Saturday, August 17, 2013

But It Just Sounds Better

in French  to say

the stars  
suspended in distant position

glisten like ice

having locked your summer fantasies








and whims


into treasures


under their glittering canopy.
What particular things have you

mapped out in

your summer's constellation?

For me it was a

family reunion in Southern California 
taking a poetry writing class
reading in my garden

my garden

-ground I've cultivated for-




under a shared space with you


Geralyn Adams said...

Once again, lovely words and story! You are a beautiful and inspirational writer. So pleased I found this pretty place on the great big web :)

Peeters Liliane said...

I addore your writing skils!!! It's always a plessure to visit your blog and read your amazing post.
Hugs Liliane

YONKS said...



Jennifer Beaudet said...

Beautiful words Anita! Even talking about what you did this summer is poetic! You are so gifted!
I've just been thinking about how this summer has flown by! Sounds like you had a lovely one:)

Geralyn Adams said...

Anita, thanks for stopping by again and for your encouragement. Your words combined with images and music are their own special brand of poetry. Keep doing what you love:)

Art and Sand said...

Un beau morceau de l'écriture.

I had google translate it for me and my husband was able to recall his college French to determine the meaning.

I am in love with the sweet camp tent.

Violetta Cordes-Medvedeva said...

Anita,my dear wonderful friend!

Your new post is so radiant and gives me light and happiness:)*
Thankyou for always beautiful poetic posts,for delight and pure magice here...............


Peeters Liliane said...

Hello dear friend, I always love your visits.
I start teaching again on 2 septembre, that's the end of my summer vacances.I hope you have a lovely teaching year!!!
We had a beautiful summer here with nice weather.
Keep well my friend,

FleaingFrance Brocante Society said...

Ah the end of summer.....I'm not sure that I accomplished half of what I set out to but I have taken the time to get out the city and in to the villages. That and the time spent on Il de Re are my special moments. Thank you again for always inspiring!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Enchanting! My heart is soaring..
I believe this is one of my favorites posts dear friend..

Catherine Robinson said...

I woud love to sit and meditate with you Anita :-)
stunning images, as always.
Enjoy the weekend.

It's me said... you...x !!

Leslie said...

Hi Anita! It sounds like you had a perfectly lovely summer:) and I am so glad you had a wonderful family reunion. Cultivating grounds for peace, reflection, and meditation is so important.. good for you! We have enjoyed every moment and I am thankful to be able to have experienced all that I have. Enjoy your weekend!!!

Burlap Luxe said...

I want to stay in the canvas tent of natural cloth in your beautiful company creating the beauty you create.
It's magical here, your words invite beauty into our hearts.
For the rest of the days of August I hope it brings inspiration carrying you through the chill of winter months.

I will enjoy what fall brings.


Simply LKJ said...

Beautiful! Anita I can always count on you for a calm, serene moment in my day!

Deborah said...

Loved what you have been doing this summer Anita!
I love your must love to spend countless hours out there.
I enjoyed my visit here and the music was lovely.
As you know I have been busy on my shabby shed. Today I finished painting the ceiling white. You wouldn't think so, but even that took hours.
And of course, I am now dreaming, and deciding how to make it my own personal little much fun!
Love and hugs to you Anita!!!!
And big hugs from the puppies!!!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxo

Debbie Mitchell said...

Wonderful wonderful post. Made me feel light and happy.

"Create Beauty" said...

I love how you have combined such lovely music, imagery and words into a calming beautiful experience!

Thank you for the inspiration and joy my dear. Your garden photo collage is gorgeous.

Oh how I love you!!!
~ Violet

Karen Albert said...

Oh Anita, your thoughts your music is so calming and full of healing!

All the Best!
2013 Designer Series

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Pure perfection, Anita! The music....images....your words!!! Are you ready for fall? I noticed the shadows are a bit longer, and the gardens are getting less light. But I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet. Enjoy the weekend, friend!
x Loi

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

I enjoyed hearing what you have been doing for the summer - all wonderful things.
Love all the beautiful photos - especially the three story house with the blue shutters.
Hope that you are having a beautiful weekend and sending love and hugs to you. thank you for all the kind visits to my little place.


Jeri Landers said...

For me, it was finishing my book. and guess what? I've done it!!!!!

SizzleandZoom said...

I love to read your thoughtful posts as well as take in the exquisite beauty of the images. I spent last summer in creative pursuits and this summer on mini adventures. I am also wondering where the heat went and where did the humidity come from.

Barbara said...

Dearest Anita, how do you do it? Your poetic words and stunning images never disappoint. I feel a little sad at summer coming to an end, but I know visiting you throughout the coming autumn and winter months will brighten my life. Thank you dear friend.

Palomasea said...

Encore tu as cree la magie!!!
Under the same sparkling stars and sky...I savor each last droplet of Summer...
This music...and your header..oh my it ever gorgeous...
Is this the new technique, ma chere? I LOVE IT!
A most sweet and enchanting lullaby for me as I head off to bed...merci merci...
Je t'embrasse fort, chere amie...

Molly The Wally said...

We would so love some Summer in the garden....big sigh .....fingers crossed the builders are finished. Then we will light a candle ...some good company and watch the stars. Have a serene Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

francis said...

listeninig to your music
I imagen you your home ...with the beautiful sunlight ....and a little breeze .....and the smell of tea and freh applepie .....
You are a therapist to so many of us.
With your words
with your images
with your music
with your beautiful soul

Carol wrote about why she blogs
and that made me think ......
Why do I blog ?
Above all because of the amazing women I have met and who are such an inspiration to me .
I am learning to except I do not have a lot to offer lately and I am in great need of help from others .
And I do not only mean the practical help .... but even more
Reading following some blogs means the world to me right now .
I do hope times will change and will have me have to offer that same energy to others someday .
I am so so so happy you are in my life Anita .
I send you the biggest HUG

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Such inspiration that touches my heart Anita. I love your posts and your poetry and beautiful images. Thank you for sharing with us and I wish for you many inspirations to fuel your soul. Have a wonderful Sunday.
xo Nancy

The enchanted home said...

Is there a new look here or did I just not realize it last time!! As always a beautiful and highly inspiring post Anita.

My summer constellation somewhat fell short, not as many things accomplished as I would have liked but hey, the summers not over yet:)

Enjoy your Sunday!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Just beautiful Anita....and such dear memories for you of this past Summer....the reading, the writing, the visit.....! Now it's onto Autumn for you and I will look forward to Summer coming Down Under....Love to you, Dzintra xo

Katie Clooney said...

What a beautiful, calming way to start my morning. Thank you Anita and I am so happy all is well in the health department!!

Simplement ... said...

... le coeur dans les étoiles ...
Gros bisous chère Anita.

Maria said...

~ I am wanting to hang on tightly to this summer, dear Anita! It has been so magical, like this beautiful post (LOVE the music on here so very much) It fits my mood beautifully! ~ Like you I have many memories, but the highlight being our visit to Lyon and watching my boy race for his country, in the world championships! Anita thank you for being a lovely friend on here....a visit to you always makes my day that much more magical *** Hugs and summer kisses Maria x

DolceDreams said...

I am so happy to hear you made it back to So-Cal...I hope you had a wonderful time! Absolutely STUNNING as always...I haven't seen any of your art recently, are you focusing on your poetry? Must run over to your Etsy shop and see if I have missed anything, I just saw an artist on Poppytalk that reminded me of your style (she is on Etsy too), d. Sharp...see if you can find her or look at the tour eiffel (paper) that I just pinned on Pinterest under Gifts for her link.

Martina said...

Lovely sweet Anita, la belle étoile - twinkling down on us! Love the tent-house - it's adorable! Cheers to a magical evening!

ivana said...

Dear Anita,your words wrapped around pictures are so magical. They sound wonderful in any language:-)

Thank you for stopping by at my Cloud (Oblak. wish a lot's of more serene moments practicing your poetry or doing whatever makes you happy!

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

It's always a joy to read one of your posts. They are so positive & vibrant. So exciting to follow poetry classes. I don't think you need them, but it's always good to hear how others look at poetry and perhaps get new ideas.

Wishing you a happy new week!

Madelief x

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Another stunningly beautiful post, Anita! Thank you for brightening my day! xoxo

Tammie Lee said...

you find such beauty in our world
surely a reflection of you~

your summer sounds lovely ~

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

You've made my day just a little more beautiful. Thanks for the images and the words. Your blog is poetry. I'll remember it as I sit by the sea today.

Anonymous said...

you who...
it was a lovely summer
of fun, movies, books,
vintage dresses, full moons,
music, and pirates, dinner
parties, and sleep overs,
imagery and delightful seas...

Red Rose Alley said...

Summer's pleasures are almost over. I really didn't do anything special this summer, but I did enjoy all that the season brings - fresh fruit, flowers, and celebrations of birthdays and anniversary. That Royal Tea Room in London sounds delightful. Is there really such a place? I'm glad you got to see your family in So. Cal. Nel will be here next weekend, so we get to spend some special time together. Let's enjoy the summer while we can, shall we?


Jade said...

Thank you so much, my dear friend, to take us with you to your wonderful summer full of inspiration! I love to walk with you and to spend time with you and your dreams! Here we still have summer......we will swim in our beautiful Bavarian lake, visit our family, work in house and garden and enjoy every moment. Have a wonderful week, my dear Anita,

love and hugs Jade & Sheila

The Dutchess said...

Enchanting...enchanting..and I'm so happy we can gaze at the same stars..XOXO

Mimi said...

I have missed your blog SO MUCH...I have had computer and technical issues for months now....I have got to seek professional assistance....blogging was my life...of course MY 2 darling Grands and my family are my life....but blogging brings me such joy and opened DOORS to such an exciting WORLD.....I sure missed your beautiful blog and your music....your pics....your fascinating French -ness....I LOVE it!!!!
I hope I can seize the opportunities soon and make my computer work and me Smile!!!
hugs and love,
jamie---or Queen Mimi

La Petite Gallery said...

I got an error message my comment didn't go?? I'll try again..

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, I wrote a great comment, I'll try again. #1 I love that tent, could spend a whole Summer there.
#2 Fantastic post as always.

#3 If I were in school, you would be my favorite Teacher. At 76 I still
remember my Journalism teacher with love. Have a wonderful Semester.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I visited Saturday night.
I was speechless. I just let the music play...and was lulled to special I felt, connected in this bright and beautiful constellation.

Every comment a new star.
Brilliant, my friend, brilliant!

Stacey said...

I am just happy and content to have all my men with me this summer:-). Beautiful post. Also wishing you the best school year as you return to the classroom! xx

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you so much for coming over to meet Tinker and leaving such sweet words for me.

Have a day dearest

Jeri Landers said...

What a wonderful comment you left me, and I know you mean every word! Thank you sweetheart, I know you will be celebrating along with me and James and all the critters as we whoop it up in joyous delight and sweet relief!

Christel said...

Dear Anita, It has been far too long since my last visit!..oh my the catholic school girl just came out in almost sounded like I was at the confessional..haha Lovely to read your insipring words, as always, it makes my day so much brighter! Warmest hugs to you my friend, Christel

nélinha said...

It's always a plessure to visit your blog and read your fantastic and poetic post....I love your beautiful words and your beautiful garden...merci d'avoir rendu un petit hommage à la France avec tes ravissants mots...Brilliant you are
French kiss

Down by the sea said...

A wonderful piece of music and fantastic words as always.
My lovely summer has included celebrating life, having good times with family and friends and being by the sea.
Sarah x

Pura Vida said...

I miss and look forward to the days where my hours are spent in a more feminine fashion

victorian parlor II said...

Bonjour Anita!

Love this post! Everything sounds better 'en Francais' (sorry its been a few years so I may have spelled it wrong). Nonetheless, I have always felt that French was the most beautiful language in the world:).



therelishedroost said...

Another delightful and stunning post!! Always brighten my day with your creative flow!
xo Karolyn

Willow said...

Anita how beautiful it must be to stroll in your garden by candle light !
I must get that tent !!
So glad you got to a Summer family reunion.
Your writing skills, and creativity, bring such joy.
xox Willow

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Anita, You have had a very busy and rewarding summer. Life is good and French is still the most lovely to speak. And its always wonderful to visit you. I imagine sometimes you get two visits...LOL one from Sherry and one from me.
What a God send she is to me.
may God love all my precious friends like you,
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello beautiful Anita!!!!
How has your week been so far? It seemed as though this weekend flew by!!!! This is such a great post!!!! Those Miu Miu jeweled heels are spectacular!!!!
So- any retail therapy at Anthropologie? I ordered a cream lace maxi skirt from Free People.... I think it'll be great for the autumn weather but still work for late, late summer...
Aidan celebrated his 9th birthday- where does the time go? I remember getting him as a tiny puppy....
Hope you are doing fabulous!!!!
Sending love and hugs!!!!!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Lovely, Anita! Clearly that poetry class has inspired you inspire us! What class is next?!
Xoxo, Kirsten

vicki archer said...

Heavenly Anita.. as ever...
Time in the garden... reading, thinking.... just being... that is my idea of perfection... xv

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Dear Anita
I am so glad that you had a beautiful summer and family reunion as those times are so precious. Your words continue to inspire me and I am always in awe. I also read your last post and I was so moved that you could pull beauty out of something so awful. I am so glad that the results were negative and it must have been an agonising, heart-wrenching time for you and Ruben. We live with it all the time as Andrew regularly has to tell patients not good news and it is always heart breaking. I am so happy that the angels were with you and looking after you!
my best wishes and lots of hugs always
PS ONe day you and I will meet I know it!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Tres bonne ma belle! My summer was not what I thought it would be but we never know what God's plans are for us. But we are blessed for it in the end. So blessed!
I pray your summer has been the best ever and the kiss of the sun and the gentle breezes in your garden has renewed your spirit dear one.

Blessings & love, Edie Marie

deana sidney said...

Ah, I went back to Ye olde England where I think my heart has a home. I love the countryside so much. Each time I go I refresh my spirit. Something tells me I need to move there...

Hope you had a marvelous summer... it is almost over, isn't it? Summers always pull in memories of our past.
Family, vacations, sun, water and unhurried thoughts –– that is summer.

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello, Anita! I'm able to access your blog today! What is going on with your health? Please call me!


Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh Anita! I'm back, I'm back, I'm back. My silence is broken. My words have returned. Tuesday is a fun day in Blog-ville that I can't be absent.

This post is remarkable. I love how the photos are all similar in tone and the words are spoken so well with the photos. I don't know what I would do if I came to your post and didn't hear the music with it? Marvelous, young lady, marvelous!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Your State Fair is this week! Are you going to it? I would love to see all the foods they have fried on a stick - how interesting. Me and my husband used to go to the County Fair every year when we were dating. Like Jess, I find them so fun and full of wonder.

Hope your day is blessed.


Incipient Wings said...

your posts always always inspire me. I usually leave your page with the chills!
thank you Anita

pretty pink tulips said...

What a beautiful post, which simultaneously moves me and inspires me!!!

This summer I made time to call or write friends who are far away, spend time outside playing with my 2 young sons and maintaining a healthy lifestyle!

Now I'm thinking of what I want to focus on for fall!
xoxo Elizabeth

Lauren Dehrone said...

Lovely images and music...
The blog will be ready before Friday!!I will let you know the moment it goes LIVE!
Thrilled is an understatement!
Much love... xoxo

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh sorry to disappoint but not posting a tutorial today. Since I am behind in my comments etc, I decided to further give myself a break and not do one for this week. That's okay, huh? But thanks for being eager to see something new at Simple Sequins! I hope your meeting went well and that you are getting more and more prepared for your beginning of this new school year. (hug) to you my FRIEND!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

As always, a stunning and enjoyable post!
Happy Wednesday.

Vintage Jane said...

I LOVE to read your gentle and uplifting words ... and the images always so prefect too. M x

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Awh, thanks Anita sweet! Did you know most of the time when I smile I don't realize that I am. It just happens. When I am grumpy, I know I am immediately! lol

Have a super day and hopefully your prep for your job/school year is going along smoothly. (hug)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Anita,
I'm back to school, it's been a trying week getting back into the swing of things, but I love my class and think it's going to be a great year!
I'm glad to see that you set a beautiful and fulfilling task for yourself. I'm so inspired by your courage to spread your wings and grow and transform. Never stop soaring!
Big hugs,

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Anita, I love your summer constellation! I have enjoyed your new writing here at on your other blog. I hope your poetry class was everything that you wanted it to be! I send you best wishes and a big hug as you go back to the classroom. Remember this is a new path to your dreams.

xo Elizabeth

koralee said...

Hello sweet friend...what a perfect summer you had. I am back next week...looking forward to the Fall!! BUT enjoying the last few days of my summer. Hope you are very well and your week has been successful were at school for part of it? What will the school year bring for us dear one? xoxo

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Beautiful and magical Anita..such a pretty and inspiring post to read with my morning coffee!
For me, spending the whole summer with my girls home from university has been so special (now sadly almost at an end!)
Hope you're having a wonderful and creative week,
Susan x

Nella Miller said...

Dear Anita..always magical to connect with those shoes!! Your post sends me on a beautiful, and prose to stir my imagination, loved this one....thank you for visiting me this week, N.xoxo

koralee said...

I am thinking for you sweet friend ......let me know the results when you do. Have a wonderful evening with your sweet poetry always. xoxoox

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh that is funny that you thought of a 'garden path'. I think I thought of the game "Tetris". Hahahaha. Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND! and Have a great start to your year on Monday! I am so happy for you that you got that great job.

Violetta Cordes-Medvedeva said...

Hi,dear Anita!:)*

I coming by to wish you wonderful weekend,filled with a sunshine and rest.......

Hugs to you,

SizzleandZoom said...

Anita, Yes, I was in Old Orange. This vintage shop was across from the diner that has been there for ages. Thanks for your kind visit.

Linda Primmer said...

Beautiful as always dear Anita. Your poetry class sounds lovely and I hope you enjoyed your Southern California visit. That's where I am from. Such adventures you have. The garden is indeed a lovely place to read or just sit and enjoy nature's beauty. Have a lovely week-end. Hugs, Linda

koralee said...

OH no....sorry to hear you had to reschedule ....but if you are not too worried that is a good thing. You will be able to squeeeeeeeze it in..sigh...that is the trouble with back to school schedules! Thinking of you today as I went to Davids tea and snatched up the last little bit of their summer so refreshing. Fall teas arrive soon...yahooooo. xoxox

Willow said...

Hello Lovely Anita,
Honey Bee and I have so enjoyed your visits to the farm this week. We are so pleased you adore horses . Perhaps one day you will find a place that you can go with a group for a lovely ride in the country. Wouldn't that be such fun !
Honey Bee also wanted to let you know she has perfect manners and would never think of biting anyone. She is sweetness through and through.
Have a wonderful weekend our friend !

Vintage Home said...

oh my that canvas tent...inspiring!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita,
I absolutely LOVE what you have done for the Dutchess for her birthday!
How in the world did you make the little girl run..

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You sweetheart you!
You really like her? It has been a few years since I have sculpted a human.. I must say it was a challenge, but very enjoyable.
Merci my dear friend.

hi-d said...

Hello Dear Anita,
I can't believe summer is almost over! Can you? Pretty sounds like you got to do a lot of the things you were hoping for. So now what is on the horizon for you? Are you going back to teaching full time this Fall?

I so love your visits and I am glad you enjoyed the photos of my boys. Maximus is so precious with Santino and I agree how sweet it is to see them with Rob too. I don't think M quite understands that the baby can't fully interact with him yet. There is just so much that Maximus wants to share with him like his toys and books. Ha!

I hope all is continuing well for you and again, I am so thankful that your test results came back negative!

Love and God's Blessings my Friend!

Pamela said...

A magical walk around a lake with a French girl in a straw hat is in my summer memories. . .Merci, lovely Anita!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Anita,
I want to invite you over to see my tattered white linen lamp shade you can make.

as if there is not enough white to go around. You may dear will love making one, there are no mistakes in rustic French cottages.


Robyn said...

Sweet Anita - as I listen to the music, take in the beautiful images and let your poignant words seep into my heart, I am completely transformed and uplifted. You are magic, my friend. Love you. xoxo

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Beautiful My Special Friend. Your words leave soft touches on my creative spirit and fill my heart with inspiration to design. The music is the perfect backdrop to go with the lovely images and your gorgeous gardens. Thank you for sharing and lighting my spirit.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Deborah Montgomery said...

so thankful I found your blog. so beautiful and inspiring. thank you.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

as always, I am transported to a world in which I wish to inhabit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

utter enchantment.

... and the music enhances the experience in the most unobtrusive way

how did I go for almost a year without this injection of delight and glee in my life?