Sunday, November 15, 2009

Slipped In and Out

Last month The World's Best Bleeding Heart Attorney and I slipped into and out of New England for Parents Weekend...our last at that particular college! Older Daughter graduates in May. She has grown into the loveliest, most self-assured, happy young adult. I'm totally taken with her.

And with the foliage. But it's too damned cold up there.

Younger Daughter Gone To The Dogs

I volunteered at the Showcase for Dogs and brought my dog-loving Younger Daughter with me. We had a fabulous time, and she brought Thankless Dog Number Two with her. We were working for Hope House where I am on the Board of Directors and also serve as a volunteer. Older Daughter had an internship there this summer through Americorps/Vista. It's a family affair.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Time



As she looked out the window for her friend, Flower Girl, I caught Younger Daughter in the lens.
The time goes so quickly. They grow so fast. How did my baby get to be 17? (And a half!)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fair Ladies


Today was the annual crafts fair in a local park. It's one of my favorite early fall outings, and this year the weather was just perfect-warm and dry with a nice breeze. Some years, it's so hot we are dying for shade. Today? Lovely.





This persimmon tree, with its ripe, juicy fruit just begging to be eaten, was causing problems for the vendors below. They had to put up market umbrellas to keep the falling fruit from breaking their wares-and their heads!


This wonderful lawn sculpture caught my eye. I love the face!


This photo doesn't do the booth justice. It was too sunny and I was in too much of a hurry to adjust my world to take a great shot. Colorful, though...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday Photo Blog-Check It Out

Go to this blog to see and contribute photos. It's cool.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Growin' and Growin'












Older Daughter and Dee have been friends since freshman year of high school-the crappy photo above was taken junior year when they were inducted into the National Honor Society. Now they are going to be seniors in college, both in New England-one looking at PhD. programs and the other at Med School.

They're still very close. And just look at them-so happy and bright and sweet. It's a wonderful friendship that both The World's Best Bleeding Heart Attorney and I are thrilled to witness and enjoy.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Don't Get Coy (KOI?) With Me

I feed the fish at the Botanic Gardens whenever I go there. The fish food is .25! Still a bargain!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Plus Ca Change, Plus C'est Le Meme Chose


As I have mentioned, earlier this month I attended my 40th high school reunion. It was an event that four of my classmates and I worked on for a year. We found people, we compiled photographs old and new, we gathered music, and we threw a dinner party for 33 people at a hotel in my home town in New England.


To say that I looked forward to this occasion with incredible hopes and dreams is to understate it. To say that it surpassed my wildest expectations is accurate. The 33 of us reconnected, laughed, hugged, reminisced, sang, and stayed up until the wee hours-in large groups, in small groups, in pairs, and in clusters we spent the weekend together just being friends. It did wonders for my soul, and how good that felt has not faded in the ensuing weeks. My sister, the fabulous Grandma Blue, told me that it seemed to her that I had had a "life-changing experience." She's right.

Here I am with my wonderful, close, terrific, funny, optimistic, down-to-the-soul friend, J. We have kept in touch through the years, and have seen each other enough that our children refer to one another as cousins. My love for her has not changed all this time, although we are far apart geographically and politically. We can each respect the other's viewpoint, and talk about the other things that friends talk about. This particular toast was the first of the weekend. It was a wonderful beginning.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Rose, By Any Other Name




We have one of the most extensive and varied rose gardens at our local Botanic Gardens. I get there every Spring for the daffodils, but it's usually so hot here in July that I miss the roses. Not this year-we have had the most wonderful, hot-but-not-too-hot summer so far, and I took our exchange student (yes, I had an exchange student here until Sunday) before we went to the airport.
I love the color of this last one, and it is very fragrant.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Toe


Sheepishly, she dipped her toe back into the blogging pool.

My 40th High School Reunion earlier this month made so many things, all wonderful, come flooding back.

I'm going to try to keep up the photo blog. I miss it. My life is quite tumultuous, but mostly I'm very happy.

So here I go. We'll see.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gigi is 21



Gigi is 21
Originally uploaded by Yankee T
We have two May babies: Younger Daughter and Gigi. Since Older Daughter is still in France, she was missing at Gigi's 21st birthday dinner. We had Flower Girl, Younger Daughter, Little Bit, Mimi, and Gigi together. We had a great time!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bye Bye

I was getting ready to go through security. We had kissed goodbye and were holding the camera at arm's length for a final portrait. The woman behind me couldn't stand it. "Here! Kiss your mama and I'll take a picture."

We obliged. Why I'm kissing thin air, do not ask. I have no answer. At any rate, this is the last of our Paris photos. Before long, I'll be standing at the airport at home with a big "WELCOME HOME" sign. Can't wait.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

If I Had Known

If I had known, the day this picture was taken (the first one of the three of you) how it would all turn out...if I had known the laughs we'd have...if I had known the tears I would shed...If I had known the number of hours I would spend on bleachers, and behind the wheel, and in schools, and at the doctor, and at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and standing in line, and sitting in parking lots, and holding a crying daughter in my lap...if I had known how far you would all come, or how high you would fly, or how many friends you would add to my life...if I had known that it would be like it is today, and was yesterday, and will be tomorrow, I would have been on my knees, hands folded, head bowed, saying, "thank you" to the spirits who brought you to me.

Thank you. I love you. You're mine.
Happy Mother's Day





















(Gigi and Older Daughter-7, Younger Daughter-3)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

We Interrupt Our Travelogue To Bring You...


Tomorrow my baby, my little one, my Younger Daughter turns 17! She has a party to go to and we have theater tickets, so tonight we took her and her best friend, Flower Girl (far right) and Gigi and her girlfriend, Mimi (far left) out to eat. I forgot my camera. They generously agreed to pose for pictures after dinner at home, despite the fact that their busy calendars called them elsewhere.
We have been to hell and back with this child, but we know now that hanging in there, unconditional love, and the promise of permanence make all the difference. She's happy, we have a wonderful relationship, and all is well.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Shadows

These tree and vine shadows are painted on this building. It is directly across the street from where my daughter meets her French professor. From close up, you can see it is painted, but from even just a short distance, it looks like this shadow.
Lovely, I think.

Beacon

I purposely only brought my little point-and-shoot camera with me to Paris. I wanted my trip to be relaxed and easy. Mostly, I was totally satisfied with my old friend, but the night we went on the Bateaux-Mouches, I was DYING for my other camera with the longer lens. I wanted this shot so badly, and my camera just couldn't do it. I asked my daughter if I could try hers, because although it is also a compact camera, it's newer and probably a step up. I was able to get this photo, and am totally satisfied.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Music Below The Street


Pictured here is a full classical orchestra playing for chump change in the Metro. The blurred part is people walking by. I took one with the flash, but this one without is much more interesting.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Golden Gate


We had left the Eiffel Tower and were walking around, slightly hungry. We saw a crepe cart in the distance and headed that way. Through a courtyard, down a few stairs, and through this gorgeous gate.
Nutella on a crepe, in a paper cone. Heaven.

Green



Everything was green and lovely. The air was breezy and mild.


It could have been minus 40 and miserable and I would have been happy to be with my girl, but the weather just made the trip even more terrific. We have memories to last a lifetime.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Party Shoes


When Older Daughter was two, she had the most wonderful party shoes for her birthday. She cried when I was putting her to bed the night of her party. I couldn't figure out what was wrong, so I asked, "Why are you crying, out of the blue?" "I don't want to take my party shoes off," was her lament. So she didn't. Off she went, in her pajamas and party shoes, into the crib for the night.
I still love those baby toes.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Important


My Older Daughter has told me many times that Luxembourg Gardens in Paris is her favorite place to go-to sit and read, or soak in the sun, or contemplate what mystical things women contemplate. It rained for a couple of days, but the minute it was clear, I wanted to go see the place that captivated her so. What is important to her, is important to me. This place has held her heart. I know what a precious task that is.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ceiling

I love the way the restaurant is reflected in the ceiling. We were the first people in here for dinner. It was our only slighty hairy encounter with a Parisian, so incidental is it not worth mentioning, really. All in all it was a great dinner and the start of a perfect evening with my girl.

Painted Windows


Because of the reflection, this photo does not do these painted windows justice. We had dinner at this creperie, and the owner was delightful. She offered us menus in English when she heard us talking to each other, but after we ordered our main course crepe in French, she declared that we no longer needed English menus, and brought us dessert menus all in French. We had no trouble choosing delicious dessert en francais!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunset on the Seine


My Older Daughter and I made our way toward the Bateaux-Mouches at about 7:00 to stop in a cafe for dinner before the trip on the Seine. We were hoping to time our boat ride for sunset.
I figured since it was an hour and fifteen minutes, we had a good chance of seeing some spectacular sun if we timed it right.
Looks like we did. We have agreed this was our favorite outing during my visit.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Flea Market


When my wonderful daughter came home for Christmas, she had with her three scarves-one for her dear friend and cousin, Rach, (hi, Rach!) which is a deep wine red and two for herself-one cream, one lavender. I appropriated the lavender one. She told me she had found them at a flea market, and immediately I wanted to go. So we went. I did buy some little Paris trinkets for my other two fabulous daughters and their best friend and significant other respectively, but mostly I just looked. I loved the sweatshirt display.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Avec La Petite Parisienne


We walked everywhere. The streets are lovely. We held hands and laughed and cried. We said all the things you hope one day to say with your daughter. Here she is, just ahead of me a little, walking around what is, for now, her "home town."
She will miss Paris. And I suspect Paris will not be the same without her. She'll be home in 6 weeks.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bikes


I could NOT post a photo from the hotel for some reason, so I have several backed up. And I see way too much white light in this now that it's on the blog-it doesn't actually look quite so white on the computer. Paris has this wonderful service-you rent a bike at any pickup point, ride it to the drop off point closest to your destination, and lock it up. You're done. This method of saving time/money/gas really made me love the French, even more than I already did. Across the board, without exception, we encountered friendly, polite, helpful people in Paris. I'm ready to go back!

Friday, April 17, 2009

La Tour Eiffel


Well, you can tell how we started our day. It was a little chilly this morning but we pressed on and actually enjoyed the walk-We're continuing to have a wonderful visit and my Older Daughter is so fluent in French and in Metro, as well. I am impressed.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Walking


Today we went to the Monet Museum, walking through a lovely garden on our way. The most impressive part of Paris for me is the amount of open space.
We're happy and tired.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

AAAAAAAAAAAH, Paris!

Et Voila! Nous sommes au Jardin des Tuileries! I had a wonderful flight-smooth and quiet, and my sweet daughter was waiting for me as I came through Customs. I'll write more this week. We are so happy. Can you tell?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Angela Davis


Friday night I went to hear her speak.

I will likely never be exactly the same.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Snow Porch II



Snow Porch II
Originally uploaded by Yankee T

I hate snow. No, but I really mean it.
Have I mentioned that I have never been a flag-waver until this year? I haven't. But now I proudly fly the American flag on my front porch.

Yes, even in the snow.

Today it was 70 degrees. Go figure

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Good Morning Moon


6 a.m., headed west to the coffee shop, and then on to the brand new gym in my office building. It was so warm this morning!
I never tire of the moon.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Christmas Retrospective


YD BF, originally uploaded by Yankee T.
Younger Daughter spent some time with us at Christmas. It was not without its challenges, but on Christmas Eve her boyfriend came over and we had a lovely time. These two photos are from that night. I love the one of him putting the Santa hat on her. He has been a steadying force over the last couple of years, and I so appreciate him for that.

Hat On


Hat On, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Say Ornamental Metal Three Times Fast!


On an early December day, not too cold, The Attorney and I slipped off for some much needed alone time. The first stop on our tour was the National Ornamental Metal Museum, one of the many jewels in this city's crown of exhibits. This photo and the one below are of castings on a metal gate.
I love this museum, and the memory of this day that ended with a fireside massage.

Metal Museum


Metal Museum, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

More Scarf


More Scarf, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

...The next day, we took OD back to the airport to return to Paris. YD wore her new scarf. Here they are, saying goodbye. Look how tall YD is!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2 big girls with scarves


2 big girls with scarves, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

This photo has issues. First off, Older Daughter's scarf and shirt are purple in real life. Secondly, the light on Gigi's face is horrific.
However, the scarves are hand made by The Attorney's Sister, Same Name As My Sister. And the girls look so happy. This photo was taken in early January. I'm catching up...what can I say?
They'll be 21 in May and June. Aren't they lovely?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Four Seasons

I know I just posted this, but here it is again, as the beginning of the four seasons. This street is so breathtakingly beautiful, always, as you can see.
If you came to sit on my porch, I'd drive you over there-it's just minutes from my house.
Cheers!







Winter, originally uploaded by Yankee T.







94/365+1: Spring, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Found all four!








224/365+1: Summer View, originally uploaded by Yankee T.





Fall On Belvedere, originally uploaded by Yankee T.