An oasis of peace on three hills

No need to add any more to my retirement blog this week! This article says it all!

Colledimezzo is among the 20 most beautiful cities in Italy on Skyscanner

The travel search engine has announced the list of the 20 most beautiful cities for 2019: the small town in the province of Chieti among the places of undisputed beauty, to be inspired for the next trip out of town

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An oasis of peace that saw its birth around the tenth century, Colledimezzo owes much of its fortune to the wild and lush nature of the Val di Sangro, which we recommend exploring through interesting trekking routes. But before getting lost in the green of Abruzzo you must get to know this mountain village closely dominated by a basilica in which a magnificent painting was found depicting “The Madonna with Child, Saint Francis of Assisi and the client” by Tanzio da Varallo … yes, one of the greatest Italian artists of the Seventeenth century! The church in question is that of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, a hidden wonder of our Peninsula. After a walk in the center and a salute to the Palazzo d’Avalosandate to find Lake Bomba and take a souvenir photo “you can read in the list published by Skyscanner.“

I’d like to add to this article by saying the folks who live in Colledimezzo are the warmest people I have ever met. They are helpful, friendly and welcoming. So glad we bought a home here. We can retire and relax in tranquility.

The Beauty of Abruzzo


I never tire of the rugged beauty and greenery of Abruzzo. It soothes my soul!


Orange and Blue – The Color of Calm



Dramatic and Beautiful – Our World




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Spectacular Sunset





The sun made a spectacular exit tonight

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Waking up Beautiful

Waking Up Beautiful

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You are all probably starting to realize that this blog covers everything. I ramble about travel, current affairs, bad experiences with companies……yes I have a lot to say.

Today I want to talk about the lovely positive experience I always have with a fantastic young lady called Rebecca Cordiano, the owner of Waking Up Beautiful.

I have been going to Rebecca at Waking Up Beautiful for three years.

My first visit was in 2009 to have my eyebrows fixed. What do I mean by fixed?

Permanent make-up. They look great, no one would know they weren’t natural. Why did I have them done you may ask? When I was in my teens I shaved both off eyebrows because David Bowie didn’t have eyebrows and I was (and still am) a HUGE David Bowie fan. David Bowie EyebrowsYes, I used to have my hair done like his too, my hair didn’t suffer, but my eyebrows never grew back so I had to pencil them in. It was pretty tough to get them even.

You don’t need to be minus eyebrows to have work done. You may just want your eyebrows re-shaping to enhance your facial features.

How did I hear about Rebecca? My friend Lisa told me about her. I complimented her one day, because she looked so great. Her eyes looked different, more open.

“It’s called permanent make-up” she told me.

I looked at my friend’s beautiful natural looking face.  Her eyeliner, lips and cheeks all had permanent color on them, she literally woke up every morning looking naturally beautiful.

Nervous, but determined to give it a try, I made an appointment with Rebecca and I was thrilled. No more tricky pencil jobs every morning to get my eyebrows in place. I woke up with natural brown eyebrows. They frame my face enhance my eyes. I had them touched up last year, but other than that no maintenance required.

Now I visit Rebecca every six weeks for a derma-scrape and chemical peel. My skin looks fantastic  afterwards and I truly enjoy her company. She is a pleasure to be with. She loves her work and her enthusiasm is refreshing.

If you are in the Denver area, try  Waking Up Beautiful yourself.

Award-winning makeup artist since 1990
Certified as a Paramedical Aesthetician since 1997
by the Colorado School of Paramedical Aesthetics
Master Certified IntraDermal Cosmetic Technician
Certified as an Instructor for the American Institute
of IntraDermal Cosmetics (AIIC)

Tranquility – A couple of lines of gratitude.

My work for today is done. I sit peacefully watching the sun go down.

The log fire is crackling, warming the room.

Candles cast a dancing glow on my glass table.

It is beautiful, tranquil and I am truly blessed to have so much.



Only in Colorado


After living in Colorado for almost eighteen years, I still marvel at the beauty of the Sunsets!

It really couldn’t get much better than this!

The Balloon has landed!

I had every intention of getting to work on time on Friday, and then I looked out of the window. The brightly colored balloon against the beautiful Colorado morning sky was much too good to ignore.

For a moment, I thought it was going to land in my back yard. It almost did. It would have been very welcome. Maybe next time.

Once it had safely landed, I went to work.