How to Save for a Vaca; Is Winter Over Yet?

I'm Ready for Spring

I’m Ready for Spring

What happened to January and February? I do know that one thing leads to another, so maybe it is better to never start projects! Have you noticed all the hype to clean out this and clean out that? Well I did and January seemed like a good time to dig in and organize. So I started in my cupboards, taking out everything and labeling and dating everything that went in new. I discovered I had a salt container dated 1989! It looked brand new! Does salt go bad? Well out it went anyway. There were 4 opened bottles of olive oil. How old were they? Which one had I used last?  Out they went. I had bags of assorted opened flours. How old were they? They all went.  Now to re-stock. I did not realize how many different salts are now available. Dozens and dozens of salt. I went with the smallest container of free flowing salt and big flake sea salt. One bottle of Italian olive oil is now dated and ready for use. All flour is labeled and placed together on the shelf. I thought I was done cleaning, sorting, and labeling.

Then I got an email asking about one of my ancestors. When I looked up the name in my genealogy files I noticed there were lots of new “leaves” on the site. So I jumped in to update the files with pictures, stories, and obituaries. I added well over 1000 names and many, many documents. Well that’s done for awhile. It is a fun and never ending project.

Then I decided to accept a challenge to clean out  my freezers and use up the food there; clean out the freezer and re-stock when food was on sale. This is when I hit pay day.  I went a month just using up food in my freezer. I had meat, vegetables, stocks, desserts, bread! More flour!   At least it was labeled! So I put aside the grocery money and I now have enough for a small  getaway vacation! Whala!  So winter is almost over for us. My cupboards, files, and freezer are spic and span. And I’m ready for spring! Let’s go to Brugges, Belgium and Amsterdam and see the tulips! Won’t you follow me into SPRING? Enjoy!

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2014 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends, from our house to yours! We’re all ready for Santa!

Merry Christmas! From Our House to Yours!

Merry Christmas! From Our House to Yours!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

The Yellow Light of Remembrance. In 1839, my family left this small village in France to come to the United States. This is just one of the two churches in the village. The other is St Adolphe, which supported my family’s departure and helped them adjust to their new life in a new country. It’s good to know where you came from and where you are going!

Inside St Pierre and St Paul Church, Neuwiller-les-Saverne, France

Inside St Pierre and St Paul Church, Neuwiller-les-Saverne, France

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Floral Friday Foto Challenge

My entry for Floral Friday Foto Challenge.  My spiky, holly leaved, Mahonia’s are blooming! Beautiful Christmas Joy!

Winter Blooms

Mahonia Winter Blooms

Mahonia, Winter Blooms Two

Mahonia, Winter Blooms Two

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A Lingering Look at Windows: My Favorite Daytime Christmas Scene in Paris

My entry for A Lingering Look at Windows: Week 51. Enjoy!

Aujourd'hui in Paris, France

Aujourd’hui in Paris, France

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Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle Joy

Twinkle Joy on the Rue Vignon, Paris, France. Joyeux Noel!

Joyeuses Fetes

Joyeuses Fetes

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle Two, Instead of Twinkletoes

Every child at the Montmartre Christmas Market wanted little pieces of pottery from this man! Even me! Priceless!

The Pottery Man, Montmarte, Paris Christmas Market

The Pottery Man, Montmartre, Paris Christmas Market

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

Twinkle in Paris. Could it be any better than this? Enjoy the Weekly Photo Challenge!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Paris at Christmas

Twinkle, Twinkle, Paris at Christmas

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Travel Theme: Above

This was the walk down everyday from our attic room at the Hotel Marechal, Colmar, France! Twists and Turns from Above!  Priceless! For more entries for the Travel Theme: Above, LOOK HERE

 The Winding Stairway to Our Room in Colmar, France

The Winding Stairway to Our Room in Colmar, France

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