I think it is time we try to concentrate on the nice things. So with that in mind…here is a little list of 10 things I am loving right now, in no particular order, and subject to change tomorrow!

1. My fireplace…the warmth and glow you can feel from the big leather chair parked right in front of it…you have to be here to understand. (Ciccia gets it!)

2. My Twinings Black Currant & Ginseng and Rasberry & Echinacea infusions during the day and Yogi Tea bedtime tea at night. They can warm your soul like nothing else…not to mention my hands!

3. Fresh clementines and the smell that lingers long after you have eaten one.

4. Our new TV channel…Fox Retro. I cannot tell you how fun it has been to relive my childhood through shows like Love Boat, Charlie’s Angels, 8 is Enough…even the theme music brings back memories. And the fashion…inspiration heaven. I could write a whole post just on this channel.

5. Walks in the woods hunting for mushrooms, and making a huge batch of tagliatelle ai funghi when we return.

6. My new tall black boots with cashmere tights and warm scarves.

7. Sharp contrasts that only come in Autumn. Fresh new green grass, brilliant yellows, oranges and reds, the smell of smoke rising from chimneys, warm sun and cool moisture soaked air, the fog lifting to reveal bright blue sky…the list goes on.

8. Impromptu trips to towns just to people watch and window shop…Siena is one of the best places to do this…then finding a hole in the wall restaurant to eat dinner.

9. The internet…being able to stay in touch with family and friends is essential to living far away. Not to mention all the wonderful things you can find…places to escape to…and being able to share things here with you. Having said that, the ability to find wonderful stories like this and fun things like this and even very silly things like this (click the links).

10. Working…it has been taking up most of my time, but it really is the funnest part. Dreaming up new products, drawing new patterns, painting new images, proofing samples we have already created, even writing some stories…cannot wait to share.

What about you? What are you loving right now?

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