Hello, friends!

It has been awhile since my last blog post. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My husband, Patrick, and I decided not to cook the traditional turkey this year, and instead opted for a ham with fresh green beans, bacon, mashed potatoes, and a salad. Of course, the pumpkin pie was amazing.  I just can’t believe that another holiday season is here.

How many of you did Black Friday shopping?  I had a terrific time shopping online. From comforters to makeup, I had a great time. I’m not ready to shop in a crowd. I’m still trying to regain my balance after the surgery.

I would like to extend a big “thank you” to my beautiful Jennifer for adding me to a private group on Facebook for writers. This group is called “The Binders”.  I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of a great community of writers.

Since my surgery, I have been super busy with PT. During my free time, I’m trying to finish my new article, which I will share more details about later.  Rehabilitation is going well. I am now able to bend my knee without being reminded by my family members and physical therapist to do so.  The leg is still stiff, and it will take some time to be limber again.

We did a photo shoot the other day for the blog. As you can see, I’m wearing a casual Juventus shirt and sweat pants. I’m hoping to wear all my pretty boots by the holidays. My entire outfit is available on the Juventus store online. Also, yesterday I made my favorite seafood pasta!

Today, I made this delicious peach pie! Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend! XoXo

Nunzia

 

Ciao friends,

I’m back! On October 13th, I had my knee arthroscopy surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It went well. Doctor R. William, a sports orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery. He did a great job.

Doctors and nurses are angels. Everyone at the hospital did a super job ensuring I was comfortable, happy, and relaxed. The Anesthesiologists, Dr. Harvey and Dr. Griffin, were fantastic.  About two hours after surgery, a physical therapist at the hospital had me walking with his help and a walker down a short hall. I used the walker for the first 5 days.  Now, I only use it in the morning. When I first get up, my leg is super stiff, hence the need for my little friend, the walker. Either that, or I just grab my son or hubby’s arms for balance, and off I go.

 

 

 

I’m getting the stiches taken out this Thursday. Yay for that!  Afterward, I will start physical therapy again. This time, it is going to be a long rehabilitation, but that’s okay. I’m looking forward to it.

I’m going to share more about my surgery in my next article. Stay tuned. I will keep you posted. My latest article was published on Thrive Global right before I went to the hospital.

I hope everyone had a great October weekend! This is my favorite month! Our days are starting to cool down, and I can’t help but feel that holiday excitement. In some places, the air is already crisp.

 

Yesterday was my first post-surgery outing. My family and I went out to our favorite place by the beach, sat by the water, and relaxed. When we got home, I made our favorite Jalapeno/cheese sandwiches and homemade soup. Then, I finally busted out the cozy socks the nurses gave me at the hospital, and watched my Juve. We won!

 

 

“Alla prossima” means “until next time.” Until then, stay happy and don’t forget to smile.

 

XO,

Nunzia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my friends!

The news of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas has been overwhelming. It has left many of us in shock, extremely sad, with a lot of questions.

 

I remember, as I was getting ready to start my day, I tuned in to watch Good Morning America. I saw Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos looking very sad.  I knew something bad had happened.  Shortly after I processed the news, I felt just like I did when I received the horrible news on September 11th, and when the shooting at Columbine High School happened.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.

 

 

As for me, many of you who read my blog are aware that I sustained an injury while running during the summer. After many tests and physical therapy, it is time to do the surgery.  Next Friday, October the 13, I will have an arthroscopic meniscus repair.  Dr. Robert Williams, Orthopedic Surgeon and sport doctor, will be performing the surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m feeling apprehensive about my surgery,  but it is normal to feel that way.  I do miss running, and I can’t wait to go back to working out with intensity. In the meantime, I’m enjoying Pilates. Of course, it is Pilates with a lot of modifications right now, but I’m happy that I’m still working out.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m also happy to announce that I have completed my third article for Thrive Global. It is under review by the editors.  It should be published in a few weeks. I will post the article on the blog.  It is such a joy to be a contributor for Arianna Huffington’s magazine.   I still can’t believe that, and I still pinch myself.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  I will keep you posted on my surgery.  Hopefully all goes well. XoXo

All my best,

Nunzia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi friends,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

I can’t believe how fast the time goes by. I have been wanting to write this blog post since last week, but with the magazine, Claudio, and family, my days are jam-packed. I have also been spending an hour or so of physical therapy three times a week, and will do so until the end of September. I have been getting my therapy at this facility nearby, chosen by my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Williams.

 

The staff at that facility is always courteous and professional. I have been assigned to a wonderful therapist, Allyson. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, and professionalism keep me focused on reaching

our goal of making this knee strong again. I also get the opportunity to workout under  the supervision of other techs at the facility, and they do a great job keeping me on track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please understand, I have always loved working out, but when you are trying to make an injured knee work, it is not always easy or fun. My main goal is to avoid surgery. I will be seeing the orthopedic surgeon in October. Until then, my objective is to work very hard. Claudio is going to help me!

 

I need some new decorating ideas for fall.

 

 

 

Anyway, I was planning on doing some shopping this weekend. However, on Friday afternoon, the unexpected happened: shortly after my husband, Patrick, got home, we heard some loud and strange sounds coming from our kitchen. The noise seemed to be coming from under the dishwasher. Suddenly, we heard cracking sounds, and our floor began cracking at a fast rate. It’s like witnessing an earthquake (believe me, I know a thing or two about earthquakes; I survived a major one in Italy back on November 23, 1980, a Sunday night, and I never forget that day).

So, on Friday, hearing a loud, cracking noise and watching the floors of your house come apart definitely brought back some unpleasant memories. Everything is fine, though. We will get it all fixed. My husband is already working on it, and he has done this job before, back when this last happened during Christmas 2012.

The most annoying thing about this flour situation is the dust is aggravating my allergies. Oh, well. It will teach me not to worry if the house is messy and dusty. Can I do it? Let’s wait and see! Have a great weekend, everyone! XoXo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear friends,

It has been overwhelming since Hurricane Harvey made landfall over the Texas coast. The past few days have been very difficult for the residents of our Texas coastline. As you already know, our beautiful state was hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Just a few days before Harvey made landfall, when l I first heard about the chance of heavy rain on GMA, I did not pay attention.  Here in Texas, we are accustomed to severe weather.

How did this so-called “heavy rain shower event” turn into a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane? The last time our city suffered major damage from a hurricane was when Celia ripped apart Corpus Christi in 1970.

So far, several deaths have been reported in the floodwaters, but the exact number is unclear.

Just days since the landfall of one of the biggest storms to hit the US, authorities have rescued thousands of people in Houston alone. As for our family, we evaluated the day before Harvey made landfall.  I’m grateful and blessed that our house did not sustain damage – just one side of our backyard fence will need to be replaced.

Yesterday, I tried to shop for a few items at the grocery store. Sadly, our local supermarket was just about empty; I had never seen such a thing. Shoppers were only allowed to buy two loaves of bread per family.  As I witnessed this, it took me back to my childhood, when my grandfather used to tell me stories about the food shortage during and after World War II.  Thank goodness I was there only to get a few items, since I was able to shop before leaving town.

I would like to thank the Mayor of our city, the police, and the Fire Department,  Red Cross volunteers, National Guards.   I would also like to thank all the wonderful doctors and nurses on duty at our local hospitals for a fantastic job when duty called. Thank you.  I’m praying for my home state, and all those who are suffering through the devastation of the Hurricane Harvey. Xo, Nunzia