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Friday, April 04, 2014


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I haven´t even read your post yet - but I did just see the lemon tree. You have taken my breath away with this photo!!!!




Can I buy Domain Rouge Bleu vins in Atlanta GA??

Bill in St. Paul

Your garden is looking wonderful! Does the frog spit work on men??

Eileen deCamp

Hi Kristin,
I need LOTS of frog spit. Love the lemon tree and Jean-Marc's get up.

Kristin Espinasse

Eileen, ouf! good to see your comment. I was beginning to regret writing this post. Too much frog spit and nudity? And written by such a prude! P.S. you do not need frog spit at all!

Betsy Shequine

Garden is shaping up! Oh, for a lemon tree in the Hudson Valley!! Fat chance. hmmmm: how would you say that in French? Kristin, help!

Kathleen from Connecticut

Frog spit...Botox ... We are all so vain! I wish that I had done more with my wrinkles when younger,but now it is too late,although I will look in the mirror and give my face a face lift and viola so much younger. Can't afford the face lift or the Botox, although I do often think about it .


Cynthia Gillespie-Smith

Every woman needs a hairdresser like Eva. And some of us could use a little frog spit as well. But that lemon tree will give you joy that lasts much longer ... Mother nature at her best!

Kristin Espinasse

Betsy, how about, for fat chance, *Quand les poules auraient les dents* ? (When pigs have teeth?) Here is wishing you will get your lemon tree!

Kristin Espinasse

Cynthia, LOL. Just saw your comment (I check these from my inbox). Thank you so much for introducing me to Eva! I owe you both a BIG lemonade when you get here!

Kristin Espinasse

I have had the chance to meet at least 5 of the commenters in this inbox -- and none of you need frog spit! Kathleen, do not even think of it :-)


Great post! Entertaining AND informative. Thanks!


That lemon tree is gorgeous!!! Sounds like an exciting day at the new hair salong! :)

Faye Stampe, Gleneden Beach, OR

I love the lemon lucky. I have one but he has to go inside a lot due to the weather on the Oregon coast :(

What fun to have a hairlady like Eva. What an adventure.....

Finished your book --- loved it! Did Amazon review & posted on Facebook! Thanks - it was great!

Stay well.

Jackie Satterlee

I love your story.... and just like you, I spend hours after thinking of what I should have said and how I could make it right! Thanks for I practice not to obsess :-)


Kristin, you always have been, and always will be, movie-star-beautiful. With or without wrinkles, it's just in you.

And as usual, this post shows your inner spiritual beauty too. You're always "obsessively" thinking about your neighbor and how to make THEM feel more comfortable.

Could there be a connection between inner and outer beauty? If so, you're the proof.

Kristin Espinasse

Teresa, thank you so much!

Nancy, San Antonio, Texas

Late in the day as usual. You may not even read this but I loved your story - we women can all appreciate wanting to look our best but I have come to the feeling that if I had no wrinkles then I would not have lived. but I did just cut a few bangs - just wisps - to help cover some of them up. Vanity! I would rather be old than dead. Have a great weekend.

Mara in Wisconsin

Um, isn't that "when hens have teeth"?

It's great that you pointed out the skin cancer scar and used it to encourage other women to get checked. You may have saved a life!

Cynthia Lewis

Loved today's post....felt like I was sitting in one of the chairs waiting for my turn with Eva. I have known for years that I have missed out on one of life's pleasures by not having my hair trimmed at a beauty shop on a regular basis. I just snip a bit here and there on my wavy hair and hope for the best.....making more time for gardening and so forth. Bon week-end to all and best wishes for a perfect trip to Paris!


Love the lemon tree! I wonder how one would
Do in Virginia??? With our crazy weather, I'm not
sure so great! I feel your pain with wrinkles.
I have one across my forehead from sleeping
As well. It takes awhile to calm down to minor
lines after I wake. I tried bangs in the last year,
but the natural wave of my hair really doesn't
Like them. I'm back home from Florida tonight.
Waiting for me in the mailbox was your book.
I can't wait to start reading!!!!

Take care, and don't worry about any wrinkles;
You look great!!!!


Ps. Sorry about how post looks. I did it on cell.
Next time I will use the computer.

Chris Allin

Dear Kristin,
With all this talk of wrinkles, I am reminded of my mom, who had a leathery, weathered and wrinkled face after so many years (smoking and...) working with horses in the sun. For her the wrinkles were almost a rite of passage!
Her favorite t-shirt carried her spirit. It said , "I'd rather be over the hill than under it". Cheers, Mom...
Enjoy your Paris trip and good luck with your presentation. I can only imagine that you will easily win over your audience!

Mary liz

You look wonderful and that scar is virtually invisible. You would never notice it. Have fun in Paris
Mary Higgins


Haha...first it was mother's spit that solved everything and now it is frogs spit... wonderful thing this spit!!

PS. don't worry hubby went off to work the other day with his jeans, pink and maroon checked shirt, his favourite-years-old-never to-be-thrown-out steel capped builder's boots and to top it all off.. a Nepalese multi-coloured hat! Just because he could! You gotta love 'em!! :-)

Jo Statham

Lovely story as usual, Kristin. Although I'm puzzling how they get so much frog spit in a humane way. I'm hoping it might be aloe vera under another name, as many of these serums are, apparently.

And how did you manage a problem free change of hairdresser? Any malevolent stares from the original one if you meet at the baker's?

By the way, please make sure you have safety caps on those decorative curly metal plant sticks. A good friend had to go to hospital with a nasy eye injury after an encounter with one while clearing a bed.

Arliss P

So wonderful, as always, Kristin! It was a delight to be there with you at the salon, and you delicately wrapped up the piece so beautifully. That's what your vignettes are like: wonderful gifts, treasures, to those who read them, never knowing quite what they'll find but knowing it will be something special and to be savored and treasured.

And congratulations on the new lemon tree! Kudos to your pajama-pants-clad "assistant." HE is the bomb! The lemon tree, the rock walls, all those edibles that are so lovely to boot ... I have garden envy!

Dana Risley

This is the first time I've actually laughed out loud over one of your stories. (Yes, I've smiled, but never really cracked up - hurler!)
I have a very gay and very 'out' hairdresser who regales me with stories of his love life. I think our hairdressers would get along very well!

Stacy ~ Sweet Life Farm

Hi Kristi,

This story had me from the title. You have the gift for creating smiles and being relatable. No need for frog spit or worry over preserving your beauty; the gift of aging gracefully is in your spirit, your bones and your blood. I love the new addition to your beautiful garden.

Wishing you a wondrous time in Paris, I will be with you in spirit. How I wish I’d be joining you in person! xoxo


Hi Honey,

Just waiting for my dinner - resting on the terrace watching the pelicans fly by - wish you were here.

Found a beautiful present for you this morning when Myrna and I visited the Saturday market in old town Puerto Vallarta.

Can´t wait until you call me on Monday.

I want an appointment with your hairdresser…what is her name?



Kristin Espinasse

Gretel, mothers spit! So glad you mentioned it--so we all use it, then, in a pinch :-) great for shining shoes, removing caked on dust, and styling hair. Shhhh! Loved your husbands getup, too!

Jo, i needed that warning. My sister-in-law got an awful poke (from a vine)during one of the harvests. Those steel sticks are easy to miss!

Cynthia, I admire you for cutting your own hair. I am a slave to blond highlights and wish I could just use henna and do it myself. Even better, Id love to go au naturel-- but members of my own family have encouraged me to lighten up :-)

Kristin Espinasse

Mom, enjoyed your note from Pelican Post! And Mom, Evawould just LOVE you! When is the last time you went to the hairdressers?... I remember the dayone of themcut off your hair....

Diane Young

Magnifique! Votre livre est tres bon. The pix are a wonderful addition to your writing talent. Love the lemon tree and all the pictures you post in your FWAD of your flowers and vegetables. Think Paradise will be filled with such delights?

Solange Gautier

Ah, Cynthia, you warm my heart with your French attitude about the Body: a stunning creation designed by Nature herself! And so many variations on the theme!

I got such a kick out of your hair salon experience and only wish that those attitudes could be imported to California. Without using the popular American word 'b--b' --so crude compared with the beauty & rich variety it stands for.

Merci, merci, merci!!! I absolutely LOVE your blogs. You are a breath of badly-needed, much appreciated FRESH FRENCH AIR in the mind and heart!


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