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Thursday, November 08, 2012


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This is certainly my most favourite entry ever! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!
I will definitely pass this one on to others!!!
I do have your book and have not yet had a chance to read it... after reading this part I am definitely getting it out to read from cover to cover!
Sooooooo inspirational!!!

Karen Whitcome (in warm and rainy Towson, Md)

AHHHH. I love your happy ending - scratch that - beginning. Even though you still have to use that list of skills: decluttering rooms, typing papers, washing much more than cars, walking dogs (and all without pay, I might add) - it's the best job ever when you do it for love.


Your comment really touched me today. I am in the same position of not knowing what to do for work. Thanks to you, I will not call my business "N'importe Quoi!."

I liked your comment so much, I ordered your book. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sharona Tsubota

Dear Kristi,

Thank you so much for your final words. I am now living in France, following my own dream to learn about French wine regions and wine by living and working in different places. I started in the Rhône Valley, and now I'm in Champagne. I'm also a writer/blogger, and a wine educator, but I am at a crossroads at the moment, just as you were in Phoenix (minus the car!). It's easy to get discouraged in the face of the unknown, but I will follow your advice and not give up! Who knows, perhaps I'll even find my own adoring French husband someday!

Tom from Detroit

Humorous and heartwarming at the same time! Yes, a true work of "heart" that could only come from your pen. Thanks for a good start to a difficult day.


.......interesting use of apropos.....??
Is that American vernacular now? An adjective - in the sense of "suitable/relevant/applicable?

Sndra Fuenterosa


Your wedding photo is priceless and adobrable! Your joyous grin of success in not only getting that lovely man back into your life, but in joining that life to yours, should have a prize of place setting in your house. It´s one of the loveliest, most graphically happy photos I´ve ever seen. And... I don´t think Jean-Marc looks so much scared as coming to terms with what marriage means.
Thanks for sharing the moment with all of your readers.


Ken Scupp

Always enjoy each post. Suggestion-Could you possibly put a space between the French sentence and the English translation, so those of us who use it for practice won't automatically see the answer. merci mille fois

Terry Fardon

I just like you so much!

Kate Sirkin

Merci Beaucoup!!!! I'm new to your site thanks to a friend trying to help me with my own learning of this wonderful language. I love your stories and how you put the french words into the mix....
I've just returned from Lyon & Paris and cannot wait to return. My language learning is slow but I will get there and I thank you for your part in it.

Bill in St. Paul

I love that wedding picture. I think JM looks like he's thinking "Finally! I've tamed her." but your look says to me "That's what he thinks." Great post!

Jan (in Edmonton, Canada)

".......interesting use of apropos.....??
Is that American vernacular now? An adjective - in the sense of 'suitable/relevant/applicable? ' "

The use of "apropos" as an adjective meaning "fitting or appropriate" is hundreds of years old, in French and English.

Great post, Kristin!


Kristin, reading your blog of late feel as if you are going through a transition and to read all this is both exciting and sad for me.Lots of change in 20 yrs but you did what you dreamed and it all has worked out for you.Many people dream but never chase their dreams.You have done this and BRAVO to you!!!!!Change is good but needs time to jell. A move yet again, kids adjusting, a happy husband now hes back at the sea,and where do you fit yet again? Embrace the change as you always have,CHANGE is AWESOME!!!!!


Dear Kristin, I LOVED this post!!! I bought your books as soon as I discovered your blog several months ago, but alas, I am in grad school, with much less stimulating reading material consuming my days. I can't wait for January, when I will have a break and can catch up with the rest of your life!

It's funny, but I had the same thoughts about you and Jean-Marc before I even read your caption. The joy on your face says it all! And I love that you're glancing at the camera, while JM has a look of nervous anticipation (but after your explanation, relief is probably right!)

You are a kindred spirit, and I love that you are sharing your hopes, fears, dreams with your blog readers. Your vulnerability is something I treasure. Have a wonderful cruise with your friend--you deserve it, and I am sure you will be blessed by this respite in the midst of your very full life.


Oops, just glanced at the picture, and saw that you are not looking at the camera! Oh, well, your expression is still one of unbridled joy :)

Frances Raedeker

I enjoy your story so much, Kristina. After reading your pieces for a while I decided to tell my story—starting over a year ago. Not being the photographer you are, my site is not nearly so beautiful as yours. However I'm beginning to learn about inserting pictures, etc., despite my age (82) and allergy to technology.

The wedding picture would touch anyone's heart.

Thank you for sharing your heart, Frances

Maria Alexander

The first time I heard that phrase was from a snarky goth girl in Aix-en-Provence. She was talking about Segolene Royale — whom she clearly did not respect — when she rolled her eyes and said the phrase. It was in that perfect American "what-ever" tone. I immediately got it.

louis Plauche'

Nice piece of writing...she's BAAACKKK...

Bruce in northwest Connecticut

A marvelous story and a marvelous lesson. One question, though: What the heck is an airpark?

P.S. re: the photo
Jeez Louise, what an insanely good-looking couple!

julie camp

Reading your stories is my favorite part of the day. Getting all ten fingernails dirty in the garden is my second favorite part.If the parts were pearls, the string and clasp that join and hold them as a necklace is my precious husband.

Thanks, Kristin, for sharing your all.

Where do the little boxes in front of our responses come from? I like their designs and colors. -julie-

Juli Parrott


Thanks for the reminder that we must all stop and think about our dreams rather than just getting by, day to day. Congratulations on being able to follow your dream!I enjoy reading about your adventures in France and will one day come and visit!

Carolyn Uyemura

I have been reading your posts for probably five years and enjoy them so much. Your life seems like a fairy tale or a work of fiction! But I know it's got it's ups and downs.i love France and have been trying to learn the language for decades. I always thought n'importe de quoi meant "what ever" not "garbage." I keep learning from you!

Julia - Falling Off Bicycles

Charming ending to today's story. Thank you. And thank you for the beautiful first photo today. It's so beautiful!

Diane Heinecke

Beautiful picture of you two. All of us couples need to remember that Aisle/Altar/Hymn needn't turn into I'll/alter/him. Ha!
Greetings from sunny Georgia, U.S.A.

Sheila (WA State)

I greatly enjoyed today's post.

Rina Rao.

Lovely picture---both your expressions are just too good!!! And a fun story.
Thanks for sharing it.
Enjoy your Cruise.
The Festival of Ligts in India--Diwali, is round the corner--so wish you and your family a Very Happy Diwali.
Love, Rina.

Ellen A.

Lovely story. Your French phrase at the end reminds me of George Eliot's memorable quote: "Il n'est jamais trop tard pour devenir ce que l'on aurait pu etre."


Hi dear Kristin,
Your gift as a (talented!) writer always shines through bright and clear--it'd be impossible to choose a favorite post,but today's post HAS to be right at the top of the list of favorites! Absolutely WONDERFUL!
You tell us about yourself without a shred of vanity,and that makes me want to wrap you in a big hug of THANKS for giving us inspiration to do exactly the same with ourselves.The second at the top of the list of favorites is your wonderful "Pourquoi Pas" which so captured my imagination that I remember it still. You've made our day!
Love, Natalia XO

Pamela Harnois

Kristin, As usual...a terrific story. I can only add a quote that I heard years ago and still try to live by...'what lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.' You always share with us - what is within you - and for that I am grateful.


Thanks for sharing. Finding our way can be a challenge. bisous :)


Thanks, Kristin, for touching us as always with such unbridled truth. As a writer, I know just how hard it is to strike the right "tone." You seem to do it with such ease, though I doubt it's really that easy!

Getting my French Fix watching "Breathless" on TV in the States tonight.

Merci. Au revoir....

susan standke

your wedding picture is so adorable......what a brave and sweetly wonderful life you have!!!!!! you lift my spirit....and help me not to beat myself too much about stuff and/or relationships....perhaps it will all turn out well in the end after all!!!!! susan from alameda california

june furey

Kristin, you lift my spirit,due to health problems I have't been able to travel to France this year, and I live my dreams through your stories. You will probably never know how much your weekly emails mean to those of us who are unable to live the "dream" Writing about your last 20 years and the indecisions you had you must now realise it was all part of the journey. I am so grateful you have shared "your journey "thank you June, Gold Coast

Catherine Noble

Something about your writing seems very different since you and your family have made this life-altering move...more heartfelt, more real. I'd like to read more about your childrens' adjustment.


That is a beautiful story. You are an artist. Your writing is insightful, subtle, and just plain delightful.


You are such a joy to read. I dream of living in France one day, although right now I'm settling for the Central Coast of California in the beautiful wine country of Paso Robles. Keep the good blog vibes coming. Also, I just received your book and am so anxious to read it. Your Mother sounds divine, what a good soul. Cheri

Cheryl in STL

I just got back home from an out of town funeral and saw your email. How nice it was to know I was reading a story with a happy ending!! I LOVE your wedding photo! Thanks for closing out my day with a happy smile!


Would you agree that it's time for you to write a novel - you write so well and I think your skills applied to a romantic novel set in the vineyards of France, filled with joy and strife in equal parts, would be a wonderful thing!


Lovely story. In case you didn't see it, your Jean Marc got a nice shout out in the current issue (November 30) of Wine Spectator where the feature article is about the wines of the Rhone valley. Congratulation to Jean Marc!


This is one reason I love your blog. The dictionary defines "n'importe quoi" as "anything." Bing translator says "No matter what." But you provide the idiomatic translation that you probably just have to be there to learn. And a funny and touching story, too. Thanks!


Love your post! I giggled at myself because I initially read "griddles and g-strings" and thought, "wow, that must have been an interesting job" :)

Eileen - Charlottesville, VA

Hi Kristi,
I so enjoyed this post today! Thanks for sharing your dream and your life!

Kitty Wilson

Ahhhh -- yes, one of your utmost best, dear Kristin, simmering with vitality! Can only second every one of the comments before mine! Your words fan the flame of life itself in us, you know.

Betty Tuininga

Your experiences bring so much joy into my day! You are doing exactly what you should be doing, living in France, writing on your experiences, married to your wonderful Frenchman. Your children, your animals and occasionally Jules add spice to the pot! Thank you!

Susan - Scotland

Okay okay! After reading your blog for a few months I am so interested to find out how you returned to France that I've just bought both of your books on my kindle!

Sandy Vann

What a gorgeous couple you are in this beautiful wedding photo... I recalled this story from your blog and loved hearing it again. Heart warming and inspiring.
Well we followed our dreams as you know and are in Antibes at the moment! What work to move and pack away and sell our belongings after so many years.

So worthwhile and we are grateful to be pursuing this long term dream of living in France. I was here as a student many years ago.
Looking forward to an opportunity to share a glass of wine with you and JM in the weeks ahead! We will be in the Bandol, Sanary area after Thanksgiving at some point we think.
Yes, follow one's heart! So important.
Bon weekend.


Loved your wedding photo!! And Love that you never gave up and you're now living your dream is to own a little cottage in the French countryside one day... we have quite a few more years of school fees to pay before it can become a reality !!!
I am one step closer next year now that I have booked myself into a language immersion school for one month in Ville Franche Sur Mer. If I am going to live there one day then surely I must speak the langauge!! Maybe I could come to Bandol and say 'hi'!
Enjoy your weekend!

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