Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Cookie Craziness

I've been sick as a dog -- second head cold in less than a month. It's been so bad I've gone through three big boxes of Puffs Plus in a week. Needless to say, I am way behind schedule with my Christmas preparations.

I am on my last batch of cookies to give away -- Linzer Hearts from The Silver Palate Cookbook -- and then I will finish packing them up and mailing them out. My next job: wrapping the presents -- and blowing my nose again!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I Love Where I Live

I am on the ferry, heading up to Connecticut to pick up Barb. We're going up to Dorr Mill Store in New Hampshire. I am sort of regretting that I have to be in the car all day. We've had a streak of fabulous sunny weather here on the East End and I would like to enjoy it while it lasts.

Anyway, I will come the with a carload of linen and wool and will start work on my new patterns for 2012.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekend in Brooklyn -- or -- Cairo Goes to the Big City

We spent Saturday moving Clara to a new apartment -- on the same floor of the same building, thank goodness. It is a studio, her first apartment just for her -- no roommates!

Cairo came with us and was a nudge the entire time. Clara lives in a fourth floor walk up, so there are a lot of stairs when it is time to go out. He was so distraught about being out of his element that he couldn't manage to do what he was supposed to. He is definitely a country dog.  He was not too pleased when the subway roared by over our heads while we walked under the Manhattan Bridge.

I was strolling the streets of Brooklyn late at night and early in the morning, trying to get him to go. It was actually quite beautiful by the East River and our walk at 6:30 this morning lasted well over an hour.  We watched the sun come up and stopped for bagels to bring home.

Sorry for the picture quality -- I took them all on my iPhone and posted via Bloggers iPhone app.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Forum -- and Everything Else We Saw

A panoramic pasted together by my daughter the photographer.
I wish I could make this bigger, it is truly amazing.

We are home and getting back in the swing of things.  I loved Rome, but was happy to walk the beach with my little dog on Wednesday morning, and to sleep in my own bed.  I brought home a nasty head cold and I am still waking up before 5 every morning, so I am pretty tired by dinner time.  Am thinking about dressing the house and yard up for Christmas.

A few pics of our trip --
How we started each day . . .  yummy cappucino

The Vatican

The restoration room

St. Peter's -- I love those Mediterranean pines

Bernini's Colonnade
The Pantheon

Clara Attacking a Roman Soldier (for a price, of course)

Campo de Fiori

 The Coliseum

 Every square foot of floor in the Vatican is a work of art . . .  and inspiration for a rug, perhaps?

 The entry of the 5-Star Hotel de Russie, where we had tea