mid-July update


Ahem, it looks like I neglected this blog once again … but to my defense, June was a month of exams for my boys, of work busy-ness for hubby, therefore it didn’t leave me with much free or stressless time. But here I am now !

So, what have we been up too ?

Well we have now a 17 y-o son (geez it almost feels unreal to say that), who got the best grades (20/20) at his written & oral French exams (that are part of the Baccalaureat diploma). We are so very proud of him ! He worked super hard & got rewarded for that hard work.

We’ll soon have a 15 y-o (double geez !) as well… who also had super excellent grades to his very first exams ! (practically 20/20 too) Needless to say that we are equally proud of him !

What else ? We’ve had a terrible heatwave late June / early July, and the temperature went up to 43c (109.5f), which is something none of us had ever experienced. Let me tell you, that was pretty awful for nature. Many vineyards & cultures (fruits or veggies) got severely burnt.


We will be going to our (probably) one and only summer trip (till hubby will work in Lille, across the country, we’ll have budget restrictions) next week. We are going to a rather rural area, around 200km away (not that awfully far) for four days.

Hubby is now on summer holiday, thank goodness ! It’s been a challenging year, but I find we’ve all done pretty well at adapting to the new situation. Hubby worked very hard, and shall be a little less present in Lille, starting September. That is a super good news because being home with us only two days a week was not our idea of happiness.

I use my (ten years old imac, repaired twice, almost died once) computer a lot lot less than in the past (I think there might be weeks or months without me turning it on !!) that’s why I also haven’t blogged as often as I used to. I’m typing this from the ipad my mom gifted me for my birthday, and I need to create a new habit of using it for blogging.


Pitou is doing pretty well, and he’s still the king of his garden ! Speaking of garden, the only edible thing I have planted this year are cherry tomatoes and I pick lots of them every single day !

There you go … you got our lastest news … what have YOU been up to ? I hope you will share in the comments ! Happy summer to you !



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,