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Perhaps it was the change of the season that inspired me but I have decided to change over from my livejournal to a new blog here - at dame de fleur.

I’ve had this livejournal for 3.5 years which I started in the Fall of 2007 just before Rory & I moved to Montreal as a way to keep in touch with family and friends. Looking back on the entries I realized just how many amazing, wonderful things have happened since starting it. It’s like keeping a journal for all to see – even if I only end up reading it – and I feel accomplished for documenting and sharing my life here. I decided it was time for a change when ads and nonsense were popping up when visitors would come to read and also, since I was the primary person writing on there I decided to take the plunge and get my own blog with its own name.

So, thank you for reading my words here - your support and encouragement have meant the World to me. Change can be hard but it's not goodbye it’s exciting and new so come visit me over at dame de fleur.. it will be as if we never missed a beat. (But I have to say I will surely miss this little blog..<3)


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When I first decided on being the Bride of Frankenstein I planned on teasing my hair to get that big volume and thought I'd maybe pin in some tulle at the base to build it up nice and high. The night before the March of the Horribles (the hometown celebration & parade they held for Rory's sister- Siobhan) I sewed together the costume, prepped the latex for my scars & braided my hair. When I awoke the next morning my dad asked me if I'd like him to put together a wire frame for my hair. So we sat down and measured the ideal hair frame and he set out for his wood shed. When he returned 15 minutes later he had come up with a simple design - something easy for me to attach to my head and hair. I was pumped. I allotted myself a few hours for my hair alone and about 45 minutes to an hour for my hair... all I needed was a few dozen bobby pins, 'freeze' hairspray and some black and white temporary hair color... let's just say a lot of conditioner was used later that evening. But thankfully I had the wire frame and didn't have to tease my hair too badly!


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What a celebration it was... many folks of all different shapes and sizes came out to Hyannis to celebrate the success of our local rising star (and my dear one), Ms. Siobhan Magnus! Lots of friendly and familiar faces filled the town green, although no one recognized me at first glance in my Bride get up it was a really fun time. Her Dad, Alan and his band PSYD FX entertained the crowd first and he was such a joy to watch! I can't help but feel that he is meant to be up there - singing and playing keys. He always looks happiest and most himself when he is singing for other people.. there is an instant connection between him and the audience and it's wonderful to see him so at peace up there.

Alan and Siobhan sang 'House of the Rising Sun' together before Siobhan and her band, Lunar Valve took the stage. It was great hearing two of the best singers I've ever heard sing together in front of such an audience.. it sent chills down my spine.. especially since they are like family to me. When she took the stage with her band hearing her voice was such a treat - it always is... she just has a way of making me weepy every time I hear her sing.. ever since she was a little kid... she truly has a gift and I am so happy for her that she has a way to share that gift with people in the community, throughout the country and around the World... I'm so proud of her. We love you Siobhan!! xo



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From September 22, 2010-

While driving down route 6 we came up on Fort Hill and stopped to take in the view of the marsh. Sara joined me in my excitement to hike down and smells the salty smells, feel the crispy sea breeze and see the brillantly colored marshy hues. Low tides granted us access to walk alongside the marsh - the buzzing bees and goldenrod, crystal blue ocean and bright green grass - it was enough to make you say "ooo."

The "last swim" was the next thought.. one with less waves and I knew just the place but first we made a pit stop at Scargo Pottery to check our their outdoor studio - mainly their faerie castles scattered about the yard! And onto Gray's Beach we went.. though it was much windier on the north side which made it hard to warm up and want to jump in. Sara was especially weary of the minnows (perhaps because there were thousands of them) and when one jumped they all jumped which made the water dance from one end to the other - their own little minnow wave.


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So we opted to take a walk down the boardwalk where the shadows formed perfectly straight lines across the middle of the wood and on the marshy grass... a most pleasing sight to the eyes. It made us realize that we couldn't have hit everything we did at the more perfect time (in terms of sunlight, weather etc). It was certainly a most epic and win-win kind of day! The best part about it was that there was no planning involved just doing!

Although my Berkshire sistah has gone back and away she has left a piece of herself here - the last fleeting moments of summer- and she has surely taken a piece of me back with her - as those sandy crystals (reminiscent of magic) will follow you everywhere....



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From September 22, 2010 -

The Cedar Swamp in Wellfleet happens to be one of my favorite places ever for the magic and mystery alone - it's unbelievable. The light hike got our toes moving as we made on our way to the place I mentioned many times to her before. It changed from a sandy scrubby forest (almost desert like) to a mossy, oak forest and finally to the swamp where a whole new evergy took over. Mossy knolls, clear golden brown waters, dull silver and green cedars were all being brought to life by the dancing shadows of sunlight. It had been two years since I last visited this place with Lady Siobhan and was still as magical as ever...


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The trail makes a loop back to the sandy hills along the coast where we made our way back to the seaside to check out the views from the top. There wasn't a cloud in the sky while we were basking in the sunshine looking down upon the whirling sea. From this spot we even found a few new seal friends (which kept us engaged for a while..) Sometimes all you have to do is ask the Uni for nice weather and then you receive it.. it felt like summer all over again from our spot on there on top of the World...



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From September 22, 2010 -

The next morning we made a plan - to get up early for a trip to the seaside on the outer Cape. I wanted to take her to Nauset Light Beach complete with a picnic breakfast where we could play in the waves and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. So, we hit up Jo Mama's in the wee-morning hours and arrived at the beach just after sunrise. We were all bundled up with our sacs in tow - so what if we looked like bag ladies we were ready for fun!


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We got acquainted with the sea, had a few seagull admirers and even met some new friends in the shape of seals. After a while one by one we peeled off our layers and made our way down to the shore where we stood at the waves mercy until we finally dove in! Rebirth! I watched as Sara dove in only to be followed by a giant wave - I ran towards the shore and saw out of the corner of my eye my dearest Sara being swept up and taken down by the white swell. I looked up and saw that she was okay... the sea had just given her a hard but very loving slap in the ass! (and from that moment on she, very endearingly, became my "sandy beard.") Sara brought her polaroid camera that she had been walking around with the past few years (with just a few shots left) and we commemorated our seaside success with a few pictures. She snapped one of me followed by another of the two of us - my first polaroid since my grade school days- it was delightful and an honor!


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A little while after we packed up and made our way to the changing room to rinse off and change. Both of us were quite cold from the chilly waters and perhaps even a little loopy in our excitement. Sara lost it in the best way possible and I have my own personal pictures to prove it! After a 10 minute laughing spree we heated ourselves up in the sunny oven of a car and made our way further north to Marconi Beach for hike to the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp (aka one of my favorite places on Earth!)



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That evening driving back home was brilliantly clear and lovely so we stopped down by the beach on the south side to sit and admire the lady of the night... reflections on the sea - brightly shone like crystals dancing on the crest of each wave. We looked on captivated and awe of such a magical sight....



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