I am so far behind in my blogging that I decided today is the day I need to catch up, so here we go starting with Christmas.
This is our granddaughter’s second Christmas they are 22 months old this year. They are so much more into it than last year. In fact, last year there was so much family gathered for their first Christmas they had to nap in between present opening.
Of course we have to start out with the decorating of the tree.
My husband, David, told me that he was taking me out last night. He said we were going to dinner and movie. He also said it was a milestone we were celebrating. Now he had me wracking my brain for a milestone in our relationship. Continue reading “1000 Days”
We didn’t get to go camping this weekend due to having too much to do at home. We decided to go to the Greek Festival at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. It is held every year. They have been doing this for many years and the money goes towards finishing their church. It is nice to see how much they got done from year to year. David has been going to the festival since they started building the church years ago.
It was once again a rainy day for the festival. People didn’t care they come for the wonderful Greek food, the children dancing, the music and to look at the church as it changes from year to year.
This is such a big event in Anchorage that they hired the police to direct traffic and the parking attendants were great. David even went and let the information booth know how well he thought they were doing.
Well sorry but it was Wednesday which means I had the twins. Katharine is the bigger one and Rebecca is the younger one by 28 minutes. They were 7 weeks early but only had to stay in the hospital for a month. Anyway we are quite the proud grandparents. Of course, we have many others too. These two are our 11th and 12th.
Hope you enjoyed the photos.
Anyway back to the diet. As I said earlier I had an early doctor’s appointment. We did not eat until we got home, so I just made us some protein shakes. The boys took off to a job and I started getting ready for the twins.
For lunch I had a Skyr, which is Iceland’s idea of yogurt, which is really good. I had some pork rinds too. Supper was a hamburger patty with bacon and cheese. Broccoli fried in bacon grease along with more bacon. It was a nice quick dinner.
I have been staying under on the calories but having a little more trouble with the other things. I haven’t been getting all the fat that I can have. I have been kind of bouncing back and forth on the protein. I was trying to stay at 25 carbs but I always seem to go over but have managed to stay under the 50 carbs. I think it is easy trying to keep track of all this. So far I have been doing fine on the new life style.
The Church Palace was a lot of fun. The food was good and the drink was better. We rode a lion and took a selfie in front of artwork called selfie. The bed was nice too.
These people that brought us along with them are really cool. They took us everywhere. We got to go to the Vatican Museum.
We had some great pasta for dinner.
We went to the forum which was very old. We met a seagull with her two babies. We checked out a well too.
We hung out with the Ron
Then we headed to the colosseum. They said many animals, slaves and Christians were killed there. I wonder what would happen to flat people like us.
We met some new friends when our carrying friends stopped for lunch.
We went to a concert at a Refuge camp.
We got to go out to lunch the next day.
Then we got to go to St Peter’s Basilica with the choir.
We next stayed in Montecatini and got to eat breakfast out in the garden.
There was even a huge lemon tree.
We then visited with John for a little bit.
We found a really cool phone.
The drinks all through Italy were great. We tried many different things.
We had tons of different pastas.
We had a lot of white meat but we did have some fish that was very good.
The dessert were out of this world.
We rode on a gondola, saw many rivers, were put in prison, the bridges were cool and sang many times with the chorus.
Italy was really fun. We met many new friends and saw many new things. The people who took us with them were great. They never left us behind or stuck us in a bag where we could not see. They fed us good food and drink. I am glad they have decided to take us with them everywhere.
We had our final lunch together at the Great Hotel Bristol. It was just an amazing place.
The Grand Hotel Bristol enjoys a magnificent location on the lakeshore of Stresa, a true pearl of Lake Maggiore, famous all over the world for the extraordinary way the beautiful landscape merges with the sumptuous dwellings scattered throughout it. Hotel guests can enjoy a privileged view of Isola Bella and the Borromeo Gulf. The prestigious building that is now the Grand Hotel in Stresa was originally a noble residence, and careful renovation work has allowed it to retain its elegance while enhancing it with modern conveniences. The Zacchera family’s traditional dedication to hospitality at the highest level completes the features that make the Grand Hotel Bristol an ideal place for relaxing and discovering the beauty of Lake Maggiore.
We had the most amazing meal.
The meal was served by finely dressed waiters and waitresses. Of course, this was the best meal we had the whole trip. We were all very impressed. There was wine and water on the table.
After the meal was served and eaten we were served champagne. Grant toasted and thanked everyone. Sean and Roland stood up and said something. We then drank our champagne. Our table noticed that there was open bottles of champagne that the waiters were seeming to take away. We all told them we will drink that so you don’t have to through it away. So we made the sacrifice and drank some of the open bottles for them.
We then all thanked our guides Liz and Luigi. Classical Movements furnished our dessert. This cake was carried out by two waiters and about 4 feet in diameter. It was really fabulous.
After enjoying our dessert we walked back to our bus to head back to Milan.