Oh, happy day! It snowed through the night. When I threw open the curtains, the garden was sparkling white. Our almost 14-year-old dog started playing with the five-year-old, that's how ecstatic we are over here. All I need is a sled.
My-Reason-For-Living-In-France said Pere Noel might bring me one.
Usually I tend to digress, now it seems I'm also regressing. But, no matter, some news from the front:
At times I suspect I may be the last person in the world to discover something "new!" However, I also assume it's not possible that I could be alone.
Consequently I must share my latest discovery, stuffed animals. No, no, wait, I wasn't a deprived child. Let me give you the background. Saturday night we had a small dinner party, and our friend Christine and her husband came laden with gifts. Absolutely incredible, a delicious candle, fabulous wine from their cellar, raspberry jam for My-Reason-For-Living-In-France (his favorite), and late in the evening, a teddy bear.
Let me make myself perfectly clear up-front, I am not one of those women who has stuffed animals on her bed. I may want a sled for Christmas but that does not mean I have completely reverted to childhood.
BUT(!) and this is my discovery -- yours too, I hope -- my new teddy bear is not like any teddy bear I have ever owned, or seen, or heard of heretofore. My new teddy bear is in fact the equivalent of a hot water bottle. Yes, he is!
He is unbelievably soft, has absolutely no joints which is to say he can be manipulated in any form one would like and he is stuffed with lavender something-or-other. He smells dee-vine.
As I said, a pseudo hot water bottle, once one is finished cuddling and smelling him, you pop him (or her) into the microwave for two to three minutes, remove and place wherever you are cold or have an ache or pain. Right now he's hanging around my neck. The heat is comforting, the lavender is soothing. Bliss.
Yes, of course, most people buy them for children, but what a waste of an ageless pleasure.
(He is made by Intelex, a company in England.)
Pictured above are other members of his extended family.
Elle magazine said recently if one would like to change everything by simply adding one special item this season, it would be these masked Repettos. (Of course Elle says this every week about one thing or another, but this time I agree.)
Last Chance (Almost)
Please remember to tell me, if you haven't already, if you would like to be in on the drawing for the giveaway of Betty Lou Phillips' gorgeous "French Impressions" book.