Saturday, June 30, 2018

An Open Door

"Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you're not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don't have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out."
―Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer Gifts

 Photo courtesy of Colleen K.
"The beauty of that June day was almost staggering. After the wet spring, everything that could turn green had outdone itself in greenness and everything that could even dream of blooming or blossoming was in bloom and blossom. The sunlight was a benediction. The breezes were so caressingly soft and intimate on the skin as to be embarrassing."
―Dan Simmons, Drood

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Simply The Best

"Summertime is always 
the best of what might be." -Charles Bowden

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Nothing of Importance

"At these times, the things that troubled her seemed far away and unimportant: all that mattered was the hum of the bees and the chirp of birdsong, the way the sun gleamed on the edge of a blue wildflower, the distant bleat and clink of grazing goats."
―Alison Croggon, The Naming

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Rapture Enough


"It was rapture enough just to sit there beside him in silence, alone in the summer night in the white splendor of moonshine, with the wind blowing down on them ..."
―L.M. Montgomery, The Blue Castle

Monday, June 25, 2018

By The Sea, By The Sea

"It's a sure sign of summer when
the chair gets up when you do."

Sunday, June 24, 2018


"The Summer night is like a perfection of thought." - Wallace Stevens, "The House Was Quiet and The World Was Calm"

Saturday, June 23, 2018

On Vacation

"When people went on vacation, they shed their home skins, thought they could be a new person."
―Aimee Friedman, Sea Change

Friday, June 22, 2018

Summer Always


"If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper..."
―Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


"In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen."
―Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

All Summer Long


"In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible."
―Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

Monday, June 18, 2018

Life Unfolding

"Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil."
―Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Hair gets lighter.
Skin gets darker.
Water gets warmer.
Drinks get colder.
Music gets louder.
Nights get longer.
Life gets better.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Musings of a 3 year old

Funny gramma moment: since Sofia and I are sleeping together we share a bed. After we talk about the day we both fall asleep. At one point I hear her say "Gramma Gramma what are you doing?" And I whisper "I'm sleeping, go back to sleep" then some moments later she asks the same question and I say again "I'm sleeping!" She says softly "Gramma you're not're snoring!""
That was my awakening! Poor thing what she has to put up with!

Like A Butterfly


"Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly."
―Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sunsets in June

"In early June the world of
leaf and blade and flowers explodes,
and every sunset is different." -  John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


"It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside."
―Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Coolness and Wine

"Now the windows, blinded by the glare of the empty square, had fallen asleep. The balconies declared their emptiness to heaven; the open doorways smelt of coolness and wine."
―Bruno Schulz, The Street of Crocodiles

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Magical Months of Summer

"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August."
—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Friday, June 8, 2018

Palazzo San Gervasio Summer 2018

We are in Daniele's  hometown now. Staying at a nice apartment 5 minutes walk from his parents house. Sofia is having so much fun with her cousins who are showering her with hugs and kisses.

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Summer Beginnings

 "And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Thursday, June 7, 2018

At Ease

"No quality is more attractive than poise-that deep sense of being at ease with yourself and the world." -Good Housekeeping, September 1947

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Take Me To The Sea

 "She loved the sea.
She liked the sharp
salty smell of the air,
and the vastness
of the horizons
bounded only by a vault
of azure sky above.

It made her feel small,
but free as well.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Happy 3rd Birthday Sofia

Happy Birthday Sofia!
We're so happy to celebrate your birthday with you. Since you like badges so much Grandpa Mike made you two special ones. 

 Can't wait to see which one works the best for you!  Happy Year ahead!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Great Idea!

And so I will.
 Off to Italy today! 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Summer Nights


"The summer night is like a
perfection of thought." - Wallace Stevens

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hello Summer

"The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze: June had arrived."
―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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