While cleaning out the basement (o.k., ‘started’ cleaning out the basement) I found this: A whole mess of old rusty nails and screws and what seem to be vintage tree leaves in a… Continue reading

MONDAY MOOD BOARD – No Refrigeration? No Exasperation!

Our refrigerator broke about 5 weeks ago. Not that we are having a heat wave or anything *eye roll*. These things always happen according to Murphy’s Law at the least opportune of times.… Continue reading


That’s what we had the past week: eine Affenhitze! English words just don’t do it justice. ‘A scorcher’ doesn’t sound half as fun, puzzling, and exhausting as ‘monkey heat’, and ‘sweltering heat’ does… Continue reading

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – Madame Marilyn’s Mess

Madame Marilyn is the very peculiar owner of an antique shop on Rue Auguste Comte in Lyon, France. You can stand in front of her window for hours and have still not seen… Continue reading

MONDAY MOOD BOARD – Flea Market Finds

I love flea markets. The big Flohmarkt in Vienna, Les Puces du Canal in Lyon, the countless vide greniers and brocantes and estate sales. I love the atmosphere and the people and the… Continue reading


…somewhere between Boston and London…

MONDAY MOOD BOARD – The Scent of Green

There are a few colors that I connect with a certain scent. Green is the strongest of them. I can’t explain it, but I can smell green! I spent the entire day outside… Continue reading

Musings on the Laundry Hamper

This is my laundry hamper: Lovely, isn’t it? It is big enough to hold the dirty laundry of 3 people. It is wooden, so no delicates can snag on little pieces of wicker.… Continue reading


Dozens of beautiful poppies popped up in our garden over the weekend. I love those delicate flowers with their soft petals, especially against the backdrop of a freshly mowed lawn. Just wish they… Continue reading


“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth” (Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor, AD 121-180) Viewed at the right angle, the sculpture and fountain… Continue reading