Saturday, May 26, 2012

He Said She Said

It all started when 



to chase

and choose 



to say



he said

"...then why don't you




we can do all these 

things together"


is when the fun




did the driving

from time to time




led the way

and carved out

 her destiny.


What would 


if you had



 savor the freedom


the local colors



and flavors


of a 

Roman Holiday?




you find yourself experiencing

on your dream

life destination

just remember that

So work those heels, 




laugh often


and remember that



anita rivera ©

as we finally descend onto the

City of Lights

chez these creative blogs 

as I provide their

links on June 8th!

Fee at Chipper Nelly
Ria at It's Me
Fleaing France
Julie at Vintage Chic 
Sylvia at A Simple Life
Diane at YONKS
Dorothy at Catkin tales
Pam at Over 50 Feeling 40
Dawne at French at Heart
Casa de Berry
Nella at Acorn Lane Vintage Living
Carolyn at Draffin Bears
Heidi at Hi-d's Place
Sarah at Hyachinths for the Soul
Eden Clare at Artful Fairytales
Martina at M'S Art Impressions
Gem at Treasures from the Cherry Tree
Barbara at Moveable Feasts
Violet at Create Beauty
Koralee at Bluebird Notes
Irina at Witty and Wise
Sheri at Red Rose Alley
Natalie at Dolce Dreams
Penny at Angelsdoor
Marcia at Shop Around the Corner
Pura Vida
Jacqueline at Purple Chocolate Home
Elizabeth at Pine Cones and Acorns
Deana at Lost Past Remembered
Denise at Coffeeberry Cottage
The French Bear
Kerrie at Sea Cottage
Michele at Pearl 13.1
Renae at Simple Sequins
Kim at Victorian Parlor II
Jackie at Bliss Farms Antiques
Kristin at A Page of Inspiration 
Anne at Et Voilà
Champagne and Macaroons
Catherine Robinson
Karen at A Scrapbook of Inspiration
Stacy at Design Addict Mom
Virginia at Paris Through My Lens
Susan at Cruisin' Over Sixty
Maria at Calm Energy
Rayanne at A Lovely Thought
Marsha at Splenderosa
Patricia at Woolytale Miniatures
Doré at Burlap Luxe
Kerri at Artisanbella
Karena at Art by Karena 
Linda at House of Beautiful Dogs
Stephanie at Millesfeuilles
Marie-Ange at Rêver au Sud 
Vicki Archer at French Essence 
Robin from Miscellaneous Thoughts
Teresa at Magical Whimsey
Dessa Rae at Dessa Rae Original Art Dolls 
Mary from Thirty Two Yellow Walls 
Emily from The French Hutch 
Jamie with Mimi's Corner



Ruben Rivera said...

You have created another poetically encouraging post. "What the world needs is a return to sweetness and decency." You are my light of sweetness and decency in a world that has much of the opposite at times.

Catherine Robinson said...

Anita...this is so beautiful...I agree with you and Ruben...the world needs to return to sweetness and decency...
See you in Paris.

"Create Beauty" said...

This is so lovely.

One of my favorite movies of all time!!!

Two of my favorite actors...

Each time I hope it ends differently!

Oh for more sweetness and decency
in the world!!!

Love you Anita, see you next week in Paris ~ I am packing and getting ready to join you : )

~ Violet

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness...
Roman Holiday
is my absolute
two are the epitome
of sweetness
and what a lesson
of "grace" they
teach to us all..
see you soon for
my french lesson!
how i treasure so
each and every one
of your visits..

d e l i g h t said...

Hello Anita, Love the thoughts in this post! I'm not going to be available to participate as I thought so will need my name removed from the list. I do, however, really look forward to visiting the other posts!!
Thanks so much.

The enchanted home said...

BRAVO ANITA!!!!! If this won't get someone pumped up then I dont' know what will and with the powerful music...its brilliant!! YES to trying new things, savoring the moment and just living life the way you WANT to live life. Wonderful post!!!!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a fun post! I'm going to find 'Roman Holiday' now and watch it! You've inspired me. I found you on Saturday Steps with George and Tess. You mentioned Minnehaha Creek. Are you in Minnesota? If so, I'm next door in NW Wisconsin. We're practically neighbors. lol Stop in sometime. :-)

French Girl in Seattle said...

Bonjour Anita. Je ne t'ai pas rendu visite depuis quelque temps deja et je le regrette. Ce billet est superbe, comme d'habitude, et avec une belle philosophie! Looking forward to reading more about your -and your friends' - Paris adventures. I am intrigued! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Molly The Wally said...

Anita absolutely brilliant and stunning post. You always showcase the best of our culture. Sincerely love it. Looking forward to Paris with much anticipation. Have a lovely weekend.Its our Queens Diamond Jubilee week after next and everyone is getting behind it.
Best wishes Molly

J. Beaudet said...

Absolutely wonderful post Anita. Yes, the world needs a lot more sweetness and decency . I'm looking forward to finding out what your Paris trip is about.

Sylvia said...

Dear Anita, another inspiring post ! I believe the world needs to return to decency and simplicity of life...oh, gelato - so sweet ! Are you sure our Paris party starts next week because I have been preparing my post for the week after that , June 8? Or you perhaps will be in Paris before me :)

Michele said...

Anita~ I am so happy for you that you are able to pursue your dream of writing & art. I do believe you have a talent as your blog shows creativity and beautiful expressions abound ~ Such a beautiful post Anita ~ Thanks for spreading joy

God Bless You Anita~
Pearl 13.1

Leslie said...

Anita! Wonderful post and now I must watch Roman Holiday! So important to follow your heart. I like the quote at top "..let's do all these things together.." Talk about chemistry here :)

Enjoy your weekend!


Anonymous said...

Your posts are like a wonderland of lovely and a fairytail without ending:)

have a great weekend my dear.

LOVE Maria

It's me said...

Beautiful post darling...enjoy your trip...and we see you on 8 june in Paris !! love love

Sarah said...

Oh, Anita, we just book a trip for next spring and Rome is our final destination. Can't wait cause I've never been to Rome. Another lovely inspiring post, and just look at how that party list has grown. See you in Paris!
~ Sarah

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Inspiring my dear friend!
Such a beautiful post and I LOVE listening to Pavoritti. I have a wonderful video of Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti.. I just love it, and your images here of Audrey have inspired me.
See you on June 8th... I hope to have Bebe ready.

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Beautiful post, Anita, and thank you for thinking of "my people". (hahahaha)
We posted at almost the same time today... :)
We have much to talk about and I agree with Ruben: all three of us should talk. I'm looking forward to that.
Your encouraging words this morning were like someone wrapping me up in a warm blanket on a bitterly cold day.
Thank you...from the bottom of my heart.
My love to you and Ruben. xo

BirgitW. said...

ma Chère,

est-ce-que tu vas bien? - Je pense et j`espère!

Tu sais que j ài une préférence pour Audrey - mais aussi pour Gregory Peck ( un homme à femmes ) .

Tes images sont merveilleuses - Merci ma belle!

bonne chance à Minnesota et des gros bises..

ta Birgit

kerrie of sea cottage said...

I am looking forward to the adventure Anita. One ? Do we post each day or can we do one big post that we leave up for the entire week. Now I want to watch Roman Holiday! ox

erin said...

i hate to admit it, but i have never seen that movie! but i definately will now....your images and words are always uplifting and inspiring and well, just a treat to visit. i look forward to your party.

Tara Dillard said...

Was asked years ago which Hollywood star I would sleep with, if I could.

Had the answer a week later, Gregory Peck.

My key chain is Winnie The Pooh, "An adventure was going to happen." Piglet's legs & ears have worn away & Winnie is burnished smooth by my adventures.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

I don't even know what it's called, what you do in your posts. What do YOU call it?

Marie-Ange said...

Mon Dieu qu'ils étaient beaux !
Toujours partante pour des vacances romaines, j'aime l'Italie à la folie !
Gros bisous douce Anita

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

"The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them..." Perfect....once again, Anita, you have said things to well!

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

FABULOUS! Once again Anita you have be wanting to eat something delicous and pack my bags.

Have a lovely weekend sweetie,

Peeters Liliane said...

Hello lovely friend,
What a great post you have.I love that movie.
You will certainly be glad that your school is almost done? Then you can do what you always wanted to do far away from school. I'm so happy for you.

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Just found your gorgeous blog from Spain (and via the lovely Catherine Robinson).
A lovely reminder of how to stop and smell the roses wherever we are x

desde my ventana said...

Hello Anita,
I agree.
Sometimes we look for advices but is totally true... the more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them...I love the way you post!!

Espero que estés muy bien, te mando un fuerte y cariñoso abrazo


SizzleandZoom said...

Beautiful post! Wonderful thoughts. I am working on
getting myself in the mood to
travel (to Paris). See you
there. You might want to change
my blog from sizzle and zoom to
Cruisin Over Sixty. Thanks.

Stacey said...

Anita, you're a sweet angel and I adore our friendship:-). Just wanted to express that sentiment before saying how much I love thud post and that it heightens my excitement about my recent decision to stay home:-). I can't wait for June 8th!!! Happy weekend bella!! XX

Stacey said...

Anita, you're a sweet angel and I adore our friendship:-). Just wanted to express that sentiment before saying how much I love thud post and that it heightens my excitement about my recent decision to stay home:-). I can't wait for June 8th!!! Happy weekend bella!! XX

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita what a fabulous post...I love it...I'm sitting up here in bed on this cool Sunday morning and it just made me smile to read your words...Thank you for calling in last very special to go with your Mum for those little always, sometimes it's just the little things that make our day...A big cheers to you across the Dzintra xo

chateaudelille said...

100% agree with a return to sweetness and decency. This modern world has created so much confusion and unhappiness. I often look at my Dads pics when he was young and marvel at the innocence and simplicity but the happiness that glows in his photos. Fiona

Sandy said...

What a beautiful thought provoking post. I love the line, the more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them. My motto is to thine ownself be true. Love Audrey and Gregory Peck in this movie. I love the creative use of fonts in your posting too.

Roselie said...

So much loveliness in this post! I love all that you wrote and the quotes, especially the one about loving your came right on time...

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita
You have inspired me today.. Drawing for a good part of it. Thank you so much for visiting again. I cannot wait to see the Opera shoes!
I am loving this post... Bebe is doing her best to get all her bags packed for Paris...
Bisous, Penny

Silvia C said...

"The more you love your own decisions, the less you need others to love them". Oh, Anita dearest! I remember being young and innocent and thinking I had to please those around me. Not too long ago I came to realize that not only that is an impossible task, but is totally unnecessary! Thank goodness for the wisdom that seems to come with age. I now enjoy the freedom of living with my own choices and their consequences. It makes life so much more wonderful!
You are TRULY inspiring, Anita. I thank heaven that one blessed day, I stumbled upon your blog. You have this amazing ability to touch our hearts through your poetry.
I wish you the very best in your new endeavors! You will do GREAT (you already do!). Besos.

Palomasea said...

Dearest, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie!!!
All of the images are delicious...
And can you believe, I was about to post the quote "the more you love your decisions..." on witty!
I love that quote, as well as the others many wonderful, joyful things that you have included, my dear friend...
Rome is spectacular...but I can't wait till Paris! :)
Poetic and splendid...GRAZIE BELLA!
Baci e abbracci,
- Irina

PURA VIDA said...

I love Rome I love Audrey hepburn, I love how much you and Ruben love each other and I love how you made me realize that my life is so blessed with your beautiful way with words. I do everything I want all the day long

Ann said...

Nice tribute to one of my fave movies of all time, Roman Holiday.
My Mom introduced that movie to me.

And yes Anita to that wonderful idea of finding my own adventure... love it ♥

You never fail to inspire me.

Martina said...

Awwwwww, Anita, this post makes me crave a few days in Rome again! I love his city, the ancient buildings, the atmosphere and elegant epople, all spiced up by italian language and esprit! Lovely pictures you found. And, thank you for your sweet comment yetsreday. Yes, living in a means world can be tough, i tell ya! But i still love my guys ;) Enjoy your countdown to freedom - am counting with you!

francis said...

Dearest Anita
Finally finding some ME-TIME
and straight-on to blogging and finding you !
Always love reading your words ...
I wonder if my birthday-surprise arrived ....just to know ...can imagen you have been too busy .
The birthday celebrating was huge
and I will write you all about it in a letter .
So .....tomorrow I will sit down and write ...
Know you are always in my heart .

"Create Beauty" said...

oh my. Our internet is having issues since my husband dropped the modem yesterday while moving furniture in my studio and I was not able to get into email, but even though it took a while I could sign into my blog, so here I am to say hello to you my dear!!!

I worked on the garage all day yesterday, and so a big chunk is once again checked off of my 'to do' list..... Everything must be moved out of here by Wednesday, and we are cleaning on Thursday, let me tell ya, it just does not feel normal to put everything one owns into boxes!!! Whew! And not just moving the entire house contents, but also an entire artists studio.... somehow I will be done and hopefully ready to participate in your PARIS link party next week!!!!!

Gonna go try my email again before getting back to work...

~ Violet

Bonnie said...

Your writing is just divine. I love how the pictures accent your words.
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

What a treat is was to see your encouraging words about my sketch of Audrey Hepburn.. It means alot coming from you.. I have always loved her so much.. She was such a beautiful soul... I realize there is room for improvement, but was pleased with my first attempt. If there is even a small resemblance I am pleased. Last week I attempted to sketch Katharine Hepburn and I have to say that was a real challenge and did not come out well at all. I thought I had it and then poof! nope... Practice, practice and practice some more right?
I may have to have Tea Rat have a talk with Bebe... She is just being a little pill and not cooporating at all, but I will make sure she is ready for Paris.

Deborah said...

I've never had the pleasure of seeing this movie...but now, I must!!
I can't wait to view Paris again through your eyes!
Love and hugs to you dear friend!

Much love,
Deborah xoxo

Ann Nichols said...

Perfect, perfect perfect!!! Oh my... now I have a problem! I want to watch Roman Holiday!!! Well, maybe I'll just look through your lovely and poetic posting once again instead (until the stores open tomorrow that is!!)
Blessings, dear Anita,

Red Rose Alley said...

Dear Anita,
What a charming charming post. I loved the picture of the streets of Rome with the blue car. Jess loved Rome - she said the food was especially good. She brought me back some rosary beads from the Vatican that I will always treasure. Wouldn't that be so fun to travel there? The laughing picture with the tree was my favorite. It made my heart sing when I read 'What the world needs is a return to sweetness and decency." Isn't that the truth? Where did the sweetness go, my friend? I think one of the things that I saw in you was the sweetness that you have for others. When I see someone that still has the sweetness in life, it makes me happy because that's exactly what we need more of. Thank you for keeping your sweetness. A little bit of that rubs off on all of us.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Woolytales Miniatures said...

ahhh Italy... Love Venise the most!
Can't wait for our party!!love you dear!

June said...

I loved this Anita. I would say that I love having all the day long to do whatever I want to do, even if it means I have to take my sweet son along : ) But freedom is a wonderful thing isn't it???
sending love...

vicki archer said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous... count me in! xv

Mrs. Sutton said...

Good Morning Anita!
Lovely post.
You have a surprise waiting for you on my blog - please take a look!
Paula xxx

Anonymous said...

Can you believe I've never seen this film?!! New mission? Find it and watch it? Seriously, Italy and Audrey? Sounds like a perfect combination to me!! xo

koralee said...

Oh sweet friend...what a magical post! I am in love with those pretty bars you have as your first image...ooooooooh la la.
So you are off and running and the countdown are only days away of saying Goodbye! Oh what a grand feeling {maybe bittersweet????}
Thinking of you this week...I have 3 more teaching weeks!!!! Hugs.

Jeri Landers said...

Anita, You won that marvelous book!
Any way, what would I do with the "freedom"... I would start by eating that most delicious looking concoction at the top of the page, and then, I would off to the Lake District of Beatrix Potter's world.

Sweetness and Decency.. that would be nice.

C'est moi Claudette said...

Bonjour Anita darling.
You know that Roman Holiday was the Summer Breeze movie Randy picked for us to watch outside last summer?? We enjoyed it so much. I too wish it would have ended differently, but it was not meant to be. I want sweet back. I make sweet happen. I refuse to be around negativity.
Your grand French party in Paris sounds wonderful. I can't wait to see all the pretty posts.
You must be counting down the days now. You will be free as a bird to soar into the world of creativity all day long, 24/7, something you were meant to be doing a long time ago.
I wish nothing less than full blown success for you with love and encouragement from Ruben by your side as your main support. Of course we will all be here for you also. You can count on that one.
You are truly loved my dear Anita.
And I love you to the moon and back again.

Beach House Living said...

Such a lovely encouraging post.

Anne said...

Oh Anita, I LOVE that movie and I LOVE Rome!! I've already done my post for Paris and am looking forward to visiting everyone who joins the party! and maybe we should add a Rome party too?

romance-of-roses said...

I remember this movie, think I saw it 2 or 3 times. Of course Audry Hepburn was my favorite actress. Great post. Hugs...Lu

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, Anita! My very favorite Audrey Hepburn movie and Gregory Peck was so divine in it! Sigh... When I took my daughter to Europe several years ago we both pulled the same gag at The Mouth of Truth (La Bocca della Verità) - how could we not! And who does not love the beautiful Trevi? Bella Roma!
I have been away and did not know about your Paris Simply Irresistible Link Party. Count me in! I'll start thinking of a theme or favorite Parisian experience now! How to choose?
Lovely to visit you, as always!

Anonymous said...

As I said, PERFETTO!!! know my heart is in Italy, and you know how I love Audrey, but even more so how I love laughter and freedom and being true to ourselves. You've captured it all as usual, beautifully. And Pavarotti, "IL PEZZO DI RESISTENZA!!" :)


Anonymous said...

Love, love, love the header to go with it too. I think I might just stay here all day. ;)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh Anita
What a wonderful party to join!!!
I read about it on Carolyn's blog "Little Bear Studio" - I'm also in New Zealand!

I'm flying out to PARIS this Friday and taking my computer with me....
I'm staying with my daughter and 3 granddaughters - if time permits I will check in and see how you're all enjoying yourselves. I would love to be part of the fun this year, but I suspect I will be very busy with a new baby in the house!

May I be on your list to join in the party next year??

hugs xox
Shane in New Zealand

Gem said...

I love what you said about loving decisions. Sometimes (OK, ALL THE TIME) I am hopeless at choosing what to do. I wonder whether it's the right thing to do or whether it will be a massive mistake. I am going to love my decisions for now on - thank you!!
Thanks for posting over at mine, I do love you for it and appreciate you spending the time to do it.
See you in Paris on the 8th!!
x x x x

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi dearest Anita!!!!
What a cool post!!! I love Audrey Hepburn!!!!
How was your weekend? It was SUPER hot & humid here. We kept remarking how it was more like July 4th weather than Memorial Day!!!
Today we decided to stay home & relax!!!
I have been watching shows I DVR'ed that I hadn't had a chance to watch yet....
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!!!
Hugs!!!! Shannon

Nella said...

Hi Anita, so looking forward to watching you travel down your new path to your adventure....lucky us who get to experience it along with you! This was one of my favorite movies with Audrey....taking place in Rome, a city from my birth place....I have loved every trip I have taken there...thank you for your sweet comment, and I am thinking about our trip to Paris....where will I decide to take your readers....loads of fun to anticipate! Your last day is coming up isn't it....!!!!!!! N.xo

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Hi Anita, How was your weekend? Down here we've been with a lot of rain and cold weather.So I've been spending a lot of time baking a lately. I love what you said in this post about freedom and decisions-- make perfect sense! You are always inspiring others, thank you for sharing this :) Loving words...and gorgeous pictures of Rome too- I've never been to Rome but would love to go someday!

Hugs + Hugs

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I think of you dear friend in my crazy busy life. Know that you are part of my heart and someday the days will be softer for me to visit. hugs always, Amy

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
Oh I do love your posts... and I enjoy reading Ruben's comments too :D

You are sooo right about this!

I often feel as though there are a few lifetimes I could live...
There's the little farm girl Maria
{that wants sweet little goats and chickens and a pond}

There's the Maria that lives in a flat in Paris {of course, one with a balcony and a flower shop just below}

There's the little shop owner Maria
that sells all sorts of vintage treasures.

...and the Maria that prepares for another school day tomorrow. I do love reading with my students... bringing them to new horizons in thinking and caring.
But ~ how these days are changing. Tomorrow, our students will have another day off, while we teachers will be at school spend HOURS dissecting the new APPR evalutation process. {YUCK!}
I'm giving it a year or two, Anita ~ then I will decide to either stay ~ or carve out another path.

Very well written, my dear ♥
A wish and a prayer for a sweet week ahead!
~ always ~

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I'm savoring the dream of a Roman holiday as I read this at bedtime. Maybe if I rush to sleep sometime soon, I can truly dream of Roman adventures all night long!

hi-d said...


Yes...such good words here. How are YOU? I hope you had a nice long weekend...and pretty soon, you'll have ONE BIG LONG WEEKEND? huh? :) It was nice having Rob home for 3 days...and this will be a short work week for him too.

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Audrey Hepburn? I think she is SOOO pretty!

Have a great week my friend.

Jennifer Vance said...

I love that first photo!And the one that says "The more you love your decisions,the less you need others to love them." I am so learning the truth of that recently!

Martina said...

Hello gorgeous! Thank you forvisiting me just now - made me smile! I thought you'd love these pastel meringues, somehow very Paris, no? Have a fantastic start to your week, Bisous!

Barbara said...

Haven't seen that movie in ages, Anita! It was a charmer.

koralee said...

I am looking at your beautiful images and they are making me hungry and it is only 6am!
I am off and running...just wanted to wish you a happy day! I will be thinking of you all week as you bring a close to your school year. Enjoy sweet one.

Mimi said...

I a new follower here....
We went to Europe last summer....and when In ROME..I HAD to do the entire ROMAN HOLIDAY thing!!!!You can see my pics on my blog from last JUNE.....this past month in APRIL!!!!APRIL in PARIS!!!I was in Paris and London!!!! a Girls trip and 12 glorious days ---8 in Paris and 4 in London!!!!Cried and laughed as I pinched myself....this is REAL you are In PARIS!!!!
Loved every minute!!!
I will attempt to do the link up for this event!!!

Dessa Rae said...

Hi Anita,
What a beautiful post!! I have been reading about the Paris Party and I would like to join in all of the fun, but I'm not sure what is expected on June we blog about Paris or are we to do a giveaway? I have only done one of these blog parties before.
Thanks, it sounds like fun!!I will place your button on my blog.
Dessa Rae

DolceDreams said...

I am looking forward so much to all of these wondrous Bloggers descending upon Paris! And am preparing for my own exciting vacance (via the internet)...How I love this movie, and just enjoyed a few "free" days to enjoy is so important!
xo you are nearly DONE with school my friend!

wendy said...

Holy French Tiara' have quite a list waiting for the BIG EVENT. Very cool.
I sooo love your pictures.
This was a fun post for me as it reminded me of being at Claudies this last summer....and we all sat outside in her GORGEOUS fairytale yard. He hubby put up the big screen and we sat outside, all snuggly with treats, and watched ROMAN HOLIDAY.
Such great old movies.!!!!!!!!!!!
So much of the CLASS that existed then, seems to have disappeared in smut, bad language, immorality, and crap....(my opinion)
So this certainly brought back all those fun memories for me.
There truly IS so much WORLD out there for us to experience. OH, to live long enough...!!!!!!!
hugs to you my sweet CLASSY friend

A Magical Whimsy said...

Oh! My! This is truly going to be a Paris adventure! I can hardly wait until June 8th for your Paris Party!
Just by the list of people who have signed up it will take at least a WEEK to get through everyone's blog!
What delicious delight!!!
Maybe I should participate??? Is there still a 'Room With a View' vacant for me??? I'll look on your previous post for the sign up information.
(I will also be emailing you too, we had a four day Memorial Day weekend and I am just catching up on my emails!)
Teresa in California

Michelle May said...

Oooooooooo! Such a fun adventure! I can hardly wait!

helen tilston said...

Hello dear Anita

You have told another wonderful story and Italy. I am saddened at the news of the earthquakes in Northern Italy.
I love Ruben's comment to you.
Wishing you a joyful week

Helen xx

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello Beautiful!

While I won't be posting for your wonderful event, I can't wait to visit. Lots of stuff going on here, keeping me super busy.


Anonymous said...


georgia ~ gi gi said...

Ooooooo, I want to do whatever I want all day long too!!!!!

Hellooooo my Beautiful friend! I once again am sorry I am just now getting over! I have been over to sneak a few peeks, but always in a hurry!

This post makes me so happy! Such fun! You never cease to amaze me!

I added your Paris Party to my sidebar! And fingers crossed I can join in the fun! Hopefully I can pull something out of my hat!

Hope all is well! I think of you often!
Sending much love
gi gi

koralee said...

Morning friend...thank you for your morning visit before you raced out the door! No sunshine here today...just another day of "duckwear"....can you believe our May is almost gone. May your the last few days of this wonderful month be filled with oodles of blessings.
I will start thinking about my Paris post..what fun. Just look at all the lovely gals that are joining you! Happy dance. xoxoxo Hugs

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dearest Anita thanks so much for popping in tonight....I have had such fun in these last 2 swaps and thoroughly enjoyed waiting for the postie to arrive with my goodies...I love to look forward to surprises in the mail...All is well here in our part of the World...Many Blessings to you...Dzintra xo

francis said...

and once again I wonder how you do it my dear .... always time to write a comment always so personal and touching and inspiring .
Like I am the only one you write to .
that's a very magical feeling .
I am sad mister postman has not yet delivered your birthday present ...
I will send you a new surprise , something else because I keep hoping .......
Please do not think I am not doing well because I am doing very well .
It's just that all the changes are hard work and the future being open is something I must learn to trust .
I am so glad you are such a unique and dear friend to me .
Hugs and love to you

catkin tales said...

ahhhhhhh....your posts are so sublime... i have always longed to visit rome and now you ahve taken me there by magic!
how are you dearest? excited i should imagine, now that the big day draws closer :)
thank you so much for your lovely words over on my blog. i have just sent you an email, which partly explains why i have been so busy of late.
much love and hugs from lily and me
hope you have a super day xxx
we are still lapping up the sunshine here :)

Dessa Rae said...

Hi Anita,
Thank you so much for stopping by and explaining about your Wonderful Paris Party. This sounds like so much fun!!
I have placed your button on my sidebar with a link back to your blog, and I will get a blog post ready for June 8th.
Thank you for your wonderful comments.
Dessa Rae

catkin tales said...

i just read ruben's commment at the top and he could not have spoken truer words.
i think that both you and ruben are sweet angelic beings and we could definitely do with more of your sort in the world xxx

Kristin said...

Hi Anita, sorry I'm always so late :( Right now I'm editing lots of photos. I had my first real photoshoot yesterday that I got paid for. I'm so excited. I feel my dream has just started :) It's so good to come here and relax a little bit and look at your wonderful post. I will have to see that movie!!!

Blessings, Kristin

Privet and Holly said...

"What the world needs
is a return to sweetness
and decency...."

Amen, sweet friend.

Happy Wednesday!

xo Suzanne

Sylvia said...
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Sylvia said...

Dearest friend, thank you for your morning visit, it's always a joy seeing your sweet comments. I am thinking for my Paris post and I am truly excited for this adventure. I wish you love and sunshine in your day

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Hi Anita,

I love Roman Holiday. Looking forward to June 8th. Wishing you the loveliest days tomorrow. I don't know what I am going to post yet, but I'm working on some ideas.


sissie said...

This is the most beautiful post and I'm ready to travel off to Paris or Rome, or some romantic city.


francis said...

Hello my friend
about our friend Saskia
I know she is all into facebook now !
and of course I send her your message right away !
Have a happy day and have some dutch hugs too !

Woolytales Miniatures said...

Oi meu amor!

Yes, yes, it is THIS month that I will be flying to the city of lights and fun and beauty and and so much more!!!

I am almost done with my inventory. But you know how artists are..... We are NEVER truly done,grin!

I am so excited about my Paris post because I will be featuring a person that I love so much !

Thank you for inviting me in!!!!!
Te amo!!!!!!

Mary Timmers said...

I finally figured it out and now your button is on my sidebar so everyone can see about your fabulous event coming up! Don't forget to add me at Thritytwoyellowwalls to you list! Thanks.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Anita, I hope it's not to late to join in the fun for Simply Irresistible. Oh, your posts always have me wanting to travel………Have a fabulous weekend.

The French Hutch

Anonymous said...

I know wasn't that just
the best, that poem and
artwork...he is really
good at his typewriter..
Tyler Knott...and yes
Art and Letters..
its coming but Sandra
had to bow have
to fill the spot...I
like the name ART and
Poetry...wonder if we
should rename the journal...

Mimi said...

THANK YOU so much for writing me back...on Wednesdays I am at my daughter's house watching my 2 little grands!!!So I did not get on the computer til an hour ago.......So if I have missed the deadline to link up, no worries...I will follow along with everyone and enjoy the posts from here...I will link up next time!!!!
have fun with this
it looks so inviting!!!
I will be glued to my tv all week with all the QUEEN jubilee celebrations!!

lostpastremembered said...

I remember reading that Peck (LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM) insisted that she got above the line billing even though it was her first film... what a gent.

I could tour a landfill with Greg and think it was a great adventure. When you think about it, any day can be an adventure if you have the right mindset. Reading a book curled up on your sofa in the rain can be magic. Up to you to make it so. Believe and make it so.

lostpastremembered said...

I remember reading that Peck (LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM) insisted that she got above the line billing even though it was her first film... what a gent.

I could tour a landfill with Greg and think it was a great adventure. When you think about it, any day can be an adventure if you have the right mindset. Reading a book curled up on your sofa in the rain can be magic. Up to you to make it so. Believe and make it so.

Hamptontoes said...

What a lovely post! I adore Audrey . I bought my daughter a book called "Just Being Audrey" is a wonderful read and topics on many topics that open the floor to decisions with my daughter about Audrey. xoxo

Anonymous said...

i know the year is almost
over...ah...time for art...
okay so you are using
an old
our poet friend tyler...
so where do you get the
supplies for this...i
love them...i can still
remember my father's
old typewriter...wish
we had kept it...but
really where do you get
the ribbons...i even
remember them too.

Mary said...

Is this where I sign up to win a trip to Paris? Or do I simply say what I like about Paris? I like wandering the streets, and do you know, I ran into a very cute grandmother with teenage granddaughter that spoke very lovely English to speak to us, as we were a bit lost..not too lost, only a bit. Haaa.

Mary said...

ps I'm your newest kindred spirit.

Anonymous said...

Hello Anita!

I love (and own) that movie.
You always do such a wonderful job of illustrating your narratives....A++

ciao Bella
Creative Carmelina

catkin tales said...

hello dearest
i found your lovely email this morning :) thank you so much for writing to me when you are so busy. i have a lot of unpacking to do today plus a health appointment this afternoon, so i will not be able to respond until this evening (or even tomorrow morning if i am too tired by then). meanwhile, i just had to come and look at this gorgeous post of your again whilst having a little tea-break here. rome is so magical! all your posts make me smile. don't you think audrey was an angel? i really do.
anyway must go, i'll write again soon.
have a wonderful friday xxx
warmest hugs
peace lily says helloooooooo and huggggggggs, she's a very happy doggie, you should see her tail wagging :)
did i tell you you has a rare sort of tail wag? only some dogs have it, where instead of a side to side motion hers is a circular one! so funny to see her tail going round-and-round.

catkin tales said...

p.s. i almost forgot. when you have the time, go meet ms amelia bloomsbeary on my blog. the photo is not that great (i must try to take another when the light is better) but i think you'll love her!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's one of my favorite movies, too! I DREAM of being in Italy!

Marie Antionette said...

Hello Dear,
As usual... another beautiful drop dead gorgeous post.I've always loved Gregory Peck and he is wonderful to watch in Roman Holiday.Your picturs are so beautiful Dear The water so lovely,one can only dream you are in that inviting water.
Take care love,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Champagne Macarons said...

Of course, you are entered!!
I hope you have a wonderful last week of school! I'm sure it will be emotional as you are retiring.. however, so many exciting things are in store for you.

Wishing you a beautiful week!!
xoxo, B

Sandra van Doorn said...

feeling a bit left out of the party Anita! all teh fun always happens when i am not there! wonderful posts. i’m loving cathcing up all at once!