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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 have another of those quandaries created by poor planning. In this case, I bought 100 grams of Fleur de Coton at La Droguerie, a knitting shop in Paris. The pattern assured me that I needed 100 grams, and the ladies at the shop measure off the precise amount for you and wind it up, […]

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

When I got back to my Wii Fit, it told me that it had been 25 days since my last session. It also told me that I had lost four and a half pounds. This loss was achieved while I ate pastry every day, plus plenty of other members of my favorites among the Evil […]

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

Traveling with #2 daughter is usually smooth. She gets expedited this and that, and she knows just how to navigate all forms of transportation. This time, however, was eventful. We took an Uber to the airport and it was rear-ended on the freeway. The drivers shook hands and drove away and we got to the […]

Fashion in Paris

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

I was imagining that Paris would be filled with chic, well turned out people.  Not really. The lady in the dress and hat above was a fair example of the minority of smartly dressed people. Her companions were more representative. Not that they're badly dressed. Just ordinary. Comfortable shoes, casual clothes. Neutral colors. Some of […]

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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