Thursday, December 31, 2009

I wish it.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What women love....

This evening while I was unloading the washing machine....

My 12-y-o daughter: Mom, since tomorrow you're on vacation

we can do many things together, you can give me a manicure,

and straighten my hair, all the things that women

love......except you!

Yes, she knows me!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ho, ho, ho, my first blog award.

This is a milestone! My recent friend and fellow blogger Kimberly at Terra Del Sole, who "appears to be" also a fellow Italian gal, totally unexpectedly, today gave this award to me.

It's an honor to accept it and pass it to other 10, hmmm, blogging friends.

(understand me, this is my first one, may be with the next, if there is one ;-) I will not follow the rules).

So, first, 10 things I love:

1- Me!

(Recently I took the responsibility to love and care about myself, and bring me happiness, and I'm glad I started, at least at the age of forty..something)

2- My family. (All included but my two kids first :-D)

3- Friends and kind people, yes, I love to love.

3- Cuddles, I love to hug and kiss, kids and hubby.

4- Contemplate nature's beauty, like skies, sunsets, panoramas, trees, flowers....

5- Life ( not always ).

6- Laughing and smiling.

7- Blogging, and fellow bloggers, because mostly they bring me a smile.

8- To learn, discover and understand.

9- A tea or hot chocolate with pastries in my cozy home.

10- In summer I opt for ice cream.

11- Nutella, ops, only ten things, but, I have many, many more... oh well!

Now "10" blogs I love:

La mia cucina in India.

She is my Mom, I love her and her blog, but I know she hates these things, so I exonerate her from the rules ;-)

11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven.

Jen is so witty, kind and cool, with her mega family, she is my favorite read in the blogosphere.

Red Pine Mountain.

Mountain Woman is a wise woman I appreciate a lot, she lives in the woods (in a house) and she loves nature, her horse, her dogs, and reading. Mountain Man is an amazing builder and crafter ( and cook ).

My Little Life.

Mama M. is sooo funny, she always makes me smile.

Carma Sez.

A recent discover, she is funny, a bit craz..ahem..just kidding, and kind, and she has a witty point of view on life.

Specialty Recipes From My(e) Kitchen.

The Top Secret Diet.

The Top Secret Dieter is so humorous in her way to talk about weight loss issues.

Oh! Only seven blogs, these are the ones I'm affectionate most, there are others that I appreciate, but now I'm tired, sorry!

Awards are so exhausting! please, don't give me more!!!!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tv shows of my life.

No surprise I feel at ease with US anything, I spent a lot of my youth watching their Tv series.
Here I want to remember the ones I liked most.
In no particular order, and yes, I'm that old ;-)
Which one was your favorite?

And many others, not to mention the movies.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mowing the lawn or my favorite way to shave my legs ;-)

Today I want to explore the different ways one can shave her legs by herself, and what I think of them.
Razor: easy, fast, good result but it has the great inconvenient, that almost immediately the hairs grow again.
Wax: when I tried, it was a mess, I could not remove all the hairs and it was not so fast.
Soap or cream, I don't like it because I have to wait and don't like the smell, and like the razor the hairs grow quickly.
The last method I tried and currently use is the epilator, and yes, at the beginning it hurts a bit, but it calms almost immediately, it's fast, I do my forelegs in around 15 minutes, and I can forget all about it for a month or so.
Now, when I put my legs on the coffee table with my laptop, I don't seem a mommy bear ;-) I hope.
P.s.: Any method you choose, I have a great tip, after shaving, apply an aloe cream, it's amazing how it soothes the skin.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blog dreaming.

I read on a newspaper that, when you surf shopping sites on the web, you have the same satisfaction than shopping "for real", so, today I will "buy" some stuff that I like ;-)
Let's dream together!

A view like this, from my house:

A hammock in the sunset:

A corner in my house, like this:

A tree-house for my kids to play:

A garden with a tree like this:

and a gardener who sweeps the fallen flowers ;-)
Bye, bye....till the next dreaming session.
Oh, and if you want to post something similar, or you have it already in your blog and want to share it, link up using the Mcklinky below.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Internet vs. Housekeeping


Today, while I was cleaning the bathroom, I wondered how was possible that, when we moved in our new apartment, my house "was" always beautiful and tidy.
Then I remembered, after the move, we (I) had no internet connection for more than a month. ;-)
They say (who are they, I don't know) that when you think about the web world when you are not online, there is a strong possibility that you are addicted to it.
Please! When do they think, that every single blogger ponder about what to post?
Of course while they are not connected, like this evening, washing the dishes I thought about this post.
And only for you to know, I left two pots in the sink, but only to soak them overnight, because they were so dirty, not because I wanted to write this post before I could forget it.
But, coming back to my lack of interest in the cleaning process, I don't think it's fault of the blogging thing.
When I hadn't the PC, it was television, or books, or seems I always find something more interesting, am I wrong?
So we came to the point, I would like to know, if there is out there in the world, someone who really enjoys the housekeeping, and if he or she would teach me how to love it ( would come to my home, two or three times a week, for free :-)
Best Regards.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kids and games.

The almost 4-y-o boy was playing with a game on the PC.
12-y-o sister: "May I try?"
Little brother: "No, it's too difficult for the grownups!"

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A letter ( about her room chores ) to my 12-y-o daughter.

Dear S.,
since you don't know exactly what to do
I will explain it carefully.
There are things that need to be done at least
once a week:
- Put everything in order, books, clothes, other objects.
(that means, each item must have its own place,
that is not the chair or the trunk, or the whole desk)
- Dust the desk, the shelves, and every horizontal surface.
- Do the bed.
- Sweep and mop the floor.
And if I ask you to do some other chore,
it is not because I enjoy to annoy you,
It is because I need you to do it,
because I can't do all by myself.
You know, living together,
everyone has to contribute to the good
functioning of the whole,
including tiding and cleaning.
I love you.
P.s.: I don't think I'm asking you too much....?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A conversation I've heard.


Sister to almost 4-year-old boy: where do we live?

Almost 4-year-old boy: at home!

Sister: where is it, "at home"?

Almost 4-year-old boy: here!

Sister: we live in Italy!

Almost 4-year-old boy: no! we live in English!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Oranges & fennels salad.


This is an unusual but delicious salad, believe me!
It's from Sicily, very easy to do, tasty and juicy, yumm, I've done it today, but I did not think to post it, so I've not taken a picture.
The pic is from the web.

Ingredients for 3/4:

2 blonde oranges
1 big round fennel
black pepper - optional
white vinegar


Wash the fennel,
remove the outer leaves,
slice it thin,
put the slices in a bowl;

Peel the oranges removing the white membrane too,
cut in two and slice them,
add to the fennel.

Sprinkle with little vinegar,
add a pinch of salt,
pour some olive oil,
pepper if you want.

Toss well and serve.
P.S.: You will thank me ;-)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Keep your drains clear.

In our new/old apartment we have problems with the drains, they tend to clog.
I read, and applied something to keep them cleaned, and I can say it works, I don't know if it clears when totally clogged, but when the flow slows down it works nicely.
Well, you pour some spoon of baking soda or washing soda, down the drain, now little by little pour vinegar on it, let it bubble for a while, then open the hot water and rinse it all, voilĂ , frugal and eco-friendly!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Virtual turism 3D North Italy.


Okay, today I want to do some (not payed) advertising for the place where I live .
I live in North Italy, in the lakes region, near Lake Maggiore, and not far from Como Lake, where if you know, lives...Mr George E.R.
So, if you want, open this link, click on the map, and take a tour.
Besides, if you browse the site, you can find Venice, Milan and Bergamo.
One day, chatting with a fellow blogger, I said that the place where I live is nothing special, well, maybe I was a bit wrong, and however I was referring to my most immediate surroundings.

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