Mind you, I probably wouldn’t walk out on the date. I’m not the kind of person that would make a scene like that. But I’m pretty sure it would be our last one!
What about you? What would put an end to a date before it began?
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We went there in June 2017 and lived for a few days in a small walled village called Vallabregues, just outside of Avignon. We rented a car and drove all over the area – to Nimes and Gordes and Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence and all the way to the Mediterranean.
What amazed me most was how many ancient constructions are still in daily use. We passed by a Roman amphitheatres that had just hosted a rock concert and walked across the Pont-du-Gard, a more than 2000 year old Roman aqueduct. Castles of all shapes and sizes are used as event venues and bridges that are hundreds of years old carry modern traffic.
I would love to have more time to explore the area and soak in the atmosphere. Being a resident, not a visitor, would be a whole new experience.
What about you? Is there somewhere you would like to live for a year? Let me know, and then hop over to see where Leslie Hachtel would love to live!
What about you? When do you feel like your best self? Let me know below then hop over to PG Forte!
I may have to do something similar with shots from our trip across Canada. I don't have enough of one theme, but I took lots of sunsets, lighthouses, waterfalls, and old forts. If I do, I’ll share it with you here.
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Also, I’ve become a semi-serious fisherman. When I was a kid, if my parents made we go fishing with them, I would burrow down in the bottom of the boat with a book and a rarely held a fishing rod. Nowadays, if we’re trout fishing in a boat, I still often hold a book in my free hand, but when we are river fishing for salmon, I will brave icy waters and wear oh-so-stylish hip waders in order to hook my dinner.
What about you? What have you done that is out of character? Let me know below, then hop over to Leslie Hachtel.
Scent can be incredibly evocative, and what we associate with them is very personal. For example, the smell of burnt sugar may not be attractive to some, but for me it is the smell of Christmas. My mom makes pies often. One holiday, a pie overflowed as it baked and when we stepped into her house we were overwhelmed with the sweet caramel scent. It might have been a mess to clean up, but it smelled delicious!
I generally detest the smell of cigarette smoke. But the scent of wine-dipped cigars reminds me of childhood. My dad used to smoke them – and a pipe, as well – and I still love the aroma.
One scent that is sure to bring back memories is damp earth and mothballs. I know, sounds horrible, doesn’t it? But my grandparents had a cellar with a dirt floor and my grandmother used mothballs to protect the linens and clothes she stored down there. It will forever remind me of the good times I had there as a child and an adult.
What about you? What scents trigger memories for you? Then continue your hop with PG Forte!
Right now, we are re-watching Friends. There’s a reason this show was such a huge phenomenon. We still laugh and giggle every episode. And while I can see myself as a character in each of the sitcoms I mentioned earlier, the one I really relate to is Monica.
While she’s a little more over-the-top than I am (to great comedic effect) we share many similarities. I am definitely organized, a hard worker, and have a competitive streak. Our cleaning habits may not match (I am a neat person but there is often a layer of dust on things) but we both like Chandler the best of all the guys.
Friends has such a great cast. Each of them has weaknesses and strengths, and they can all drive each other crazy. But at the foundation of it all is a sense of love and trust and acceptance that makes me just a teensy bit jealous I didn’t have the same experience in real life.
Be sure to hop over to PG Forte to see what sitcom character she would be!
And just a quick note to say this will be my last blog post for several weeks. My husband and I are going on a bucket list adventure! We’ll be driving across Canada between now and mid-July, so I’ll be taking a break from blogging. If you want to come along on my travels, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram, as I’ll be posting there as we go. See you in six weeks!
I think my top choice would the Victorian era, which included the Industrial Revolution. Dramatic leaps in knowledge took place during Queen Victoria’s long reign, and it would be amazing to see so many inventions being introduced to the world. It was also an era of expanding social consciousness, in part because these modern conveniences created leisure time that had not existed for the working person before.
I would pick this era for a much more frivolous reason, as well. I also adore Victorian clothing. The hats! Oh, the hats! The fitted shirtwaists and the voluminous skirts. Oh, my! If I was rich enough then, I would have a roomful of these gorgeous confections.
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It also allows me to share a part of the world that I love with my readers. I enjoy reading books set in other countries, and I am sure other readers do, too. This way, they can sample a few of the places and locations I love so much.
Do you like to read stories set in familiar places or would you rather learn about new places? Let me know in the comments below! Then hop over to PG Forte to see what she has to say about location, location, location!
Tip #3: I let myself cheat. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it works for me. My usual quota when I am writing a new story is 1000 words a day for a minimum of six days a week. If I’m really balking at writing that many words, I tell myself I just need to do five hundred that day. Five hundred is easy! It’s just a couple pages! I can do that no problem! Once I’ve started, I often get into a groove and reach my 1000 words with very little trouble. It’s just getting started that’s hard.
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