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What’s My Favorite Summer Memory?

Definitely a summer vacation spent in Palau, Sardinia, in Italy. Definitely.That summer I met my husband. But this is not the only reason that made that summer memory my favorite one…I really felt free and happy that year. I think it was the happiest I’ve ever been. I even remember being conflicted about going or … Continue reading

Easter Memories

The Easter bunny was not part of my Easter family celebration when I was little. I grew up in Italy.  Easter in Italian is “Pasqua”, and it is the second most important religious holiday after Christmas. Of course, because Italy is such an overwhelmingly Catholic country, the holiday is all about the remembrance of the passion of Christ. … Continue reading

Finally, Lots Of Snow.

I love snow! Here are few images captured outside my house. [click photo to enlarge] Visit Mosaic Monday to view more photo mosaics. Today I am grateful for snow.

Another Moleskine Celebration

[“Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” Michael Corleone] Just when I thought I owned all types of Moleskine notebooks, here come more great editions! And I cannot resist them! This time they are the limited edition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival with never-done-before custom cover art. … Continue reading

And Happy Birthday To Me, Too

So here I am bragging about it.. I had a great day.  I really felt I was celebrated throughout the day, and I am not saying that because of the gifts I was given; it’s just that the gifts are what I can show in pictures… So here it goes: The flowers  Stephanie sent to me: so … Continue reading

Back In California

Some geometry from the sky…. Above the clouds… weeeeeeeAlmost in L.A…and…touch down.Extremely tired from the trip [had to go to the airport at 4:30am after only one hour of sleep for the whole night], but I am finally in Los Angeles with Stephanie. How I love this place: weather, vegetation, buildings, rhythm of life… Today … Continue reading

Amazon Delivery

Yay! I received my Amazon order: Danny Gregory’s “An Illustrated Life” [drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers],  and the new, huge, gi-normeous, Moleskine Folio!!! So big! I love it; look: it measures 12″ X 8″. I love those large blank pages…can’t wait to fill them [oh, and that’s my metal … Continue reading

Good News

Shown in the picture is just gibberish medical mumbo-jumbo to me, but my interpreter, the wonderful and warm Dr. Reed, translated to me into “your MRI result is ok! go home and frame this result”. What great news!   Now hurry over to Carrie’s blog for more friday foto finish fiesta . Today I am … Continue reading

Notable #2 = Enjoy It!

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. [Rita Mae Brown] *** Today I am grateful for “surviving” an MRI

Garden Moments

It’s so nice to be able to go out in the garden and notice that spring is here! I never saw rosemary’s flowers before, so I was really happy to see my rosemary bush showing off these purple tiny flowers. Loki really loves it out there, I often catch him sitting in the sun and … Continue reading

Pink Link 16

New year, new journal.Actually, I really do not need the beginning of a new year, to start a new journal: I own several sketch books and journals, and I use them for many different reasons at different times. What can I say? I just like paper products.When I saw the pink journal pictured below, I … Continue reading

Oh Susanna!

One of my favorite toys [beside my wheeled toys blogged here] was definitely a doll named Susanna. Made in the 60’s by an Italian doll making company, Furga, Susanna had 3 sisters: Simona, Sylvie and Sheila.Here is a cool advertisement of the dolls: a-la-Charlie’s Angels-mode I assume they were made after the Barbie doll was … Continue reading


I found a box of Finnish Sweet Licorice at TJMaxx and I had to try it.It is so good that I had to dedicate a post to it. I have been a fan of black licorice since I was little. Like every kids in Italy, i used to spend all my Sunday afternoons at the … Continue reading

10 Things I Really Like

My friend Valerie recently “suggested” to blog about 10 things I really like. So here goes. This list does not record the things I like the most, just the first 10 THINGS I really like that came to my mind. 1) Good & Plenty candies 2)The moment when, after work, I change into my comfy … Continue reading

Delicious Colors

I’ve had a “taste” for a yellow purse for a while. And I found one last week on Ebay: $11, canary yellow, soft leather by Franco Sarto.Incredible, uh? I love it! Here it is. Are you jealous? 🙂 My other fun purchase this week: a box of gouache colors by Pelikan.Can’t wait to use them.Colors … Continue reading

Pink Link 8

First stop: Los Angeles! I went there in June to visit my daughter. During our shopping travels we visited this small and friendly apothecary-style beauty shop on Sunset Blvd, called Le Pink, decorated with vintage perfume bottles and toys. Jars of penny candy are casually placed amongst high end beauty products, like soaps, lotions, candles, … Continue reading


This is my mom when she was young. I love this photo: she looks beautiful and happy.And she’s holding a puppy.

Congratulations, Stephanie!

I just had to dedicate a post to my daughter who, beside being the best thing that ever happened to me, is such a great person. I often wonder “how did she become the way she did?”. I just want to brag a little, please allow me. When she was a baby, she never kept … Continue reading