Friday, June 6

Fall is in the air...

Oh, I mean summer...I think. For those of you living in Washington, you can relate to the chill that is lingering into June. I have been toying with the idea of putting some of my fall decorations back outside and replenishing our supply of logs for the fireplace. Warm apple cider and hot chocolate sound like appealing choices over ice cold lemonade preferred by those of you experiencing 90 degree weather.

Right now I am enjoying a few moments with my kitten as I type. She is my writing patient, and supportive. Bella (kitten) is nice and mellow right now, which makes it easier to write. If she is feeling playful, however, I can expect to take twice as long at whatever I am doing. It can be a real challenge to type as she taps her little paws on the mouse pad and keys. Each time I attempt to move her away, she thinks it is a game, and keeps playing...tapping and pouncing. Sometimes she will actually try to lay down on my keyboard. Once she lays down, she rolls onto her back, looks at me with a satisfied grin, and yawns thinking she is going to enjoy a nice nap on my computer. I think it feels kind of like a kitty shiatsu massage until I take her off of the keyboard and attempt to get her settled, putting an abrupt end her life of leisure...okay, I digress...I don't think I really intended to go into this story about my kitten, but it just seemed more interesting than telling you more about the weather!

If you live in this beautiful well hydrated state of Washington, I hope you will enjoy some cozy nights by the fireplace with a hot beverage in hand until the weather becomes more conducive to BBQ's and picnics.

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Italy trip

I have been going through my pictures, and have enjoyed looking at this album of Italy. I was able to go over last year to attend a conference. This was the first time I have been back in twenty years. The pictures are made up mostly of places we lived as a family. My brother and I were able to go together, and we were graciously hosted by some friends of ours from language school in Perugia. I feel such a sense of nostalgia when I look at these pictures. I miss Italy so much. It was strange to go back as a tourist knowing I would be returning to the US after such a short time. Tonight I made cookies with Nutella in them, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the simple pleasures. Fortunately, you can find it here! Saturday, we are going up to my brother's house to celebrate a late Thanksgiving, only we will be making homemade tortellini instead of turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!