Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Léo means courage

Once upon a time, on an ordinary Friday, under a Gray Parisian sky a extraordinary mouse named Léo was born, one minute past noon.
It was quickly observed early in his life that Léo was brave and able to live harmoniously because he was born graced and naturally attune.

Léo's name means courage and that's exactly what it will take - to venture inside a dilapidated garage and attempt to rescue a Citroën 2CV, risking his life could be a mistake!
But our mouse learned early on to believe in himself and listen to his dreams and in Leo's case it is ever so true...
That if you do what you love and love what you do, it will happen for you, a guiding belief Léo never outgrew.

Today Léo is delivering a clients acquisition, a complete restoration of a vintage Citroën, a DS19 Cabriolet that he handled and took full charge.
You might say Léo's job is about making dreams become a reality for other mice, who like Léo dream big and choose to live large.

There is great satisfaction and pride felt as your reward when you work hard and you are able to succeed...
Greeting each day in cheerfulness and treating everyone with kindness and for Léo, it is no small deed.

Léo was born with an optimist heart and he's convinced every dream is possible if you trust in yourself and believe - 
His love, hobby and profession is vintage car acquisitions and tries his best to make dreams turn into reality, promises he will most likely achieve.
Léo's Citroën SM needs a little engine work and his friend Gus has made a service call at Léo's charming house.
The restoration of the SM was flawlessly mastered, yet another dream fulfilled... such amazing achievements for Léo, who is a mouse!

Say Bonjour to young Noé, Léo's apprentice, actually what Noé one day hopes to be - Léo has became his neighbor's sons mentor, but an apprenticeship, well we'll just have to wait and see...
There's admiration and enthusiasm in Noé, important traits Léo values all too well. Truth is Léo believes that whatever Noé decides to accomplish in his life, he will most likely excel.
Léo took Noé along for a courtesy call on a recent acquisition of a adorable 1960 Fiat 500 Jardinière, visiting to see if the cars new owners are satisfied...
Léo searched the entire countryside for the Fiat and with Gus working on the mechanics it certainly is one fine and fun classic Italian ride.

Gus took Léo's Citroën SM back to the shop so he could tweak the Maserati engine and now it is purring. Léo and Noé are here to pick up the car - luckily for them walking to Gus's from home isn't far.
Gus is considered to be the best mechanic in Paris, perhaps even all of France. When you own a vintage car, why take it somewhere else and risk being disappointed because it is not worth the chance.
Through trust and respect Léo and Gus have become close as their friendship grew.  Noé has a desire for knowledge and a willingness to learn, necessary for mentoring Léo knew to be true.
Today there is introductions of his young apprentice and extending an invitation to Gus for a very special celebration...

Looks like Léo's been out shopping, hmm I wonder who the gifts are for... Maybe the presents are for his daughters that he absolutely loves and adores. Léo has carefully secured the boxes on top of the car, up and over the roof with rope and through the doors.

Léo met Rémi at a vintage Citroën car show in Paris awhile ago - today buying flowers at the park entrance they had another opportunity to say hello. Rémi mentioned the Roses are for Violet who is busy choreographing a ballet of The Princess and the Pea... But Léo has 2 Rose bouquets, I guess to know who they are for we will have to be patient and wait to see.

While out and about today with Noé shopping for the party Léo is excited and can hardly wait! Nearly time for the fête, checking things off his list, hurry hurry home our mouse is running late... Ah, but those are candles Noé is holding to perhaps put on a big cake. There will even be Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink, sure hope your remembered to save the date.

Oh my, that is the biggest cake I have ever seen, layered so high it nearly touches the fluffy clouds in the sky - It's baked by Anita's Parisian Pâtisserie and there is Anita herself, WOW what a beautiful cake, makes me sigh! A very special delivery, placed on top the pâtisserie's famous 1953 Simca 9 Aronde, I wonder who it's for ... Must be for a special day or fête, baked for someone they must love and adore.

The huge cake has arrived and guests are in wait for a Birthday party for Léo's daughters who are precious and dear.
Adorable twin sisters, Zoé and Chloé, who today will be celebrating the start of their second year.
When Léo was out shopping for their gifts he knew exactly what would thrill and delight...
Zoé dreams one day of being a Princess, Chloé a ballerina and both are very excited over their party tonight.
So imagine their exuberance when they opened Dad's presents and found a tiara, princess dress and tutu inside -
They jumped with joy and ran to their room to put the outfits on and standing in front of the mirror they danced around very wide eyed!

While out shopping, Paris boutique fashion inspires Chloé and Zoé, afterall Dad Léo always says dream big and live large!

OH NO, say it is not so!
Léo knows even for a mouse who carefully plans his day... there are unexpected mishaps that can get in your way. It is always the positive attitude in life you have that can help to get you through - Even when an unexpected storm blackened the sky and limbs of trees snapped and blew. On the outskirts of Paris headed to buy vintage cars Léo plans to restore, a sudden storm stopped Noé and he - which now requires a trip to the repair shop to check out the suspension, any damage we will have to wait and see.

Ever since the twins were born Léo has been a single parent, as so many others are today.
Yet he is as positive thinking as can be and doesn't let circumstance ever stand in his way. 
Funny thing though about ones destiny, without any exaggeration fate doesn't know how or when to wait.
During a visit to the Musée d' Orsay with Chloé and Zoé, Dad Léo met someone and has asked her out on a date!

Léo wakes each morning knowing everyday holds ultimate possibilities in discovery to personally learn from and to grow and change...
But before he and Noé can bring home this adorable pedal car, there are things in his trunk Léo needs to move and rearrange.

Léo understands the virtue and the enjoyment experienced in play - and to engage his daughters in play he wouldn't have it any other way. Léo searched all over Paris to find two vintage pedal cars for Chloé and Zoé to enjoy driving in the park.
Telling his girls to play only during daylight and to be safely home way before stars appear in the dark.

When Léo visited the Musée d' Orsy with Chloé and Zoé serendipity intervened and he felt a flutter in his heart.
After 2 years of being a single parent a flirtation was a welcomed feeling and exciting fresh start.
Claudette is the director of the museum with an impressive knowledge of all types of art -
and told Léo about a young Parisian working in wire sculpture and said to purchase from this budding artist would be smart.
Léo, Chloé and Zoé visited the artist and fell in love with a wire twisted Velosolex moped that glistens in the sun - suddenly Léo has a girlfriend and his appreciation in collecting art has begun.

A visit today to Musée du Louvre have Zoé and Chloé floating on cloud nine - Léo had read them a book about the Pyramid by I.M. Pei and they love it's design.

Now Léo is smitten and excited with stars in his eyes -
After all it's love that makes the world go round, no one denies.
First date and hopefully a magical night out in Paris- 
Leaves Léo anxiously hoping it will be one to cherish!

Between parenting twins and mentoring Noé, Léo has rediscovered his inner child within ... And to welcome a new relationship with Claudette the awakening of his romantic heart has begin.

Léo is at Gus's to have the suspension checked after driving over a broken tree limb leaving the car rocking like a teeter totter much to his surprise.
Thankfully everything checked out fine, but that accidental mishap could of resulted in the Ami6's demise.
Rémi's was there dropping off a sign he posted on the building of Violets new ballet while picking up car detailing supplies.
4 tickets to the ballet of the Princess and the Pea were handed to Léo by Rémi as they said their goodbyes,
4 tickets hmm - Léo, Chloé and Zoé now that's 3, someone else must be going as the extra ticket implies.
I guess we should just be patient and wait to see who it might be and not ponder or fantasize...

Excited as can be to attend the opening matinée of the ballet - The Princess and the Pea, Léo brought Claudette and holds the tickets in his hand...
Chloé and Zoé are bringing clay peas they made to present to Ballerina Violet after the performance, or at least that's their intended plan. 

Prima ballerina Violet is excited over the opening matinée performance of The Princess and the Pea - 
She insisted on that huge pea under the mattress and our mouse let her imagination run wild and free.
Violet often chooses to exaggerate set designs, but honestly that pea under the mattress will fill the audience with glee...

Chloé dreams of being a ballerina one day and being invited up on stage with Violet after the ballet was absolute delight - 
Her eyes danced with happiness and knew the ballet was her hearts desire and asked her Dad for lessons later on that night.
Léo knows the importance of encouraging each of his daughters to dream big and proudly hugged her tight as he said alright...

That evening driving home from the ballet Léo and Claudette planned a visit to the pumpkin patch for the following day. Noé joined in as they all hunted for French pumpkins which were a special color of Gray. They playfully ran through the field jumping and climbing, as their time together turned into a very fun adventure and a most delightful Fall day.

Léo gladly acknowledges the change he feels in his heart and knew it wasn't only the beauty of the Parisian Summer easing into Fall..
It was unexpectedly meeting Claudette and how his daughters happily welcomed her into their lives that helped create a family bond of love for all.
© Vera


  1. Oh my... I will stay up all night to figure out, how you do this, Vera! Such a perfect embedding - yea, you make believe... Make me believe, that there is a parallel universe, and I WANT TO BE ONE OF THESE MICE!!!
    These sweet charakters, all a side of your soul, wonderful to see their undertakings (or enterprises?? Help, what is the right word here..)
    But Léo, hey, he is the favourite ;)) And DA BOYS, yesyes, working on those cars.
    The punkins with that special colour of grey, ahh, Vera, you are one of a kind :)) This was only topped from this pea! WHAT a pea, hahaha.
    So thank you for posting this, you magician of the post noir ;))
    Huuuugs from your friend Méa, who is mouse addicted too
    PS: Sneaker is me pretty soon :((, they are rats, these mice!

  2. Visiting your blog is like being transported to an alternate universe. A wonderful, whimsical, adventurous one where there is kindness, creativity, and pure, unadulterated fun.

    Leo is a resourceful, courageous little mouse, who spreads good cheer wherever he goes...just like his creator!


  3. Bravo! Bravo! How I love your magical land. Such fine attention to detail and your backdrops are so perfect. Keep living large, my mouse friends! I loved it , Vera!
    xoxo, T.

  4. Oh Vera this is spectacular on so many levels. Your beautiful photos along with the enchanting story make this fairy tale so special. Love all the characters. Just magical. I have to agree with Tina Bravo Bravo! Your creative soul sings in this story.

  5. No one says it better then sweet beautiful Mea!
    Geez Vera, your brain is shattered with thoughts and no wonder you sleep in wonderment of the next dreamy plot, or story-line. I want to live their life, and perhaps Leo's clients home. What wonderment you have created, know-one can ever top this, not even I ..... Truly nothing out there in blog land can meet this level of poetic story-telling, with such a vivid imagination, count me OUT! On the theatre's Christmas production, I will flop when it goes up against this much creativity.
    You found your calling my dear, we have Miss Mea!, Miss Clara, Miss Doré! And Now the crème a la crème the crème of all Miss VERA! And her magical imagination. You top is all.

    I want ro be one of your move as well, perhaps Mea's sister who travels about as your family here does with such amazement.
    Please keep your staging a secret at lease until your on a tour of a book signing... Your the next H.Potter with one after another. What a legacy in print you will leave your loved ones.


  6. Oh Vera... This has to be my favorite story. I absolutely love the magic here, and of course Leo touches my heart in many ways. His love of cars, his outlook on life.
    My beloved husbands name was Leo. He passed away with such courage while battling cancer in 2009, and had a love for old cars, and always said dream big! He would have loved this story. So you see this is truly touching to me.
    Your mice collection is just fantastic Vera, and your imagination soars! You have given me a smile with this heartwarming story.
    blessings dear friend

  7. Like I have mentioned previously, Vera, it must be So. Much. Fun. to live at your house! I love this story and all of the creativity you put into it! Incredible! Blessings, Cindy xo

  8. You have created the most fantastic fairy tale with Leo, his daughters, and friends, including that special friend, Claudette, of course. As always, I am in awe of the way you have choreographed this fantastic tale. You've treated your readers to so much pleasure and enjoyment, dear Vera.
    Mary Alice

  9. What an amazing story. I would love to visit the Musée d'Orsay with sweet Leo. Zoe and Chloe are lucky young ladies, indeed! I would love to see violet perform. What fun! I love your stories and your lovely photos. I really wish you'd write children's books with your photos. I would love a collection of them for our home library.

    As always, I'm amazed and humbled by your talent and passion.


  10. You never cease to amaze me, Vera! I loved this. I truly think you were meant to style and stage Broadway plays! Seriously.

    Always love what you do, and your Claudette and Leo are so, so wonderful!


  11. Wonderful Vera! It was so nice reading it all put together. I love everything about this charming fairytale... especially Leo's character (I sure can learn a lot from him!) And the ending is so sweet with Claudette joining the family.

    Your staging and photography are mind-blowing to me... You are so good at what you do! Thank you for sharing you talent with us :)

    xo Char

  12. Even more than the last photo, my favorite is looking at the back of Leo with each girl holding his hand - such family love expressed in his back.

  13. Dearest Vera, good morning! I had a long school day yesterday and was wiped out; I had my flu shot also and I think that made me a little tired! BUT.....I have come to the theatre to find an enchanting mouse tale and in Paris, to boot!!! I SEE ANITA'S CAKE! teheeeeee Oh how I remember how Tea Rat started his cake business. That was fun.

    I have so much to say, so much to inquire about. I may have asked you once before, but where ON EARTH did you get those perfect backdrops? I think you said they are photos that you yourself took but had blown up? Correct? They are marvelous. Then there are the perfect cars. This is where noir et blanc work the best for me, in this world of fabulous fantasy, and in PARIS.

    I have not played with my theatre in over a year. You are making me want to pull out my theatre again and play with lighting and staging, or at least photography my miniatures as such.

    Thank you for this miniature moment dearest Vera. I hope all is well with you! Off I run to school....

  14. Hi Vera, I am enchanted by your charming tale. You are extremely amazing and creative. You have totally outdone yourself in this with the photography and the staging of each scene. I love your stories. These really should be published into a beautiful black and white short storybook. Thank you for the fun. I so enjoyed my visit. Happy October dear talented one!! xo

  15. I agree with Doreen...visiting your blog is like visiting another world. A world full of whimsy, charm, character, and enchantment. This is by far one of my favorite posts from you, dear friend. Bless you for putting a smile upon my face and a song in my heart.

    I hope you are well, sweet Vera. Are you enjoying these lovely autumn days? Hugs and joy to you!

  16. Such a delightful fairy tale. I don't know how you come up with such cute props and backgrounds but they all look amazing. I believe this is one of my very favorites...xoxo

  17. Hello dear Vera. This looks like such a delightful story, and I will have to come back and read it, but right now I am up to my neck in boxes and moving. I will be back, my dear, to read your fairytale. :)


  18. What a delight, Vera! You put your heart and soul into your books, and it warms my heart to see the finished product. I love this story....We all need some joy in our lives....and your story sure brought that to us.
    Love you, talented friend.

  19. Oh Vera, what a wonderful story with all the mice, cars, etc. You really out did yourself. Such a beautiful book. Love Leo,and the twins. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful story with us.


  20. I really like that Leo. He's a bit mischievous and noble at the same time. However did you make this setting, Vera, it's incredible! The Princess and the Pea bed is so funny hehehe. Love those French pumpkins. And the big cake is so cute. Your stories are always a delight to read, my friend.


  21. Thank you for coming over to see Lily, Vera.
    I love the name also, and it fits her.
    Speaking of hands, she loves to hold her hands together. It looks like she is praying.. So sweet. She has very long fingers, Brittany says, piano player.
    So happy you enjoyed.
    blessings dear friend,

  22. Good Sunday afternoon Vera,
    Your talents and genuine magical spirit are inspiring and delightful. Truly you amaze me and I can only imagine the time invested in your creations. I keep going back to the photo of the glorious day at the pumpkin patch in search of French pumpkins. Precious!

  23. So, so, so cute, dear Vera, that´s breath taking beautiful and how I loooooooove the Princess and the Pea, Leo and the twins..........you´r such a great artist! Have a wonderful weekend and much love also to Simon from Katie (she´s sleeping in her princess room ;-).

    With love, Jade

  24. Dearest Vera, hello! It's fun to come back for an encore performance AND to thank you for coming to visit my blog post. I'm glad you are enjoying my IG shares of the incredible variety of homes out here. There are so many but I try not to take too many photos; I fear that someone may grow suspicious and call the authorities if they see a woman with a large camera in their front yard!

    And thank you again for the darling card! HUGS to you dear friend, Anita

  25. Vera, you talent never ceases to amaze me....such wonderful gifts you have. The stories are wonderful and delightful and your artistic abilities leave me totally speechless! I hope you are having a wonderful week! Love and hugs to you!!

  26. Such a sweet, sweet story and I am now in love with all the characters! I love how it all rhymes. The scenery and props are just perfect. I think you have to make it into a full length movie!!

  27. Dear Vera,
    Thank you for the well wishes. Getting a little better each day. Sitting here with pencil and pad, about all I have the energy for. It was so good to see you had come for a visit. Your kind words warmed my heart.
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Love and blessings,

  28. Vera, it's nice that you have Sinatra Sundays at your house. You know, my favorite version of Moon River is by Sinatra, but I wanted to use a different one this time, so I chose Sarah Joy, which has an amazing voice as well. Wishing you many wonderful days this Christmas season.


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