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Basketball!

My favorite thing about winter has started. (actually started a few weeks ago but without cable we don’t see as many games until the regular season starts) This is one of the bonuses of moving back to the US. Watching ACC basketball.

Of course I was more than upset that the first game I could see, UNC and U of K, UNC lost. Really!. But it is early in the season….

Fortunately, you know who, could care less about basketball so I was able to watch without being distracted. Ben learned a long time ago that unless on the verge of death, needing anything during a basketball game was a bad idea.

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Scaldaletto

Guest Post: By Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

I don’t know what that word Scaldaletto means.  I’m hopin’ it’s nice since She has taken to callin me her little Scaldaletto.  She says She used to have one in Italy and She misses those.  Her bed, which She only lets me use when She doesn’t want it, is right next to the windows.  It’s usually kind cold up there so  I’m guessin’ that She likes it when I get it all warm and toasty for her.  Always happy to be of service.

I’m a little scaldaletto…

Today, she forgot to feed me.  It was almost 11:00 before I got breakfast.  I almost had to call Saving Grace to come get me.  And She and Ben went out at night this past week!  I should get double bones for having to work over time.  I mean!  Really!  I spend all day protectin’ the house from squirrels and then they go out and I have to sit up and protect.  That cuts right into my quality nappin’ time.  They went to see a movie at the library, Crazy Rich Asians.  Came back all happy and laughin’.  I guess they had fun so I suppose it’s okay.  Long as they don’t make a habit of it.

It snowed here last week.  Boy was that fun.  She didn’t let me play in it though.  But I walked around in it enough.  Had to stick my nose in to tell where those pesky squirrels had been.  And I sat on the deck a little bit but it sure was nice to come inside.  

I’m seein’ lots of Chewy boxes on porches but not one on our porch.  I’m thinkin’ I might not be gettin’ any new toys for Christmas.  She says I really might not need any.

I don’t know how She figures that.  Those red ones always end up under her bed so I only see them about once a week and then BOOM they escape under the bed again.  Or maybe I throw them under there.  

Well, She says I’m being too whiny.  And that I am a Lucky Dog and should be grateful.  So, I guessin’ I am.  

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Four Seasons in a Week

That’s what life here in North Carolina is like.  Sunday, December 2, it was 70 degrees.  Each day after, the temps slowly dropped so that by Sunday, December 9 it was in the 30s and snowing.  Many of you know my passion for snow. HA!!!!!!  Anyway we ended up with about 6 inches.  Fortunately, our less than 2 year heating system which had not been working well since October was finally replaced last Monday so we were warm.  But Sunday’s icing and on/off power did the very diva like ice maker in.  So now that is broken.  It is just over a year old.  

This week also marks the second anniversary of when we packed up and moved from Italy.  Once we arrived here, the first time I bought eggs in the grocery store I cried.  I don’t even like eggs but I do miss Richard’s chickens that spent time with us too.  Now I am able to get through the grocery with only fleeting moments of ‘Oh, I miss…..”  There are predictable places for these to happen, the wine aisle of course and cheese.  But it is odd things, like these green beans.

 

Why is it so hard to get these green beans here?  I have asked at my Harris-Teeter.  I have asked at the Farmers’ Market.  Really, you would think I was asking for some exotic tropical fruit.

And boxed bechamel sauce.  The laundry spray starch that I liked the smell of.  The beef pinwheels with cheese and arugula that Esselunga made.  The gargonzola cheese covered with marscapone and walnuts.  I miss the Esselunga.  Just eating lunch there….

Any way.  Enough whining.  I bet you thought there would be snow pictures.  HA!  No, instead the last flowers of summer taken in November

Wild Ginger, cut in November before the first frost

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Hot Biscuits as my Father used to call them

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Well, what happened to April?

I don’t know about you, but those winter months seem to drag by.  Then it is Spring and the months seem to pick up speed.  April was certainly that way.

I have been having camera issues.  So no pictures.  But then it finally occurred to me that I have a tablet which takes pictures.  Of course it took me about an hour to get my tablet to talk to my laptop and get just the few  pictures that I wanted,  transferred.  Finally, I got it working.

So a brief recap of April.  It was still cold at night.  Hydrangea was still wearing a towel on many nights.  Robins appeared on the lawn wearing hats, gloves and mufflers, asking for directions back to Florida.  Ben’s nephew and two of his daughters blew in from Kansas for a soccer tournament in Greensboro.  We toddled up to meet them for lunch.  Before Easter I started working on stenciling a faux tile pattern on the steps.  Who knew that would take so long.  Each step took about 3 hours total and had to be done in stages.  What with doctors’ appointments and exercise classes I would fit short 2 hour work sessions.  (American steps, 10 inches, Italian hips much larger.  I could really only perch on that little edge for so long anyway)  Finally, I finished at the end of the month.

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Before

 

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after

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I also touched up the backs of the steps.  They had gotten scuffed.  See how they go from dark to light.  I used those colors and the gold that is on the wall  and just a bit of red that is near Ben’s office that you can’t see.

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So that is April.  Already exciting things for May….

 

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Ah, Spring in North Carolina

Now that it is mid-March I think I can write about Spring.  I saw a cartoon where Mother Nature is saying “You can’t have all 4 seasons in one week!”  And the state of North Carolina says ” OH, Just Watch!  Here, hold my beer!”  That is what this week has been like.  Monday, March 12 it snowed and Thursday, the 15th it was 70 degrees.  We are not in the mountains, instead towards the eastern part of the state.  Go figure!

Anyway, February was wonderfully and consistently mild.  The cherry trees bloomed early and were outstanding.

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They bloomed.  No cold snap or heavy rains to damage the blooms.  Looked good for 2 weeks like they should.  The Asian Magnolias or Tulip Trees or whatever you want to call them were spectacular.  Sorry, no pictures.  I was having camera issues.  The blooms were so full and large on these trees that petals dropped and covered the ground while the trees still looked good.  For here, the variety that is planted usually is not that showy.  The buds will get nipped or something will happen.  But not this year, it was their year.

Last summer I saw an offer for 50 mixed daffodil bulbs from White Flower Farms in Better Homes and Gardens for a very good price.  So I went ahead and bought them.  Planting them in the fall.

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What a show they have been putting on.

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The first one opened on February 4.  Gradually more and more have opened.  And it was a nice mix of bulbs.  I would buy it again if I just had more room.  When I planted them I also stuck a day lily in. We’ll see how they look this summer.

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So, is all this snow?  No, flower petals from the tree out front.  See the hydrangea at the base of the tree?  Monday as all the snow and sleet came down it was asking for a coat and gloves

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I have been very conscientious about covering it up every night.  Hopefully the tender buds have been saved.   Never a dull moment here.

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No, no, no, SNOW

I haven’t disappeared.  We just got really busy in December.  And we just don’t do anything that is exciting anymore.  However, I could not let this snow pass without a comment.

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Yes, this is the “don’t worry about it.  It will only be 1 to 2 inches.” snow storm.  Here in town, we probably got about 4″ so far with maybe an inch or two more to come.  There are places with 10″ or more.  I don’t think you could pay me enough to be a weather person here in North Carolina.

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There was a storm two weeks ago.   That was barely a dusting.  Then it was really COLD!  Unusally cold for here.  Four degrees one night.  That is really cold for her.  We had a 10 day period when we did not get above freezing.  So guess who has been living inside?

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Yes, the olive tree.  Festive lights.  A Poinsetta friend.  Ohhhh, it is getting a little too comfortable in here.  Thank goodness I bought a rolling saucer for it.

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