Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An Invitation to Relive the Very Best of Days


There were childhood days that slipped away as we searched for shells on the beaches of a small island in the South Puget Sound where my dad built our family a cabin...


There were afternoons that drifted by in the shadows of Oxford's domes and spires, where we would throw aside George Elliot or Virginia Woolf and head to the Isis for punting or to the pub for a pint...


There was that first time I saw Paris in the early spring sunshine (on my birthday!) Oh my gosh, that's the Louvre! 


There are so many old-school snapshots of days spent painting in Monet's Giverny garden with no one around except artists and gardeners and flowers and you almost expected the great man himself to wander out of the pink house with the green shutters...



Most of the photos have faded, but in my memory, the house and the poppies are the same rosy shade...


And of course there was that day when we said that we did, surrounded by the people we loved the most...


There have been early morning elephant rides in search of lions and leopards...


And so many amazing adventures since. How thankful I am for days full of beauty, wonder and excitement.


But the best days... I think they are the simple ones. Like when Mr. H. would make me Saturday pancakes back in the beginning of our years together. And there was so much happiness that butter, sugar and carbs didn't matter one bit and the to-do list could wait...

I bet that these are the days I will most want to have back at the end.

And so last Saturday I made us pancakes. Slathered them with butter and syrup. Skipped the morning workout and let the best kind of day unfold...

What's your best day?

Today's post is my contribution to By Invitation Only, the international blog party where each month we all chat about the same topic. The assignment for November? To describe one of the best days of our lives so far... 

For those of you who might be stopping by for the first time, thank you. I'm so glad you did! Friends and regular readers, I hope you will visit the rest of this talented group. You'll find them at Splenderosa






22 comments:

  1. Of all the places I have visited I think that Giverny will be one of the ones which remain a favourite but it's so true that it's sometimes just those simple pleasures that can make a day special.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Miss B, Giverny is truly amazing and unforgettable! Glad that you've seen it, too! XO

      Delete
  2. Good morning Jeanne...am I ever glad I decided to visit you that day a few weeks ago. I am thoroughly enjoying your view on living, for I too have these sorts of moments that I relive and recreate again with my beloved.

    This is life: to love. That is our purpose, I believe.

    Enjoy. Anita

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Anita, you are so very sweet. Thank you! Glad we share a similar point of view on life and love! XO

      Delete
  3. Such a lovely post Jeanne. The photo from your wedding is so beautiful! I love seeing how ours overlapped and yet are different this time around...you will see... :) We are lucky ducks aren't we?
    Gros Bisous,
    H

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, dear Heather. We are luck ducks, for sure. I loved that both our posts referenced the same elephants and a similar theme, too. Picnic in Provence soon? Hope so. Think that could surely make the Best Day List. XOXO

      Delete
  4. BEAUTIFUL just like YOU!I am up but cannot link in as per the NORM.........so do visit!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much my sweet friend! See you got your link up. Good job. Loved your post, too! XO

      Delete
  5. Wonderful memories and, as they say, the best things in life are free !! XXXX

    ReplyDelete
  6. gorgeous reminiscing, jeanne...i am lost in dreamy recollections of beautiful days which were once yours and now mine. in a perfect world, i would serve you my swedish pancakes and you would taste the love. peace to you right where you are.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, lovely Michele. I know I would LOVE your Swedish pancakes. Yum. XOXO

      Delete
  7. What extraordinary adventures you've had, Jeanne. There is so much richness to life (that has nothing to do with our bank accounts and baubles)... If only more could embrace the experiences available for the seizing... n'est-ce pas? (And your pancakes look pretty good to me, too!)

    Delightful take on this month's topic!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh, we loved Giverny too! It was magical seeing the lily pond and the Japanese bridge. I do think that travel not only provides new perspectives but also helps us appreciate the little, everyday pleasures too.

    ReplyDelete
  9. love this post -- simple days are divine, aren't they?

    Sharon xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. I LOVE this and not quite sure how i missed it..oh yea I have been going 24/7 and not had much time for the luxuriousness of my computer! What a great post.....I love how you took snippets of many great days i was sorry I couldn't' participate this time but somethings gotta give:) You have led a charmed life and its well deserved...love your wedding picture.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Beautiful, Jeanne!!! Every one of those days comes alive through your photos. I so appreciate the grand, exciting trips, but I'm a kindred spirit in enjoying those simple, special moments, too.

    Here's to many more simple, wonderful days ahead!!!! I'm off to my 25th college reunion tomorrow....will be so fun to see the folks that knew me "back them". Happy weekend!!!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...