Tuesday, March 1, 2016

1000~ Merci Mille Fois~





I did something fun last night..with my daughters..but I'll post about it next time because I had prepared this note..and it wouldn't be the same if I waited:)

Merci Mille Fois..Means thanks a thousand times..but in English..we say Thanks a Million:)

Hmm..we've had tea..we've had coffee...we have gardened..and painted..we've baked..and read..and written and e~mailed..shared recipes and stories..photos,photo tips.. and events..seeds ,gardens and dishes..and cookie cutters and snail mail..birthdays ,Thanksgiving, Christmas,Easter,Valentines,Hanukkah,Fathers Day,Mother's Day..New Years..weddings,births,trips close by and trips far away..places and spaces and art tutorials..the weather ,the joys,health issues,sorrows,,inspiration,motivation..companionship...children,Littles..antiques..and collectables..crafts..book reviews and suggestions..Downton Abby and Call The Midwife..movies and tv series..and chefs..the list goes on and on....

I have loved blogging..as I saw number 1000 approach..(number of posts I have posted)..I could not believe I had.
Hard to fathom actually sitting down in front of my computer to type out 1000 posts.


Before blogging..I thought even one post would be hard..but we had Lucas:) so I knew I could write about our first angel on earth.. he was my second post ever in 2008.








 My first post.. was the ocean.

I think I was AT the ocean when my friend suggested I blog.

The power of persuasion:)

And then I realized I loved this thing called Blogging.


It is clearly evident that I am not a tecchie..or my blog look would change..I don't even know where to begin..I know what I love..but I can't get my head around starting over..LOL.


I am such a creature of habit..

that..


I have the same bedspread since we moved here..my duvet cover for winter is even older.
I don't change things a lot.Except boots and coats and scarves it seems..my daughter has rubbed off on me;)

I get into something..settle in..and stay..the same..

 I have learned so much from all the blogs I follow and all the comments I have been happy to read.

You have no idea how some days..that little comment..or post..or tutorial..or recipe..or e-mail..
was all I needed to get going:)

THANK YOU.

And some of you are from day one.I cannot believe we are 8 +yrs older;)

I read a book I enjoyed..My name Is Lucy Barton..there are a few sentences I loved....the author is Elizabeth Strout ..I  had just read another of her books..The Burgess Boys..and I had read  Olive Kitteridge..Frances McDormand is just great in the movie version.
Back to the book..

This is the excerpt from the book..I wanted to share here..

There is a line Tennessee Williams wrote for Blanche Dubois..:"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers".
Many of us have been saved many times by the kindness of strangers,but after a while..it sounds trite,like a bumper sticker.
And that's what made Lucy sad,that a beautiful and true line comes to be used so often that it takes on the sound of a bumper sticker.

I sure hope my saying thank you..does not sound trite..because I mean it.
I am grateful that we visit and share..always.





68 comments:

  1. Preciosas y deliciosas. Me encantan.
    Besos

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  2. Merci beaucoup per toi Monique :)
    For always beautiful posts, amazing pictures, lovely toughts, a lovely and warm person .
    Thanks to you :) :)

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  3. Wow Monique, 1000 posts, congratulations. No wonder you are feeling elated. From day one of finding your blog through Ronelles blog I've enjoyed seeing your charming pictures and reading the lovely way you put into words what you have been doing and then all those fabulous recipes you pass on from other bloggers. Along with many others I hope you will keep on blogging for may more years. Can't wait to read your next post, to find out what you've been doing.

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    1. I am so glad to have found your blog and home and family and artwork:)
      It certainly is a web..that keeps growing..we find one..that leads to another and so on..
      it was a Paint Nite I went to w/ Mylène and Caroline..So enjoyable:)

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  4. Happy Blog Anniversary! I am so glad I found you about a year ago through my friend Penny at Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen. I have enjoyed your posts!

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    1. As I have yours..that's how it works:) WE find others through others!

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  5. Oh Monique,so gracious as always. You know how much I think of you; think you are special and perfect. I try to think where I found your blog, but can't remember. But, so glad I did. I won't want you to change a thing about your blog as it is perfect just the way it is. I started blogging in 2008 also, but only about 600 or so posts. Let's hope for many more times together.

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    1. Let's hope!
      My husband reads my blog..not every day..but he catches up..so reads them all..yesterday he commented on carol G (Paris Breakfast) new profile pic..and he mentioned how he enjoyed reading your comments:)
      He often says..that everyone is so nice:)
      That makes me happy.
      It makes me love blogging.
      So not perfect I promise.

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  6. I'm thankful our paths crossed. I guess it's been almost 9 years since that day we "met"? I will always be grateful for a new blog post by you.

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    1. I am doubly grateful for you..as our paths diverged at one point then met again:)
      I was very happy that day and still am:)

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  7. Congratulations Monique! It seems as if you have been a part of my life forever! You just have always seemed like a long lost friend to me. I cannot image a world without your pretty photos, heartfelt sentiments, delicious food/ recipes, friendship and caring ways. I think you have blessed many people! And not just your family! All wo know you and call you friend are all the better for it. Xoxo

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    1. I feel the same way..I get up..now I put mascara on..go figure..get my breakfast..and I head to my fave blogs..you post every single solitary day..twice..don't know how you do it..but I wouldn't miss a post unless I was..away w/ no connection.
      I look forward to reading what you have been to..your creativity..etc..and I must say your honesty and open book manner is refreshing to me.
      :)

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  8. You have a beautiful blog. I admit I had a bit of a giggle at your expense when you said you weren't a techie. I hear so many people say that, but there are some things that are easier than you think.

    You write beautifully, I am loving your look back and how you talked about what got you started. Thank you for sharing that with us.

    XO,
    Christine

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    1. Oh it's so true..if Blogger had not been so easy I would not have gotten started..in that respect I will always always be grateful to Blogger.
      I visit so many blogs..and see so much beauty that it is normal I guess to discover you are still in 2008:)
      Not one step forward.
      Funny..I was a realtor for almost 30 yrs..and loved many homes..but I always loved where I was living best..
      In Blogland..you know when you cannot stop staring..that you have blog envy..
      Thank you Christine..I love this note.

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  9. Congratulations on such a huge milestone, Monique! I'm going at 493 and I still think I spent to much time at the computer - LOL. And we go even farther back than 2008 :) I think it was Garden Web first and then GBs. I remember when EJ began GBs after the moderator at GW got sassy with someone :) He wanted a kinder place and, in the beginning, we knew everyone and it was small and fun. All the things we learned about gardening, photography and Photoshop from GBs was amazing and we continue to grow and learn by the cyber friends we've made while doing this. And why are bloggers so nice? Rarely do I see a negative comment! I think that's what I like best about you and the blogging 'friends' I've made. Everyone is so kind and sincere and your post proves it :)

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    1. So true! Yes GW..and the spinoff:) GBs which was GREAT.Have EJ to thank for a lot!
      I know I spend too much time at my computer..it's a fact.
      When we had no power I wondered what everyone was up to;)
      So lucky never any nasty comments..we are lucky!!:)

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    2. Oh, so do I! It's a modern fact of life and there are many more things that bring us to our computers other than blogging that have made our lives so much more productive too, like shopping online, internet banking, document filing, research, email, the list goes on. It's not a bad thing :) I even read books on my iPad. We are lucky - so many good things about blogging :)

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    3. Yes..all true..and then I have moments when I think..so much in person..interpersonal..is now gone..more and more solitary..halfhalf..not sure yet.

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  10. 1000 posts! That's a lot of posting and sharing and loving. And I for one, am grateful for the beauty you have added to my world. Thank you Monique for the pleasure!

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    1. It flew by..I must admit a few ..well more than a few months..slipped by with no news from me..and then sporadic..but I think I am a bit like you..and blogging is fuel..for a special well being..different than many others..me too grateful for you..and so happy I can now get your posts..better go check;)

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    2. Hi Monique, congrats, what a milestone. I enjoy your posts, they are magical.

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    3. I still need to get your posts to get to me..one step at a time...

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  11. i definitely know your thank you is heart felt everything you do is heartfelt :)
    i can't believe you've been blogging eight years with 1000 posts so amazing and i am glad that i have met you in this wonderful blogging world.

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    1. I can't believe it either Jenni..I am glad I found you too..I like the places I visit:)And it is a wonderful blogging world..epecially when one is at home a lot like I am..

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  12. Bonjour ma chère Nana,

    Alors en toute simplicité, je souhaite une encore très longue vie à ton blog !...
    Le blog c'est comme les vrais amis... On peut ne pas se voir de 10 jours, 1 mois, 1 an... on se retrouve et c'est comme si c'était la veille...
    Pour ma part, j'ai des absences... je reviens, je prends le train en marche... Le plaisir de te lire, d'admirer tes photos est toujours présent.
    Continue de nous séduire et personnellement, je te dis Merci, merci d'exister.

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. Tu as une vie pleine de couleur..pleine d'aventures.. de beaux voyages..un talent fou artistique..des vernissages..c'est certain que tu as des absences..et c'est bien:) Tu es l'envie de bien du monde belle M~A.
      Merci pour tout.

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  13. Wow baby you are batting 1000! Each one better than the last...
    Many congrats my friend...
    Bisous xoxoxo

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    1. Can you belileve I have written so much?You..would:) As you get emails :)LOL
      Poor you.

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  14. So incredible !!! But Your blog is so nice ... all is normal ;-))). 1000 kisses for you ! Christine

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    1. You must be well above that!
      Just such an eye opener seeing the numbers..it's a healthy time consumer for me..and for you..you are on the GO:)Bravo!

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  16. I am thankful for finding your blog Monique. It always brings happy thoughts into my world. You have a unique voice that everyone loves. You are so right about the power of blogging. It brings us all together. Merci mille fois to you!

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    1. Took me forever to get your posts arriving to me..i was very happy when I found you too!

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  17. Blogging has changed over the years.....I used to get 50 and 60 comments. But then I used to spend more time commenting on others, too. I do love reading your posts, Monique, and even if I stop blogging myself, I'd still come and read. I've been doing this since 2008 too. My computer guru back then was the one who suggested it. I don't have anywhere near as many posts as you do! I'm so impressed. 1000. Wow! Keep it up!

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    1. It has changed so much! And I have lost track of some w/ moves through the blogosphere..
      Sometimes..we are more inspired I guess:)
      I enjoyed catching up on your other blogs last week..or the week before..

      re commenting..funny you should mention that..I comment continuously on blogs ..that I don't even know if they read all the comments LOL but their posts are so great or the kids so cute I can't help myself:)

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  18. Congratulations Monique on the blogging milestone. And thank YOU for your blog. First you inspired me on gardenbuddies with your beautiful gardens and now your blog has made me a better Grammy. Keep staying the same, we all are enjoying your sameness immensely. Speaking of littles, I visited Lillian yesterday and came up with a new nickname for her Lili Bud. Sometimes Lilibeatle (but the bud is better than the bug). I guess that second nickname is a homage to Kim from gb. P.S. I see another Linzer Cookie cut out, you really do have a collection!

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    1. LOL I do..Lilli bud is so cute..her little lips must look like hearts♥
      I think of Kim so OFTEN..and her hubby and boys..especially..but not solely..when Maggie is in town:)

      I hope no one thinks I wrote this post for accolades..it was unintentional if it appears that way..it just knocked my socks off that I have talked 1000 times;)

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  19. What a wonderful reason to celebrate, congratulations Monique. I've often said that if I could only read one blog it would be yours as you share so many beautiful ideas with us. Whenever I want to make something pretty when friends are coming to visit, I always come to your blog for inspiration.

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    1. Well that is so nice Karen..I am just astounded I have sat to meet you all so many times..thank goodness it's not in person..you would be hiding;)

      Karen snow snow snow today!

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  20. I so enjoy reading your posts. I haven't had much time for blogging lately as we have moved yet again! Never the less, I read every post. Seems so long ago that we started this journey of sharing our lives online. I started my blog around the same time, and have felt I found a friend in you. Congratulations on 1000 posts, I am in awe!

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    1. Well Ry if anyone has been in awe..it is me concerning you.Who could not be..Beauty,style,talent and brains...you have it all~And it is so much fun for us to be able to get glimpses.
      I hope you have not moved far from your beautiful boy..

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    2. You are too kind M! During this stress filled move - the one thing that brought me to tears was the thought of being away from my grandson. Seven hour drive - 1 1/2 hours by plane. We have kept our house in the Texas Hill Country, so I go back and forth. In fact I leave on Monday to go back for a couple of weeks to celebrate his fourth birthday.
      Reading your post made me realize how much we have moved in the last 12 years.
      Santa Fe, Montecito, San Antonio, Houston, South Carolina, Georgia and now one foot in Texas and one in New Mexico. I look forward to the day when we can stay in one place.

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  21. Congrats! I remember the first post well! I remember talking to you on the phone that time and you helping me with my camera! I still remember the chocolate cabbage leaf cake and our Brigette cookie cutter. Lots of good memories. Go for another thousand, M!

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    1. I remember exactly where I was standing during that phone call:)Oyoyoy..
      :)The sunroom..the sun was beautiful..it was warm..it was nice.
      It's been years..We have had so many Littles♥That has been the best part:)

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  22. You had me for a minute there, Monique - I was suddenly worried your post would be to say goodbye to blogging. WHEW. Funny how many of us started in 2008 - I bumble along, still not having found a blog designer to up the graphics and ease of using. Isadora was just 2 when I started my blog on Valentine's Day. I have so enjoyed your blog! Your gorgeous photographs, your grandchildren, your kindness and sharing of others, and your wonderful posts. Happy 1000th!!!!

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    1. I am so happy I met you in New Hampshire!

      I got to know a resourceful..sometimes snowed in nana:)
      WE shared snow and Littles..even same named Littles.
      Me it was your header ..I love your header never change it!
      Then..well tender posts..your mom..etc..I knew I would always come back:)
      Thank you madame!

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  23. It's wonderful and tasty dish dear! Love it!

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  24. Congratulations on 1000 posts, Monique. That's quite a milestone.
    So glad I found you - I love everything you write and your beautiful photographs.
    I look forward to your next 1000 posts! xo

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    1. Well not sure about 1000 more..I have no idea how the first 1000 happened:)TY:)

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  25. Well, look at you 1000 posts and all. That is quite the accomplishment. Time flies by before we know it. I know where to go to look for inspiration, great photography and wonderful recipes. Thanks for sharing part of your life.

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    1. When did you start Linda? Curious little mind here would love to know..
      I remember your heartfelt posts I found..You have been an inspiration!

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  26. I am so happy you are here, a presence in our lives, an angel! It is the best of life: beauty, happiness, love, that you share and spread! So, Thank You!!

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    1. Thanks Rita..maintenant c'est a ton tour:) no accent grave for my a here..;)

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  27. Congratulations Monique! That is an amazing total - a huge milestone. I wish I had known you sooner - but I guess I will have to go back in time and read some older posts. Bravo!!! Thank YOU for your comments and visits - it means so much to me too.

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    1. Me too Tricia..I wonder why we meet w/ some and with others our paths have still not crossed..anyways..glad we did!

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  28. After reading several of your friends comments....
    I went back to see how many posts I had done....
    1066....phew....that's a lot!
    I am privileged to be reading your posts for the last 11/2 years or so...
    You brighten things up, every time I read a post....
    Beautiful photography....
    Beautiful recipes...
    Just darn beautiful, what can I say....
    So happy to be part of your blogging family...
    Cheers to 1000 posts mon ami....
    Linda :o)

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    1. I cannot believe how many I have missed of yours..where the heck was I?
      Me too happy to have found you..!

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    2. I must confess...I have gotten waaaay better at blogging....
      Some of my older ones....WTH was I thinking? Hahaha!
      They definitely improved with the arrival of Miss V♥️
      Have a great day Monique!

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    3. One day..I am going to just sit and go back and see:)

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  29. I'm sorry I'm late in congratulating you on a thousand posts Monique. That is just incredible. Happy 8th year too. I am so thankful I found your blog and enjoy it very, very much. What would we do without our blogging friends...
    Sam

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    1. You are so right:) Grateful for all our visits:)

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  30. Thank you for your beautiful, creative and cozy blog! Such lucky readers to be able to share a little slice of your life! xo

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