It’s Mid February and we are experiencing a heat wave…. 80 degrees.
time for a swim. Laps in the pool, love it!

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I just returned from my first Mardi Gras in New Orleans…. what a spectacle! I had a blast!!!
The floats, beads, costumes (everyone wears them) and drinking were totally over the top. Not knowing what to expect, thinking along the wave of Vegas. But, actually nothing like it. Thank goodness. This event is steeped in tradition, from the order of the floats and whom will ride in them. Mostly men. The tradition goes as follows. Men climb aboard these ornately constructed floats, some 40 yards long. They are dressed in the theme of each float. i.e. an Alligator, and 50 men are dressed in little alligators. They throw necklaces, footballs, frisbees and glowing trinkets into the crowds as they meander through the streets outside the french quarter. All to end up in a certain location for a grand ball. The women come dressed in long gowns awaiting their man.
It’s wild, loud and awesome! My hat goes off to the city of New Orleans to pull this off every year. Not only is there 3 parades daily, but, for the whole week leading up to Fat Tuesday.
What a party!!!!

The Mona Lisa’s Twin Painting Discovered
February 02, 2012 Conservators at Madrid’s Museo del Prado recently discovered that a replica of the Mona Lisa might have been painted by one of
What a wonderful bit of history. The most famous painting in the world, The Mona Lisa.. has a partner. It seems that 2 Mona Lisa’s were painted side by side one by Leonardo da Vinci, and one of his students. They will be reunited in the Louvre soon…. how wonderful. Catch the story on NPR on the link below.

http://www.npr.org/2012/02/02/146288063/painting-sheds-new-light-on-the-mona-lisa

Not sure how many of us truly make each day count. Whether we are home or traveling. Stop…. take a look around you and observe what is there. Stop and listen to others… everyone has a story. You know yours, listen, really listen! That way you will make everyday count.

well it’s not Paris… but, here in SoCa we were invited to a lovely wine tasting at Bighorn CC. They were pouring over 100 different wines. A couple from France, but, bien-sur, mostly California. The setting is lovely. Perched on a hill over looking the valley, we held our glasses of small tastes of wines, while enjoying the twinkling of the city lights down below. What a fabulous way to spend a few hours…. with friends, drinking wine and the view….. spectacular!