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Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Photographs on the Website

I spent some time this morning on our website and added some new photographs of Bob's that are fun and colorful. Thought you'd like to see them!

He took this one in a little town on the Cilento Coast, called Pisciotta (Pee-show'-ta) in the harbor. We love the colorful boats in the south of Italy. It was a beautiful blue sky day and we were out exploring! Pisciotta is a medieval village above the Mediterranean Sea with buildings dating from the 16th century!

He couldn't resist taking this photograph of a woman walking her dog in Catania, along the east coast of Sicily, near Mt. Etna. Everything about her was adorable - the striped leggings, little boots and mini skirt - and the way her little dog is tugging her wile she stands her ground!

Friday, February 26, 2010

My Certificate of Achievement!

I spent the past four days in an intensive four-day eComerce Training Course that covered all kinds of strategies to sell your products and yourself. The instructor was Dan Bond, owner of The Lady Bug Shop and The Towers Bed and Breakfast in downtown Milford and all around technical wiz. The class was held at Delaware Technical Community College in Dover through Downtown Delaware and the Delaware Emerging Technology Center (DETC).

My bonafide Certificate of Achievement (I'm so proud of myself!)

There were about 25 attendees and we covered everything from "Click and Mortar" businesses (where you have a physical store and an eCommerce business online), Niche Marketing - actually a great idea for small businesses to focus on a narrow market (who knew?) to Website Optimization and Marketing, and other online marketing tools, inventory control, shopping carts, credit cards, shipping, tax issues, social networking and secondary marketing via shopping sites and affiliates and more!! Plus he brought in the cutest Ladybug Slippers and a huggable toy called "Eebee" to entertain us! I met a lot of wonderful, enthusiastic, interesting people with ideas for businsses trying to better use the internet to market their ideas.

One of the things I learned was that it helps your rating on the internet (and your site comes up higher when people search) if you have more comments on your blog - so comment away! Besides, I always love to know what you think.

I also discovered that a person could spend every waking minute joining clubs and networking, optimizing and socializing so if you're not careful, you won't have any time to actually make what it is you are trying to sell!! So, I intend to use what I learned but not get crazy (of course today was a bit crazy - online most of the day searching, analyzing, fixing, blogging, facebooking, linking in and dozing out! About 3:00 Bob said - "Let's go to Dolce for a coffee and relax!" Great idea. Marketing can wait. Besides, I have painting to do!!

Looking for Ancestors in Italy

Looking through the ledger books for ancestors’ names

We were talking with Chuck, a friend of ours, from Dolce Bakery in Milford, about the day we looked for my ancestors in Baucina, a little town in the Campania region of Italy and I told him I would send him the link. So I thought I would post it here too, since it was about this time of year when we were searching there and it brought back all those memories! I hope you'll enjoy it too. Here's a link to the blog. It would be so appreciated if you would leave some comments and let me know what you think!

Here's the link: Searching for Ancestors

Buona sera!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A cold day in Washington DC

We went to D.C. to see the exhibit "Terra Cotta Warriors" (below) at the National Geographic Museum. We also wandered around a bit, had lunch and toured the American Craft Museum. We drove to New Carrollton Metro Station, parked our car for the day and rode the train to the Farragut West Station on the orange line so we didn't have to change trains. It made it so much more relaxing not having to drive in D.C. and find a place to park. Plus it was just fun to do. Photos of our day follow.

Lafayette Park, D.C.

Monument to Baron von Steuben, Lafayette Park, D.C., Major General in the Continental Army

Bob, the White House and the Washington Monument!

Outside the Chilean Embassy stands the bust of Bernardo O'Higgins, Founding Father of Chile (While the Irish exodus to Britain and America in the 19th century has been well chronicled, less has been written on the surge of the Irish to South America.)

Sunset on Delaware Bay (a "drive-by shooting" on the way home)

Terra Cotta Warriors, the National Geographic Museum

We thoroughly enjoyed the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC this week. Unfortunately photography was not permitted within the exhibit, so all I have to show you are the banners that wrap around the building depicting the site where the warriors were found in China.

Farmers were plowing their fields when they came upon a terra cotta head and alerted the authorities who set about excavating the site. What they have found to date is only 1/6th of the entire site and includes 1,000 warriors, charioteers, archers, musicians, generals, acrobats, horses and more, buried nearly 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shin Huangdi who conquered and unified the surrounding territories that eventually became the China we know today. He ruled from 246B.C. to 210 B.C. It's absolutely astounding that his reign was so short, when you learn about all that he was able to accomplish, including a reputation for being quite a tyrant.

More than 7,000 more figures still need to be unearthed. The story of this first emperor is fascinating to read, along with the artifacts on display. The exhibit will be on display until March 31st and tickets are required. The website is fun and informative as well.

The banners that wrap around the museum building depict what the actual site looks like

A replica of the warriors sits at the entrance to the exhibit

American Craft Museum

After visiting the National Geographic Museum to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, we stopped at the American Craft Museum's Renwick Gallery in what is called the "Golden Triangle" area of Washington DC. It's a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum dedicated to American craft and decorative arts from the 19th to the 21st centuries, named for the architect James Renwick, who designed the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall. Built of ornate brick and sandstone in the French Second Empire style it was commissioned by William Wilson Corcoran, a prosperous Washington banker in 1858, fashioned after the Tuileries addition to the Louvre.

Game Fish by Larry Fuente. Mixed media

The inscription on the outside of the building reads "Dedicated to Art" (we dedicate this photo to our friend Art Holeman!)

Beth Lipman's glass sculpture Bancketje (Banquet) with 400 blown and lampworked glass objects.

Wood inlay detail on table - every piece of fur is a different piece of wood - amazing craftsmanship!

Monday, February 15, 2010

In Richmond with Kyla and Chris

We had a short visit with Chris and Kyla this past weekend. It is so much fun to hang out with them. We went to the Children's Museum and she ran into one of her friends from school. They had a ball!

and a few more shots from our day at the museum:

Kyla and Kyle

I love kids' art!

Inside CMoR -

Choosing materials for her creation


They had a lot of snow there too in the past week. Here's Kyla - Queen of the Mountain!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

President's Day Weekend Art Show & Sale

I have just learned that the Art Show at Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal has been cancelled due to the impending snow storm that is supposed to hit today or tomorrow. After 2 feet of snow last weekend we are expecting more! The Lewes Historical Society decided to cancel this weekend and reschedule at a later date. Disappointing for now!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Potato, Onion & Pepper Frittata

Since I'm housebound with two feet of snow outside I decided to make us a nice frittata for lunch, using what I had in the fridge. It turned out so yummy I just had to share it with you!

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 potato, thinly sliced (as if for home fries)
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4th of a green pepper (or more to taste)
salt, pepper, basil, oregano
5 eggs scrambled with 1 Tbls water
generous sprinkling of finely grated parmesan cheese

Turn on Broiler to HI
Heat oil in a no-stick pan that can go in the oven
Add onions, garlic and peppers till onions soften - don't let garlic burn
Add potatoes and cook, turning often until potatoes are tender and everything looks nicely browned
Add eggs to cover everything
Use spatula to lift egg mixture so it runs under
When eggs are almost set, sprinkle generously with parmesan cheese

Put pan in the broiler till the top is nicely browned - just a few minutes - so watch carefully.

Slide it onto a warmed plate. It serves 4 and can be reheated the next day.
Serve with fresh fruit, crispy bread, juice.

Yummm. Let me know if you try it and how it went!
This is a version of my mother's potato and egg omelet she used to make when we were kids. My mother would add everything but the kitchen sink to make omelets that we turned our noses up at. Now I experiment too with my frittatas. Any suggestions?

Hope you like it!

Playing in the Snow

We just couldn't resist going out in the snow - a very brief walk - in knee deep snow - around the block. It was just too cold to do much more than turn around and come home - after Bob made a snow angel (what a big kid he is!).

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Blizzard of 2010

Swirling flakes like so many stitches, blanket the earth.
Birds search for crumbs.

From NPR: "A blizzard battered the Mid-Atlantic region Saturday, with emergency crews struggling to keep pace with the heavy, wet snow that has piled up on roadways, toppled trees and left thousands without electricity...A record 2 1/2 feet or more was predicted for Washington. As of early Saturday, 10 inches of snow was reported at the White House, while parts of Maryland and West Virginia were buried under more than 20 inches. Forecasters expected snowfall rates to increase, up to 2 inches per hour through Saturday morning...Blizzard warnings were issued for the District of Columbia, Baltimore, parts of New Jersey and Delaware, and some areas west of the Chesapeake Bay."

And from the BBC: "A rare blizzard warning is in effect for the Washington-Baltimore area. The storm - dubbed "snowpocalypse" and "snowmageddon" by the local media - is expected to stretch from Indiana to Pennsylvania and into parts of New York and North Carolina. Parts of Maryland and West Virginia are already buried under more than 20in of snow. And forecasters say that snowfall rates are likely to increase - up to 2in an hour - early in the day. It comes less than two months after a December storm dumped more than 16in of snow in Washington."

We are right in the thick of it here in Milford - It started snowin' and blowin' (bushels of fun??) late yesterday afternoon and it's still coming down. Crews have dug out the roads but no sooner do they finish, they turn white again. Bob took these shots this morning around 10am and it's been snowing ever since!

The view outside of front door

Our neighbor's house

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

President's Day Weekend Art Show & Sale

"Red Barn, Alee House" - one of the watercolors that will be part of the exhibit

Just wanted to let you know my art will be on display along with over 40 other regional artists at the President's Day Weekend Art Show and Sale benefitting the Lewes Historical Society hosted by the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal with its breathtaking views of Delaware Bay and the lighthouses.

February 12 a Preview Party will take place from 5 PM to 8 PM and costs $25.00 in advance per person or $30.00 at the door. The party will feature heavy hors d'ouerves, wine, beer and a cash bar, live music and a chance to meet some of the artists.

February 13 and 14 - 8AM - 8PM - Free Admission

This is one of my original watercolors that will be on exhibit and available for sale.

For more information visit their website: http://www.historiclewes.org/events/art.html and