(Uno) 1. Breakfasting on the terrace for the second day in a row. Yesterday morning was full of sunshine and I got warm enough to shed my sweatshirt and soak up Vitamin D in a tank top. December in Sicily ain’t too bad!
(Due) 2. Running down into Acireale to the Duomo and piazza near it. Thanks to our neighbor Warren, we found a great new running route!
(Tre) 3. I haven’t mentioned any tough conversations lately, because Dave and I have been too busy to have one. Yesterday we busted through THAT barrier with our relaxing weekend…and while it was short and sweet, it was a tough one! Deciding how to spend our “free” time – I know, what a rough life I lead! We are both hard-headed, but we both stayed in the conversation, listened to each other, and found some resolution. Yay!
(Quattro) 4. Lamps! We picked up some lamps this weekend – finally! Prior to this we had the meager overhead lighting. Now we have accent lights and reading lamps. Leroy Merlin helped us out (think of a Menard’s if you’re from Wisconsin, or Home Depot if you’re not). See pictures below.
(Cinque) 5. Wall hangings! Thanks to a wonderful colleague of Dave’s, we have an Italian powered drill. At Leroy Merlin, we picked up the concrete drill bit to be able to penetrate the concrete walls of our condo. We still have a few things to put up, but it feels so much more like home with paintings on the walls. I’m feeling a home tour photo blog coming up.
Arguably the BEST mozzarella cheese in the world. In. The. World. Folks! Mozzarella di Bufala – yes, fresh mozzarella cheese made from buffalo milk. A colleague of Dave’s brought it to us from Napoli and wow – it is the most amazing cheese! Yummy. The cheese is sort of braided and the outside layer is almost stringy like string cheese, but still so much more delicate than that. Then, the inner core is this soft, flavorful and salty goodness. We ate it fresh, and on toasted bread with tomatoes and basil. Not enough can be said about the tastiness of this cheese.
A mini introduction to Leroy Merlin
The beginning of the lamp section. This section took up about a good 1/8th of the store!
There were some of the unique lamps. This is just the tip of the iceberg…