Saturday, August 19, 2006

Saturday Night Special

In Venice

This is a direct steal from Peggy's Friday Night fun post. I've wanted to try Prosecco ever since I read A Thousand Days In Venice by De Blasi. It seemed Venetians were always celebrating with a glass of the stuff in her memoirs (book is good btw). I looked it up on the web and it's a trendy Italian sparkling wine with less alcohol than beer - favored by women here. Soooo at Whole Food's the other day I spotted some and bought the cheapest bottle.

Tonight I'm planning on reading John Berendt's City Of Falling Angels about a fire that destroyed a famous building in Venice. He also wrote Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil and tho both books are non fiction they read like fiction. The title is based on signs in Venice that said "watch out for falling angels" when they were doing renovation work on some of their churches. And that's why it's a good night for Prosecco and something Italian for dinner don't ya think?

Some of you probably notice the cap is still on the bottle so what's in the glass? Ok - so I took the picture Wednesday and it's white tea in the glass. One has to prepare ahead for blogging......

UPDATE ON PROSECCO - don't try this at home. I like all things Italian but this was vile. Maybe if you like Chardonnay you'll like it. To me it tasted like it was bottled with Venice canal water...down the drain it went. At least the book is good.

First Sign Of Fall

Here's the first yellow leaf on my walnut tree. Every year I look for that first fall leaf. Usually it's somewhere at the top of the tree. This year it's on the lowest branch. Just seeing that leaf and I suddenly feel Fall in the air. It's slightly cooler at night and of course the days are getting shorter FAST.

It's my favorite season. The trees fire up (or down) and when the leaves start dropping it's time to hole up inside in the evening with a good book, knitting or watching the new TV season. Walks now till November are the best of the entire year. And of course Halloween is on it's way, the coolest holiday of all.

When the walnut tree leaves start falling I can't keep up with them - it's a massive pile every week. But I have time - it doesn't really start for a few more weeks. Sorry, didn't mean to rush us all into Fall.


Milt's Muse Update

For those elder bloggers who have read Milt's blog about his battle with terminal cancer there is still no news or postings but I noticed after "moderate comments" started, someone has been updating "comments". For awhile they weren't updated and I think some folks gave up visiting since there's been no new news from his grandaughter Amber. It now looks like someone is reading them - hopefully Milt - so don't forget to keep stopping by and saying "Hi". I'm a great believer in the power of good thoughts.......

Have a great weekend everyone!


At 8:13 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

Have you found Limoncello? I know you were looking for it.

Really lovely photo of the single yellow walnut leaf too.

At 8:17 PM, Blogger saz said...

No Limoncello...yet.

At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Susan said...

What a pretty still life you've made. :)

You'll have to let us know how the wine is. I'm more partial to reds myself, but I'm always open to something new.

ARE the days getting shorter? As we are down south and they have shorter days anyways it's hard to tell. I love fall...I can't wait to get home and see if our leaves are starting to turn...

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Claude said...

I love this photo. Summer's on the way out...
There was a point on Milt's blog when the comments were closed. So it's a good thing they have reopened them.

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous claude said...

I love your Prosecco still life! Sorry to hear the contents of the bottle was awful ;)

At 11:58 PM, Blogger saz said...

The funny thing about the still life pic is the rose is there to cover the ugly library tag on the book!

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Peggy said...

Prosecco isn't so bad. Maybe you had a bad bottle, but choosing the cheapest bottle won't give you the best that this particular wine has to offer. :-)

You could have mixed it with some peach puree and had a Bellini cocktail! Very hip and trendy and invented in Venice. It could be that they had to figure out someway to use up cheap prosecco. (just a theory)

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Chancy said...

Saz, I just bought "City of Falling Angels" at our library's monthly book sale. They sell books that are donated by friends of the library to raise money for this Northside Branch. A nice clean copy of the book for only $3.00. Isn't that a steal.

Your photo is lovely.


PS Thanks for visiting my blog, driftwoodinspiration, and commenting.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Betty said...

You've given me hope that there will actually be a fall this year. It was still 100 degrees here a few days this week, but it might be a few degrees cooler next week.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Jay said...

I hope your walnut tree isn't just teasing us.

I've never tried Prosecco. I prefer reds though.

At 5:59 AM, Anonymous naomi dagen bloom said...

"lower alcohol" had me ready to try along with seduction of the great photo and setting. ah well. went to first wine-tasting recently in maine; had to stop after 3 little sips! you, of course, have given me an idea for a post...if i ever finish hanging onto my summer trip.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger F&W said...

I love the pic and the sentiments about fall! My birthday is in October so I have always associated good things with the leaves changing, the air getting crisp and, of course, the best holiday EVAH -- Hallowe'en!

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

Hi Saz,

Sorry about the Prosecco. I'm such a novice about those could have been the canal water and sadly I wouldn't have known the difference. Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit. Love the picture tho. I'm so glad I made it over to visit. I like it. I can see that I might be by a lot....take care Saz.

P.S. I keep going over to Milt's too....I guess he's been in everyone's thoughts.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Maggietx said...

If anyone hears from Milt would they let me know please. I see his sight is shut down tonight.
Thanks Maggie

At 6:29 AM, Anonymous Terri said...

I've been meaning to read this book by him.....I read Midnight and thought it was fantastic! Also visited Savannah and got to actually meet some of the "characters" in that book and get it autographed by them.
I guess I'll pass on the wine

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