Friday, September 18, 2015

f r e n c h b r e a d o n f r i d a y . . .

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::  e n c o u r a g e r  ::

"Writing consistently about the personal side of life is the single most powerful thing that has 

come into my life over the past two years.  If you’ve ever wanted to start writing but don’t know 

where to begin, then I would really encourage you to start by simply putting pen to paper 

and taking note of the magic moments – even if they are of times long gone.  My hope for you 

is that it not only brings more joy and gratitude into your life and encourages you to do 

new things, but that it will also be a gentle way of setting out on your own writing journey."
                                                                                            ~ Esther Zimmer

next month mon petit blog will be five years old.

i captured Esther's quote from her post titled "take note of magic moments". i discovered her

 blog, Style & Conversation, on August 3rd, during the hours my mother was having surgery

to pin her broken hip.  reading her has been a gentle journey.   . . . a gifted perspective.

 i remember how timid i was when i wrote and published my very first blog post.

at first, i was alone.

then something very, very special happened . . .

 . . .  your names and kind words slowly began to appear . . . names and words gifts wrapped

with lovely ribbons in the brilliant colors of  joy, creativity, friendship, love . . .

. . . and encouragement!


a new direction to seek personal growth.


une nouvelle magie!

:: bonjour french words ::

i have been very focused away from here for the past three months.

July brought a holiday weekend, followed by a family time - stay - cation.

August brought mother's fall and a huge focus on her recovery.

it was imperative to visit the nursing - rehabilitation home almost every day.

( . . . all the time, the details of a class reunion on September 26th . . . dancing about

 in my mind . . . beckoning my attention.)

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mom  went home on September 10th!  she has transitioned well. home health is in the house

once a week, meeting the needs of occupational and physical therapy.

my class reunion {#45} is next Saturday. our family room is the staging area.

the farm table holds familiar penned names from my youth.

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no french words will be placed on mon petite blog next week.  before and after clinic,

 i will be prepping for our old school party on the vineyard at Devorah Creek next Saturday!

". . . your soul could never grow old, it's evergreen."
{Evergreen High School - Class of 1970}

"Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran 
(love this song)

 . . . a follow up to last fbof . . . my premonition was spot
on.  she wore her vintage Burberry for grandparents day!

e n c o u r a g e r !



  1. I am Co-Chair (in charge of decorations) for my 50th reunion exactly 1 year away. It has been so much fun finding old friends and hearing about their lives. Sadly we discovered that one classmate just passed away in August. He was one of the people I actually hoped to see because I had a crush on him all through high school. I read his obit and it turns out that he was an incredible man (philanthropist, world traveler, benevolent boss...) and I wish I had known him in his adult life.

    I am glad your mom is better.

  2. Lynne, I love Holland's look...her wee shoes just sets it off. I am so glad you are working on the class will love catching up with all your chums. So happy your mother has returned home and being looked in on. Wishing you a beautiful weekend, xoxo,Susie

  3. Have fun at your class reunion. Hope mom is doing better!

  4. This blog world is amazing. I go back and forth between sharing my feelings and trying to inspire women to find their confidence. Both get response but the most important rewards are the friendships made and the growth in me. And the growth in my voice. Have a great time at your reunion!!

  5. Loved those words by Esther Zimmer. It is a brave thing to start doing, but so rewarding! Best of luck for your reunion - sure it will be loads of fun. xx Sharon

  6. Thank you for the introduction to Esther Zimmer, I have a feeling I am going to enjoy her blog as much as you.

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! Blogging is indeed a special place, sometime scary because not only do we put ourselves out there, but I also think because we allow a little or a lot of vulnerability to show, and we "ask" for advice, help, a shoulder to cry on and sometimes even love. It is wonderful to find kindred spirits.

    Have a fabulous time at the reunion.

  7. I felt your words when I i look back on my first blog post, still wonder if it's the right thing to do!
    Thank you for the encouraging voice you share..
    A beautifil week to you,
    Casual Loves ELegance

  8. Dear Lynne, your words truly reached me and I still feel every time I write a feature....will this resonate. I just keep trying to pay it forward and let people know that I am here for them, as they have been for me!
    Have a wondrous week!

    The Arts by Karena
    Painting Central Park

  9. Oh Lynne,
    I am happy to hear that your mom is back home and doing well. You have definitely been very busy, haven't you? Have fun at your reunion.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  10. I always feel like I had a visit in a quaint cafe when I visit with you here, Lynne. You have a heart of gold. So happy to hear your mom is on the mend and that you have loads of fun plans in your future.
    PS--love that pic of your girl!!:)

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your close friend this last weekend, Lynne. I am thinking of you today and sending a comforting hug.

    Have a fantastic time at your 45th class times!

    love, ~Sheri

  12. I am playing catch up and I scrolled down to the post I missed last week after reading the one you posted tonight. Ah, that Holland!! The outfit was PERFECT - just as you knew it would be!!!

  13. Hello Lynne,

    I hardly know what to write, a lady called Jane from Blondie's Journals left a comment on one of my posts last night and said she had found me because you had recommended my blog on here. Well, after thanking Jane I came looking, of course, and I feel so incredibly touched that you have quoted me and for your kind words. In fact, I have tears in my eyes as I write this. You wrote how timid you felt when you first started blogging - I still regularly feel that way! So discovering my words in this beautiful space that you have created is hugely encouraging to me, thank you, sincerely. I cannot wait to read more of your posts and to get to know you better. I feel like I've been given a beautiful gift today, and I really wanted you to know that. I'm so glad to read that your Mom is on the mend too, best wishes to you. Esther x