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Respiri Di Vita

Diary of life in small town Sicily.

Updated: 2014-10-05T06:32:58.783+02:00


Mercato find


Was I happy today with this find?? You betcha! And I'm keeping it for myself. I'm not a good hat person but this one is made for a woman. It is authentic and has a nice elongated visor. I got it down from the regular price and that made it extra *special*! Yes-sir Chris...SPECIAL!



This week, I have received three packets and one on line aid from Internet Friends that I have never met. You all know who you are and I thank you!!
I get by with a little help from my friends,
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends,
With a little help from my friends.



My neighbor, Valentino came to the door this morning bearing these ricotta filled ravioli. Today is Onomastico* for those named Valentino/a. Since there is no saint bearing the name Sharon, Valentino has shared his name with me for the last fifteen or so years. For today and every Feb 14th, I am named Valentina!
*Name Day

Limoncello ????



No and no again! Limoncello is so last year. At least that is what I read in an Italian magazine article. So you ask...what is the treat for 2008?? Campari granite. I read this with a big smile as I love Campari. I gave it a try and it was refreshing and tasty. I'm gonna say...better than Limoncello! I'll be testing a recipe, but this was pretty good for just putting ingredients together.

Here is how I made this.

4 0z Campari

2/3 cup of sugar

enough frizzy water to make 2 cups solution.

Juice of one very juicy orange..

Mix this all together and place in a plastic bottle and place in your freezer. After a half hour shake and continue to shake every half hour till it forms slushy ice. Andy ate most of it with biscotti.

I already had Limoncello brewing before I read this article. It was ready to be bottled today. It made almost 3 liters.

Happy New Year


To all my family and friends, Buon Anno 2008! May happiness and good health be in the days ahead for all mankind.
I will be absent for awhile on this Blog page. One of the best side effect of blogging this past year is meeting and posting with fellow bloggers. It has been a great experience.

Greetings.........from a wee one!


The card inside precious!
The envelope priceless!

Buon Natale



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Live Nativity


We visited the live nativity this evening and it was well attended. Unfortunately it was not very well lit and these pictures are quite dark. The organizers did a great job. There was a massive amount of work put into this. [...]

Last Minute Shopping



We have some white tent like structures on Via Roma with some articles you might want to be giving those on your gift list. Along with the vendors is a little music. Stefano is playing the Sicilian bagpipes or better know here as *ciaramedda*!


The grade school kids had the best pickins'.

More Christmas events


This five year old participated in his school's Christmas program this morning. Just like everywhere around the world... mothers make the costumes, bake the cookies and take the photos of their kids. He was a good pick for an angel as he is a happy and very well behaved boy.


Nativity scenes are as popular as Christmas trees in homes, especially with the older generation. I think Christmas trees are something that has come about in the last 25-30 years. My neighbor puts hers together every year and each year it looks a little different.



Here is mine that I had made into a card a couple years ago. It hasn't changed much but I will work on this.

Pork Roast


We talked about having stuffed pork roast for Christmas. By the view in the local butcher shop window today, we are in luck!

Friday Feature



Every year the Comune Di Oliveri sends out invites for a Christmas dinner to the senior citizen residents. So, we got ours and if you are over female over 55 or a male over 60 you may be invited. The event is a social get together as well as a dinner. There is usually music for listening and dancing and a small gift for each participant. It will take place at a local restaurant on the Sunday before Christmas.

Birthday Girl


Jessica the first granddaughter!
Jessica the writer!
Jessica the musician!
Jessica the animal lover!
Jessica the pickle eater!
Jessica the girl with the multi colored hair!
Jessica who looks like her Mom!
Jessica who looks like her Dad!
Jessica who looks like her grandmothers!
Jessica who is herself!
Happy Birthday ...Jessica!
Love, from your other Grandmother!

Poinsettia Plant


Ever wonder what could happen to your Christmas Poinsettia? There are several bushes with these flowers on them in this town. The flowers will get larger and these bushes are really beautiful. The plants are quite cheap. I think we got two for 5 euro.

Christmas arrives on Via Roma


The lights and decorations are setting the mood for Christmas. All along the main street are illuminated signs of Christmas.






As much as I like the shooting star....this little lamp takes a close second this year.


Friday Feature



Work has started on the set for the live Nativity Scene that will take place on December 20. This is a yearly event put on by the folks that run and those that live in the Villa Gaia, a rehabilitation residence. In years past it was set up on a thru street but property has been allocated for this event this year.(image) (image)
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I hope to take photos after the 20th to show the finished village and the live scene.

Birthday Boy



Another birthday in the family. Today is son Christopher's birthday. He is a son, husband, father, brother, stepson, uncle, nephew, brother in law and an all around great guy. I imagine he has lots of folks to wish him a Happy Birthday!

Many more birthdays to you.



(image) All it took was going thru steps and up the steps to gather documents and then bring them to the Questura to renew my SOGGIORNO certificate. We had an appointment at 9AM and finished by 9.30AM with temporary document in hand. This one will be for an indefinite period. So, I don't think I shall be visiting this office for awhile. The clerk suggested I apply for dual citizenship. I have been thinking about this and I may just proceed with the process as soon as I get the permanent document of SOGGIORNO in my hands. It will be another round of securing documents and forms. Everyone was professional and treated me with respect and calm. I have heard horror stories about these offices but thus far, I haven't had a bad experience.

Friday Feature Sicilian Generosity


Each of the following items came into our home in the last couple days. They are gifts from family and friends. The lemons, tangerines , oranges and tomatoes come in sacks. I will use the dried figs to make Christmas cookies. I have never cooked the green vegetable called *zucchina spinosa*! Not shown because they were hastily eaten were two types of fish. Also not included is a pumpkin that was delicious.


Un giro ad Oliveri


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This was posted by my neighbor. Just a little ride down the beach road in the spring. It runs a bit long but relax and go for a ride with him.

Sunday Morning Faces





It was a fine day to be outside for man and beast. The temperatures were in the 70° range. As one local man says.. one day we are in Africa and the next in Alaska. Make no doubt about it ...Christmas season is upon us!

Friday Feature..Alternative cutting


We were given fresh oregano at the end of summer. We hung it inside the family home across the street and forgot about it until recently. It is very handy that we have a barber in the house to cut the oregano from the branches.

Here he is seriously getting down to business.


After the oregano is removed it gets put into the *robot* or food processor. A few years ago, the motor on my food processor died. I bought the same machine in a later model. The attachments fit the new machine. When we process the oregano it discolors and scratches the bowl so this was a lucky purchase.



Remove any small sticks and place into a jar and the oregano is ready for your favorite recipe.

Contest winner


This is a winning drawing about Thanksgiving. Interesting to note that the 2007 pilgrims are all female! Nothing wrong with that! Chips with your turkey looks about right as well!! OK...guys are good to have around. Perhaps they are watching football and didn't get into the frame??
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!