Friday, September 25, 2009

Feeling Warmer

Some of you may already know this, but it gets cold in these parts in the winter time. I know you don't believe me, "Under the Tuscan Sun" and all, but bone chilling cold could be a more appropriate description.

Our VERY old house does not have working heat. We have a fireplace and a wood burning stove, hence the need for the delivery my guardian angel made to us this week. Look at all that lusciousness. I can almost smell the wood smoke in the air and I am feeling warmer already.

We spent hours and hours stacking our treasure. I felt a bit like a bear getting ready for hibernation...packing away all my little goodies for the winter.

If you are curious about what I will be doing for the next 6 is probably hauling wood and stoking fires, and I am sure I will be telling you all about it!

For those of you who are braving a visit this fall, don't worry...can't you tell I am bound and determined to keep our toes warm?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Like a Child

Do you ever get the feeling that you just want to be a child again? Play games with your friends in the twilight. Laugh with abandon at silly things. Chase each other in circles until you are dizzy. I got the chance to do it...and I suggest you try it.

The annual little country fair down the road from our house was this week. I wish I had taken more photos of the fun. They had so many games. If you guess the weight of the turkey or the weight of the get to take them home. (I guessed incorrectly on purpose, what the heck would I do with a live turkey or pig??) Throw darts at balloons and win a bottle of wine for the adults, candy for the children. Estimate correctly how high the prosciutto is hanging over your head and it is yours. Of course, my absolute favorite, which hole do you think the rabbit likes best...

We didn't win, but had too much fun cheering the little pets on that it didn't matter.

The fair culminated with a donkey race. Yes, grown men hop on very stubborn mules and run them around the ring numerous times. I should have taken a video. I have not laughed so much in long time...some had to jump off and push the backsides of these poor animals to make them move...they did was too funny.

We ended the day at sunset by eating freshly fried bread...I can truly say, donuts have nothing on it. Then in a fit of giggles, we chased each other to the car.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Clearing the Mind

Oh we had big plans...hugely extravagant plans of driving aimlessly around the Italian countryside in search of who knows what without a care in the world.

But (you knew there was a but), life sometimes gets in the way of your perfectly dreamed up plans. So, with work beckoning (no complaints from me of course on that front), I settled into the studio to create a very large mess.

By the way...I cannot wait to tell you what I have been brewing. This business does not allow me to show you anything just yet...but there are some wonderful things on the horizon!

I only emerged for a few fleeting hours to clear my mind a bit. Somehow I needed to satisfy that urge to explore.

And you know what...I found that big plans...who needs them. Sometimes a trip around the neighborhood with your eyes open can do wonders.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Road trip

Someone is dying to take a road trip...and she is not the only one. This household has been working itself to's time for a break. Let's see where the road takes us. Where are you going this weekend? Doing anything fun?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Learning from Figs

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
~Chinese proverb

My fig tree is following this to a tee. I have been waiting and waiting...four months to be exact. I have seen it's leaves unfurl...I have watched it's little ones gradually ripen from a dark rich green to a vibrant chartreuse.

I should learn to slow down and experience the journey of this beautiful living thing instead of thinking about when I might be able to enjoy the fruits of it's labor. So I have decided to consciously celebrate the process...not just of this tree, of course, of take in every slow growing concentrate on the little nuances however small them may seem.
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