Abruzzo – The Old Olive Mill

What a difference a year makes. My daughter and I fell in love with this old house when it was empty, dusty and dressed in yellow. I know immediately it was the one.


The Beauty of Abruzzo


I never tire of the rugged beauty and greenery of Abruzzo. It soothes my soul!

Adriatic Sabato


And Saturday is here again. Always busy with chores because I work during the week. Not complaining, I have an interesting job among very special folks. If I didn’t work I wouldn’t have things to look forward to, like my upcoming trip to Abruzzo. Feast your eyes on this rugged unspoiled coast. Isn’t it beautiful? I can’t wait to call Abruzzo my home, but wait I’ll have to, because it’s not quite time.

In two weeks I’ll be enjoying this beautiful view in person. An Adriatic Saturday!
Good things are worth waiting for!




A year ago we were in staying in the beautiful Adriatic town of Vasto.
It was my husband’s first trip to see the home we’d bought for retirement in Abruzzo. We had no time to relax. Two weeks were spent cleaning, finding furniture, buying and fitting light fixtures, opening a bank account etc., etc., before returning back to the US to work (we have to pay for the house somehow).
I found this photo today. It’s the view from the beautiful Residence Amblingh
This was where we stayed for two weeks while we worked on our house, it was our haven and kept us sane.

Bye Bye Brexit


Brexit is going to be stopped by Uri Geller famous Illusionist!
Its True!
Uri Geller was rather famous in the late sixties early seventies. He performed some spectacular illusions, but what I remember most, is his bending of spoons. Sounds silly doesn’t it, but it was quite intense to watch. I attempted it myself several times, but with no luck!
Yesterday, I came upon an article in the London Evening Standard about Mr. Geller’s threat to stop Brexit.
Apparently he’s written a letter to Theresa May, warning her that if she doesn’t put a stop to Brexit, he’d intervene and stop it telepathically.
We’re all tired of the ridiculous mess that has unfolded over the last couple of years, but now it may be worth tuning in again. If Brexit is actually halted, will it be telepathically by……URI GELLER FAMOUS ILLUSIONIST?

Whether you are for, or against Brexit, this new turn of events could prove entertaining!

The Play that Goes Wrong


Its been quite a while since I went to see a play. My mind has been on other things…moving, working, learning Italian, trying to finish my most recent writing project. It doesn’t leave time for much else. When someone gave me tickets to see “The Play that Goes Wrong”, my first thought was:
I don’t have time, I have too much to do, we have to drive down town, my husband won’t want to go…
Then I took a deep breath, called my husband, who was delighted at the thought of going to the see a good comedy. The Play that Goes Wrong is by no means a good comedy, it is a GREAT comedy! It takes quite a lot to make me laugh out loud, but this made me laugh until my sides hurt. Did my husband enjoy it too? Yes! Tears of laughter ran down his face.
If you get the opportunity to see this hysterical, well acted, unusual play, please don’t pass it up. It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen since Spamalot.

The Face of Confusion


Oh no! I forgot to set the alarm! I’m going to be late for work!
That is how my day started today. I opened my eyes and the clock said 6:30 am, an hour later than my alarm should sound.
I jumped out of bed, switched on the light and went to start the shower.
My hand hovered over the stainless steel lever.
Wait a minute, it’s Sunday!

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you remembered to spring forward.



Whats the Recipe today Jim?


Anyone remember Jimmy Young? He was a BBC DJ. Not sure why I thought of him today, but I did. Been out of sorts for a couple of months, and finally feeling better so I’ve found my love of cooking again. Making quite a treat for Sunday lunch today.
Leg of Lamb roasted in cider and honey, roast potatoes (in duck fat), roast Brussel sprouts (in olive oil) and Yorkshire puddings…which are actually rising.

I’ve cooked mulligatawny soup for lunches during the week, along with a loaf of bread. Proud of myself!

So as I’m sitting here, waiting for it all to come together, a little voice in my head said, “Whats the recipe today Jim?”

Happy times.

Trump and his love affair with HIMSELF!


This man is in love with HIMSELF!
Not sure what happened to the lower tax promise. My middle class taxes are much higher. He promised to make America great again! It already was great! This egotistical lunatic is washing it down into the sewer.

I’m sure his own pockets are being filled to overflowing with all the secret deals he’s making, and he’ll be paid well for the rest of his life. Disgusting! I wish he could see himself from the eyes of the rest of the world, as the bad joke that he is.

Can anyone do anything to stop this manipulating moron or will he be allowed continue to spread he racism and hatred? How can this be allowed to happen?

OK, had to get that out, it was festering inside me. Sorry, but I do feel better now.

Fleeing London


I’m not well versed in matters political, but I do research and fact gather before I vote. I spent the first 40 years of my life in England, but now live in the US, however I’ve been keeping a close eye on the BREXIT shenanigans. Most people DID NOT know what they were voting for, they just wanted to detach themselves from the EU, and never bothered to consider the consequences. Now its too late for them to change their vote and the harsh reality of what lies ahead is finally dawning on them.

Lack of choice in the supermarkets, Britain has some great fresh produce, but not enough to sustain the country, and the shortage will increase prices. The immigration problem will become worse. Too complicated to explain, but look it up if you don’t believe me. Those Brits who bought vacation homes in Spain will now have to obtain a visa to visit them. Simple travel will now become complicated. Those delicious delicacies that everyone enjoyed from France/Spain/Italy, will now be replaced with imports from the US. Food full of additives and artificial flavorings. YUM!

Oh and one more thing. Companies are fleeing from London as it will no longer be the center of commerce! What does that mean? Major unemployment!

Lets see how things go! Looks to me like this is a worse disaster than Trump. Hopefully we only have to tolerate Trump for another couple of years, but Britain is stuck with BREXIT for life. Good Luck with that!

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