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Jo Anne Wilson, Letters From FranceAs Yogi Berra would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” After a four-month stay in Traverse City, I’m once again in the Luberon region of the Vaucluse in Southern France.  Back home in Provence.

It was a good summer for me, and one with decisions made and changes.  I decided not to sell my lovely little condo and rapidly decided to find a house sitter for it for the winter.  Lady Luck (or the starts or whatever) was on my side and I have a terrific woman who is looking after the condo.  Things fell quickly into place and I flew out of Traverse City on September 3rd, Labor Day.

If you are doing the math, you know I’ve been back in Provence just short of two months.  Why no blogging? No excuses, I’ve just been enjoying reconnecting with my friends and my life here. I’ve rejoined the health club/fitness center where I’ve belonged for the past three years. I’ve met up with the Tuesday hiking group for some super walks in the hills around the Apt area.  I’ve visited some of my favorite market sites of Apt, Lourmarin, and Coustellet.

My home has been an apartment owned by long-time friends, Meg and Stephen Parker.  It’s the same apartment I rented from them for an entire year some six years ago.  The views are still superb, including a newly planted vineyard just below the terrace.

As I write this, I’m finishing up a two-week stint of house and cat care.  The owners have been visiting friends and family back in England.  I’ve been looking after their sprawling home, an old restored French farmhouse and barn.  I have my own apartment on the upper level.

My main responsibility is the care of two cats, both fifteen years of age, and both with health challenges. The male, Orlando, reminds me of my dear own cat, Beemer.  Beemer is once again spending his winter months with long-time friend and former house mate/house sitter, Melissa.  My current house sitter, Gretchen, was gracious enough to keep Beemer for a few weeks immediately upon my departure for France. Orlando is arthritic and has trouble getting up and down.

His housemate, Pussy Cat, is a black and white female.  She’s rotund and has some digestive problems.  She puts up with a daily pill intrusion giving out only a slight amount of grumble and growl.  Both are loving and sweet and are very good company.

I’ll try to do a better job of posting my latest news, but for now, all is well in Provence.  We’re getting much needed rain after a hot and dry summer.  Provence suffered the same hot dry summer, as did northern Michigan and much of the U.S.A.   Depending on your sources, we are in for a very hard winter … or, a very mild one … to be seen.  Ciao!

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