Friday, October 16, 2009

...let them eat brioche

It's raining again in Chester County, PA and we had quite a fire last evening. The first of the season, it dried and warmed an otherwise damp, cold night. I chopped firewood and need to chop a lot more if last night was any indication of the Winter forecast. Sharp instruments are used for more than firewood as we all know. On this day in 1793, Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution. "Let them eat cake" is the traditional but inaccurate quote associated with Ms. Antoinette and there are no records stating that she, in fact uttered this quote. "Cake" back then was really an egg bread and not a dessert. The quote, as attributed to Marie Antoinette, was claimed to have been shouted during one of the famines that occurred in France during the reign of her husband. Upon being alerted that the people were suffering due to widespread bread shortages, the Queen is said to have replied, "Then let them eat brioche." She could also have said, "let them eat Tasty Cake" but that is probably not accurate either. I am expecting another upholstered chair and ottoman in the next few days and then have to start planning the revamping of a basement. I like turning wasted space into usable square footage; so do clients. Have a great day. I need to get going. Chop, chop!

"Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?" Marie Antoinette