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A mini pig, puppy and cat on a crisp autumn day

Autumn in upstate NY can be beautiful. It can also be rainy and dreary. This past weekend was a mix, but it was perfect.

Yesterday in particular was a typical autumn day: a little rain, a little sun and a lot of wet leaves.

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Coccolino was in his glory, soaking up some rain-drenched grass.

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Pixie was bouncing all around, driving a serenely snacking Cocco to snout his way away from the puppy.

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That’s when we decided to roast some yummy chestnuts.

Stefano, the seventh generation Roman Italian, knows how to roast those castagne. I used to love to go to chestnut festivals when I was living in Italy. We would travel to all the nearby towns and munch on toasty chestnuts and drink that incomparable Italian vino. Those were the days . . .

Now Stefano and I are lucky if we get two or three because the kids gobble them right up. All summer, while making s’mores, the kids just kept asking when the chestnuts would be ready. They both love them and it makes me happy to continue the Italian fall-time tradition right here in NY.

Then there’s Cocco.

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Look at those pretty teeth. Pretty good for getting a raw chestnut out of the shell! This is what remained:

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Pizzico missed out on all the outdoor fun but made up for that with some great one on one cuddle time. He still misses Lacci, as do the rest of us, and he is trying to understand the new balance with Pixie. One on one time with me is the only time he really seems back to normal (i.e., before Lacci passed away). It takes time.

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Hope you all had a wonderful fall weekend! Last week’s giveaway winner will be announced soon.

~ Katie

27 thoughts on “A mini pig, puppy and cat on a crisp autumn day

  1. Pam

    Lots of Fall fun for you……roasted chestnuts – YUM…..Mom last had them in NYC from a street vendor years ago. Looks like the whole family is enjoying the cool crisp autumn days – same for us here at MY house!!!

    Hugs, Sammy

  2. Bev Green

    What a lovely time of year in your neck of the woods 🙂 and so much fun for all creatures great and small 🙂 I remember watching a show that was filmed in Italy with the whole familt carefully collecting fresh chestnuts…looked like a tricky business..but then they had a huge gathering and roasted them all in barrels and I was instantly there with them 🙂 ..I am such a closet Italian 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx

  3. The Kitties of Purring Pines

    Chestnuts sound yummy!!! Glad you are having a good fall…. Take it one day at a time with Lacci gone …

  4. Idaho PugRanch

    We have never had roasted chestnuts – sounds yummy. Yes it takes some time for the others to adjust when you lose a family furry. Bailey & Hazel are getting adjusted to life without Greta – she was such a big personality and in some ways ruled the house.
    hugs
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

  5. madi and mom

    COCCO MY MOM HAS CHESTNUT ENVY…SHE HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY ONE AND OH MY WORD YOU HAVE THEM IN YOUR YARD AND YOUR DAD KNOWS HOW TO ROAST THEM…..YOU ARE ONE L U C K Y MINI PIGGIE
    HUGS MADI YOUR BFFF

  6. Deztinee High

    Looks and sounds like fun wuz had by all. Weez nevew had woasted chestnuts. Mommy’s sang ’bout ’em nuff times, but nevew actually smelled ’em or ate ’em. MOL

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  7. Crepes

    That sounds great. I just the idea of roasting chestnuts, but haven’ tany idea what i’d do with one. Maybe bat it around the floor. I think that’ sounds like a great time. – Crepes.

  8. Sherri-Ellen T-D.

    Hello Katie & Coccolina: it is wonderful to see your lovely autumn there. Coccolina looks so happy in his enclosure!
    Pixie has settled in nicely too! Well done.
    I am sad for Pizzico but I KNOW you are giving him extra loving to make up for the loss of Lacci….
    We have had so much rain & wind here I was about to build an ark! We have had 3 days of sunshine & bearable temps so Nylablue has been out in her Condo. She has a nasty Cystitis infection & is on medication. My nerves are frazzled & I am worried about her….she came so far I just want a little more time **sighs**
    Have a good weekend there!
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too x0x0x0

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