Mountain of mail

Unhealthy air quality has trapped us inside our house for another day, so Mama and I have been channeling our cooped up energy into productive indoor tasks. Today’s big job was sorting through a giant pile of mail, a stack which starting growing during our month in Italy and has only gotten worse since our…

Waking up warm

It’s been very chilly inside our house lately, so last night I dug our electric blankets from last year out of depths of the garage. I set up my own and Mama‘s on each of our beds, and we slept better than we have in ages. I woke up feeling warm and cozy, rather than…

Smell of pie baking

I love pumpkin pie, so I decided we shouldn’t have to wait until Thanksgiving. I made our first one of the holiday season tonight, and swooned over the magnificent, spicy scent filling the house! Today’s #OneGoodThing was enjoying the smell of pie baking with Mama! Day 321 of 365. And Day 1,052 in a row (here’s the first 366 & the…

Same-day crown

Mama and I went for teeth cleanings earlier this week, and I learned that an old filling of mine broke and needed replacing with a crown. Thankfully, I was able to get the work done before it escalated into a root canal situation. The dentist’s office had a cancelation and squeezed me in today for…

Head in her bowl

We ran out of dog food a few days ago, but the air quality was so terrible that I scavenged the little sample bags from our emergency preparedness kits to feed our girl. Despite continued unhealthy air quality, I could no longer put off leaving the house to buy more. Paisley was thrilled with her…

Rearranging my bedroom

I did a little rearranging of my bedroom furniture today. I’m planning to sell this lovely vanity desk (in the photo), because I made space for a comfy chair next to my bed instead. I’ve still got a bit of stuff to go through that’s cluttering my room, but I completed the overhaul. I love…

The last Essi

These S-shaped cookies are a specialty from the island of Burano in Venice, Italy. Yep, besides the colorful houses and intricate lace, the island is famous for these delicious, crunchy vanilla cookies with a hint of lemon (also called Bussolai Buranei). Mama and I became addicted to these delightful cookies some years ago. They’re perfect at…