a prossimo volta

Another visit to Sicily is coming to an end. Bittersweet, as we’ll miss the weddings of dear friends, Pietro and Chiara and cousin Dario to his sweet fiancé. But… we’ll be heading back to a new home in sunny (!) Florida, saying farewell to lovely family and friends in Ohio AND picking up my Mom…

The Necessary Work

Not all aspects of life in Sicily are easy. In the USA, a lot of people have a certain notion of being well-off. Here, a small plot of land (or 6) in the “country” carries a lot of significance. It used to be that families would work the land to sustain themselves and possibly others…

Death of the Cabbage Rose…

I was SO cocky. I was just so sure of myself. “Wait for help!”, they said. “I’ve got this!”, I said. “You’re going to wear yourself out!”, they cried. “It’ll be easy!”, I vehemently assured them. And then, those darned cabbage rose wallpaper demon spirits set out to put me in my place, arms dangling…

Going to the Birds… and the Hippo, and the Rhinoceros

Animal Crackers     Shirley Temple ~ you will be missed!   Animal Crackers by Christopher Morley. “Animal crackers and cocoa to drink, That is the finest of suppers I think; When I’m grown up and can have what I please I think I shall always insist upon these. What do YOU choose when you’re…

Away

I have been out of my house for more than two weeks now – the first week, I was trying to get used to a paired down kitchen (I do not like it, Sam I am!) and this last week, I have been at a Denver hotel for a training… I am tired of rice…

things i love

if i call you friend, it comes from my heart if i call you family, you are my heart if i give you a minute, a helping hand, a gentle word, a plate of spaghetti ~ i give you the very essence of my heart what my God has given me passion for ~ i pass…

noté in italia 

I remember the night very well ~ we were sitting on the terrace (terrazzo) at trattoria alla Fontaniva in Italy… the kids were given an aperitif (a big deal to a 10, 8 & 4 year old… an even bigger deal for their Mommy, still new to the custom!) of Prosecco. Mikaela was the first…

My New Normal

  the house is back in order. the computer room is mine again. bedding has all been changed, rooms aired out, holiday travel has ended and military spouse duties resume… BUT ~ missing the kids; missing the noise and energy and love of my grandson; missing the meals shared together, the laughter shared together, the…

Happy New Year –

I would like to take a moment to say Happy New Year, happy you! For a lot of us, there is no reason to recreate yourself as a new person… As an older gentleman once responded when I inquired about his day, “I got out of bed this morning; it is a glorious day!” May…

Spiced Eggnog Spritz Griddle Cakes

            “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss     This morning I was inspired by the snow glistening on the rooftops, the Christmas decorations all aglow, and the…

Chill Folks ~

        Ok, I looked this up, found it a wee bit interesting and wanted to share. What is the difference between chile and chili? As per dictionary.com: Chili and chile are both the pungent fruit of the capsicum, also called chile pepper or chili pepper. But chili is a shortening of chili con carne, a ground beef dish that incorporateschili powder or chili peppers…