05 November 2012

Feuilles mortes et nuits blanches

Blue Monday is slightly easier today because of sun and colorful autumn leaves.

View from the living room on a sunny fall day

At least the rain has stopped for a few days, according to predictions. The ground is sloppy and mushy out around the vineyard. I know, because I just came back from the walk with the collie.

This won't last long now, as leaves are dropping like... well, feuilles mortes.

Monday won't last long either, and tomorrow is the big election day in the U.S. I didn't sleep much last night, and I'm not likely to sleep well over the next few days. Nuits blanches à Saint-Aignan...


  1. I wouldn't stay up all night for election results. I'll wake up to the news on Wednesday. Of course they are expecting it to be a close call, so maybe we'll have to wait until all the absentee ballots are counted and all the protests about the voting machinery are settled.
    All this to say that I do hope you get a good night's sleep.

  2. I teach at 8:15 am in Poitiers on Wednesdays so it means an early night on Tuesdays. I'll hear as I drive down.
    Niall usually pulls an all nighter when it's close in UK elections.

  3. We pulled an all-nighter in 2008, but I doubt we will this year. As Ellen says, I think I'll turn in early and plan to get up at 4 or 5 a.m. to see what's going on.

  4. Be glad you aren't bombarded by the pro- and anti- political ads on US TV. After a day watching all-MSNBC-all-the-time with my mother, I came home so glad we don't have TV. At this point I can barely look at a lawn sign without stressing out.

    Our candidate doesn't make a big deal of lawn signs and last election we had trouble getting even one, this time none. Four years ago in my travels in PA I estimated it was 15 McCain signs to one Obama. But Obama carried the state. I say this to reassure myself because again the lawns of PA are full of the other guy's signs and few of Obama's.

  5. Do you still have blue Mondays, even though you're retired?

    Mondays are my favourite day of the week as I no longer work on Mondays - I have blue Tuesdays instead !!

  6. I just can't imagine how this is going to run normally at all, with all of the displaced people in New Jersey and New York. I doubt that we will have a decision by Wednesday morning, afternoon, or evening.

  7. Ken

    Good idea. With all the issues in Florida and Ohio, we should not expect early results.

  8. Jean, my Monday was blue this week not because it was Monday but because I couldn't sleep last night. Got up at 2:00 a.m. and finally lay down on the sofa at 4:00 to get another couple of hours of shuteye.

  9. Blue Monday was the name of IBM's satirical weekly journal. Not good memories for me. When IBM acquired Rational Software that was their big sell of telling us they were "hip". Not so much.

  10. Cheryl, traditionally, Blue Mondays had to do with laundry, I think. It was back in the day before washing machines, when laundry was done in the back yard in big tubs of hot water, wrung out by hand, and then hung on the line to dry. Some kind of blue coloring agent was added to in the rinse water to make the white clothes and linens whiter (less yellow).

    I guess IBM was unaware of the drudgery connotations in the expression.

    P.S. I ended up sleeping like a log last night. I guess I was pretty tired.

  11. Ken

    Brings back old memories from the island. We did not have laundry machine when I was growing up and I remember that she was putting a blue cube in the final rinse - mainly for the school shirts or blouses and the pillow cases which were always white


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