Unwritten stories of life and death

There are things about which I simply cannot write. Things like possums that curl up and die in a hidden corner of the garage/bonus room. It’s been nearly 9 years now since that incident and my boys know that just saying the word “possum” still gives me the heebie-jeebies.

There are other things about which I have written only in passing — upchucked chipmunk heads, for example — because I am thoroughly squeamish about such things. (I avoided both the cat and the front porch for many days after that incident.) When my husband was deployed, I relied on neighbors to rescue me from the horrors of decaying creatures and dead birds in the fish pond. When faced with a mouse in my suitcase, I locked myself and my baby in the bathroom (oblivious to the fact that there was a one-inch space between the floor and the bottom of the door).

Becky over at Noodleroux is much better about injecting humor into the situation. Go read this post and you’ll see why she’s my new hero.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum…

As promised last week, I have a few more photos to share with you from our Italy trip back in 1996.

When in Rome…

At the Colosseum in Rome

At the Colosseum in Rome

We had to get up early to catch the express train from Pisa to Rome. As I recall, it was a 3-hour trip, but perhaps that was if we didn’t make the express — at any rate, it made for a couple of very long days! I would love to be able to return to Europe again and tour with a digital camera. There were so many photographs that I didn’t take because I was nursing a baby at the time conserving film. 

At the time, I was the only crazy American nursing a baby in a historical site.

At the time, I was the only crazy American nursing a baby in a historical site.

Prior to being discovered/uncovered, this entire area was filled in with dirt and used as a cow pasture! They were still excavating when we were there 16 years ago.

When we walked around the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, SuperDad noticed an empty pedestal (missing its statue) and suggested that I stand on it for a photo. I acted confused and asked him to show me what he was requesting, so he climbed up and posed… and I quickly snapped a photo. 🙂     I’d love to share that picture but it’s such a tiny image that it didn’t work well when I attempted to upload it, so you’ll just have to imagine the humor of the scene: a dad with a baby in a backpack acting like a statue in the Temple of the Vestal Virgins.  (Maybe this is one of those “guess you had to be there” situations?)

I wish I had photos to share with you from St. Peter’s Basilica. I began my love affair with jasper while staring at an incredible carved statue in that church — the flowing robe of stone almost seemed alive! And Michelangelo’s Pieta inside the Basilica made me cry — it was that realistically carved. Those are things that you simply have to see in person to get the full effect. The other famous sights from the Vatican — the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, for example — are better seen in a high-quality photograph printed on a postcard. 

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Time Warp Tuesday is brought to you by Jenn at Juggling Life. Visit here to see the other participants and their photos.

TWT: More Than Just Memories of Italian Mice

Brightside Susan mentioned that I ought to have other, happier memories from Italy — and yes, I do have some! In fact, I recently scrapbooked these (re-scrapbooked them, since the old photo albums with magnetic pages were deteriorating and putting my precious photo memories in danger) so I will share them here.

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click on pic to embiggen

I loved the Tuscan town of Lucca with its many tall towers and red roofs. We paid to climb the steps in this particular tower — Torre Guinigi —  because it not only had a lovely rooftop garden but it also had a lovely view over the town and countryside.

Lucca

SuperDad schlepped baby H-J up all of those steps to the top of the tower.

Yes, those are really mature trees growing on top of the tower! They provided some much appreciated shade on the top of the roof.

Now THAT is a hay barn!

Now THAT is a hay barn! I had this photo enlarged and framed for my husband’s grandparents who were farmers.

I have a few more fun pictures to share from our whirlwind trip that fall, but I’m saving those for next week. 🙂

Hopefully I’ll have time to get it done. It’s a really busy week for me at work (meetings, memorial services, and more) but I am taking time out for fun on Tuesday evening and going to see/hear Zuill Bailey again.  My blogging time will just have to take a back seat to such pressing engagements.

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Time Warp Tuesday is brought to you by Jenn at Juggling Life. Visit here to see the other participants and their photos.