Lunch for today...
Today is a very peaceful and low-key day in my life here in Paris. I've been running pretty much full speed every day since we left home...I'm truly tired and I really need to stop and rest!
Before she left, the granddarling asked me, "What are you going to do after I leave, Grandma?"
I replied, "Sleep!"
She thought I was joking.
I was serious!
So, after a quiet, restorative and peaceful sleep-in this morning, followed by a long, hot shower and a perfect breakfast of apricots, peaches, nectarines and kiwi fruit sliced together, topped with vanilla yoghurt and a side of lovely toasted spelt bread from Bread and Roses across the street, I'm ready to face the day!
The first item of business is a trip to the market and the bakery to stock up on necessities and luxuries. More fruit and veggies, another cheese or two, some juices, a new split of divine butter with sea salt, a dozen eggs and another loaf of fresh spelt bread...I think this will see me through the long weekend. Monday is Bastille Day in France, so all businesses will be closed and let the parties begin!
On my way home, I stop for lunch at Bread and Roses...mushroom quiche and a salad, a cafe creme and I'm stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey. I can hardly finish this meal...but oh, my!
It is so delicious!
After stashing everything away in the fridge and the cupboards, I take an hour to clean the apartment, removing all of the leftover packing bits and pieces from yesterday's leave-taking and then I take a load of trash down to the lobby to the garbage bins. A couple of loads of laundry are now in the works and I'm ready for a break. I'm reading a David Baldacci novel, 'The Collectors,' and I settle in for an hour or two of reading, while the laundry does itself.
Blackberries from the market...
The phone rings as I'm just about to fall asleep...it's Barb and Bill, our wonderful hosts from London. What a lovely surprise! They've been attending a wedding just outside of Paris and are on their way back to Paris by train. We arrange for them to come for tea and a visit, and I walk along rue d' Assas to meet them as they come from Gare Montparnasse.
I hear all about the wedding and it sounds like a very relaxed and charming French country afternoon and evening. Both Barb and Bill are knackered, though, and they stay only a short time before we say goodbye as they leave for their hotel. They also are ready for a good night's sleep before catching a very early train in the morning.
I've run out of steam, I truly have.
It's time to tuck myself in for another long sleep and another late morning wake-up! Tomorrow, I'm going to meet my friend, Angie, for lunch and a visit, so I want to be rested as I've been looking forward so much to seeing her again! We met in Florence a few years ago and I'm so happy to be getting together with her, for a catch-up.
After I shut down the apartment and snuggle underneath my duvet, I think about how blessed I am to be living this life of mine. I totally get it that we are only on this planet for a short while and it's incumbent upon us to suck every drop of enjoyment out of every single second we have been given. I know that I've learned a lot about that in the last few years, with losing some very important people in my life...life's short, eat dessert first!
I've read somewhere that when we pass over to the other side, we'll be held accountable for all of those permissible pleasures that came our way that we didn't take advantage of and enjoy.
I'd rather be hung out to dry and held to account for enjoying too many of them rather than for not enjoying enough!
"This is NOT a dress rehearsal!" ~ Cher
Flowers in Luxembourg Jardin...