Friday, January 22, 2016

f r o m t h e C h r i s t m a s B l e n d - t o - C a f e V e r o n a . . .

h a p p y f r i d a y L o v e l i e s !

 today just happened to be the day . . .

. . . a very simple little once a year ritual.

. . . when the first three scoops of Cafe Verona are added to

the last two scoops of Christmas Blend.

 this brings to mind that silly old movie "Ground Hog Day".

       Rita: You speak French!

Phil Connors: Oui!

there are mornings that i d-r-e-a-d the rise at 4:30 am.

we have been doing this gig, together, for over 40 years.

i admit that i have a bit of a negative attitude until . . .

the first whiff of the day's brew.  the fragrant brew always triggers the immensely comfortable

feeling of . . . "i am so happy and blessed to be standing here in this place once more".

mr D heads downstairs, stopping to sit on the bottom step, where he puts on his work shoes,

 intermittently petting The Chocolate Gousse, who is begging for her "every work day

after he puts his shoes on" biscuit.

   bit's of small talk shared in between toasted bites.  still holding the last couple

bites in his hand, we exchange our good wishes for the day.

see you tonight!  have a good day!

( then he's off again . . . a long commute to Seattle.)

 today . . .  it's a load of  the basket of lights.  ( oh you groundhog! )

 now, in this hour, with my white hot one day in January blend and a mini three bite,
(french bread on friday), pan au chocolat, i'm as close to a sidewalk cafe' as i can get, writing to you.

both lucky and honored am i to have the most amazing and encouraging blog friends.

( i wrap every one of your amazing words around me.)

with reference to comments from my last post:
one day i will take flowers into the gym for a sweet 
bike ride, in the daylight, so i can take a photograph,while likely taking in some strange looks!

when i do, i promise to share.  please do not count on stilettos.

 after 40, due to a bump under my big right toe, i had to drop to under two inches.

the closest i have now is a kitten heel and a wedge.

  . . . and if i were to wear heels to a work out,

 there would be "no doubt" that i could be deemed a little crazy.

* * *

this is a pivotal "i'm aging" year for me. the next couple fridays, will likely be

subject to that coming of  "age", that is very near, as in next month.

i am already singing with Paul. ( hint . . . hint . . . )

* * *

last year i shared this article from apartment therapy published in the summer of 2014.

the simplicity of the article resonated with me so much that i placed it on my side bar within my

esteemed collection of perpetual inspiration.

this year i printed the list from the article for the inside cover of my 2016 planner.

here is my abbreviated  version of the list.

take pleasure . . . ( treat yourself,  french bread ( et chocolat! ) on friday )
  "this may not be the house of your dreams, you can make beauty in every space."

eat everything . . . ( whole food fresh, in moderation)
"save for quality, decorate to support your life."

drink water . . . ( 40 ounces a day )
"hydrate your home with life."

move a little every day . . . ( goal 10,000 steps )
"puff the pillows, light the candle, fill that empty vase in the cupboard with fresh flowers,
build a fire, primp, paint. "

play to your strengths . . . ( a new "lighter" look! )
"find the good features . . . celebrate them."

( just a simple little daily dose of common sense from the french for "34",
and my almost "64" year old mind, spirit and body. )

thats right!  

sixty - four! 

sing it, Paul!  


:: all images with the exception of my planner and our paper heart decked chandelier may
 be found here.


  1. Simply beautiful inspirations my friend! Wishing you the Happiest Birthday coming up! I'll be singing Sir Paul all day now. Such a happy song. "When I get older..."

  2. I just turned 65. What a wonderful and amazing time of life. I need to print my daily goals on the inside of my planner. xo Laura

  3. Beautiful birthday wishes to you. Yes, mmm, delicious coffee to get us going in the mornings, then everyone better look out. :):) Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  4. 4:30AM ???????
    I have always admired you but now I think you must be the most wonderful wife in the world. That is about the time I go to bed (sometimes). Happy Happy Birthday to you! 64 is not so old, so don't go complaining to us. My older friends tell me it's 80+ when you begin to feel tired and don't go out every single night!!!

  5. such a lovely post my friend, I could envision your little morning rituals so well as I read along--and my goodness that IS an early morning. Whoa. I've never been able to get up that early and stay awake all day hahaha may I use some of your vitamins? Also--happy birthday to you---I'll be sending you gloriously happy and healthy wishes for your special 64th birthday!!

  6. I'm loving EVERYTHING about this post, my dear friend. Your love of coffee, creating nurturing and comforting rituals for your day, desire to move more and find the balance of it all. Your mornings with Mr. D sound so perfect (except for the early hour;). Happy early birthday you ageless woman! Thank you for sharing your wisdom here and for your wonderful kind words on my blog this week. You made my day!! As for moving your blog...I'm on for Stylemindchic Life and have just started a new one (focused strictly on travel) on Squarespace. They are very different platforms. Some elements seem MUCH easier on Squarespace though I'm just getting my feet wet with it.
    So grateful we have met in blogland, Lynne. You are a bright spot indeed!!
    xx, Heather

  7. Hello lovely Lynne, 4.30 without coffee would be very painful. Glad you have it sorted.Think you definitely should take your bike to the gymn, with your flowers and kitten heels, and yes do get someone to photograph it! You sound perky, and not anywhere 64, so if I were you I wouldn't tell anyone. Much love to you from windswept and chilly Ireland. Linda xx