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Archive for June, 2017

Pierre François Coustere 1789–1866

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

During the French Revolution, my 3rd great grandfather was born in Pointe-a-pitre, Guadeloupe, a French Colony. His parents were Pierre Coustere and Françoise Pecour. Pierre worked as a doctor in Guadeloupe when Pierre Francois was born. The royal family were living at Versailles with some 10,000 workers and hangers-on, and the peasants were starving. My […]

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

I suddenly realized yesterday that I had signed up for global for just one month. At the time I was imagining that I would be meeting up with family in Paris and getting family info I could use in research. That didn’t happen. But with just a few days left in the month, I […]

Knitting Quandary

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 I could frog it and use the yarn to make a bonnet and booties, for which I almost certainly have enough yarn in that 100 grams. Then I could make the little sweater, "Chantons et Bambous" or something like that, from some lighter weight yarn. Note that most of my solutions require frogging all the […]

Jet Lag?

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Last week at this time I was eating my last pain au chocolat and checking out of the hotel in Paris. Somehow, I still feel a bit jet-lagged: low energy and needing lots of sleep. I had a headache on arrival, gastrointestinal symptoms for the first few days I was back, and fatigue. In Paris, […]

Summer Learning

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

I always like to study something in summer. I’ve taken Photoshop classes and web design classes, done Bible studies and Craftsy classes, done reading challenges, and undertaken autodidactic studies of topics like the Seven Deadly Sins. This year, I’m thinking of continuing the efforts at learning to make pastry which I started some years ago. […]

Wii Fit Reunion

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

I get way more steps in. I don’t snack.

Art Nouveau

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Art Nouveau is a favorite style of mine. In Paris, we saw a couple of exhibitions of the style. But we also saw it on the street. I love the curves. The incorporation of natural shapes into the shapes of the furniture is lovely. #2 daughter is not a special fan as I am, but […]

Back in the U.S.

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Fashion in Paris

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Pants were worn tight at the ankle, almost universally.  Tops were narrow at the shoulder and floaty at the hem.  There were quite a few interesting hems to be seen. Handkerchief, hi-low, lantern, and such. Half-tucked tops were occasionally seen, but not common. Drop-waist dresses were more common than in the U.S. and showed up […]

WordCamp Europe

Friday, June 16th, 2017

WordCamps are always fun and information and inspiring. WordCamp Europe is a particularly lavish WordCamp.

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