I'm thankful to be full and warm.  Missed family and friends but we still had a great Thanksgiving.

Baked chicken, stuffing, gravy, sweet potato casserole, pickled okra, olives, sweet gherkins, crescent rolls, homemade cranberry sauce, green beans and walnut pie for dessert.  Oh my.

ps. Remembered to allow comments!  yay!


Since June? Really?

Hadn't realized it had been that long since I posted.  If I had any followers they're long gone by now...

Two friends and I went to Italy in Sept.  It was great!  Florence is beautiful, we walked everywhere and saw so much it's hard to remember it all.  I drove out of Florence, around Tuscany and in Pisa and Genova.  They drive like bats out of hell over there...but once I learned to drive like they did things went fine.  No dents on the rental car or on any wayward Italians that got in our way.

Santa Croce is a large church (cathedral?) that houses the remains of Galileo and Michaelangelo, Machiavelli and Florence Nightingale among others.  It was VERY impressive to stand in the middle of the church with Galileo on one side and Michaelangelo on the other.  We're taught here not to walk on graves but that's impossible in churches where people are buried in the floor. 

We saw the statue David.  How someone creates by removing pieces of rock is amazing to me. Marble is everywhere in Florence, as is art.  Doorknobs, corners of buildings, street signs, bridges.  I liked the fact that functional things were made beautiful.   Not normally a fan of the ornate style, it all felt right.

Santa Croce with its side courtyards and bell tower. Loved all the tile roofs.

There was a lot of trompe l'oeil in Italy.  The walls on the hotel where we stayed were made to looks as if they had molding but it was painted.  I had to touch it to make sure it wasn't real molding.  Once we discovered that we had to look at things from the side to determine if they were 3D or painted.  This was especially true of ceilings.  Some of the decorated ceilings in the Pitti Palace were undescribable.

More next time...



He's a ball playing machine
A few weeks ago while checking Colorado Bulldog Rescue, I saw a gorgeous bulldog for rescue.  Brett wasn't quite ready yet so we waited. When he was still there two weeks later we contacted the owner and told her we were interested.

She'd had 35 inquiries but was looking for just the right home for him.  He wasn't mistreated at all but as much as they loved him, she was allergic to him and family finances were strained trying to take care of a bulldog.  Someone was to pick him up Sat.  Sigh.

Wednesday she texted me and said the person had pulled out and were we still interested.  Yep, we were!

We went to get him the next day.  He is in great shape with only normal bulldog problems.  He's well mannered (except for a small ummm well ummm humping tendency).  We're working on that.  Otherwise he's great.

My ball rolled off the porch
Our vet gave his ok and next week he'll be neutered, an eyelid fixed and maybe some soft palate work to help him breathe better.

It's nice to have a dog around....