
Height: 5’7” and ½ (that ½ is very important to me)
Instruments you play: None. I do, however, love the violin more than any other instrument and I’ve always wanted to learn how to play it, maybe someday when I finish my house.
Job title: At home or at work? Wait, I’m the boss in both places so there ya go.
Kids: No thanks, I have some already in the form of 3 girls and 1 boy (and no the boy wasn’t the last one even though EVERYONE asks me that). By the way, his name is Little Dude (really).
Live: I do every day (of course that could change in an instant with all these insane drivers here in the south of France)
Mother’s Name: Orvillee,(Orville +Lee and that’s how it’s pronounced, too) Isn’t that beautiful! The story I heard was that she was supposed to be a boy so my grandparents were going to name her Orville after my grandpa. Well, when she popped out a girl they just added an “e” to the name cuz my grandparents were real creative like that, and voila, Orvillee. I have always loved it, contrary to my mom who has always hated it.
Nicknames: Boss, Ash
Overnight hospital stays: Definitely and hated every minute. Having children at home seems like a good idea now.
Pet peeves:  Drinking out of a Styrofoam cup, drinking directly out of the milk or juice carton, people not respecting personal space, bad customer service and mean people (they suck)
Quote from a movie or tv show:  Now you will receive us. We do not ask for your poor or your hungry. We do not want your tired and sick. It is your corrupt we claim. It is your evil that will be saught by us. With every breath we shall hunt them down. Each day we will spill their blood ‘til it rains down from the skies. Do not kill, do not rape, to not steal. These are principles, which every man of every faith can embrace. These are not polite suggestions, these are codes of behavior and those of you that ignore them will pay the dearest cost. There are varying degrees of evil. We urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over into true corruption, into our domain. But if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three, and on that day, you will reap it. And we will send you to whatever god you wish.

And shepherds we shall be, for thee my Lord for thee, power hath descended forthfrom thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command. We shall flow a river forth to thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be. In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.=The Boondock Saints (best movie EVER)

If you want to see the quote in action, go here. It’s freakin’ awesome. WARNING-It is a bit harsh, sorry, but they really are good guys. Oh, and you should also know that this happens to be my girls night out movie, too 🙂
Right or Lefty:  Right (although I use my computer mouse only with my left hand, weird huh?)
Siblings: Nope, I am a lonely only and it’s one of the things I am most sad about in my life. I have always wanted a brother or sister and I always will. My mom told me while I was growing up that I was all she could handle. Jeez, I was a saint, too! (I do have 2 step brothers and 1 step sister, but we didn’t grow up together). I totally had 4 kids because I was (and still am, thanks mom) an only child. I never wanted them to be lonely so I gave them enough playmates that given the event a few were fighting then they would have someone else to go play with. It worked. (true story)
Time you wake up: As late as possible (like 9am or 10am on the weekends)
Underwear: Thongs baby. I don’t go for that granny stuff cuz my butt isn’t the greatest anyway and I don’t need dumb panty lines making it worse (of course Dude says I have a great butt, but he has to say that or he doesn’t get his weekly allowance)
Vegetable you hate: Broccoli –it’s super yucky.
What makes you run late: Dude
X-Rays You’ve Had: A ton and mostly for broken fingers.
Yummy food you make: Lydia’s Famous Haitian Home Made Chicken Soup. Everyone in the family loves it and it’s the first thing I always make for my guest and it pretty much is the only thing I actually like to cook (remember I hate cooking -see above)
Zoo Animal: Panda Bears (I sooooo hate monkeys so that’s why they don’t appear in this coveted spot)

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