The Best Museum I Had Never Heard Of.

We are staying with friends in Santa Marinella just outside Rome. Lucky for us they have a sense of adventure and love for UNESECO sites and lead us to the following adventure.

Mysterious Tarquina full of Etruscan surprises. We begin at the Necropoli. There are so many wonderfully preserved tombs here. Stunning rooms are carved into solid rock, including wide staircases descending to a small door entrance.

Part of the area dates to the 9-8th century BC. As time went on traditions changed, more and more elaborately decorated tombs appear. Many depict the Etruscan lifestyle. All are beautiful.

Above the surface there are yurt type structures. Of course over time these structures were buried beneath the earth and rediscovered by farming. Imagine the surprise of finding such treasure in your field!

After touring the Necropoli, our wonderful friends drove us to the town of Tarquina. The town retains a medieval charm. Meandering through the streets it is easy to imagine the sound of horse hooves clip-clop along the cobblestone roads.

On to the museum where the treasures are kept.

Fantastic pottery, carvings, weapons, and items used for daily life in the centuries BC are shown

This little museum rivals the more famous and a must see if you are able to break away from spectacular Rome and travel up to the area of Tarquina!

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Save Scooby

What the heck? I have taken a 9 month break from publishing a post.  Perhaps like birth but  without the  adorable baby at the end.  (So many drafts. I just wasn’t willing to share) Today I feel amazing.  Today I created beautiful things.  Today I am brave.  

Today I want to tell you about the lie.  Or maybe it’s the truth as I see it.

This past 9 months I have been having the time of my life.  My beautiful daughter married the man of her dreams, a loved one survived leukemia to remission, the world seems amazing and perfect. Life is so good.

Then a horrible imaginary sound invaded my universe. Like a BOOM! One of my loved ones became severely depressed and there was NOTHING I could do about it.  I’m going to rename this person Scooby-Doo because everyone loves Scooby-Doo.

ISN’T IT HARD to imagine a depressed Scooby? ……..Exactly.

Why does it happen to such a wonderful person?  Scooby is so loved, so funny, so happy.  Scooby makes EVERYBODY feel good. How could SCOOBY be depressed?

Scooby’s brain lies to him.  Scooby’s brain is full of a cornucopia of chemicals that create an alternate reality.  If you love Scoob you are having a hard time accepting his state of mind.  Picture Scooby Doo putting a gun in his mouth.  Impossible!  True.

Scooby is great at covering up.  Only those who check in daily know.  I am one of those.  I am so ANGRY at those who don’t check in. Scooby lied to his loved ones. He said all is well so they don’t know.

Hey Shaggy, Save Scoob!   If you read this & think you know who Scooby Doo is you are right.  Call. Text. Show you care.  It’s f’n life or death.

P.S. Scooby Doo I Love You

Shells & Mexican Politics

Once and a while we stumble on a small business & just fall in love with it.  Rocky Point Rodeo Drive has a of of shops that hold very similar tourist items. We weren’t expecting something different or new.  Creating curios from shells has been a long standing tradition even when this road was simply sand and shacks. I had my own tradition of buying one particular older woman’s shell creations but when they upgraded the road a few years ago, her store disappeared.  Now we have created a new tradition as once we met Salvador.Way at the west end of the street on the north side we found a shop owned by a delightful couple. Salvador is showing the secure backing his wife uses on her designs.Some of the shells are local, some are purchased, but all the work is hers.He explained they live behind the shop and TODAY  he was watching the shop and the kids while his wife was at a political luncheon for women.Salvador’s pride in his wife’s work & her participation in the luncheon was delightful. We  learned a lot about this couple in a short time from his story. They are part of the old traditions, and they are shaping in the future of their town.   This is such a terrific mom and pop business. Please stop in the next time you are in Rocky Point. I know  we always will.

Going To The Dogs

Excited for Prime day and I was ready.  I had my item all picked out.   The first one sold out in minutes and the remainder well…Apparently the site has been crashing all day.  You are redirected to these adorable pictures of  dogs delivering the bad news.  Meet some of the dogs of Amazon!

Yucca Root Solar Chips Aren’t Yucky

I really miss chips and salsa.  Well it’s really the chips that are the issue. So we went on  a quest to create the perfect non fat veggie chip to go with the salsa I crave daily.

The four veggies we tried were sweet potato, yams, beets and yucca root.   The yucca root raw is, well, yucky so I had my doubts.  Sliced and on trays we left them for about 6 hours to bake in the sun.

Here is what we learned; 1. Slice them as thin as you can.  The thicker ones were chewy.  2.  Lightly coat with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.  3.  Place on a rack instead of cookie sheets.  4. Different vegetables dry at different rates.  5. The Yucca Root is Delicious!   Who knew?

Now for the test with Salsa. Each flavor added something unusual & I  can’t decide which one I like best.     I DO know I am making more of these tomorrow.

Note: The goal making this solar oven was to make it with found materials.  Craigslist free BBQ for the stand, A metal box surrounded by styrofoam & wood, glass from a picture frame.   It boils liquid even in the winter but cooking outside in the summer sure helps keep the house cooler.  The solar oven adds another way to do just that.  sola ov (2)Let the sun shine!

Dear Liver

Dear Liver, I feel so betrayed.   I have been focused on eating properly and proud of exercising routinely.    I was prepared for the doctor to say something like “woo-hoo great job”.  Instead we had the talk.  Since my doctor is much younger than I am  he says things like “it comes with age”.  Really little boy?  Does it? Child, I am fully age aware every morning as I get out of bed as  it sounds like popping bubble wrap and  feels like various bones are breaking.  Just when one gets used to a new wrinkle, silver starts showing up in the hair. Get used to that and an old knee injury turns chronic on what is now the last ski run one will ever take. So now organs are rebelling?  Great. It’s not Dr. Babyface’s fault. He’s only trying to help.  As a matter of fact he spent a lot of time investigating happened.  Here’s what we found and the reason I feel betrayed.

The past 6 months I  eliminated  many unhealthy foods. I completely cut out  Diet Coke, drink less alcohol, less red meat, cut out processed foods etc. Imagine my shock when I am suddenly in a dangerous range. The young doctor saw the look of horror on my face and started the investigation. “What’s changed in the last 6 months?”  It turns out in my quest to be healthy that smoothies made with a low calorie almond milk contain over 2 grams of the worst kind of fat!  In another twist, the organic/non GMO/Omega 3 bread also low calorie contained another gram. So  my healthy smoothie-a-day was trying to kill me.  I don’t like taking prescription drugs so he gave me 3 months to bring it back down on my own.  He graciously said “you did it before so maybe you can do it again but the obstacles are genetics and age”. Challenge accepted.

I often wonder if I had a time machine, I would  go back and tell my young self to take better care of this body.  The answer is no. I wouldn’t miss a minute; not one mogul flying down a mountain, not one wipe-out, not one vodka, not one all night party, not one tamale, not one prime rib… I would tell my young self just do it.   It was all worth it.  As the jaded young doctor says, “it comes with age” anyway right? Perhaps my attitude is how I ended up here. Truthfully this time products labeled healthy were poisonous.   At least now I have more ammunition to fight the inevitable  with everything I have.   So dear liver, you are on notice for the next 3 months. The great experiment begins.

Note from Dr. Babyface:  Look for monounsaturated fats  in all nut milks such as Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk- (click on Nutrition facts ) It shows 30 calories, no saturated fats.  Great right?  Wrong.

Note from Me: Damn it now I have to give up chips and salsa.  (Stay tuned for solar cooked sweet potato and beet chips)