Violenza’s 94th Birthday Party


Happy Birthday Violenza! We celebrated Babe’s 94th birthday yesterday. Four generations all together in one house! What a wonderful, memorable time we had with her, as she entertained us on the piano and told stories. I made her a coconut-raspberry cake and since I didn’t have the numerals 9 and 4 for candles, I had to improvise and use a 9 and two 2’s. It looked like we were celebrating her 922nd birthday! We had a good laugh on that one :-). We sent her home with lots of love, some new clothes, and several bottles of her must-have wine. Here’s to many more years of you, Grandma Babe!


  1. Posted on March 24, 2011 at 2:48 am by Pam Ward

    awww…….this makes me smile!! 🙂

  2. Posted on March 24, 2011 at 7:32 am by Carlo Stellati

    Buon compleanno, Babe !
    Quando verrai nel Monte di Ripa?
    Ti vogliamo tanto bene.
    Happy birthday Babe !
    When you come in Monte di Ripa???
    We love you
    Carlo and Lucia

  3. Posted on June 27, 2011 at 3:00 am by Liz Allan Rasmussen

    Hi! I really Loved this book, Bianca’s Vineyard, I really like the personal stories from Italy to Minnesota in it!! Great to hear about the Landmarks in St. Paul, and in other places in minnesota! It was a ‘can’t put it down read’ for summer!! Thank you Teresa for writing this story! Liz R. from Minnesota

  4. Posted on June 29, 2011 at 2:29 am by Teresa

    Thanks so much, Liz! What an encouragement your letter was to me. I was hoping folks in St. Paul would find out about Bianca’s Vineyard because of the family’s connection to it. I am working on a sequel — hoping it will go to print next year 🙂 Blessings to you!

  5. Posted on July 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm by Josephine Chruistensen

    Enjoyed your book.My parents came from Italy & I grew up in St. Paul. I belong to the
    Cathedral & will be sure to check on St.
    Matthew tomorrow at mass. Thanks for an
    entertaining read.