Saturday, December 19, 2009
Litle P is off from school until January 7th, her first day back. She is feeling much better. And she is happy that I set up my computer in her room. I didn't get it on the internet yet. I need a key so I can access the internet thru WiFi. You think the phone company would have given us the number last week. This Is Italy, though. Maybe I have it and I don't know it!
I got the printer hooked up to it and realized I forgot to buy paper. I was so happy to find the store and get a printer at a reasonable price that I hadn't a thought left!
Days go by and I think what did I do today....well, I know what I did today. After I took a shower, I made some scrambled eggs and toast. (You can buy sliced bread here, even hamburger buns!) Then I changed the sheets on our bed and washed them and got them hung out. I helped The King build the computer desk. I set up the computer and messed around with the internet connections!
Then I made lunch. I made sausage with onions and peppers, roasted zucchini (in the oven) and sliced carrots sweetened with agave nectar. Yummy! The food is so fresh. You can taste the difference.
The King decided to go visit his sister and took Litle P with him. I got to mess around on the internet in peace and send some emails and do some posting on my Italian websites that I frequent. I drank a Guinness. love it! I love that I can buy beer, wine and liquor at the grocery store. In Pennsylvania we have to go to a state store for wine and liquor and a beer distributor for beer by the case. Only recently places with a liquor license have been ab;e to sell 6 packs.
The King's middle niece stopped by to see the cabinet in the living room. It looks like this http://www.centroconvenienza.it/index.php?p=40&id=3119 We bought before we moved in the apt. they delivered it and started assembling it and it was missing 2 pieces. We have been waiting for at least six weeks for them to return and finish it, which they did on Wednesday. Caterina also gave me a bag of lemons, oranges and tangerines. I used to pay $1.50 for an orange or a lemon in the US and here people give them away. I wonder what other free stuff I'll get. We have a lemon tree in the yard but the landlord picked eveything that was close to being ripe before we moved in. The tree doesn't get much sun so it is taking awhile for the fruit to ripen. Maybe next week I can pick some. There is also a pear tree and a fig tree. But those are not in season.
A bit ago I made a hamburger for me and LP. You can buy already made hamburger patties too! And American cheese slices like Kraft singles. I have the store brand cuz they were on sale. We had mayo and ketchup and I had French's mustard (I was surprised to find it in the store) and fried onions....
I think that it's for today. I want to go watch some TV on Skyvision. The King is watching coverage of the massive snowstorm on the East Coast of the US. We are glad we don't have to deal with that. Today it was 60 and cloudy. It rained very early this morning and again about an hour ago. It's 8:30 pm now.
Friday, December 18, 2009
It's the snow covered peak in the center. A couple of weeks ago we drove up to the mountains to look at a house and it was very clear that day. We forgot to take the camera. Murphy's law!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
In Italy these are called Fichi d'India Cactus. In Texas they're called Prickly Pear Cactus. When we arrived the fruit were just coming in season. People eat them here. I remember that ladies would make jelly from the fruit but I don't remember anyone eating them. It's a good thing to eat if you have the runs!! It will plug you up!!
This is our town. You can see the church at the top of the far mountain and the sea below. It was a baeutiful day. I have better photos of the church on the The King's phone BUT I have to buy a cord to download them onto the computer.
This is it for now..I have to hang out the wash while it is sunny. It's been rainy this week. I hope it's over but I don't think so!!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Litle P is off from school on Monday and Tuesday. Then she will do lessons on Wednesday and Thursday and she will be done until the end of the month when we enroll her in the new school.
Thursday will probably be my last post for a few weeks until we get settled or I get to use a computer!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Did some more packing. I have some of our stuff in plastic tubs to be shipped and I got into some of them yesterday and took some stuff out and moved some around and added some of the things that I need to pack!
Litle P and I packed one suitcase with her clothing in it! The one carryon is just about ready to go. I have to finish my suitcase. Progressing nicely on that front!
Gotta start getting ready for the moving sale on Saturday. My mom is also having a sale with the Longeneckers on Saturday too. I hope she sells a lot of her stuff!
My sister is coming on Friday night! I had a dream last night that she and her kids showed up at my house in the middle of the night and wanted to go out! Weird! Then I woke up with a hot flash!!! At least it was a better dream than buying lunchmeat at the deli counter in Sicily!
We are selling a Dell laptop for $100 if anyone close is interested. We decided not to bring it along.
I better get breakfast cleaned up and get showered!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
— Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street
Thursday, October 1, 2009
What is wrong with some people!
The Mojave Desert Cross, which stands 75 feet tall and memorializes soldiers who fought for the United States at great sacrifice, has been covered by court order. A federal judge ordered the Cross covered with a plywood box after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claimed the display of a cross as a veterans’ memorial violates the so-called “separation of church and state” and is unconstitutional. Advocates for Faith and Freedom filed a "friend of the court" brief with the United States Supreme Court supporting both the Cross and the sacrifice it represents.
The Mojave Desert Cross was erected in 1934 on property that was then owned by a private organization known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The property was later deeded to the National Park Service. In 2001, the ACLU sued the National Park Service arguing the Cross was unconstitutional because it sat on federal land and other permanent religious memorials had not been placed on the property. The ACLU argued the federal government was showing favoritism to the Christian symbol.
In 2004, the government transferred the one acre of land the Cross stood on back to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in exchange for five acres of land elsewhere in the Mojave Desert. Nevertheless, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the lower court’s ruling, and the Cross remains covered by a plywood box. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the case.
“Every man and woman who fought our nation’s wars and died in service is remembered in local, state and national war memorials,” the brief reads. “It is disheartening to think that these memorials may be gutted because there are those who ignore the unique way the cross has universally honored the choice our soldiers made to lay down their lives for the good of the rest of us.”
Advocates for Faith and Freedom recognizes the importance of upholding the memory and sacrifice of the veterans which the memorial embodies. Countless other veterans’ memorials across the country will be endangered if the ACLU succeeds in dismantling the Mojave Desert Cross. In a similar battle spanning 18 years, Advocates has filed multiple briefs in support of San Diego’s Mount Soledad Cross. The ACLU appealed that case to the Ninth Circuit after a San Diego, California, federal judge threw out the ACLU’s case.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturns rulings from the Ninth Circuit more often than any other Circuit in the country. We have hope that the Supreme Court will recognize the error in the lower courts’ rulings and preserve our religious heritage by recognizing the Mojave Desert Cross as a proper memorial for our fallen soldiers. Until then, the Cross will remain covered by a plywood box.
This information is provided by Advocates for Faith and Freedom, a non-profit religious law firm dedicated to protecting religious liberty in the courts! To help us in our ongoing battle for religious freedom, click here to donate to Advocates.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Changed the message at the business and on the website telling everyone that the business is closed!
Faxed papers to Litle P's school for withdrawing her next month.
Moved the kitchen table in to the dining room because we sold the dining room table on Sunday. We also sold the washer and dryer and the sofas. The King sold some of his woodworking stuff.
We are getting there slowly.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Do you remember that song? It came out in 1976, the summer before I started 9th grade. The greatest summer of my childhood. My dad was still in the Navy and we lived in Corpus Christi, Texas.
I spent the summer at the pool. When we weren't swimming, we were playing Spades for hours! My friend, Julianne, was in love with one of the lifeguards named Steve. He was cute. "Afternoon Delight" was their song. One of Steve's friends, Ronnie, liked me. He used to come to church and sit next to me and hold my hand. What a thrill that was. I was only 13. I turned 14 in September. Ronnie was 17 and wanted to date me but my dad said no. Good thing, looking back on it now!
Everythime I hear that song it takes me back. Is there a song that takes you back?
The King and his friend from Brooklyn were busy today installing more lighting. We have these on 3 corners of the outside of the house.
This is outside the garage door. It is a motion sensored light.
This is in the laundry room. It's bright in there now!
We have 3 of these. One in the pantry and 2 in the hallway from the kitchen to the garage.
I think all of the lights are installed now.
The list is getting smaller!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Over the weekend I read a few books.
I liked this one full of intrigue and good police work.
Takes place in Manhatten. I wonder if the Ville is real.
I really love Jennifer Weiner. I liked this book except at the end. I felt it was rushed and I did not like the ending. I hope there is a sequel.
I love Sookie. I love Sookie books. I bought this book in hardback, gasp! It was $13 at walmart.com. Since I ordered Litle P's new MP3 player I figured I have to pay shipping anyway. I am not sure how much it would cost me to order the paperback from amazon.uk next year.
The end of this book made me cry. Sookie gets caught in the fairy war. I CANNOT wait another year to find out what happens in the next book!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Remember how it was after you got married and you got to write Jane Smith instead of Jane Doe? It's gonna be weird!
Monday, September 14, 2009
We have been going back and forth to the consulate for 4 years. Unfortunately, the consulate may be closing next year.
Another thing off the mental list!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The rebuilt deck....
Thursday, September 3, 2009
On Sunday, The King installed the light in the entryway. It is so pretty. My camera batteries died. So as soon as I get into town and buy more I will post a photo. Yesterday, he installed the new doorbell. We have been living here for many years with a doorbell with no sound connected to it. Now we have one, weird!
We finished the deck railing. Now we have to stain it and that is done. He also cleaned up the yard where the birds lived. It looks really nice. Our friend came this morning and took the scrap away. Another couple of things off the list.
I have so much to do but I can't until we get a settlement date. I am starting to run out of patience. Litle P started school on Tuesday so we have that to keep us busy.
I cleaned out the cabinet over the stove this morning while she was doing schoolwork.
Time is fleeting!
Friday, August 28, 2009
I worked with The King for most of the day, getting some of the last parts made and shipped out. I am praying that we are going to actually sell the house and that we are not making a big mistake by closing up the business before the papers have been signed.
We have tons of tools and such to sell, hopefully some of the fellows that came around and said they were interested, truly are interested.
We don't have too much in the house to sell mostly electronics and some kitchen appliances. I think I will have a yard sale in a few weeks.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Our friend and neighbor just took our 2 geese, chicken and duck away. They will be living just down the road in a very good home. Litle P is sad but it was something that had to be done. Now the King has to clean up that area of the yard. Another thing for him to add to his evergrowing list of things to get done before we move.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I have been getting quotes from shipping companies. I am glad that we aren't shipping any furniture or a whole lot of stuff. It's so expensive!
We didn't get the deck finished because of rain. It had been raining almost everyday. It has been hard rains, terrible thunderstorms. Most mornings have been very foggy. Then the fog clears it gets sunny and hot for a few hours then the downpours start. Very Weird!
I got to read one book, though, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. I really liked it. It's the sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, in which Courtney Stone gets transported into the body of a woman in teh 19th century named Jane Mansfield.
In the second book you learn about Jane being transported into Courtney's body in our time. What a shock it is for her!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
We have been working on the deck. We have almost all the boards on the top done but we must get some more lumber.
It's hot here right now, up in the 90's. It's not too bad if you are near a fan!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I finished this book this morning.
It's the 3rd installment of the Spellmans.
If you like Stephanie Plum or Kinsey Millhone you will love Isabel Spellman and the crazy Spellman family.
Here's an overview. http://lisalutz.com/revenge-spellmans
Barry Sonnenfeld to adapt 'The Spellman Files'
The Spellman Files is the first novel. I hope itturns into a great movie. I wonder who they will cast as Isabel and her sister Rae.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I read a book by Jan Burke called The Messenger. I loved it! It is about a man that delivers the last messages for dying people. I went to the library yesterday and got a few more of her books.
I also read The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. WOW!! This is her first novel. It's great. It's about a woman, Connie Goodwin, who is grad school for her PHD. Her mom wants her to take the summer and clean out her grandmother's house. She finds the name Deliverance Dane in an old bible and starts researching who this woman was. A clue: It is involves the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts. http://www.physickbook.com/ Even if you are not a reader you should pick this one up.
I have filled my ipod. It only has 1 gig of memory. I only got 128 songs. I am a little disappointed but I will get over it. I will just have to switch them around a lot! I just added some Matchbox 20 and Clapton, the Stones and Stevie Ray Vaughn, Warren Zevon.
Any music I should check out?
Monday, August 3, 2009
Inkheart and The Wrestler
Litle P read 2 of the 3 Inkheart books by Cornelia Funke. I liked the movie. It was good vs. evil. Litle P was comparing the book to the movie. I had to explain it is not always the same. It starred Brendan Fraser (who doesn't like him), Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany.
The Wrestler, I did not like. I hated the ending. What ending, it didn't have one ...it just stopped. The wrestler was pathetic. It was sad what he did to his life but he was responsible for it. Mickey Rourke was good in this but I would not have given a best picture award to this film.
Don't waste your time or money.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
What's your weather like? Is a dry heat really different??
Yesterday we did some quick shopping and a trip to 2 libraries. Then home to babysit a friend's little boy. He is such a dear!
On the sale of our home...Quite a few months ago we thought that we had a buyer but after quite some time it turned out that they could not get a large enough loan. So we had to start again.
Then at the beginning of July, my mom decided that she will buy our house if she can sell her place. Great, now I don't have to worry about my mom having to fix things on her place. The house she lives in was built in like 1843 or so.
The King called the couple that were interested in our house and told them Mom wanted to sell. They were very excited because they are more interested in her land (they are farmers). They went and looked at Mom's and got back to her the other day (after MORE WAITING).
They want to set up a meeting with the realtors. My mom is going to visit my sister and will be back in a week or so. Now we are back to MORE WAITING...
Everyone out there say some prayers for all of us that this will happen! PLEASE>>>
Monday, July 27, 2009
Today we moved the sofas back in place so I hooked up the computer in another place in the room.
I read The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw. It was very good. The story was about a girl named Saaski who was a little different, pehaps a changling. This is a juvenile book but it kept my interest. It is one of the selections from Read It and Eat.
I also read The Eagle Catcher by Margaret Coel. It's another of the Father John/Vicky Holden series. The book was large print. I have a hard time reading those but it was the only copy in my library system. I need to order the next one!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Or these Space Sticks? I remember they came in peanut butter and chocolate. They were good!