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Friday, June 17, 2011

Provincia

Anything beautiful


and with a far-reaching past



has had to soar upwards


from hurling depths towards

DOUBT.

The name 



comes from the Latin words

PRO - on behalf of

and

VINCERE - to triumph and take control over -

hence the word

PROVINCIA.

She was once a bird in a cage


a servant


under strict Roman rule.





But Provence 



is all the more beautiful today because of her

brief captivity in the annals of TIME




for she finally paved her way through history




towards HER OWN horizon 





in order to reach the shores of peace.





But aren't we all at one point or another


challenged as such 

by the 

GIANTS and VICTORS 

to whom we could 

easily yield 

our Fears? 

I took a chance early this week and stepped out of my 

comfort zone



and propelled my way into the presence of 

experienced writers.

We left walking on the firm and lonely

stone-cold path of reality




coming up with only one conclusion.


Keep writing 

and learn 

to fly. 


I know I will reflect back on this time of my 

life and say




so that she could have the SKILLS NECESSARY to 

soar towards her goal




and claim 

PROVENCIA.






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147 comments:

  1. I always find peace in your posts. Peace today I need! lol The pictures are just so beautiful and your post was so beautifully written. I hope you continue to soar. Grace xoox

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  2. Your doing it...
    writing it...
    living it...

    "the dream".
    Fly...

    xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  3. Anita,

    I love the allusion to Povincia -- what was once under rule and fear, can arise from that conquest to become something victorious, beautiful and eternal in its own right.

    In writing as in many things there is no substitute for taking the chance and leaping into dizzying space. We'll make our wings on the way down. I love that.

    Love
    Ruben

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  4. Mon Ami your words are twinkling like diamonds ...brightly! Your images a feast for the eyes and minds eye of dreams. Your writing is inspiring... may your dreams continue to soar , so many others may be touched by your warmth.

    A hundred years from now ... The world will be a better place because you have touched the lives of so many!!! Blessings xo HHL

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  5. Good evening dearest Anita. I hope that you are enjoying your first week of summer. I am so happy for you that you spread your wings and found new heights to your dreams. It is always scary stepping outside what we know but when we are greeted with a new understanding of who we are it is definitely worth it.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend my dear. Much love to you!
    XOXO

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  6. Provincia is just a beautiful word...but with these images and words even more so. Thank you for always taking me to dreamland. Do you have plans for your summer break? Hopefully enchanting ones. ox

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  7. I always love where your posts take us!!
    Beautiful Anita!!!
    How are you enjoying your summer holidays love?

    Deborah xoxoxoxo

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  8. Ditto all of the above. I'm flying with you, sweet Anita. You make my heart sore with your beautiful thoughts and gorgeous images. That layered ocean shot ~ be still my heart! ~ sarah

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  9. I'm sure you
    stepped away
    energized and
    full of promise
    for the dreams
    you put before
    yourself! Sounds
    like a wonderful
    experience and
    I'm looking forward
    to hearing more!!!
    xx Suzanne

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  10. Bravo, Beauty and Bravery - wishing you many more glorious flights.
    Helen

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  11. Provencia... love this illustration. When we get out of our daily comfort zone and 'give it our best shot'... stuff happens!
    I could never say it like this, never... but I get it! :)

    xo

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  12. What a wonderful, inspiring post! It sounds like you're taking solid steps toward your dreams...and that makes me want to do the same.

    Blessings,

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

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  13. Anita,
    ..........
    ...............
    SOAR!......
    .........
    .......(you have magic WINGS).....


    xxxx
    000

    *Linnie*

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  14. Very nice Anita......good for you reaching beyond your fears and trying something that challenges you. GOOD JOB.
    I am very much a chicken to try new things.....afraid of failure and I don't know why I let that stop me from "soaring".

    I really like the words stated....Pave your way to your own horizon, in order to reach the shores of peace.....

    Ultimately that is what we all need to do I guess...Pave our own way, brick by brick if necessary..until we find our own personal shores of peace.
    It can be a long hard journey. but if peace is the prize, I believe it would be worth it.

    Made me also think of Matt.....GIANTS and VICTORS. Breaks my heart that he was not able to be victorious over the Giants that lorded over him and stole his shores of peace.
    Such is life sometimes. Such is the journey for all of us.

    Provence...sounds like a LOVELY place to be.

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  15. Dearest Anita
    You post makes my heart sing! You have the ability, the soul and the love.. It will happen. Sooner than you might think. Our hearts are in the same part of the world this weekend. Bebe will explain.
    Bisous!
    Penny

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  16. Chere Anita,
    No tears this time, but definitely goosebumps. Beautiful images, beautiful insight. You touch so many lives and hearts. Fear not.
    Here's to soaring, my friend!

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  17. Dear Anita,

    What a wonderful post and photos and love your new header.
    Glad that you have left walking on the stone cold path of reality and able to soar up towards your dreams.
    Thanks for all the inspiration you share with us. Makes me want to do the same.
    Must be beautiful now that you are on holiday, enjoy the summer, dear friend and hope that you have plenty of time to relax and dream.

    Sending hugs from NZ
    Carolyn

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  18. Dearest Anita,

    Well, you sound like you want to become a poet of Provencia... Hope things go well and that you really will soar!

    Lots of love,

    Mariette

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  19. how utterly moving and gorgeous!!!

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  20. I am dreaming SO HARD right now ~ this is what I needed tonight.
    Thank you.
    Kristin

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  21. Oh dear, dear girl...you NEED to write. You MUST share this precious gift with as many hungry souls as possible. It began with simply reading lovely words that a a very special friend had penned, but before long I was there with her...soaring free, willing to step out into the unknown, ready to take a chance. Oh such beauty...thank you.
    It is late and I am off to bed...oh what SWEET dreams I shall have...See you in the morning, my friend...rosie

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  22. Speehless........wow ..what a post...i build your wings darling...i promise...you are amazing...like a dream.......you have everything in you love ...a great soul.....kindness.....everything a nice woman needs....love you !! ...met heel mijn hart...liefs Ria...xxx....and now work to do ...and tonight it is party time !!...xxx...xxx...xxx...

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  23. How sublime! I am going to start from the beginning and savour each lovely picture and each of your pretty words!

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  24. So wonderful....but you already started a long time ago..when you were just a litle Nita..Love you..snailmail is on its way today...must tell Liam to hurry..xoxo

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  25. Keep soaring! It's the only way...and to keep hitting at that proverbial "stone" until it breaks! Don't give up one strike too soon! :)))
    Blessings!
    Ann
    PS
    Just watched again - after many many years - To Catch a Thief! Treat yourself to it this weekend! Fabulous!!!

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  26. BRAVO, my DeaREST!!!
    Wings!! Oh, the stories I have regarding wings...broken wings..still finds her dreams! ...limbs give way...falling...she sings...for she finds she has wings...
    Women struggle with wing issues...the only way to test them is to LEeAAPPppp!!
    This is testimony of how Good God is!!
    Soar, My Girl! SOAR!!

    Bisous,
    Christie

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  27. You will no doubt excel in your venture, Anita.
    You are a natural.
    (by the way, what's the go with those Roman soldiers?? Where are their knickers?? ...heeheehee)
    Your new header is beautiful, and your photos are superb...as always.
    Much love to you,
    ~Vicki.

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  28. Oh MERCI chère Anita ...
    Merci pour tes mots et tes images ...
    J'aime la Provence, j'y suis née, je ne m'en suis jamais éloignée, elle fait partie de moi depuis toujours.
    Je t'embrasse fort
    Marie-Ange

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  29. Hello lovely Anita! Your images are pure gorgeousness, telling your story and emphasizing your beautiful words! You are so right, we need to go outside of our comfort zone sometimes to challenge ourselves and fulfill our completely unimagined potential! You are such a poetic writer you are sure to soar with the most dazzling wings! X

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  30. Oh Anita, would you believe Dad was on a song writing course this week!!! so he was out of his comfort zone to. But he had a great time and picked up many good tips.
    Its good to stretch yourself, I do it all the time after a long sleep lol!!!
    You can do it.
    Heres to you soaring to new heights, see you up there maybe ;)
    Have a good week
    Love and hugs to you all George xxx

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  31. buongiorno sweetpie wish ypu could hear me singing to your beautiful post ! or perhaps not !
    thanks for the history lesson too didnt realise, love the Provencal colours .Brava for taking a step in to nother piece of heaven im sure you will enjoy every moment
    apresto

    enjoy the freetime fay xxx

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  32. Oh Anita Darling, how do you do it? You have taken me there.

    Your little book should be with you very soon. I was a little delayed in sending it as life became hectic but sent it off on Thursday and should be with you in a couple of days.

    I'm off to re-look through your photos and to spend a few more treasured moments in Provence!

    Dianne
    XOXO

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  33. Oh my dearest ...where was I ? Already 31 comments ..... Lovely music/song I love the french language .....
    I always muse and see myself in a lovely house In France .... my 2CV on the drive .... flowers everywhere and always busy visiting brocantes and writing letters and postcards .
    The spare bedroom will always be ready for you !
    Happy saterday dear friend

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  34. History, a lovely getaway and inspiration...all in your post today! Your style of writing is light as a cloud, cool as a breeze and your words free my mind to imagine!

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  35. You really are such a beautiful writer, Anita. I love the thought and effort that you put into your posts and your warm demeanor always shines through. I love how you change your headers too. Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend. xo

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  36. Pure JOY...can I come with you?

    Now lets see...what is on your "free as a bird" agenda today my friend?

    Fill it up with JOY..a day just for you! Maybe lunch out...some shopping...a nice stroll down a beautiful country road...farmers market...what will it be?
    Me?....making a pretty cake for father's day...packing up a few closets...????

    Happy weekend!

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  37. Comfort zone ... that's a keeper. Just cut of my sunflowers, they looked a little sad and now there are floating happily in a big bowl. Did you ever see the large sunflower fields in la douce France, ma chere amie? Well I did not actually but I know I will one fine day.
    Now that your holidays are a hundred percent off, I am wishing you lots and lots of happy times in your comfort zone, happy creating, happy dreaming, happy enjoying your dream castle, happy times every time!
    Lots of love for a fabulous weekend o xx o xx o

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  38. Ahhh love your post and so much of what I needed to hear since I took this leap (for me, anyway) into the blogosphere. I was so aprehensive and yet i am having so much fun, learning, expanding my tastes and horisons beyond my wildest expectations thanks to people like you Anita! Thanks so much. Oh, and the most precious thing of all these past four weeks in blogland has been meeting generous, helpful and supporting fellow bloggers that make my day with helpful emails and comments. I have loads to learn yet but what a wonderful way to learn to soar. Your words and pics are truly inspiring and i wish you much soaring and happy discoveries...
    veronica
    www.tasselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

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  39. What WONDER fills my heart as I read your words... you have combined some history of Provence with your own struggles and dreams ... that are now taking flight.

    WORDS are so powerful and a creative force. In the beginning.... God spoke everything into existance. He said, "Let there be light, and there was light" ... someday we will undertand this and then even more realize the power of our own words.

    Thank you for speaking from your heart, words of hope and blessing.

    You are a gifted writer and I am so blessed by your words Anita!

    ~ Violet

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  40. Your pictures are so beautiful. I always love visiting your blog. You are a wonderful author and I look forward to seeing more postings!

    Hugs from Florida,
    Kerri
    http://kerrihouston.blogspot.com/

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  41. Post to dream... what beauty of images and of words Anita.
    Hope that you are spending a rested and happy weekend.
    Hugs

    Cecilia

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  42. Yees, that is so wonderful! Good luck, Anita...! It will be perfect! And oh, I would have loved to capture that fairy moment for you. That's exactly what I want to do. Capture THE moment! But gifted you, can capture it with your writing, I'm sure! Have a lovely Saturday!

    Kristin xx's

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  43. Ahhhh, that blue water photo is awesomely beautiful, Anita. So is Vanessa Jackman, one of my favorites.
    Fly, always fly...

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  44. Lovely Anita. I do feel such a sympathy for your words.
    As I try to explode from my comfort zone of blogging into a book, I feel alternately threatened and exhilarated. A thousand nagging voices tell me I can't but one pure little voice sings: "Dilegua, o notte! Tramontate, stelle, Tramontate stell, All'alba vinceró! Vinceró!' as true and clear as Pavarotti. May we all silence our demons and learn to fly!

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  45. Stepping out of our comfort zones is never easy....for some of us. The fact that you dared to put your toe out of it is what counts!~Hugs, Patti

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  46. Lovely Anita,
    I always get lost in your beautifully written words and pictures. A talented lady such as yourself, can walk out of the comfort zone and never look back.
    Have a wonderful weekend. Abby x

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  47. Thank you for this beautiful little getaway....for a brief moment, the pictures had the power to take me somewhere, beautiful and enchanted and far away and magical. Love this post!

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  48. Anita, i just came home to find your post - and - wow, i love it! Such great pictures and message. I imagined you sitting there and putting it all together in your unique way. I'm curious - did you take a writing seminar, or went to a conference? Anyway, i think you're getting better and better. Must look at all the pictures again now. And the new header is GORGEOUS! Have a lovely sunday Anita, i'm dreaming of provence ;)

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  49. I love the history, the Romans, France, your pictures and most of all your writing. Don't ever give up. Such talent should only be nurtured.....

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  50. you HAVE claimed it...

    indeedy.

    love this post (everyone of your posts actually).

    erin
    xxoo

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  51. Anita,
    Obviously your meet up proved successful already, because it seems to have unleashed your secret powers. Powers of captivating an audience with your words, and beautifully illustrated as always. I see between the lines of the beauty in your post, the heart of a teacher in a new role. You are taking the layer of beautiful images, adding your ability to teach and finally the gift of seeing and sharing beauty with your readers.

    I have watch you spread your wings and now you seem to be soaring. I love everything that you do Anita.

    Karen

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  52. P.S. I meant to mention...when I arrived at your post the links below on LinkWithin showed the post about you being homecoming queen and your first crown. I reread that post. I think you should be a button on your sidebar to that post, it is so lovely!

    Karen

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  53. Delightful! always a pleasure to see what you see.

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  54. Dearest Anita, you just do it! Reach beyond your dreams! It's freeing and a delight for us!
    xoxo
    Victoria

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  55. Alex dit Bonjour aussi! Today she was writing in her "school years" diary . She noted that her favorite part of the school year was getting her dream teacher. ;)

    I do hope your vacances are off to a beautiful start...

    We are so very excited for Thursday too!

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  56. Dear Anita,

    Had to come and visit today and say thank you for visiting me and your kind words about my bears.
    It is always a pleasure to come and visit you and find all the inspiration you have to share.
    Merci beaucoup!
    Hope that you are having the most wonderful weekend and all your dreams come true.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  57. Hello dear Anita.......We are on our "summer progress" again up to Montana....and am currently in a spot with good computer service. Wanted to just pop in a say hi.

    You have changed you whole look....yet again...it is lovely. Isn't it wonderful to be able to come up with such creativity time and time again....I truly admire that in you.

    Stay well,

    Jo

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  58. Bonsoir mon ami
    Merci cher ami for the party over at NOWHERE... What a wonderful and most appreciated surprise.
    Bebe has arrived at her destination.
    Bonsoir
    Penny

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  59. So much truth to your posts and your journey. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving kind words.

    Happy Day!
    Peace.
    Susan

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  60. Anita you are a writer and your words are beautifully placed so as to give the reader a feeling of truly being in the moment of your story. Lovely photos. I so enjoy reading your posts my dear...
    Great new header too.

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  61. Dearest Anita
    I am so EXCITED!! Thank you soooooo
    much for visiting Bebe in Italy! I am so happy you like her.. I think I spent as much time making her accessories as I did Bebe.. What a joyful journey this was.
    OODLES of praise is right... You have been such a blessing to me. Your encouragement, praise,love, friendship and your constant inspiration fill my heart to the brim... Just as this beautiful post touches me..
    I am honored to know you and all our dear friends in Nowhere that keep the magic alive.
    la couleur de vos rêves cher ami Bonne nuit
    Aimer,
    Penny

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  62. Goedemiddag sweet Anita .
    It's a lovely sunday.
    You came by and outside at this very moment the sunshine smiles to me !
    Liefs and a little kiss
    Mapi

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  63. Rainy days overhere ......
    We were so blessed with so so many sunny days ..... for a long time . I almost forget there is rain too ...
    My garden is loving it so I will too .... Hope your days are filled with happy sunshine !

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  64. hello sauasage sorry the sun is resting in your part of the world ! its baking us here so im not going out yet! im reading my history book and eating gelato ! I cant bekieveits 50 yaers sinced he danced into our lives aaahhhhhh
    happy sunday sweeypie fay xx

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  65. Hi Anita, just want to wish you a lovely sunday. Wind and rain here today, the right weather to stay in bed with a cup of tea! Am waiting for my parents, who live in austria, so we rarely see them. Did you get around to some gardening yet? Bises, xx

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  66. I thinking you are earning your wings on the way UP and your dreams and ambitions are on their way to coming true. To make it happen, you must first believe, then take a risk and JUMP and you will find time will allow you to soar. Fly high, learn much and DO what YOU love to DO!

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  67. Your words say SO MUCH!! I love how you write. It makes one stop and ponder...I know it does for me.
    Beautiful pictures to go along side of what's being said.
    Blessings dear one, blessings on your pen and paper(or ,and your fingers and P.C.)!

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  68. So you have rain as well! Somehow, i don't mind today being an "inside" day. Yes, it feels cozy and quiet, and now, that my parents - actually, my father and his wife, my mom died long time ago - are gone, i enjoy the quiet time. Fathers day in germany was in may already, here, it's an ordinary sunday. My dad had an operation on his back and still has a hard time walking ... I promise myself to keep doing Yoga, to keep my spine flexible and fit! ANd now, back to Provence dear, it's just too pretty! xx

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  69. Anita, love love love the song!!!
    C´est super!!!!
    Lovely images, lovely words, wonderful thoughts!!
    Only YOU!!!
    Have a great week, bright dear friend!!!
    Love, Bela

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  70. Good evening my friend! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Thank you for your sweet comments on my posts. The lake that my dad was skiing was Glen Lake which is in northern Michigan. It is so blue and so clear. We are heading up there in a couple weeks for some family time and relaxing. I hope that you have a wonderful week and I will be thinking about you, this time of year must bring extra memories, hopefully they are good ones.
    Love to you!
    Michelle
    xoxo

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  71. HI Dear Anita
    Well I think I need to take control and be victorious over my own destiny... Your gorgeous post just makes me want to get back to France and Italy NOW!!!

    Just love all these images of Provence today..

    Have a beautiful week and thank you for your kind words my way.. ciao xxx Julie

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  72. Wow... wonderful ~ wonderful ! ! !
    ~Anita...it sounds like you had a very rich experience at your conference! So happy for you ~ It's so great when they exceed our expectations!

    bon ~ bon

    bien ~ bien

    beaucoup de sourires pour toi :o)

    What a fabulous story*
    I love a story that comes back around to make a full circle!

    Speaking of coming full circle... my school year finally comes to an end this Jeudi!
    C'est fabuleux!

    Have a great week! ~Maria

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  73. Dear Anita,

    Kudos to you for stepping out of your comfort zone. It can be kind of scary at times, but it's also so rewarding when you can look back and say, "I did it!" Good for you...keep pursuing your writing. You are one very sweet and talented lady!

    Have a blessed week!
    Heidi (hi-d)

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  74. oh how i love ur site more and more every time i come by. the imagery is so whimsical and romantic. im buying a ticket to Paris, stat!! Cheers to Smart Latinas!
    xo.

    Bren
    B So Chic!
    http://www.bsochic.blogspot.com

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  75. What a beautiful and dreamy post. Thank you! It was lovely visiting here today.
    Cheers,
    Holly

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  76. Anita I here your voice in every photo of beauty! I am amazed at how you speak through time and places, inspiring words. When I first met you anita, I said write a book, your words inspire whimsey, and dreams...Keep writting, and we will read :)

    xoxo
    Dore

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  77. Oh Anita...FLY, SOAR...do it all and I bet you won't look back...Enjoy!!! Have a beautiful week...Dzintra

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  78. THANK YOU so much for your comment on the blog, meant so much to me.
    Kristin

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  79. Dearest one, writing is in you... writing is YOU! I am so happy for you Nita, that now you can dedicate your summer time with your craft in which you are so gifted. I will be coming her as always...( a little late, blushing) because I love it so.

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  80. My favorite colour .....
    RED and also Blue ....
    I always write in red or blue .
    I love to write with my fountainpens and have this beautiful colour aqua-blue to write with makes me happy .
    One of my fountainpens is red and I have red ink in that one ..always .
    And you ?

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  81. Anita, Here is my opinion, for what it is worth. Writing, just like artwork, comes from your heart and spirit AND a natural talent. I think you have the natural talent of putting pen to paper to express whatever you wish. I guess I have never been one to take "classes". Perhaps I am stubborn, perhaps I am too independent and uninterested in what so-called professionals think of my art or writing. It seems that they have too many "rules" that one must follow to be successful and I won't go with the flow. This has worked for me and not against. Just my thoughts on the subject. In my humble opinion, both you and Ruben are wonderful writers who don't need the advice of so called REAL writers. I mean, WHAT IS A REAL WRITER, anyway?

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  82. You, dearest Anita, are following your dreams!! I am so happy for you and know you will succeed. Following our dreams is so important, I remind my children of this ALWAYS.
    I hope your summer is going well. I have a bit of a challenge in one of my courses, actually both of my instructors, and on top of that.. someone almost totaled my car last week! It's been eventful but all is well.
    Wishing you a most lovely week!
    xoxo, B

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  83. This is such an inspirational post, Anita! And just what I needed to hear too! I have been discouraged lately with my projects and work. I loved what you said in your last comment to me about "trying to force too many things rather than just let it flow". That is how I feel lately. It is so easy to force, but sometimes we need to find how to let it flow.
    I hope you had a good weekend and continue to get closer to where you want to be in your writing. And remember, so many of us are in the same boat, whether it's with writing or painting or which career path to take, etc. I hope to claim Provencia!
    Have a beautiful Monday! xoxo
    Shawna

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  84. Dearest Anita, you amaze me how you weave knowledge with pictures and poetry to tell a story and keep the reader in suspense,wanting to know more. Your talent is definitely growing wings and Im sure the journey ahead will be just as amazing. Your house sounds gorgeous with the descriptions of your wonderful ideas. I look forward to more!!

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  85. Thank goodness, Anita dearest, that you are following your dream. The rest of us benefit so greatly from your writing, your inspired thoughts, and your amazing talent and impeccable taste. I know that I get inspired with every trip I make to your "provincia". This beautiful blog, your creation, your wings.
    Thanks, beautiful Anita!
    Besos.

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  86. Anita.... so beautiful as always! You are conquering new horizons in your writing and you will fly! I have been so busy and am finally able to relax .... we fly to Paris tomorrow and I will do posts from there and will be thinking of you! Bon nuit and all my best wishes always!
    Frances

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  87. Thanks for the lovely tour of Provence, you made it so interesting and almost magical. Your writing is enchanting, you are definitely soaring high reaching for your goals and dreams. Talented as you are, you never fail to share with us your dreams and aspirations in a very lovely way.

    You really have a beautiful mind and a gentle heart inside you ♥

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  88. Oh, Anita, i can see you wearing stripes and tulle, along with a pretty basket for your shopping- and i love your attitude! Girls just need to have some fun sometimes ;) Hey, have a toast for me tonight if you like - it's my birthday today. It's raining, sadly. But later, some of my best girlfriends are coming over and i hope we'll take pictures with our umbrellas, dancing in the rain! xox

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  89. That first step is always the most frightening. But taking chances makes you feel alive, makes everything possible and is the only way to make your dreams a reality.
    Fly away, Anita!

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  90. Anita:
    Re dairy free ice cream: I wonder if using coconut milk would work? Not only is it delicious, but nice and creamy too. Bet there are some recipes online.
    Happy week, my friend....

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  91. You are such a dear soul... Thank you for visiting again this morning. ahhhhhhhhhhh, love this music and your beatiful thoughts...
    Do you think Bebe can keep it up... She is getting a bit tired. But a GOOD tired.. I told her not to start traveling till summer, but she actually started in the spring.. Wanted a head start I guess. teeehee. She sent me a wire to ask if Maurice could come to my party in Nowhere... He is in Italy!
    What do you think? Ok with TeaRAt?
    Bisous
    Penny

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  92. I just know you are going to soar--so much creative spirit inside of you.
    And now, I'm more excited than ever, because we are off to Provence tomorrow. Can't wait!

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  93. Anita,
    You do write so very beautifully. I always feel a bit swept away when I visit you. Sorry it has been so long, but had blog problems for a while, finally got a new one going and hope to keep it up and running. I will be by again to be blessed here.

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  94. Dear Anita, how nice of you to stay for some afternoon tea!! Hope you enjoyed it!! I just visited Vanessa, and I'm so glad I did! Thanks for the link! Have a BEAUTIFUL day, enjoy your reading and get inspired!! I love Summer!

    xx's

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  95. Good for you, Lovely Anita! I can't wait to hear more about your writing adventures. Risk! It's the only way to fly! Thank you for your visits. And no, I'm not living in Paris at the moment (though I have lived there, have a place there and was just there last month) but wish I was. Please do share more about your recent writing adventures.
    xoxo~ Kirsten

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  96. Thankfully, I was the only person in the car and I am just fine.. thank you for asking. The boys were at the university and my daughter was with a friend. He said he didn't see me and, fortunately, was honest enough to acknowledge that it was entirely his fault.
    As far as my instructors, one allows the classroom to be a playground and, until last night, spent his time talking and laughing rather than helping. I bring my IPOD and purchased two additional books to help me learn the programs (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop). I am unfamiliar with them and hoped to learn them. In regards to the other class, while I was taking an online test Saturday evening, we briefly lost power due to a storm and my laptop briefly shut down. At the time, I didn't realize it was lightening outside. I was on question 19 of 20 and I was not given credit for any of it nor was I able to complete the quiz. I immediately emailed my instructor and explained what happened but he has yet to return my emails and the quiz was due at noon today. It's worth 100 pts and he informed us that we need to study all of the previous tests we've taken for our midterm next week. I drove to school this morning but he did not show up today. I know missing this quiz will effect my grade.. I've worked very had for my 4.0 GPA and I don't want something like this to compromise it. I think the part-time instructors aren't as invested.
    The Beauty Detox Solution is wonderful! I eat TONS of fruits and vegetables but I can't eat a raw diet completely. I also love Starbucks but gave up my morning coffee. I try to drink decaf but I don't think it's a healthy choice regardless. I never eat fast or junk food and make the best choices I can when dining out. I don't find many healthy choices at school either. I definitely could never give up champagne or macarons! One great piece of advice that she gives is that fruits should be eaten before protein. I have never thought of that!
    I hope you are enjoying your summer and your writing class is going well. One of my girlfriends is taking a screenwriting class. It sounds like so much fun! I wish I could only take courses that I loved!
    Wishing you a lovely week of sunshine.
    xoxo, B

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  97. Oh, such a story you tell! I can see you are a superb teacher, holding her class spellbound, as she unfolds the history of this most beautiful region of France, weaving words around sublime images! And that quote! You are certainly building beautiful wings of words!

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  98. loved my visit here today!
    and was just thinking how appropriate it was that Ruben was called Ruben Riviera when I realised I'd read it wrong!!!
    (he's your man, right?)
    fee x

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  99. A Happy Happy Hello Anita Love!!! I have missed you too sweet friend!!!
    It was so nice to get AWAY and see my Love! I love Chicago, such a great city!

    You are am AMAZING Writer! You will go far and with much flair!!!
    I have no doubt!
    Thank you for asking about the photo..... of course you can always use anything on my blog ( either one)!!!

    Your new header......just gorgeous!
    I see your new playlist, I think I need to check that out, I am missing music on my blog!
    Happy Summer Anita Love!!!!!
    Lots of love
    gi gi

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  100. Oh sweet friend sorry I have not visited for a few days...busy with last week of school. The students are zoo animals...just ready to be set free!
    Oh yes yes please make your sweetie my cookies...they are so good. Very dangerous I might add as I had to give some away and take a pan to the school...which were grade as an A++.
    Happy evening...I am off to pick up some veggies at the market..got home and realized we need some dinner!

    xoxoxoxox
    Hope you are enjoying your days.

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  101. Ahhh.....my sweet Anita... As always.....a perfect post. And, every journey begins with the first step, right? :-) Just keep moving in that direction.... Every bit of your "art" is superb....and the reward will be there.

    Yep, I think our mothers were separated at birth!... oh my.... very much the same, weren't they? I can't bear to waste and it really is a challenge to make, fix or remake something from nothing... It's really my passion..... to have beauty on a shoestring. God has blessed me soooooo. I have learned to do sooo many different things so I could have the things I want.... and He's RIGHT THERE.... helping me along.

    Huggies to you dear one...

    xoxoxo
    Spence

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  102. Nita , Nita you came and left me such sweet and wonderful note!!! thank you thank you!! Nita, I "hit a wall" all the time, you are NOT alone. I think ALL artists *suffers* from that. It will come back to you.... do something else fora little while hon' because art and inspiration comes when is time and yu probably super excited and "expecting" to happen now that you have the time and space. I KNOW whatever it is it WILL come to you very soon... I can feel it!!!! Love you ((very)) much!

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  103. Wow SPECTACULAR post! Bright romantic and beautifully written ... ((((-: Also all the photos are absolutely GORGEOUS very well selected.

    By the way THANK YOU soooOOO Anita much for stopping by (-: I truly appreciate it your visit to my site, and kind words.

    Sunshine & smiles to you always! =(^.^)=

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  104. Anita, I have a collage project in the works that I'd like some advice with. Would you mind sending me an email so I can chat with you about it?
    Thans ~ Sarah

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  105. Hi Anita...we do not actually start a new year here in June...we are into winter now, although the shortest day has passed!!! Healing is extremely slow and I still can't do up my apron....but I can manage to use my arm quite a bit now...all except for movements towards the back...thank you so much for asking...Dzintra

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  106. Stopping by to enjoy the beautiful song ....and say How are you today ?
    I am reorganizing a little bit ...always inspiring and surprising to find things I did not even miss but make me happy I found them ....
    Summer must be busy somewhere-else for overhere GREY is the colour outside .
    Hope Summer is with you !

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  107. I just adore this post! I love Provence! Magnificent photos! And yes, my dear, follow your dream of writing!
    For our delight! :-)

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  108. Goedemiddag dear Anita.
    Thanks again for your lovely comment.
    Mum and I had a great afternoon .
    She is 91 years old and loves to draw little pictures !
    So we do it together.
    It's so much fun !
    Have a great wednesday.
    Love Mapi

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  109. Such a timely post for me...facing some fears that need to be dealt wth NOW before they overtake me and become out of my control! Thanks for the inspiration!

    These photos make me want to pack my bags and take off to this lovely place...

    Lee Ann

    http://thefrenchmaidsplace.blogspot.com/

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  110. Dear Anita,

    I'm so glad that you are taking that giant step and reaching for new ground; you'll never be the same again!

    Thank you for your beautiful, encouraging blog, once again. You are making in difference in many people's lives, just by sharing who you are.

    Love,

    Marqueta

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  111. It is unanimous sweet Anita, keep writing! Love how you said, "we'll make our wings on the way down..."
    To the pen and ink...
    Sweet dreams!
    Mimi

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  112. Dear Anita (again),

    Thanks so much for coming by and commenting on my blog; you found the right one! :) Would you mind emailing me your address? I would love to send you a real live letter, s'il vous plait.

    Love,

    Marqueta

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  113. Dear Anita,

    Do keep writing, dear friend as you have so many followers, who love to hear what you have to say.
    Loving the beautiful French music, took me away for a few fabulous minutes. Merci Beaucoup, mon ami.
    Happy day!

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  114. What a treat to read your posts! And scroll through every gorgeous image. Thanks for taking me along with you.

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  115. I'm so glad you have taken this step towards something that you love. Never fear for the beauty of your words always ring true!

    Nancy

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  116. so beautiful...

    what a perfect tonic for a rainy dark wednesday night...

    your words are uplifting and the visuals are just sublime...

    so excited for you on your journey to write more...i am in a writing group as well...it proves most interesting...

    take good care!

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  117. Dearest Anita
    As always...you have captured my soul with your post. I want those pink shoes next to the vase of flowers!
    Well, dear, I was able to go down to Los Angeles for four days this past weekend and stayed in Orange County 3/4ths of a mile from Old Town Orange.
    It is still very lovely there, even if we have been gone from the area for 29 years. The antique stores are all still there, Yes!!!
    And there are lovely eateries on all four corners and down the side streets...it seems to be the 'hang out' in the evenings for the 'in' crowd. Loved every minute of it.
    I felt like I went back in time, it was a really 'feel good' trip.
    Yes, and we drove by Whittier and Pico Rivera on the freeway, and past Beverly Dr. Good old stomping grounds!!! Was thinking of you when we were there.
    smooches to you~
    Teresa in California

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  118. Dearest Anita
    Had to stop in before I turn the lights out.. So beautiful here. I love this song.. I wish I new what she was saying.. I need to study my french!
    Thank you for your visit today.. I found a pair of brown heels... Oh my, they are quite high..
    Sweet dreams
    Love and blessings,
    Penny

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  119. My friend!!! So much lovely comments!! I have never seen this before!! Oh Anita this is a dream away post!! Gorgeous pictures!! I love Provence! I hope to travel to France next year again!Or maybe to Italy!!
    Thank you for all your lovely comments my friend!!

    Grote kus (big kiss)!
    xxxxxxx
    Greet

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  120. Good afternoon your highness .
    How are your crowns today ....blingbling ?
    and how is your castle today ....
    and your prince-charming ?
    Hope all is okay !
    On Martina's blog I read :
    In every big girl there's a little girl and in every little girl there's a princess ......
    So ...hope you have an amazing day your highness .

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  121. Hello Ms. Anita,

    It's been awhile so I thought I would drop by and say hello. I can relate to what you write here. Keep on believing in yourself and follow your heart which will always carry you to realizing your dreams.

    Hugs! =D
    ~Kellie
    Kell Belle Studio (formerly Artful Paper Doll)

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  122. Morning sweet one...I am running off to school for one of my last days...yahoo. Two teacher days next week still to go but last day with students today. Then I am ready to catch up with you on this lovely road we call SUMMER!

    xoxxoxo Happy day to you...enjoy your freedom.

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  123. Hi sweet friend, how are you today? Here, it's a holiday and i'm enjoying some quiet time, blogging, collecting inspiration, etc. We still have rain, but mixed with sun from time to time. Have a super lovely evening!

    Oh, and - my adress:
    Martina Voigt-Schmid,
    Boschstraße 3
    55283 Nierstein

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  124. Bon apres midi, j'aime la musique que tu as ajoutez a ton blog superb. Oh my, Anita, I find myself having lots of trouble trying a wee french. Is it because je suis tres fatigue? Your sweet little visits do lift up my days, sweet vriendin. Raising my cup of evening tea to you this moment ~o xx o~

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  125. Hello, dearest Anita
    I am posting my email address as I thought you might like to have it. I did leave another post a while ago about a mutual blogger friend, so I came back, thinking that I need to be careful even when saying good things about people. And maybe emailing you would be a better idea.
    So here is my email address:
    tscat@sbcglobal.net
    My email address is also on my profile at my blog.
    Have a lovely rest of the day,
    Blessings are coming to you,
    Teresa in CA

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  126. I had to come back so I could send this to a friend who I am sooo jealous is leaving for Provence this weekend, (she says she might never come back) which in a way is good, becuase then I will have someone to visit! LOL.....anyway LOVE the music, adds so much to the feeling....didn't have it last time I was here...PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!
    She is going to love this post!

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  127. Joe and I would love Provence for sure. We do intend to go to France one day, as it has been a long time since I visited. Paris was incredible! Thanks for the enchanting tour!
    Micki

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  128. Thank you sooooo much, my sweet friend, for the wings to fly to all those wonderful places and to dream of Provence...........i loooooove it!!!! And thank you so much for all your sweet words........so sorry, that i´m a little bit late, but i´m often thinking of you and i´m sooooo happy to know you!!!! Have a wonderful weekend full of sunshine and love,

    Hugs Jade

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  129. Oh Anita, you are sooooooo sweet and Sheila sends you 1000 kisses ;))!!!!

    Warm Hugs & a lovely weekend, Jade

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  130. Dear Anita nothing is impossible with you,up,up & away you take us all.
    Hope you are having a relaxing day. Ida xxxOxxx

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  131. Hi there my fabulous friend!
    Just stopping by again for the beauty and inspiration and to wish you a lovely weekend...

    ~ Violet

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  132. Morning my sweet friend...Summer is almost here for me!!!! Next week I have 2 teacher days...yahooo!

    I have so many plans...packing this home right now is the #1 thing...off to our new home soon. First a trip to LA! Summer will go fast!

    Hope you are well and your hip is being kind to you...I am taking it very easy with my back...all this packing is not good for it.

    Hugs of love for a wonderful Friday!!! xoxoxoxooxxoxoxoxo

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  133. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! I love my birthday post.
    Bisous, Penny

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  134. Bonjour!
    Ahhhh
    ~~ la liberté d'été ~~

    {my shoulders are starting their slow descend! - yesterday they were about 2" higher from end of school year busyness!}

    Ahhhh
    ~~ la liberté d'été ~~

    Enjoy mon amie!
    Enjoy!!!
    *Maria*

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  135. You know, it is hard enough being home without seeing all of your gorgeous photos. Everything is always so beautiful. Aaahhh......

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  136. Hello dear Anita
    I't going to be a wonderful summer.
    I'm sure !
    Zonnig weekend lieve Anita.
    Mapi

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  137. Beautiful thougts, beautiful images, beautiful dreams. Such a lovely word to cling to. I though I would come over and visit, follow and say Hi! One of the group from FB!
    xo Yvonne

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  138. Hello,
    I just visited your blog today. I really enjoyed all of your pictures. There are many pictures from different countries. My daughters traveled through Europe a few years ago, and took many wonderful pictures. I think my favorite picture on here is the one of the baby. I was reading your "About Me" and we have alot of the same interests. We love photography too. Me and my daughters just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. The link is: http://redrosealley.blogspot.com We did a post on "Heritage," and it will show pictures of Athens, Greece you might like. Hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day. We love all things beautiful too.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  139. Nita, you came , you came!!!!! yeahhh!!! I have been ***dying*** to show you my dollhouse in progress.... this is so close to my heart because it is part of ((( all))) of my family! I can't wait to finish and have our FIRST family doll christmas.... i am so excited.... like...like a CHILD!*big grin*

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  141. Dearest Anita!!

    "She (Anita) listened to her heart above all the other voices."
    (Celebrate her wisdom.)

    "She (Anita) saw every ending as a new beginning."
    (celebrate her resiliency)

    "She (Anita) was kind loving and patient...with herself and others.)
    (Celebrate her tenderness.)

    "She (Anita) realized that she was missing a great deal by being sensible."
    (Celebrate her spirit)

    "She (Anita) turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans.
    (Celebrate her goals)

    "she (Anita) is our dear friend
    and this is why we love her so."
    (Celebrate her)

    Thank you Anita for letting us celebrate our brave girl!!

    Words are beauty!

    bisous
    xoxo
    Dore

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  142. Dearest Anita!!

    "She (Anita) listened to her heart above all the other voices."
    (Celebrate her wisdom.)

    "She (Anita) saw every ending as a new beginning."
    (celebrate her resiliency)

    "She (Anita) was kind loving and patient...with herself and others.)
    (Celebrate her tenderness.)

    "She (Anita) realized that she was missing a great deal by being sensible."
    (Celebrate her spirit)

    "She (Anita) turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans.
    (Celebrate her goals)

    "she (Anita) is our dear friend
    and this is why we love her so."
    (Celebrate her)

    Thank you Anita for letting us celebrate our brave girl!!

    Words are beauty!

    bisous
    xoxo
    Dore

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  143. again, truly inspiring... besitos. xx

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  144. beautiful...

    nothing beats being yourself and reaching for the srars for inner truth, peace and love.

    nothing better...
    God wants us to be happy.

    xxoo

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  145. Oh Anita,
    That is so unbelievably kind of you. I can't wait to see it and will treasure. The only person enjoying that will be myself And Meg. Will let you know as soon as it arrives.
    Much Love
    Dianne
    XOXO

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"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless." -Mother Teresa