Cookies – Numero Dos

We have our landlord and workmen coming today. So I needed to get up and get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls dipped. I couldn't do it yesterday because I had other cookies on racks cooling, and my kitchen - being of the Barbie Doll House variety - counter space is at a premium. Finally found … Continue reading Cookies – Numero Dos

Fa La La La La…

Chopping nuts with my Great Grandmother's nut chopper. Listening to the greats - Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra - singing the Christmas songs from my childhood about Santa, drummer boys, and SNOW!! Flour and powdered sugar everywhere, and cookies on every surface. It must be Christmas! Mom's recipes and GG's nut … Continue reading Fa La La La La…

You Got This

The first day on my Camino - walking out of St. Jean, in southern France at the foot of the Pyrenees, I had no idea what I was in for. I had not really trained. But within an hour it would be abundantly clear to me I was in over my head. I stood at … Continue reading You Got This

Remembering Why

It struck me a few months ago that I had gotten off track. Moving to a new country came with a lot of things to do. And meeting new friends and having new experiences - which was great. But I wasn't myself. I felt like I was tagging along, too many times, with other people … Continue reading Remembering Why

A Fresh Perspective

The change of seasons blows in new ideas and new ways of looking at things. It's never the big stuff that makes the difference. It's always the small, subtle things that push us - sometimes kicking and screaming - in a new direction. Our new furniture arrives tomorrow. So it required a little re-thinking our … Continue reading A Fresh Perspective

Happy Gratitude Day!

I've said it before. I don't love Thanksgiving, for a host of reasons. But I'll admit, it does feel weird to be walking around and it's just another day in Valencia. It's also weird that the 'Black Friday' signs are every where here. In Brazil the signs said 'Black Day', but its the same thing. … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!

Time to Circle Back

When we moved here last spring, the furniture I bought for our living room was more stop gap than what I really liked. My sofa was on it's way from the US - it's took the long way around -  and I was going to build around that when it arrived. But for those who … Continue reading Time to Circle Back

Brazil – Not Candy-Coated

We are home at last. We're both glad to be back in Spain. Not because we didn't enjoy Brazil but because it's truly home. Our language has changed now - and its a subtle thing. When in Sao Paolo we referred to 'home' and it wasn't the US. It was El Compartemiento. And I almost … Continue reading Brazil – Not Candy-Coated

Sometimes, getting there is Half the Battle

OK - I couldn't resist. We took separate flights to Sao Paolo - for reasons I won't go in to, the consequences of which I'm still paying for. But we did get here. I knew it was going to be interesting when I saw a Franciscan monk get on the plane in full robes and … Continue reading Sometimes, getting there is Half the Battle

Nesting

Fall has arrived - my favorite season. The weather had definitely turned in Spain. This weekend the temperatures have dropped. I got up early yesterday morning to make breakfast and watch the sunrise on the balcony off the kitchen. It was cold and crisp. Time to switch out for the snuggly chenille robe instead of … Continue reading Nesting