Sunday, May 1, 2011

Next Week or La Semaine Prochaine

You are all so wonderful. Thank you for your kindness. I'm so happy to be among animal lovers.
My Macha is a very sick girl, well actually she's a femme d'un certain age -- 14-years-old -- but she is the loveliest dog, with a wry, dry sense of humor and the sweetest nature. Dr. Dal Corso is in love with her as well. He said she is the gentlest, most courageous dog he has ever met and together we're going to make certain she makes it to at least her 15th birthday.
While we're working toward that goal I'm shoving pills and liquids down her throat and he taught me how to give her shots. (It's amazing what one can do for love.) 

Happy May Day

On May 1st, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. As a consequence, each year on May 1st he offered the flowers to the ladies of the court. At the beginning of the 20th century, it became a custom on today's date to give a sprig of lily of the valley as a symbol of springtime. Since, in many countries, including France, today is Labor Day, the government permits individuals and workers' organizations to sell them free of taxation. 

Now the offering is more a small gesture of kindness, love and thoughtfulness.

I received my sprig this morning as I have every year since I met My-Reason-For-Living-In-France (MRFLIF). As tradition suggests, the lady receiving the spray of lily of the valley should give a kiss in return. 

She did. 

On the Calendar:

Lundi: My take on Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange.

Mardi: News & Views.

Mercredi: Probably more News & Views.

Jeudi: Party pictures.

Vendredi: More party pictures. 

(MRFLIF and I went to a divine party and I took lots of pictures. Since the elegant invitees were slugging back wine, everyone seemed flattered that I wanted to photograph them.)

Samedi: Surprise. . .

Dimanche: Next week's line-up.

Again & again, thank you for making my life so rich. Your kindness brings me to tears.

A demain.


LuxeBytes said...

Get well, Macha. You are in good hands.

When my husband and I got married, we lived in an apartment building that had lilies of the valley in the back yard. Just a few cuttings would scent our entire 900 square feet. Incomparable! Two years ago, I planted some in a container in my front yard, and I have yet to see a single shoot! Very disappointing, as lilies of the valley are one of my favorites.

We're expecting some snow here, on this first day of May. Crazy, no?

I was just looking at Macha's picture again, and I can't decide if I'd rather have a million bucks or Macha's ears full of nickels.


ms. caboo said...

I have lilies of the valley all over my front garden. They smell wonderful! And they spread like crazy.

Dash said...

Tish, keeping my fingers and toes crossed for Macha, Crusoe is also going through the wars, after a contratom with the local goat population he is lame at present, right hind leg, he has totally lost his terrier spring and the anti inflammatory's have not worked so he will have to go in for an operation next week, they had to put under a general anaesthetic just to ex ray his leg, seeing him come round from the aesthetic was one of the most harrowing things I have experienced, our K9 friends give us so much joy and break our hearts. If it's any consolation my best friends border collie 'Mattie' was on deaths door a few months ago (she is 14) after a trip to the vets and lots of drugs, she is fine now, leaping around like a puppy, I really wish the same for Macha.

Belle de Ville said...

Tish, I'm so sorry about your dog and I do hope that she will feel better soon. Give her a big kiss for me.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I so hope all of the medications work for your sweet puppy! May Day is my son's 19th it has always been a special day in our household!
Please come over to my site today and read the story I have posted. Totally unexpected, but I got to witness a soap star yesterday give encouragment to a budding jewelry was a wonderful moment!!

pavlova said...

Sending healing thoughts to your beloved Macha from New England where the lilies of the valley are yet to bloom.
They have always been a May highlight for me. Enjoy
your May Day!

Deja Pseu said...

So glad to hear Macha is back home with you. She sounds like a wonderful dog.

It's too warm and dry here for lilies of the valley to grow. But Happy May Day to you, and enjoy those lilies.
I'm very much looking forward to reading your take on Parisian Chic.

Fay said...

Hope your Macha is better soon and love the idae of all those lillies of the valley Fay x

BigLittleWolf said...

And a happy May 1st to you too, Tish! (In place of muguet pour feter today - I have some word play - en français !!!

Have a great week!


Claudia said...

My Sadie is almost 13 and decisions will have to be made soon - so the last posts filled me with - just filled me. I love the idea of bringing in a lily-of-the-valley today (very chilly start to May) to infuse the home wth spring and - with love.

Anonymous said...

My lily of the valley are beautiful this year. The flower starred at the Royal Wedding, in the bouquet and as button holes. Beautiful and delicate.

Bisous for your beautiful dog.

Anonymous said...

Sending good vibes to Macha and her family. I hope spring gets much happier for all.

Northmoon said...

Glad to hear (read) that Macha is still with you and at home again.

My lily of the valley are only two inches out of the ground. I love them; I remember my grandmother always picked luxurious perfumed bunches of them for her house.

ida said...

Hope Macha is feeling a bit better today,those sad brown eyes!Ida

cindy said...

I am terrified of needles, but when my cat developed kidney failure at 17 years old I had to give her subcutaneous fluids every day for three years until she finally failed completely. It is true that one will whatever it takes for for those one loves. I used to sit on the bathroom floor with her in my lap and sing I've Got You Under My Skin while she was getting her fill up.

chicago.girl said...

Please give a hug and a rub of the ears to your dear Macha. What would we do without our faithful pups? They love us unconditionally and teach us so much about life...

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

What a sweet Lily of the Valley image Tish.

I am happy to hear that Macha came home with you...
it's such a difficult time when our pets get sick, we feel sick too.


Duchesse said...

My wishes for the stability and recovery of your beloved dog.

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