Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Orleans Holiday Scenes

Living room in the cottage we had at the New Orleans Jazz Quarters B&B.

Our bedroom...

Common garden area at the B&B.

Shop window on Royal St. in the French Quarter.

Decorated homes in the French Quarter.

Yo Mama! In the French Quarter.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas in New Orleans

Some photos from our trip to New Orleans for Christmas.

In Armstrong Park on Rampart Street...

Mitch on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, between Cafe' du Monde and the French Market.

That seafood muffaletta is as big as my head! In a restaurant on Decatur St. in the French Quarter.

Walking around the Quarter.

At the French Market. He startled me so bad even though I was waiting for him to move from his complete stillness, I had to give him a dollar and he insisted on a photo. He really was stock still like a mannequin.

My sister, Sarah, wearing the mohair and silk scarf I knitted for her.

We all met up with a college friend of mine who I had not seen in 11 years, and her husband. L to R: my sister Sarah, my mom Lee, Mitch, me, my friend Ruth, her husband Eli, and my stepDad Don.

Mitch in Armstrong Park with the band.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Favorite Christmases

My favorite Christmases ever were when I was a girl and we lived in Canada, without much money. I remember handmade gifts and handmade decorations; they meant so much because of the time put into them. I still have this doll that my mom made me in 1975, and I'm pretty sure she made the nightgown I'm wearing in this photo too.

One of my highlight memories of this house was the night we heard a wildcat screaming outside in the winter snow. It was real "Little House on the Prairie" stuff!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Celebrating eleven years of marriage today with Mitch, who showed off his Brigadoon moves during our wedding. It's been a wonderful eleven years of happiness.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

En plein air Florence

I envied all the painters out and about Florence, painting en plein air.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Uffizi ceiling fresco

Frescoed ceiling in the Uffizi art gallery in Florence, Italy. Really look at it...there's scenes within scenes.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Italian Men Have Confidence

Italian men have confidence. That is why they can stand around in tights.

From our trip to Florence, Italy in October.

Thursday, December 01, 2011


The Sunday BEFORE Thanksgiving, Mitch and I ran the local 5K, which is something I have done for the past 3 years.

Then we went to Knoxville to meet up with the rest of the family. Here's my nephew eating cheesecake with a butter knife on turkey day.

My sister Sarah.

Thanksgiving afternoon we staged our own 5K, it was my fabulous sister-in-law Alayna's idea and here we are together before our "race". Mitch, Mom and Don went too.

Mom & me.

Here we are waiting in line for Isaac's turn to see Santa Claus. It's my sister Sarah, me, Alayna, Mitch, Isaac and my brother Elie.

The rest of the family drove 2 hrs round trip to hike in the mountains. Mitch and I stayed behind since we had a 6 hr. drive the next day. That didn't deter the others, who had 12 hr. drives the next day! Maybe I'm a wimp?

Waiting for Santa with Isaac and Alayna. I have the best sister-in-law ever.

Thanksgiving day with Mitch.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

North Georgia Leaf Looking

This weekend, Mitch and I were working on the Rabun county house. Sunday afternoon, Mitch suggested that we stop working on the house, drive into the mountains and have dinner at a restaurant! I was showered and ready in 15 minutes. Our favorite restaurant in Franklin, NC was closed, so we drove up to Highlands and had dinner at an excellent B&B restaurant.

This was the view from our entrance porch of our mountain house.

Here's the view from an overlook driving up Hwy 106 from Dillard, GA to Highlands, NC.

The B&B where we had dinner.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Florence Food...

I lost weight in Italy while eating like this. There was a lot of walking.

Gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce.

The menu called this ravioli, and other restaurants called this shape tagliatelle (which seems to be flat like linguine if you look it up). This was "ravioli with butter and sage".

Pizza with zucchini flowers.

Gelato, the mass market kind. I didn't eat this, I ate the small batch "artignale" style. La-te-dah!

Grilled swordfish and veggies.

Pasta. There was lots of pasta, perfectly al dente every time.

Ooooh. My favorite. Vin santo and cantucci (biscotti). Vin santo is a delicious dessert wine that tastes a lot like brandy.

Mitch's truffle risotto...

Mushroom pasta.