Today's post is about celebrating life, happiness, being grateful!
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Hello there, my Kikis! (it means my darlings in Jenniferish!)
I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits and I thank you for taking the time to read this post... that said, hmmmmm -- let's see - what to write, what to write?!
First, I must address VE-day. Today marks the 70th anniversary of end of World War II in Europe. There will be many commemorations and local celebrations, to be sure.
This day marks the formal acceptance by the Allies of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.
This act was signed on May 7, 1945 in Reims, France and in Berlin, Germany, following day.
On that day, oceans of people across Europe flooded the streets to celebrate the end of the war.
Today is a national holiday and also a time of reflection on all those who suffered during that tumultuous time. And I think of Lydia, a friend, who kept a scrapbook of shiny, metallic candy wrappers she would find on the streets.
Only a child during the war, she said she missed eating chocolate and would often pet her collection of wrappers and daydream. Her story brought me to tears.
I have never known war, or what it is to be without food or shelter.
Today, I reflect and remind myself of all the little blessings and joys in life...
First and foremost, I am grateful and happy TO BE ALIVE! What a precious and wonderful gift!!
At the end of the month, I will be celebrating my 41st birthday. Don't get me wrong, there are days where I just want to stay in bed and not interact with the world, yet one has to make an effort.
As I grow older and hopefully wiser, I find that I am enjoying the little things, such as:
* I have been rereading some books on philosophy and my sweet husband recently gifted me a new philosophy book, which makes my brain hurt, or rather is broadening my mind.
* I also took up knitting (thank you Gilly Bean!) and recently finished my second piece, aptly named,
'The Mermaid,' which is just fancy talk for a scarf that looks like a fish tail at the ends.
* I have also taken up jogging, which also makes me happy, because when you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which makes you happy.
Going for walk/jogs with my little dog, Cashew, is always a pleasure. Plus, I am very grateful to have a healthy body.
* During the Easter holidays, I was spoiled by some of my closest friends! I am grateful for having a handful of friends, who despite all my faults and annoyances, love the true me.
“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” - Anais Nin
* I am grateful for having a wonderful, intelligent, balanced and very kind husband who loves me, even though I may annoy him to no end. He gets it, he knows what is truly important and has the courage to live his life in accordance with his beliefs, even though it may annoy me to no end.
Before I leave you, I wanted to share some news:
Before summer begins, I will launch a new Frenchified for Life series named: Beautiful Bordeaux.
I will be documenting, photographing, and interviewing the locals and highlighting local spots about how Bordeaux and her people have changed and have irrevocably stayed the same. This series is somewhat like a social experiment. I want to give you a glimpse of the French mindset and attitudes, which is fabulous and frustrating at the same time. I feel this series will allow us to understand another culture and perhaps learn a thing or two! ** Another goal of the series is to get YOU to come and visit! **
Afterall, Bordeaux was recently named Best European Destination 2015.
Here is a sneak peak:
Monique Riflade is a real Bordelaise woman. Having been born, raised, educated, worked and now retired in Bordeaux, we recently sat down over a cuppa, a few books and a dictionary and in true French fashion, we chatted away on an array of topics.
We discussed the obvious - history, fashion, food, events, yet it was when she started to talk about her formative years and how the city has changed, I listened silently and was transported to another time.
"Hookers" and "sailors", she told me....
To be continued!
Well, that about does it for me!
Until next time, take care of yourselves, eat well and big kiss!
From my family to yours -- Jenny
FRENCHIFIED FOR LIFE!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...