the house i lived in


ahh fresh air. finally had to escape from ny, back to my parent’s house if only for a couple days. it’s weird cause they’re away while i dog sit my daisy who’s in retirement here. of course they stocked the fridge and now even have hd tv but i must say the house is not a home without ’em!

above is the garden from where i sit in the kitchen…

i gave them this poodle for the garden 20 years ago. what was i thinking? wait, i still love it!


think i’ll get them something lush for this tomorrow


and this is The Daisy, my angel who’s now 14, and the oldest grandchild of seven. (the rest are humans). still as much a pup as ever. but her back legs are starting to give out pretty hard core. i knew this would happen one day dammit


finally feeling back to my old self after seeing Ratatouille with my niece and 2 nephews last nite. it was like being in paris with them! jake, the youngest has really taken me by surprise as all he wants to do is be with me and explore the world alone together! so i went back today and we had a private lunch (he took me to a creperie in town), and i got to gaze into his big green eyes while we played and chatted for hours.


and now off for some girl time multi tasking as i to dig into my new old book, the 1939, Orchids on your Budget by Marjorie Mills WHILE i’m charging my cell on my new fangled solar powered gadget! maybe an old movie is on too? i’m in heaven!!


orchids illustration

oh one more thing, if you’re still here, this is some fabu eye candy! LOVE the website!ah

July 26, 2007. Books, Design, Gardening.


  1. Joy replied:

    I loved Ratatouille too – saw it with my kids and at some points I forgot it was animated!

    Cute nephew btw :) and Daisy looks adorable too…


  2. cityfarmer replied:

    an unbelievable vista from the kitchen where you sit….like a breath of fresh country air….sigh!!!!


  3. Anna replied:

    I too took my children to see the movie Ratatouille but purely for my benefit lol.

    It’s looks as though you had a blissful couple of days :)


  4. Frenchgardenhouse replied:

    What a gorgeous garden, it must be fun to be at your parents home! I love your Daisy, what a doll, just look at those eyes. It sounds like this is a fun time, relaxing and far away from the city life.

    Hope you enjoy these days.


  5. all the best replied:

    How pretty and tranquil! Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  6. Dawn replied:

    What a wonderful back yard your parents have!! So very lush and green. I love all the statuary sprinkled around and that poodle is precious! And that Daisy, what a sweet, sweet face she has. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. I’ve loved your blog for a while now ~ always checking in on your gorgeous photos…xxoo, Dawn


  7. Amy replied:

    Awh, Claud! :) Supreme adorableness, all around!! And, seriously- *he* took *you* to a creperie???? Wow. The Strassers certainly know how to raise children well, don’t they? :D




  8. phyllis replied:

    Ah no place like home! I’m sure little Daisy has thoroughly enjoyed having you home.
    I miss my neices and nephews being little…but never did any of them take me to a creperie!! I don’t even know where one is…or else I wouldn’t be sitting at a computer :)


  9. dolls in sushi replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    thanks for your visit and nice comment. You’ve got a very nice blog, I’ll be coming around more times.
    Claudia (too)


  10. marita replied:

    home sweet home! what a beautiful place and garden, surrounded by the memories and objects of your childhood!


  11. julie atBV replied:

    Isn’t good to go back home sometimes. And I love the poodle too.


  12. robyn pope replied:

    Just found your blog through Decorno, really nice posts. Love your parents garden. I post lots & lots of gardenrooms on my blog !


  13. lauren Mumford replied:

    I have that book too! Isn’t it so fun? Great advice in there. Love old books like that!



  14. Felicia replied:

    What a sweet old dog. My Ginger just turned eleven.


  15. Jeannene replied:

    I just wanted to say, I really enjoyed reading this post. What a lovely serenity you have for a back yard. I would go as often as I could to just sit and ponder. Your doggy is so sweet, and your nephew what a cutie pie



  16. Natasha replied:

    Oh you have a beautiful blog! So happy to have just found it! I love Alannah Hill’s clothing, I am so lucky that she is based here in Melbourne Australia! Can’t afford most of it but some sale items are good bargains!
    Enjoy your day, I will be back to check it all out and your website, properly!
    Take care,
    Natasha : )


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