October 31, 2014

October in Pictures

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it?" ~ Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)

French Friday: La Toussaint

Halloween has become fashionable among certain French children who enjoy emulating their American contemporaries by dressing up and even trick-or-treating. Yet most French adolescents simply look forward to their first two-week academic break which coincides with the Catholic feast day of All Saints' Day, La Toussaint.

The Church originally designated November 1st as a holy day to honor the Communion of Saints who didn't already have their own feast day. In truth, the date was also meant to distract Christians from partaking in the pagan ritual of Samhain, the end of the bright, warmth of summer and the beginning of the dark nights of winter when spirits of the dead were believed to roam among the living. Instead the popular tradition of wearing masks to scare away ghosts and spirits began to be associated with the night before All Saints and became known as All Hallow's Eve -- Halloween. Nevertheless, All Saints Day and the subsequent All Souls' Day have remained solemn in France. The faithful light candles in church to commemorate the souls of the departed, and families decorate the graves of deceased loved ones with chrysanthemums (which are, therefore, viewed as inappropriate home decor and should never be offered as a gift).

Although, I'm rarely in France in November, I do like the tradition of lighting candles to honor loved ones who are no longer with us. Each time I visit Notre Dame de Paris,  I light a candle and say a little pray for my dad and grandma who I know are smiling down on me.


October 31, 2014 Photo (304/365): "Trick-or-Treat"

Happy Halloween! Our neighborhood celebrated last Saturday night when the weather was perfect and 107 little monsters and princesses visited our home. Today, it's going to be very blustery with temperatures in the thirties and 50 mph winds! The frost is definitely on the pumpkin, so if you're going trick-or-treating, bundle up! Our nephews scored big here in Okauchee Lake and will go out tonight in their own 'hood. Although, I'm sure they'd prefer more candy, maybe a rock or two would come in handy tonight. They could put them in their pocket so they won't blow away! Maybe Charlie Brown wasn't so unlucky after all!


And, if you're having a hard time deciding on a costume,
Google+ can "Halloweenify" you!  Ah ha ha ha!
October 30, 2014


October 30, 2014 Photo (303/365): "Last Rose"

"Tis the last rose of summer, left blooming alone; All her lovely companion are faded and gone; No flower of her kindred, no rose-bud is nigh, to reflect back her blushes or give sigh for sigh." ~ Thomas Moore

October 29, 2014


October 29, 2014 Photo (302/365): "Gull"

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, 
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth 
seeking the successive autumns." ~ George Eliot
October 28, 2014


October 28, 2014 Photo (301/365): "Leaf"

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree..."
~ Emily Brontë
October 27, 2014


October 27, 2014 Photo (300/365): "Indian Summer"

"There are days which occur in this climate, at almost any season of the year, wherein the world reaches its perfection, when the air, the heavenly bodies, and the earth, make a harmony...These halcyons days may be looked for with a little more assurance in that pure October weather, which we distinguish by the name of Indian Summer." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
October 26, 2014


October 26, 2014 Photo (299/365): "Laughter"

"Earth laughs in flowers. " ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
October 25, 2014


October 25, 2014 Photo (298/365): "Jack-O-Lanterns"

Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore,
Scary witches at your door,
Jack-O-Lanterns smiling bright
Wishing you a haunting night!

October 24, 2014


October 24, 2014 Photo (297/365): "Sail la Vie"

And so the sun sets on the 2014 sailing season. I'm so grateful for the time we spent with friends and family on the water this year, but the weather this weekend is supposed to be perfect and I would have loved to go sailing just one more time. Why is it that the boat launching could be delayed for bad weather in April (OK, ice on the lake is a real hinderance), but the haul out couldn't be delayed for beautiful weather in October?  

Oh well, "to everything there is a season,"
and sailing season is officially over. 
Just like fashion, "one day you're in
and the next day you're out" - Sail la Vie!

French Friday: Angelina

Friday is a good day to indulge a little bit -- if not literally, why not virtually? One of my favorite Paris rituals begins at the Louvre to visit my beloved Nike of Samothrace. Next, I like to stroll through the lovely Tuileries Gardens, go window shopping on the rue Cambon, and finally, enjoy a decadent treat at Angelina on the rue de Rivoli.  

[Time out! The French teacher in me can't pass up this opportunity to provide a vocabulary lesson. In French you visiter le Louvre (a place), but you rendre visite à la Victoire de Samothrace (a person). While in the Tuileries, you may use the verbs, se balader, se promener, or the very stylish flâner: Je me balade aux Tuileries. Je me promène aux jardins. J'adore flâner parmi les sculptures et les belles fleurs. And, although the Chanel boutique on the rue Cambon is very posh, one is encouraged to "lick the windows" -- faire la lèche vitrine -- the very descriptive French expression for window shopping! OK, now you've earned a treat. Let's go inside...]

Founded in 1903, Angelina's famous tearoom was a favorite of Coco Chanel. For years, Mademoiselle indulged in a daily cup of Chocolat africain at table #10 while coyly observing the tearoom's chic patrons in the surrounding mirrors. 
Photo via Pinterest
The tearoom's Belle Epoque interior projects an elegant, romantic atmosphere.
Le Chocolat chaud l'Africain, Angelina's famous hot chocolate, is composed of three varieties of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. A pitcher of rich, thick chocolate is served with a cup of fresh whipped cream.
The gilded boutique showcases Angelina's colorful pastry collection.
I find it impossible to choose from among the gorgeous confections.
The Saint Honoré is named for the nearby, fashionable Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. 
(Puff pastry, caramelized choux pastry, Bourbon vanilla pastry cream, whipped cream).
The millefeuille is one of my favorites.
(Layers of caramelized puff pastry, light Bourbon vanilla cream) 
The Mont-Blanc is Angelina's signature pastry.
(Meringue, whipped cream, and chestnut cream vermicelli)
Of course, Angelina also features the iconic macaron.
(Mont Blanc, Chocolat grand cru, Vanille, Café, Pistache, 
Caramel, Chocolat-Passion, Cassis, Framboise, Citron)

Go ahead -- Feast your eyes! Bon appétit!
October 23, 2014


October 23, 2014 Photo (296/365): "Wishing Well"

"It's not enough to just wish well;
we must also do well." ~ St. Ambrose

October 22, 2014


October 22, 2014 Photo (295/365): "Smile"

“Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.”
~ William Cullen Bryant

This autumn morning was all made up 
and ready to smile for the camera:
She was powdered with a translucent frost,
misted in a damp, earthy perfume,
and wearing her best shade of crimson gloss.
October 21, 2014


October 21, 2014 (294/365): "Serendipity"

ser·en·dip·i·ty /ser ənˈdip ə dē/ (noun): 
the occurrence and development of events by chance 
in a happy or beneficial way, a fortunate accident; 
synonyms: chance,  fluke, good luck, good fortune, 
fortuity, providence; happy coincidence.

"What people call serendipity 
sometimes is just having your eyes open."
~ José Manuel Barroso

October 20, 2014


October 20, 2014 Photo (293/365): "St. Joe's"

"Home is where the heart is."

The sidewalks of Sturgeon Bay in the fall always make me nostalgic -- the smell and the crunch as my footsteps shuffle through the fallen leaves.  It reminds me of trick-or-treating, playing hide-and-seek, walking uptown for ice cream -- all-American family memories.  It was hard for me to choose a photo from among today's images of the sunrise along the Bay and decorations on Third Avenue. Ultimately (with Eric's help), I decided on the place where my family began: My mom and dad were married at St. Joe's in the fall of 1959.

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
All-American hometown with festive decorations
(Notice what's playing at the Tap!)
Flowers are still blooming
Leaves are turning
Look what's turning here!
Quaint shops & restaurants

Old street names (Now 5th & Louisiana)
St. Joe's
The "Old Bridge"
The Bay
And so our long weekend ends as it began....
October 19, 2014


October 19, 2014 Photo: "Up North"
(Curvy road to North Port)

"May your trails be crooked, winding, dangerous, 
leading to the most amazing view... 
where something strange and more beautiful 
and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams 
waits for you." ~ Edward Abbey

Cave Point
Peninsula State Park
Anderson Dock, Ephraim
Swedish Pancakes at Al Johnson's
Refreshment before the journey back: