December 29, 2011

Glamour Girl-- Parisienne Black.. In London!Ywp

Yep!  That's ME, alright... all in black.. I've finally adopted the Parisien mode of dress...

December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Google is always so creative with their logos- here is the new one for Christmas.. It's interactive, too.. Go and check it out at HERE...

December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas...

Hi Everyone,

It's Monday, a little less than a week to go before Christmas and I wanted to take the time to wish all of you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas.

Love to all of you and lots of Holiday Cheer!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Picture courtesy of my friend, Raquel.

December 12, 2011

Thanksgiving in France... 2011

This year was quiet and stress free..

Thanks to Animesh for hosting... 

Everything was DELISH!! I didn't even have to make the yams 
b/c Patricia brought her wonderful potimaron/potato gratin.. YUM!!!
I made Fred's stuffing, of course.. YUMMMM!! Turkey breasts and 
Amanda made the cranberry sauce
and Animesh- the cornbread!
Patricia - green beans and broc. 

All in all- it was DELISH and a very special one with a few friends!
No bread and cheese like the big ones we've done in the past, but
they are all good and ALL delish!!

I'm THANKFUL for ALLLLL of my friends and family!

San Diego... Thanks Tony!!

Two shot of my 'native' San Diego... via Tony! Thanks Ton, for sending these to me for my San Diego--- 'fix!'

December 11, 2011

Adding SUNSHINE to a dreary Sunday...

Since I'm feeling a lot better on the morale side.. spirits are lifting up higher and higher.. I decided to send you all a little sunshine on a gray and dreary day.. Add a little sunshine to your day!

In ONE MONTH from now..

In exactly one month from today... we'll be getting on a plane to visit my dad and step mom in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.. A lot of you already know this.. but my step mom is Costa Rican and they have been living there for about 3+ years now.... A nice country to retire in!

So, I do blogging from there HERE (COSTA RICA HERE I COME) and I am posting some pics here that my step mom just sent me from her trip to Panama and then a few others from their place..

Can't wait to go--- to see my family and relax at the beach in the sun!

A cute little green snake in the garden...

My dad and the gazebo being build in their backyard... 

In Panama

Cows resting in Panama

December 10, 2011

My friend, Cliff.. Shout out to ya!!!

My friend, Cliff... of WIXY'S Gone Banana's lives in Ohio.  I live in France.  We have never met once in person but we are friends from blogging across the MILESSSSSSS and I consider him one of my good friends... This is because he's a REAL SWEETHEART of a man.  He has been there for me in support and encouragement when I have been down, blue and in suffering.. Not everyone knows what to say or do when we are going through rough times, and sometimes all we need is a hug or to let off some steam..

So, virtual hugs will do and thank you for your care and concern for me in my rough ad rocky times, my dear Cliff..   I want to give you a BIG virtual hug for being there for me...

Merci beaucoup from across the pond and hopefully one day, we'll meet in person...

Until then.... XOXO Leese

Manda Djinn Au Duc des Lombards


I wrote to you all in the previous post about a dear and cherished friend of mine who just recently journeyed on... Well, today is her birthday and today I celebrated her beautiful and wonderful life... She was a star here on earth- a jazz and gospel singer with a whole lotta soul.. her AMAZING voice took you into another realm...

I know she is singing in the Heaven's above now.. Sista Singa.. SING IT OUT, LOUD!!!

I love you, Manda.. and though your time here on earth with us is done and you've journeyed on...
You gorgeous smile, fantastic laugh and your outrageous humour and wit will stay with me until we meet again...      Your beloved friend, Leesa

REST IN PEACE and HAPPPPPPY BIRTHDAY to you where you are now...

November 27, 2011

Manda Djinn Loison...

Manda was my very first "American" friend in Paris over 5 years ago when I got to France.  She found me on Myspace, of all places.. She wrote to me out of the blue, introducing herself and talked about her music.. she's a jazz and gospel singer.  We met soon after and became fast friends..

Manda, from New York and I from, California- we made a great pair... Both of us with spunk and attitude.. no one could stop us!  We laughed a lot and talked a lot, but most of all... we understood each other... and we were there for one another!

Manda and I had a very special friendship and I counted her as one of my closest friends... She was struck with breast cancer a little over two years ago.. and battled with the disease with strength and power- and was doing well...   Over the summer, she was diagnosed with a lung condition and spent the past months being treated for it and learned also that her cancer had come out of remission.  She had two things going on and it wasn't easy, I know.  She fought bravely and with a lot of positive energy while undergoing treatments..  She had just restrarted chemo again.  She and I had close contact and she remained positive and with the spirit that I knew - strong and ready for a fight.

That is why I was in so much shock and was completely devastated when I received news yesterday from her husband that she was in the hospital and it wasn't good.  This couldn't be happening, not to my beloved friend.. She had so many years left to go..... So many more songs to sing... Oh.. I cannot even believe she is gone!  It's sad beyond my words can go... I miss my dearly, beloved friend.

This is a very difficult time to pass, losing someone I loved dearly.. Life is UNJUST and UNFAIR.  I have lost too many dear ones.. and on Wed, the anniversary of my mom's passing...

For all of you out there who have lost loved ones... my heart is with you, my thoughts are with you.. and we stand together in remembering with love all of the good times we shared with our loved ones.

MANDA, you will be missed so much and I am very sorry and very sad to see you go, my dear and cherished friend... You will be in my heart forever and I am sorry we didn't get to say goodbye.
I love you dearly.  Say hi to my mom, Mira, Bernhard... and all the others who are there to greet you! I know there will be a big concert in the Heaven's now that you are there- but here on Earth the tears are flowing... I miss you!  I love you very much!

November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, North Americans...

To all my friends in North America.. though Canada is earlier- like in October- I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope it's filled with lots of good eats and family fun!!!!  We're celebrating ours here on Sunday, Dec. 4th with friends... Can't wait!!

November 16, 2011

London shots..

 Oh! How I LOVE London!!!

Fall Time in London....

Fall time in London is simply GORGEOUS and here are a few shots to prove it!  My last trip to London found me with good weather- sunny times and warmth... with only a few days of drizzle/gray... I did lots of FUN things, saw many dear friends and eat DELISH food.. I LOVE London!!!

November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day/Armistice Day/Veteren's Day

A very nice write up about this special date in history.. November 11...  Read it HERE.

**Photo taken from the internet.

November 8, 2011

Eid Mubarkium...

For this special time of the year, I wish all of those celebrating Eid-  A very happy one!!
                  Eid Mubarkum...

November 3, 2011

BlogBlast 4 Peace 2011