Holiday Cheer!

View from house balcony

I hope those in the U.S. had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. I’m sorry I haven’t been around much. In October, we went to Tuscany for a few weeks, and when we returned I got lazy and then prepared for Thanksgiving. Yes, we do celebrate Thanksgiving, but this year we had it on Friday because of my husband’s work schedule. Every year, we’ve hosted different people for an American Thanksgiving meal of Turkey, homemade stuffing, sweet and red (combined) mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts with a drizzle of maple syrup and roasted pine nuts, and homemade pumpkin pie. If I have to say so myself, it was pretty fabulous. LOL!

Shakespeare enjoying the Tuscan Sun

As for Tuscany, we rented the same house as last year, and had an awesome time. Italy is one of my favorite countries; the places, food, and people are nice wherever we go. Best of all, Italians love dogs so many areas allow Shakespeare. We visited some places from last year and ventured to new regions. Brought back some OUT OF THIS WORLD homemade chestnut honey, along with wine and liqueur. I hope to do a few posts in the coming weeks regarding our vacation.

And before, during, and after Tuscany, I’ve spent a lot of time reading. I bought several paperbacks and just dove right in. Here is a list of a few books I read and loved: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom (series) by Leigh Bardugo; A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman; The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan; and Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center. I’ll need to replenish my reads, so if you know of any great paperback novels for me to invest in, please recommend. Even though I’m not a fan of fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, or non-fiction, I’ll still consider them. 😀

That’s all for right now. I hope you’re all enjoying the festivities and preparing for the New Year.