Joyful Living

Closet Organization

Bonjour! As summer rolls into fall, I’ve spent some time switching my closet over to my fall and winter wardrobe (which is not as fancy as it sounds). This changeover also gave me the opportunity to reorganize and clean out some closets, one thing that brings me great pleasure. This post shares some of my… Continue reading Closet Organization

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Spa Day at Home

Bonjour! I've spent a lot of time at home over the last six months and had the pleasure of spending extra time with Mon Mari and Le Chien. We are adjusting to our new home in Vermont and working from home. And despite the uncertainty and stress of the pandemic, we are trying to stay… Continue reading Spa Day at Home

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Happy National Dog Day

Bonjour! In honor of National Dog Day, today’s post celebrates Le Chien with some recent pictures. Oh, dachshund shenanigans! A Dachshund a Day “Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor.” - E.B. White Adolf Eberle, The Proud Dachshund, ca. 1843-1914 / Wikimedia Commons I loved… Continue reading Happy National Dog Day

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Quarantine Scenes: Gardening

Bonjour! Sometimes, on a Thursday morning, you just need some flowers. I've spent a lot of time at home over the last almost six months. Mon Chéri, Le Chien, and I are adjusting to our new home in Vermont and working from home in our home office spaces. We are also trying to stay positive… Continue reading Quarantine Scenes: Gardening

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Quarantine Scenes: Yoga

Bonjour! As I wrote recently, I'm spending a lot of time at home and enjoying extra family time with Mon Mari and Le Chien. We are adjusting to our new home in Vermont and working from home. And despite the uncertainty and stress of the pandemic, we are trying to stay positive and also trying… Continue reading Quarantine Scenes: Yoga

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Quarantine Scenes: Outdoor Folk Art (Update)

Bonjour! Please forgive the re-post, but some of content shared in my original post is no longer available (see Author Update below). As I have been sharing, I've spent a lot of time at home over the last five months and had the pleasure of spending extra time with Mon Mari and Le Chien. We… Continue reading Quarantine Scenes: Outdoor Folk Art (Update)

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Quarantine Scenes: Outdoor Folk Art

Bonjour! As I have been sharing, I've spent a lot of time at home over the last five months and had the pleasure of spending extra time with Mon Mari and Le Chien. We are adjusting to our new home in Vermont and working from home in our home office spaces. Despite the uncertainty and… Continue reading Quarantine Scenes: Outdoor Folk Art

Joyful Living, Travel

The Pleasure Principle

Bonjour! A weekend morning is the perfect time to relax over a lingering breakfast (and bake!). As part of my commitment to joyful living and simple pleasures, I am trying to incorporate moments of quietude and pleasure instead of just rushing to do work and chores when I wake up. Being ever eager to accomplish… Continue reading The Pleasure Principle

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Quarantine Scenes: Bunnies

Bonjour! As I wrote recently, I've spent a lot of time at home over the last four months and had the pleasure of spending extra time with Mon Mari and Le Chien. We are adjusting to our new home in Vermont and working from home in our home office spaces. Despite the uncertainty and stress… Continue reading Quarantine Scenes: Bunnies

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Happy Independence Day from Joie de Vivre

Bonjour! During this Fourth of July holiday weekend, I’m ruminating on what it means to be independent and free, values deeply rooted in American history and culture. To me, independence is the ability to live unfettered by external control or influence. Freedom is the ability to live free from oppression or restraint. Both understandings make… Continue reading Happy Independence Day from Joie de Vivre

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Personalized Stationery Wardrobe

Bonjour! As part of my commitment to joyful living, I love writing letters and sending mail. It is chic and charmant, and also creates an authentic connection with the recipient. Writing notes is a great way to help during the pandemic by keeping in touch with friends and family. Making Correspondence Personal "Letter writing allows… Continue reading Personalized Stationery Wardrobe

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Quarantine Scenes: Baking

Bonjour! I've spent a lot of time at home over the last four months and had the pleasure of spending extra time with Mon Mari and Le Chien. We are adjusting to our new home in Vermont and working from home in our home office spaces. Despite the uncertainty and stress of the pandemic, we… Continue reading Quarantine Scenes: Baking

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How Do I Help? Update

Bonjour! I wrote my first post on helping during the pandemic a couple of months ago. Things were still new, scary, and overwhelming, and I thought it was important to focus on positive ways to help in the community: stay home, donate, support local businesses, and find reliable information. This post re-shares what we can… Continue reading How Do I Help? Update

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How to Be an Ally and Advocate

Bonjour! I've been thinking a lot lately about racism, sexism, and homophobia in American society. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery once again throw into sharp relief the racial divide in the United States and the undeniable fact that our toxic culture places less value on certain lives than others,… Continue reading How to Be an Ally and Advocate

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Happy Anniversary, Joie de Vivre!

Bonjour! This post celebrates Joie de Vivre’s first anniversary. I started this blog one year ago this week, just shy of my 35th birthday. To celebrate, Joie de Vivre has a fresh look. I updated some style, design, and layout elements and created dedicated pages for food, travel, joyful living, and work. I'm also experimenting… Continue reading Happy Anniversary, Joie de Vivre!

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Happy Memorial Day from Joie de Vivre

Bonjour! This is a short post to say happy Memorial Day! I hope you had a nice holiday weekend and were able to relax and enjoy. I also want to thank you for following Joie de Vivre and supporting my writing. I appreciate you! This morning, I considered this quotation from William Henry Channing, a… Continue reading Happy Memorial Day from Joie de Vivre

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How Do I Help?

"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something." - Barack Obama Salut! The state of the world with coronavirus has me thinking. Thinking about my own life, thinking about the lives of others, thinking about the future of work, economics, and health. I am lucky. Almost every morning, I… Continue reading How Do I Help?

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Moving into a New Home, with Dachshund

"Friendship is better because friends help you move, they drive you to the airport. Boyfriends just . . . Love you and marry you." - Leslie Knope, Parks & Recreation Salut! I hope this post finds you safe healthy during this time of coronavirus. I am adjusting to the new normal of working from home, cooking… Continue reading Moving into a New Home, with Dachshund

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CARES Act Information

Salut! I hope you are all safe and healthy. I'm feeling overwhelmed and impotent, wondering what I can do to help during the coronavirus crisis. Today's post shares some information from my accountant and my own research about the newly enacted economic relief law in the United States, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security… Continue reading CARES Act Information