Bonne Annee! We've returned from the Cote D'Azur having had a truly wonderful trip in the South of France with our grown kids and their significant others. Jill's daughter, Anna, found us a fabulous 6-bdrm house in the heart of Menton Village and we quickly mastered the little town and its corresponding train system, which meant we could easily visit the nearby sites of Eze, Nice, and Monte Carlo, not to mention Bordighera, and Sanremo just across the border - all of which I highly recommend (breakfast in France, lunch in Italy). "Bon jour et buon giorno!"
Having never been much of an an intrepid winter tourist, Europe in December was a revelation . . .
I've been on a STRICT diet for the past five weeks which means no carbs, no sugar, no juice, no rice, no dairy, no starch, no grains, no cookies, no doughnuts, no fun, no joy, no LIFE . . . It's supposedly short-term sacrifices for long-term gains. BUT I'm starting to wonder as the pounds slowly come off (too slowly), if I'll need to eat like a rabbit for the rest of my life. (Is there ever going to be a baked potato in my future?)
No sooner did we clean up from Thanksgiving than the holiday decorations began popping up here, there, and everywhere. (Some folks didn't wait for Turkey Day to pass before going all out.) For many, it's an annual tradition, and why not? The holiday season is upon us, which means it's time to start stringing the lights, trimming the trees, and dusting off the menorahs. Whatever you celebrate, our homes create the perfect backdrop to display our holiday spirit.
But have you ever wondered why we go to such great lengths to decorate during this time of year? . . .
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 18 years and has published more than 750 humorous but always informative, essays on life and real estate.