Why is June the best time to come to Provence?

We had the honour to host a very dear friend of mine who came from USA over the last few weeks. There is nothing better for the soul than to have an amazing friend like her, booking tickets to come see you as soon as she know you feel a little lonely. I am very lucky to be surrounded by people who can, and who would do those kind of things for me. I hope you are too surrounded by lots of love and kindness. It’s pretty much all that matters in life to feel fulfilled and complete.

What was special is to rediscover where we live through her eyes. It’s so easy to get spoiled here in Provence, with all the castles, villages, wineries, sea, mountains… it’s non stop wonder. non stop light and elevating. So much at times you don’t even realise it anymore. my days sometimes are very small, my brain shrinks because of complaints, moods, lack of curiosity. but through special friends, with big eyes and appetite for life, things become so bright and colourful. Like this exhibition of Zao Wou-Ki I heard about recently.

I would like to share a few pictures here of beautiful images I would like to stick to my brain, and inspire you to travel again. My friend Sonja is trying to empower people to travel again as many place are opening back. My mum just did this amazing trek in Greece, and said it was insanely gorgeous and empty.

Things are getting back to normal slowly but June in Provence is my favorite. It’s not too crowded yet, beaches in Porquerolles were not too busy, this insane exhibition was nearly empty, restaurants do not require all reservations, and there are many events popping back up on the calendar. It’s lovely to feel like people are blooming again like cherry blossom in spring. Life is coming back, act of kindness seem inevitable, and most people need fun right now. good times my friends. let’s get back into it 🙂 we deserve this!!!

new paths

i really craved something new last week-end. new hike, new views, new adventures.

when we lived in Oregon, life constantly felt like an adventure. choosing food at the supermarket was an adventure, going to the pacific ocean to surf while crossing giant sequoia was an adventure, looking at teenagers playing “lacrosse” game was an adventure. now bizzarely everything feels way more settle, more definite, more proper. we are doing things right, because it took us so long to figure it out. and its really lovely! at times yet i do want to find those shots of fresh adventures that makes life feel bigger and thrilling.

so I asked my dad to take us to places he knows. i don’t remember those places from when I was a kid actually, because i have very little memories back then, but was spent such a fun day exploring new places, not looking at the clock, and taking in all the sunshine and views we could.

confinement 2 day 2

honestly i’m not sure i’m ready for this whole thing. it means i have to cook again, to exercise again, to keep my house clean again. i have no damn excuses for anything. i have gained so much weight recently, all because of my friends obviously who are either making me drink because they like to or because they don’t. either way i guess im so shy that i need to drink to be acting like an adult. although i am not shy.

anyway. i brought back my desk into my bedroom, adding a massive screen which means i officially cannot get dressed anymore. great. i have a lovely cactus, an industrial cool looking chair yet no motivation today. went for a run with my hubby, after 15 min i screamed at his face “keys. now. please’ he was not impressed.

we then celebrated another awkward birthday. yet it was a lot of fun to let the kids do the grocery for the occasion tonight: cheese, bread, 6 bags of candies. we did not do halloween so i am absolutely compensating for not being a pinterest mum.

looking at the bright side, i took a shower and even washed my hair. my other hair are not growing anymore, they are fed up too, yay. im warming up my feet to a fireplace (yes wow. happy old lady) i am drinking a delicious sugar free syrup and resisted to dip cookies in my tea. we ate delicious homemade burgers. i managed to make my kids giggle. hubby is smiling. it’s gonna be ok? it’s gonna be ok.

RĂ©solutions magiques pour retrouver son rythme Ă  la rentrĂ©e

Wooooo lalalalala mais au secours!!! oulala… non mais c’est quoi ce dĂ©lire du mois de Septembre ou on est sensĂ© d’un coup passer en mode mĂ©ga warrior alors qu’on a l’esprit encore dans les vagues et le spritz? Non seulement il commence Ă  cailler, mais en plus les gens sont re-speed, et non, les inscriptions aux activitĂ©s ne se font toujours pas en ligne? allo??

bon donc voilĂ . j’ai bien rĂ©flĂ©chi et quand je commence Ă  paniquer: soit je fais une liste, du sport ou du mĂ©nage. Du coup j’ai retrouvĂ© dans mes notes de telephone plein de listes gĂ©niales que j’ai triĂ© (menage de listes, le SURKIFFE) et transformĂ© en bonnes resolutions pour m’aider a gĂ©rer cette rentrĂ©e qui m’angoisse quand mĂȘme un brin.

1- utiliser l’app NOTES de son tĂ©lĂ©phone de façon intelligente, en n’oubliant pas le TITRE pour pouvoir rapidement savoir de quoi il s’agit. les miennes vont des phrases marrantes de mes fils, Ă  la liste de cadeaux pour l’anniv de mon mari, Ă  mes inspirations blog, ou des copains Ă  inviter Ă  la maison… pour les course j’essaie d’utiliser EVERNOTE pour que mon mari puisse aussi voir. le premier qui passe au supermarchĂ© prends tout ce qu’il faut.

2- inviter des copains. pas facile du tout de trouver des dates mais avec un peu de bonne volontĂ© on arrive Ă  convaincre bibi que oui ça vaut la peine des nouveaux amis meme quand on est fatigue. moi j’aime pas trop recevoir parce que pas hyper Ă  l’aise avec la cuisine mais je me force et au final on s’en sort toujours. le plus important c’est d’ĂȘtre dĂ©tendue quand les gens arrivent donc si il faut c’est pizza rose!

3- ne pas repousser quelque chose pendant plus de 3 jours, sinon on enlĂšve de la to-do et on voit ce qui se passe. pas la peine de s’encombrer le cerveau.

4- jeter mes culottes moches/ trop petites/ tristes. non mais serieux!!! c’est vraiment la base et je ne le fais jamais. je me souviendrai toujours de la reaction de ma mere quand je lui ai dis que tout est noir/blanc/ chair dans ce tiroir, elle etait vraiment NOT IMPRESSED,

5- utiliser un tableau feutre qui colle au frigo pour mettre les menus de la semaine, ca aide dans les moments de panique de voir que non on est pas Ă  l’arrache.

6- dessiner les parcours matin/soir avec les enfants et les coller devant leur porte. je n’en pouvais plus a la rentree de recommencer a repeter 15000 fois les memes choses, et ca marche pas mal pour les responsabiliser. il faut dire qu’on se leve surement beaucoup trop tard quand je vois en dessin tout ce qu’il faut faire en 45 min!!!

7- Prendre le temps de jouer. Franchement on leur doit bien du vrai temps jeux le soir. Ce soir on a joue Ă  trappe trappe, Ă  lacrosse et aux lego et c’Ă©tait canon! ils Ă©taient vraiment ravis et au final moi aussi. d’ailleurs j’Ă©tais morte aprĂšs!! et puis tres bientĂŽt ils ne voudront plus jouer, du tout, donc vraiment faut en profiter.

8- le lave vaisselle est mon meilleur ami. je le blinde et j’evite de laver quoique ce soit a la main. non mais oh et puis quoi encore.

9- je mets la table du ptit dej la veille. Ca m’Ă©vite d’avoir mal au coeur a force de tourner a 7h40 du mat

10- je reorganise mes placards de cuisine pour que l’essentiel de tous les jours soit Ă  portĂ©e de main des enfants pour qu’ils se servent de l’eau (petit escabeau partout ou il faut) ou mettent la table. Et surtout je repense au bon emplacement pour le linge de maison, les plats, les trucs usuels ou d’occasion, ça fait gagner du temps. on met des etiquettes pour que tout le monde s’y retrouve et bingo.

Je vous dirai dans quelques mois si ca a marche. oui je sais c’est pas romantique comme post, mais je ne suis pas TOUS les jours en train de jouer au tennis ou vadrouiller dans la campagne, parfois je travaille, je range et je fais des trucs relou comme tout le monde 😀

la bise les amis

Raphaelle