Casa La Strega  (House of the witch)
Home sweet home. The view from the top.
Casa La Strega / Echo Hills Farm

I am an artist, poet, photographer, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother
                     from early   60s                       mid 60s                                    April 2012                             Sept. 2014

My name is MerleJoy Amitin Cenicola. Known to most friends
and family as Joy. High school nickname "Sunny"
I make my home in central upstate New York,
where the beauty of the country is constantly an inspiration.
I have been married to the same wonderful man since December of 1953.
My life is filled to the brim, being shared with my husband, children,
 grand children,  brother and all my cats dogs & chickens.
I consider myself to be a Hedgewitch  
http://walkingthehedge.net/blog/2008/07/what-is-hedgecraft/
 You will learn about how we got the name Casa La Strega here at  Casa La Strega and us and get back here by clicking on home at the top or Casa La Strega on the side menu.
and later as as I learn all the trueths  as well as folklore,  I will add to the fascinating section about Strega.

 You will find everything together here on this site. After the family,  there will be the sections about
Casa La Strega poodles, then the Casa La Strega German Shepherds. They have been a very important part of our lives for many years.

I love to write, paint, garden, crochet, go rock hunting ,
especially for fossils, take photographs, walk in the woods,
listen to music, spend time with my family and my animals.
and most of all, I love life !!
I hope you will enjoy sharing my family, poetry, artwork and photographs.

This website was first started as a way to stay in touch with my dad while he was ill. It has grown much since then and is now dedicated to the memory of my Mom and Dad and as a legacy for my grandchildren and all the following generations to see their ancestors and learn a bit about their history on both sides of the family.


all animations & graphics were obtained from various sites on the web. to find these sites, use keywords free animations.
                                                                                     
All poetry, photo's, paintings and illustrations on this website are the original works of , written by, & strictly the property of
Joy Cenicola and family. Please do not copy or use them without my permission.


My beloved husband Phil has had some strokes which left him with Vascular dementia which results from a series of small strokes or changes in the brain's blood supply. Sudden onset of symptoms may be a sign of this dementia. Vascular dementia severely impacts memory and cognitive functioning
After 5 years of caring for Phil at home the family and I realized we were unable to keep him safe at home. Phil has been residing in the  Oxford Veterans Home since Feb. 2011.
Because of this I have retired and am no longer breeding any dogs.




The ancestors Epstein and Goldberg