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…
When the door buzzer went off this morning, we did what we always do. We looked at each other immediately and said simultaneously 'Did you order something?' There are two reasons for this. 1) The person who did the ordering has to go to the little phone in the kitchen, say 'Hola!' and then try … Continue reading Did You Order Something?
We are not big drinkers. We never have been. It doesn't mean we don't go out and enjoy a beverage, or several, with friends and family. But, as a general rule, we drink more water, coffee, iced tea or even Coke than we ever do some form of alcohol. It's probably a good thing. I've … Continue reading Salud!
I have written alot about Spanish holidays. Because there are so very many of them. This country likes to celebrate. It can be fun and it can be confusing. But there is one thing I find so wonderful about the Spanish way of celebrating holidays that I want to celebrate that! Here they celebrate one … Continue reading First Things First
'People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.' 'He who is without sin, cast the first stone.' I've heard them all. And of course, they're true. I'm not perfect. Far, very far from it. And since I've heard horror stories of ugly Americans, when traveling, we try to go out of our way to be culturally … Continue reading Warning! A Rant to Follow
Every October 9th, since King James the I of Aragon sent the Moors packing south, Valencian's have celebrated their freedom. OK, well as much freedom as people who still lived under a feudal system for 100's of years following this conquest could. But the Spanish population, who were mostly Christians (Catholics) went from being the … Continue reading Nou d’Octubre – The Day of Valencia
We are home from Morella. Just pulled in after a long weekend of new sights, new sounds and ALOT of ground covered. Morella is north of Valencia by about 2 hours on a motorcycle. I've been interested in Spanish prehistoric cave painting for decades and I've never indulged in taking the time to seek them … Continue reading More in Morella
We are less than a week from our 6 month anniversary of moving to Valencia. In that time, we've learned how to navigate public transport. Which super markets and restaurants we like. How holidays are celebrated and that fireworks will be our constant companion. We have started to understand how the bureaucracy works and when … Continue reading In Thru the Out Door
'August is the loneliest month that you'll ever do'. Ok, I know there are too many syllables but it's still true. Not because there are not people in the city. It's because all our neighbors fled somewhere else. The streets have been clogged with tourists and students from other places. And most of our regulars … Continue reading Getting to Normal
Sometimes things take us longer to accomplish than we might like. It's been a month since our stuff arrived and even with all my whining that it took so long to get here, I still hadn't hung the pictures, art and asundry other things that should have long since adorned our walls by now. I'll … Continue reading Tough Nut to Crack