I'm not sure if you have noticed it or not, but sometimes, I get a tiny bit wrapped in my dreams of France. I won't use the word "obsess", but I do think about living there. Often.
The thing is, right now, for me, for us, that isn't a reasonable option. Oh, don't get me wrong- one day I WILL live there. It may not be full-time, but one day, I will have a home there, and I will spend as much time as I can in that sweet French home.
But for now, I think what I really want to focus on is how to bring France to moi! Because, when I look around at my current surroundings, they are pretty fabulous. We have this wonderfully quaint little farm, with animals and gardens and lots of property. We have a fabulous character home that now has an absolutely delicious kitchen. (I won't even mention how amazing my little family is because they would be in either place - so that is a given!)
So then, what is it that is missing, aside from a French address, the French markets, the French language... Drat, there I go again... Let's start over.
There are things that I would like to incorporate into our life that I either don't take the time or simply haven't made the effort thus far. But today is a new day, and it is time.
~I want an outdoor eating area that is comfortable and charming. I want to eat our meals there whenever it is nice enough to do so.
~Speaking of meals, I want to take more time preparing fabulous meals for my family - not only for dinner, but lunch as well. We don't spend enough time sitting down for our meals - something that is really enjoyed in France. When I was there this past April, we sat outside and enjoyed wonderful lunches in the sunshine and it is one of my favorite memories.
~I want to shop at our local markets more often. I love walking through the market, visiting local vendors, hearing about what it is they sell, and going home knowing that what I am going to feed my family is from our own state, raised, or made, or grown by a local farmer. I love that!
~I want to use my vintage items daily rather than only for special occasions. I brought home some fabulous silverware, not to mention a GORGEOUS linen sheet that is currently drying in the sunshine on the line (see photo above). I want to have enough silver to use it every day, rather than just have it out looking pretty. I mean, why not, right?
~And then there is the laundry line. Another thing that was used every single day Chez French family. I love how everything smells of sunshine and summer breezes when it comes in off of the line! At the very least, I want to dry my whites as it is so nice to have them bleached by the sun.
Finally (for now) I want to *putter* more often. I want to stay home, wear my sun hat, wander through the gardens pulling weeds or picking berries. I want to sit in the hammock (something I RARELY do) with a book, do more stylized photo shoots in Mabel, and ride my bicycle when I go to visit friends who live nearby. There are so many things I can do right here on our little piece of paradise to enrich the life I currently have. I simply need to make the effort and do it!
Have a marvelous rest of your weekend mes amies,