Paris and Poison Ivy

July 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm 5 comments

I apologize.  I do have plenty to write about.  This Summer heat in Memphis has made me downright lazy.  Those of you who live here know that I’m not exaggerating about the heat.  We’ve already broken 100 degrees F several times already, and we’re deep in to one of our droughts.  We’re very lucky to have a dependable water supply.  We’re allowed to water our gardens whenever we want to.

Paris was beautiful.  It was a different experience with my sister than it was the first time with DB.  My sis made it her mission to show me Paris the way she sees it.  We spent 3 nights in Paris in a quaint 6-story hotel down the street from the Odeon Theatre, near Luxembourg park. 

Front of our hotel in Paris

Front of our hotel in Paris

We had mostly French meals;  terrine, crepes, salami sandwiches, much fruit, foie gras, CHEESE.  For the sake of speed, we had McDonald’s one morning. 

In France, this is dessert.  CHEESE!!!

In France, this is dessert. CHEESE!!!

The French Open (tennis tournament) was in progress.  We waited in line 2 hours, only to be sold that it was sold out for the day.  We spoke with some interesting characters in line with us…a couple of girls from Belgium and an old French geezer. 
We walked through an open air market that featured much fresh fruit and vegetables.  It was fun to see the different produce.  (Some of it I’d already seen, growing up in Turkey.)  It was at this market that I bought 4 different types of cheese to bring back with me.  I’m still munching on them! 

French radishes

French radishes

Near the end of our third day in Paris we broke down and hopped on one of those open air tour boats you’ve seen in the movies.  It was well worth it.  Our feet were tired.
During this trip we saw the usual sites; Musee d’Orsay, Les Tuilieres, the Eiffel Tower (at night), just to name a few.

Hmmmmmm........

Hmmmmmm........

The subway was very convenient and simple (except at the Eiffel Tower station….remember that when YOU go).
The fourth morning of our trip we took a train to Gouvieux, where my brother, his girlfriend, and their two sons live.  We spent three glorious days in the garden, eating cherries off the tree and visiting with the nephews.  We stayed in a B&B because the house is so tiny.

The flight is expensive, but if you’re diligent, you can find a nice hotel or B&B for a reasonable price, and have a great time in France.  I highly recommend it.   It helps if you have family there!  I’m very lucky.

View from the B&B window of the Oise River

View from the B&B window of the Oise River

I didn’t visit any yarn shops.  I have PLENTY of yarn.  I knit a little on a pair of socks, “brainless“, but not much.  {BTW, these socks are NOT brainless!}  I’ve been having a problem with my ring fingers….they hurt.  I may have the beginnings of arthritis.  I’m currently working on two projects for Norah Gaughan (Berroco) that are due July 23rd.  I just got the yarn yesterday.  I doesn’t hurt to knit, I’m very happy to say.  However, I have to submerge my hands in ice water for 15-20 min. per day once a day.  IT HURTS when I do that!

The air-conditioning in our home decided to break down last night.  We’re now looking at a huge replacement cost.  I must knit faster if I’m going to pay for my half!

The caravan is looking good.  I have a good excuse for not having any photos.  The camera is broken.  It’s a Canon PowerShot A75.  The camera began malfunctioning in Paris, and finally quit working in Gouvieux.  I have contacted Canon, and they refuse to fix it for free.  This is the second problem I’ve had with this camera.  The first time, they fixed it for free.  You may have a Canon camera and love it.  I believe that if something stops working properly, totally unprovoked, it should be repaired for FREE.  Canon refuses to fix it for FREE.  SO, when I can get my hands on a camera that works, I’m going to take a picture of the Canon A75 that I have smashed with a hammer.  I will try to remember to post the photo here and send them a photo as well.  Canon is dead to me!  Sony would not have done this to me!

Sorry about that rant…..it had to be done!

The poison ivy.  We have some in the back yard.  Ripper has been rolling around in it and giving it to me.  I’ve got it on my legs, behind and on my right ear, on my elbows and forearms, and on the back of my neck.  This happens every year.  I get poison ivy, THEN I finally clear it from the yard.

Crank up the air-conditioning, if you have it, and start knitting those holiday giftsHere is a good place to look for patterns!  Also, I have a new kit available, “Da Vinci” from Rowan Magazine 44.  It’s at 10% off retail of the yarn, PLUS, it’s already all in one place, so you don’t have to shop different places to get all the colours/yarns.  Start knitting NOW for Winter garments!   🙂

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linda Barry  |  July 17, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I love, love, love the way you write — and your brain, Papatya. Thanks for the description of the real way to see Paris! I’ve not ever been to Europe. The man in my life now (a high school classmate) wants to take me there and show me what he knows to experience. But first we may drive to the Tetons in September. His name is Larry, and he is in MO and lives 20 minutes north of my sister — “it’s HOME,” and who knows when I may move there (to Southeast (Swampeast) MO in the “Bootheel” of the State. It’s 150 miles north of MEM on I-55. He keeps me “laughing” and everything else — been with him 2.5 months (since 09 May).

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    • 2. knitch  |  August 12, 2009 at 3:39 pm

      Linda, I’m so happy for you! YES, I knew about your man. We find these things out you know!

      Thank you for the compliment, again, on the blog.

      I can’t WAIT to meet Mr. Wonderful!

      Papatya

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      • 3. Linda Barry  |  January 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm

        thanks for your reply, Papatya. It is now 9 months (every weekend) — WOW! This is gooood and lasting!

  • 4. Becky Barrett  |  July 19, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Re:Canon powershot; I’m surprised they didn’t fix for free! I have an older powershot A300 that they even paid postage to send to them to fix free. I had found a list of models with faults & mine was on there. Perhaps you should try to convince them that your model needs to be placed on the list. I actually got to talk to an American when I called the toll free number!!!!! sorry for your problems with them.

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    • 5. knitch  |  August 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm

      Becky, thank you for commenting. I was shocked that they didn’t want to fix it, especially since I didn’t DO anything to cause it to malfunction. I’m very disappointed in Canon, and if they don’t do right by me, I will never buy another Canon, mark my words. I’m a very loyal customer to any company that wants to do the right thing. Maybe I should call them instead of going through their website.

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