Saturday, April 12, 2014

Survival Italian Style

It has been a while since I have posted, and I wanted you all to know that I am alive and well. The Stoic One go to Califronia for a memorial service.  It was the right thing to do, maaaa (but) I was left alone for a week to tend to Luca and the house.  He left me 2 pages of instructions, swear to god.  The first page was taken up with instructions for the care and feeding of Luca. These are some of his instructions:
"Upon retiring for the night, Mr. Luca..."who writes like this?  Retiring for the night? Mr. Luca?  OK, on to the washing machine advice, one of the favorite topics on this blog.
"Load clothes into the washing machine trhough the door."  You can see why it took 2 pages.  He also left instructions for the dryer, the dishwasher, the coffee maker and the heat.  We survived.

The Italians were very alarmed that the Stoic One was leaving and checked in on me hourly.  What was I doing? What was I going to eat for the next meal? How was Luca? Did I remember to feed him? As you can see, Luca survived quite well.  Really, he always has the worried look on his face!


  1. In our family it would be me writing the two pages of directions to include cat care and how to work the heat. Tee hee.

  2. Hi Nancy, I think between the 4 of us, we will be able to figure things out. Probably shouldn't leave me and Luther alone though.

  3. Too funny Susan. Did you mean that the Stoic One has the worried look or Mr. Luca? Luca looks quite passive to me. Since I AM an Italian neighbor I completely understanding the concern for making sure the person is well fed. Enjoy!

  4. Hi Melanie. I think both were worried. The entire town was worried. The woman who owns the Locanda in town calls the Stoic One the Majordomo, and she wants one! I told her she would have to go to the US as I don't think Italian mama's allow their sons to become Majordomos!