Postcards From the World: Deux de France

I know I just posted about a recent Postcrossing card I received. But an envelope that just came in the mail was noteworthy enough to deserve another Postcards From the World mention. The envelope came from France and contained not one but two postcards. They are from Sandra and Olivier, who live together in Alsace.Continue reading “Postcards From the World: Deux de France”

The Subtle Science and Exact Art of Potion-Making

“I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death,” said Professor Snape at the first session of Harry Potter’s potion-making class, and then added, “If you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.” I hope I was not a dunderhead last night, as I attendedContinue reading “The Subtle Science and Exact Art of Potion-Making”

Photo Friday: Happy New Year!

I read today that living through the past year has been like looking both ways before crossing the street…and then getting hit by a submarine. It’s as good a description as any of the dumpster fire that was 2020. I say “was” because it’s over. Thank goodness it’s over. No, life will not miraculously changeContinue reading “Photo Friday: Happy New Year!”

Photo Friday: Turkey Day

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. I’m a vegetarian, so I don’t eat turkey, which means I can post a photo of a turkey today with a clear conscience. This is a photo I took years ago, when I was chaperoning an elementary school field trip to a colonial-era farm. This enormous, magnificent turkey took a liking toContinue reading “Photo Friday: Turkey Day”

Thanksgiving Turkey, Pizza, and Arlo Guthrie

Happy Thanksgiving! We had our quiet meal at home with just the three of us, knowing it’s the safest choice in the middle of a pandemic, with cases of the virus skyrocketing around the country. But at least the food was good. It seem so inefficient to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all theContinue reading “Thanksgiving Turkey, Pizza, and Arlo Guthrie”

Throwback Thursday: Turkey Cake

I just came across this old photo in my files. This is a turkey-shaped cake I baked for Thanksgiving 2009. The main part of the turkey is chocolate cake; the drumsticks are spice cake. A layer of vanilla buttercream in the middle holds together the two halves of the body. The whole thing is icedContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Turkey Cake”

Memories of Thanksgivings Past

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and it will be a quiet one at my house: just my husband, our son, and me. On one hand, we’ve all just tested negative for the virus again, we’re all healthy, and we will have a nice meal. Many people have lost their jobs or taken a reduction in income duringContinue reading “Memories of Thanksgivings Past”

Photo Friday: Fire Pit

Fall weather has finally come. The evenings are cool, and a few times, we’ve sat on the patio at night, enjoying a fire in our fire pit. With marshmallows. The fire pit is an old one, a cast-off that a neighbor was putting out to the curb for the trash one day, just after we’dContinue reading “Photo Friday: Fire Pit”

My Assisi Heritage

I was trying to come up with a blog post today for the #BlogLikeCrazy challenge, and I realized that what I’d really like to do is expand what I posted earlier today, for Photo Friday. I posted a photograph of my great grandparents Francesco and Maria Petrini, who both died on October 9, 1918, inContinue reading “My Assisi Heritage”