What have we been doing? Lots of Everything!!!!!
What's up? Well,Let’s see, I (Gina) took a one day painting class. What fun. I wanted to learn another technique so I went to a Bob Ross painting class and ended up painting with a palette knife. Well, that was not easy. Looks easy, but it’s not. And I doubt I’ll ever be doing it again. I prefer brushes. But, we painted while enjoying the view of the Superstition Mountains right outside of the huge bay windows of the studio, then sat and had lunch viewing them. I have to tell you, that is a multi million dollar view!
Then Jack and I had about thirty Washingtonians over to our house for a little “get to know each other” party. That was really fun. Now I’m not from Washington, but Jack is, so that works. And I’ve made some very good friends from Washington. Who knew that moving to Arizona I’d make friends from Washington. But then I’ve met people from Kansas, S. Dakota, Canada, Wyoming, Illinois and more. Really fun.
We had a water leak around our meter, but of course it was on our side so we had to get the plumber, not the water company, naturally. And it took the poor repair man til late at night, working in the dark by flashlight to get it fixed so we could turn the water back on.
And we have an old King snake living in the park next door. He came out one day to sun himself on our driveway. Now, I don’t like snakes, or spiders, but Jack told me Mr. King Snake won’t hurt me unless I scare or step on him (heaven forbid, I'd probably have a heart attack)and he’s good to have around because he eats other snakes, like rattlers, and rodents. Soooooo, okay, that's good. I just wish he’d sun himself somewhere else. But, I'm reconciled to him being here, as long as he doesn't come around me, so I've named him Sir Hiss.
And Jack and I just got back from Italy. Oh, was it great to be "HOME" again. Of course I was born and raised here in the United States, California to be exact, but Italy is so full of history and beauty and I really love it there, and I still have family there. I could stay there forever, but alas, Jack is not enamored with that idea and friends and family are all in California and Washington so I guess I'm staying put right here in the good old U.S. of A. But we went everywhere we could. Stayed for almost a month, and I still didn't get to do and see everything I wanted to. Rome was beautiful, as usual, and our hotel near Trevi Fountain was a gem. There is so much to do and see in Rome: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trastevere, Castel Sant Angelo, the Vatican, Via Veneto, Trevi Fountain, Ostia Antica, the Crypts, the Walls, wonderful museums, and so, so much more. We took a carriage ride tour, and that was such a delight. The driver was a native, and very knowledgeable in the history of his city and country. It made for a wonderful evening, that was made even more so when he took us to the restaurant of a relative so that we could have a real Italian dinner with the locals rather than other tourists.
Then there was Venice....ahh, what can I say. It's a magical, romantic, story book type ofplace that makes you just fall in love with everything and everyone. Sitting on our balcony every morning and evening, sipping wine or coffee while watching the gondolas pass, getting up early to watch the gondoliers below our balcony preparing for the day, walking the narrow streets and just getting lost in history, and of course all the small fantastic shops hidden here and there....it's a place everyone who goes there falls in love with. Genoa, filled with history of old times and new, a beautiful shipping port that has become even more so with age. Pisa...enchanting as always. The Leaning Tower will make you stand at look at it in awe no matter how many times you see it, and just to sit at the outdoor tables of a cafe there and soak up the atmosphere will make your day a perfect one, as it did mine.
But sometimes its the off the beaten path places where you find unknown treaures. We stayed at a 14th century Villa in Pisa, and what a treat! Usser de Relais, Villa de Corliana. Oh my, such beauty. And it still belongs to the same family who built it 600 years ago. We had a wonderful time there, exploring the Villa and all its out buildings, walking the acres of forests and gardens. Absolutely fantastical! In Florence we rented an apartment....what a treat. It was like actually living there. We took a tour to San Gimignano....where I could have stayed for several days. What a fantastic place. It was like walking through a time warp. Had lunch and wine tasting at a Tuscany farm/winery. Yummm, yummm! And the view from our table to San Gimignano across the valley was breathtaking! Then we went to Bomarzo, home of the Park of Monsters. What a delight. A 16th Century Villa, surrounded by a park of sculptures so huge they are mind boggling, and many are weird monsters. I think Jack and I laughed until we cried, it was so incredible.
And then there's my ancestral family home...Muriaglio, a quaint town in the hillsides above Torino, where I think I'm probably related to over half of the population. A beautiful place of old homes, winding streets, and vineyards and vineyards and vineyards.And then it was back to Rome, where we ended our stay in Italy at a quaint hotel just around the corner from the Piazza Navona. The hotel rooms were very elegant, old world style, and the Piazza, what can I say, magical as always, with its outdoor cafes, little shops offering every flavor of Gelato you can imagine. Heaven!!! And I'm ready to go back......Now!
Liz on the other hand has been quietly and happily working on craft projects, one after another after another (although she also had to go to the dentist...ugh!) Then she entered a craft show here in Arizona and did fantastic!!!!! Naturally, because her stuff is very, very good. She had one of the nicest and busiest boothes in the entire show.
But, I no sooner got home from Italy, then she took off from Disneyland. Did I ever tell you Liz and her husband are real Disney afficinados? Well, they are. They love the place. Disney should give them an honorary membership!!!
And, all the snowbirds have returned to Arizona!
Now we're both home, and it's time to get down to business, right? Well, there are a few more vacations on the horizon for us both before the end of the year. Liz is going to Wisconsin for a huge football game gala that her husband Rick won. And I'll be off to California for a week for Christmas...but other than that, we are here, and knuckling down to get more things done for HC. We are working on a craft supply site, which hopefully will be up and running in a few months, we are looking at more projects for HC, and we are trying to perfect our attempt at making videos to bring you a lot of how to stuff here on HC. Oh, and we're planning on doing some of the larger craft shows in 2018, and we will definitely let you know where and when......
So, stay tuned
Oh, and we’re doing a lot more work with Ancestry. com, so if you are interested in finding out more about investigating your roots, stay tuned…it’s coming.
And this month I'm having out of town visitors coming to stay at my house. One group the beginning of the month, another at the end. Oh boy, glad the guest rooms and the pool and hot tub are ready.
It's been a really fun summer, Fall is starting out great, and we are both so looking forward to the holidays!
So, until later friends,