Fresh New Look for Casa Bianca Kitchen

The renovation of the Casa Bianca kitchen is slowly coming along, we were aiming to have it finished before Sam’s parents arrived from Australia but then we each fell sick in turn. Sam did manage to get the finish on the wall and ceiling, and he has started the floor tiles (which look great) but we still have a bit to finish.

Sams parents are here for three months and we thought it easier for us and them if they stayed in our Loft Apartment rather than the Casa Bianca kitchen makeover at least for the time being. Of course they are now sick with the gastro bug that has been going around the village and poor things haven’t been out all day.

We are planning a trip to Malta with the inlaws maybe in late April or May, only for a week but it will be so nice to get some sunshine and to have a paddle in the ocean. I am looking forward to summer and getting some warmth back in my bones…. and some sunshine, that would be nice.

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casa bianca kitchen dbl 2Once we are all back on our feet I’ll update you with our adventures. Until then this is just a short post to let you know we are all still alive and kicking, just taking it easy for a little while then back to normal….whatever that looks like!

inexpensive makeover

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I can’t wait for the summer to arrive and for new visitors to befriend, the mountain is alive with flowers and the valley is coming to life. It looks like our cat Mia is pregnant again so I’m hoping I can find homes for any kittens in the village. Before you all ask it’s expensive to have them de-sexed at 80 euro each (we have three girls) and other things have priority like school books, and bus passes and general living without a fixed income. It’s all fun in the hood as my husband likes to say.

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Hope all is well with you and life is treating you kindly, more to follow asap once we are all feeling 100%…..much love

Lisa signature 2and the gang x


15 comments… add one

  • dena August 27, 2016, 9:52 pm

    just came across your site love your new life, what a great life for your kids to grow up in. House in Louisiana was flooded in 2006 from hurricane katrina, and needed to get away a bit in the middle of all the repairs, which i was doing a lot myself, so in feb, 2007 i went on italy tour with a group , went to florence rome, tuscany , saw the sites but wasnt enough time, so in 2011 i rented an apartment in rome for 2 weeks, just to live like a local a bit. Love italy , want to go back, would sure like to visit your town , where to fly to from USA to get there.

    • Lisa Chiodo August 28, 2016, 2:18 pm

      Ciao Dena, great to ‘meet you here. I can’t imagine the devestation of the floods in 2006, but glad you got the chance to visit Italy and see the beautiful places you mentioned. Renting a house in Rome would be fantstic, I backpacked in my 20’s and loved it. Our town is closest to Turin airport but it is often cheaper flight wise to go to Milan first.

      let us know if you are heading this way xx

  • Liz April 1, 2016, 8:03 am

    Hi Lisa,
    Oh please please look me up if you’re in Malta – I’ve lived here 22 years and would love to give you some insider tips; and meet for a meal! We’ve been passing like ships in the night in various online fora (Star, Carla et al) so would be wonderful to meet in person!
    Hope you had a marvelous Easter with your folks. I always admire your fortitude in doing those renovations. I am on the big clean up in my old house here after 1.5 year of workers in the door nearly every day! Major renovations while living and working at home so empathise!
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  • Caterina B March 31, 2016, 10:07 pm

    By “It’s all fun in the hood,” did you mean fun for the kitties making more kittens? Here in the US
    there are sometimes “spay/neuter” clinics where one can get a significantly reduced rate. I wonder if they have that in Italy? I know, kittens ARE so cute. I did not know your cat was named Mia. That is my lovely daughter’s name. I will tell her that there is a cat in Italy with her name. She really ADORES cats but her kitty had to be put to sleep a few months ago and I have her other one here at our mountain house. He’s quite a cat! She’s actually kind of relieved to be free of the expenses of kitty ownership.
    Tell Sam’s parents “hello” from Colorado! They look really fun. Lucky you!
    I wish we had some parents still living to visit us.

  • Wynne March 31, 2016, 6:13 pm

    I’ve a former co-worker who moved to Malta in 2010 and loves it. I think she’s still there! I hope to visit it someday. Have a wonderful time there!


  • jo catalano March 31, 2016, 5:23 pm

    sorry to hear about your health issues- hope it clears up quickly-Wishing you a wonderful spring-summer with lots of fun travel

  • Sonia March 31, 2016, 2:55 pm

    looking great! i hope one day i can come over for a visit!
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  • Donna Marie March 31, 2016, 12:50 pm

    Just gorgeous. I am, once again, amazed at the work and the vision in planning. You have come so far and done so much. I applaud the efforts.

  • Arnna March 31, 2016, 9:07 am

    You’re so inspiring Lisa. We watched your house hunter’s episode a few months ago… it gave us belief that we could do this. Today we make an offer on a property. Here’s hoping. Enjoy Malta. We loved it. So rich on history!!!

  • Joy Orr March 31, 2016, 5:15 am

    It’s all looking so good Lisa,Sam and co.Have a wonderful trip to Malta and i’m looking forward to pics when you return.Ciao Bella Joy

  • Carmela Gagliardi March 31, 2016, 1:45 am

    The kitchen is looking great so far! I hope everyone gets better soon! Lots of best wishes!

  • Ian March 31, 2016, 12:13 am

    What a difference you are making. All your hard work is really paying off.
    By the way, please define “normal”.

  • Heather in Arles March 30, 2016, 11:54 pm

    Lisa, my friend Loree has two blogs about Malta – Stories and Scribbles and Snapshots of an Island – just in case you want some ideas before you go!
    The kitchen is looking great.
    I hope everyone feels better soon…

  • Gerard March 30, 2016, 11:32 pm

    take lots of pics in Malta, look forward to hearing of your travel experiences

  • Kelly March 30, 2016, 11:10 pm

    Having recently discovered your site, I have so enjoyed catching up on your hard work and adventures! Your photography is beautiful!


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