Saturday, August 1, 2015

Two Weeks Ago....and an Anniversary of Sorts

Oh my, it was a 2 weeks ago today that I landed back in the USA from my extraordinary trip to Paris. And yes, I am still going thru my boatload of pictures and weeding thru and weeding out. If I have one, I have a five hundred and one pictures of the buildings in Paris. I was so fascinated by the architecture, with the brilliance of the stone masons of long ago.  And the doors and the street lamps, (obviously I have this obsession with street lamps) so much to admire.

A few of the doors of Paris.....

Most of them were brightly colored and large, really large. I would imagine they are scaled large due to the massiveness of the buildings that they provide entry to. We never went to a neighborhood in Paris, individual homes, so not sure if that color and massiveness carries out into the other parts of Paris.  We did ride the train to Disney France, about a 40 minute ride and all I saw thru the windows were apartments, no neighborhoods like I see on my train trips to downtown Chicago.  A world apart.

Ask me what I have done this last week of July.....nothing, absolutely nothing. It has been hot which the swim pool owners are thrilled with, my yard and garden, not so much. I have had to actually water the grass for the first time this summer....gasp!!  All that complaining and bitching about the rain, now we need it....figures.

The daylilies did exceptionally well this year, probably due to the enormous amount of rain we had in the spring and early summer.  Eventho they will bloom without much moisture, they certainly thrived with the addition of more water.

As the summer begins to wind down, the kids will be back in school in a couple of weeks, I am spending as much time as possible on the back porch. Even with the heat it is pleasant with the breezes and the overhead fan if needed.

I have finished reading "Longbourne".  You will love it if you are a fan of "Pride & Prejudice" and Jane Austin. The language is beautiful, the descriptions are like poetry. I will admit that it is not a page turner in the sense of "Girl on the Train" but a pure joy to read. And speaking of old English, anybody watching "Poldark" on PBS?  Oh yum....another Masterpiece gem.

It was 4 years ago today, Aug 1st that I placed my sweetie in a care facility, one of my life's most difficult decisions.  I don't regret that decision, nor have I ever second guessed my decision, what I do regret is not being able to share trips like to Paris with him. That was the plan we had but life took a different path.  I am forever grateful and blessed to the caregivers that are with him each day so that I can continue to enjoy life, feeling guilty at times, but I know he would want me to carry on. I did shed a few tears while in Paris, knowing how much he would have enjoyed the beauty.

Going now, either to sit on the porch or go thru more pictures. Porch sounds good....

The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still, when silence speaks loudest." -- Leon Brown 

Until next time.....