I’ve been hacked again!

IMG_6344Dear readers…there was a post that appeared about losing weight. It was not from me! Anyone who knows me, knows that I would have never posted about losing weight! Sorry for the spam, or whatever you call it!

I am knee deep into a house renovation and so once again this blog has been sadly ignored lately. We also adopted another cat, a one-year old ragdoll, who was looking for a good home. He is a handful but adorable!

Hope everyone has a happy summer, hugs, Leah

here is Zen…our new family member:


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I’m on a roll…

Spring is definitely my favourite season and I am a bit wisteria obsessed too…so, here is another mini-photo session from today’s walk with Yuri, the wonder dog. He is not mine, he is my nephew, and I love him so much!


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Best Parking in Camogli!


This past weekend I participated in another car event. This one was a much larger group and we had the privilege of parking along the extended walkway in a sweet seaside village called Camogli. After another four hour lunch, I was excited to catch some more photographs before we had to leave. I noticed that the pastel buildings reflected beautifully back onto the chrome and bright colours of the cars. I hope you enjoy this next series of some Vintage Fiat 500’s and more!

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Bumper sticker

This one is for apollard…


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Raduno Fun

My love affair with vintage cars and motorbikes continues and the Spring season is kicking off with a string of upcoming Car Rallies. Yesterday, I participated in one at a small seaside village called Bogliasco. After my first full year as a member of the Italian FIAT 500 Club and 500 Mania Genova, I am starting to make some friends and see more familiar faces.

As is with all old cars, I am having some mechanical issues with my starter. I think I have kind of figured out the jiggle movement needed to get it to work, but it is now added to my list of ‘things to repair’. But, as I was so preoccupied with my car starting, I hadn’t noticed that my passenger door didn’t close properly until I was well on my way down a curvy road. Whoa! Imagine my surprise when I took the curve and my passenger door swung open! Yikes! And even though the car is small enough to reach across, I wasn’t able to close it because it doesn’t close properly. I had to pull over, walk around the car and jiggle the handle and then close it.

So the technical word for today is officially “Jiggle”.

I had a fun day, a police escorted ride through the winding roads and hills with a group of about 50 cars. We then proceeded to eat a huge lunch which lasted about 5 hours. I only had one negative encounter, which really just made me giggle. We all park our cars in these tiny Piazzas and so we block each other in. Apparently, I was not reversing my car fast enough for the guy in front of me and so he started waving his arms and honking his horn! Dude! You are driving a car with a motor the size of my dad’s John Deer lawnmower! Take a chill pill please.

We have these bumper stickers that they pass out to club members. It is in Italian but the translation is “From 0 to 100 in ten minutes”, apparently this guy didn’t get his…

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos.

Ciao for now,


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Brush Strokes


A new reader and friend has recently asked to see more of my art. I have been so busy that I only now realise that I have painted a lot more since my last post about it, so here is a mini-gallery of what is new. I think I am kinda getting the hang of it!


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Bidets Unite!

Apparently, not all bidets are created equal. Who knew! For the past two years I’ve been knee deep in drama I would rather pass on, a book project that I had a love/hate relationship with (resistance can be quite powerful) and a house renovation. If you follow this blog, then you know firsthand that with all these other pots on my stove, I have not been posting as much as usual. But, hopefully that is about to change.

The good news is that my book finally got published. Self-published, but who cares, it is on Amazon and I have paperback copies on the way and some positive feedback so far, yay! And, here is the caveat…it is written in a pen-name. For many reasons that I will not go into here, but I do invite you to send an email,  if you want to know more about the book or how to get a copy.

Now, back to those pesky bidets. The house renovation is now in full swing. Walls have been knocked down and there seems to be a mad rush to choose fixtures, etc. What I would like to know is how can I tell a builder where I want my electrical sockets to go if I don’t even know where my bathroom sink will be? This is madness. The one bathroom alone has gone through at least ten different layout designs…years from now, I will still be bumping my head into walls, in the dark, for that midnight pee!

Before this past weekend, I never considered the differences in a toilet or bidet and never really cared that much. Oh wait, I still don’t! But alas, I have spent countless hours, that I will never get back, looking at bidet after bidet at shop after shop (ok, I exaggerated a bit, only 3 shops, but it felt so much like 10). Listen, I love design. But I also don’t come from the convention that everything has to be matchy, matchy either, but clearly I must be crazy for my selections.

With my hand held firmly, I am being guided down the path towards the light. My designer friends are probably getting a good chuckle from this. My whole life I have tried to colour inside the lines and that has never worked for me. As soon as I started colouring outside those crazy lines, miraculously, my life started to fit me better.

Anyway, I guess when it comes to basic things like bidets, it is best to follow some kinda magic formula (and the ‘so called experts’) just in case someone comes to visit, if only to reduce any suspicion that you may have been on acid for two years while making your selections.

Exhibit A…of course I can see the differences, but if I was in your house, using your bidet…I doubt I would even notice, let alone care! I’m more interested in whether or not you have toilet paper, to be honest. Maybe that is the North American in me, but toilet paper is your friend and bidets are to wash your stinky feet in, aren’t they?

I shall leave my crazy crayon box alone for now and let the experts point my sorry soul in the right direction and then buy colourful towels in pink and neon green for revenge, muahahahaha

Until we meet again!

xo L




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