Back home for the first full day after Paris and feeling pretty good, with very little jet lag at all. I was going to jump back into this month’s prompts list, but today’s was cheese and I realized while I consumed a ton of it there, I failed to ever snap a photo reference. We started the day with a bit of French toast and some insanely delicious French raw honey that we received from a friend there, so I decided to doodlewash that instead. We had to pick up bread since our refrigerator was emptied before we left, and were going to add a little maple syrup, but realized we were out. Then we remembered we had something even better buried in a suitcase, and it was a revelation! A new simple thing to love and crave, as the honey was unlike any we had ever tasted. A mix of floral notes from plants not found in our state that made the flavor seem exotic and we had to cap it and hide it in the back of our cupboard in order to resist eating the entire jar.
While unpacking our bags, we realized we had actually managed to purchase quite a lot of new fall clothes there. With a sudden burst of energy, we cleared out our closets of old clothes and ended up taking three bags to donate to charity. After all of that, we remembered to be properly exhausted and have spent the afternoon doing nothing much at all. Phineas is curled up in a tight little ball and snoring, completely exhausted from having been at what we call “camp” for the duration of our trip. He’s not a fan of being around a bunch of other dogs as I’m rather sure he thinks he’s not one at all. But he’s happy to be home again. Though he did seem a bit nervous during our closet cleaning extravaganza as though we might be packing to leave once more.
As much as I love spending time in Paris, it’s equally wonderful to be back home again. Our life isn’t very exotic, there or here, but it’s filled with lovely little routines that I cherish. Any little new thing is enough to thrill me, like a little kid throwing the expensive Christmas present on the floor in order to play with the box it came in. I’m still that little kid. Loving each day for every little new thing that happens and every little favorite thing I look forward to doing again. The world can be a crazy place and there’s so much uncertainty as to what might happen in the future. But each day, there’s always something to look forward to, and that makes life pretty amazing. Like the first taste of the best honey you’ve ever eaten.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Deep, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
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