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Love Thursday: Christmas Poinsettia Love

For our first Christmas together, P brought home a gorgeous stella di Natale (poinsettia, or literally Christmas star). He really had no way of knowing how much I love the poinsettia — always a fixture at my house growing up during the holiday season — so it was a special gift indeed. It became even more wonderful over the next four Christmases as it bloomed each year (not always right at Christmastime, but it came close).

But then this past summer, it began looking sickly, shriveling and sagging. I furiously searched the Internet for what to do to fix it, but nothing worked. I think it got some sort of root rot, but whatever it was, it was fatal, and it made for a very sad day here.

Until this little one showed up a couple weeks ago:

Poinsettia 2010

Poinsettia 2010

I don’t know if this poinsettia will make it past the Christmas season (it doesn’t seem nearly as strong as the previous poinsettia but fingers crossed!) but it did bring a little something special with it tucked in among its gorgeous red leaves:

Love in the poinsettia

How many hearts can you see?

Happy Love Thursday everyone; I hope you’re enjoying a fabulous holiday season.

Hearting Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera Museum & More with AmaMi Card

I’m sorry to say I didn’t notice which exact street these hearts were on, so if you’re ever in Milan, you’ll just have to wander around until you find it:

Hearts paving the way in Milano

Hearts paving the way in Milano

I do remember they were in the general vicinity of the Pinacoteca di Brera gallery (more photos and info coming), and indeed the time stamps on my photos tell me it was about a six-minute walk from those hearts to the museum.

The Pinacoteca di Brera, by the way, is one of the fabulous museums you can visit through the AmaMi card, which gives you discounts at nearly 20 museums, various stores, and cultural events as well as free transport on the metro:

AmaMi card for Milan attractions

And it fits so well with Love Thursday to boot!

As the website says: “AmaMi card: 25 euros and 48 hours to fall in love with Milano.”

Happy Love Thursday!

Love Thursday: An Adorable Little Nuccihra of Love

P and I don’t have grand birthday or Christmas celebrations; neither of us are fans of giving gifts only because it’s expected, although “just because” or “I was thinking of you” tokens are always welcome around here.

And we do tend to exchange little, thoughtful things year round — often simple gestures like one of us taking over cooking duties or running to the store when the other is exhausted. There are some physical gifts, but they tend to be of very little monetary value. In our house, it truly is the thought that counts — it always warms my heart to know that when P was “in giro” (out and about), he saw something and thought of me.

Over the years, he’s brought home tiny rosebuds, almond blossoms, old lire coins, a big bluish green lizard (!), porcini mushrooms, and even some saffron flowers.

And most recently this little nuccihra (noo-CHEE-ruh) arrived:

An adorable little nuccihru of love

An adorable little nuccihra of love

It’s a type of hazelnut (nocciola) here in the mountains of Calabria —“nuccihra” is Badolatese (local dialect) for little hazelnut . . . an adorable little nuccihra of love if you ask me.

Happy Love Thursday!

Love Is All Around You

Love is knocking outside your door.

Hearts over the Ionian Sea

Hearts over the Ionian Sea

Waiting for you…


Love will find a way.

Love on, amici.

Love Thursday: Have You Hugged a Goat Today?

I’ve written about finding goat zen in the goat pen before, and although I normally keep the goat-related posts over at Goat Berries, I just had to share some photos from this morning over here for Love Thursday.

Pinters Magooch

Pinters Magooch

My baby Pasqualina all grows up.

My baby Pasqualina all grows up.

Pretty Pinta

Pretty Pinta

I've got my eye on you.

I've got my eye on you.

Can I have some Maaaaa?

Can I have some Maaaaa?

Is it normal to tear up with joy when looking at your goats?

Eh, who wants to be normal anyway?

Happy Love Thursday!

P.S. Hug a goat.

Michelle FabioMichelle Fabio is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer living in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy and savoring simplicity one sip at a time. 

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