We're driving to Italy in May for a family reunion. We thought it might be fun to have new, good tires for the trip.
As I'm trying to keep mon mari's nose to the grindstone I volunteered to do the sitting and waiting whilst … Continue reading.....
Spell check: friend or foe?
I maintain that, whilst I spell excellently, I can't type for shit.
It's also a widely known fact that I cannot proof-read my own writing.
My problem is that my fingers are continually about a dozen words behind my thoughts … Continue reading.....
Note to self: Must wear clothes when outside.
It’s a simple enough premise.
I don’t know why I seem to have such a hard time grasping it.
Perhaps it’s because I so rarely get caught.
Note that I said ‘rarely’ not ‘never’.
I do know … Continue reading.....
I have been smacked down, put in my place, chastised, severely punished, beaten into submission, and whipped into shape after my last post.
Apparently, the Powers That Be did not find it humorous.
A mere minutes after clicking 'Publish' I had to turn everything off … Continue reading.....
Beef Barley Soup
We have electricity again, as of last night.
I have a new, profound respect for people who have suffered at the whim of nature.
We were without electricity for almost 3 days.
That shouldn't be a big deal.
Before it happened to … Continue reading.....
Braised Pork with Leeks
Well, at least, for us.
Our stove (as in wood-burning, heat-providing, cast iron stove) is coming soon!
We're ready for it! It will sit on the unfinished terre cotta tiles. Mon mari did a concrete base, then laid the … Continue reading.....
Question: How long must one live in Europe before being able to adopt the same trusting attitude as the native-born?
Answer: More than 12 years.
That's how long I've been here and I still can't do it.
Many years ago (I seem to … Continue reading.....
Split Pea Soup
I'm so excited.
My internet connection has worked two, count 'em, TWO, days in a row.
It's a record!
In honor of this stupendous occasion, here are the weekly house photos….
Slim progress this week: still peeing in the bushes; still walking … Continue reading.....
Lamb Braised in Red Wine
The Powers That Be.
I wish they had someone else to pick on for awhile…..
The details of settling in…..
For a reason known only to the mysterious Powers That Be, our telephone, which worked perfectly fine in the Vendée, … Continue reading.....
Grilled Scallops and Prosciutto
Katie's Collection of Confusing Kitchen words.
We need to speak two foreign languages to get by here: French and British.
Stove: A large appliance, usually black, that burns wood to heat the house. This is not to be confused with … Continue reading.....