mid May

Epicallia villica, aka cream-spot tiger (écaille villageoise en français) 

Epicallia villica, aka cream-spot tiger (écaille villageoise en français) 

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of May ... how is it even possible ? In a month, over here, it’ll be exam season, fo both my teen boys. So we’re quite entering a pretty busy season ... Then early July, it’ll be school holidays, until early September, even hubby will be on holidays (3 week in July, then 3 weeks in August)

We managed to squeeze a little moment out this past weekend (which was spent half the time for our eldest exam movie..) , during which hubby & I picked a dyeing material (but I can’t talk about it now, sorry), well actually two of them ! I hope to make a return to natural dyeing, it’s been so so long, way too long ...

Centranthus ruber, aka red valerian (centranthe rouge en français)

Centranthus ruber, aka red valerian (centranthe rouge en français)

The weather these days is rather pleasant temperature speaking, but we’ve been having nasty nasty winds for days and days, weeks actually. We can’t enjoy the swimming pool just yet, while last year I was already swimming ! But sleeping well at night and not being boiling hot all the time is something I deeply appreciate !! So no complaint from me !!!

I’m sticking to the schedule I created last week, and managed t work out 4 times last week (see my previous post), as planned ! Feeling proud of myself, and happy my simple plan works !

Gotta go now, but I wish you a great week ahead ! Thank you for stopping by today !

With love,


time management or finding the time for everything


The school holiday is over, it’s been a full one with lots of little things done (offline, obviously). Therefore here I am again !

Since hubby’s started working in Lille, last September, my schedule, which wasn’t really precise at the time, got completely shaen. I lost track of many things. Once the swimming pool season stopped, I stopped working out, altogether. I know, that wasn’t really smart from me, but that’s how it happened. i gained weight, inevitably, and lost flexibility. It didn’t seem to bother me much until recently. Something’s got to be done ! And now !

Adjusting to hubby’s absence ... having more things to do by myself everyday (mainly because of swimming pool maintenance & garden duties, and all the chores) ... weekends being as fast as a lightening : I really, and I mean REALLY needed to improve my time management because obviously NOT everything got done everything ! You’ll tell me that it is normal not to fit everything everyday, but it just can’t happen every. Single. Day !!!


I scratched my head for a moment then had a lightbulb moment ! That was it, I had to create my own schedule where I TRY to fit everything in a week ! I know, how stupidly obvious !! I started reflecting on what as badly managed in my days, and what I didn’t manage to fit in most days, which in my case was :

1) working out
2) creating for the shop
3) taking care of myself

... because every single day, every single week, there was always something more important to do. I am sure you understand what I mean ...(not trying to fish for an excuse here, that’s the truth)

Of course I know that not everything always goes as planned, unexpected things to do happen quite regularly, so I am flexible. But. My goal is to stick to this schedule as much as possible in order to create new habits.

I’m now on day 2, and well I’m pretty happy about how it works, because I managed to do many things ! I worked out twice, worked a bit (at least I started somewhere & that’s the hardest !!), took care of myself, and all the rest !

I created this schedule for school week days only. Weekends are totally free of schedule, thank goodness ! I’m sorry I’m not sharing the schedule itself here, I thought it was way too personal. But I really wanted to share with you that I had felt some kind of « click » inside myself, letting me know that I needed to finally change by myself what I thought was not working at its best in my daily life rhythm.

In the same spirit, some weeks ago, I decided to drink fewer coffee, and to skip the milk I’ve always added in it. And to drink more water every day. Well, I’m happy to report that these « resolutions »  are still going strong, and I created new, healthier habits !

Have you recently create a new habit ? Please share in the comments so tht we all might feel inspired !


I suspect you wonder why I used flowers photos to illustrate this post ... well, these flax flowers (that grow wild nearby) were picked this past weekend, and gifted to me (so sweeeeeet) by my even sweeter hubby. I could not not share these with you, they are so pretty and delicate and fragile, and don’t last long. I hope you like them as much as I love them !

After such a long (and boring) novel, I wish you all a wonderful rest of your days, and thank you kndly for your visit today !

With love, 


once school break is over


I should have known better … the last two weeks were my teen boys school break.
Do you really think I had a break from daily life ? Do you think I had extra time for working ? Erm, the answer is NO.

They had to update their glasses so that was done during the school break. So many other things were done (at home, by me), but none of them were related to work. We played ping pong as soon as the wind could allow (oh that wind … pffff), we played UNO, we ate popcorn, we watched a couple of movies, we only regretted that hubby wasn’t with us. He had to stay in Lille for almost the entirety of the school break. Sigh.


But now the break is over, and I have to get myself back to work !

I have been browsing my computer files, my blogs archives, my Flickr archives (& favorites), hoping to declutter a bit (computer), and hoping to find ideas from the past to resurrect ! I have such a nostalgia for the 2010’s (and even earlier), that I’m actually having a wonderful time walking down memory lane.

… Am I the only one in this situation ? (please say no !)

Today my maternal grandpa would have been 100 years old, but he passed away on January 04th. Thinking about him today. And about my father too. He would have been 77 years old in January, but he didn’t have a chance to turn 70, sadly.

I love my life right now, but some days I wish I could go back in time. Knowing my dad would get ill, I would have told him to enjoy his life more fully, specially the last ten years that I think he didn’t really enjoy.

On a lighter note, I’m so happy about the life my mom lives now. She helps me with the boys, and with grocery shopping (I don’t drive) and I see her almost everyday ! She therefore sees her two grand-children on a (almost) daily basis, which I think is just awesome. They have such a great & fun & loving relationship, that I wish I had had with my paternal grandparents (my maternal grandparents were sweet & loving, on the other hand).

We both feel very lucky & grateful to be so close for one each other, and we absolutely don’t take it for granted. We’ve moved so many times, after all !

OK, enough talking for one day, I should get going ! Thanks a lot for visiting today ! Have a wonderful week !