Thursday, April 18, 2024



with an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval.
This morning I was reading my book and I came upon a word I did not know "askance." (He looked at me askance in a way that reminded me...) I looked it up and found the meaning as listed above. I asked my husband if he knew this word and he did not. I told him the meaning. He said the writer could have just used the word suspiciously instead. I countered,  but maybe others use this word in their everyday language just as I have always used "henceforth."  As a child I had heard someone, probably in a movie,  say henceforth and I loved it. I decided to use in my everyday conversations (strange as it might have been) and henceforth continue to use it instead of "from now on." I texted my daughter Aria and asked if she was familiar with "askance". She replied "I use that word. Must be one of my versions of "henceforth." Then she added "Well I'll never forget when I was a kid reading the Bronte sisters and I told you that someone ejaculated and you said "What!!"  and I said "yeah that means they yelled something" and you said "Okay don't say that." 
Getting back to my conversation about "henceforth" I continued,  I think when the mailman comes today I'll say "Halt! Who goes there!"

Friday, April 12, 2024

Not Just About A Book Club reads "Hello Beautiful"

 Our book club met today. We discussed “Hello Beautiful “ by Ann Napolitano. It is a story that deals with family dynamics, relationships between parent and children and siblings, loss, love and resilience. The subject matter gave us a lot to think about and to discuss. We all gave it a solid thumbs up. Food drinks laughter abounds whenever we meet up! Jo and I co-hosted.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Art Day in Rocco's Class


 They had a family art day at Rocco’s preschool.



Daniele asked Rocco “Did you have a blast?” And Rocco said

 “Yes, a big one!”

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Oliver's Model Banabae


A while ago Athena told me their family was asked to be part of an ad campaign for a local Australian sports/activewear clothing company called “Banabae.” The campaign was just launched. Here are some stills. 



Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Celebrating Judy's Birthday at L'Antica


Today was a warm day in the 80’s. We had a nice lunch at L’Antica pizzeria in Belmont Shore celebrating the birthday of one of my Italian language friends Judy.  Always fun to get together with Marion and Isa.   


                                         Tanti Auguri Judy!



Sunday, April 7, 2024

Getting Ready for The Eclipse


The excitement is growing for the total eclipse of the sun tomorrow. The kids based in Dallas say “It’s absolutely crazy what an extra 500k people in this city feels like.” The family spent the morning at the arboretum learning about the eclipse. They listened to astronaut Alvin Drew and made a chart of the phases of the moon with cookies. I think Rocco loved this the best!

Sunday at the Arborteum:

Alvin Drew Astronaut speaks to the group

A Sunday Walk in The Park


After some very windy and wet days today is beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Recalling many days during the years of quarantine Mike and I took daily walks in our neighborhood, nearby parks and the beach. In those early unknown days we tried to go where there were few to no people. We wore masks outside. Today we again took a long walk at Heartwell park recalling the days we sat with our chairs under the pine trees just to try and have a normal life outside our home.




Feeling grateful that we have that time behind us and that we are well.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Spring Break on the Peninsula

 We had a nice long stroll mid afternoon at the peninsula. Parking was crazy and Bay ave. was blocked off to thru traffic like in the summer. It was beautiful at the beach and we wondered why is it so packed. Then we saw lots of young college students sunning on the bay and I said “Ohhhh it’s spring break.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Rocco Eats With Chopsticks

 My grandson Rocco loves trucks, dinosaurs and sharks. With some of the Easter money I sent him he picked out “shark” chopsticks. His mom sent these pictures. Notice his shirt.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Same Team Siblings

 I thought this was funny sent from my daughter Aria.”Overheard these two arguing over who was sweeter. Finally Rocco said “Sofia remember that we are on the same team!”

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Dad's Fried Rice -Memories of Childhood

 Funny how some foods bring back memories. This morning I channeled my dad. I made fried rice with some leftover Easter ham. It reminded me of being a kid on Saturday mornings. My dad would often make fried rice or Denver omelettes. He liked to cook and he told me that one of the first jobs he had in Oakland California where he grew up was a short order cook at a neighborhood restaurant. He said when you make fried rice you can use a lot of things you have leftover in the fridge. We always had plenty of left over rice. Thinking of you dad and all the things you taught me.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Puzzling "The Cinque Terre"

 The puzzle was challenging. All that is left is that blue sky. A fun weekend project.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Easter Egg Traditions

 When I suggested to Mike that we “not” decorate eggs at Easter he was disappointed and said lets each do one. I relented “ok how about 3 each?” He said I only need one. I boiled 6! I know I’m ridiculous. He used a 3 d pen his brother Rocky had given him. Sometimes I forget how he likes to make things into projects. i.e. the time he did a pointillism art detail on an egg. So his 3d pen experiment didn’t pan out the way he envisioned but he managed to surprise me with his display of the egg this morning. This man keeps me laughing!




I thought this was funny. On my Facebook memories of 9 years ago Daniele was getting a lesson on dyeing Easter eggs from Mike. This was before he had children. Fast forward to yesterday when his own kids are dyeing Easter eggs. I want to write this caption when Mike asks Daniele if they dye eggs on Easter Daniele say on Easter in Italy we “EAT” the eggs!

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