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Christmas gift splurge……


Trying to shop for the perfect gift at Christmas for my husband is more difficult for me than  the “Secret Santa” game.   This year since we are now “empty nesters” I decided to get really extravagant.  Since he does not care for caviar, Brazilian coffee or gourmet cheese from southern Italy it took some thought.  Easy enough,  I shopped at local homemade soap boutique and splurged on a  $60.00 per pound  bar of Lemongrass scented soap that weighed in at 1/4 pound ($15.00)   I carried on and filled the gift bag with cotton candy bath bombs, eucalyptus foot cream, spearmint lip balm, and still had change left over from my $100 budget..

I tried my best and failed at extravagance, but I bet I have the best smelling husband at the New Years Eve celebration….Happy New Year y’all from Savannah, Georgia USA🎉




Snow thankful ⛄️


I have a snow story  to share with all of you.  I moved away from my home in Buffalo, New York  many years ago.  My Mom and Dad would visit me in Savannah Georgia in the winter and I would visit them in New York  during the summer, all of us chasing after the perfect 70 degree weather.

I changed the routine up a bit one  February when my  Dad called and asked to speak with my youngest son.  This was not out of the ordinary  for him to call during football season since they always talked about their favorite team “The Buffalo Bills”, but the season was over.

My curiosity over this Sunday night called came to an end when my youngest
son looked over to me and said ” Grandpa wants us to come up this week because they have a lot of snow”.  I jumped into the conversation and my Dad said ” the kids have to get to know snow”.

Two days later along with my two sons I was on a windy cold flight to Buffalo.  The landing was so turbulent the passengers applauded the flight crew when we parked at the gate of the terminal.

My Dad was in his usual waiting area with hands full of coats, scarves, gloves and boots that my sisters gathered up for all of us to wear.
Dad and the boys had a great week sledding, ice fishing, skating and fun things kids do in the snow. I stayed inside with my feet on the floor registers trying to stay warm.
My Dad passed away soon after this visit but I’ve never really felt like he left us because there are so many memories like this one.
When I see  snow photos I can’t help to think that even when the snow melts the “snow prints” will leave big impressions.

Happy Thanksgiving friends……eat more than one piece of pie

Happy Halloween

Most people enjoy a frightening fireside story about a haunted house. Stretch your imagination a bit let’s talk about the friendly ghost in a home that occupants typically learn to live with and accept their presence. Yes, they can be disruptive walking around the house at night turning on lights or opening doors and cabinets […]

via Not so scary haunted homes — EasyRealEstate

Friday the 13th…..It’s what you make of it



Although I have never experienced anything unusual on this day it may be because I drift through the day with extreme caution.
My Grandma Rose was extremely superstitious, she believed every Friday and every 13th day was unlucky, so I had lots of practice never making any big decisions on these days.

If you have an Italian Grandma you probably know these do’s and don’ts

  •  drop a dish towel (unexpected company will come over)
  • go to bed between 11:55 pm and midnight (will have bad dreams)
  • buy a broom in May, (you’ll sweep someone away)
  • wash blankets in May (you’ll wash someone away)
  • go to the zoo or look at monkeys during pregnancy, (it will affect your baby’s behavior)
  • sneeze at the breakfast table (bad spirits will be with you all day)
  • carry a shovel thru the house (you’ll be digging someones grave)
  • walk under power lines that crossed (just plain unlucky)
  • seat 13 at a table (one will die within the year)
  • drink out of a cup with a crack (just unlucky)
  • wear red or purple to a funeral home (means you’ re happy they’re dead)
  • cross knives (you’ll get in a fight)
  • stir your coffee 2 or 4 times around not 3times (uneven numbers bring bad luck)
  • we could only live in houses with even street numbers,
  • use white sheets and pillow cases only (bring good spirits around)
  • no dirty dishes over night in the sink (unwanted company will be coming)
  • the foot of the bed could not face the door, (you’re on your way out)
  • never wear a hat in the house (going to a funeral)
  • if you enter the house through the front door had to leave through the front (or more people will keep coming)
  • sweep the house out every New Year’s Eve (get rid of the dirt)
  • buy a new broom every time we moved (don’t take the dirt with you)
  • move the furniture around in her house because we would change her good luck

Grandma lived happy and healthy until 85, and when we giggled about all this she would always say a few choice words in Italian and then say “someday you’ll miss me honey”
She called that right and I’ll admit I always wash my blankets in April.