Monday, April 16, 2012

Focus, Focus, Focus

I was asked to be a guest blogger on this incredible blog. I'm honoured really.
It's a collaborative blog.
First time for everything I say.

These woman are excellent photographers, and some very professional ones too. They are wives, moms, teachers and decorators.
So WHY ME? That's what I asked. WHY ME?
They wanted a little diversity.
Diversity, I said?
You got it.
Most of you know  I LOVE PINK, so you'll see a lot of it here.
I also ADORE a little BLUE.
MOOD SWING, GET IT?
I LOVE being silly with my GIRLFRIENDS.
 And of course LOVE all my fur babies. 
 Sweet SASHA (rescue). She's diabetic and struggling right now.


 I drink one of these EVERY morning. My only addiction.

 Here's Toby. The one that barks at everything that moves.
He's good with all the PINK.
 I'm SPOILED with my addiction (Okay, THAT'S TWO)  to AUDREY and TIFFANY.
 More fur cuteness.
 Mama Cat (rescue)
 Fat Cat (rescue)

 WHAT? Married 24 years?
RANDY


 Another LOVE of mine is our PINK COTTAGE on the RIVER.
I live in a very small town in the country. One hour to Ottawa, and only
1 1/2 hrs. to Montréal. I have the best of both worlds with MONTRÉAL being my favourite.
Our BREATHTAKING sunsets are magical. 
   I'm proud to be CANADIAN.
 The RED and WHITE comes through in our backyard. Can you tell?
I used an awful lot of paint out there.
 I told you I LOVED TIFFANY'S, right?
 Blog land has opened up a WHOLE NEW WORLD for me.
 Here are my SISTA'S in MONTRÉAL.  They flew in from all over the U.S. and Canada.

I LOVE you all.


Let's move on shall we? So much to show you. 
 We have a sweet little guest cottage that boasts an outdoor shower.The stripes on the right.
THIS IS THE WINTER SCENE.
We also have a pool back there.
Care to stay a while?

 Back in Montréal with my girls in the fountain.

Aw, the cobble stone streets, the French flair, the art, the food.

There are over 5000 Tim Hortons in Canada alone.

 BONAPARTE INN. What a lovely stay.
Thank God they didn't catch us doing this!!

Let's go back to the cottage shall we?
 The "View" from the GUEST cottage.
Yes our GUESTS just lounge around in their peignoirs.





 
 TOLD YOU IT WAS BREATHTAKING.

I CALL THIS ONE "MY PEARL TREE".
See, all our guests hang around in their P.J.'s. Anyone who knows me knows
I LOVE MY P.J.'s.
Brunch inside the cottage with my SUMMER BREEZE girls.
Randy made us eggs benedict.
It's empty now... waiting.
I live VERY close to the QUÉBEC border. No customs. Just hop on a ferry and spend 7 splendid minutes crossing the river. In the winter we cross the ICE BRIDGE, which means you literally drive across the river with your vehicle. Don't hold your breath or gasp, it's true.
BONJOUR LES FILLES.



  COLT 19
 Riley 21
And Brittany 23
I'm originally from Cornwall, about an hour away from here in Ontario,
but as you can see, I don't really like it there.
This was taken before boarding the 1000 Island Ferry to Boldt's Castle.
Needless to say THE FOOD WAS AWFUL.
 Boldt's Castle on the American side.
It's a real true LOVE story. You might want to GOOGLE it.
One thing we do ENJOY is POUTINE.
French fries with squeaky cheese curds on top then smothered in a rich brown gravy.
OH MON DIEU!!!
This entourage greets me every time I come home. 
Since Lucky and Sasha were adopted 2 yrs. ago, I never did get to see them as babies.
So I think this is what they must have looked like when they were puppies.
LUCKY ON THE LEFT, SASHA ON THE RIGHT. They will be 13 yrs. old this month.
LOVE.

  Sasha on the left, Lucky on the right.

My BFF is a 91 yr. old Catholic nun. She's my cousin.
I love her to tears. We laugh, we cry. but when we laugh, we laugh hard.
 We, or should I say I, play dress-up,

I let her wear my Tiffany sunglasses,
 Pretend she's a Xmas tree,
sweeten her up for Easter,
 and take her on many adventures.
I dine with them all the time, and they accept me for who I am.
They are Sisters of Charity.
Sister Lolotte (her nick name) has been a nun for over 70 years.
Bless her sweet heart, like my friends in the South would say.

I'm a GREAT AUNTY for the first time too.
AUBREE MARIE SMITH
I have one EXTRA sweet sister.
And did I mention an AMAZING HUSBAND?
Yes I did.


So THAT is a little insight to Claudie's world. Most of you know me, 
but for the sweet ladies who don't from 
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my little piece of the world.
Now go and visit these extraordinary ladies that make the 
world a brighter place, you won't regret it.
click below.

http://focusingonlifegrp.blogspot.ca/

31 comments:

Beverly said...

Claudie, this is fabulous. Everything is "Claudie" - and perfection.

Love you, dear Claudie.♥♥♥

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

Geez! I'm sitting here with tears rolling down my face! Okay, so part of that is allergies, but mostly it's the photos that bring back those precious memories of last summer. How I would love to be sitting back in your baby doll cottage waiting for Randy and Colt to serve up the most delicious Eggs Benny and Mimosas.

I remember every day, but the pictures just bring those memories back to life.

I love you - truly, I do.
BTW...it's 3:30 and I still have my jammies on!

My love to the family and hugs and smooches to you.
...to the moon and beyond!
xoxo

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

OH! Did you know that today is National Eggs Benedict Day?!!!

REALLY!

xoxoxo

Kimberly said...

Your such fun! even thru the computer.

Love all the pictures especially the pups! all so cute.

Kimberly said...

Your such fun! even thru the computer.

Love all the pictures especially the pups! all so cute.

Sandy Michelle said...

Aw what a lovely post! I didn't know you had a guest cottage? Neat! Is it muggy over there too? have a nice evening!
Sandy xox

Tami Kenner said...

Hi Claudie..I was stopping by to tell you I didn't know I had that awful double word thing on my blog to leave a comment...I hate those!! Thank you for letting me know, I am getting rid of it...anyways...wow I just got lost in that amazing post you have up.
Love your blog & my visits with you.
Have a wonderful week..xo Tami

dana said...

Gosh, Claudie...that was just a wonderful post!!!!! I have to say I've had a cruddy day..but you just put things into perspective...made me chuckle, made me tear up...made me remember to appreciate, appreciate, appreciate.

Love to you!!!! Dana

Leslie's Garden said...

What a delightful post! I want to put on a negligee and come spend the night! I've never even owned one, but I just might have to get me one! And I think your cousin is so dear.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh Claudie I hope to visit you in your world one of these days! XOXOXO Linda

Red Rose Alley said...

What a charming post, Claudie. I loved looking into your world, and I was noticing all the pink around your house. You have such good friends, and they look like they are having a great time at the cottage! These ladies picked the right person to be a guest on their blog. You are fun, delightful, and fabulous! What more can we ask for? Great post today, sweetie.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Ahhhh, I just love this so much Claudie!
Beautiful, beautiful, your life, your stories, your family and friends!
I adore your cottage especially all the red outside!
And your Bff is so special and maybe she gives you a little leg up the heaven ladder! lol!
Oh I so want to go to Montreal..your a great salesperson too!
Big Hugs my friend,
Cindy

wendy said...

I LOVED LOVED LOVE this
ADORED it
ENJOYED it
(shall I go on)
I just swallowed up every sentence, and every photo
soooooo many good memories there
Just like Miss Bee said, it seems like yesterday, and I too remember IT ALL !!!!
You do actually live in a piece of heaven my dear
Those sunsets are magical
Your family gracious and lovely
Your home and surroundings is enchanted
Your humor is contagious
SISTER is adorable....I loved her Easter photo. Such a dear she is.
I love your "addictions"... ha ha, Tiffany's and Iced coffee..IS THAT ALL !!!!!!

anyway, you did a really good job of this "guest post"
What could be more fun then a walk through Claudie's World.

Oh how I adore you, xxxxooooo

Leslie's Garden said...

Claudie, I live in Georgia and we are far along in our spring growing season. My daffodils bloomed in January! I now have buds on my hydrangeas and buds on the daylillies. It's been a beautiful spring! That Clematis I think blooms earlier than some.

I'm going to run right to a thrift store and see if I can find a negligee!

racheld said...

Whoa, Sweetpea!!

I feel as if I've been on a wonderful, beautiful, aweet sisterly pink cushy fun roller-coaster ride, with lovely friends and good times galore.

I just strolled through for a few minutes before bed---we had a REALLY active day, a lot of it out in the chilly wind, so that when we got home and got warm and had our supper, we just sorta let down.

Then THIS marvel---woke ME right the heck up, I can tell you.

You DO beat all.

xxxxxxoooooo

rachel

jeanne said...

Oh Claudie, when you do a post is is always magnificent. I adore the first baby on a cake photo. Soooo cute. I got so emotional when you shared our wonderful week in Canada. It brought back the most wonderful memories.
I am thinking of sister Lolotte and praying she is feeling better. She is such a dear person.

Your surroundings on the river is like living a dream. You live over the top, you love over the top and having you for my darling friend/2nd mom is over the top. Thank you Claudie for being my loving, thoughtful and decidedly beautiful French Canadian friend.

Did I tell you how much I love your post today?

I LOVE YOUR POST. Big smile here.

Sending BIG hugs your way tonight and always,
Jeanne xoxoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest Claudie,

This was a WONDERFUL AND WITTY TOUR of your world that I almost got a chance to be a part of. Everything here is full of sass and fun and BEAUTY! I love that "I'M STILL HOT..." that is hilarious.

My heart weeps inside as I see the lovely pictures of all of YOU WONDERFUL WOMEN who so lovingly embraced me as part of the group. You are special and you mean so much to me. THANK YOU...and YOU TELL SISTA LOLOTTE that she is absolutely stunning, and if I am blessed to reach HER AGE, I want to look like her!!!!!!! LOVE! Anita

Anonymous said...

LOVED your post today....love ALL of your posts!!! You are one of the most POSITIVE, witty, caring
fun-loving gals I have ever "met"..
I want to come and hang out in my pegnoir with the rest of you! I'd stay in that little cottage and just enjoy the beauty of it all..!!
Check to see if Randy can "top" Berch's eggs Benedict, and snuggle with all of those precious doggies!
and go on one of your adventures with y'all....hey, it might be a lot better for me than the PATCH!!!
You sure know how to treat your guests well....
Big hugs and love, Francy

Marydon said...

Another delightful Claudie ... Montreal is our favorite city also. Many lovely visits there. Your writes are always full of frolicking fun & fancies.

Your pooches are all adorable. I keep looking for 'the one'. It will happen.

Sherry-sis shared with me that gorgeous creation she designed for you. Awesome.

Have a beautiful week, Claudie.
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Charlene said...

Oh Claudie I KNEW I loved you when Cindy Craine told me all about you two's great adventure in Asheville but, after reading this & getting to know you better... I can see why she's bonkers about you. I've decided I will put you on my sidebar so I can see what you are up to. GOSH I would love it IF Cindy & I could bring our PJ's to your guest cottage & explore your amazing world. THANKS for sharing all these photos & all the good stuff about YOU!!!!!!!!! I love that little Audrey makeup bag... WHERE did you find it? Cindy & I leave for the "Tiffany Event" in California in 2 short weeks. HUGS!
Charlene

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

What a fabulous post Claudie! I would love to join you on your fun adventures! Love all these great pics!

LOve Deb xxoo

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Have missed you !!! so happy to be back and see what you've been up to.
LOVE the stories and all the photos..
I stay in my pj's a LOT but sigh my Sweetie doesn't make eggs for me,(he WOULD but they come out like rubber LOL ) love ya (())

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well..I am catching my breath here. I love that you mention how proud you are to be Canadian! I feel the same way about the United States. My sister in law is from Canada. Our second home is only 8 miles from the Canadian border.
What an interesting post..and the thing is..it made me feel like I know you! It always amazes me that I can feel that way so quickly as a blogger. You mentioned that as well..and you are right!
You have a beautiful family. I had to smile though, as your children are the ages of my Grands.
So..that means you are my daughters age!
:)
I love that!

LuLu Kellogg said...

What a fabulous post Claudie! All the photos are wonderful eye candy!

The sunset ones....*sigh*

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

June said...

Claudie, I SMILED ALL the way through this AWESOME post!!!!!!!!!!!
It was so FUN to get to know so much more about you. Your beauty just SHINES! I can tell that you love life and so then life loves you : )
I LOVE that you LOVE poodles too...and yours are all so darling. Oh your little guest cottage is awesome. I think you would have a hard time getting me to leave that sweet place. I loved all the photos of you with your girlfriends. They are a darling bunch!
And 24 years to a wonderful man is always the icing on the cake.
I always love it when you come by and leave a sweet note at my place.
sending big hugs your way...

Cindy Craine said...

OK the best part was seeing your cousin the nun in your Tiffany sunglasses!! It looks like you had a ball with all your girlfriends and that adorable hubby of yours!

Oh and show us the inside of your guest cottage, it looks a tad retro???? That would be so wonderful to put everyone that visits in their own little house! Well forst a studio then a guest house!!
Miss your beautiful face!!xoxoxoxxoxxo-cindy

Fifi Flowers said...

FUN post... sooooo much going on!!!

Alicia said...

QUE AMOR DE ANIMALITOS!!!!!!!!!DIVINOS.
LINDAS TUS FIESTAS TUS AMIGAS...
MUY BUENO.
SALUDITOS

jeanne said...

Hi Claudie, I love your new word. HA!
I am going to be featured on Pink Saturday because tomorrow is our 49th anniversary. It will be all about our life in progression of years. I am featuring my wedding dress. It is simple and pink. It was short because that was the fashion of the times. Very sixties.I am busy sending Beverly some photos of my dress right now.

I have not had time to write much this week. Lots going on.

Love you bunches,
Jeanne xoxoxo

~CC Catherine said...

Wowsa Dudette Claudette...this was a GREAT post! Love it down to every little picture... It made me feel like I got to meet you all over again...and I enjoyed doing that. The pics and your story also reminded me of why I love you so much...because you're YOU!!! Don't ever stop...you're great at loving EVERYONE! ;) Hugs! xoxo

~CC Catherine said...

PS: I still can't get over that pic of us when we were in Montreal all together walking down that shaded path...from the rear. What a great memory...brings smiles to my face every time. So does the one of us in the FOUNTAIN! Haha...what great times.....Oh yeah, and the BED JUMPING pics...PRICELESS. Love you sweetie.. xoxo