Monday evening; enjoying the low sun over the garden balcony. This afternoon I was pleased to see children enjoying swim lessons in the local pool, and wandered down to "see how it is done in France". I am still a certified lifeguard (American Red Cross - since 1978!), and swim lessons here look pretty much the same as USA, but thankfully no "Marco Polo" was played today. The pool must be heated, the evenings here have been much too cool and rainy for a non-heated pool to be utilized. Even standing on the outside of the pool gate, the chlorine smelled inviting (you have to be a swim-nut to understand). Perhaps I'll try to speak to the person in charge of the pool to see if I could volunteer - hand out equipment, sweep the deck, give out band-aids, the usual. Talked with our house sitter (L) this morning, and I didn't even wake her up! It is hard to wait until almost 4 pm here, in order not to call someone before sunrise. The cat and the house are doing well, and the cat is learning yoga, or at least learning how to interrupt someone else performing yoga. A good dinner of fresh green beans; toasted with a small amount of shallots/onions, some re-heated rotini with off-the-vine tomato sauce, and to finish? "Pain au Chocolat" (bread with chocolate baked inside) - better for breakfast but, what the heck?
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman