Saturday, May 4, 2013


We are in a new place, and I am so much happier.  We left the Hovel on Wednesday.  This was our kitchen.

It was a microwave and small refrigerator.  You might not think it was that bad, but even with take out you have to wash things, in the bath tub!  It would have been more fun if we were 20.

We are now in the lovely cottage that is next door to the house we just sold. I call it the Hobbit house because it is so tiny.  It is basically one room, divided and a small bathroom.  Luckily the Stoic One has gotten used to small bathrooms in Italy.  Here are some pictures of the Hobbit house.
Isn't it cute?  It is such a happy space.  If ever you want an adorable cottage to stay in in the Oakland area, Sarah and Alexis have it listed on Airbnb.

Here is our kitchen:

It has a stove and a sink!  There is also a grill outside so the Stoic One can start cooking again.  I am so much happier.

Speaking of kitchens, our kitchen is going in at Umbertide.
The kitchen arrived in many Pedini boxes.

drawers waiting to be put in.

Kitchen almost complete!

Can't wait to get to Italy and see this complete.  We are almost there.


  1. Susan, Got to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Yea for you! We are so envious of you getting an apartment in Italy--and a kitchen anche!
    David Jones

  2. Tanks David. Can't wait to get there in June and use it!