Happy New Year – Felice Anno Nuovo

Yesterday morning, in Colledimezzo, I enjoyed my final walk of 2020. As usual the views were spectacular.
One year ago on New Years Eve 2019 I walked the same path. We didn’t live here, but enjoyed a two week winter retreat in what was then our second home. We had plans to retire here, but weren’t sure when. On New Years Eve 2020, there was no pandemic. Life was normal, simple, wonderful.
I returned to Colorado on January 8th 2020, leaving my husband here to sort out Italian Medical Insurance, his Italian drivers license and experience working his US job remotely. He flew back to Colorado at the beginning of March, just before the pandemic exploded and Italy shut down. He made it home just in time, and quarantined accordingly. The following week, the whole world changed. We watched people in Rome/Naples and other Italian cities singing on their balconies, making the best of a horrible situation. My heart ached for them.
COVID/Trump/Brexit problems pushed us over the edge and we decided to move to Italy a couple of years earlier than we initially intended. Post Brexit it would have been more complicated because although the USA has been our home since 1995, we are British. Our house in Colorado sold very quickly and my husband headed to Italy on August 1st, it was easier for him because he could work remotely, but for me it meant retirement and I needed more time. Leaving my job with Western Union was difficult. I loved the folks I worked with and I can honestly say it was the best position in my whole working career, but at the end of August I boarded a plane and headed to Rome. What a huge step for and old girl. Retirement in a new country, a new life and a new language to learn.
Now I’m a permanent resident of the beautiful little town of Colledimezzo. The views never disappoint and help dispel the stress of a hellish year. Hopefully the worst is behind us now. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are already been distributed, soon an adult will be running the USA and maybe, just maybe, we can all start living again.
Those of us who survived last year relatively unscathed should count our blessings and concentrate on helping those less fortunate. Happy New Year, Felice Anno Nuovo. Stay Safe.

The Gift and Some Memories

Didn’t we all think we’d be through with this ugly virus by now? I never imagined we’d still be wearing masks and limited to where we can go because lockdown rules still apply.
I imagined by now my daughter, son in law, and a couple of their friends would be here to enjoy Christmas with us. Not to be! We’re all isolated in our own little bubbles across the world. Sad, but at least we’re surviving. The gift in the photo above tipped me over the edge and made me cry. Good tears!
Every single person in Colledimezzo received a box from the Commune, personally delivered to our door. It is a small village, but still, that is a lot of boxes. What a wonderful thing to do. They realized what a tough year we’ve all had, both mentally and economically, and hoped this would help ease the burden. I was truly stunned. So glad to have moved here, such kindness doesn’t exist everywhere.

When we made an offer on this house back in 2017, Trump was the new US President, and the folks of the UK had voted for BREXIT. Although we all have different views, those two things to me, were devastating. How time has flown and things change. Thankfully, Trump’s days are almost over. BREXIT remains, but both events are overshadowed by COVID and the millions of people that have, and still are suffering.

2021 can’t come soon enough. It may not start well, but hopefully vaccines will bring relief and folks will realize a mask is needed to protect the human race. Let’s see beyond the misery to a brighter future.
We can do this!

COVID EMOTION

Is everyone emotional now, or is it just me? I should be counting my blessings. The beautiful Italian village I call home, sits on a hilltop between the Adriatic Sea and the mountains, idillic right. I love it. My neighbors are wonderful, kind, sharing people, but I feel my emotions are just out of control. It doesn’t take much for the tears to start. I’m guessing this isn’t just me. We’ve had almost a year of this pandemic now, and although we have a vaccine, we’re a long way from getting it distributed to everyone. Then there is always the question about long term side effects. I try not to look at news updates, but how can you avoid it?
Then there’s the politics, the hate and the current division of the US. I don’t care who you voted for, folks should not act this way. Voice your opinions peacefully.
2020 brought issues no one should have to deal with and terror no one should have to live through. I’ve never been big on New Years resolutions, but let’s all resolve to be nice to each other.
I hope 2021 brings happiness to the world. Lord knows, after this year, we need it.

Take Care everyone, and stay safe.