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 boulevards whilst soaking in the afternoon sunshine in a floppy that is more functional than fashionable to looking for and finding even more beauty in the everyday.
In this month’s regular Saturday Ponderings post, I am keeping it light, a breath of fresh air in a week of weary and wonder and worry, so let’s take a look at what prompted my mind to ponder and delight in what was found.
1.Edward Hopper in my office
Spending more time in my home office this week, I have had the opportunity to see the space at different times throughout the day, and the view from my office has always delighted me. When the sun rises, the white farmhouse seen in the image just below becomes silhouetted and is brilliantly spotlighted, so I found it even more captivating when in the afternoon, I happened to look through my window and see this view (picture below). It reminded me of a painting, but at the time I could not put my finger on the artist’s name. Then an astute TSLL reader pinpointed the artist and the painting my picture brought to mind (see two images below).
Edward Hopper’s 1947 painting High Noon, brought to my attention by a TSLL reader upon my posting of the picture of the vast blue sky and roof of my neighbor’s white farmhouse.
2. Furry children company at work
There is nothing better for me than working at home so I can be with my boys. As I shared in yesterday’s This & That, that is the best gift in our current times, and I am savoring, savoring, savoring every moment with Norman (see below) and Oscar (captured in the photographs, but sleeping out of the frame of the picture taken). We walk a couple of times a day, tinker in the yard, lay on the porch, they nap while I tap, tap, tap away. Bliss.
3. Healthier eating habits have emerged, but also more French-inclined eating habits 🙂
When I work from home, having done so each summer for ten years, I can easily lose track of time which means I usually work through lunch if I am engrossed in a post, a project or anything else that has my mind fully rapt.
What has always worked well for me is a schedule I cannot seem to keep when I teach – eating one large meal early in the afternoon, and then a light nibble for a late dinner.
At around 3 or 4 pm is when I am finding I step into the kitchen and make myself a nice meal complete with protein vegetables, some starch, and on Thursday, as winter was ending and spring was beginning, a glass of French rosé to toast to the occasion. My meals are longer and deeply savored. I do not look at the clock and I do not feel rushed. I feel satiated and thus do not have a craving for a second large meal later in the day. I sleep far better, and far more deeply, waking up with a rumbling belly for breakfast when the boys tell me it is time to get out of bed and feed them.
4. Gardening is quickly becoming my medicine and my joy
While I have always dabbled in gardening over the years, I am extremely eager to fully dive into my new yard, and with the help of many experts (from their books, blogs, my own mother, and television series), I feel a wealth of resources are at my fingertips, and it is now my responsibility to make the most of their wisdom.
Monty Don is one such expert I have been looking to over the last couple of years (read his and his wife’s memoir, it is fascinating and oh what a journey he and she have been through – truly inspiring), and I neglected to include the premiere of Gardener’s World in yesterday’s This & That as it kicked off on BBC Two last night. Having been the lead presenter for the long-running series since 2003, the first episode of season 52 aired last night at 8:30 and will continue to air new episodes each Friday through the duration of its season. If you do not have access to BBC TWO, as I do not, you can (as I did – see below) view the entire current and past seasons on BritBox through Amazon Prime.
With his Weekend Jobs shared at the end of each episode, I am taking to his recommending of planting my seedlings this weekend. Be sure to follow along on IG Stories to see how it goes. 🙂
5. Tea Time magazine, the recent issue is for Francophiles!
A TSLL reader brought to my attention last month that the recent issue of Tea Time is their annual French issue. Of course, marrying tea and France is akin to both of my favorite predilections (Anglophile and Francophile) offered in one sitting and in this case in one issue, so I ordered a copy (you can order single copies here). It is lovely.
6. This fashion show is now my all time favorite.
First look above the gowns of Givenchy’s 2020 Spring Couture collection – to the musicians seated “in the sky”. A 20-piece string orchestra conducted by Thomas Roussel played Philip Glass, the American composer’s poignant symphony the soundtrack to Clare Waight Keller’s must-raved about couture, “Une Lettre d’Amour”, or A Love Letter, collection. Taking place on January 21st at Réfectoire des Cordeliers in Paris, the English designer Clare Waight Keller put on a show to rival Chanel and Dior. Have a look at the entire show below (watch it on a television if you are able). And while the music for this video has been dubbed (the music you are hearing is not in real time to what the musicians are actually playing), the song is the same and the energy present. Enjoy.
7. Sending Happy Mother’s Day wishes to all the British mums of TSLL community
What a time for expressing love. Wishing you a lovely day tomorrow, and may we all express our love and appreciation year-round whether a mum or not to those we love and appreciate for the presence in our lives. Here is a brief history of Britain’s Mother’s Day holiday.
8. Finding and enjoying simple Épicerie recipes
Below is a three ingredient recipe that is full of flavor and oh so simple – Kielbasa, bell peppers and onions. Roast for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees with EVOO and salt and pepper, and then enjoy with chutney or Dijon mustard (my onions became a bit more carmelized than I had planned, but they actually tasted quite delicious). (I also shared a new recipe on the blog for your sweet tooth that is just enough sweet, chocolate and nuttiness — Épicerie Brownies).
~View more TSLL recipes here.
~Discover the 34 Must-Haves to Keep in Your Own épicerie in this blog post or for even more detail read chapter 12 in my 2nd book – Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everyday Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self
9. Norman and I enjoyed what looks to be the last snow in Bend for the season
10. The gift and restorative calm given by journaling
For years I have been a journaler. At the end of each day, recording my thoughts, ideas, worries and wonderings. Currently, I am finding journaling to be especially healing. No matter what has gone on, what news I have heard or not heard, the joy I am feeling, the worries I am weighing, when I put them in my journal, a burden has been lifted in many ways. I can work through things, I can let go of things, I can walk away from things and move forward with a plan and a clear mind and the determination to fill it with everyday awesomeness.
If you have stepped away from journaling or have never taken up this practice, perhaps find yourself a lovely journal, a favorite writing utensil and engage in a simple everyday habit that may be quite soothing for your mind.
And so the weekend begins. May yours be filled with enjoyment in pastimes you now have more time to indulge in, more rest for rejuvenation to bring clarity of thought and exciting ideas to the forefront, as well as time to enjoy the first weekend of spring. Bonne journée.
Past Weekend Ponderings . . . posts
- February 2020 — 14 Weekend Ponderings . . .
- January 2020 – 12 Weekend Ponderings . . .
- December 2019 — 12 Ponderings . . .
- November 2019 — 14 Saturday Ponderings . . .