10 Saturday Ponderings . . .

The peaches have ripened! And so, I picked them yesterday, giddily. 🙂 What a delightful sight to see in the midst of all that is going on. Granted, I had seven peaches on my small peach tree that was not affected by the frost this spring, but still, I celebrated! I don’t know about you, […]

10 Saturday Ponderings . . .

The sunflowers are in full bloom in the neighborhoods in Bend that are not towered by pine trees, and discovering them wherever they may present themselves prompts an immediate smile. The beauty above surprised me towards the end of a walk this week, and I could not help but stop and take a pictures of […]

8 Saturday Ponderings . . .

Thursday morning the rain fell. It fell gently and well, and only for a short amount of time. In fact, as it was early in the morning before the neighborhood had woken up, I thought it was the sound of the sprinklers, but no, it was a lusciously, yummy rain. Oh, I thought to myself, […]

9 Saturday Ponderings . . .

I’d like to think that I would teach myself how to swim if I knew I would have to do it, but it certainly would make it far more enjoyable and void of stress if I knew not only how to swim prior to any required incident, but also found great enjoyment in gliding through […]

10 Saturday Ponderings . . .

I slept with the windows open for the first time this year, and as I type, the birds are chirping me awake. Spring has arrived, and I am oh so thankful. The boys and I have been keeping ourselves busy here at Le Papillon, from cooking and baking to trimming up the columbines in the […]

12 Saturday Ponderings . . .

Quite quickly it seems the final weekend of January 2020 has arrived. Although the month was full of unexpected [insert thoughtfully considered noun to signifiy consternation]s, it was also full of sanctuary curation which welcomed more cosy, more calm and more infinite sources of continual restoration once the threshold is crossed. On this Saturday morning, […]

December’s Saturday Ponderings . . .

To wake up on a Saturday morning, the mind gently becoming conscious after a deeply pleasant and restful slumber, not yet knowing which day it is is to wake up to a wonderful gift. While I had hoped today would be full of falling snow, it appears the weather pattern has shifted and such a […]

An Inspired Start to Saturday (or any day), 14 Ponderings

“The time to ponder is a luxury indeed, evidenced by the time made open and comfort to just be with one’s mind well.” Have you ever been so eager for a day to begin even though on the calendar there is not one scheduled “have to” on the list? Today (and tomorrow, yeah!) is such […]

14 Weekend Ponderings . . .

Determined to start the week well and taking advantage of a stunning Bend Blue Bird day on Monday, I vowed to scoot home after work as quickly as possible and bust up to the mountain for a quick tour of our two mile loop. As the days become gradually longer, the scooting paid off as […]

The Choice, the Struggle and the Reward

“The choice is always yours. Whatever society may claim, they can’t control you.” —as shared in the film Enola Homes (Sherlock to his sister, Enola) To give people choices is to give them responsibility. In said responsibility then lies opportunity. It is then up to us, those given a choice, to choose well. Without giving […]

A Double Apple French Tart

Autumn and apples. The two just go together in my mind, and my tastebuds agree. Snuggling in as the rain falls and the temperatures drop. I look forward to this time of year when apples are aplenty and the evenings lose their light sooner making warmth all the more sought out whether by sitting by […]

This & That: September 25, 2020

The Great British Baking Show (Bake-Off) has returned, a documentary many readers will enjoy, clothing for fall, music for jazz and classical lovers, a book about a man you may not know, but once you do, you will want to, two films with strong female leads at the helm and so much more. Books —The […]

Why Not . . . Dress Well for the Screen and Our Current Times? 13 Pieces

“While so much remains precarious, our style is something small we have control over. ‘It’s an empowering way to put ourselves in a better mind set.’” —Fiorella Valdesolo for The Wall Street Journal, September 5, 2020 I slipped on my favorite pointed to camel flats, cinched by shirt dress’s belt and donned simple, yet not-as-of-late […]

288: Cultivating a New Normal

The Atlantic recently posted an article asserting there won’t be a clear end to the pandemic. Rather, the end for each of us will be as unique and differentiated as each one of us and occur on a different timeline. Frequently, the yearning for “returning to normal” may be voiced by those around us, strangers […]

Herbed Gougères, an Apéro Go-To Nibble

A simple nibble to enjoy in the evening before the dinner is served. A reason to sit down, slow down and savor the company who has gathered or simply wind down the day. Gougères provide the savory comfort that can only come from cheese and butter. Simple to make, and easy to freeze, so you […]

Sorrel Chicken, Season 3 Premiere of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen

A simple dish that tastes decadent and fresh all at the same time. Sorrel Chicken. Inspired by my time in Louviers, France, in Susan Herrmann Loomis’ kitchen, Susan introduced me to an herb I had not grown in my herb garden until this year – Sorrel. A lovely citrus flavor large oblong leaf of a […]

This & That: September 18, 2020

Gardening books, books to help you lead well, cosy comforts for the home, classic pieces for your wardrobe, a new film about being behind the camera in the highest office in the United States, a feel-good film and much more. Books —How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOS, Founders and Game Changers by […]

16 Things I Am Doing In My Garden This September & October

The garden is receiving less and less light, the mornings are a bit chillier and a few leaves on trees and shrubs have begun to turn red and golden. Yep, autumn is coming, and I excitedly look forward to shifting gears and planning ahead for a beautiful next gardening season. From adding more color for […]

287: 5 Things to Do to Build Healthy Relationships and 4 Things to Let Go

“We are born with a capacity to dance together but not with the necessary training.” —David Richo As soon as I read the first line in chapter one shown above, the analogy made crystal clear sense of my ignorance about relationships and how to navigate past it: I needed to learn HOW to love, not […]

The Simply Luxurious Kitchen, Season 3 Trailer

The kitchen is my happy place, and I am extremely excited to welcome you into my new kitchen with the premiere of the third season of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show. (catch up on previous seasons here) Stop by this coming Saturday (September 19th) and every Saturday for eight weeks this fall to enjoy […]

This & That: September 11, 2020

A Francophile’s treasure of a book, comfort clothing to add true luxury to your evening routine, a film for jazz lovers, clothing to transition into fall, a cookbook for simple baking, decor touches, a mystery series set during the Roaring Twenties and much, much more. Books —A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Six Seasons of Beauty, […]

Outfit of the Month: Fall’s Shades of Caramel

~Hereu Large Leather-Trimmed Organic Canvas-Cotton Tote~ ~The Curated Classic Camel Coat (more colors)~ ~Vince V-Neck Ball Button Silk Blouse and here (black also available)~ ~Frame Le Serge Trouser (more colors)~ ~Everlane Day Glove leather flats (many more colors)~ ~Citizen Stiletto Square-face watch (more finishes available)~ ~Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets: A Real-Life […]

286: How to Let Go of Comparison? Heal Thyself

“Comparison is the death of joy.” ― Mark Twain The thief of joy, if Mark Twain is right, is of our own making. The good news in this revelation reveals each of us can take back our joy. Comparing ourselves to others occurs consciously and unconsciously. Consciously, we may be acutely aware that we follow certain […]

This & That: September 4, 2020

Books of all types – novels, gardening, health, France, cooking, decorating and thinking well. Also, Labor Day sales are happening, and I have a couple to share. A series to make you chuckle about the differences between Brits and Americans, a film to take you to the Riviera and an event to take you all […]