“I got lost in translation.”

When we bought our home we felt as if we were saving a floundering child.  It needed a lot of love and attention.  But I am not one to invest a lot of money.  Paint is usually a good answer to a beauty problem, whether it’s a wall or a face.

The original kitchen was dirty cream and pale blue.  I attacked the walls with purple paint.  And I stole an idea of stenciling cute sayings on the kitchen walls from a friend.  OK. She had cute sayings.  I was looking for a bit of humor.


This is above the door that goes into the back hallway.  I am so clever.


Staying with the happy, cute theme, I stenciled this beauty next to the side door.  Was I done? Are you kidding!


Who can resist Oscar Wilde!

And then, a lovely friend, upon seeing my kitchen, told me that she had the perfect Spanish quote said by the Dali Lama that would be absolutely perfect.  She emailed it to me along with the translation.  It spoke of loving and cooking with reckless abandon.  At least that’s what she told me.

Over the years I’ve translated this quote for curious visitors who are, as most Americans, only semi-proficient in one language.  That would be English.  And then… Two nice men came to measure for the template for our new counter top.  One of the men was from Brazil.

“What is that suppose to say,” he asked.  I translated it for him.  “No it doesn’t,” he said.  “What it says is …” and off he went, translating bits and pieces and words.  The sentence made absolutely no sense.  I should have paid more attention in Spanish class.

Fortunately, there was nothing off color about it.  My kitchen has enough color.  Looking for a new quote.

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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