Chchch Changes

 

My driver’s license photo is ten years old because I renewed on-line five years ago! Today, I had to go to the DMV. A ten-year old photo just doesn’t cut it.  The eye test, it was pretty easy…and then I had to answer the questions…Changes

Weight? UGH – probably 10 pounds heavier than ten years ago, but 1 pound a year isn’t bad is it?

“I have your hair color down as red” she said and her eyes rested on my short grey hair, “I guess I’d better change that too”

 

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Brump and Trexit – The woes of a British American

 

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I get the double whammy,
My head it hurts like hell!
Not only do I suffer Trump,
But the Brexit news as well.

I try my best to ignore it all,
But it’s very hard to do,
With news and tweets and all that stuff,
I hear it all brand new.

Now Trump I just can’t tolerate,
He just offends my eyes,
His mouth and hands and ugly face
And oh my lord his lies.

So what to do to get away,
And leave it all behind,
Maybe I’ll just emigrate,
Before I lose my mind!

To Watch or not to Watch

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For five years or more I’ve tracked my daily steps with fitbit. About three years ago I decided to upgrade to an Apple watch. The things it did! I like to track my steps, monitor my texts and phone calls, keep an eye my heart beat etc., etc!

This morning when I removed my watch from charge, I dropped it…on the tiled floor in the basement. SMASHED! Not only was the face smashed, but also falling out of its case. Oh dear, I’m clumsy. Checked to see the price of a new one…SHARP INCREASE IN PRICE!

I believe I paid two hundred and change for my watch when I got it, now it will be over $400 to replace. What to do?

I lived without an apple watch for years, I survived, stayed healthy, dieted, answered phone calls. Do I spend the ridiculous amount of money now required to buy a new watch, or do I learn to live without one?

Steve Jobs…I miss you, your company misses you too!

The Final Move

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Not long now until we make our final move, and I know its going to be a good one!

I’ve enjoyed everywhere I’ve ever lived. Shildon, Butterknowle, Summerhouse (all in county Durham), Brompton-on-Swale (North Yorkshire), Blandford (Dorset),  Dortmund (Germany), Worthy Down, (Wiltshire), Chatham (Kent), Parker and Franktown (Colorado), but it’s almost time to retire and live out our dreams.

Abruzzo is calling, and the call is getting louder.

 

 

 

 

Christmas in Colledimezzo

Looking back at the photos and wishing we were still there. Christmas in Abruzzo is how Christmas should be. Traditional, simple and full of fun. From home-baked treats to Nativity Scenes made by local schools, Santa and his elves, excited children. It was beautiful. The Christmas lights weren’t ridiculous and choreographed, but welcoming and bright, just like the people.

Can’t wait to do it again!

Oh Christmas Tree!

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I’m not going to pretend the last couple of days have been stress free. They have not! We landed in Rome on Sunday, exhausted after a transatlantic flight. We then drove from the west coast to the east coast (tough when you’re tired). It was with great happiness that we arrived in Colledimezzo. The house looked GREAT! Our wonderful Italian neighbors had bought food from us, left chocolates, baked, put wonderful little knick nacks in the house to make it look like home.
Then the stress started, shopping! Shopping in a different country is fun, but also difficult with a limited amount of time.
I need to BREATHE (or so my Apple watch tells me), At least my Christmas tree looks pretty!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Style of the Season

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A friend of mine posted this picture on Facebook this morning and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I sat down with my coffee and let the memories come flooding back. I owned the dress with the bow on the waist, and actually described it in my book Ghosts on the Sand
My mum didn’t buy the dress, but made it for me. It was in this exact same color. Of course it didn’t look quite like this on me, I was five years old, and wore it to present a bouquet to a very important lady. The occasion was the Grand Opening of a village hall in a small village in County Durham where I lived.
Curiosity made me google the Village Hall, which was built in the early sixties, and I’m happy to say it still stands.
I wonder if anyone remembers the little girl in the yellow dress?

Buon Natale

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Two weeks from now I’ll be in Colledimezzo, province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy. It will be the first of many Christmases, there. So very excited!

Europe at Christmas is wonderful, but Italy at Christmas is magical, traditional and full of love!

 

Oh Christmas Tree!

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Beautiful display in Italy!

Trump on Climate Change

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Does this man even know what comes out of his mouth?

“No, no I have a strong opinion. I want a great climate. We’re going to have that, and we are going to have that are very safe because we can’t go through this. Every year we go through this. We’re going to have safe forests and that’s happening as we speak,” he told reporters during a briefing at a command center in Chico, California.

Seriously? Shut the $%*$ up!

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