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Friday, April 25, 2014

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joie in carmel-by-the-sea

As in the dream, it is the journey.
Something else for insect bites and possible "plant bites" is meat tenderizer. There is an enzyme in it that breaks down and draws out the poison.

Jackie

Think you are living your dream my dear,it's all before you and with that hubby of yours there will never be a dull day!!!!

David Sheegog

I bet Jean Marc got into a patch of ortie, stinging nettle in Anglias. I have them, and there's very common everywhere in S France, particularly in damp terrain. Nasty and painful. Leaves are arrowhead shaped with sawtooth edges.

JULES IN PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

Kristi Darling,

What a great story to enjoy as I begin my day here in Mexico. Sometimes I wonder if you are reliving my life, just 21 years later in the scope of time. You have made me want to record my own story of the many encounters I had with the infamous havalina which roamed throughout the high desert mountains surrounding my cabin long ago. My story isn´t as ´sexy´as yours because you have a great character in your back pocket (Jean-Marc), I had a Rotwilier, 100 pounds of muscle, and a Airdale, which had the personality of a silly and loving 6 year old boy. The herd of havalinas visited regularly so I have some hair´raising stories.

I can´t believe JM is building the waterfall….I must say this vision dreaming I do in my paintings seems to be working. Remember - I told you I was painting in a future waterfall and pond near your garden. But I must say….Jean-Marc´s placement of the waterfall blows mine off the drawing board, mine was on the other side of the boulder. He´s always a step ahead of me. You are such a lucky girl to have a creative husband.

This is one of my favorite stories, so many great scenes you have planted in my mind.

I love you Honey.

XOXO

MOM

Karen from Towson, Md

You are living your non-clock-punching dreams with one another - - banana peels, wild boars, and all. We are so happy to have you share these daily events with us who are in awe of you. The Spring breakers must be enjoying this, too! :-)

I hope JM is all better now.

Eileen deCamp

Hi Kristin! Life is full of adventure isn't it? I love not knowing what will happen. I am going to try the banana peel next time I have a mosquito bite! I found a tick attached to myself the other day after working in the garden. Do you have ticks in France! We are installing a waterfall at our house. I will have to send you a picture when it's finished! We had to bring in big rocks where you have them naturally! Have a nice weekend!

Kristine

Interestingly enough, the good old banana peel is also good for removing warts! Just rub the inside of the peel on the wart, some times it takes a month of bananas to do this, but it works!

Also, roses need potassium for strong stems and the banana peel is the hero! Just bury it in the soil beneath your Rose bushes and voila! Strong stems, healthy roses! K.

catharine ewart-touzot

How wonderful it is to have a dream..and an ever changing one is quite interesting if not demanding of one to be able to accept the circumstances and readjust the dream. I have a dear friend in the last stages of his life, he has battled cancer for 10 years mow and I wonder does he have a readjusted dream or has the dreaming stopped. It makes my daily wants and dreams seem quite small but it also causes me to look at my dreams and decide if they are worthwhile of the time I have available..another friend just lost her fur child, he was a show dog a theory dog, a children's reading dog..I need to add more befit to others to my life..fortunately I have that dream too.

Annette Heath

Loved the story and am now full of questions but won't ask them here - except one! What do you do with the parsley pesto after you make it? Seems I purchase parsley for a recipe and then the rest goes to waste. I love tossing it w/thin spaghetti (cooked), olive oil, sliced tomatoes (canned are excellent also), bread crumbs made from toasted French bread slices (crushed) and walnuts. Of course fresh parmesan and romano,in a very warm skillet of course. Love the peau bananne tip - merci!

Kristin Espinasse


Annette, have been making parsley pesto since the basil is not ready. The parsley pesto is wonderful spooned over fish, potatoes, even bread! Or used as a sauce for pasta. 

David

Others have said it, but it is worth repeating. You are living your dream - not chasing it. Remember, it is not the destination, it is the trip. And we are so fortunate to have you share that trip with us, your lowly readers.

julie camp

You are so precious. -julie-

Kristin Espinasse


Woo-hoo, the comments are coming through. The previous one was a test.

Eileen, sorry to hear about the tick. Do you need to have this checked out?


Catharine, sending good thoughts to you and your friend. Thoughtful questions....


MOM, LOVE YOU TOO XOXOXO 

David, I hope everyone can say the same: that no matter where we are, we are living meaningful lives. No lowlies here! 


Dave, I hope those were orties--I have been hoping to find some and was about to order seeds. Poor Jean-Marc, though ;-)

joie in carmel-by-the-sea

About the wild boars....they can devastate a vineyard. Most of our vineyards here in Carmel Valley are fenced just for that reason. About 20 years ago some got into a vineyard of Chardonnay and that was it for that year.

Teresa

Regarding Smokey and the boar: He could have driven off the boar on his own for sure. A brave kitty can even chase off a bear, as these 2 videos attest (the second in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdAKxxdRYTE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57VbE0J9niw

I never knew that about the inside of banana peels. Much cheaper than anti-insect-bite stuff!

I, too, get brain-needs-sugar cravings while writing, especially on deadline! I will try bananas, which are much healthier than the chocolate, honey, or jams I usually turn to.

Mara in Wisconsin

I'm behind in reading, so this comment really goes with the previous posting:
Julie Andrews singing "I Have Confidence" http://www.rnh.com/videos.html?video=109&gallery=170&vpg=7

And to help you project confidence whether you have it or not, Amy Cuddy.
http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are

Max Roberts

Beautiful dogs. Perfect for young children. What do they do now without small children's constant petting?

One of the handsomest I knew had a broad, dome-like head--about the size head expected in a bear.

His name was Goldberg. Goldberg lived in Hong Kong.

HK's many beaches and hiking trails agreed with him perfectly.

Smart pooch! And if he wanted to be petted he would let one know.

Betty Gleason

Loved the story except what in the name of all that is good & holy are you doing cleaning up after the spring breakers. #1 house rule is clean up after yourself (old enough to be on spring break, old enough to be responsible,) if you soil it you clean it; if you break it, you replace it. How else do you teach them to be good mates

Joan Clark

Your stories are always so endearing. The banana peel is the best. I have a granddaughter that suffers with migrains and one day at school the nurse told her that she had a cure for her headache and placed a banana peel on her forehead. Before long the head ache was gone. Well, since my husband suffers with terrible migrains often, and the only thing that helps is drugs but that bothers me a lot. I am always looking for alternatives but he is never quite ready to try new things. One afternoon one of those blasted head aches attacked him I suggested the banana peel, but like most men he pooh poohed the idea, but due to the pain and
after some encouragement, (glaring looks and huffing and puffing) he agreed. So he laid down on the floor and I placed the banana peels on his forehead. He is not a small man and that cute thing lying there in this prone position with his eyes closed, gritting his teeth which emphasized his huge dimples, with those lovely yellow jewels on his head was just too much for me so I had to take numerous pictures. My giggling woke him and he sat straight up. Before he could whip those peels off of his head I asked, "How is your head?" He looked at me with a look of surprise and said, "Oh my gosh, it's gone!" Then like a silly school girl that doesn't give much thought to consequences for choices we make, I showed him the pictures. I was not in his good graces for a day or so and NO he will not do the banana thing again. Is that not a great example of a "man" thing. He doesn't even admit that it helped. Oh well it's his head and his choice.

Natalia

Hi dear Kristi,
Such beautiful pictures! And(!)(Needless to say!)wonderful story! Your descriptions had me laughing! Not at the unfortunate reason for the banana peels(!)but you have become a real master of ekphrasis!
There is not a better way to start the weekend!
THANK YOU!!!
Love
Natalia XO

Heather

Hello Kristin,
I need help with some French terms involving wine -- and I think you may be the only person capable of helping me.
What is the difference between the words vigneron, récolte, producteur in the world of wine? We spend about 1/3 of our time in Franch aboard our small canal boat each year, and have yet to have a satisfactory answer to the differences between these words. They seem interchangeable on bottles of wine. We've even asked wine producers (in French!) to explain the differences, but the subtlety is lost on us.

Nancy, San Antonio, Texas

As always, very charming story though painful for JM.

My sister-in-law swears by toothpaste dabbed on bites/scratches.

Agree with Betty - old enough for spring break - old enough to clean up the mess they make. Happy dreaming!

Nikki @picnicsinprovence.com

Lovely story Kristin.
Last year I got stung by a hornet in Provence and had a nasty allergic reaction to it where my wrist and forearm just kept swelling for 3 days and was so hot and itchy it was unbearable, I was on the verge of going to hospital. A local organic farmer gave me a small bottle of his lavender oil to apply to the spot and within a few hours you couldn't even tell where I had been stung. Miracle stuff.

I bought your book a couple of weeks ago, thoroughly enjoying it, well done that girl.

Adeline Richarson Reunion Island

Nice story to start the weekend! Thank you so much, as usual!
Orties can be very painful and I'm glad we don't have them on Reunion Island. I don't miss them at all! One way to for Jean-Marc to take revenge is to eat their leaves in a soupe d'ortie !
As for bananas, we grow them in the garden and people here bury some chopped banana peels at the foot of their rosebushes. It's said to be a good fertilizer.
Have a nice weekend

Peggy Wright

I am enjoying reading "First French Essais," but something is missing!! Your personal inscription! "Words in a French Life" volumnes 1-3, all had a personal note from you. Then Chief Grape signed "Words---Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France" when he was visiting in Washington, D.C.

So, I look forward to Chief Grape (and, hopefully you) visiting D.C. again in the near future so I can get your personal inscription on your most wonderful book to date.

Peggy Wright

Oops. I neglected to mention that Chief Grape also signed "Blossoming in Provence" on your behalf.

Buffy

My son decided to climb a palm tree in Florida a few month ago. What he didn't know was, the palm tree is toxic. He had splinters in his hands and feet. WHat he couldn't get out had to be removed at the ER, without numbing. He already had an infection in less than 12 hrs after the incident. So, a little warning, never climb a palm tree, or if you do, be covered head to toe.

Enjoying your book!!

Chris Allin

Kristin,

Some might find the view out your kitchen window very comforting.
And those sweet big soft brown eyes are so endearing. (I think I have
finally figured out a connection between the names Braise and Smokey.....
it took me a while~)

Kristin Espinasse

Buffy,
I think it was a kind of palm that attacked JM, now that you mention it. Glad your sons ordeal is over!


Chris, the connection is mere coincidence, and nothing to do with a cooking passion :-). Re the comforting view--even more so now that Smokey is home! The dogs managed to slip out while we had a housefull of guests. We just found out a neighbor threw rocks (very big rocks) at our stray dogs! Thankfully another neighbor rescued them, before one of the rocks broke their necks! Safe and sound at home now. Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Judi

I loved your post today - of course, I felt sorry for J-M! I had hives once and I swear it was worse than childbirth, migraines, anything else I can think of! So, I hope he is doing much better - and cudos for you thinking of a good cure and for him, for agreeing to try it!!! There was such charm in today's post, I'm not really sure what all it was - but, it touched me deeply. Thank you!

BTW, when I travel with my grown daughter, first thing I do is find a fruit stand to buy her bananas for first thing next morning - sure cures the 'edgy grumpies' that sometimes creep up on her! I'm now going to try them on bites next time! So glad the dogs are safe. We are so missing our sweet kitty, Lucy, who passed away from a viral infection a few weeks ago - so I know what losing or even the thought of losing a dear pet can do to you! Glad the dear pups are home safe!

Kathleen from Connecticut

Kristin,

If it was nettle as David suggests that it might be, then there is a plant which grows next to it which will stop the sting. My mother thought that it would be funny to show me what nettle felt like while we were visiting Finland. I didn't know about the plant at the time.
I remeber having to take pictures of wild boar and had to go into the penned in area where they were being raised. My friend and another man were banging rocks to send them my way, so that I could photograph them. I asked what I should do if they ran right at me...jump out of the way was the answer...I said..of course..while holding my expensive camera and trying to jump away. Luckily I actually got some good pictures as I did multiple shooting. They are one ugly animal and scary!
I agree that it is time for the spring break guys to clean up their own mess. They need to be responsible and then they will make better husbands;-}
We have a pond with a water fall and 20 Koi and goldfish. During the winter we have a pump aerating the pond and the fish sort of go dormant. I'll send a picture.

Kathleen

Chris Allin

What a time you all have had, Kristin. Thank goodness for the good neighbor! Glad the dogs are home safe. I have always thought Braise is such a pretty name for a dog. So I looked up the translation and found "embers"....smokey... didn't even think of the cooking connection. Clever
coincidences.

Hope Jean-Marc recovered quickly. This story is really funny, but at his expense. He's a good sport!

Joan Linneman

Am I the only one who had to look up the word "ekphrasis"? It's a great word...
Joan L.

Jack Avery

It is always a delight to find your observations on wonderful France and her language. And the comments from your readers only adds to the treasure. Thank you!

"La trousse de premiers secours" is a first-aid kit. I've never been fond of bananas, having had then forced on me as an anemic child. Now I rather like them and enjoy their many benefits: ease of handling, food for roses, shoe polisher, etc., etc.

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