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easter-weekend-016Things have been very busy lately, all our clients arrive for Easter or at the end of april, so houses to be opened, to be cleaned, pools clean and warm, gardens tidy, cars working, etc…

Three new clients in a few days, that was boosting us to go on because crisis is hanging over our heads like for everybody else. Lucky our clients still have to « maintain » their second homes so we won’t be out of business but paying gets a little « slower », our invoices are somewhat kept on hold… but we can’t complain !

Today, as I am writing, rain comes down again, awfull, because we have many leaks in our roof at home, several rooms, living and kitchen are filled with buckets to catch the fload !

Our friend, gardener, went up the roof the other day to check on « real bad tiles », well, he confirms that just 10% on the roof is ok, the rest is all broken, all just pieces of tiles left so no wonder it rains in the house when Mrs Nature pees all over !

We decided to get legal help for our house problems, our Landlord doesn’t want to hear or do something, so we will. We offered him to buy his house a few years ago, he declined our offer (which was much more than the exact value) so now he probably will have to make decisions once our lawyer will go after him.

Last weekend we had a great time, Easter ofcourse, but Philippe turned 40 ! We had a lovely Easterlunch, Foie Gras (Ph favorite, and homemade by Romain), a huge leg of Lamb, wonderful cheeses and a  chocolate cake with a Philadelphia icing on top (not rich at all….) made by Michaela and Dorine ! We managed to put 40 candles on it, it worked out perfect, he blew all of them in one time !!easter-weekend-054

 

Since a few weeks we are keeping a little doggy ( a friend who needed to go into hospital asked us to keep her sometime) and she, this lovely little Beagle puppy (10 months) decided to destroy half of our belongings… just to mention one ; the Charles Eames… she actually ate the leather on both sides…. the list would be too long of what she destroyed but she is such a lovely dog that we forget (not about that Eames tho’… our living room now is completely awfull !!!) 1304009-003

Philippe is training her, we don’t know when she will go back to her owner (if ever she will, because he might decide to leave her with us… like he did with Pablo, our Golden Retriever…)

I must admit she is fun, but it confirms I would never choose a little dog, I miss our Paquerette (Berner Sennen) very much, together with Pablo they are the two dogs I prefer and that I  grew up with, we’ve had so many of these breeds, now having this little dog in the house, it confirms that it makes me a little nervous. I keep on looking for her, she barks and runs around the house, I am not quite used to it, but I probably will have too (I’m just getting old hahaha).

I have many other things to say but need to do a little work, this was a quick update, I’ll try to get back soon ! xoxo

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St.Valentin entre Sand et Musset

Bien coquins nos écrivains  
LETTRE DE GEORGE SAND À ALFRED DE MUSSET !
A lire du début à la fin pour comprendre l’humour de cette lettre!

Je suis très émue de vous dire que j’ai
bien compris l’autre soir que vous aviez
toujours une envie folle de me faire
danser. Je garde le souvenir de votre
baiser et je voudrais bien que ce soit
là une preuve que je puisse être aimé
par vous. Je suis prête à montrer mon
affection toute désintéressée et sans cal-
cul, et si vous voulez me voir aussi
vous dévoiler sans artifice mon âme
toute nue, venez me faire une visite.
Nous causerons en amis, franchement.
Je vous prouverai que je suis la femme
sincère, capable de vous offrir l’affection
la plus profonde comme la plus étroite
en amitié, en un mot la meilleure preuve
que vous puissiez rêver, puisque votre
âme est libre. Pensez que la solitude où j’ha-
bite est bien longue, bien dure et souvent
difficile. Ainsi, en y songeant j’ai l’âme
grosse. Accourez donc vite et venez me la
faire oublier par l’amour où je veux me
mettre.

MUSSET S’EMPRESSA DE REPONDRE :

Quand je mets vos pieds un éternel hommage,
Voulez-vous qu’un instant je change de visage ?
Vous avez capturé les sentiments d’un coeur
Que pour vous adorer forma le Créateur.
Je vous écris, amour, et ma plume en lire
Couche sur le papier ce que je n’ose dire.
Avec soin de mes vers lisez les premiers mots :
Vous saurez quel remède apporter mes maux.

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Romantique n’est-ce pas ?
Maintenant relisez la lettre de Sand une ligne sur 2…
Et les premiers mots de chaque ligne de celle de Musset.
Tout ceci est authentique, comme quoi ils se marraient bien au XIXe siecle!

Irelands Call

Tomorrow 6 nations rugbycompetition starts again, starts off with Ireland-France, and one of the things I always love to hear and sing out loud is « Irelands Call » :

Come the day and come the hour
Come the power and the glory
We have come to answer
Our Country’s call
From the four proud provinces of Ireland

Chorus

Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll answer Ireland’s call

2

From the mighty Glens of Antrim
From the rugged hills of Galway
From the walls of Limerick
And Dublin Bay
From the four proud provinces of Ireland
(Chorus)

3

Hearts of steel
And heads unbowing
Vowing never to be broken
We will fight, until
We can fight no more
For the four proud provinces of Ireland
Sung by the Irish rugbyteam it brings out a lot of emotions but here is another version with the Celtic Thunder :

One day, a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very Sexy nightie. 
‘Tie me up,’ she purred, ‘and you can do anything you want.’  
So he tied her up and went golfing.

 

A woman came home, screeching her car into the driveway, and ran into the house. 
She slammed the door and shouted at the top of her lungs, ‘Honey, pack your bags. I won the lottery!’ 
The husband said, ‘Oh my God! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?’ 

‘Doesn’t matter,’ she said. ‘Just get out.’ 

 

Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband.

 

A Polish immigrant went to the DMV to apply for a driver’s license. 
First, of course, he had to take an eye sight test. 
The optician showed him a card with the letters   
  
 
‘C Z W I X N O S T A C Z.’  
‘Can you read this?’ the optician asked. 
‘Read it?’ the Polish guy replied, ‘I know the guy.’

 

Mother Superior called all the nuns together and said to them, ‘I must tell you all something. We have a case of gonorrhea in the convent.’  
‘Thank God,’ said an elderly nun at the back. ‘I’m so tired of chardonay.’

 

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. 
Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen. 
‘Careful,’ he said, ‘CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Ha ve you LOST your mind? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the! salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!’ 
The wife stared at him. 
‘What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?’ 
The husband calmly replied, ‘I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.’ 

 

 

Riviera Expat office !

Our office, open since september 2008 ! We are very proud !
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Senile ? Have a good laugh !

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, 
‘How old was your husband?’ ’98,’ she replied. 
‘Two years older than me’ 
‘So you’re 96,’ the undertaker commented. 
She responded, ‘Hardly worth going home, is it?

 

Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman: 
‘And what do you think is the best thing 
About being 104?’ the reporter asked. 
She simply replied, ‘No peer pressure.’

 

The nice thing about being senile is 
You can hide your own Easter eggs.

 

I’ve sure gotten old!   
I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, 
New knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes 
I’m half blind, 
Can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, 
Take 40 different medications that 
Make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. 
Have bouts with dementia . 
Have poor circulation; 
Hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. 
Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92. 
Have lost all my friends.
But, thank God, 
I still have my driver’s license.

 

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, 
So I got my doctor’s permission to 
Join a fitness club and start exercising. 
I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. 
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, 
By the time I got my leotards on, 
The class was over.

 

My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. 
Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.

 

Know how to prevent sagging? 
Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

 

It’s scary when you start making the same noises 
As your coffee maker. 

 

THE SENILITY PRAYER: 
Grant me the senility to forget the people 
I never liked anyway, 
The good fortune to run into the ones I do, and 
The eyesight to tell the difference.

 

Now, I think you’re supposed to share this with 5 or 6, maybe 10 others. Oh heck, give it to a bunch of your friends if you can remember who they are! 
  
Always Remember This: 
You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, 
You grow old because you stop laughing!!

New Year Resolutions !

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile.  It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My   purpose is to __________ today.’

5. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy. 

6. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2008.

7. Make time to practice meditation, and prayer.

They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the NEGATIVE BLUES away.

18. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’

26. Forgive everyone for everything.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Remember God heals everything.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch.

31. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

33. The best is yet to come.

34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

35. Do the right thing!

36. Call your family often. (Or email them to death!)

37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am   thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

40. Please have this read by everyone you care about.  I just did.

May your troubles be less,

May your blessings be more,

May nothing but happiness come through your door!

Happy New Year !