Thursday, April 26, 2012


It's me, Ruffino. 

Seeing that I was able to set up an email account and get on facebook yesterday, Lynn decided that I could write a post for her.  I knew I shouldn't have told her what I did yesterday while she was out.  Anyway, she's really busy papier mache-ing (whatever) so she told me to write about her outing with David yesterday.  So here goes.

I guess they went for a bike ride.

Which is really no big deal, except that the bike looked like this....

Finally, they did it.  I mean, geez, Lynn's been talking about renting one of those things for like 3 years.  Anyway, she said it was really fun and they "are totally going to do it again" (she says "totally" a little too much, don't you think?).  

Given that it was Liberation Day here in Italy yesterday, they rode around in that thing handing out candybars to the locals.  Just kidding - they didn't do that.  But they did ride it through this tunnel....

I guess it was a beautiful day on the coast.


And I guess they stopped for a little snack...

Nice....while Q and I were home starving our asses off.  Whatever.

Lynn just barked that I'm not to forget the flower market they saw.

And David wants me to include this photo about the famous cyclists they saw.  

 I guess the guy on the right is a big deal.   David told me that it's really important that he has all those colorful stripes on his sleeves.  Whatever.

Lynn says that they would have come home right after the ride except they got a little distracted at the supermarket.  This I can understand.  I guess there were free samples.  Free food is cool with me.

Wait!  They aren't eating!  Look at what the free samples were...

That David.  He's just a walking party...

After all that they came home.  Honestly, if you ask me, the focaccia David made for dinner was really the most interesting part of yesterday.

I guess I'm done writing.  Anyway, I'm on facebook now if you want to say hi.  

sniffs and licks,


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I'm in love....

with Shaun the Sheep.

Yes, you're welcome for linking you to the Karaoke version.  I just knew that you all would want to be dancing around the kitchen singing tribute to Shaun as I have been since I met him.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

one darn fine day

It started with the first rose of the season

Then the doggies and I went out to our terraces where we saw this

and this

 and where the dogs did this

 and I picked these

 then I baked some of this

 so that I could have a dinner like this

and now I'm off to this

One darn fine day.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I've been making some stuff this week

I decided I wanted to papier mache a little.

So I made 8 cereal bowls, 10 plates, two platters, a large fruit bowl, and a tub.

And then I thought I needed another granny smack blanket (No, the african flower is NOT done yet. So?).

 I made 65 squares. 

And a while back Christine gave me a template to make a Ligurian Dog plushy.

I made 4.

Oh, yeah, I also made a couple of charm bracelets.

Yes, I did do all of this in a week.  In case you are wondering -- about 20 hours a day for 7 days straight. 

Yes, really.

And yes, David is on the road again.

And yes, I have a stiff neck.

And yes, I need a bath.

And yes, I will look for some balance in my life next week.

So if you'll excuse me now, I have to go.  My left eye has started to twitch.

Thursday, April 05, 2012


I've got some good ones. 

Take this one, for example.

She's called Christine.  You've probably seen her around these parts before.

So, I went to her house for lunch the other day and she gave me this.

She made it herself, specially for me.

It came with this, too.

There's a lovely note inside that beautifully painted card.  The note is about my dear Yellow Belly.

This is Yell

He adopted us about 8 years ago.  Yell came and went and went and came.  When he came he ate, cuddled, and he yelled a lot.  He and I liked to have long conversations, mostly about the dogs.

Just before the really cold spell that we had in February, Yell went.  And he hasn't come again.

Christine made this "spirit of Yell" so he can always stay with me.  Isn't that one of the nicest things you can think of?

RIP Yell.  We miss you tons.