Because it looks like this out the front of our home:
And like this out the back of our home:
I stayed in and played housewife and made these orange flavored Italian pizzelle cookies:
The house smells delicious. Traditionally these cookies are anise flavored or almond flavored, but instead, our family uses orange flavor. I have not made these in years and had forgotten how easy they are and how yummy. I also forgot how to center the batter for perfect patterns on the cookies, but really, who cares. When I was a young woman, in our family, a pizzelle iron was a definite wedding shower gift.
I am still lost in the past. I am fascinated by the amount of information available online. If you are interested in finding information about your family, try Ancestry.com. There is a monthly fee, but it can be cancelled anytime and is really worth it, I think.
I was interested in some background information on the town my grandparents came from in Italy. I found out that it has it's very own castle! The town is Celano and is built on a hillside with a castle built in the 1300-1400s as the crowning glory. The official website of the town has a gallery of old photos from the turn of the last century and mid-century of the castle and the surrounding area. Gotta love the internet. One thing though, the spelling and the ages I have found for family can vary quite a bit. One has to be really careful about details. Did I mention that this is addictive?
I really love all the stories in the comments responding to the last blog posting. If you haven't read the comments, I think you should go back and read them. They are really interesting.
Follow-up question to the last one asking who of your ancestors you would like to chat with.
What would you like to know about them and what would you ask them?
Here is something to think about while you go about your day. Ever wonder how much a trillion is? You know, like the deficit, which is 1.2 trillion.
Well, wrap your mind around this:
One million seconds comes out to be about 11 and a half days.