Summer…

Summer, the favourite season of many, is here along with lazy days, long, warm evenings, and family vacations.   "Summertime",  composed in 1935,  (music by George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin) was an aria performed in the opera, Porgy and Bess.  The song soon became a popular jazz standard (Billy Holiday) and is considered… Continue reading Summer…

I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…

    In 2017, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs of Paris, hosted a 6-month exhibition to celebrate 70 years of Dior.  Since that time many cities around the world have held similar exhibits honouring "Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams". I was fortunate to see the exhibit at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary with my daughter.… Continue reading I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…

Family…

One thing that is certain in life is that we are all  "part of a family".   We have parents, grandparents, and possibly siblings, aunts and uncles, and cousins.  Over the years, the appearance of a typical family unit has changed.  Rarely are families as large as they were in our parent's generation, most people… Continue reading Family…

For Moms…

Mothering, and childhood has changed considerably throughout the generations.  Years ago large families and poverty often went hand in hand with daily survival being the main objective. Pampering children wasn't an option.  Modern times have given mothers and their children more opportunity to build that precious bond with the help of extended families ("it takes a… Continue reading For Moms…

Oh no…Notre Dame de Paris is burning…

  Notre Dame, (Our Lady), situated in the heart of Paris on the Ille de Cite,  is over eight centuries old.  April 15, 2019, the day of this shocking fire, will become a historic date in the life of this magnificent cathedral.  What took over 200 years to build was almost lost in a couple of… Continue reading Oh no…Notre Dame de Paris is burning…

What’s your decade…

This past weekend my daughter came for a visit bringing her trusted steam cleaner.  Still,  in the Spring cleaning mood, I was grateful for the opportunity to have my area rugs cleaned.  The carpet cleaners in my city don't do this service in your home, they want you to roll up your carpets and bring… Continue reading What’s your decade…

Spring…at last!

I'm not one to complain about the weather because there isn't anything that can be done about it...we are not in charge.  In fact, I love winter and the beauty that freshly fallen snow brings to the landscape.   Is there anything more beautiful than hoar frost on your favourite tree on a clear sunny… Continue reading Spring…at last!

Treasure…or ephemera?

  Over the past month, I've written about organizing (using the Marie Kondo method), the passing of Karl Lagerfeld,  and a walking day in Paris.  During this time I also read a book, "The Paris Seamstress", written by Natasha Lester in the historical fiction genre I love.  As I was reading, the storyline had me… Continue reading Treasure…or ephemera?

The World According to Karl…

February 19, 2019... Karl Lagerfeld has died...   When I opened up my newsfeed early Tuesday morning,  I was shocked to see that Karl Lagerfeld had died in Paris.  In retrospect maybe I shouldn't have been so surprised.  At 85, he was not a young man... but he was always, always current, relevant.  There was an eternal… Continue reading The World According to Karl…