Guest Blogger – Benji

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On Wednesday, December 26th, we went to the butterfly Pavillion.

 

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That is why we went there. I had some art displayed there.

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Also, I got to touch crabs and star fish!

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Ginny, Avery, and I got to hold Rosie! Rosie is a tarantula.

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Really big butterflies landed on us and freaked out mom!

 

Thanks for reading this. Have a happy new year.

 

 

 

 

 

Home Sweet Home

We made it home safe and sound. The plane trip was looooong.

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But getting home and sleeping in our own bed was heaven.

Our house sitter had everything ready for us. Sweet.

I also had Amy Hamrick -aka The Sweeper, come spruce up the home place for us. If you are looking for someone to help you with those New Year resolutions call Amy. She is a master at cleaning closets and organizing clutter.

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Of course, once we emptied the suitcases the house was a mess again. Oh well.

Jet lag is over and now we are ready for the next trip. We are off to Denver and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Looks like snow is in the forecast!

Merry Christmas from us to you.

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Au revoir

The time has come for us to say au revoir to the City of Lights.

Avenue des Champs Elysees.

This has been such a life changing trip for us. We have had some amazing days and some nightmare days.

Life never turns out exactly as we expect, but one thing is for certain, it is always an adventure. We have been blessed.

Things I will miss about Paris:

Petey Jones – who knew I  would grow to love this fur ball so much?

Le Chat dans la douche

The metro – I love public transportation

8 rue Bremontier to Left of Church

Brie and baguette – ate too much!

The beautiful lights at night

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The buskers in the metro

All the shoe stores

The church bells ringing next door

The towel warmers in the bathroom

Walking everywhere

Our cozy flat

Beautiful clothes

A housekeeper!

Things I will not miss about Paris:

The odor of the metro

The urban outdoorsmen

Dog …. on the streets

Noise

Walking everywhere

Cat fur 🙂

Crowds

Expensive everything

BUT ….We can’t wait to return.

Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Next week we go to Denver to enjoy family time.

 

 

Trash Talk

Our good friends Jerry and Jeanie are bee keepers. Did you notice how we focus on bees with some of our posts? Jerry has educated us on the importance of bees and the environment.

We also try to keep up with the latest “trash innovations.”  Jeanie’s grandson, Jake knows a lot about trash and he has spiked my interest in it also. So this post is dedicated to Jake.

The City of Paris makes a lot of trash. It is estimated that each person living in the city makes 1,600 lbs of trash in a year. This does not take into account the tourists or industrial waste. That is A LOT of trash!

But they are also big on recycling. We have three different trash cans:

One for glass…

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One for recycling…yellow lid

 

Apt. Trash and Recycle Bins

One for the trash that is left….

Here is some of our trash ready to be recycled.

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They recycle everything possible: cans, plastic cellophane, cardboard, plastic, paper, and glass. You look for the recycle icon on labels and that helps you know what is recyclable.

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There are some items that do not recycle well. Such as light bulbs, batteries, or the hard plastic lids from milk bottles or cola bottles. There are bins in the local stores for you to bring those items. Pretty cool!

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Some neighborhoods also have these large bottle recycle bins. You deposit the bottles according to color.

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I am glad this city is trying to control litter and trash, but just like any huge city…..there will always be trash…..everywhere. Maybe Jake will be able to work on this problem for us.

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