My Fellow Americans, Happy Memorial Day!

Just a quick post to wish my fellow Americans a Happy Memorial Day as we remember our veterans and all they’ve sacrificed for us.

And now it’s time for me to step away from the computer for a bit as I regroup, take some photos, scratch some goatie faces, walk with the pooches, hang out in the campagna, and get psyched up for a busy summer ahead. Woohoo!

What do you have planned for the summer?

17 Beans of Wisdom to “My Fellow Americans, Happy Memorial Day!”
  1. Gil

    Thanks! Happy Memorial Day to you too. Went to some car race Friday night and there were no vets selling poppies for about the third year in a row. I guess I’ll have to call the VFW.

    No poppies?! Oh dear…

  2. Gil

    Forgot – we are supposed to go to Italy in September or October.

    That’s great news, Gil! Two of the best months here IMHO.

  3. 05.31.2010

    Happy Memorial Day back at ya! And also a fun Festa della Repubblica in a couple o’ days. The weather should be great!

    Thanks, same to you! Yes hopefully there’s plenty of sunshine for a cookout πŸ™‚

  4. 05.31.2010

    I haven’t decided yet. Back to lie down & ponder. Giulia/Julie the Cat decided she had to have a hot meal at 5am. Like a good mama (or an idiot), I gave in. Then turned on the laptop. Big mistake but nice to see the lovely red poppy.

    I will be cooking from some BE recipini though…………..

    ciao & baci to all

    Haha you’re an awesome mama…and happy cooking! I wonder if there will be peas involved? Hmm….
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..A Kiss in Times Square =-.

  5. 05.31.2010

    I can’t believe that I forgot today is Memorial Day. I’m really out of touch.

    To be honest, I forgot too until Jess of WhyGo Italy mentioned it regarding our podcast taping (normally we tape on Mondays). I’m increasingly having less desire to even try to celebrate these things here too….

  6. 05.31.2010

    Michelle – That photo of the rainbow with the hanging fruit from the tree makes me smile. Enjoy the day and hi to the goaties!

    Thank you…love the title of your latest blog post too! πŸ˜€

    .-= Ciaochowlinda´s last blog ..Goat Cheese Tart =-.

  7. 05.31.2010

    I’ll tell you what I WISH I had planned for summer: a trip to Calabria. πŸ™‚ Alas, it’s not to be. So we’ll be hanging at the pool. Hopefully visiting with some family. But generally just chillaxing. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? πŸ™‚

    Not at all Ninotchka! Enjoy…and hopefully next summer you’ll be here πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Michelle, I just nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award. I love listening to your adventures! Please go to my blog for details.

    Aw thanks, Mimi! I’ll be right over πŸ™‚

  9. awedree

    Unfortunately lots and lots of work πŸ™ But, I’ll be planning and daydreaming about my upcoming vacation in September! Can’t wait!!! Also, I’ll be taking an Italian class this summer in preparation for my trip! Thanks for the wishes and for the lovely pix πŸ™‚

    Oh your trip will be wonderful…especially after you’ve worked so hard for it πŸ™‚ Good luck with the Italian…or I suppose I should say, “In bocca al lupo!”

  10. casalba

    Wow, Michelle! That last photo!!!

    That’s actually the first rainbow I’ve seen over the sea since we moved to the new house, so I wasn’t going to miss a photo op! Had to run out of the goat pen and home to get the camera, but it was worth it πŸ™‚

  11. 06.01.2010

    My plans? Coming to Italy on Saturday! I wish I could spend the entire summer there! I look forward all year to my trip and it comes and goes way too fast!

    Vacation time always flies indeed…buon viaggio!

    .-= Deb R´s last blog ..Day Dreams of Italy 2010 =-.

  12. 06.01.2010


    Haha, actually it’s just a not-quite-ripe lemon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a ‘Rita πŸ˜‰

    .-= LORI´s last blog ..HELLO, LOVER =-.

  13. 06.02.2010

    WHat a beautiful photo!!! rainbow plus a lemon tree..this looks heavenly!!!!

    Greetings from a Mexican Mommy living in Europe

    Thanks Elisa!

  14. Beth

    I agree Michelle, the rainbow picture was worth it – Stunning! We’re getting a new pool, free! just needs a new liner, so we’ll be spending most of the summer enjoying that.

    That is awesome, Beth! Enjoy πŸ˜€

  15. 06.04.2010

    AS always lovely photos!
    I have awarded you an award over on my blog!

    Aw thanks Leanne!

  16. Jana

    Really amazing your rainbow-shot!!!i love it, the sky looks so dramatic…and i would like to pick/steal one lemon my fresh peppermint tea right now:-) I hope you had a good week and wish you a lovely weekend!

    I *love* the skies here after a rainstorm πŸ™‚ Thanks Jana!

  17. 06.06.2010

    Lovely shot! I’m looking forward to those lemons in my glass with a little Crodino when we get there in July. We’ll be in San Giorgio Morgeto for a month. It’s been a few years since we’ve been so I’m catching up via your blog. Thanks so much for the beans!

    I’m a Crodino fan too…enjoy Mary!

    .-= Mary´s last blog ..When in Rome =-.

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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