Virtual Tea Time 
This isn’t the typical vibe I like to create for our tea times, but sometimes life happens and it’s helpful to talk about it.
Instead of hanging around Kingston this weekend, my brothers and I hopped the Megabus to Toronto Friday night, where my Dad met us to keep on driving to Windsor (looooong drive). Don’t get me wrong, road tripping is awesome but unfortunately the purpose was to attend a funeral (not so awesome).
My Nonna passed away on Monday. She had been sick for quite some time, so it wasn’t really much of a surprise. I got to spend time with her over my reading week; the last time I saw her I knew it couldn’t have been the last.
Nonna Elsa was an amazing woman, and I’m thankful to have a lot of great memories with her in mind. She used to sing me the ‘MarineLand‘ theme song in Italian. She would always let my cousins and I play with the baby bunnies she raised at her small farm. Since she only owned three movies worth watching, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Cinderella, were often viewed on repeat. Breakfast at Nonna’s was exclusively bagels and cream cheese, and dinner always involved pasta. She was also a great story-teller, and always wanted to share her tips for making homemade Grappa. I was always, and will always be her only granddaughter, or ‘Princess’ as she called me.
As sad as funerals are, they really are a celebration of life. I was happy to see everybody together to share memories of Nonna’s life, and that I got to deliver a reading at the ceremony. I love you Nonna; I cherish everything you have done for me.
If you’re still reading, I thank you I didn’t mean to dump sadness on your Sunday, but HV has always been a place to share life’s ups and downs. In true Sunday fashion, I won’t leave you empty-handed. Here are 5 (happy) Must Read Links from this week. Enjoy
- How I am Learning to Live According to a Zen Proverb (an article I had published on Elephant Journal!)
- The $100 Start Up by Chris Guillebeau
- 10 Things You DON’T Need to Practice Yoga
- Mint Chocolate Chip Vegan Overnight Oats (first acceptance on FoodGawker!!!!!)
- Eggplant Bacon Stuffed Avocado Dates