January 10, 2018

Joie De Vivre



We have rolled back into a regular school schedule without too much fuss.  The winter weather adds the extra challenges of bad driving conditions and a general lack of desire to leave the house.  In truth, this time of year is one that I suffer through, counting the weeks until spring.  Astrid and I have  been staying warm at home as much as possible.

I've been keeping myself distracted with thoughts of a warm French countryside, cool breezes, and farmer's markets.  Most people don't know that I have a little thing for French country.  It all sounds so romantic.  *sigh*  This book, Joie De Vivre focuses mainly on food culture, their meals, gardens and markets.  The chapter on breakfast has inspired a spring plan to clean out our enclosed back porch and put in a little breakfast nook.  I am daydreaming of summer breakfasts in the fresh air, enjoying the sunrise.

Instead of resolutions or elaborate goals for New Year's, I wrote a quick list of a few things I wanted to work on, with the intention of adding to the list as I am able to complete them.  My original list was three books and two knitting projects.  Joie De Vivre is the second book of the three, and I am thinking I had better get started on some knitting soon.  I found this baby alpaca that I purchased last summer, and then set aside to work on shower gifts.  So maybe there is something brown and pink in my future?

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"A simple and pleasant breakfast lifts you right into the day's activities with a gentle boost that's like a pat on the back as you go out the door."
- Robert Arbor

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