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One of my Favorite Stories of Annie

  While threading the needle to sew Sacha's worn jeans I asked Annie if she had any tender memories of living during World War II? If there was any light in that dark passage. Anything that reminded her of beauty when life around them was so unfair and off balance.   Annie keeping her eye on the thread and needle said, "Of course there were tender moments, we had each other. Our family moved from Marseilles (which was heavily bombed) to our country house. We were lucky to have a garden, my mothe...
Tags: Travel, Annie, Marseilles, Sacha, French la Vie


One of my Favorite Stories of Annie

  While threading the needle to sew Sacha's worn jeans I asked Annie if she had any tender memories of living during World War II? If there was any light in that dark passage. Anything that reminded her of beauty when life around them was so unfair and off balance.   Annie keeping her eye on the thread and needle said, "Of course there were tender moments, we had each other. Our family moved from Marseilles (which was heavily bombed) to our country house. We were lucky to have a garden, my mothe...
Tags: Travel, Annie, Marseilles, Sacha, French la Vie


Step into the Light: a Story of Healing after Sexual Assault

*TRIGGER WARNING: The post you are about to read deals with sexual assault and abuse. There is no graphic language used, but the subject matter is sensitive in nature.   It was in a coffee shop on an April evening when I realized for the first time I’d been sexually assaulted. It had been three months since the assault, and three months and two days since I’d broken up with my boyfriend. I had gone to a Starbucks, armed with my laptop, planning to write the pain out of me. I thought if I cou...
Tags: Google, England, London, Sexual Assault, Inspiration, Relationship, Healing, Dating, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Jesus, Starbucks, Sexual Abuse, Courage, Michelle, HANNAH


The Sky Was the Ultimate Lusciousness This Evening.

As the evening started to fall Sacha and I saw that mother nature's elements were in place for another spectacular night. So off we went back up Hwy 162 heading towards Elk Creek to see if our good fortune would strike twice. To see Sacha's photos please follow him on Instagram. At first, the light was too harsh and the sun kept disappearing behind the humongous clouds. But before our disappointment settled in Mother Nature gave us at last thirty minutes of wow. Years ago one summer in August w...
Tags: Travel, Sacha, Elk Creek, French la Vie


The Road is Home

  Sacha my son often asks, "Why did you leave?" And my heart stings. Following your heart is not always easy. Especially when it divides you in two.   Oh, distant geese that fly overhead where are you going? Rolling gold along the long grey paved road.                         I left because I fell in love. I come back because I am in love. That is the gift of an abundant harvest. But toil I must. Rarely does anything grow without sweat, tear, discipline, and desire.   Follow your dreams t...
Tags: Travel, Mount Shasta, Sacha, French la Vie


Bye Bye Blackbirds

Every day I go for a walk around the rice fields behind my mother's home. I can walk along the dirt roads that the farmers use to check their crops for miles and miles endlessly around rice fields that are taking root. The pleasure of seeing nature take its course and farmers working steadily with the season.  The blackberry vines are growing wildly as they should, and I have spotted and noted the ones I can reach to gather for my mother's blackberry pies.       Sacha pointed out the red wing...
Tags: Travel, Sacha, Chicks, French la Vie


The Bird's Nest

  While on my daily walk around the rice fields Sacha pointed out a red wing crow's nest in the ditch amongst the reeds. I would not have noticed it as it was well concealed and neatly created. A masterpiece exactly as nature is. We marked the path so we could go back and check to see when the blue eggs had hatched. Yesterday two of them hatched and today the third one did. Newbies to the world. I will check on them daily and keep you posted on the growth.   New life. So refreshingly sweet a...
Tags: Travel, Sacha, French la Vie


What is Going On Today

  Maybe it is because nobody has come into our home since mid-March,  Maybe it is because it is very hot today, Maybe it is because I tossed and turned most the night, Maybe it is because I am missing the owl's nightly mantra, Maybe it is because I run a small part of my walking path for the first time, Maybe it is because I am wondering about the brocante.         Maybe it is because I pruned the tomato plants as Mr. Port taught me years ago, Maybe it is because my Mom's windows need to be...
Tags: Travel, Michelle Obama, Seattle, Gabriel, Sacha, Yann, Chemo, French la Vie


Living in the Country

    During the shelter in place, Sacha and I planted a garden or if truth be told a few vegetable plants. Zucchini, cucumber, tomato, green onion, green beans, and crooked neck squash. Nothing beats homegrown. I wish I could say we have an overabundance of vegetables but that is not the case with one plant each of the above vegetables. So far there have been seven green beans or as my mother said when I added them to a salad, "If you say so, but I did not see them nor taste them." I have plant...
Tags: Travel, Sacha, French la Vie


Happy Birthday Sacha

H   A   P   P   Y         B   I   R   T   H   D   A   Y        Sacha came to California at the beginning of Covid 19, nearly two months later he returned to Seattle. How fortunate I have been to have had my son to come and stay with my mom and me. How fortunate I have been to have had two unexpected months of his undivided attention. Today is Sacha's birthday, my beautiful son! When Sacha returned to Seattle he drove the back roads before he left I asked him to send me a letter of his journey...
Tags: Travel, California, Oregon, Seattle, Highway 101, Marty, Ferndale, Sacha, French la Vie


Living in the Country

    During the shelter in place, Sacha and I planted a garden or if truth be told a few vegetable plants. Zucchini, cucumber, tomato, green onion, green beans, and crooked neck squash. Nothing beats homegrown. I wish I could say we have an overabundance of vegetables but that is not the case with one plant each of the above vegetables. So far there have been seven green beans or as my mother said when I added them to a salad, "If you say so, but I did not see them nor taste them." I have plant...
Tags: Travel, Sacha, French la Vie


Happy Birthday Sacha

H   A   P   P   Y         B   I   R   T   H   D   A   Y        Sacha came to California at the beginning of Covid 19, nearly two months later he returned to Seattle. How fortunate I have been to have had my son to come and stay with my mom and me. How fortunate I have been to have had two unexpected months of his undivided attention. Today is Sacha's birthday, my beautiful son! When Sacha returned to Seattle he drove the back roads before he left I asked him to send me a letter of his journey...
Tags: Travel, California, Oregon, Seattle, Highway 101, Marty, Ferndale, Sacha, French la Vie


What is Going On Today

  Maybe it is because nobody has come into our home since mid-March,  Maybe it is because it is very hot today, Maybe it is because I tossed and turned most the night, Maybe it is because I am missing the owl's nightly mantra, Maybe it is because I run a small part of my walking path for the first time, Maybe it is because I am wondering about the brocante.         Maybe it is because I pruned the tomato plants as Mr. Port taught me years ago, Maybe it is because my Mom's windows need to be...
Tags: Travel, Michelle Obama, Seattle, Gabriel, Sacha, Yann, Chemo, French la Vie


Bye Bye Blackbirds

Every day I go for a walk around the rice fields behind my mother's home. I can walk along the dirt roads that the farmers use to check their crops for miles and miles endlessly around rice fields that are taking root. The pleasure of seeing nature take its course and farmers working steadily with the season.  The blackberry vines are growing wildly as they should, and I have spotted and noted the ones I can reach to gather for my mother's blackberry pies.       Sacha pointed out the red wing...
Tags: Travel, Sacha, Chicks, French la Vie


The Sky Was the Ultimate Lusciousness This Evening.

As the evening started to fall Sacha and I saw that mother nature's elements were in place for another spectacular night. So off we went back up Hwy 162 heading towards Elk Creek to see if our good fortune would strike twice. To see Sacha's photos please follow him on Instagram. At first, the light was too harsh and the sun kept disappearing behind the humongous clouds. But before our disappointment settled in Mother Nature gave us at last thirty minutes of wow. Years ago one summer in August w...
Tags: Travel, Sacha, Elk Creek, French la Vie


The Road is Home

  Sacha my son often asks, "Why did you leave?" And my heart stings. Following your heart is not always easy. Especially when it divides you in two.   Oh, distant geese that fly overhead where are you going? Rolling gold along the long grey paved road.                         I left because I fell in love. I come back because I am in love. That is the gift of an abundant harvest. But toil I must. Rarely does anything grow without sweat, tear, discipline, and desire.   Follow your dreams t...
Tags: Travel, Mount Shasta, Sacha, French la Vie


The Bird's Nest

  While on my daily walk around the rice fields Sacha pointed out a red wing crow's nest in the ditch amongst the reeds. I would not have noticed it as it was well concealed and neatly created. A masterpiece exactly as nature is. We marked the path so we could go back and check to see when the blue eggs had hatched. Yesterday two of them hatched and today the third one did. Newbies to the world. I will check on them daily and keep you posted on the growth.   New life. So refreshingly sweet a...
Tags: Travel, Sacha, French la Vie


My Brother’s Almond Orchard

  It is hard to believe that 12 years ago I came home on Feb 5th because my dad was ill, I quickly packed a few things and came to be by his side. I ended up staying for seven months. During that time Yann came over three times, and Chelsea and Sacha came over twice.  Fast forward to the present date... I came to California on Feb 6th to be by my family because of my brother's illness. Soon it will be three months. Sacha came from Seattle and has been here for several weeks. I do n...
Tags: Travel, California, Chelsea, States, Seattle, Sacha, Yann, Tara Westover, French la Vie, Gabriel Yann


Unsung Hero

  Blackbirds flew in a perfect pattern landing gracefully on the freshly toiled field while Dust billowed in the distance behind the farmer’s tractor As the sun’s golden fingers touched the earth and redden my face, the canals filled with water made ready to flood the fields where the rice seed will float and root. The raw endless beauty of soil, sun, water, seed... harnessed by the unsung hero for tomorrow's harvest. Daily miles walks around this land over the last two months have brought me g...
Tags: Travel, Sacha, French la Vie


The Luxury of Being Safe

  My mother sat at her front door when my brother Mark and his family came over to wish us a Happy Easter. They brought mom flowers and succulents. It is an odd Easter for many of us. My mom usually makes Easter lunch for the entire family and has games lined up... this year it is just three of us: My mom, Sacha and myself. I imagine for you and yours it is similar, a different feel, somber, with thankful rejoicing and prayers of hope. and tears.       Chelsea sent me some videos and photos of...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Mark, Gabriel, Sacha, Yann, French la Vie


A View of the Full Moon while Quarantined by Sacha

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Tags: Travel, Sacha, French la Vie


A Love Letter Where I am to Where You Are

Sacha lives in Seattle where he is freelancing in cinema photography, and his Italian Girlfriend lives in Italy with her family as she studies art in the university. Due to the coronavirus, they do not know when they will see each other again... When Seattle went into Safe Shelter Sacha got in his jeep and drove to California to be with my family. Though he is in self-quarantine out at a ranch with miles of rice fields surrounding him. When Sacha and his Italian Girlfriend are not together they ...
Tags: Travel, California, Oregon, Sacramento, Italy, Seattle, Sacha, French la Vie, Elena Driving


Heavenly Host Sky

Sacha’s Sunset from his Deck in Seattle.          [Author: French la Vie]
Tags: Travel, Seattle, Sacha, French la Vie


Because You Have Asked...

  Because you have asked... Yann is in France lock-downed at our home alone, fifteen minutes away by car Chelsea, Martin and Baby Gabriel are with Martin's parents locked down too. Martin's parents have a big garden and Baby Gabriel is loving discovering Spring. Unfortunately, because of the lock-down Yann cannot see them. They are fine, and that is music to my ears, even if I am too far away to dance with them. Sacha is in Seattle. His freelance work has dwindled down enormously, but he still ...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Seattle, Verona, Martin, Sacha, Yann, My mother, Baby Gabriel, Chelsea Martin, French la Vie


Très Chic: A Smart, Stylish Parisian Apartment Designed for a Young Family (and Cat, Too)

When we first encountered this exceedingly clever Paris duplex by SABO project, we wondered why it had been dubbed the “Sacha Apartment.” Is that the client’s name? Was it inspired by the street address? Turns out, Sacha is the name of the clients’ beloved cat. We should have guessed. Among the most salient features of this gut renovation, which combined two apartments into one, are the unexpected feline-sized pass-throughs carved into multiple walls on the first floor. The owners, a young coupl...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Instagram, Pets, Brooklyn, Paris, Apartments, Alex, House Tour, Plywood, Concrete, Sacha, Sabo, Remodel & Renovation, Architecture & Interiors, Light Wood


Family Name

When I was married I decided to keep my family's name. I could never understand why anyone had to give up their name unless they wanted to, and I certainly did not. I have four brothers and they all kept their name, the guys never have to think about that. Yann was completely okay with me keeping my name, in fact, he too felt like I did, "why would you give up your name?" Chelsea and Sacha took Yann's last name. As it was a family name already hyphenated I did not want to add a third name.     ...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Amaro, Sacha, Yann, French la Vie


Family Name

When I was married I decided to keep my family's name. I could never understand why anyone had to give up their name unless they wanted to, and I certainly did not. I have four brothers and they all kept their name, the guys never have to think about that. Yann was completely okay with me keeping my name, in fact, he too felt like I did, "why would you give up your name?" Chelsea and Sacha took Yann's last name. As it was a family name already hyphenated I did not want to add a third name.     ...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Amaro, Sacha, Yann, French la Vie


Christmas Ornaments Using Antique Pieces

  Christmas this year is going to be at our home. Chelsea, Martin, Baby, Martin's family, and Sacha is coming from Seattle, his Italian girlfriend will join us a few days after Christmas. I am gathering bits of sparkle from little antique pieces I have. My creative juices need to kick in so I can get a move on to how I will set up the Christmas tree and pray it doesn't fall over like it did one year. The menu too has to be planned.  Chestnut soup is on the menu as well as a Christmas log cake...
Tags: Travel, Seattle, Sacha, Brocante, French la Vie, Chelsea Martin Baby Martin


Thanksgiving Photos

As usual, my mom created her magic. Planned and made a lovely lunch for twenty-three of us. If only Yann and Martin had been here we would have been all together. The newest member baby Gabriel had attention galore and soaked up every ounce of it as he went from one person to another, some of my nieces and nephews had never held a baby before, but you could not tell.       Chelsea and my niece Kate made my mom's traditional sugar cookies and used the pesky turkey cookie cutter to make them. A...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Paris, Kate, Martin, Gabriel, Marty, Sacha, Yann, French la Vie, Gabriel Sacha


Lesson of the Day

  Still in Paris. Yes, I could fly home but I am too cheap to shell out the money (300 plus Euros). I could take a taxi to the train station and hope to find a train that might be going to Marseille and that I might be able to take if there is room, and if not take a taxi back to my apartment. The thought of it is draining as I have been feeling under the weather. Sacha suggested a bus home. After the long flight, I don't want to go on a bus for ten to twelve hours while sneezing and spreading ...
Tags: Travel, Marseille, Paris, Sacha, French la Vie