When In Paris Do A Wine Tasting

Paris Day 4 After the whirlwind of day 3 and all the things Renee and I did, day 4 was a light day.  Although it didn’t seem  like it at the time.  The only thing I had actually planned ahead of time was our wine tasting lunch at O Chateau.  Located in the 1st Arrondisment just 5 minutes from the Louvre, O Chateau is founded by the famous Oliver Magny.  If you are not familiar with him, just pick up a copy of his books Stuff Parisians Like or the most recent Into Wine.  I have both books…

Paris-Day 3 Part II And Letting Life Get In The Way

I absolutely had the best intentions to write an excerpt on my trip to Paris almost everyday.  It seems like Paris was so long ago already. Life has gotten in the way.  Monday morning I began what was 3 days of training for my USPS Rural Carrier job.  This was held in Milwaukee.  Luckily I was able to crash at my friend Beverly’s place for a couple of nights to save some time on the commute.  On Thursday I reported to our Post Office and delivered a partial route.  I was like a deer in the headlights!  I…

Paris Trip Day 3 Marche Monge, Latin Quarter, and Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris Church

By day three I think we felt a bit better.  I found each night I would plan the next days events.  I started off with a rough list of things we that were must dos before we left home and after day one it needed to be broke down into days.  So each night I would go over what we did that day and then plan the next day.  The only scheduled thing we had was our wine tasting lunch at O Chateau for Saturday. Today was day 3 which was Friday.  Since I wanted to go to a market…

Paris Days One and Two

Technically I an really not going to count day one as a true Paris day.  Yes we did land, yes we were actually in Paris, but it was a jet lagged, tired induced coma.  By the time we were off the plane, through customs, grabbed our luggage and found our driver to take us to our Paris For Rent apartment on Rue Dragon right in the middle of Paris, we were in a fog. Samantha, our Paris For Rent apartment contact was there to greet us.  We were early and the apartment was not ready yet. No big deal, we…

Departure For Paris Tomorrow!! And 3 Essential Pieces In My Suitcase

I am over the top excited right now!  In under 48 hours I will be in Paris!  Over five years in the planning (or dreaming I should say).  Ever since I took my first trip to Paris over 5 years ago, I have been dreaming about going back.  Not a day has gone by that Paris has been in my thoughts.  How can one place take such a hold on a person? Paris captures the heart of many.  Everyone has their special place that they dream about.  Some dream about the beaches of the Caribbean, or a little tiki hut…

Post College Move In Day Blues

The nest is quiet after college move in It’s day 3 after moving our daughter into college for the first time and all I can hear is Zoe snoring beside me as she takes her 5th nap of the day.  It’s a tough life for a dog! Our baby bird has officially begun her first day of college classes today and so far we only checked in with her once (today). I must say move in day on Sunday went well.  We arrived early enough in the morning and there were plenty of student helpers  that…

What I’m Reading Now

What’s better than sitting in a cafe in Paris with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other? Nothing!!  Seriously, you need reading material when you are sitting in airports and sitting on a plane for 7 hours. Other than having a couple of books ready to go on my IPad, I picked up Truly Madly Guilty from Liane Moriarty at Costco last week.  Now who hasn’t read Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret and not loved them both? Knowing I really enjoyed both those I…

College Move In-Time To Let The Baby Bird Fly

College move in day is just a few days away and physically I may be ready, but mentally, I’m not so sure.  Being a total newbie at this whole college thing, I’m unsure  how I will handle it when we leave the campus on Sunday. I can’t help but feel our daughter has been preparing us all summer for this moment. In the weeks since graduation I have probably had only a handful of conversations with her.  Between working at the library and spending time with friends she has been home maybe a total…

15 Days Paris Here We Come!!

Paris, here we come! Fifteen days till our plane leaves the runway in Green Bay bound for Paris, France!  I am so excited and nervous at the same time.  Researching and planning is in full swing.  It seems like just yesterday that I booked our cute little apartment in the heart of Paris through Paris For Rent.  I cannot say enough good things about our experience so far with this rental agency.  Every question and concern I have had has been answered and then some!  That includes gluten free dining suggestions around the city. Patrick has been a life saver…

Sharpening My Time Management Skills

It’s August and the summer is slipping through my hands.  I have not been able to get a grip on my daily schedule since June when I stopped working.  This is not good for someone like me that likes organization. I decided it was time to put my time management skills at work and at least set some kind of schedule for myself.  Since I will be working part time for awhile, I need to put more structure into my day. Sitting down with pen and paper I came up with a list of daily must do&#8217…

A New Beginning With A New Job

Losing my job was devastating When I lost my job in June I was blindsided.  The one good thing was it was the beginning of summer.  I had enough of a cushion that I did not need to immediately go out and find a new job.  So I had decided I would take the summer to regroup, work on my blog, and figure out what my next step should be. Let’s just say June was a fog. After seeing my only daughter graduate High School, unexpectedly losing my job, and hosting a graduation party in one week, I…

The Light Of Paris by Eleanor Brown

The Light Of Paris is a page turner I picked up The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown mainly because of the Paris subject matter.  Five pages in that I was going to have no problem finishing this one. It took me only 3 days to read The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown.  The author of the bestseller The Weird Sisters wrote this story that explores the complicated relationship between a Mother and Daughter. Madeline is married to a controlling Husband Madeline is married to a controlling husband.   Similarly, she grew up with an equally controlling Mother who tried…

Reading Now-The Light Of Paris

I needed a break from all the things I have been reading lately. I’m about “how to’d” out. Although I’ve been enhancing my blogging, Pinterest, Social Media, and Paris travel skills, it is time for some daily fiction. I need to escape away from reality for awhile and have a little fun.  So yesterday I took a much needed trip to the library to search the new book shelves for some escape route.  It didn’t take me long to find it. The Light Of Paris by Eleanor…

Paris With A Sprained Ankle?

How accessible is Paris if you have mobility issues? Traveling to Paris with a sprained ankle? You cannot be serious! Traveling through the airport in a wheelchair or on a cart? Will I be able to ride the Metro? I was looking forward to walking all over Paris and exploring every nook and cranny.  Why in the world did I go ahead and sprain my ankle a week and a half ago? I have a trip to Paris in 4 weeks.  Instead of spending one minute more being angry with myself (did I mention the headache I have from beating…

Planning For Paris-Planning An Itinerary

My trip to Paris is less than a month and a half away and I have been busy making out a must see/do list. Studying maps, metro lines, checking out cafes near our rented apartment, and getting a packing list together. I always say half the fun of going on a trip is the planning. I’m at my happiest when I have a table full of maps and guides laid out in front of me. Plus, since I sprained my ankle late last week and am somewhat immobile, it’s a perfect time to really dig…

5 Great Things About Female Friendship After 50

I often pause and think about how blessed I am to have some great female friendships.  I honestly would be lost without these relationships and the joy that they bring in to my life.  The older I get the smaller my circle of close friends becomes but the quality those friendships are worth their weight in gold.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a great relationship with my hubby, but the difference between friendships with you girlfriends and your life partner are not the same, nor should it be.  Marriage is a partnership, you share common goals, you…

Readers Block-Trying To Find My Reading Groove Again

I’m having a behavioral issue.  I can’t remember the last time that I was stuck and was having a hard time trying to stick with a book.  The last 2 books I have tried to read,  I just could not finish.  Very strange behavior indeed!  Maybe it has something to do with not feeling very settled myself.  Maybe it’s feeling a measure of guilt for reading purely for pleasure and not productive reading.  I think losing my job has really messed with my mind! The likely reason is that I think I am in…

Wisconsin Destination-Lakeside Park Lighthouse Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Discovering the Lighthouse at Lakeside Park in Foud Du Lac Wisconsin It’s funny how places that are so near to you, you never take advantage of. All it takes is some gas in the car and away you go!  So how is that for a cheap vacation!! Wisconsin has an abundance of places you can visit all within a short drive of you home.  No messing with long lines in TSA at the airports! Or being stranded at the airport due to computer glitches, which is just what happend  to our guest yesterday when Southwest…

Bastille Days Festival In Milwaukee And A Suprise From A Friend

Sometimes the best weekends come on the spur of the moment. Having no concrete plans for the weekend I spent my Saturday morning doing a couple of my favorite summer things. Strolling around the farmers market in Sheboygan and hitting some consignment shops. First I made my rounds buying some veggies for the week. I don’t know what it is, but everything looks so yummy when you see it laid out on tables. Maybe it’s because someone else is doing all the hard work! The colors, smells, and the fact everything is locally grown is appealing…

Budgeting For Travel Is Possible-Even You Can Make It Happen

How many times has fear held you back from doing something you really want to do? Are you over 40 and realize that you want to take a vacation in a far off land (or maybe just the next state) and you don’t know how to go about it?    Fear can paralyze us into not living our dream lives.  Of course not everyone can act on every little whim we have, like quitting a less than fulfilling job when we have a family to support, but with careful planning we can take steps to make our dreams into…

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