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Ciao for Now


Here I am with my morning coffee and biscotti, musing about summer, good food, and life. Ah, yes.  

I’m also musing about what next in terms of “Bring Joy to the Table.”  Since August marks four years of my blog and 80 years—omg—that I’ve been on the planet, it feels like a right time to reflect.. And so…I’m going to take a summer break from the blog to see what new ideas, insights and directions may emerge—for the blog and for la vita.  

But before I do that, I offer a few recent foodie forays and a favorite quote…

♥ We are loving the 2022 season of Somebody Feed Phil—we “visited” Rio de Janeiro and Helsinki and loved the food, people, and “hee-hee” nature of Phil.  We look forward to more episodes

♥ I just bought the e-book version of The Village Baker’s Wife (by Gayle and Joe Ortiz, and Laura Beers).  It is about Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria in Capitola, California, that has incredibly beautiful and tasty baked goods and food, and my favorite biscotti.  It is a fun and informative read.  Will I bake from it?  We will see.  I do know that when I’m home-home, I will drive to Gayle’s just to buy the biscotti, however!

♥ And here’s a quote from author-artist Brian Andreas that I love…

“There are things you do because they feel right and they may make no sense and they may make no money and it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other and to eat each other’s cooking and say it was good.”


And so, dear readers, happy eating, happy summer and ciao for now







16 thoughts on “Ciao for Now”

  • Just lovely, Lynn. 80 revolutions around the sun! Me, too, dear friends. And so we shall share our tables. Eat, drink and give thanks.

    • Thanks, Christie! So happy and thankful to be making this sun-journey with dear friends like you 💖

  • I do love your blog but taking a break for reflection and renewed inspiration is a great idea. Thank you for all your hard work . your readers have benefited from your soulful observations and great ideas. Joy can be a bit illusive but I have always found it your blog.

    Here is one of my favorite quotes from your research and subsequent sharing : “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.”

    Until… b

    • Thanks so much, Barbara, for your support. I’m glad you have enjoyed following along on this joy journey. And thanks for the quote reminder….it’s a good one, especially now since we have so many trees around us with the Cottonwoods “snowing,” and with many birds fluttering by. Ciao💚

  • Seriously? I would never have guessed that, Lynn. It has been so fun to hear from you. Your posts have a sweetness and lightness that I really love.

    So arrivederci for now, my friend. May carefree, sunny days await you. D

    • Thanks for your kind words, Dianne. And may you and Owen have a delightful summer as well. Arrivederci, indeed😍

  • Lynn, as always, I loved your blog–especially the Andreas quote.
    May your summer be filled with happiness, good eats–homemade and otherwise.
    Enjoy your off-blog summertime.
    Abrazos fuertes,

  • Thank you for the joy you have given us. Whatever is next, I hope we are a part of it. You are a wonder!!❤️❤️

  • Dearest Lynn, I have looked forward to your blog, as I look forward to time spent with you in person. Your creativity , insight and appreciation of all things that bring joy regularly uplift and inspire me. Enjoy your well deserved hiatus, and trust that we’ll continue to “love each other and eat other’s food and say it was good.”

    • Thanks, Trudy—-and YES to sharing more meals and life together and to “say it was good.” 💖

  • Dear friend, I have been blessed with the joy your blog has brought to me, and the fabulous food descriptions that have made me savor each word. I am thinking of you as you enter an exciting new decade, and am ever so grateful for your presence in my life. May your summer be filled with more joy, more love, and more delicious life to explore!
    Much love to you!

    • Thank you, dear friend, for your kind words and wishes, and for your friendship over all these decades. I am sending you much love 💓❣️💓

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