Friday, August 29, 2014


hello lovelies!

hello to the holiday weekend ahead!

i am looking forward to the "three day", and the finishing of the deck.

there is a good and welcome sort of chaos going on here.

last night, amid the chaos, and the work after  work (moonlighting),

i thought it would be nice invite Michael and Tom, (our builders), to have dinner with us.

i served two roasted chickens and a mixed green salad with fresh herbs, red onions, avocado, and

(picked at the moment of  making the salad), sweet cherry tomatoes from our garden.

the hit of the meal was the mélange of roasted fingerling 

potatoes and sliced sweet potatoes.  the potatoes were inspired by...

...Mimi Thorisson's recipe here!

i also added  just a tiny sprinkle of the Herbs de Provence that i 

won from dearest Andrea a while ago.  Michael kept saying,

"Lynne these potatoes are amazing".  i gave crédit en raison to the 

women who inspired and enhanced my side dish. 


on this FBoF, i also wish to mention a truly kind and lovely gesture from Mimi.

most of you know that her book will be released on October 28th.

( i know... G O R G E O U S ! )

she is offering a gift of a print ( one of a chosen three, to be randomly selected ) to those who have 

purchased or seek to purchase her book, "pre-sale".

you may read about the details here.

i wish you a warm and wonderful weekend of Summer 2014 reflection and celebration!


Saturday, August 23, 2014


coffee and a little "fetch" with The Chocolate Gousse

this morning at dawn!

saying farewell to the shabby...not so chic!

i know some of you are thinking..."wow Lynne, good riddance!"

...and there are those of you saying..."Lynne!" "Hang onto those shabby

bleu français boards!"  Mr D will be voting for choice # 1 big time.

the deck demo begins...NOW!


Friday, August 22, 2014


hellooooooo lovelies!

i am on a roll this morn'!

...lot's going on!

first of all...

eighty five...eighty five...stayin' alive...stayin' alive!

ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive, stayin' alive!

ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive!

so blessed to be singing and walking dancing to this tune today!

yes, it's with humor and song that we live strong!

for  the past couple years Mom has worked hard to stay alive!

she made it!

God Bless YOU, Mom!

(  it is from my mom that i am blessed with the français and scandi in me! )

the other big news...

here i am early before work on Wednesday.

yes, the lumber yard opens with the first bird chirp.

i was dwarfed by trucks of all sizes, as i pulled into the yard in my little commuter Corolla.

handsome, polite, BUSY, polite younger guys...yes, all guys.

...clipboards, coffee, Carhartts...501's...

...almost every one i encountered smiled, nodded, and said, "hello" or "good morning"!

ahhhhhh...the energy and drive of those that build in our world!

it was like a morning pep rally!

i am here to give the craftsmen and tradesmen artisans et commerçants a SHOUT OUT today!

vous bercer!

i promptly paid for our deck lumber, grabbed a cup of their renowned best lumber store coffee 

renommée meilleur café de magasin de bois and headed for work at the clinic.

café de bois!  

coffee tim...ber!

( gosh, i am having fun with this FBoF post!)

the lumber will be dropped on our driveway around noon-ish today!

tonight we will be celebrating mom's birthday at a dinner hosted by Chrislyn and Jason.

i have already planned our first "FBF pour deux"on the deck...

kind of  a simple...say hello to the Autumn cool down...celebration...night!

savoring the last days of summer!

savourant les derniers jours de l'été!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

the OTHER PERSON always hits it out of the park!

hello lovelies!

you know i like to keep it light and fun around here.

in the spirit of light and motivational...

for the life of me, i could not figure out the name of it's author.  

the cursive signature...

(my minds eye just could not translate it.)

until this morning...

i googled...and... i found some more of  Jamie's words.

"If you feel too much, there’s still a place for you here.

If you feel too much, don’t go.

If this world is too painful, stop and rest.

It’s okay to stop and rest.

If you need a break, it’s okay to say you need a break.

This life - it’s not a contest, not a race, not a performance, not a thing that you win.

It’s okay to slow down.

You are here for more than grades, more than a job, more than a promotion, more than keeping up, more than getting by.
This life is not about status or opinion or appearance.
You don’t have to fake it.
You do not have to fake it.
Other people feel this way too.
If your heart is broken, it’s okay to say your heart is broken.
If you feel stuck, it’s okay to say you feel stuck.
If you can’t let go, it’s okay to say you can’t let go.
You are not alone in these places.
Other people feel how you feel.
You are more than just your pain. You are more than wounds, more than drugs, 
more than death and silence.
There is still some time to be surprised.
There is still some time to ask for help.
There is still some time to start again.
There is still some time for love to find you.
It’s not too late.
You’re not alone.
It’s okay - whatever you need and however long it takes - it’s okay.
It’s okay.
If you feel too much, there’s still a place for you here.
If you feel too much, don’t go.
There is still some time."

- Jamie Tworkowski
Jamie's vision is to help young people.

finding Jamie...perfectly timed to meet the recent news of  the day!


* < back to light hearted Lynne! > *

 i also found the source of the black bucket bag here...

just a tad out of my league at the present, but definitely not out of my dreams!

i have had moments in my life when hope flies away.

 that other person always returns my hope and dreams in a heartbeat!

Jamie's quote hit it out of the park for me.

and...speaking of dreams and plans...

i will be driving to Gray Lumber this morning to pay for the deck materials!

they brew the best coffee there.

ahhh...the smell of fresh cut timber and coffee in the morning!

the truck will arrive at 34th street on Friday afternoon!

the project starts on Saturday morning!

(September Sunday morning coffees and dinners on the new deck...i'm already there!)


Tuesday, August 19, 2014