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Just letting you all know we are OK! with love, Deb


Posted on: November 5, 2012

One handsome dog and a great project.

A Smith of All Trades

My friend Amanda made the hubby and me homemade jam for our housewarming party last month. We’ve devoured two of the three jams, so two mini mason jars have been floating around our kitchen for a while. Brian thinks the same jar keeps ending up in our dishwasher (which is hopefully getting fixed today after being broken for a week and a half *groans*), but then he realized we have two of them. So then he wanted to throw both away *gasp*. Crazy  husband, we can craft those!

So, that’s what I set out to do. I still have a ton of pages left from the dictionary I tore apart, so I decided to Mod Podge paper onto each jar and make them into candle holders. I combined several ideas I’d seen on Pinterest (cutting our a heart in the paper, covering vases with twine, Mod Podging…

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Debra Kapellakis


τ. Θ. 825

Santorini 84700




This T. Θ. 825 is our post office box number. To make it in English just make a capital T. then a capital O. with a line in the middle almost touching the edges. Please let me know if you want me to send you a postcard with the new address on it. The reason we had to take a box is that we will be close the shop for the Winter for the first time. We have always got our mail at the store. It is going to be weird having a P.O. box.


with love from Deb

Posted on: November 3, 2012



One of the characteristics of Cappadocia is having plenty of underground cities. The biggest and deepest is Derinkuyu Underground City. There are eight floors and extend at a depth of approximately 85 m.

 The underground city at Derinkuyu has all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels. Unique to the Derinkuyu undergorund city complex and located on the second floor is a spacious room with a barrel vaulted ceiling. It has been reported that this room was used as a religious school and the rooms to the left were studies. Between the third and fourth levels is a vertical staircase. This passage way leads to a cruciform church on the lowest level.

First built by the Phrygians in the 8th–7th centuries B.C according to the Turkish Department of Culture, the Derinkuyu underground city was…

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Posted on: November 3, 2012

fun stuff

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

National Angel Food Cake Day

Today’s Food History

1796 Traditional date for the creation of the metric system, 10/10.

1886 The Tuxedo was created. Griswold Lorillard of Tuxedo Park, N.Y. fashioned the first tuxedo for men.

1892 Earle Dickson was born. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked as a buyer for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids.

1913 Adolphus Busch died. Founded Annheuser Busch in 1866 with his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser.

1913 A dike was blown up by the U.S. engineers to complete the final stage of the Panama Canal, and the waters of the Pacific met the waters of the Atlantic.

1933 Waldo L. Semon received a patent on a method for making plasticized PVC, now know as Vinyl.

1933 Proctor & Gamble began marketing ‘Dreft,’ the first synthetic detergent for home use. Detergents perform better…

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Yesterday Maria and I drove to town, Fira, the main village of the island. She went to a shop for beauty supplies while they still had a sale running. I went to a coffee shop and ordered a “Fredoccino” (similar to a thick chocolate milk shake with coffee) to read and wait and indulge myself in an expensive treat ( 5.30 Euros or $7.80).This would have been only my second one in 2012. I made my order. Sat down, cracked open “A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold” and waited impatiently for my treat. I sat there reading but also thinking how this will be my last treat for months. It came and I took a sip and almost cried. Instead of a “Fredoccino” I got a spoon full of Cocoa (not the kids kind the kind you cook with) in a glass of cold milk, not even any sugar. My feelings were hurt and my disappoint made my eyes water. I took a second sip being sure I was mistaken, YUK! I called the waitress over. I told her this was not what I ordered. She said what can I do it is his first day!  I was shocked. How can the coffee shop owner (an acquaintance) hire someone who doesn’t know how to make coffee’s? I was holding back tears as I paid and left. Yes, I was a wimp and paid that much money for two sips of that stuff and will not got there again.

Taki came to the store about 17:30 to tell me that Maria was at the Police station with her boyfriend and some other young folks. They were being accused of breaking into a home and stealing the stuff inside.! I didn’t think that was funny but I saw Taki’s face, then he saw mine and said nobody is hurt. So, a boy of this group delivered some rugs to a house next to the one that had been robbed. Someone called the Police to report the robbery and described the boy’s Uncle’s van. The Police asked him where he had been that day and evening. The boy not aware of what he was being accused of said I was with these friends and we were here and there. So the Police gathered up all the kids he had hung out with and took them all to the Police station. The Police kept them there for close to three hours for nothing. Some of the officers were of course unduly rude and never apologized for any of it.  Imagine your daughter waking you up from your Siesta to tell you the Police are at the door to take her away!!!

We will close the shop for the Winter months for the first time in 19 years. It is as I have said a dozen or so times WEIRD, EXCITING and SCARY. I will be here to keep it open one last day. Tomorrow Taki and I will be here for the morning shift together and then that is it. I won’t have internet access so don’t wait for any news from us. I will come once a week to check our new mail box and the store. I hope to get online then.

I miss you all so much, I think of most of you every day, with love, Deb