a message from luna and stella

Hiya readers! We’re looking to you for some understanding.

Mamma’s under the weather and also under deadlines–and those are not nice together.

So we’re going to wish all of our fellow Americans a Happy Thanksgiving now and take a blogging break until next Tuesday–when we’ll be back with a fabulous book giveaway!

Hey, whatchu still lookin’ at?

We said we’d see you in a week!


55 Beans of Wisdom to “a message from luna and stella”
  1. Gil

    Sorry to hear that you are under the weather and under stress at the same time. You really don’t need ‘Double Jeopardy’ in your life! I’m sure that ‘P’ and the pooches will guide you through this.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  2. awedree

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you as well, Michelle! A well-deserved break! Hope you feel much better very soon. We’ll miss you 🙂

  3. 11.25.2008

    happy thanksgiving!!!! hope you feel better soon. *sending hugs and invisible immune system boosters your way* 🙂

    odessa’s last blog post..five things

  4. 11.25.2008

    Look after yourself and have a great Thanksgiving. xxx

    Scintilla’s last blog post..All that you can’t leave behind…

  5. 11.25.2008

    Michelle, I hope that you feel better very soon and that you and P and your pooches have a lovely Thanksgiving! Big hugs from the Piemontese hills!!

  6. 11.25.2008

    Get well soon and Happy Thanksgiving.

    casalba’s last blog post..Mela Cotogna (Quince)

  7. Hope you feel better soon, good luck with your deadlines and Happy Thanksgiving.

    See you next week.


    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Oh no! I’ve become a cold weather wimp.

  8. 11.25.2008

    Michelle — sorry you’re not feeling well and have work to do too! As Gil said, no fun at the same time (no fun separately!). Hope you’re feeling better soon, and thank Luna and Stella for stepping in for you! The gals did great!

    Kim B.’s last blog post..Funny & shiny

  9. 11.25.2008

    Get well soon and enjoy your time off – it is well deserved!

    Happy Thanksgiving and see you next Tuesday!


    Rosa’s last blog post..BC #1: Homemade Pesto (p. 44)

  10. 11.25.2008

    Get well and enjoy the break. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

    Beatriz’s last blog post..It is here!

  11. 11.25.2008

    Pronta guarigione Michelle! Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Milanese Masala’s last blog post..Cucina confidential

  12. Joanne at frutto della passione

    Enjoy, get better, rest.

    Joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..File these under *WHAT WAS I THINKING?*

  13. 11.25.2008

    Feel better and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    J’s last blog post..Pre-move Jitters: One month and 10 days until I leave for London

  14. Buon lavoro! Keep warm, feel better, get those lazy dogs and P to make you some Thanksgiving soup! Happy Holidays from us.

    amanda@A Tuscan View…’s last blog post..Casual obsession

  15. 11.25.2008

    Well OK, but you’ve just removed one more thing from the grateful list… balanced by another one added: I am not sick! Tra la, tra la!!!

  16. 11.25.2008

    Well then

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving. And feel better 🙂

    My Melange’s last blog post..Travel Tip Tuesday -Thanksgiving Travel

  17. michelle

    Thanks for the good wishes everyone! I’m already feeling much better with all this positive energy 🙂

  18. Lizzie

    Happy Thanksgiving from London! Am sure some cuddles with Luna and Stella will make you feel much better.

  19. 11.25.2008

    Happy American Thanksgiving! 🙂
    Feel better soon…I hope Luna and Stella are taking very good care of you! 🙂

  20. Guarisci presto, cara. E augurissimi per il Giorno del Ringraziamento!!!!

    paul of the clue-by-four’s last blog post..Men’s Monday: Lucifer comes home

  21. 11.25.2008

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. Good thing you have those two little sweeties to look after you. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    KC’s last blog post..Olive Oil Imbroglio

  22. michelle

    My pooches are the best–always wanting to keep me warm 🙂

    Thanksgiving looks iffy at this point as P is starting to feel feverish too 🙁

  23. 11.25.2008

    Luna and Stella are excellent typists, considering that they aren’t cats. Hope you feel better soon. And have a wonderful holiday!

    flurrious’s last blog post..If I Had Done NaBloPoMo, This Would Have Been My November 5th Post

  24. 11.25.2008

    Oh, you snuck in with the “Thanksgiving is iffy” comment, while I was typing mine out. So instead of a wonderful holiday, I’ll instead wish that you have a restful Thursday.

    flurrious’s last blog post..If I Had Done NaBloPoMo, This Would Have Been My November 5th Post

  25. 11.25.2008

    I guess your turkey will have a wonderful holiday, though. Okay, I’ll stop commenting now.

    flurrious’s last blog post..If I Had Done NaBloPoMo, This Would Have Been My November 5th Post

  26. michelle

    Indeed! I was thinking of holding a press conference pardoning the turkey in front of a man slaughtering other turkeys, but now I fear it’s overdone. Damn that Palin!

  27. 11.25.2008

    Tell your human that we hope she feels better, that deadlines are GOOD (because that means work is rolling in) and that I hope she has a great Thanksgiving, too!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Easiest (and BEST) Chicken-Noodle-Whatever Soup

  28. 11.25.2008

    Happy turkey day to you, Michelle! Hope you feel better soon and meet all those deadlines!

    saretta’s last blog post..Winter Beach

  29. 11.25.2008

    Happy ThanksGiving darling!

    I love your doggies??? So cute!

  30. 11.25.2008

    Hope youre household gets well very soon.

    Ice Tea For Me’s last blog post..checking the ads

  31. 11.25.2008

    Hope you feel better 😉
    Happy thanksgiving to you!! HUGS!

  32. 11.25.2008

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Enjoy your break.

    Mrs. L’s last blog post..The Heat Is On

  33. Carole in KC

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!
    Feel better soon….

  34. 11.26.2008

    What good looking dogs you have. Hope you feel better soon.

  35. 11.26.2008

    Get well soon ! oooo, I hope I remember to come back on Tuesday for the book giveaway !
    Happy Thanksgiving ! do they have Turkeys in Italy ?

    Diana’s last blog post..Hello World – I’m BACK !!!

  36. 11.26.2008

    feel better my friend. and take a break from all that work… 🙂 i’ll see you on FB 🙂 happy thanksgiving!

    Bren’s last blog post..French Eating is So Darn Orgasmic! Sexy Warm Fruit In Vino y Miel

  37. 11.26.2008

    Get well soon! And, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  38. Cute post, Michelle. Feel better, we have a turkey to carve … sort of…

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..How Do You Travel? Getting There vs. Being There

  39. 11.26.2008

    Cute photos!!! Happy Thanksgiving and feel better soon.

    girasoli’s last blog post.."reflection"~ PhotoHunt

  40. 11.26.2008

    Sweet puppies!! Happy thanksgiving to you as well!

    Diane Mandy’s last blog post..Lord of the Rings

  41. 11.26.2008

    Happy Thanksgiving Michelle! gobble gobble…

    joe@italyville’s last blog post..Italian Turkey Day

  42. 11.26.2008

    Good luck with the deadlines and be better soon – and Happy Thanksgiving!

  43. michelle

    Thanks so much everyone; I have been feeling better as the virus progresses.

    And yes, Diana, there are turkeys in Italy, but they tend to grow them *huge* so that they are sold in parts in stores unless you specially request one whole from the butcher (and then you better have a big oven)!

  44. 11.26.2008

    Feel better my dear.
    Sending love and good wishes to you and the gang.

    Frances’s last blog post..To all who are celebrating

  45. 11.27.2008

    Feel better soon, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Fern Driscoll’s last blog post..The Best Thing We Ate This Week – Pizzoccheri della Valtellina

  46. Hope you recover soon! The pups are just beautiful and cuddling with them is like medicine.
    Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you!

  47. michelle

    Thanks for all the good wishes! Hope everyone had a great holiday and is enjoying the weekend!

    I am finally feeling a lot better…and ready to come back blogging on Tuesday 🙂

  48. 11.29.2008

    Well, you have some remarkable spokeshounds! They certainly got the job done. I hope you had a lovely holiday, and that you are feeling better. Good luck with the deadlines.


    shiborigirl’s last blog post..I’m Flying Through the Studio ‘Cuz I Can’t Find the Floor!

  49. 11.30.2008

    Lovely girls, snuggles and pets to you both.

    Meanwhile, I’m guessing it’s 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. over there in Calabria on the last day of NaNoWriMo. How’s your mama doin’? She going to make it?

    (Don’t interrupt her to ask. Tell me later.)

  50. I hope you are feeling better? And have gotten plenty of rest. Happy ‘belated’ Thanksgiving to you bella. I didn’t celebrate here. I miss that.
    I hope the girls have kept your feet warm.
    Now I’m off to do some catching up here. I missed so many good posts.

    collette~all over the map’s last blog post..Christmas postcard: 1 Dec

  51. 12.01.2008

    Oh Michelle — I hope you are feeling a little better! Eat chicken soup with pastina –that is what I make when someone in my family is ill.
    Looking forward toi seeing your book give away!
    Hugs, Pat in NYC

    Pat’s last blog post..The Winter Garden, Lower Manhattan

  52. 12.01.2008

    Congrats on finishing NaNo. You were way ahead of me.

    sarala’s last blog post..I won!

  53. michelle

    Happy to report I’ve been feeling good for three days, today is the fourth…*really* hoping I’ve finally kicked this thing. Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragement through both illness and NaNo…and always!

  54. 12.01.2008

    They are too precious, *giggle*, love seeing them on here.

    Hope you are back on your feet and running again by now, and that you had a nice Thanksgiving!

    Thinking of you,

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..Light Up The Turkey!

  55. michelle

    Thank you bella…the girls were a huge help in getting myself back up and running 🙂

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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